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.


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Obama’s Relationship Problem

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In the wake of the partial government shut-down, with the vivid reminder of closures of our national monuments, many people blame the President and Democrats who agree with him. Others blame the Republicans in Congress.

Neither side appears to have wavered much from their mantras, shown much independence, or demonstrate any ability to negotiate.

And that’s the problem.

Without strong leaders in Congress willing to negotiate to get things done on key policy issues, the mantra falls to the President. When the President and the Congress fail to agree, the government shuts down.

There are many complicated aspects to the Washington drama that involve the debt ceiling, the appropriations process, continuing resolutions, and lots of other hard to understand “process” issues that Congress must follow.

But beyond the weeds and sausage-making are simple approaches that impact American families and people who own small businesses. We negotiate with our business colleagues and families to reach civility, certainty, and common ground using common sense. Washington has lost track of these simple principles.

Relationships are critical in Washington. The lack of trust between the President and Congress is evident, and it’s frustrating to Americans watching.

It falls to the President to be the “adult” when it comes to negotiating on budget priorities in the wake of congressional bickering. He must act like he’s the head of the household when family members are squabbling in the Congress.

Instead, he’s thumbing his nose at Republicans and playing the blame game. He thinks that because the polls say that Congress shouldn’t shut down the government because of problems with Obamacare, he’s somehow “winning”.

The political gamesmanship continues with liberals calling U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a host of bad names and the Obama Administration saying that it doesn’t really matter when the shutdown ends.

U.S. Majority Leader Harry Reid jumped into the fray as well, calling Speaker Boehner a ‘coward’. Really?

Everyday Americans wonder why the Congress and the President are acting like school yard bullies who can’t get along. If they were in their kids’ play yard, they’d tell their kids to avoid these bullies. Now, everyone looks like a bully in Washington.

These real life, working families are becoming more frustrated by the day. They create jobs, pay the household bills, drive their kids to school, and like to hike in a scenic park on the weekend. If their weekend getaway is a national park, it may be closed. And that’s why they’re pissed.

Republicans are to blame as well. They must do a better job defining the debate beyond just Obamacare. There is a lack of a big picture understanding of what bloated government programs really cost.  The price tag has increased. We are now $17 trillion in debt. Who’s paying for this? Our kids will bear this burden.

As families struggle to find good jobs and an increasing number of baby boomers remain under-employed, there is more focus on family and personal budgeting.

Still, the Republicans’ message hasn’t penetrated. They need to talk beyond their base on the risks of Obamacare to Latinas who own small businesses and Asian moms who worry about the cost of their kids’ education. They need to build a greater awareness that the sweeping health care reform known as Obamacare is too risky of an investment to make right now.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn said today that the Obamacare price tag started at $863 million but that the price tag has gone up. Rep. Peter Roskam said on CNBC that Obamacare would cost $1.9 trillion over 10 years. That’s a lot of dough to shell out for a program that is showing problems with implementation and enrollment its first week. The uncertainty of the price points and the way the law is structured is a problem that the Obama Administration ignores.

Americans watching the Washington drama will be weary of signing up for Obamacare because they lack trust in their government in the wake of bickering and shutdowns.

The last time the government was shut down was seventeen years ago. At that time, I worked on Capitol Hill. It was 1996, and it was the classic battle between President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, and U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Back then, Bob Dole was able to make a deal with Clinton and Gingrich and get things moving again. Yes, it was a Presidential election year; but in spite of the political posturing (remember Dole ran against Clinton), they got it done because they truly believed that the American people deserved a well-run government. Neither side got exactly what they wanted, but they were able to negotiate a deal.

A friend who was part of the Reagan Revolution said to me today:

“I never thought I’d say this – but I miss Bill Clinton”.

It wasn’t an endorsement of Hilary 2016, but a statement from a time when a Democrat President was willing to work with a Republican Congress to get things done.

The expectation was set years earlier by Republican President Ronald Reagan, U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill (a Democrat), and Howard Baker, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. I’ll never forget a picture that Tip O’Neill penned to Senators Bob Dole and Howard Baker. It read:

“We three, Americans first.”

These are two examples of divided government under two different Presidents. They understood that they needed to get along and get things done.

President Obama is the head of American government and needs to spend some time getting to know the people in Congress. He must extend a more welcoming hand, find common ground, and expend some of his political capital and work with – not against – his family in Congress. People expect that of our leader. To do anything less is childish and unbecoming of a head of state.


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It’s been a long time since I tuned in BSNBC.  It is amazing how ‘progressives’ go from bad to worse.  What passes for ‘journalism’ over there is little more than a mosh pit, a conservative meat grinder, and a propaganda arm of the Obama machine.

The basic routine is having one or two speed talkers gang-slam some Republican guest:

BS interrogator:  “So we see millions of people desperate for health insurance at the exchanges.  Why do you want to prevent them from having health coverage?”

Republican: “We want to . . . “

Interrogator: “Yes, only the rich get healthcare in this country   Why do you want only the rich to be healthy? Don’t you care about women and children and the poor and minorities?”

Republican: “Our plan for reform . . . “

Interrogator: “The Affordable Care Act is law. Don’t you respect the Constitution?”

Republican:  “According to the Constitution . . .”

Interrogator: “Republicans only comprise 1/5th of the government.  Don’t you respect the will of the majority?”

Republican:  “The majority of the American people . . .”

Interrogator:  “Ted Cruz is a thug according to many people on your side of the aisle, don’t you agree?”

Republican:  “Senator Cruz . . .”

Interrogator:  “How can you possibly defend a position that violates the Constitution behind the activism of thugs and lawbreakers to the detriment of the poor and disenfranchised.  It smacks of racism, doesn’t it?”

Republican: “We think ObamaCare discriminates because . . .”

Interrogator:  “Eighty million people in this country are dying far too soon because Republicans don’t want to spend money on healthcare.  It’s shameful.”

Republican:  “We want reform without bankrupting the country . . .”

Interrogator:  “That’s all the time we have.  Always a pleasure having you on Congressman.  And now to Rachel Maddow who reports tonight on why Newt Gingrich is responsible for the government shutdown, another Republican crime worthy of execution.”