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Newt Is Right About Mandela
American Conservative, by W. James Antle, III

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/9/2013 4:54:14 AM

Bob Dole once made a droll crack to the New York Times about Newt Gingrich, then the speaker of the House. “Gingrich’s staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and this little tiny one,” Dole said. “Number one is ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number two, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number three, number four, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ The little one is ‘Newt’s Good Ideas.’” Here’s one from Gingrich’s little file: he has been pushing back against some of the more thoughtless conservative reactions to the death of Nelson Mandela. The backlash has ranged from the merely tone-deaf—think of Rick Santorum drawing comparisons between Obamacare and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 12/9/2013 5:11:32 AM     (No. 9646050)

Bottom line: Is South Africa a better place after Mandela and his ilk took control?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/9/2013 5:23:38 AM     (No. 9646059)

Dole was mad because Newt said he was the tax collector for the welfare state. I was a very big fan of Newt during the 90´s and I wonder how Dole could say his ideas sucked when he won the House back for the first time in 40 years.

Newt´s biggest problems wasn´t his ideas but his thin skinned personality and short temper..He never got over his plane seat Clinton stuck him with on AF1.So in some cases Newt took his eye off the ball over a petty dispute.

The other big Newt downfall was he thought with the wrong head too much. His wife Maryanne was very loyal to him and how he wound up with his current batty wife,I´ll never figure out. I mean nobody could project this woman as first lady and that´s a priority for a lot of women voters.

The establishment was scared of Newt because he meant what he said. he would have taken a sledgehammer to the budget,he would have had an aggressive foreign policy. Newt´s lunar ambitions were nothing but his thinking out loud which he was prone to do,just to provoke thought but you can´t say things like that running for president..

It took the media months and months of continuous hounding to get his ex-wife to talk about the open marriage business,which came just as Newt won SC and he went downhill from there.It was a dirty trick and probably came from another republican.

Unfortunately,people today would rather have smoke blown up their butts from Obama rather than hear the cold hard facts.It´s not humanly possible to borrow $1.5 trillion a year which will surely climb once Obamacare is fully implemented.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/9/2013 6:08:37 AM     (No. 9646074)

I´m with #2 on a lot of that stuff.


FTA "Washington and Jefferson owned slaves, full stop. Nothing else to see here."

I just hate when people throw that stuff in. Somehow, it is a facet of modernism. People look at the current environment, and make judgements about lifestyles and decisions from 200 years ago. As if 200 years ago, poor people could just go the the grocery store, pull out he shiny SNAP card, get some quick eats. Or middle of January, crash out in the local warm YMCA, or local Church basement. NOBODY had heat back then. And if a rich guy let you three meals and a place to sleep, it was worth something.

Back then, every day was a challenge just to survive. And fact is, back on the "Dark Continent" - Africa (which is what it was called) genocide and even canabalism was rampant. So, Mr W. James Antle III, there is definitely something to see here.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/9/2013 6:30:04 AM     (No. 9646081)

I would have had a very difficult time deciding to cast a vote for Newt Gingrich, but the quandary never arose. I think he´s brilliant and probably the best articulator of ideas in politics. My problems with him would have been (or are) his inability to follow through (zipping from this project to that idea to yet another) and his absolute lack of moral integrity. I´m not at all sure, had he been successful in seeking the presidency, he could have stayed sufficiently focused to efficiently guide a government.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StuartL, 12/9/2013 6:33:12 AM     (No. 9646084)

#3 – Point taken about what the academics call “presenting” (accent on the first syllable), i.e., criticizing the views or behavior of historical figures in the light of current standards, attitudes, or fads.

But any presenting in this article isn’t being done by Antle, at least not on his own behalf. A reading of the whole paragraph shows that what he’s describing -- albeit not quite as clearly as he might have done -- is the left’s blinkered view of Washington, Jefferson, the Declaration and the Constitution:

”Interestingly enough, some liberals display this sort of myopia when discussing the Founding Fathers. [In the liberals’ opinion,] Washington and Jefferson owned slaves, full stop. Nothing else to see here. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are irredeemably tainted, and that is where the conversation should end” (emphasis and interpolation added).

As for Newt, agreed -- #2 is spot-on.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: zaphod, 12/9/2013 6:48:21 AM     (No. 9646102)

National Pornographic Radio (NPR) had Cokie Roberts on at 4:10 AM EST talking about the Obamas and Bushes on AF1 on their way to the Obama Memorial Service. One could hope...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/9/2013 7:03:03 AM     (No. 9646119)

#6, one could "hope" what?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/9/2013 8:37:50 AM     (No. 9646217)

Gingrich is right. Minor correction to the article: Gingrich didn´t mention Stalin´s help for the US in World War II because the Soviet Union wasn´t trying to help us. Until it was attacked, the Soviet Union did nothing but cooperate with Nazism and share in the spoils. After Hitler attacked, the Soviet Union did only what it had to do to survive. We helped them survive, and in exchange the Soviets confiscated half of Europe.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: happywarrior, 12/9/2013 8:50:51 AM     (No. 9646229)

Shaking my head to #6. It should be removed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jglas, 12/9/2013 11:31:09 AM     (No. 9646526)

Why does that article give me the impression the author thinks that most conservatives are basically racists except maybe Newt because his excuse for Mandela embracing the communists is just alright but Newt has four file cabinets full of bad ideas and a little file cabinet with a few good ideas so he´s mostly an idiot anyway? Maybe I´m reading it wrong but it seems a bit bigoted and condescending to me.

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