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No Newt. Why I Don’t Want Newt Gingrich for President.

Six months ago, Newt’s presidential bid was shaky at best. With poll numbers in single digits and top campaign staffers walking out, it seemed it would only be a matter of time before his campaign went down the drain. So I didn’t worry too much about his presence in the race.

 But politics and voters are fickle, funny things. Pawlenty dropped out. Then Cain. And Newt Gingrich, who was impressive in the long succession of GOP presidential debates, grabbed the power vacuum and is now leading in recent polls.

Wake up, voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Newt Gingrich is NOT  the answer for smaller government and more personal freedom. Just the opposite. Gingrich is about all about power for himself and the executive branch and the federal government. (And haven’t we had enough of THAT with Obama?)

Why I don’t trust Newt Gingrich for President:

 Newt has a Questionable Record on 2nd Amendment Rights

Although recent in recent rhetoric, Newt espouses full, unfettered support for gun owners, his voting record doesn’t quite match his words. From Georgia Gun Owners Blast Newt Gingrich: “Georgia Gun Owners knows Newt’s history of gun control. He represented parts of our state for 20 years. He’s been playing both sides of the gun issue as long as we can remember”…read more

 Does Newt Endorse Crazy Climate Change Legislation or Not?

He did. Now he says he doesn’t.  The UN, one-world, liberalism “Pet” , named Global Warming or Climate Change threatens to cause economic chaos (and it has NOTHING to do with the weather).  Newt once did a TV commercial with Nancy Pelosi to express his concern about climate change. (Maybe Newt’s NOT as smart as everyone thinks).

 Newt is NOT a champion of our 4th Amendment Freedoms

 In a recent GOP presidential debate, Newt said of the freedom-crushing Patriot Act, “I support it and I think we should strengthen it.”  Give me shivers! (And don’t look for TSA to go away under a Gingrich administration).

 And with regard to guns (again) Newt endorses a THUMBPRINT for instant background checks.

 Newt Compares Himself to Teddy Roosevelt

That was the same prez that put prohibition in place.

Newt Sponsored the Fairness Doctrine

Thanks to Republican Mother for information. Read and watch video at Newt Gingrich Co-Sponsored Fairness Doctorine

 Newt is smart—Maybe Too Smart for the Oval Office.

He made millions as a lobbyist for Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac before the housing crash. I’ve nothing against folks making money…but I do have a problem with people selling out values to make a buck.

We’ve already got a Harvard Law Prez and we can see where that has landed us. It’s important that our commander in chief have street smarts, but it’s more important that he/she has integrity. A good prez can surround themselves with genius. (If I hear one more time about how Gingrich would tear up Obama during presidential debates I think I’ll scream. Six hours of entertainment is not equivalent to four years to turn the country around).

Newt is Big Government and I Don’t Want to Hold My Nose in the Voting Booth AGAIN.

I did that in 2008 when voting for Big Government McCain. We can, and should do better than that this time.

 Will I vote for Gingrich if he’s the only alternative to Obama? Yes. We have to at least put the brakes on the collision course. I just don’t think Newt Gingrich is the best answer for what ails our country. Nor do I think he can garner enough independents or women voters…or garner enough enthusiasm from conservatives to overcome those odds to beat Obama. And we absolutely cannot re-elect Obama if we are to survive as a nation that even remotely resembles our constitutional values.

While I am not necessarily endorsing Ron Paul (although he is the only candidate that stands by constitutional principals 100%), his campaign put out an excellent, must-watch video about Newt Gingrich.

 Give me your best shot, readers.

49 comments on “No Newt. Why I Don’t Want Newt Gingrich for President.

  1. blogsense-by-barb
    December 10, 2011

    Well said! EXACTLY!!! He’s been stuck inside the beltway far too long and he is grabbing for the brass ring here. It really goads me that so many people buy exactly what the left and the moderate GOP power-mongers dictate – a choice only between Newt and Mitt! WRONG!!!!! Neither one is a conservative. Neither one will be strong enough to pull us out of the hole Obama has dug us into. I was hoping Cain could stick it out, but all along I’ve been pulling for Santorum – a conservative from his inner most being and strong enough to take (and survive) the heat … :) Just my take!

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 10, 2011

      And a good take, Barb. If the early primary states screw up this primary AGAIN, my next step will be a petition to re-do the priimary process so that all voters get a fair shot at our candidate selection. We’ve got real conservatives running. Newt is not one of them.

    • bydesign001
      December 12, 2011

      Well said Barb. I believe that the Progressive establishment both on the left and the right are manipulating Americans and the election process. In so doing, they are doing the American people a disservice as they intentional refuse to report on Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann among others.

  2. Brent
    December 10, 2011

    Respectfully, The information you have presented is false: Newt Gingrich has been a long supporter of gun owners because he supports the constitution and that can be found in his web site. You can also go to youtube and watch Newts long speech on the 2nd ammendment in historical context. Newt Gingrich is also an active NRA member. 2+2=4

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 10, 2011

      Hi, Brent. I know Newt’s rhetoric today is very pro gun owner. However, when in congress he voted for the Lautenberg gun ban and the “Crimefree safe zones”–which, as we know, declaring a location drug-free or crime-free doesn’t make it so. It just means law-abiding citizens don’t carry there. While he may have changed his stance, we must examine Newt’s voting record. If the 2nd amendment were the only issue on which he has “changed” I could perhaps give him a pass. But he has been on the wrong side of too many issues in his past (and present) for him to pass as a conservative today. You say he supports the constitution, then why does he support the Patriot Act? Perhaps he supports the constitution when it is convenient for him to do so.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      • bydesign001
        December 12, 2011

        Well said Freedom,

        Selectively chooses which clauses of the Constitution to support is how we got into this mess in the first place.

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  4. neenergyobserver
    December 10, 2011

    Very well said, Freedom. But then, I’ve always believed a man (or woman) of character can change his mind ( and explain why, that’s important too, if you want my support). Newt isn’t my guy, beltway all the way and the beltway is the problem, NOT the solution.

    Paul I have a different problem with, domestically: yes, yes a thousand time yes! (Oh, that’s right, I’m conservative, I only get one vote, don’t I?) In reality, if he’d let Bolton handle foreign policy, I’d be in. Without, I don’t know. Either of them v Obama? Yep.

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 11, 2011

      Unfortunately we don’t have a perfect candidate. My reason for writing this post now is warning bells started going off with Gingrich’s rise in the polls. I could see McCain happening all over again.

      • neenergyobserver
        December 11, 2011

        And that, I agree with completely. Newt is smarter than McCain but other than that same old McLame. I had the same reason for my post on Angelo M. Codevilla’s ruling class vs country class.

        This is a weird year, one day I think it’s a very strong field, the next I think they’re all losers. I pay attention and I think that. No wonder the average voter is confused.

      • bydesign001
        December 12, 2011

        Well said Dave.

        I too believe that a person can change, however, in this case I believe that the old business as usual map is embedded in Gingrich and if elected, once in office, Gingrich will fall back on those bad habits.

        That is a risk that Americans cannot afford at this time in history.

      • bydesign001
        December 12, 2011

        And an excellent post it is Freedom because the media is not doing its job.

        It gets the word out to other Americans that we are not alone in thoughts, views and how we feel this election.

    • AFVET
      December 11, 2011

      Anybody can change their mind.
      When and why do they do it is the question.
      I consider character a far more important attribute.
      There is no perfect candidate.
      In today’s forum, the ones that are perfect are too intelligent to run.
      To expose themselves and their families to the constant onslaught of the left wing attack dogs only to find that the goal they aspired to was nothing more than a illusion.

      The most intelligent people in this country do not crave the spotlight.
      They do not feed their ego while standing in front of a camera and a microphone.
      It’s time for the conservative intellectuals to stand up and take the Country back.

      • bydesign001
        December 12, 2011

        Here, here. As usual AFVET, you have hit the nail on the head.

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  7. Citizen Tom
    December 11, 2011

    Excellent Post!

    Just a few comments.

    Whatever his faults — and I agree he has them — Gingrich is not McCain.

    Because we trust them to be Conservative, I would prefer Bachmann or Santorum. Perry on the other hand, has more management experience and a relatively decent Conservative record. However, Gingrich has that calm demeanor and a way with words. So we may very well get stuck with him. Romney? I think the mainstream media would love him to win, and too many know it. So he is not very likely to get the nomination.

    Anyway, as much as we might like someone else, I fear the choice is between Newt or Mitt. Newt is probably the more honest of the two, and he definitively has the more Conservative record.

    Because he would be an isolationist, Ron Paul is not an option. We cannot withdraw from the world and leave such a huge vacuum in power. The results would likely be too dire.

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 11, 2011

      I really don’t understand why Bachmann hasn’t picked up some of Cain’s support. It stumps me that Gingrich seemed to be the only beneficiary. Gingrich may be more conservative than Romney, but I personally feel that Gingrich is more big government than Romney. Call it intution, but I don’t have a good gut feeling about a Gingrich presidency.

      • AFVET
        December 11, 2011

        We can’t afford to throw a sheep into the midst of wolves in this election cycle.
        I don’t especially like Gingrich as a person, but I would put him on the front line in a battle.
        I do like Michelle Bachmann, however, I feel that there are too many people out there that would not vote for her because she is a she.
        It is imperative that we defeat Obama and his regime.
        Taking a chance on Michelle could be iffy.
        I feel she could run in 2016 effectively after a strong performance as
        Speaker of the House, which she should be.
        Boehner can’t hold a candle to Michelle IMO.

        eaker

      • bydesign001
        December 12, 2011

        Who is to say that Bachmann hasn’t picked up Cain supporters. Keep in mind that Progressives both on the left and right are spinning the polls and the news.

        To be honest, I would prefer Bachmann over any of the Republican candidates but the establishment machine again, on both the left and right would do her fifty times worse than Progressives did Hillary in 2008.

        While Bachmann is a worthy candidate and I believe would make an excellent candidate, there are many Republicans who still cannot bring themselves to vote for a woman.

        Fiinally, if they’re not ready elect a woman for president in 2012, they won’t be ready in 2016 either. I find it appalling.

  8. eof737
    December 11, 2011

    (If I hear one more time about how Gingrich would tear up Obama during presidential debates I think I’ll scream. Six hours of entertainment is not equivalent to four years to turn the country around). Well said.
    Hope you are doing well… Have a Happy Holiday Season!

  9. Freedom, by the way
    December 11, 2011

    AFVET, I agree Boehner has to go as speaker. Bachmann would be excellent in that position and it would be a good proving ground for her to demonstrate her tenacity. And I must reluctantly agree with you regarding the sexism. There ARE people who won’t vote for her because she’s a woman. I can complain all day long about how archaic that is, but it doesn’t change the facts.

    • AFVET
      December 13, 2011

      Freedom, if this election wasn’t so crucial, I would be first in line to vote for Bachmann.
      She is a great American.
      It’s a chess game Freedom, and right now the establishment owns the board, what with the MSM and the constant denigration of any candidate that even attempts to challenge Obama.
      I can see a Santorem/ Bachmann ticket though.
      Not too bad IMO.

  10. Teresa Rice
    December 11, 2011

    Santorum is my #1 pick. I would prefer Bachmann to Gingrich but I’m afraid she may turn off people with some of her rhetoric. I see Gingrich as being more pragmatic than a big government crony. The GOP establishment doesn’t want him to get the nomination and I think that says a lot – something good about the guy. To me it seems that Newt may be a cross between Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush with his political beliefs. I do think that he would be better than Mitt Romney.

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 11, 2011

      Hmm. Yes, I would liken him to George W., but not Reagan. Goodness knows we could use another Reagan right now. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Hope you’ll stop by again.

  11. bydesign001
    December 12, 2011

    Good morning Freedom,

    Indeed you are right. A few months back, no one even thought about Gingrich because of that fact that at that time, he was no threat.

    Gingrich does indeed talk a good game but he does not convince me that he has changed his spots. Like most politicians, Gingrich is guilty of telling the people what he thinks we want to hear and like all politicians, Gingrich fails to realize that Americans are tired of the spin.

    Our Constitution must be made whole again and Newt Gingrich is not the man for the job.

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 12, 2011

      Thank you for your astute comments on this post, bydesign. Conservatives have a lot to wade through before casting our vote. I just hope everyone takes the time to do so.

    • AFVET
      December 13, 2011

      A wise lady indeed !
      So does Mitt Romney.
      Changing your spots in mid-stream can be detrimental to the end goal.
      There are many more intelligent people out here than you realize.
      Well said D.

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  13. Chakam Conservative
    December 12, 2011

    Linked! I couldn’t resist, this post says it all! Hopefully the GOP sheeple will realize this guy ain’t no Conservative!
    :)

  14. rjp
    December 12, 2011

    Here’s a nice concise Newt record:

    http://www.project.nsearch.com/profiles/blogs/what-is-newt-gingrich-s-voting-record

    He is big government and I doubt likely to change. …. I am a Santorum fan, I would like to see him teamed up with Bachmann

    Newt he is a superior orator, and debates well.

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 12, 2011

      That link is quite the find, rjp. Thanks. I may just do a follow-up with that!

  15. xoutsocialism
    December 12, 2011

    Great post! We do not need a neo-con!

  16. bydesign001
    December 14, 2011

    Good morning Freedom, I just posted a video off of Google that I thought would really get your goat on the Progressive Republican, Newt Gingrich.

    http://pumabydesign001.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/newt-gingrich-building-the-new-world-order/

    I have been attempting to download but it won’t allow me to. I hope that it does not disappear.

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 14, 2011

      I just watched part of this video on your blog, bydesign. I will come back and view the rest later.
      Readers: Please visit the link bydesign provided above. If everything you have read thus far does not convince you that Newt is just another Big Government Proponent, with an “R” after his name, this will surely convince you.

  17. republican mother
    December 14, 2011

    Thanks for the link!
    I’ve been telling people over and over, watch the money!
    Newt and Obama are paid by the same interests.
    There really is no difference and you’re fooling yourself if you think there will be.
    The only difference will be how our tyranny is packaged.

    • Freedom, by the way
      December 14, 2011

      “The only difference is how our tyranny is packaged.”
      Excellent line, Republican Mother.

  18. Angel
    December 14, 2011

    we need a true leader not these bozos…sigh.

  19. John Scotus
    December 17, 2011

    I am so tired of demagogues, egoists, and sociopaths running for office, and Newt is the worst. He appears to believe in nothing but himself and his own fitness for office, and is running to fill some psychological need. Why can’t he simply get a hobby or turn to alcohol, like other people? Why does he have to inflict himself on the American public? Why can’t normal people run for president for a change?

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  21. Allen Scott
    January 7, 2012

    Personally my objective in this election is to win. We need to vote for the most conservative candidate that can win. Roomy is Obama lite or another McLame. Ginrich did what none other has done in over 50 years BALANCED the federal budget 4 straight years. Bush left us a vacuum when he stuck with Cheney ( a great statesman who I admire termendously) who was not going to run for President thus leaving a void to fill. What I would like to see is Santorum and Ginrich join forces to oust Romney from the Primary process and then do what is unprecedented declare a Ginrich Santorum ticket. Romney has the money and the support of the GOP machine to coast through the primaries garnering 25% of the vote until he is the last man standing thus winning by default. If Ginrich and Santorum join forces to oust Romney and stick together as a team to garner the President and Vice President slots then potentially we are set for at least 12 years of continued conservative leadership. I prefer Santorum over Ginrich but since Ginrich is older (and I do respect his intelllect) I would place him first on the ticket thus when he RETIRES there is not a vacuum of leadership left like what was left by BUSH and Cheney. I would trust Rick Santorum to reign in Ginrich if he gets out of hand. In addition to a GINRICH Santorum ticket we need to elect as many Conservative senators and representatives as possible to swell the ranks of the conservative caucus so we can start to unravel the decades of socialist policies codified into law.

    That is my view from the nest. What say you?

    • Freedom, by the way
      January 7, 2012

      I agree with your statement that we need to elect as many conservative senators and representatives as possible. I am thinking we we need a further segmentation of the word “conservative.” There are Big Government conservatives, like Gingrich, Santorum & Romney. There are Less Government Conservatives such as Paul–and who else? Perhaps Perry may fit that, since he seeks to make congress part-time. But right now, I don’t even know where he is in this race.
      I agree our first goal must be to get Obama out. I don’t see us returning to an era of more personal freedom and less federal government (the goals I see we need to attain to return this nation to greatness) with the current front-runners. I see war with Iran a real possibliity with a Gingrich or Santorum presidency. I see more government intrusion into our lives. But at least we’ll start drilling again. At least we’ll get rid of some of the corruption in the DOJ, the EPA. At least national healthcare will be repealed. At least we’ll slow down socialism. Is that the best I can hope for? Maybe so. I was really hoping for a lot more–by getting less government. I Know Gingrich can’t deliver on that.

      • neenergyobserver
        January 7, 2012

        War with Iran depends almost exclusively on Iran, unfortunately. We don’t particularly need the oil (or wouldn’t if we had any sense in Washington) but ALL of our allies do. But in this case, if we do it right, a good part of the population should be with us. Before 1979, Iran was the most westernized of Islamic countries, not Arab, Iran is Indo-European like the Europe.

        That’s why I like Perry, the Governor of Texas is one of the weakest governors we have, he’s used to limited power and a part time Congress would be like putting the kiddies in time out, if they’re doing a real job, they’re doing less harm in Washington.

        I’m with you Freedom, if that’s the best we can get, I’ll take it. At least it is a start.

      • Allen Scott
        January 7, 2012

        I do not see Ron Paul as a conservative. A libertarian perhaps but certainly not a Conservative his position on blaming America for the attack of 911 sickens me. As for Perry he is kinda wishy washy right now in the race. I do know Santorum and Ginrich are still in the race. Ron Paul will stick around as well. I am afraid Ron Paul is going to end up being the spoiler and we will have a Romney for President in 2012 the worst possible scenerio in this race IMO.

  22. Freedom, by the way
    January 7, 2012

    I have said this elsewhere and I will repeat it: Ron Paul does a terrible job explaining his views. He does not hold America responsible for 9/11. Of course, because he cannot articulate his views very well, it makes him a poor choice for president. But he is the only one running that believes in the constitution. Out of 300 million+ people, I am dismayed that this is what we have to choose from–truly. 11 months out and I already have the suspicion that I will be holding my nose once more when I cast my vote for president.
    I apprieciate your views, Allen & your additional feedback, Nebraska. But I am not convinced that Romney would be worse than Gingrich.

  23. Annie
    February 4, 2012

    Anyone is better than Obama, #1. But, even though in debates, he would definitely clean Obama’s clock and mop the floor with him and run circles around him, he’s too much a loose canon. I mean, the comments he made in Florida when he lost…

    Who is to say that Obama would accept his challenge for 3 hour Lincoln/Douglas style debates? Yes, Newt is sharp and we need to have someone with those kind of ideas, but some of his ideas are simply out of this world, like his space. NEWT, WE DON’T HAVE THAT $$$.

    We need someone who isn’t so entrenched in Washington. Not a fresh face, who promises hope and change (we saw what that gave us), but someone with a plan, a vision and I think that person is Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. In the end, I think Mitt Romney will be the nominee, because Santorum doesn’t have the organization, name recognition and he’s seen as way right. People tend to vote right of center and that’s sort of where Mitt is.

    • Freedom, by the way
      February 4, 2012

      Yes, Annie, I beleive Mitt is going to be the nominee. As much as that makes some conservatives swirm we have to unite behind him to unseat Obama. Thanks for stopping by!

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