Sunday, October 25, 2009

Newt Gingrich has become a "conservative in name only". Part 1

If a person says that he or she is a conservative, it doesn't necessarily makes it so. The Republican Party is littered with conservative posers. These people are known as the "neo-conservative" crowd. George Bush was one of them. Senators Lindsey Graham, Trent Lott, John McLame, Chuck Hagel are just a few that comes to mind. The latest induction into the neocon hall of shame is Newt Gingrich. I never thought I would utter those words about good ol Newt. Looks like the guy has gotten tired and has lost his traditional conservative ways. When Newt was saying nice things about Hillary Clinton last year during the Democrat Primaries, I didn't think much of it. When Newt came out and claimed that man made global warming is real, my CINO alert went off. When Newt lead the Republicans back into power in 1994, the Republicans had a rock solid conservative leader then. Fifteen years later, Newt is merely a shell of that great leader. Some are saying that Newt is going to make a run for the Republican Nomination in 2012. Once conservatives find out who Newt has endorsed in the New York congressional race for the 23rd district, Newt can hang it up officially. Let me start from the beginning. In New York, the local Republican Party picked a liberal to moderate Assembly woman by the name of Dede Scozzafava as their choice for the November 3rd election for the 23rd congressional seat. This has forced conservatives in that district to back a third party candidate by the name of Doug Hoffman. This has become a three way race with the Democrat candidate Bill Owens. The race is being very closely watched nationally. Conservative talk show hosts nationwide have blasted the nomination of Ms. Scozzafava in the first place by the New York Republican Party. Everything that Dede Scozzafava stands for is the polar opposite of what conservatives stand for. She is merely another Republican Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. The other day Sarah Palin came out and endorsed Mr. Hoffman. His campaign received over $100,000 overnight just from her endorsement. This race represents the deep split in the GOP among liberal and neoconservatives on one side and paleoconservatives and libertarian conservatives on the other side. When the GOP lost control of congress in 2006, I said exactly why it happened. Bush, McCain and Graham attacked conservatives, because the grass root conservatives were furious over Bush and his neocon crowd wanting to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. 2005 marked the beginning of the exodus of Republicans changing their party affiliations to Independents. That action by conservatives could have also contributed to McCain being able to win the nomination in the first place, because Independents can't vote in the Republican Primaries. In Part Two, I'm finally going to get to my beef with Newt "The Gecko" Gingrich.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad al doesnt stick to doing James Brown! He was good!

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Blogger Frank A. Dupree said...

Conservatives - STAY THE COURSE!! I vaguely remember talk about the Republican Party back in the late 70's before Reagan became President. It was much the same as it is now: "Republicans are turning their backs on moderates and independents." It was a time when conservatism was surging and the liberals were getting scared.

Currently, conservatism is again on an upswing. More Americans consider themselves "conservative" than "liberal" or "progressive." The media wants Conservatives to back off and be accepting of anyone they (the media) say we should just because that person is registered as a Republican. As long as a candidate espouses to the same principles of conservatism that I have (fiscal responsibility in gov't spending, balanced budget, lower taxes, smaller gov't, etc...), I have no issue with supporting that candidate. Some of us may have lost our way with President Bush(43, he strayed from some of the core conservative principles during his 2 terms) and Sen. McCain, but I believe that the majority of conservatives now understand that compromising our support for a "moderate" is what got us to where we are today; politically. The difference between Conservative and liberals is that Conservatives are concerned about the candidates political principles and standards(where they stand on taxes, abortion, fiscal issues, constitutional issues, etc...). Liberals have no problem supporting a democrat as long as that candidate is democrat.

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