Newt Gingrich is running for president. If he isn’t, he certainly looks like he is setting himself up for a campaign. In front of a receptive audience in Dallas, Texas, he unveiled his plan for America’s future. And he isn’t thinking just in terms of the next two years and winning the presidency — if he runs — but for the next decade. As reported by CNN, Newt Gingrich envisions a United States run completely from the Right.
“Rejection doesn’t fix a center-left coalition,” Gingrich told the crowd. “We have to decide we’re going to replace the left.”
Gingrich has been disagreeing with just about everything the Obama administration has said and done for over two years, even before the President-Elect had been formally inaugurated. As a Fox News contributor, his opinions have become common knowledge, his positions clear. Many pundits and analysts over the past few years have posited their beliefs that all of the public statements, the direct opposition to Obama’s policies, and the posturing and rhetoric used by Gingrich in his appearances on Fox News have all been in an orchestrated effort to lay the foundation for 2012 presidential run.
Of course, Newt Gingrich — like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney — continues to deny that he has made up his mind about a bid for the White House. But, like his Republican colleagues, all the signs are there.
But he insists on playing the undecided game. In so doing, though, he promotes the Republican Party and its ideology above all else. And Gingrich is thinking long-term.
“We have to think in terms of January 2021,” he said.
In a speech that took numerous shots at the Democratic Party, Gingrich encouraged his audience to think in terms of a complete Republican replacement of Congress. “If we truly want a wave of change that ends a majority system that has been around since 1932, the wave can’t be the Oval Office. Not that the presidency isn’t important, and not that I may not come back here another day and talk to you about a different topic, but that that topic by itself is too narrow. The only way the presidency matters is if there’s a wave of citizens.”
Newt Gingrich conveniently glossed over the 10 years that Republicans held sway in Congress. As a noted history buff and historic fiction writer, Gingrich’s omission seems amazingly revisionist. Five years of that time saw Gingrich himself as Speaker of the House of Representatives. He presided over a Republican majority in the House and led alongside a Republican-controlled Senate as well. That control of Congress would stay complete until midway through the tenure of president George W. Bush, when Republicans lost control of the Senate in 2004 but retained control of the House until 2006.
He said in the speech, “The choice we want to offer in 2012 is very straight. If you think your children ought to have food stamps, you have a party you should vote for. And if you think your children ought to have a paycheck and own their own business, you have a party you ought to vote for.”
In the end, Gingrich’s speech has to be taken for what it truly is — a testing of the waters for a presidency run and, barring that, ensuring that he and his colleagues perpetuate the system that helped bring about the largest gap between the rich and the poor in history and the current Great Recession that the U. S. (and the world) is slowly trying to extricate itself from, creating a much larger need for those food stamps he denigrates with such relish in his attempts at branding the Democratic Party the “party of food stamps.” Although it is somewhat true that the legislative part of the U. S. government has been moderate or center-left for around 80 years, it must be remembered that during the 10 years that it was not, Newt Gingrich was the leader of the Republican-majority House for half that time. And it was that center-right Congress that laid the groundwork for legislation that contributed heavily to the economic conditions that saw two recessions during the Bush administration, one which arguably might have longer lasting consequences on far more people than even the Great Depression.
But that is the kind of long-term government that he would like to replace the existing “center-left” government with…