Winning the Future or Spinning the Past?
By Scott Rohter, March 2012
The Newt Gingrich political action committee is called “Winning the Future”. However it is more concerned with spinning the past than it is about winning the future. It is more concerned about spinning everything in Newt Gingrich’s past than it is about winning anything in anyone else’s future. The only purpose of Winning the Future is to help Newt Gingrich win the Republican primary in November. That is as far into the future as it is concerned, and this political action committee has far less to do with America’s future than it has to do with the future of Newt Gingrich.
So just how does the former Speaker of the House expect to win the Republican Primary? He has won only two States… He has won his home State of Georgia which has 76 delegates, and he has won South Carolina which has 23 delegates. Please read my article on the South Carolina Primary titled Bamboozled in South Carolina. He wouldn’t even have won these two States if it hadn’t been for the largesse of his wealthy benefactor Sheldon Adelson, who has already lavished twenty million on his campaign, but this is just pocket change to Adelson, who promises to give much more. Adelson is one of America’s wealthiest men whose personal fortune is estimated to be worth over 25 billion dollars. He is the GOP’s answer to George Soros.
Neither Soros nor Adelson however contribute anything to politicians who don’t personally promise to benefit them. Adelson is not a conservative and he doesn’t believe in small government! He only uses his vast personal fortune to manipulate Washington to serve his own interests. The answer to George Soros‘ attempts to manipulate government is not to let Sheldon Adelson throw his money around to do exactly the same thing in reverse. America needs either be a reasonable cap on personal and corporate contributions to PACs, or we should get all the money out of politics all together by creating a national tax payer funded election channel both on radio and TV which would provide an equal amount of public air time to all serious political candidates in Federal elections.
If this was done there would be no need for paid political advertising altogether by the political slush funds known as PACs which don’t really do anything to advance the political debate nor to educate and inform the voters about the candidates or the issues. All of these PACs are in a perennial race with each other to see who can outspend the other in order to influence our elections. That is not free speech. It is paid speech. There is nothing free about it and it doesn’t make for good elections when the side that spends the most money always wins. We should all pitch in for a National Election Channel that would finally get the influence of big money out of politics!
Getting back to Newt Gingrich, so just how would winning the Republican Primary nomination for Newt Gingrich help Sheldon Adelson, or win the future for America? Well, leaving Mr. Adelson aside for a minute and just focusing on how a victory for Newt Gingrich in the next Republican Primary could possibly win the future for America, I’ll answer my own question. It won’t! Not even if you believe all of the campaign rhetoric coming from his campaign. Nominating Newt won’t win anything for anybody except for Newt. All of his electioneering bombast sounds convincing only if you don’t remember that this silver tongued devil never does anything if doesn’t first benefit him. Newt’s campaign team hires only the best Madison Avenue consultants that all of Sheldon Adelson’s money can buy in order to rehabilitate his tired, old, worn out political image, but the devil is usually in the details. So for all of you who want to know, here are the important details for Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich:
Claim #1 Newt Gingrich claims to be a supporter of smaller government.
Fact : This claim is false. Newt has never been a fan of small government. For example, in 1979 Newt Gingrich helped his fellow Georgian, President Jimmy Carter create the U.S. Dept. of Education, which was the largest single expansion of government in U.S. history.
Claim #2 Newt’s Political Action Committee says that he will create new jobs here in America.
Fact : This claim is probably false. Newt Gingrich supported the WTO, and he voted for GATT and NAFTA which paved the way for devastating job losses in America.
Claim #3 Newt has changed over the years and he is a different man now.
Fact : This claim is false. In 2008 Newt Gingrich recorded the “We Can Solve it” Global Warming TV commercial for the former Vice President, Al Gore along with Nancy Pelosi at his side. In 2009-2010 Newt Gingrich traveled around the country with Al Sharpton and President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan promoting Obama’s new educational policies, including more Federal regulations and more government subsidies from Washington.
Claim #4 Newt is the TEA Party’s choice.
Fact : This claim is false. In the 2010 Special Congressional Election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, Newt Gingrich supported the ultra-liberal candidate Dede Scozzafava over rival conservative candidate Doug Hoffman who truly was the TEA Party’s choice.
Claim #5 Newt’s Contract with America in the 1990’s was good for America.
Fact : This claim has no merit. The Contract with America was a stroke of marketing genius, but there was nothing of any significance or lasting value that resulted from the Contract with America. That’s why only six years later Ed Crane, the president of the CATO Institute wrote in the November 2000 issue of Forbes Magazine that, “The combined budgets of the ninety-five major programs that the Contract with America promised to eliminate have increased by 13%.” And over the years since then, the Republican controlled Congress has approved discretionary spending that exceeded Bill Clinton’s requests! The Contract with America was a political marketing ploy of the first magnitude, but it didn’t change much because it didn’t pull up the un-Constitutional weeds by their roots. It just mowed them back a little bit. And we all know what happens after you mow the weeds. They just grow back again.
Claim #6 Newt Gingrich loves and honors the Constitution.
Fact : This claim is false and is refuted by his very own words. In 1995 Newt Gingrich delivered a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in which he wrote the following, “The American challenge in leading the world is compounded by our Constitution… Either we are going to have to rethink our Constitution or we are going to have to rethink our process of making decisions.” This admission from a sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives is nothing less than a complaint that blames the United States Constitution for making America’s role in leading the world more difficult!
Claim #7 Newt Gingrich is a family man with strong traditional values.
Fact : This claim is false. Nothing could be further from the truth. Newt has had two divorces, three wives and numerous marital infidelities along the way. If swearing to uphold his marital vows is any indication of Newt’s feelings toward vows in general, than I wouldn’t trust him to honor his vows to uphold the Constitution. A philanderer doesn’t necessarily make for a good President or a good leader!
Furthermore Newt Gingrich is a big fan of Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s two books promoting their vision for a new world order, in which adultery, homosexuality, and other forms of promiscuity and immorality are all viewed as perfectly normal. Newt even wrote the forward to their second book, The Politics of the Third Wave: Creating a New Civilization. And he recommended reading Toffler’s first book, The Third Wave to all of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives. He said that in order to understand him you had to read Toffler’s book. These two books of Toffler lay waste the foundation of family values, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which are the true basis for all of our freedoms in America!
Claim #8 Newt is the smartest candidate in the Republican Primary.
Fact : This claim cannot be proven, but even if it is true I would rather elect someone with great integrity, than someone with above average intelligence… Take for instance the example of King Solomon in the Bible. His intelligence was legendary, but because of weaknesses in his personal character, the Kingdom he inherited from his father was gone within a few short years after his death. If the smartest man in the world couldn’t provide for the the survival of his own kingdom, then we shouldn’t put much faith in all of Newt’s purported intelligence. What good is all of the intelligence in the world if they are not accompanied by integrity and good character?