Southern Republican Leadership Conference 2011: Newt Gingrich

Written by Juliana Simone

Newt Gingrich Southern Republican Leadership Conference New Orleans 2011
Newt Gingrich Southern Republican Leadership Conference New Orleans 2011

June 16, 2011

New Orleans, LA

The second major speaker to address the conference attendees on Thursday, the first day of a three day session in June that showcased the Republican Party’s perspective Presidential candidates for 2012, as well as popular Governor’s and vocal U.S. Senators and Congressmen, Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker, author, historian and Presidential Candidate greeted the crowd as a Tulane alumnus and father of a daughter born in New Orleans. He asked how many people here thought America is on the right track, and how many of you believe America will fight very hard against getting America back on track? This is the key question about the 2012 campaign, Mr. Gingrich noted.

 

It’s very important to beat President Obama, but we also need to gain 12 U.S. Senate Seats and 30 to 40 seats in the U.S. House, he outlined, as well as strengthen our states with Republican Governors and state legislators if we are going to implement the 10th amendment and return power back home to the states. He added we need to make sure conservatives are in power there to enact Republican principles. We have been given the opportunity to give the American people a choice so clear ‘we could win a cataclysmic election which would end the 80 year rule of the left.”

 

Mr. Gingrich noted in all of his experiences this is clearly a center right country with a left wing governing mechanism, and with over 90% of American people believing students should be allowed to have a moment of silent prayer in school, a Texas Judge ruled students giving speeches at their graduations could not use the word prayer or voluntarily express the word God for their success, they will be arrested. “I thought that’s what free speech was all about” he went on. “My answer to that judge is the judicial reform act in 1802.”

 

He told the audience in 1802 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison passed this act which eliminated 18 out of 35 federal judges; they didn’t impeach them, they just told them their office doesn’t exist and they were not getting paid – to go home. “We don’t need judges who don’t understand America,” Newt pointed out. He said he would eliminate this Texas judge and in order to create a demonstration effect, “I would eliminate the 9th Circuit.”

 

For those in the media, Mr. Gingrich suggested they read the federalist papers by Hamilton, Madison and Jay, the most amazing campaign brochure ever written at 85 chapters and 600 pages which explained the constitution to people so they would vote for it. In this, the authors say the judicial branch is the weakest branch – not the strongest. Jefferson said the idea of the Supreme Court being supreme over the legislative and executive branches is an absurdity.

 

Laying out his first day in the oval office if elected in 2012, the former House Speaker said we will sign 50-200 executive orders effective as of that minute.

He told onlookers in a couple of weeks on his website newt.org they would be able to submit on-line what they think would be a good executive order and experts would review them; Former Bush and Reagan White House staffers would write them and then all would be put up on the website for the public to see. If Obama says he’s for that, then we’ll say, good, here you go, sign them.

Newt Gingrich stated what his first four Executive Orders would be to cheers and applause:

  • His first E.O. would be to eliminate all of the White House tsars as of this moment.
  • His second E.O. would be to reinstate Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City policy that no American pays for abortions overseas.
  • His third E.O. would reinstate President George W. Bush’s “Conscience Provision” which says no person, doctor, nurse, pharmacist or hospital can be forced to perform any medical procedure that is against their religious beliefs.
  • His fourth E.O. will say quite simply, that as of that date, the United States accepts and recognizes the capitol of countries as defined by their Government, and we will move the U.S. Embassy to that capitol as defined by that Government.

“And the only Country in the world that effects is Israel, because the U.S. State Department has consistently refused to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – which I believe is an insult to a country that is a democracy and that is our ally!”

In a speech available on Newt.org where he spoke about 9 major changes in our policy in the Middle East, Newt said he says “there is no moral equivalence between a self-governing rule of law free society, and a terrorist organization that commits evil acts, and no American President should force Israeli’s to negotiate with people who are trying to kill them.”

Talking about jobs, housing and energy the Speaker moved on to address what he defines ‘the Obama depression.’ “I commend the Democrat National Chairwoman who said yesterday that they owned the economy. It was more honestly than we’ve gotten out of the Obama White House in 3 years.”

He asked how the President can to the country he’s not concerned about a second recession? How can he not be concerned when 14 million people are out of work? How can he not be concerned when 1 out of every 4 Americans is in a house that is currently worth less than their mortgage? How can he not be concerned with his anti-American energy polocies that have been driving up the price of gasoline and pouring money outside of the United States…?

Reflecting we’ve been here before, when (former President) Carter made a total mess out of the economy, (former President) Ronald Reagan carried more states in 1980 than Franklin Delano Roosevelt carried in 1932. “Reagan had a very simple phrase – when your brother-in-law’s unemployed it’s a recession, when your unemployed it’s called a depression.” Newt mused, “when Jimmy Carter’s unemployed it’s called a recovery.” Laughter from the crowd.

The Republican Presidential candidate spoke at length about how destructive the Obama energy policies are and why, siting for one example a two million dollar loan he gave a Brazil company to drill off shore that is financed by George Soros, and telling them he wants us to be there best customer. Mr. Gingrich said you don’t hire the President to go around the world as a purchasing agent, you want a President of the United States to go around the world being a salesman for American products.

Bringing up how the media criticized him recently for describing the President as “Obama is the most successful food stamp President in the American history” he affirmed, “Well, guess what? Obama is the most successful food stamp President in American President. I would like to be the most successful paycheck President in American History” he proclaimed to cheers. Gingrich continued saying the majority of parents from any neighborhood or ethnicity would say they would much rather see their children grow up and have a job and a paycheck then live on food stamps from Washington.

The former House Speaker talked at length about American exceptionalism and what it was, how it came from our Founding Father’s and the Declaration of Independence in its wording, and why it’s principles made America what it is and how we needed to embrace this again to succeed. He remembered President Obama was asked if he believed in American exceptionalism in Britain in his first year in office and the answer he gave, to Mr. Gingrich, showed he didn’t have a clue what it is. “Obama’s going to fail in both practice and in radicalism. The reason the practice fails is because the radicalism is hopeless. You would think by this stage that people would figure out that socialism doesn’t work, because as Margaret Thatcher once said, “the problem with socialism is you run out of other people’s money to spend.”

In defining the Founding Father’s words “we are endowed by our Creator, with certain unalienable rights along which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” Newt said this was his core argument with Obama. “He is a natural secular European Socialist. He believes in big government, he believes in centralized power, he believes he is a politician that knows more than we do and he should help us redesign our lives by letting him and his bureaucrats live them for us. This is the opposite of freedom.”

In closing remarks, Newt Gingrich detailed how the new team in 2012 would have to start with tax policies. “Job killing policies kill jobs.” Then they would have to move on to deregulation including the Dodd-Frank bill and repeal anti-small business bills. He said the Enviromental Protection Agency needed to be replaced with a new Environmental Solution Agency. The Food and Drug Administration would have to be modernized to get new science to patients as fast as possible not as slow as possible.

Finally, the Federal Reserve should be audited so we can find out who got our money and the Federal Reserve should also be reformed to take away the power to give money to banks and return it to the U.S. Treasury where it can be inspected and looked at and made public. He went on that we should change the law to say to the Federal Reserve “it is your job to protect the value of the dollar, because inflation is a terrible tax on the middle class.”

“This campaign is going to be about three things: Economics (which includes about 50% healthcare), American exceptionalism (which includes about 50% healthcare) and National security.” “This is going to be a philosophical campaign. It’s not going to be full of attack ads. You don’t need to attack Obama. All you need to say is look at reality – it attacks you every day.”

 

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