Skip to comments.Gingrich makes states' rights appeal to Deep South voters
Posted on 02/29/2012 11:18:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
With his presidential aspirations riding on support in the Deep South, NewtGingrich opened his final one-week dash to the crucial Georgia primary on Wednesday with a states' rights plea laden with racial symbolism.
His setting was the chamber of Georgias House of Representatives. From the rostrum, Gingrich told lawmakers that he would fight for a very strong states'-rights platform at the RepublicanPartys national convention this summer in Tampa,Fla.
I want to return power back home to an extraordinary degree, said Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker who represented Georgia in Congress for 20 years.
For generations, politicians in the South used states' rights to justify racial segregation and, in the 19th century, slavery.
Gingrich, whose labeling of PresidentObama as a food stamp president was the centerpiece of his TV advertising last month in the South Carolina primary, steered clear of any overt discussion of race on Monday. But in public remarks, he often follows his food stamp line about the nations first black president by lamenting poverty and despair among African Americans.
In his speech on the Georgia House floor, Gingrich gave one example of why the U.S. government needs to shift power to the states: A bureaucratic tangle of 185 offices dealing with federal assistance to low-income Americans.
Id like to block-grant that into one office and send you the money and say you need to figure out how youre going to cope with helping people in Georgia who need help, Gingrich told the lawmakers, who reacted with a round of applause.
Gingrich has named Texas Gov.Rick Perry to lead a Tenth Amendment project to review states-rights issues in anticipation of drafting the party platform.
Gov. Perry will be looking to you for lots of ideas that we can take both to the national convention and write into law,....
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Republican presidential candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Chris Keane - Reuters)
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I lived in Chicago years ago - had to hide my slight southern accent as the Chicago types were hateful and scornful toward all Southerners. These types never see their own bigotry. It's the first earmark of a liberal...
But Newt's going to have to win at least one state outside the south if he's going to be viewed as a serious contender.
Right now, he is campaigning to win his home state of Georgia and hoping for an upset victory in neighboring Tennessee.
I sincerely wish the prospects were better, but right now the realistic choices are Santorum or Romney.
Newt and Perry would make a superb President/VP ticket if there are any hopes to revive the Economic and Constitutional Rights of the United States.
Though I hold no thoughts that Newt would tap Perry.
Wow, so now 'states rights' are an outdated, bigoted, Southern idea? Like clining on to Bibles and guns? It's not a Founding Fathers, Constitutional thingy?
Man, I've been confused. Thanks Chicago Trib for opening my eyes.
Romneys positions and that of Newts are pretty well known.
One has acted them out and the other has not.
One is opportunist for the purpose of advancement, the other is a serious intellect and strategist whose performance in the past I very much agreed with.
In fact, I had to educate our new local host his 2nd day on the air. He made the unfortunate mistake of Praising Bill Clinton for Welfare Reform, the Balanced Budget and lowered taxes through capital gains tax cut.
Brian Sussman made an unfortunate mistake of trying to give Clinton credit on the one hand while demonstrating his errors on the other.
I called in and thanked him for deciding to become a full time talk jock but I wanted to correct his view about Clintons legacy. Not to be contrarian or take away from him or Bill Clinton but they were just plain wrong and I asked I might quickly demonstrate why Clinton deserved zero Credit and when I am through who really should get the credit, without insulting anyone.
So I quickly went through them:
Contract with America, who wrote it? Newt Gingrich was his reply.
That is correct.
Now to clear the record Ill go through them in the order I think is most powerful:
Capital Gains tax cut-
Was thought of as a response to Clintons raising of taxes and as a tool to keep the investment community well, inevesting and spurring additional investment. That was a Contract with America initiative and a well thought out position by Newt.
There was some horse trading and Newt gave away something no one really cared about to get it and the economy kept going with the result being unemployment dropping from 7% to 4% in a few short years.
The host immediately got the idea, said he would probably rephrase his thought at the end and asked me to continue.
Balanced Budget -
Again, Newt gave Clinton some bases that were already on the secondary list, devised by Dick Cheney, as alternatives for closure. Clinton got a win for his anti-military wing, we gave away something we didnt care about and got what we wanted.
Welfare Reform -
this was the end goal all along and with a new Republican majority Congress it easily passed the House only to have Clinton veto it.
No problem. The President has the bully pulpit but was embroiled in a few distractions at the time which made it possible for Newt, Dole and few others to take their case directly to the American people who were sick of welfare queens.
Clinton was made aware the American people and the Houses were very much in the majority and very excited about reforming welfare. Still, he vetoed it again and then tried to make the argument he was going to co-opt the argument and reshape welfare reform as he saw fit.
It became very apparent the American taxpayer had, had enough and so had the houses. The pressure became to much and Clinton relented with nary a change to the original welfare reform act.
While he took credit for welfare reform it was never his idea, never became a priority until politically forced.
This was a Newt idea and part of the Contract with America which he shepherded.
Mitt has done nothing like this and I can trust Newt to follow through on his positions.
Welfare Reform, the Balanced Budget and lowered taxes through capital gains tax cut.
Who has a record of performance on imperatives important to all Americans?
Who can perform like that? Especially when they will have a super majority in Congress and a majority in the Senate?
I don’t think Governor Perry wants VP but I bet he could have it were he to ask.
They scare people with lies and absurd claims. The Democratic Party wouldn't want their groomed voters garnering any hint of freedom and success -- they shut it down with "trigger" racism words to blind them and plug their ears from the truth that all Democratic controlled cities have rotted from "progressive" social justice politics.
I’d like to see Gingrich choose an outsider/anti establishment type.
The 1965 Civil Rights Act still controls redistricting and voting bills in Texas (S.C., etc) and why Texas is dealing with the U.S. Supreme Court on our state’s redistricting (got 4 new Congressional seats due to people fleeing to Texas from places like Chicago and L.A.) and why our primary date is in limbo (now thought to be scheduled for May 29 with 155 delegates at stake).
Our Voter Photo I.D. Bill has been languishing on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s desk for his approval.
->Gingrich has named Texas Gov.Rick Perry to lead a Tenth Amendment project to review states-rights issues in anticipation of drafting the party platform.
That would be so awesome. Go, Newt. Go, Rick. Go South!
I could actually see him asking Perry and I think they’d make a good team, although the only negative would probably be that they are both white males from Southern/Southwestern states and it seems to be all the rage now to require “diversity” on a ticket.
The only diversity I could see, however, would be Gingrich picking somebody like Susana Martinez or maybe Rubio (although Rubio has turned out to be more of a Romney person), rather than the geographical diversity of someone from a northeast state, because frankly I can’t think of a single serious conservative from up there. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong...maybe I’m just being biased!
My gut tells me that there is an increasing likelihood that Newt could very well pick Perry as his VP. That might work well and Perry would be a much better pick than any of the other candidates or dropouts.
** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”
“.....it seems to be all the rage now to require diversity on a ticket.”
Screw the “diversity” ticket.