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Newt’s Values-Led Plan for America

While stopping short of calling for another “Contract with America,” Newt Gingrich has stuck his finger squarely in what I feel are the sorest of the sore spots with Republican/Conservative actions in recent times, while identifying 11 points which the Republicans should use between now and the November elections to distinguish themselves from the Nancy Pelosi wing of the Democratic party. (HAT TIP:

When I went to Newt’s site to read the whole thing, this portion literally jumped off the screen at me, as my husband and I have been discussing what we felt is the painfully flawed about the Republicans’ approach to running our country, ever since they gained ’control’ of both houses in the Congress and the Presidency, and Newt put his finger right on it:

For the last few years, Republicans in Washington have forgotten the Reagan-Contract rule that successful change starts with the American people. There is a real danger that Republicans will lose the House and the Senate this fall because they have strayed from this core principle of starting first with the concerns and values of the American people and then developing effective policies.

Consultants are working overtime to convince the American people to favor Republican policies. This is exactly backwards.

What really works is what happens when Republicans identify themselves with the American people and against the values of the left-wing establishment that dominates the media, the bureaucracies and the lobbying community.

Newt goes on to identify 11 issues on which he feels the Republicans should focus for the time from now until the November, in order to differentiate themselves from the Nancy Pelosi Left. I would go one step farther, and add that the Republicans should focus on these issues because they believe that they are the issues which are important to their voter base, and they should do everything in their power to make sure these issues are resolved, where possible, in the shortest time possible. For those of you who still wonder what the heck that sentence meant, I firmly believe that much of what currently ails the Republican Party is the result of embracing the issue of the moment, for the moment, until the moment the election of the moment was over, then retreating back to “the center” where they feel safe – for the middle ground is not where most of their voter base lives, breathes, and believes. As the old saw goes, “Dance with the one what brung you!” STICK TO THE VALUES THAT GOT YOU ELECTED (that’s why we elected you, Stupid!)

The eleven issues which Newt advocates Republicans embrace? Here’s an abbreviated version – click on Newt’s name in the first line to read the whole thing:

1) Make English the Official Language of Government: The House should pass a bill making English the official language of government, abolishing multilingual ballots and reaffirming that new citizens should be required to pass a test on American history in English.

2) Control the Borders: The House should pass a narrowly focused bill to ensure that the United States can control the border. The current Senate bill is a disaster. It is impossible to pass a “comprehensive” immigration bill in the next two months.

3) Keep God in the Pledge: First, the Congress should pass a bill suspending the recent federal district court decision in California outlawing the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Second, the House should pass a law blocking the Supreme Court from reviewing the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance (a power
of the House expressly granted in the Constitution).

4) Require a Voter ID Card: The American people overwhelmingly support (85% in one case, 70%-plus even after all the arguments against it are made) having a voter id card so we can be sure only legal citizens are voting

5) Repeal the Death Tax, for Good: The American people have consistently supported the total repeal of the death tax and the House should simply pass it once a week and attach it to various Senate bills to force the Senate to deal with it again and again.

6) Restore Property Rights : The American people are deeply opposed to local politicians’ being able to seize a citizen’s home or business. […] The House should pass a powerful bill returning the constitutional law to the pre-Kelo rules and blocking the Supreme Court from reviewing it

7) Achieve Sustainable Energy Independence: The country is eager for a straightforward new energy strategy for national security, environmental and economic reasons.

8) Control Spending and Balance the Budget: The House should pass new budget legislation to control spending, leading to a balanced budget in seven years (the length of time we gave ourselves in the Contract with America and which led to the first four balanced budgets since the 1920s), with special focus on programs liberals will fight to increase spending.

9) Tie Education Funding to Teacher Accountability:  The first step would be to insist that federal funds only go to school systems which require teacher competency and accountability.

10) Defend America From the Irreconcilable Wing of Islam: Terrorism is a real threat. Congress should hold hearings on the recent terror activities in Canada, the United Kingdom and Morocco.  The House should move bills that strengthen our security from terrorists with increased powers for surveillance, an overruling of the disastrous Hamdan decision and a series of other steps.

11) Focus on Iran and North Korea: The American people are very prepared to believe we face extraordinary threats from a nuclear North Korea and an Iranian regime actively seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Any actions in Iraq need to be recast in terms of their impact on Iran. A weak America in Iraq will be unable to stop Iran. Stopping Iran is
potentially literally a matter of life and death.

Again let me repeat how right I think Newt is on these points. But, once again, I feel that I must reiterate that the candidates, and elected, must embrace these issues because they believe in them, as do the majority of Americans, NOT just to get elected.

Thanks, Newt, for putting into words what I’ve been feeling, and I don’t think I’m alone in those feelings.

As The Needle Bends

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September 6, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings


  1. starting first with the concerns and values of the American people and then developing effective policies

    Newt is the man!

    Thanks, Newt, for putting into words what I’ve been feeling, and I don’t think I’m alone in those feelings.

    You sure aren’t, BSue.

    Comment by The Dude | September 6, 2006 | Reply

  2. Ditto BSue.

    There is a caveat, when Newt was speaker he ran a steel rod up their spine and got the job done, there is no one capable of doing that with the gang of seven.

    When Newt was speaker the steel rod was very uncomfortable and the members chucked Newt under the bus.

    Comment by NAT PIERCE | September 7, 2006 | Reply

  3. Nat, It would appear that he has dragged himself out from under the bus, and dusted himself off nicely.

    Comment by bsue | September 7, 2006 | Reply

  4. I have always been a Newt fan since his famous Contract with America. Republicans had better wake up and wake up soon to what the American people want. Dance with the one who brung ya, indeed!

    Comment by Neocon | September 10, 2006 | Reply

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