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27 Reasons Why Newt Gingrich Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

In recent weeks, the poll numbers for Newt Gingrich have absolutely skyrocketed.  Many now believe that he has a legitimate shot at winning the Republican nomination.  But the truth is that he would be a really, really bad president.  Gingrich is a big time Washington insider who believes in individual health care mandates, who supported the bailouts, who was instrumental in cramming NAFTA down the throats of the American people and who is either soft or wrong on just about every single issue that conservatives care about.  His personal life has a history of being a mess, his finances have a history of being a mess and his campaign was such a mess a few months ago that most observers considered his candidacy to be completely dead.  He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for two decades and he has been spotted attending meetings at the Bohemian Grove.  He sounds good during a debate, but it really boggles the mind that anyone would consider voting for someone with such a nightmarish track record.

The funny thing is that a lot of Tea Party activists are now jumping on board the Gingrich bandwagon.  A couple of years ago, the Tea Party movement was very much anti-establishment and Tea Party activists declared that they were sick and tired of “fake conservatives” and “RINOs”.

Well, other than Mitt Romney, there isn’t anyone left in the Republican field that is more of a “fake conservative” than Gingrich is.  Gingrich is a big time “RINO” that represents just about everything that the Tea Party is supposed to be against.

It just seems inconceivable that a big chunk of Republicans would actually be thinking of voting for Gingrich at this point.  Yes, four more years of Obama would be a complete and total disaster for America, but so would a Gingrich administration.

The following are 27 reasons why Newt Gingrich would be a really, really bad president….

#1 In 2008, Newt Gingrich did a television commercial with Nancy Pelosi in which he stated that they both agree that “our country must take action to address climate change”.  He now calls making this commercial “a mistake”, but this is yet another example of the lack of sound judgment that Gingrich has shown throughout his entire political career….

#2 Newt Gingrich also worked with Nancy Pelosi to promote the idea of a national sales tax on energy.

#3 In a 2007 interview with PBS, Gingrich endorsed the idea of a “cap and trade” scheme to limit carbon emissions….

“I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.”

#4 During this campaign, Newt Gingrich has loudly denounced Obamacare, but in 2008 he wrote a book entitled “Real Change” in which he endorsed an individual mandate for health insurance.

#5 In fact, earlier this year Newt Gingrich stated during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press that he still believes in an individual mandate.  The following is from an exchange between host David Gregory and Gingrich during the show….

MR. GREGORY: All right, let me ask you about another hot-button issue in the Republican primary, of course, and that’s health care. Mitt Romney having to defend his proponent–that he was a proponent of universal health care in Massachusetts, and specifically around this idea of the individual mandate where you make Americans buy insurance if they don’t have it. Now, I know you’ve got big differences with what you call Obamacare. But back in 1993 on this program this is what you said about the individual mandate. Watch.

(Videotape, October 3, 1993)

REP. GINGRICH: I am for people, individuals–exactly like automobile insurance–individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance. And I am prepared to vote for a voucher system which will give individuals, on a sliding scale, a government subsidy so we insure that everyone as individuals have health insurance.

(End videotape)

MR. GREGORY: What you advocate there is precisely what President Obama did with his healthcare legislation, is it not?

REP. GINGRICH: No, it’s not precisely what he did. In, in the first place, Obama basically is trying to replace the entire insurance system, creating state exchanges, building a Washington-based model, creating a federal system. I believe all of us–and this is going to be a big debate–I believe all of us have a responsibility to help pay for health care. I think the idea that…

MR. GREGORY: You agree with Mitt Romney on this point.

REP. GINGRICH: Well, I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay–help pay for health care. And, and I think that there are ways to do it that make most libertarians relatively happy. I’ve said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond…

MR. GREGORY: Mm-hmm.

REP. GINGRICH: …or in some way you indicate you’re going to be held accountable.

MR. GREGORY: But that is the individual mandate, is it not?

REP. GINGRICH: It’s a variation on it.

#6 Newt Gingrich has made some very curious statements about Obamacare.  For example, he recently made the following statement about the Obamacare law….

“Now there are about 300 pages that are pretty good”

#7 The truth is that Newt Gingrich is very, very soft on health care.  Just consider the following excerpt about Newt from a recent Washington Post article….

In 2005, he sat down with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton to make common cause over health care. He said he and Clinton “have the same instinct” on health care and praised the notion of a health-care “transfer of finances” from rich to poor. “I risk sounding not quite as right wing as I should,” Gingrich said at the time. “I’ve spent enough of my life fighting,” he added.

#8 Newt Gingrich voted for higher taxes on numerous occasions.  While he was Speaker of the House, the amount of taxes collected by the federal government from the American people increased from $1.001 trillion to $1.511 trillion.  Would the amount of taxes extracted from us increase by another 50 percent during a Gingrich presidency?

#9 In 2008, Newt Gingrich stated that he would have voted for the TARP bailout if he was still a member of Congress.

#10 In 2003, Newt Gingrich boldly promoted George W. Bush’s prescription drug bill.  Because of that bill, the federal government is now facing an additional 17 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities.

#11 Newt Gingrich is a big time Washington insider that is often paid huge sums of money for doing next to nothing.  Gingrich has said that he was paid $300,000 for “work” that he did for Freddie Mac, but according to Bloomberg he actually earned somewhere between $1.6 million and $1.8 million between 1999 and 2008.

So what did he do for Freddie Mac?  Gingrich claims that he warned Freddie Mac about the housing bubble, but the report by Bloomberg disputes this….

None of the former Freddie Mac officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Gingrich raised the issue of the housing bubble or was critical of Freddie Mac’s business model.

It turns out that much of the “work” that Gingrich was expected to do never actually got done….

Former Freddie Mac officials familiar with his work in 2006 say Gingrich was asked to build bridges to Capitol Hill Republicans and develop an argument on behalf of the company’s public-private structure that would resonate with conservatives seeking to dismantle it.

He was expected to provide written material that could be circulated among free-market conservatives in Congress and in outside organizations, said two former company executives familiar with Gingrich’s role at the firm. He didn’t produce a white paper or any other document the firm could use on its behalf, they said.

#12 Newt Gingrich has also had a very “cozy” relationship with the ethanol industry.  The following is from a recent NewAmerican article….

The cozy relationship Gingrich has with the ethanol industry led to his consulting business winning more than $300,000 in fees from the ethanol lobby after he left Congress. The Wall Street Journal noted April 27, 2011 that “Professor Gingrich says his ethanol support is grounded in his lifetime of studying history and intellectual problems, but what about that $312,500 from the ethanol lobby?… We’ve never suggested Mr. Gingrich has been bought off, though of course there wouldn’t be an ethanol lobby to hire Mr. Gingrich if there weren’t politicians like Mr. Gingrich willing to prop it up with taxpayer dollars, tariffs and mandates.”

#13 Newt Gingrich is a firm believer in the job-killing “free trade” agenda of the globalists.  Newt Gingrich voted for NAFTA and he is a staunch supporter of the WTO.  He once made the following statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives….

“What we’re being told is that free trade with Mexico would devastate the U.S. economy. With its low wages, Mexico would unleash a flood of cheap imports into our markets. There would be a mass exodus of U.S. factory jobs, as hordes of American companies fled across the border…. All this is scare talk.”

#14 Newt Gingrich is pro-amnesty for illegal aliens.  He has made statements on numerous occasions where he has advocated a “pathway to citizenship” for the millions of illegal immigrants that have been living in this country for an extended period of time.

#15 Before he was running for president, he was running around the country with Al Sharpton promoting the socialist education policies of the Obama administration.

#16 Newt Gingrich seems very confused when it comes to abortion.  Just consider the following statements….

A- “I believe most Americans are pro-choice and anti-abortion.”

B- “I think that abortion should not be legal, and I think that how you would implement that I’m not sure.”

C- “As with any public policy, the more strongly public opinion is swayed in defense of unborn life, the more our laws should and will change as a result.”

#17 The following is how author Dick Williams described Newt’s attitude toward pro-life issues when he became Speaker of the House in 1995….

Gingrich is opposed to abortion but does not believe the nation is ready to enact a constitutional ban. In the first three months of 1995, while the Contract With America was being debated, he angered some Republican congressmen by detouring them from anti-abortion amendments to bills and by putting aside their arguments that a welfare reform package might lead to an increase in abortions.

#18 While he was in Congress, Newt Gingrich co-sponsored 418 bills with Nancy Pelosi.

#19 Several of the Republican candidates are suggesting that the Department of Education should be shut down, but back in 1979 Newt Gingrich voted for the creation of the Department of Education under President Jimmy Carter.

#20 News Gingrich has said that he believes that we should have Singapore-style drug tests for Americans.

#21 How can we trust Newt Gingrich to manage America’s finances when he has done such a horrible job managing his own finances.  According to Politico, Gingrich once owed a debt to Tiffany Jewelry that was somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000.  Politico tried to find out if this debt was still active but Gingrich was not willing to talk about it….

When asked by POLITICO whether Gingrich has settled this debt, and why he owed between a quarter-million and a half-million dollars to a jeweler, Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s spokesman, declined to comment.

“No comment,” he said in an email.

#22 How can we trust Newt Gingrich to run America when he can’t even run his own campaign?  A few months ago, the senior staff of his campaign resigned en masse.  It is literally a miracle that the Gingrich campaign has lasted as long as it has.

#23 For someone that preaches against debt, he sure seems to be able to rack it up.  Back in July, it was reported that the Gingrich campaign was a million dollars in debt.

#24 Newt Gingrich was once fined $300,000 by the House Ethics Committee.  An article in Esquire detailed why he received such a large fine….

His bitterness only deepened when the House Ethics Committee started investigating GOPAC’s donations to his college class and caught him trying to hide his tracks by raising money through a charity for inner-city kids called the Abraham Lincoln Opportunity Foundation. Another charity of his called Earning by Learning actually spent half its money supporting a former Gingrich staffer who was writing his biography. Gingrich even gave out the 800 number for videotapes on the House floor. The Ethics Committee found him guilty of laundering donations through charities, submitting “inaccurate, incomplete, and unreliable” testimony, and making “an effort to have the material appear to be nonpartisan on its face, yet serve as a partisan, political message for the purpose of building the Republican party.” Seven years after he had destroyed Jim Wright for a lesser offense, the committee punished Gingrich with the highest fine ever imposed on a Speaker of the House, $300,000.

#25 Newt Gingrich has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1990.  This alone should immediately disqualify him from consideration for the Republican nomination.

Former Congressman John R. Rarick once said the following about the Council on Foreign Relations….

The CFR, dedicated to one-world government, financed by a number of the largest tax-exempt foundations, and wielding such power and influence over our lives in the areas of finance, business, labor, military, education and mass communication media, should be familiar to every American concerned with good government and with preserving and defending the U.S. Constitution and our free-enterprise system. Yet, the nation’s right to know machinery – the news media – usually so aggressive in exposures to inform our people, remain conspicuously silent when it comes to the CFR, its members and their activities.

The CFR is the establishment. Not only does it have influence and power in key decision-making positions at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also finances and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to justify the high-level decisions for converting the United States from a sovereign constitutional republic into a servile member of a one-world dictatorship.

#26 Newt Gingrich has been spotted attending meetings at the Bohemian Grove.  I wonder what all of those evangelical voters that Newt is courting would think if they learned of the pagan rituals and mock child sacrifices that take place there every year?

#27 Many Republican voters are deeply troubled by the fact that Newt Gingrich has actually cheated on two different wives and is now married to a third wife.  The following is how a recent CBS News article described his marital history….

When he was speaker of the House, Gingrich had an affair with Callista Bisek, then a young committee staff aide, while married to his second wife, Marianne Gingrich. He divorced Marianne in 1999. Eighteen years earlier, he proposed to Marianne while he was still married to his first wife, Jackie Battley, who has said that Gingrich told her he wanted a divorce while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery.

When his second wife asked him how he could give speeches on family values while he was cheating on her, Gingrich is reported to have said the following….

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say.”

Newt Gingrich doesn’t just have skeletons in his closet – he has a whole family of skeletons in his closet.

Hopefully the American people will realize that Newt Gingrich would be an absolute disaster as president.

This country is rapidly running out of time, and the 2012 election represents one of the last chances that we have to turn this nation around.

If America elects Newt Gingrich, we will stay on the same road that Clinton, Bush and Obama have been marching us down.

We simply cannot afford that.

Please choose wisely in 2012 America.

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  • Seth

    Who would be a good president Michael? You don’t want Romney, Perry, Cain, or Obama either. So who’s left? You going to write in Hillary?

    • Michael

      LOL – if Hillary becomes president someday it will be a nightmare so bad that America will probably never recover from it.

      Michael

      • Michael

        And there is a very real possibility that she will run in 2016 by the way.

        Michael

        • dan

          Didnt she recently pledge to leave politics or does she intend on lying like she did when she said she would never run for president?

          • Michael

            Yes, she is saying publicly that she will never run again.

            If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. ;)

            Michael

      • zaemon

        Thats why I’m voting for Bachmann

        • Aimee

          I agree! Bachmann is getting ignored because she is a fiscal and SOCIAL conservative. She is not a Libertarian. She is articulate, and has broadbase experience. I don’t understand why Ron Paul is considered the one and only true candidate. I don’t think the founders mentioned that you had to be strict libertarian to be the president.

          • http://protectourfreedoms.org Steve

            Aimee it isn’t that the founders said you had to be a strict libertarian it is that the libertarian party is the only ones that actually follow the Constitution on all issues. The rest of the party only follows it when it fits their agenda.

            I like Bachmann as I think she has her head on straight I just think that she is wrong on some issues and I think she needs more experience before she is a viable candidate. At least I think she would fight for what she believes in and not blow in the winds of public opinion like Newt and the rest (other then Ron Paul of course).

          • carlc55

            Because Ron Paul is the only candidate that stands for liberty and the constitution. Bachmann voted for the Patriot act, thinks torture is an acceptable policy for the US Government to follow and wants to continue our interventionist, never ending war foreign policy. Other than that she’s ok

    • Ron Paul was right all along

      You forgot the only one who is honest and real and understands economics and wants to stop the impending bankruptcy–Ron Paul.

    • carlc55

      Ron Paul in the only choice a sane, honest person can make.

  • Joe Johnson

    Oh please dear article writer, tell us who the wise choice is for 2012. Who’s going to untether the American working class from all those free trade agreements with 3rd world countries. Who will make the necessary investment into our failing educational system. Who truly has the audacity to rein in an out of control military machine. Who will show Wall Street that the administration and the people’s representitives will be wrestling control of government from their greedy hands. Please dear writer, tell us whom to vote for.

    • Former Teacher

      Our educational system is a disaster. We spend more money than just about any country in the world on education, yet we crank out about the the dumbest kids in the world. American kids are rude, spoiled and have zero discipline or motivation. More money is not the answer. Discipline, high standards and getting the teacher unions out of the way is the answer. Teacher unions make it impossible to hire incompetent teachers and bankrupt states with their million dollar pensions. Why should anybody get a pension off the backs of the working people? I have to pay for my retirement. Why should anybody else pay for my retirement?

      • Joe Johnson

        Perhaps you are unaware of how the social security system works. If you are collecting a SS check you are being paid by those still working, since that trust fund has been emptied by corrupt politicians long ago.

        I’m also not getting what you are trying to say about our stupid kids, are you blaming their lack of discipline and motivation on incompetent teachers or on parents.? No doubt we have incompetent teachers, I’ve met them. It is unreasonable to believe you are going to get the best and brightest going into a profession that guarantees a meager standard of living. If we want to diminish even further the incentive to teach than I suppose we could eliminate a decent pension plan. I find it ludicrous that you begrudge teachers recieving a decent pension while your government loses track of trillions of dollars funnelled to defense contractors through the Pentagon. Perhaps you might question why the Pentagon budget office just happened to be the area hit by the “airplane” on 9-11. Rumsfeld was supposed to explain where a few trillion dollars disappeared to before this tragedy. I won’t even get into the trillions spent to bail out banker fraud with zero criminal charges brought against those responsible for defrauding the public pension plans you feel shouldn’t exist in the first place.

    • Justin Rogers

      Ummm…Ron Paul.

    • carlc55

      That’s what is impressive about this article. The author refrained from suggesting a choice. It’s up to YOU to decide. If you are foolish enough to vote for Gingrich then that decision is on your head.

  • mark

    Michael, who is left that you would support? I do not want Newt for president. He is a bright fellow, but he seems to be all over the map with his thoughts. Perry and Cain are out. Bachman has good ideas, but will not win. Romney is to the left of most, but he does seem to have a good family life. He made his money in the business world and knows how to run things. Will he run things to the left or the right? Ron Paul has some good ideas, but he has the charisma of a toad. I have said before that we will not get a small government type for president this time around. It is pretty late in the game for someone new to pop up. Let’s at least vote in more small government types for the House and Senate.

    • carlc55

      You mean the charisma of a hare.

  • mondobeyondo

    Newt Gengrich is certainly not the type of person I would vote for as the next leader of this country. But then, you have people who’ll vote for anyone who’s the “flavor of the week”.

    A few months ago, it was Sarah Palin.
    3 weeks ago, it was Michele Bachmann.
    2 weeks ago, it was Rick Perry.
    2 weeks ago, it was Herman Cain.
    This week, it’s Newt Gingrich.
    Next week, that Huntsman guy might make a surge.

    (Time lines are a bit off of course. Hee!)

    • carlc55

      And in the end Ron Paul will win the nomination and the Presidency. You see, I truly believe in the American People. They are intelligent, they know who is right and who is telling the truth. And they know what integrity is when they see it.

  • HeartofShadows

    Lol mike you still believe in the election.

    Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It’s a sort of spiritual clap, I should say.”

    Henry Miller

  • Jason

    If we don’t choose Gingrich then that begs the question of who should we choose as president ?

    Perhaps we can all vote for Michael !

    • Michael

      LOL – I am not running :)

      Michael

    • carlc55

      If you think think this presidential election is so frivolous then you deserve the tyranny you are going to get.

  • Joe Johnson

    Just reading this article reaffirms my belief that we are decades away from true reform, a reform that will only follow total economic and political collapse. The only thing that will change our current set of circumstances is something the American people have no stomach for- revolution. Not a lame occupy protest that is nothing more than a 60’s style hippie sit-in, but a true revolution. This won’t be pretty but it is absolutely necessary. Our government is corrupt, our business leaders are corrupt,our banking system is corrupt and our police are used more and more for control of social unrest. We will suffer much more until the ranks of the unemployed and working poor balloon to unprecedented levels. That day is unknowable but most certainly inevitable.

    • Gay Veteran

      well Joe, Occupy Wall Street protested, what have YOU done?

      • Joe Johnson

        You have a point. I am glad at least something is happening but it is a useless endeavor. The 1% control the levers of power and protest will be squashed. They control local police forces and even the national guard will be used to enforce their rule. If you want to know what your government is capable of just enter “Bonus Army” into your browser and read.

    • 1FreeSpirit

      Joe, you are so right about the revolution. If you don’t know what Ron Paul stands for, please check him out. This IS the r3VOLution you speak of.

    • carlc55

      Odd, in grade school I was taught that the founders guaranteed the American people a revolution every two and four years (at the federal level). A bloodless revolution that only took a little self honesty, intelligence, personal integrity and introspection to accomplish. No bloodshed was required, just an informed and vigilant citizenry. Perhaps that was to much to ask.

  • William

    I heard/saw Gingrich speak while I was a student at the AF Command & Staff College back in the early 80s. Gingrich is very intelligent and is a talented orator. But, he is UNFIT to be President due to his total lack of morals…… Gingrich has the values of a thief and a liar. His moral code is Newt FIRST. To hell with everyone else.

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    Excellent piece on former Speaker Gingrich. Gingrich has a track record that Ron Paul could absolutely obliterate during the debates and for advertising. Ron Paul does not like that hard hitting style, but he must point out the hypocrisy and the corrupt nature of Gingrich as well as the others.

    As for the teabaggers, that train ran out of steam quite a while ago. But it would be nice to call the teabaggers out for what they are, and that is the disguised establishment that finally came out of the closet.

    • knightowl77

      Your as clueless about the tea party as the OWS crowd is about Wall Street….Like talken to a wall…. “Hello Wall”

      • Joe Johnson

        Even members of the tea are clueless about what the tea party represents. That’s why you found them holding signs asking government to stay out of health care while they were receiving medicare. Anything associated with the right is loaded with hypocrisy or just plain stupidity. Here in Nevada we had Sharron Angle running against big government while her husband was collecting a government pension.

    • carlc55
  • El Pollo de Oro

    The fact that some Tea Party activists have embraced Newt Gingrich is a perfect example of why the Tea Party is a Republican joke at this point. Initially, the Tea Party was meant to be a libertarian movement of Ron Paul supporters; the Tea Party should have built a strong third party movement and steered clear of the Republican establishment, but instead, the Tea Party allied itself with all the neocons, corporatists, warmongers and Wall Street criminals that Ron Paul has opposed. When the Tea Party embraced neocons like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Pat Toomey and Jim DeMint, they condemned themselves to failure and became corporate puppets.

    “Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism.”—Ron Paul

    “The conservative movement of today is a Bizarro World version of the historical doctrine of the American right, which up until the 1950s, was anti-imperialist as well as anti-government.”—Justin Raimondo

    The thing that neocons never seem to comprehend is that so-called “neoconservatism” or “big government conservatism” costs money. Bank bailouts, unconstitutional drug laws, imperialist wars, corporate welfare, the prison/industrial complex and other things that are opposed by Ron Paul but supported by neocon Republicans carry a heavy price tag. So, if you support Newt Gingrich but oppose Ron Paul, please don’t complain about taxes.

    • REED RICHARDS

      El Pollo de Oro,

      THE ONLY WAY OUT OF THIS IS FOR THE GREENS, LIBERTARIANS, CONSTITUTIONALISTS, ETC., TO FORM A GRAND COALITION AND PUT THE WAR PARTY REPUBLICAN DEMOCRAT PARTY OUT OF BUSINESS, PERMANENTLY:

      You are spot on, here. Along with the quotes from Ron Paul and Justin Raimondo, you have hit the nail right on the head. The teabaggers have sold out, whether they know it or not, and the establishment GOP/Dem War Party never was to be trusted, as they have only killing and looting on their minds 24/7.

      What truly has to happen is that the libertarians, greens, constitutionalists, and all other manner of independent minded people have to come together on a conscensus platform of four or five basic principles in order to re-establish the American Republic. For as long as the outsider left and outsider right refuse to get along and refuse to make common cause, then the Democrat/Republican war party will continue to win elections and continue to stay in power, thus continuing the wars and looting without end.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        REED RICHARDS: Several days ago, I had an interesting conversation with a Green Party activist I met near Philadelphia’s City Hall (where Occupy has a camp set up—although they probably won’t be there much longer). I told him I was an admirer of Ron Paul, Alex Jones, Gary Johnson and Justin Raimondo, and he said, “But…..they’re really right-wing.” I replied: “Yes, and third-party progressives like yourself need to network with third-party libertarian/paleoconservatives and find the common ground. Why do you think Ron Paul supporters have been showing up at these protests? And why do you think Gerald Celente has been calling for a Ron Paul/Ralph Nader ticket? And why do you think liberal feminist Naomi Wolf has a friendly dialogue with Alex Jones?” Then I told him that if Occupy protestors vote for Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama and the imperialist, corporatist Democratic Party, nothing will change–and The Banana Republic of America will continue to slide deeper and deeper into the abyss.

        • REED RICHARDS

          El Pollo de Oro,

          Agreed. The third party outliers must come together in a grand coalition and put the establishment war party out of business, no question about it. Naomi Wolf would be a very welcome addition to the coalition against bankster and political crime boss occupation. And as I said, they don’t have to agree on everything, but four or five basic principles, such as ending the senseless wars, the outsourcing of jobs, ending corporate welfare, etc. Four or five basic principles are all that is needed to bridge those two sides.

          Frankly, I have no idea what these people are waiting for honestly. Leaders of the Green Party, the Libertarians, the Constitutionalists, etc., have to understand what is at stake here and that the longer they wait, the longer the war party stays in power and the more pain that it inflicts on the rest of the populace……………

  • JJ

    At this point, I think ALL of them would be really, really bad Presidents. I don’t even have much faith in someone like Ron Paul anymore. Obama may end up being the lesser of all evils, who knows. Until we have a viable, true 3rd party candidate who is not a career politician, a Washington insider, or not part of the wealthy elite, we will just get more of the same. Like the song says “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

    • carlc55

      You wouldn’t know a man of integrity and honesty, one who has shown what the problems are and how to correct them, if you fell over him. Which is what you will have to do if you ignor Ron Paul. His the ONLY candidate that will lead us out of the mess we are in.

  • knightowl77

    In 2008 when talking about the two potential candidates I would say….

    George W Bush took this country downhill at 60mph. John McCain will take this country downhill at 75mph and Barry Obama will floor it hit speeds in excess of 120mph, until we hit the ledge and plunge to our death….

    Romney, Gingrich and Cain are an improvement over Obama in that we will reduce speed but we are still heading downhill at speeds anywhere from 50mph to 85mph depending on who we pick…

    We just don’t need to slow down, we need to stop and reverse course or we are going over the cliff. Soooo, even though I have disagreements with Ron Paul on foreign policy matters, he is the only 1 that will attempt to stop this runaway train…

    • mcnugget

      Amen KnightOwl77… that’s exactly what every American needs to come to grips with.

    • carlc55

      I would like to easy your fears of Ron Pauls foreign policy stand. Please understand that our curent foreign policy is core to the problems we face a country, both economically and morally. If we don’t stop the interventions we are engaging in overseas, if we don’t bring our troops home, we can not hope to cure the ills our country is facing. Saying that, Ron Paul as our president is not going to unwittingly let our country be attacked by a foreign enemy. He believes in America and his oath to “…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

  • James

    Michael,

    Voting for a president who can get us out of this mess would be like voting for a captain who promised to keep the Titanic afloat after the iceberg.

    I’m torn on whether I’m going to write my own name in or vote for a Zombie Goldwater/Reagan ticket.

    • Michael

      I think the zombie thing would be quite interesting. :)

      Michael

  • dan

    You missed a few good points like Gingrich supporting federal land grabbing, supporting the assassinations of American citizens (for the now ambiguous term that can mean anything these days – terrorist), and his support for the Tofflers that called for the end of the constitution.

    • Michael

      There is so much material with Gingrich it is hard to cover it all. :)

      Michael

  • mark

    Ron Paul has a lot of good ideas. His problem is that he does not express himself in a way that most people like. His son has more personality that the voters might look at. Maybe Rand in 2016. The public does not understand how bad our situation is. They are not ready for the big cuts in their own checks yet. That is why we will not elect a small government President this time.

    • carlc55

      so another style over substance buffoon – don’t bother me with what’s being said I want it to sound good.

  • JC Vaughan

    I do not know how you can say all this. I do not disagree, I’m just saying I don’t know how you can say it. As to “mock child sacrifices” at the Bohemian Grove and “one-world government” from the CFR, you had better pray, hard, that we do not get one-world government from the Mullahs, IRI and Basij of Iran, who practice what can only be called REAL CHILD SACRIFICES! Check Ayaz Marhoni, Mahmoud Asgari, Makwan Moloudzadeh, Ebrahim Hamidi (not to even mention all of the poor virgin girls). Of course, there are always “legitimate charges”: de-facto Devil Worshipers do have to cover their cloven-footed tracks.

  • http://bigpond pedro mohr

    Anyone will have big problem with straightening out USA today but Ron Paul has a good chance it appears.Other candidates listed- no chance.

  • Gay Veteran

    gee, and we wonder why political rhetoric is so vile:

    “…1990 Gingrich’s political action committee, GOPAC, sends out a memo titled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control” to several thousand Republican candidates running for state and local offices. It includes a list of words they should use to describe Democrats:

    decay, failure (fail) collapse(ing) deeper, crisis, urgent(cy), destructive, destroy, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, they/them, unionized bureaucracy, “compassion” is not enough, betray, consequences, limit(s), shallow, traitors, sensationalists, endanger, coercion, hypocricy, radical, threaten, devour, waste, corruption, incompetent, permissive attitude, destructive, impose, self-serving, greed, ideological, insecure, anti-(issue): flag, family, child, jobs; pessimistic, excuses, intolerant, stagnation, welfare, corrupt, selfish, insensitive, status quo, mandate(s) taxes, spend (ing) shame, disgrace, punish (poor…) bizarre, cynicism, cheat, steal, abuse of power, machine, bosses, obsolete, criminal rights, red tape, patronage….”

  • JRbo

    Whom do you recommend, then? I know Newt has a lot of negatives. We need to push for visibility for Ron Paul, of course, but if he doesn’t make the final cut, do we boycott the election, and turn things back over to the horrific Bumbling, Feckless Barack?

  • Ben

    If you really want to get conspiratorial…Gingrich is also a 33rd Degree Mason. Is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has done work with the Trilateral Commisson. This guy is a globalist all the way and I believe he would push Agenda 21 into overdrive.

    Other than Ron Paul, none of the candidates are worth voting for in2012. It does not matter, the dollar is going to collapse and a huge paradigm shift is coming. If you are prepared, I would suspect you can get thru it. If not, I will pray for you.

    The upcoming election will not matter. It will only delay or change the inevitable. This country is going down and there is not a lot people can do about it. We let this happen. Too many of us became fat, lazy and stupid and thought that “the other guy” would remain vigilant.

    I don’t blame any of the readers of this blog but there are about 325 million out of a possible 330 million souls in this country that just do not get it.

    Such is the fate of empires.

    Well…it was fun while it lasted.

    Good luck to you all and may God Bless you and keep you safe.

    • http://deleted carlc55

      So whom do you want at the controls when the plane is going down – a pilot that knows how to land it or one that has been trying to crash it all along?

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Relax, Newt is not going to get the nomination, he has a track record (See above) and he’s just the flavor of the week. Newt also has a history of being his own worst enemy, granted he’s a smart cookie he’ll still flame out. During the summer it was Perry then during the fall it was Cain now winter Newt. Because of the timing Newt may win or show well during the early primaries, the race is Mitt’s to louse.

    • mcnugget

      I think the establishment’s use for Newt is not to become the nomination but rather to become Cain’s VP if Cain is nominated. Cain’s naivite regarding the underlying NWO agenda and its key mechanisms (ie: The FED, etc…) is useful to them because it opens the door for Newt to broker their bidding from the White House much like Colonel House did with Woodrow Wilson. I don’t think there’s as much support for Romney as the media says…

      • Larry Dee

        Are none of you aware that Herman Cain bailed, as did Bachman, Huntsman and Perry. This is how Obama got to be state Senator then US Senator in the first place, To discredit all of his compatition. If we keep on the way we have Obama will win reelection by default.

  • Ron Paul was right all along

    Anyone who supports Gingrich is a socialist–socialist for the rich. Bailouts are blood suckin thievery and the financial raping and pillaging of the working and middle classes. Case closed. Ron Paul has more integrity and intelligence than that RINO coward. It takes honesty, morals and integrity to demand that banks take responsibility for their own mistakes. Bring back Glass-Steagal.

  • Bilejones

    You missed out the obvious one: He’s as thick as a brick and thinks he’s smart (It’s a damning indictment of the Republican Party that they let him get away with this bullshit.)

    • knightowl77

      99% of the people in DC believe that the American people are too stupid to live their own lives…Newt is another of those that thinks he is smarter than everyone else and therefor he doesn’t need to listen to what they have to say…Almost all of the establishment of BOTH parties is that way….Thats why they ram through bill after bill that a majority of Americans don’t want, because they believe they know better. GWB did it OFTEN, OBama Pelosi and Reid are doing the same….
      Only Ron Paul has enough humility to actually listen to the people.

  • Deborah

    Michael, you never answered the question: Who should we vote for? If I write in Buddy Roemer (I like him) isn’t that just giving my vote to someone else? Also, if I dont vote, that is a bad idea as well! What to do?

    • Michael

      I would encourage you to pray about it and to vote for the person that you think is the right choice.

      In this article I wanted to help people become better informed about Gingrich.

      Michael

      • Jan

        Yes, the only ones who seem to have integrity are behind in the polls. If Michele Bachmann were a man she might have a chance, or if she were a Maggy Thatcher. I do think that prayer is the answer, as we will get the president we deserve, and we need to turn our hearts to God or we will deserve the disaster we can see on the horizon.

  • Nicholas

    I keep seeing the questions “who should we vote for?”
    “Who’s left?”
    Well…Ron Paul is left. And he is gaining momentum! His foreign policy will save us money while keeping us safer than ever. His monetary policy will lead us to economic recovery. He never flip flops. Ron Paul is the man for the job. Give him a chance!

  • gary2

    I love watching the republican party implode. It gladdens my heart!

    • knightowl77

      …..so do trainwrecks, car crashes, and all other types of misery. Bottom feeders always delight in the discomfort of others

  • CHuckFeney

    Newt’s Loot

    A presidential candidate named Newt
    Received lots of Feddie Mac loot
    When asked to justfy
    This figure so high
    The auditors said it did not compute!

    Newt says he gave historic perspective
    About lending practices gone defective
    But we have to laugh
    At more than a million and a half
    Being paid for Newt’s political invective.

    It shows you what’s wrong with this nation
    Corrupted by the world banking corporation
    Our rulers get bought
    And no one does squat
    About obscene levels of executive compensation.
    __________________________
    Charles Ulysses Feney

    • Michael

      I like it!

      Michael

  • Airborne71

    I got one reason for voting for Newt that tops your twenty seven , He aint obama !

    • knightowl77

      Well said….I won’t for Newt in the primary ,but I’ll vote for anyone running against Obamster in the general election…

  • Myra Anne

    Folks—We all know that Newt would be alot better than Obama. We will never find someone who is perfect. We must do what it takes to save America NOW !!!

  • A.S.

    Who to vote for? I think many people here already know–RON PAUL!

    AND BTW–it is absolutely correct regarding him being a member of the CFR, but a more extreme approach should be used: any person who was/is a member or even been a “guest” of the CFR, is DISQUALIFIED from serving any public office, even a lowly court clerk position in a under 100 pop. town! So, with that said, Newt should never have been in Congress in the first place!

  • turbomr2

    I think we do need a single payer health care system like Canada or most developed nations have. Hopefully, Mitt will implement one and get rid of all our health ins industry.

  • Michael Larkin

    I think the only two people qualified to un-tangle the mess we are in are Rick Perry and Sarah Palin..they have governed our two largest states well..attacked corruption and balanced budgets..energy is our future, they know energy.
    (plus they are both way smarter than Obama sans teleprompter.)

    PERRY-PALIN 2012!!

  • minnie

    Who cares about your 27 opinions, Newt loves our country, which is one thing you cannot say about obama, who is a communist and atheist obama has not denied Larry Sinclair’s accusations. obama needs to take a lie detector test. All that is worse than your 27 opinions. I just saw his b.c he was born in mombasa, kenya. Vote NEWT GINGRICH. in 2012 for President.

    • Michael

      Minnie:

      You are so against Obama that you want to vote someone almost exactly like him into office?

      That doesn’t make sense.

      Michael

  • Robert McKay

    I’m not defending a socialist like Gingrich, but I think it’s important to get the facts straight. As far as I can tell, he voted “no” on the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994″

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h1994-416

  • rockclimber

    Hi Michael,

    That’s another fine editorial, Gingrich is a complete scumbag indeed.

    I have to ask though…who do you beleive is the best candidate? I’m thinking Ron Paul, what is your opinion about RP?

    Thanks,

    Scott in Colorado, aka, rockclimber

    • Michael

      If you want to compare Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, I believe that Ron Paul is a vastly superior candidate to Newt Gingrich.

      Michael

  • http://stopneocons.bravejournal.com Winston Smith

    “I wonder what all of those evangelical voters that Newt is courting would think if they learned of the pagan rituals and mock child sacrifices that take place there every year”

    Answer-it wont, said voters have sold out for GOP-only voting. The dumbest voters are evangelical-and NeoCath-voters…..

  • kickk

    Reason #28 – The Clinton Surplus was bogus. U.S. National Debt increased every year of his administration and Gingrich’s term in the 90’s (see http://cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/All_US_Debt.png ). The only way the National Debt can show yearly increases is if a budget deficit was run for those years (not a surplus!).

  • Bob Marshall

    If Ron Paul’s foreign policy is so wrong why did 342 US troops commit suicide in 2009 and 468 in 2010? There were 462 killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010. how many commited suicide in 2011? That is 810 committing suicide in just two years.How many died from exposure to depleted uranium? How many developed cancer? Smedley Butler said War is big business.Over 20,000 corporations and businesses support the war effort by making materials and weapons necessary for war. That is a lot of wealth being created along with thousands and thousands of jobs.

  • Dr Hook

    Ron Paul? What is it he’s right about? When our enemies attack us, don’t respond? Legalize everything that has brought down every nation before us? Pull our support from our allies and call those who want to kill us “not a threat?” Blame America for …the worldwide terrorist problems including the killing of almost 3,000 of our own citizens? Or is he right when he calls himself a Christian but thumbs his nose at all biblical principles? This man is wrong on every issue when it comes to foreign policy and almost the same on his domestic ideas. Nothing he promotes has anything to do with freedom, liberty or the Constitution. It’s all about reaching out to the lowest form of life he can find for a vote.