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Jewish World Review May 19, 1999 /4 Sivan 5759

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It takes a leader

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NEWT GINGRICH RETURNED TO WASHINGTON, D.C., last week for his "first serious policy speech,'' as he called it, since quitting as Speaker. It was delivered to the Republican Women Leaders Forum. A speech like this hasn't been heard since ... well ... since Newt used to give them.

Gingrich reminded the Republican women not to shy away from taking credit for the balanced budget, welfare reform and many other ideas that President Clinton opposed, but only agreed to after focus groups revealed the people wanted them. He recalled the greatness of America and said while there are a few bad kids, millions more are good. "We are the greatest society of freedom in the world,'' he said. "More people pursue happiness of more racial backgrounds with greater religious diversity than in any country in the history of the world. We should be proud that most of the time America works, despite the news media miscoverage of this country.''

Gingrich said that whether it's at home in Littleton, Colo., and overseas in Kosovo, liberal journalists and their ideological soul mates in academia and politics are "afraid to talk about the mess'' they have made or "take responsibility for the things'' they have done. Instead, he said, they have forced on the rest of us "pathetic banalities'' because they lack "the courage to look at the world (they) have created.''

Gingrich called for a "national open discussion'' about how we got to where we are. He suggested the reason: "We have had a 35-year experiment in a unionized, bureaucratic, credentialed, secular assault on the core values of this country.'' He lamented children who don't know much about the history of America's heroes, or the nation's founding documents, and proposed that states mandate the teaching of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Let the American Civil Liberties Union go to court to try to expunge "our Creator'' from the lesson, he challenged.

The best way to confront the entertainment industry over the violent and sexually explicit materials they produce, he said, is for politicians not to accept money from the people and companies that produce the offending materials.

Gingrich blamed high taxes for forcing both spouses to work when one wishes to stay home with young children. The same liberal politicians who express concern about children, he said, keep the taxes high so one spouse can't give them the proper supervision.

He was only warming up.

Al Gore talks about God and faith, but if he thinks these are important, why isn't he for voluntary prayer in public schools, as 80 percent of the public is, Gingrich wants to know.

Gingrich said the reason we're doing poorly with China and Russia and in Kosovo is because the "Clinton-Gore Administration'' (here he borrows from the Democrats' "ol'-Gingrich'' mantra of 1996) has gutted our intelligence agencies, weakened the military and mismanaged NATO.

Weak people hate the company of strong people because it exposes their weakness. So the few who are strong and willing to say what is right without fear or favor must be done away with by the weak if the weak are to remain in power. It is Darwinism in reverse: a survival of the unfit.

That's why Margaret Thatcher was forced out by her own Conservative Party. Her intellectual strength and political courage exposed her male colleagues as weenies.

It is the same with Newt Gingrich. He had to go as Speaker of the House because the left feared all the political, economic, relational, cultural and moral havoc they had brought forth upon this nation was about to be reversed. They turned him into a grinch who wanted to starve children and kill the elderly through Social Security and Medicare "cuts'' he never proposed. Some in his own party joined the opposition because they feared being exposed as weak leaders.

Newt Gingrich speaks like a leader. How many of the incumbent sissies will come forward and follow his lead, not only with tough talk, but with a bold agenda?


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04/26/99: War abroad, war at home
04/22/99: Those wild and crazy (Democrat) tax-cutters
04/16/99: Bubba’s contemptible behavior
04/14/99:Elizabeth Dole's choice
04/09/99: The taxman cometh
03/30/99: Human-rights terror in China
03/25/99: Yasser Arafat:
bad cop, worse cop
03/23/99: Bubba’s multiplied lies
03/18/99: Reinventing AlGore
03/16/99:Americans get bull while China shops
03/12/99: Bill Lan Lee: Flouting the law
03/09/99: Don't worry about your child, be happy
03/08/99:The ‘lady' is a tramp
03/04/99: Proving myself to President Clinton
02/24/99: New slaves to a new slavery
02/22/99: Character-plus
02/19/99: GOP losers tell winner how to win
02/17/99: The Clinton legacy
02/10/99: More a man, less a president

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