Gingrich issues call to replace left
December 1st, 2010
12:56 PM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich issues call to replace left

(CNN) -Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich doesn't want to reject the left anymore, now he wants to replace it. Gingrich is set to speak at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual conference Wednesday.

In prepared remarks released Wednesday morning, Gingrich notes that midterm elections are "only the beginning" and issues a challenge to "create a conservative majority large enough…to replace the increasingly leftist political system…" with the ultimate goal of turning the rejection of the left seen during the 2010 midterm elections into "replacement of the left."

Gingrich plans twelve steps to accomplish this feat. Among them, he takes aim at unemployment benefits and proposes that unemployment benefits be turned into a fund to require training programs for the unemployed, illustrates a plan replacing health care reforms enacted by the Obama administration through limiting Medicaid, and spells out the need to develop "benchmarks for helping businesses and entrepreneurs create high paying jobs in competition with China, India, and Germany…"

In his 12th and final step, Gingrich sounds a rallying cry to public schools from K-12 to the collegiate level. He will encourage them to insist on an annual course covering the Declaration of Independence, affirming that "The time has come to reassert that we are Americans, and America is a learned civilization."

The former speaker, who is often mentioned as a 2012 presidential hopeful, will announce five webinars on transformational change to take place in December and January during the speech, where he asserts that "The first great laboratory for replacing the left will not be in Washington. It will be in the states."

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt, just replace and repeal the 21st century and make yourself King Newt and insist on an annual course of "thou shalt not commit adultry" which will prove we are a "learned civilization".

    December 1, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Dude is shrooming. Seriously. Sounds like he's finally gone absolutely nuts. But pay attention, because things that CNN isn't Cantor's advocacy for amending the Constitution to give states the right to pick and choose which federal laws to obey (i.e., basically destroying the federal government) or the real reasons underlying their desire to repeal the 17th Amendment (redistricting to create permanent conservative state legislatures by marginalizing minority votes, so they can APPOINT conservative senators) or CBO's study showing that unemployment benefits are the top job-creating tool we have whle tax cuts are the worst or people like Rick Perry advocating being able to opt out of Social Security and Medicair so states like TX can drop those programs in hopes it forces minorities to migrate to blue states...all those things add up to one thing and one thing only: they HATE America and everything it actually stands for and the election of a black POTUS finally brought them to the end of their rope with that pesky Constitution that keeps telling them that so-and-so has rights and no you can't step all over them or insert your religious beliefs into our laws. They're done. The game plan now is to help the already wealthy and large corporations take as much of the pie as possible while destroying the institutions that hold the country together and let the rest of us go bugger ourselves while they move most of ther businesses and job creation overseas to rape countries that can't defend themselves against it because, well, wages of $0.25 per day is freekin great as far as their poverty riddled citizenry is concerned. November 2, 2010 marks the day they think they finally won the Civil War....because if you think they agreed that it was over and decided, you've got another think coming.

    "The time has come to reassert that we are Americans, and America is a learned civilization."

    Says one of Jaberwocky Barbie's cohorts. Yet more proof of the conservative mind's inability to recognize the irony coming out of their idiot mouths.

    December 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Dave B.

    Sure Newt, you can replace the left. All you have to do is deny Christ and make a pact with satan, declare martial law, burn every piece of educational media, shut down the internet and foreign news sources, close every school and library, outlaw freedom of speech and thought, ban logic and reason, burn all suspected witches and warlocks, outlaw all procreation among those with IQ's over 75, labotomize all existing citizens with IQ's over 75, build a maximum security prison for every city to house those with leftward or free thinking tendancies, ban all television programing except for FOX News, apoint yourself and Sarah Palin as supreme dictators of the world and repopulate the planet with your inbred automatonic drooling progeny. That ought to about do it. Your mother would be so proud of you. God bless you Gingmeister.

    December 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. some guy in New Hampshire

    "Increasingly leftist politial system"? The same system that elected Ronald Reagan and W twice and kept Republicans in control of the House of Representatives for most of the past two decades - and just returned them to power? A serious problem with the right wing now controlling the GOP is that there are some good ideas there but the ideas are delivered by messengers who have made a profession out of polarizing us instead of uniting us. Whatever comes out of their mouths is suspect by virtue of who's speaking. Gingrich's ideas have nothing to do with replacing "the left" but with experimenting with new ways of solving persistent problems. If he was as obsessed with solving problems without labelig people as he is with "replacing the left" and dividing us from each other, then he could be a leader.

    December 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Disgusted in Texas

    In other words, a Republican Dictatorship. No thank you!

    December 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Tim

    Repeal the left.

    Intellectually, Newt is miles ahead of the pack, and lightyears ahead of Obama.

    December 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. DJ in TX

    He does realize he would also have to ask those same people to vote for him in a general election?? He also needs to realize he would have to govern those very same people. Basically, he only get a little support. He wouldn't have enought support from the American people if he intends on replacing a lot of their beliefs.

    People also remember, this man was DISGRACED out of Congress. Please think about that.

    December 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Phil

    And let the over-reaching begin.

    December 1, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Jacob

    i have such distaste for this FORMER speaker!

    December 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Diane P

    Did anyone notice where all the seats were lost; mostly the south & midwest, a very small majority of registered voters went to the polls, this was not a mandate, more people voted in NY & CA which are still a very dark & beautiful shade of blue!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Hmmm, so a one party system is what this facsist wants. Yep, reeks of the true right wing agenda, one party dictatorial rule. Go away facsist we don't want or need your kind in this country. My dad killed many of your kind in Europe to defend this countrys freedoms in WWII.

    December 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. thomas

    He wouldn't be such a bad guy if he told the truth !

    December 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This old, out of touch politician should look at the results of that election again. Pelosi and Reid are still in their seats- Reid is still heading the Senate. Tea Party conservatives only won 32% of their seats.
    America as a whole does not want Republicans or conversatives in power.
    The preposals of the Right are first off illegal in many cases unless laws are revolked.There strategies are from the early 20th century in a 21st century world and would set up back 80 years. History dictates the only way out of this type of recession is government involvement – I sugest Newt read the history of the Great depression and what got ous out of it.

    December 1, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be great if we would all learn about the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution and other things that make us American. The problem is that many teachers are just trying to get the basics across because they don't have the time with the students they have far too many students. The students don't have the help, motivation and support to get them to want to learn. When major pop icons, sports stars and poltical figures (like Palin) don't encourage education and a love of learning, then we will start to fail as a country. This is one of the reasons why Palin frightens me - she has CONTEMPT FOR LEARNING!

    December 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. J

    What about the Radical Right Wing !!!!! Its Radicals not democrats that are the problem here and around the world. I guess he can't see there are crazy people that are also GOP because he is one of those crazies....

    Whats his next proposal, anyone with Liberal ideas in America wheres a symbol on their arm. I think its becoming very obvious that republicans don't want to bipartisanship for the good of the country. They want to take it over so there is no compromise.

    Beware people, extremism and authoritarianism are the real enemy and they right wing is strong with both.

    December 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Rob in MO

    Nothing testifies to the banality of political discouse in the country more than the persistent rantings of this idiot.

    December 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Dean

    This is why I want Gingrich as our president.

    December 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Haren

    This stupid notion pushed in the brain of all stupid American, that you will become rich one day and make more than 250000
    is the biggest scam in this country.

    December 1, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. kk

    Replace the left the same way Newt replaced his wife while she lay in a hospitol bed sick with cancer.
    Real classy

    December 1, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. isaiah's grandma

    GAWD!!! Whoever gave th is guy a mouth ought to be shot. What a blathering narcissist.

    December 1, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. usualone

    The fact that Americans should know about the Declaration of Independence (and the Constitution too) is the only thing this man said that has any merit to it. The part about retraining the unemployed should be on a case by case basis. Most of those capable of working but are unemployed are most likely not able to go into the health profession which is the one area where there is growth these days. Lots of professionals are among the unemployed these days. So he is wasting his breath, and our monies as this would be extremely costly, more than the cost of paying unemployment. Coming up with new jobs that use the already earned talents of those unemployed would be more productive.

    December 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. D. Bunker

    As usual, Gingrich is delusional. A large number of Amercans hold views that he seeks to "permanently replace." Tough beans, newtie, because we aren't going away. All the old white people are dying off and the younger voters do not appreciate your policies, your lies, your fear, your hate and your propaganda. It's time for YOU to be permanently replaced.

    December 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Troy Peterson

    So... in other words, he's wanting a dictatorship. Sorry there Newt... trying to rehash your "contract with America" won't work this time.

    December 1, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. kds562

    He better speed up his plan if he wants to succeed. Soon the old white man and his ideals will be obsolete. Look around Newt. Although the young are less religious, they have more compassion and empathy for the less fortunate. Greed is not their God.
    They prefer cooperation over confrontation.

    December 1, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Mike In NJ

    Indeed, By all means, the voice of reason speaks. "Replace that left!" Right you are. Because opinions dissenting from yours are not worthy of even having a voice... or existing. Wipe them out, in fact. Right Newt? Sounds like a "last answer" if you will...

    Indeed, those of us on the Left certainly don't believe in a document so foolish as the Declararion of Independence, right? I totally agree that studying one relatively short document for an entire year in the K-12 years is certainly going to make us all a 'more learned civilization'. Forget that stupid stuff like Mathematics, Science, Biology – the future is in the past, right Newt? You and Sarah are right in lockstep.

    Is this yet another Dog Whistle? Maybe the crazies will come out for you, Mr. G. Couldn't move policy from within, so now you just stoke the fires of hate and division. Good On Ya!

    December 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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