The Obama administration has proved a failure in resolving the massive BP oil spill disaster, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax.TV.
In an exclusive interview, Gingrich blames BP for the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, but he says the evidence clearly shows the administration has been ineffective in its response as the oil has threatened the region’s wildlife and tourism industries.
That doesn’t surprise Gingrich, whose new best-seller, “To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine,”
chronicles problems he sees evolving during Obama’s presidency.
Obama’s policies pose a “mortal threat” to America’s way of life and the preservation of the Founding Fathers’ vision for America, the former speaker tells Newsmax.TV. His strategies threaten America’s founding values as much as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union did, Gingrich says.
“There are two different problems,” Gingrich says. “The first is how you cap the well to keep the oil from coming out, and the other problem is how do you gather up the oil to get it out of the water before it reaches the shore?
“The Obama administration has so far failed on both of those counts, and we have evidence that foreign governments were prepared to give substantial support and either found no response or a very slow response from the Obama administration.”
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The president and his administration have resorted to Chicago-style machine tactics that seek to impose power from above on the American people instead of earning it from the bottom up, Gingrich says.
“If you watched Obama get $787 billion of stimulus money with no elected official having read the bill, even the Chicago City Council would have thought that was a pretty good machine-like moment,” Gingrich says. “If you watch them ignore every poll for four months, ignore every town-hall meeting, ignore the loss of Senator Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts on the very issue of healthcare, and then impose Obamacare on the country — that’s the behavior of a machine.”
Gingrich labels the machine “socialist” because, he says, the president’s policies involve more government, more bureaucracy, more power in Washington, and giving more power to politicians.
If this trend continues, Gingrich says, the country will “have replaced Lincoln’s description of America as a ‘land of the people, by the people, for the people’ with a new policy of government of the special interests, by the bureaucrats, and for the politicians.
“If you look at Sacramento, California; Albany, New York, that’s the model of the future if the left wins, so I do think it is a fairly accurate statement to say this is a mortal threat to the historic America, which emphasized personal liberty and personal freedom and the rule of law.”
Secularizing America is essential for the left because socialism will be possible only with the suppression of the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation “we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights,” Gingrich says.
This “means no judge, no bureaucrat, no politician can take away your God-given rights,” Gingrich says. “Unless you secularize this country, you can’t take away from the American people the rights that God gave them, and so there is an inherent tension between a creator-endowed model and a socialist model.”
Regarding immigration reform, Gingrich says the Democrats see it as a way to overcome the electoral advantage held by taxpayers and immigrants who have assimilated into America.
“People come to America with the hope of making a better living for their family,” Gingrich says. “Most people who come to America don’t want us to become the country that they left.
“They came here because we are different . . . The most passionate people are first-generation immigrants who understand why America is so unique and so remarkable, and you desperately do not want us to slide into the corruption, the machine politics, the politician-defined world of people like Hugo Chavez, or Fidel Castro, or many Third World dictatorships.”
Also in the wide-ranging interview, Gingrich says:
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- Republicans will be able to repeal Obamacare if they win back Congress in this year’s midterm elections and elect a GOP president in 2012.
- He will wait until early next year to decide his own presidential ambitions.
- The Environmental Protection Agency should be replaced with a decentralized system that gives more power at the state and local levels and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.
- The Social Security system should be replaced with one that gives younger people their own accounts, which would allow them to save two and a half to three times more money than the traditional system.
- Elena Kagan lacks the experience and credentials necessary to serve on the Supreme Court because her two previous appearances before the court, in the Citizens United case and her effort to ban the ROTC at Harvard, were major defeats and she lacks judicial experience.
- Republicans in the Senate should block the so-called Disclose Act, which would reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
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