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Newt Gingrich’s victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary means that we are still alive.

Gingrich really won the primary in the first five minutes of Friday night’s debate, when he challenged John King of CNN. King opened the debate trying to press forward the media’s campaign of destruction of Gingrich, using the 13-year-old slings and arrows of a still-bitter ex-wife. The best thing about the exchange was that Newt turned the tables with the speed and skill of a black belt and put the media on the defensive. It was brilliant, a defining moment. And the crowd cheered. People are fed up.

The country needs a tough fighter. There is a war on the American people; we are under attack from within, and the Republican establishment has been meek, cowed, defeated. Gingrich is fierce. We need a fighter to go toe-to-toe against the silver-tongued snake in the White House.

Longtime readers of my website AtlasShrugs.com know that I have not been a Gingrich fan, so he has had to have done and said extraordinary things and taken courageous positions during this GOP battle for me to support him for the GOP nomination.

And he has. Gingrich continues to persuade me with his arguments. I pricked up my ears a few months back, when Gingrich said that he would pursue the prosecutions of the unindicted co-conspirators (CAIR, MSA, MAS, ICNA, ISNA, etc.) named in the largest terrorist-funding trial, the Holy Land Foundation conviction. Is it any wonder that these Muslim Brotherhood groups are quaking in their jackboots? Hamas-tied CAIR just called him “one of the nation’s worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry.” It’s a badge of honor.

Gingrich has also enraged them by coming out against Islamic law (Shariah), the most repressive political ideology on the planet today. He said last week: “A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat; a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Shariah, any effort to impose it on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat.” He said he was “totally opposed” to the use of Shariah in American courts and support laws against it.

Also last week, Gingrich stated that the “rising Islamization of Turkey has been accompanied by a 1,400 percent increase in women being killed.” When someone in the enemedia asked if he would ever support a Muslim who ran for president, he said: “When you look at the application of Shariah in places like Iran, when you look at churches being burned in Nigeria and Egypt, and that the decline of Christians in Iraq from about 1,200,000 when the Americans arrived to about 500,000 today, I think it depends entirely on the person. If they are a modern person integrated in the modern world and they are prepared to recognize all religions, that’s one thing. On the other hand, if they’re Saudis, who demand that we respect them while they refuse to allow Christians to worship in Saudi Arabia, that’s something different.”

Gingrich even came out against the Islamic supremacist Ground Zero mosque, calling it a “deliberate and willful insult to the people of the United States who suffered an attack by people who are motivated by the same thing.”

And several weeks ago, Gingrich far exceeded all expectations when he spoke the truth about the fact that the “Palestinians” are an invented people, a fake nationality created by Yasser Arafat as a weapon to destroy Israel. The ensuing reaction from the Jew-hating left was visceral, but not unexpected. I was enormously disappointed, however, as the entire Republican field dumped on Gingrich for telling the truth about the Muslims in Gaza and the Jewish territories of Judea and Samaria.

Gingrich said what everyone knew: that the emperor has no clothes. But Romney, Santorum and conservative Washington insiders used Israel as their excuse for their failure to stand up for the truth when it was finally spoken. Instead of spontaneous, enthusiastic support for Gingrich’s exposing of the dirty lie, they sought to force the cat back into the bag. Shameful.

Yes, Gingrich has much to answer for. Yet while Newt has an inconsistent history, he seems a man of the time. He knows what America needs: He sees the threats from within and without, and he is pulling no punches. Romney is not strong enough for the coming battle. Newt may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB. And we need an SOB to defeat the snake in the White House.

Despite the influence of independents and Democrats who vote in these primaries, the Republican base does not want a RINO. Get out the vote. Volunteer, donate, knock on doors. If Hamas satellite organizations in the U.S. like CAIR are sweating bullets over a Newt candidacy, he would be best for freedom and country.

Also, a debate between Gingrich and President Barack Hussein “Uh Uh Uh” would be thoroughly delicious. And good for you.

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