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Is Newt Imploding...Again?
Newt Gingrich, who in nearly every poll, leads all GOP candidates for the presidential nomination, is shown in the video below espousing some extremely progressive ideas. This is disturbing, to say the least. The U.S. is only three week out from the first primary in Iowa, and Newt Gingrich is aligning his views with two of the most progressive President's to ever hold the office. This is not a small blip for Gingrich. This could be devastating to his chances if, and when this gets out to the conservatives in the heartland.
First, what does it mean when he says he is a "Realpolitik Wilsonian"? According to Dictionary.com's "world english dictionary" definition, it is
a ruthlessly realistic and opportunist approach to statesmanship, rather than a moralistic one, esp as exemplified by Bismarck
The next question is, when applied to what he says he agrees with, which are "Wilsonian" politics, what does that portend? To do that one must understand a little of who Woodrow Wilson was, and what his philosophy was.
Wilson is generally seen as one of the most progressive people to ever hold the oval office. and was part of the "Progressive Era" from 1890 to 1920. Part of Wilson's legacy is the Federal Reserve and segregation of the military.
Jonah Goldberg, in an excellent piece in the Christian Science Monitor, writes:
It was during the Progressive era that Jim Crow laws were passed, aided by such Supreme Court cases as Plessy vs. Ferguson, which "
Gingrich also states that FDR's "Four Freedoms" still work. The first two, freedom of speech and freedom of religion, I would agree with. They are constitutional and God-given rights. However, his third and fourth freedoms, freedom from "want" and freedom from "fear", are progressive ideas.
Two weeks ago Newt Gingrich looked unstoppable, and I would have to agree that he has been rock solid in the debates, with virtually zero missteps for his opponents to jump on. But many have said that Gingrich is entirely capable of imploding, knowing his past history with off-the cuff remarks. He certainly seems to have stepped in it here. Maybe, because it was on C-Span, he thought no one would notice.
This is a headache that Gingrich did not need three weeks out from the first primary.