Skip to comments.Gingrich Has Most Exceptional Moment of 2012 Election Cycle
Posted on 01/14/2012 7:29:31 PM PST by TBBT
Speaking at the Greenville/Spartanburg GOP Bronze Elephant Dinner in Duncan, South Carolina on Friday night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in response to a question about what the American dream is about, had the most exceptional moment of the 2012 cycle.
As he is emerging as the chief anti-Mitt Romney challenger in South Carolina (Gingrich is a strong second, according to numerous South Carolina polls released this week), Gingrich described the America many feel will be just a memory if President Barack Obama wins another term and articulated why the preservation of that America should never be taken for granted and how Americans should be proactive in ensuring their children and grandchildren inherit an American with gritty, Jacksonian values not unlike the one they inherited.
Countries can die, Gingrich powerfully said, referring to a lesson he learned while his father was stationed overseas. And Leadership can make an enormous difference.
Gingrich noted that he grew up surrounded by people who were passionate about America who loved America because they did not have that much economically and was raised by a grandmother who was from a generation that instilled in him a belief that George Washington was a heroic figure and the founding fathers led remarkable lives.
We didnt think we were poor, Gingrich said. We were Americans, and therefore we were rich, we had freedoms and a sense of safety.
Gingrich said that the American dream is to recognize first that we exist under our Creator with unalienable rights and, therefore, no president, judge, or bureaucrat can take away our rights.
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Too bad the American electorate is too stupid to understand any of this.
Oh, no! No, no, no no! Americans understand it, and quite well, too.
They just need a leader to say it like it is!
Gingrich described the America many feel will be just a memory if President Barack Obama wins another term and articulated why the preservation of that America should never be taken for granted and how Americans should be proactive in ensuring their children and grandchildren inherit an American with gritty, Jacksonian values not unlike the one they inherited. "Countries can die," Gingrich powerfully said, referring to a lesson he learned while his father was stationed overseas. "And Leadership can make an enormous difference." ...noted that he grew up surrounded "by people who were passionate about America" who loved America because "they did not have that much economically" and was raised by a grandmother who was from a generation that instilled in him a belief that "George Washington was a heroic figure and the founding fathers led remarkable lives. We didn't think we were poor... We were Americans, and therefore we were rich, we had freedoms and a sense of safety... American dream is to recognize first that we exist under our Creator with unalienable rights" and, therefore, "no president, judge, or bureaucrat can take away our rights."
It was beautifully said.
Have not heard this kind of message in a long time.
If Gingrich can drop the negative attacks and go back to talking like this, I think he could still pull this out.
THATS WHAT AMERICA WANTS TO HEAR, THEY NEED TO HEAR THIS, some for the first time perhaps.
PREACH IT NEWT.
What ever faults Newt Gingrinch may have, this video makes clear that he “gets” it - he understands and respects what those of us who love our country are trying to preserve.
I would not say all, but a substantial number of Americans do not understand the political/economic system that makes it possible for them to thrive, and all that is needed is a majority of Americans to ruin it for everyone. I, myself, don't have a lot of faith in the American electorate.
They not only need a leader to say “all the good things” (we’ve already got one of those in the White House), they need a leader who LIVES IT every day and doesn’t run the ball for the other team during his down time.
Too bad Newt is too undisciplined to maintain a consistent message, or stay positive and avoid petty attacks., as he did so well last November.
The American electorate that voted in 2010 understood.
Was it a Depends moment?
just a reminder: Newt stayed positive for 3 weeks while Willard savaged him, and I don’t call discussing Willard’s history at Bain a petty attack.. Sarah just said tonight she agreed with Newt and everything should be on the table as far as discussion in the republican party ...
I agree wholeheartedly with you FRiend and suggest that all FReepers watch this video and send it out to everyone in their address book.
There are one or two sarcastic quips at the Obama administration that are actually entertaining.
The American Dream topic begins at 23:32.
(Maybe someone can hot link the above).
and it was clearly from Mister Noot’s heart,
and not a teleprompter.
Wise and magnanimous, except for the “Jacksonian values.”
Newt Gingrich is America’s Winston Churchill.
“The Battle of New Orleans”
Newt told his super pac to correct the discrepencies in the Bain ad or pull it...will Mitt do the same? Newt is the absolute best candidate running...perid.
Amazing! brilliant! Reaganesque! GOOOOOOOOO NEWT! America has a chance to elect the best president since Reagan.
God's speed Newt!
Yes, that 33 minutes should be required listening for anyone voting in this primary, or the general election, for that matter!
“Too bad Newt is too undisciplined to maintain a consistent message, or stay positive and avoid petty attacks.,.....”
Tried it your way with GWB.....The Dems used that tactic to drive d’s approval from hi 80’s to the 20’s......
Give me a counter-puncher every time!
Blaming Gingrich for responding to vicious Romney attack ads reminds me of people who blame a woman for being raped.
Maybe we should demand that Romney stay focused, on message, and avoid petty attacks on Conservative Republican candidates? After all isn’t Obama the one we are out to defeat?
In all the clamor I have yet to hear the MSM, or “conservatives” on this forum decry Romney’s sleasy anti-Newt ads. Kinda makes one wonder doesn’t it?
For all of Newt’s faults, real or imagined, Romney isn’t even in the same league.
Newt can talk the talk. I don’t think anyone can dispute that.
All I will say, though, is that it is vitally important to remember that Newt is and has always been a politician through-and-through. You don’t become Speaker of the House without being that. Politicians ply their trade in fancy words. The really effective ones know all the right things to say to warm the hearts of us common folks. They’re great at hitting all the right emotional notes on the organ of the human soul.
I’d be cautious about singing the praises of a politician just because they know the right words to say. That’s simply what effective politicians do. At the end of the day, I fear that a Gingrich presidency will serve that same Establishment that works so desperately to move us away from the America of yesteryear.
Just because someone “gets” something and knows how to speak to it does not necessarily mean it is something they favor in their heart. If it comes down to it I will give the guy my vote but it will take a lot more than fine words to gain my trust.
Good words. Will save them to send back to prez Gingrich should he get weak kneed under pressure from the likes of schumer and his ilk.
I agree with you. A few years back I said that 2/3 of Americans were brain dead. They knew little about America and what America needs to survive. I still feel that at least 1/3 of the electorate never grew up. These lost soles will destroy America if they could and not even realize that they will destroy themselves.
God bless Newt.
I’m 40 and I would go out and run a mile for Newt if he asked me to. I remember very well the Republican Revolution of 1994 and who was responsible for it. It is legendary. Newt is a giant even among giants.
At least you acknowledge that. Other gingrich supporters keep attacking freepers who say that, claiming Gingrich did no such thing.
It was a good step, and the only reason I am still considering Gingrich.
Could be. He has Winnies virtues, and a lot of his vices. Churchill was never popular with a large segment of his Party. He could be an ass. But looking at this speech today, I was amazed by what amounts to a tour de force. Hope he meant what he said,and sticks to this message.
And he is a constitutionalist. He has taught the subject most of his life. He has taught it to the military as well as college. Why would he not believe what he has loved most of his life?
An effective politician has to be able to compromise--it's part of the "know when to hold 'em and when to fold em" game, because he never holds all the cards. He just needs to know how to play them to WIN!
And--while Newt may not be our "perfect" candidate--he sure beats the heck out of the others out there who have a chance of winning! So--GO NEWT!
Long Live George Washington!
Beck, is that you? How’s it hangin, fella? Haven’t seen you around here in a while, but I know you’ve been laid up.
Ok, now I know the beginnings of his love of America - grandma! One doesn’t know what he knows without his head in the books. While others were enjoying America, he was learning more about it and how it works.
Good job, Newt. America needs a strong Patriot right now.
Well said. Thank you for this post.
The American electorate will probably always have it’s rock concerts, gambling casinos, ball games, movies, race tracks and much more to to keep it desensitized from the political perils leading to national insignificance. My pablum is basketball but I do believe that being exceptionally good handling a big ball should not be cause for more wealth than in other more urgent social needs. At the same time I find it good that people have a choice in the making of their country. We certainly had a different set of choices going into and out of WWII.
haha! That is a classic! Thanks!