Ouch: Obama Might Be Seeing Newt Gingrich In His Nightmares After This Smack Down

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In a recent editorial published by CNN, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took on Barack Obama’s disingenuousness and self-centeredness in the straightforward tone for which he is known. He began by lambasting White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s claim that Obama has greatly contributed to global tranquility.

Gingrich offered several examples of Obama acting more like a campaigner than a leader.

When the President refused to go to the U.S.-Mexico border last week to see the crisis of young people flooding into the United States because “he’s not interested in photo ops,” lesser mortals noted he had played pool with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper,dropped by a brewery to have a beer and shook hands with a man wearing a horse-head mask.

His lackluster response to global crises, Gingrich maintained, leaves much to be desired.

When he went to Delaware on Thursday and opened with a few sentences about the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine before joking about Joe Biden and going back to his prepared text on infrastructure, many thought he had failed to take seriously an international disaster. They were even less impressed when he had lunch at the Charcoal Pit and ordered burgers and fries (not a photo op, of course). It was not until 24 hours later that he took to the podium to promise an aggressive investigation.

The continuing threat of radical Islamic terrorism offers an even starker illustration of this point, he writes.

With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria causing the collapse of Iraq and continued violence in Syria, the Syrian dictatorship consolidating its power, the Iranians failing to take steps to end their nuclear weapons program and Hamas firing more than 1,000 rockets at Israel, the President and his team have moved decisively to brief The New York Times on his passion for late-night intellectual dinners exploring physics, architecture and questions far more profound than the fate of the Middle East.

Instead of worrying about international events and issues affecting all Americans, he noted that Obama is generally more concerned with himself.

The President refers to himself when he asserts “the Bear is loose.” Of course with a President who last week used“I”, “my” or “mine” 207 times in one speech, the concept is beyond bizarre. The White House staff, thinking somehow that this was clever, promptly turned the phrase into a Twitter hashtag, #TheBearIsLoose.

Gingrich went on to note the distinct differences in leadership between Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Obama’s idea of a loose bear is an unplanned walk to a Starbucks near the White House. Putin’s idea of a loose bear is stealing Crimea. Obama’s idea of risk-taking is shooting pool with a Democratic governor. Putin’s idea of risk-taking is handing out anti-aircraft missiles to rebels in Ukraine. Putin’s actions remind us of a time when America was threatened by a real metaphorical bear, as a 1984 Reagan campaign ad referred to the Soviet Union.

His willful ignorance, Gingrich suggested, has prompted the rest of the Democrat Party to operate in a similar cocoon.

If you can reduce your presidency to a Starbucks visit, a man with a horse-head mask, shooting pool and visiting Joe Biden’s burger joint for lunch, you can have a successful presidency as you have defined it, even if the world is disintegrating.

The President’s detachment from reality is fast infecting the rest of his party. How else can we explain fellow Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stating this week that “the border is secure”?

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Is Mozilla CEO Victim Of “New Fascism”?

Newt Gingrich says Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is a victim of the new facism that forced his resignation because of a donation to an anti-gay marriage campaign back in 2008. He was asked about this matter on ABC’s “This Week” last Sunday by Jonathan Karl.

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Gingrich: Conservatives Can Lead The Smartphone Revolution

As personal technology becomes even more ubiquitous in the U.S., its usefulness in shaping our national culture is more apparent than ever before. During his speech to a receptive crowd at CPAC Saturday, former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich explained how the political right can make the most of such advancements.

He began his remarks by lambasting the “prison guards” on the left who are determined to hold fast to the failed policies of the past.

In areas such as education, he explained, Democrat leaders like New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio are closing charter schools in an effort to keep the next generation locked into an ideologically driven public school system largely controlled by leftist teachers unions.

“If we had the current model” during America’s long periods of unparalleled advances, he continued, “the stage coach association would have passed a bill that limited trains to the speed of a horse.”

He described the proliferation of smartphone technology as the key to shaping America’s future, listing many ways these devices are poised to change our society and the methods leftists are using to halt that progress.

Users can now download applications for a litany of practical uses, including valuable public health advancements.

“The Food and Drug Administration, seeing the dramatic rise of applications … now wants to take over approving applications for smartphones,” Gingrich said, explaining this issue represents a prime opportunity for conservatives to appeal to a younger generation.

“Go out and talk to any college campus,” he suggested, and ask young adults how they would like “Washington bureaucrats” slowing down technological progress. “There’s a revolution coming and we have the opportunity to lead it.”

Technology is the great equalizer, allowing all individuals access to the same information. By embracing these developments, Gingrich said conservatives can “return power to the American people” while moving toward the common goal of “a much more limited government.”

He urged activists to “find pioneers you can work with,” explaining efforts are more fruitful at the local level.

Beginning with our founders, generations of Americans made this nation great through innovative thinking and risk-taking. If we are to continue that noble heritage, conservatives must take the initiative and prevent self-serving leftists from inhibiting progress in order to preserve their own flawed policies.

–B. Christopher Agee

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WATCH Gingrich Take Apart Blitzer’s ‘Selective Outrage’ Over Nugent’s Comments

Former House Speaker and Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich let loose on CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer over the selective media outrage the media employs against conservatives, versus the pass liberals are routinely afforded.

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The Next Historic Landmark Obama Plans To Defame

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Over the weekend, Harry Reid and John Boehner both allowed their members to slip out of town and seek a reprieve from the most vicious, partisan rancor I’ve seen in my 30 years manning the political barricades.

Like Congress, I used the lull to gather my own thoughts. I decided to slip away to a place of refuge and wisdom that I’ve always enjoyed visiting: Colonial Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg has yet to be swallowed by the government, which has been the fate of so many other historic sites. Obama has succeeded in closing nearby Yorktown and Jamestown, for example. But as I strolled along Duke of Gloucester Street, I was able to forget about the pain Barack Obama is so wickedly dishing out to the helpless. And it helped me to get some perspective after a very intense week.

Obama’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has told agencies to maximize the pain for “average Americans” during the standoff. So they’re shutting down everything they can. In Florida, the federal bureaucrats even tried to shut down the ocean. Didn’t you know the government claims ownership of the fish in the sea? If the government is shut down, then by goodness they’re going to keep you from your favorite fishing spot.

Interestingly, my time of reflection made me fondly remember Bill Clinton, a president I spent eight years writing about in decidedly unflattering terms. Heck, my first bestselling book was Slick Willie: Why America Cannot Trust Bill Clinton.

I thought back to the last government shutdown, when Bill Clinton was meeting with Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich on a near-daily basis to forge a common consensus. Quite a contrast to Obama’s handling of our current situation.

Frankly, I hope that this shutdown serves as a wake-up call to the public to stop nationalizing our parks, vital resources, and laws. State leaders should be jealously guarding what power they still have. The federal beast has grown too big and powerful.

Take healthcare, which is nearly half nationalized now with Medicaid providing for the poor and Medicare providing for the elderly. Obamacare closes the loop and guarantees all Americans equally poor care under the protection of the federal government. That is, unless you’re part of the U.S. Congress and you get an exemption and a subsidy of over 70%. The gap between the governing class and the governed has never been larger. Obamacare only increases the gap.

While in Williamsburg, I was quietly reminded that a disconnect between the governed and the governing class is not new. In colonial America, this same dilemma sparked the violence in Lexington and launched the War for American Independence.

In fact, most of the world still suffers under this two-tiered system. In China, many Communist Party officials live fabulously decadent lives while rural peasants continue to suffer in abject poverty. In Russia, Communism may have collapsed, but Putin and his KGB cronies have been able to replicate their palatial living standards.

In these countries, the words of Thomas Jefferson must cut like a knife:  “When governments fear the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” I think Jefferson’s words should once again be on the lips of Americans. These simple words inscribed here in Williamsburg are powerful and true. And while my weekend trip has cleared my vision, I’m saddened to report to you, friends: We too now live in a land of tyranny.


This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.