Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Work George Washington would have approved of"
--Victory or Death

I need something positive for a change. I don't know if Newt is considering a run for political office--or if not, why not. Is there something so terrible in his past that keeps him from becoming--a politician? I don't know, and I don't really care. It does seem like talk about Newt running flips the Leftists into crazy even faster than Sarah Palin, so he must be doing something right. Whatever, it's just good to hear some positive ideas instead of the constant carping about how awful things are.

The Restoration Weekend took place November 19-21, 2009. Newt Gingrich was a keynote speaker. His five-part speech is here.

Here are some quotes from Part 2 of the video.

The message I want to bring to you today is, this is a moment to quit worrying about them. We know who they are, we know how bad they are, we know how much damage they would like to do. This is the moment to figure out what the replacement is. And I want to argue that the purpose of 2010 and 2012 should be very straightforward: that this should be the greatest replacement campaign, probably since Andrew Jackson in 1828. . . . And we should be very clear from day one. We're not interested in reforming the Left, we're not interested in compromising with the Left, we're not interested in understanding the Left, we are interested in replacing the Left.

Quotes from Part 3.

Three questions that will define America for a generation.
  1. Who are we?
  2. What does it take to compete successfully with China and India economically?
  3. What threatens us, and how do we keep America safe?
The difference between the Secular Socialist Left and the rest of us is so startling that when you get to this level of basic values, we are a 70 or 80 or 90 percent country, and they're somewhere between a nine and 15 percent minority. [And then he answers his three questions in Part 3.]

America has been, for 400 years, a country of a work ethic, a country which believed in savings, a country which believed in investing, and a country which, at its core, fundamentally repudiates the idea that some group of politicians ought to decide an appropriate level of income, and ought to decide how to take from one group to give to another for political purposes.

Do you believe we are better off to appease the Chinese and decay gracefully while the Chinese become the dominant power on the planet, or do you think we should roll up our sleeves, do what it takes, get our act together, and compete successfully so we remain the most prosperous and strongest country on the planet? That's a fundamental choice.

December 7, 1941--the Japanese attack us at Pearl Harbor; August, 1945--the Japanese surrender. Forty-four months. In three years and eight months, we mobilized 15,500,000 people in uniform, we built the B17, B24, B29, we build four cities and 29 facilities for the atomic bomb, we build a 2-ocean navy, we sweep across North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, defeat Germany while simultaneously sweeping across the Pacific. Forty-four months. It recently took us 23 years to add a fifth runway to the Atlanta airport. . . . Eight years after 9/11 we have not rebuilt the World Trade Center. In World War II, we would have taken exactly the same blueprint, rebuilt exactly the same buildings, done it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, put them back up in less than a year, to say to the planet: You can hit us, but you can't keep us down.

This system is broken, and you have to think about replacement, not reform.

Quotes from Part 4.

The country increasingly believes that the stimulus was just a waste of money and a politician payoff. . . . They're going to try to ram through another stimulus, because they don't know anything else. These are people of stunningly limited capacity. They get up every morning--they know the answer is "government," they just don't know what the question is yet.

Then he talks about a three-part economic plan at American Solutions.

You start with that. We're going to downsize government, just like all the businesses that have been downsizing, we're going to learn how to do it at the same level of intensity. We did it once before . . . we balanced the federal budget, four straight years, $405 billion dollars in debt paid off, while cutting taxes for the first time in 16 years. We know this can be done, it's a historic fact, it's not a theory.

The fact is, we're the best integrator of human talent on the planet, unless we're methodically screwing ourselves up--that's called government, by the way.

Here's the video, Part 5.

No comments: