FRC Action Summit: Newt Gingrich

posted at 1:50 pm on September 12, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The former Speaker and current American Solutions chair Newt Gingrich received the most enthusiastic welcome of the conference.  He started off by attacking Charles Gibson for his rather dumb question about Sarah Palin’s reference to God’s will, the second speaker to do so today.  Gingrich uses it to make an argument about how disengaged from American culture the mainstream media has become.

Gingrich talked about the fundamental ties between the idea of a Creator and individual, inalienable freedoms.  He also recalled the words of John Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in tying liberty to a faith in God.  Gingrich asked the crowd how the media would react if Palin merely quoted Kennedy in his exhortation to America that we strive to do God’s will, or his emphasis that our liberties come “from the hand of God”.  Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address also emphasized the role of God 14 times and quotes the Bible — twice.

Imagine doing that today.

Why have the media lost that fundamental understanding?  Gingrich blames it on educators who have attempted to minimize the role of faith in the formation of the nation and its Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  It would take a Harvard professor, Gingrich says, to take God out of history.

Somewhere in the 1960s, the Left took a turn away from American tradition, rejecting the cultural norms and attempted to eliminate them.  That’s why they have attacked Palin so savagely, Gingrich says.  “It’s as though McCain traveled to Mars and brought back an alien.”  They have lost touch with mainstream America to the point where they can no longer relate to most of their own countrymen.

Gingrich gave another example of how badly the Left understands religion in the lives of Americans.  The Democratic Representative who stood on the House floor and compared Barack Obama to Jesus Christ had no idea how offensive that statement would be to Christians.  He probably doesn’t realize that the comparison of Palin to Pontius Pilate is less offensive.

Palin poses two threats to the Left.  The first is existential; she shatters the ability of hard-Left political feminism to define the boundaries of women in the public sphere.  The second comes from Obama’s decision to go for Joe Biden rather than Hillary Clinton.  He showed he could be intimidated, first by the Clintons, and now by Palin herself.  Obama blew off 18 million voters because the Clintons threatened his status as party leader.

Gingrich sounded much more positive about this election than at any time over the past two years.  He has been sounding a bit Cassandra-ish, but the Palin selection — and the Obama collapse — has him energized.

Update: We’re not allowed to record the speeches, because the FRC will sell them as a DVD afterwards.


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Loving this. Stupid question: Is video available of the summit?

D0WNT0WN on September 12, 2008 at 1:55 PM

“Gingrich sounded much more positive about this election than at any time over the past two years.”

frankly, that’s not too difficult …
:-)

/newt for secstate!

Buckaroo on September 12, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Why have the media lost that fundamental understanding? Gingrich blames it on educators who have attempted to minimize the role of faith in the formation of the nation and its Declaration of Independence and Constitution. It would take a Harvard professor, Gingrich says, to take God out of history.

Its Darwinism, more specifically Scientific Naturalism that is the root of the problem.

If the founders held to those beleifs, the Declaration of Indpendence and the Nation as we know it would’ve never have come to be.

jp on September 12, 2008 at 1:57 PM

We need video for these things.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2008 at 1:59 PM

which btw, Andrew Klavan’s interview on NRO is a must see. As far as how a Secular Atheist came to Faith(and Logic, Reason, Rationality), and understanding the absuridity of Materialistic philosophy

jp on September 12, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Question: Did Gingrich speak about Global Warming? I still get a sickening feeling in my gut when I remember the PSA ad he did with Pelosi.

m064404 on September 12, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Newt for Secretary of Energy.
Drill, baby, drill, Demo inferno.

either orr on September 12, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Why have the media lost that fundamental understanding? Gingrich blames it on educators …

Yeah probably, and the fact that these people go to journalism school to ‘change the world’. That and living in NYC can probably do that to ya after a while. What they should do is make use of their local affiliates all across the country to get a better idea of what REAL Americans think. if all you do is talk to other lefty reporters, you end up thinking like them and that everybody thinks like that. “How did Nixon win? I don’t know anybody who voted for him!”

Tony737 on September 12, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Nothing would be sweeter than to have the left continue its assult on Christians. It will certainly drive them to the polls. Why doesn’t Obama (a professed Christian) question Gibson’s motives?

Rovin on September 12, 2008 at 2:18 PM

not much of an “action committee” if they don’t let you post the video on the net… or at the very least clips from it. more of an “inaction pay me committee…”

political theorizing should go to the masses for free… yeah you pay to see it in person and get the DVD and then the donations… but the message should be free or it’s no message at all… it’s a sales pitch.

Kaptain Amerika on September 12, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Gingrich blames it on educators who have attempted to minimize the role of faith in the formation of the nation and its Declaration of Independence and Constitution. It would take a Harvard professor, Gingrich says, to take God out of history.

I agree 1000% and I’ve said so here scores of times.
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The left wants to take God out of everything. They have succeeded in schools, off some buildings, out of ‘approved’ literature, out of locker rooms , the list goes on and on.
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Families, schools, businesses, everything would be better off. Why do they think it’s gotten so bad? They took God out of the classrooms. Period.
IMO this is the single greatest threat to Americas future. Yes even over islamic jihad, because with God, true freedom OF religion allowed everywhere, we would defeat evil islam.
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Our forefathers meant it that way.

shooter on September 12, 2008 at 2:26 PM

jp on September 12, 2008 at 1:57 PM

I disagree that Christianity is required for a concept of rights, or a constitution, government, and ethics based on them. However, I think there is a good case to be made for it helping.

Count to 10 on September 12, 2008 at 2:46 PM

I would like to know how the rep and dem stand on cap and trade. Why is that both sides want to create a government agency that will suck out 50 to 300 billion dollars of american energy dollars. WHY IS THAT MOST PEOPLE IN THE U.S.THINK WE ARE THE CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING.

TomLawler on September 12, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Yeah probably, and the fact that these people go to journalism school to ‘change the world’.

Tony737 on September 12, 2008 at 2:16 PM

I have a son who was getting his degree in journalism (your sympathies will be welcome), and he said he couldn’t wait to graduate so that, as a journalist, he could change the world. I told him he needs to look up the definition of “journalist” in the dictionary. He did and it said (paraphrased) “Somone who reports the facts.” He hasn’t been the same since.

mwdiver on September 12, 2008 at 2:54 PM

He hasn’t been the same since.

mwdiver on September 12, 2008 at 2:54 PM

That’s a funny tag line…nothing like a dose of reality, but have no worry, he will “regain” his senses and march on to change the world. The problem is, the world probably won’t be listening anymore.

right2bright on September 12, 2008 at 3:24 PM

I disagree that Christianity is required for a concept of rights, or a constitution, government, and ethics based on them. However, I think there is a good case to be made for it helping.

Count to 10 on September 12, 2008 at 2:46 PM

I think it is just shown that historically that is true…maybe in the future it won’t be, but all that is, has been basically faith based built.
Not required, just that is how it has been, with no change in sight…why would it change? It has worked pretty darn good for a couple of hundred years.

right2bright on September 12, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Why is it the people in the u.s. should ride bicyles and china and india can pollute at will. Why is it we in the u.s. can buy oil from nations that pollute the environment with no restrictions from the u.n. I (i almost said i feel))think it would better to develope the resources of the u.s. with an eye to protect the enviroment than to have people in south america selling oil to the u.s. with no regard to protect the enviroment.

We THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BUYING OIL FROM COUNTRIES THAT HAVE NO CONCERN ABOUT POLLUTION AND AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GLOBALE WAMING.

Give me a break.

TomLawler on September 12, 2008 at 3:32 PM

What a breath of fresh air this post is.

Even a lot of commentators on the right have not only forgotten God, but go so far as to sneer and mock at Him.

The Founding Fathers would be aghast and sickened, could they see how American culture has declined in godliness.

clark smith on September 12, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Why have the media lost that fundamental understanding? Gingrich blames it on educators who have attempted to minimize the role of faith in the formation of the nation and its Declaration of Independence and Constitution. It would take a Harvard professor, Gingrich says, to take God out of history.

Newt is right on here; Academia strives to remove any sembelence of religion from their secular-progressive utopia

RocketmanBob on September 12, 2008 at 4:29 PM

As to the part of the post about Obama making a mistake by not picking Hillary, you could be right, Ed, but I disagree.
BO would have been looking over his shoulder with two other “presidents” in the White House in Hillary and Bill. How long before Hillary’s ambition to be president in 2012 undercut him? I also think there was a lot more venom between them then we know about behind the scenes.
As to blowing off 18 million dem votes, no sale. I’ve said on this site before that dem voters will vote dem when push comes to shove, even if their candidate is named Satan. The vast majority of those 18 mil will be voting Obama in November.

tomk59 on September 12, 2008 at 4:32 PM

BO didn’t pick Hillbilly because he honestly felt he didn’t need her/them to win. His cake walk has turned into a minefield and he hasn’t the faintest clue how to proceed.

As for these attacks on Christians. For a long time I have seen an attempt to downplay the Deity of Jesus. Deepak Chopra has a new book which pretty much says Jesus was just a really good man. This is nothing new, I remember something similar when I was in college (gulp!)30 years ago. The difference is that it is more mainstream.

I got a laugh a few minutes ago while listening to Hannity.
A congressman has responded to Rep. Cohen’s comparison of Barack to Jesus on the floor of the house yesterday.

He expressed his offense at the comparison saying, “I know Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ is a personal friend of mine, and Barack Obama is no Jesus Christ.”

Has this election been priceless?!!! I can’t remember a more fascinating race for the WH and I must admit that now that the Republicans are back in it, I am having fun. :)

Jvette on September 12, 2008 at 5:01 PM

I’d be curious to know what self-proclaimed atheist Allahpundit thinks about this. Rights come from God? Does this mean an atheist can’t logically believe in ‘inalienable’ rights?

Gaunilon on September 12, 2008 at 5:59 PM

If the rights don’t come from the Creator, then the government has only to change the Constitution in order to take them away.

And yes, the public schools carry much of the blame. I have encountered many teachers who feel no qualms about mocking Christianity and Christians in the classroom.

Disturb the Universe on September 12, 2008 at 7:21 PM

I think it is just shown that historically that is true…maybe in the future it won’t be, but all that is, has been basically faith based built.
Not required, just that is how it has been, with no change in sight…why would it change? It has worked pretty darn good for a couple of hundred years.

right2bright on September 12, 2008 at 3:27 PM

More than a couple of hundred years … I would argue that the place now known as the UK (that collection of islands that was once on the fringes of the civilised world) became strong, stable and influential because of Christian ideas, even though there were many silly ideas intermingled with the authentic Christian ideas.

Those ideas and values then spread out to the place now known as the USA (that block of land that once wasn’t even known in the civilised world) and the USA similarly became strong, stable and influential.

Neither ‘nation’ has ever been remotely close to perfect, but they have both moved to somewhere near the top of the pile of nations and are now falling from those positions for the same reason, namely that both nations have diminished the role of Christian ideas.

Every nation is influenced by some ideas. The further those ideas are from the Christian ones, the worse the nation is. Practically speaking, Christian ideas tend to “work” better than others.

YiZhangZhe on September 13, 2008 at 9:36 AM

http://newt.org/MediaCenter/FeaturedVideo/tabid/258/Default.aspx

Here is the video

OSUBuciz1 on September 13, 2008 at 12:54 PM