"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Truth on Gingrich is Finally Coming Out

in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.”
When you read this article, keep in mind as you read Gingrich's other statements against Reagan that today he proclaims he and Reagan were close and he is carrying the Reagan mantle.  That is turning into revisionist history and frankly is a lie.  Been searching the last few days for the real details on Reagan and Gingrich as I could remember they were not what Gingrich was portraying.  Then this afternoon up pops this article by Elliot Abrams in my inbox.

We lived in SoCal during a good part of the Reagan years so our newspapers and broadcast news covered the former Governor a lot and what was happening in DC.  I remembered being furious at the Republican Congressman from Georgia at the time when they showed him on the floor of the House trashing Reagan and after reading this article it all came back.

IMHO as President, he would have a total adversarial relationship with Congress and would be signing executive orders right and left to stick to Congress because he could.  He would get even with every Republican who endorsed someone else -- would be willing to bet on that one.

Why is Newt Gingrich running?  Is this because his latest wife wants to be First Lady or he wants the trappings of being President?   He has put the Republican Party in a bad position to have a candidate running who had to resign as Speaker -- it doesn't seem to phase him at all.  Maybe this article by Abrams will finally wake people up to the real Newt Gingrich not the phony who is running around pretending to be Reagan like.  After reading these comments Gingrich made about Reagan, he has a lot of chutzpah to be linking himself to Reagan thinking no one would figure it out.  Thanks to Abrams the truth is out in the open.
Gingrich and Reagan In the 1980s, the candidate repeatedly insulted the president.By Elliott Abrams 
In the increasingly rough Republican campaign, no candidate has wrapped himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan more often than Newt Gingrich. “I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,” “we helped defeat the Soviet empire,” and “I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress” are typical claims by the former speaker of the House. 
The claims are misleading at best. As a new member of Congress in the Reagan years — and I was an assistant secretary of state — Mr. Gingrich voted with the president regularly, but equally often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to defeat Communism. Gingrich was voluble and certain in predicting that Reagan’s policies would fail, and in all of this he was dead wrong. 
The fights over Reagan’s efforts to stop Soviet expansionism in the Third World were exceptionally bitter. The battlegrounds ranged from Angola and Grenada to Afghanistan and Central America. Reagan’s top team — William Casey at CIA, Cap Weinberger at DOD, and George Shultz at State — understood as he did that if Soviet expansionism could be dealt some tough blows, not only the Soviet empire but the USSR itself would face a political, technological, and financial challenge it could not meet. Few officials besides Ronald Reagan predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union entirely, but every one of us in positions of authority understood the importance of this struggle.

But the most bitter battleground was often in Congress. Here at home, we faced vicious criticism from leading Democrats — Ted Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, Jim Wright, Tip O’Neill, and many more — who used every trick in the book to stop Reagan by denying authorities and funds to these efforts. On whom did we rely up on Capitol Hill? There were many stalwarts: Henry Hyde, elected in 1974; Dick Cheney, elected in 1978, the same year as Gingrich; Dan Burton and Connie Mack, elected in 1982; and Tom DeLay, elected in 1984, were among the leaders. 
But not Newt Gingrich. He voted with the caucus, but his words should be remembered, for at the height of the bitter struggle with the Democratic leadership Gingrich chose to attack . . . Reagan. 
The best examples come from a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986. This was right in the middle of the fight over funding for the Nicaraguan contras; the money had been cut off by Congress in 1985, though Reagan got $100 million for this cause in 1986. Here is Gingrich: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing, and without a dramatic change in strategy will continue to fail. . . . President Reagan is clearly failing.” Why? This was due partly to “his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail”; partly to CIA, State, and Defense, which “have no strategies to defeat the empire.” But of course “the burden of this failure frankly must be placed first on President Reagan.” Our efforts against the Communists in the Third World were “pathetically incompetent,” so those anti-Communist members of Congress who questioned the $100 million Reagan sought for the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels “are fundamentally right.” 
Such was Gingrich’s faith in President Reagan that in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.” 
Excerpt:  Read More of the attacks on Reagan by Gingrich at National Review

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