Newt Gingrich has a new book out on saving America and has sent out an ad to people he believes might want to buy it. I was one of the lucky ones on his list. Now, I own and have read a few "Save America" type books, by people like Glenn Beck, Joseph Farah and Michael Savage, for example.
Now comes Newt to join this team of warriors.
The ad says, among other things:
This book argues that the modern left – what can only be understood as a "secular-socialist machine" – is a fundamental threat to America's survival. It warns that the lethal combination of high tax, big bureaucracy and radically secular policies imposed through a ruthless political machine will radically transform our country to something we barely recognize as America. This is something we've worked together to stop at American Solutions, whether it's repealing and replacing Obamacare, stopping the Energy Tax, or stopping the Employee "Forced" Choice Act. [emphasis added]â€¨
I was a little confused by Newt's opposition to the "energy tax," because I had seen a YouTube ad Newt made together with Nancy Pelosi, where he said, "We must take action to address climate change."
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So I wrote back to Newt:
Didn't you and Nancy Pelosi agree that there needs to be an energy taxâ€¨ to save the planet from global warming?
His spokesperson responded:
Thanks for the e-mail. To answer your question about an energy tax, we'veâ€¨had a campaign called "Stop the Energy Tax" aimed at stopping cap-and-trade or any energy tax scheme since the first time that the bill was â€¨introduced.â€¨
In his ad with Nancy Pelosi, Newt says "But we do agree our country must take action to address climate change."
That raises some questions:
- What climate change? It was said to be global warming at the time the Pelosi-Newt ad was made, but that theory has been seriously damaged by the now-famous hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia and also by the fact that temperatures have been dropping for the last 15 years. (There was a near-record snowfall and cold snap all over Europe and North America during the Copenhagen conference on "global warming.")
- What "action"? In that ad, Newt says we need cleaner energy. Going on the "global warming" theory, that would have to mean less CO2 emissions. How can we have less CO2 without closing more factories and through targeted government coercion to force Americans to drive the small cars they don't want and to force Detroit to build the small cars that will drive the last nail into their waiting coffin?
- Didn't Newt realize that Nancy and the Dems had been planning for a long time to impose cap-and-trade based on the highly suspect "climate change" theory? How is cap-and-trade not a tax, and why team up with a person backing the tax-driven agenda on energy if you are going to write a book about how their side is harming America – with taxes? Doesn't Newt realize he gave her side points by appearing as her partner in this scheme?
How can Newt talk about saving America when addressing conservatives when he seems to support "saving the world" the Democratic way when addressing Democrats?
Strangely, in the ad for his book, there is nary a word about saving the planet from the climate change he seems so fearful about in the ad. The book focuses on saving America from Obama and his government. Yet it is their side that focuses most on "climate change," which Newt claims to care about.
Further, in the past, Newt has always seemed to be on the side of free enterprise as the way to solve problems. Yet in the ad, he says, "If enough of us demand action from our leaders, we can spark the innovation we need." Now, since he is sitting beside Nancy, it is clear he is not talking about our business leaders. So does that earlier "environmentalist" Newt believe that business decisions are the realm of government? If so, how does he distinguish himself from Obama, who also wants government to control business?
Please convince me and my readers that Newt is not trying to serve two masters and talking out of both sides of his mouth. And please convince us that Newt is not trying to help the Democrats push through their agenda while pretending to be one of us little guys outside the Beltway.
I have not heard back from Newt's spokesperson since my last email. Perhaps he has changed his position again in the meantime.
Don Hank is a retired technical translator and operator of the news and views site Laigle's Forum. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Panama.