Newt Gingrich Slams Critics of His Nelson Mandela Tribute, Asks What Would They Have Done?

Newt Gingrich Slams Critics of His Nelson Mandela Tribute, No Different Than Washington Fighting British

Newt Gingrich Slams Critics of His Nelson Mandela Tribute, No Different Than Washington Fighting British (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am no fan of Newt Gingrich, but I will give him credit for pushing back against critics who took offense to his heartfelt tribute to Nelson Mandela. He issued a statement that contained a rare criticism of former president Ronald Reagan, who did nothing to help end apartheid and went on to veto sanctions against the white regime, which Congress overrode. Gingrich asked the question I have long posed to Mandela’s critics — what would you have done if you were in his shoes? To echo the New York Times, “The early collaboration of the A.N.C. with the Communists was a marriage of convenience for a movement that had few friends. The South African Communist Party and its patrons in Russia and China were a source of money and weapons for the largely feckless armed struggle…” Ronald Reagan and his British counterpart Margaret Thatcher supported Apartheid in South Africa. They called Nelson Mandela the leader of the Marxist/terrorist organization, the African National Congress.

It’s hypocritical to call him a terrorist because he fought against a regime that treated blacks with such brutality, considering our murky history of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow, where the Ku Klux Klan and others terrorized blacks and treated us like subhumans. We had our Sharpeville Massacre in America from the Native American Indians right down to blacks. So, no-one in this country has earned the right to criticize Nelson Mandela for fighting to liberate his country. Here are some reminders of what blacks lived under in the US:

Conservative hypocrisy against Nelson Mandela, blacks attacked during segregation

Conservative hypocrisy against Nelson Mandela, blacks attacked during segregation (Attribution Unknown)

Here’s Newt Gingrich’s response to the hypocrites calling Nelson Mandela a communist and a terrorist:

Yesterday I issued a heartfelt and personal statement about the passing of President Nelson Mandela. I said that his family and his country would be in my prayers and Callista’s prayers.

I was surprised by the hostility and vehemence of some of the people who reacted to me saying a kind word about a unique historic figure.

So let me say to those conservatives who don’t want to honor Nelson Mandela, what would you have done?

Mandela was faced with a vicious apartheid regime that eliminated all rights for blacks and gave them no hope for the future. This was a regime which used secret police, prisons and military force to crush all efforts at seeking freedom by blacks.

What would you have done faced with that crushing government?

What would you do here in America if you had that kind of oppression?

Some of the people who are most opposed to oppression from Washington attack Mandela when he was opposed to oppression in his own country.

After years of preaching non-violence, using the political system, making his case as a defendant in court, Mandela resorted to violence against a government that was ruthless and violent in its suppression of free speech.

As Americans we celebrate the farmers at Lexington and Concord who used force to oppose British tyranny. We praise George Washington for spending eight years in the field fighting the British Army’s dictatorial assault on our freedom.

Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote and the Continental Congress adopted that “all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Doesn’t this apply to Nelson Mandela and his people?

Some conservatives say, ah, but he was a communist.

Actually Mandela was raised in a Methodist school, was a devout Christian, turned to communism in desperation only after South Africa was taken over by an extraordinarily racist government determined to eliminate all rights for blacks.

I would ask of his critics: where were some of these conservatives as allies against tyranny? Where were the masses of conservatives opposing Apartheid? In a desperate struggle against an overpowering government, you accept the allies you have just as Washington was grateful for a French monarchy helping him defeat the British.

Finally, if you had been imprisoned for 27 years, 18 of them in a cell eight foot by seven foot, how do you think you would have emerged? Would you have been angry? Would you have been bitter?

This is probably the most authentic thing Newt Gingrich has ever said, considering he called President Obama “lazy,” the “food stamp president” and that he is not a “real president.” But still I give him some credit for pushing back with truth and facts and not just taking the side of the conservatives who still count blacks as three-fifths of a person. How else can you explain their determination to suppress the black vote in states like North Carolina and Ohio? I am guessing that the same level of racial unrest that occurred in this country at the hands of whites meant nothing to them. It was okay for blacks to be barred from getting an education, right? How can they laud Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, but criticize Nelson Mandela for fighting to liberate his country? It’s hypocritical, to say the least. The Republican Party will NEVER get the black vote because of their actions and their dangerous mindset.

The courage, dignity, determination and decency of Nelson Mandela are traits that are absent in his critics. I could not even dream to walk in the shoes of this man, much less criticize him for the methods he used to fight against the tyranny unleashed on black Africans by a group of whites, who stole their country right out from under them. He was no different from the freedom fighters in America, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was murdered for standing up against racism. So thank you Newt, for once I agree with you for standing up for what’s right.

UPDATE #1: Nice to see Newt Gingrich’s response going viral. I am no fan of his, but I will give him credit for saying something conservatives really needed to hear. (H/T The Atlantic).

Rep. Rick Nolan: President Obama Should ‘Man Up’ Over Obamacare Rollout Fiasco

GOP Rep. Rick Nolan Says President Obama Should 'Man Up' Over Obamacare Rollout Fiasco

Rep. Rick Nolan: President Obama Should ‘Man Up’ Over Obamacare Rollout Fiasco (Donkey Hotey)

Here we go, another politician questioning President Obama’s manhood. First Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus compared the nation’s first black president to the ShamWow guy, who was popped for beating up a prostitute who bit his tongue.

Now Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) is questioning the president’s manhood, saying, “I really believe he needs to, you know, man up, step up,” urging him to fire someone over the Obamacare rollout fiasco.

Rick Nolan also said, “I feel that the people responsible for this did a terrible disservice to the Affordable Care Act and to the president by allowing this thing to go forward when they knew it wasn’t ready.”

You will recall, then-presidential nominee Sen. John McCain called Barack Obama ‘that one’ during a presidential debate. Then presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich (serial cheater) said the president was lazy and may need more sleep. It never ends.

There’s more …..

Democratic Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) and Bill Nelson (FL) didn’t single anyone out, but said whoever is responsible for the Obamacare website’s technical issues should be fired.  The Washington Post reports 32 House Republicans (pot cursing the kettle syndrome) have signed a letter calling for Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation:

Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ)

Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Bill Shuster (R-PA)

Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Mike Pompeo (R-KS)

Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)

Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)

Steve Daines (R-MT)

Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)

Randy Weber (R-TX)

Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Larry Bucshon (R-IN)

Andy Harris (R-MD)

Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)

Walter Jones (R-NC)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Paul Broun (R-GA)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)

Steve Southerland (R-FL)

Mo Brooks (R-AL)

Roger Williams (R-TX)

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Stephen Fincher (R-TN)

Bob Gibbs (R-OH)

Jim Renacci (R-OH)

Pete Olson (R-TX)

Phil Gingrey (R-GA)

Steve Stockman (R-TX)

Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)

These are the same people had no qualms shutting down the government and throwing us over a fiscal cliff by not raising the debt ceiling. Absolutely laughable.

Rep. Bobby Rush Spars with Newt Gingrich on Gun Violence as Another Englewood Constituent Killed

Rep. Bobby Rush Spars with Newt Gingrich on Gun Violence as Another of His Englewood Constituents Killed

Rep. Bobby Rush Spars with Newt Gingrich on Gun Violence as Another of His Englewood Constituents Killed

While Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) railed against Newt Gingrich on ‘State of the Union’ with Candy Crowley, another one of his constituents was killed due to gun violence in Englewood. Eugene Clark was killed about 11:30 p.m. Saturday after someone fired at least six shots toward him inside a Marathon gas station, the Chicago Tribune reports. Clark was one of four people killed, nine wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago.

Newt Gingrich accused Rush of ignoring gang-related killings in Chicago, even as he wore a hoodie to mark Trayvon Martin’s death last year, breaking with House protocol.

“You have a congressman whose own district is bleeding, who puts on a hoodie as a symbolic act, but he doesn’t do anything about the gangs in his own district,” Gingrich said.

Rush said Gingrich’s charge “doesn’t hold water,” and that the former Speaker didn’t confront the issue of violence during his time in House leadership.

“I have been working relentlessly since I’ve been in Congress, even when you were the Speaker of the House and didn’t want to hear these matters,” Rush said. Source:  The Hill


Crossfire Host Newt Gingrich: Trayvon Martin Protesters Prepared to ‘Be a Lynch Mob’

Crossfire Host Newt Gingrich:  Trayvon Martin Protesters Prepared to 'Be a Lynch Mob'

Crossfire Host Newt Gingrich: Trayvon Martin Protesters Prepared to ‘Be a Lynch Mob’

Newt Gingrich continues to prove why he could never be a credible U.S. president — race-baiting.  He said that the protesters after the Trayvon Martin trial were prepared to ‘be a lynch mob,’ Buzzfeed reports.  Wow, isn’t this a case of Newt Gingrich stereotyping? If I am not mistaken, haven’t we seen a lot of white faces among the protesters?

Fox News Poll Shows Obama Widening Lead Over Presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney

Fox News reports that Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney is widening. Um, this must have been really hard for them to report, considering people like Sean Hannity, Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Mike Huckabee and Bill O’Reilly, as well their so-called pundits, can’t bear the thought of Obama much less dropping his name on the set.

The president would take 49 percent of the vote compared to Romney’s 40 percent in a head-to-head matchup if the election were held today, the poll found. Last month, Obama had a four percentage-point edge of 45 percent to 41 percent. This marks the second time this year the president has had a lead outside the poll’s margin of sampling error.

Obama’s advantage comes largely from increased support among independents, who now pick him over Romney by 11 percentage points. Some 30 percent of independents are undecided. Last month, Obama had a four-point edge among independents, while Romney had the advantage from April through early June.

There was also an uptick in support for Obama among women, blacks and Democrats. Source

A CNN poll also shows Obama leading Romney, holding a seven-point lead. Some scoffed at Nate Silver’s assessment earlier this week that Obama could win by a landslide. While I don’t think that will be the case, I do think he will manage to win reelection, barring any scandals. Mitt Romney was bloodied by Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich during the primary season and Obama just picked up where they left off. They defined Mitt Romney even before the Obama team got to him.

Obama Campaign Adviser: “Romney Failed to Define Himself to Voters, Now Vulnerable to Whole Range of Questions”

Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod tells Fox News’ Chris Wallace Mitt Romney has failed to define himself to voters and has “left himself vulnerable to a whole range of questions.”

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, citing a recent Quinnipac/CBS/NYT poll that showed Obama hitting 50 percent in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, asked Axelrod if he thought the Obama camp’s negative ads about Romney’s offshore finances and business record, among other things, had been successful in defining him to voters.

“Well, I’d put it another way: he hasn’t been very successful in defining himself to voters,” Axelrod said. “And he’s left himself vulnerable to a whole range of questions that I think people are asking about him, and whether he’ll be the kind of advocate for the middle class, an advocate for their interests in this economy that they’re looking for in this election.” Source

The first rule of politics is never to let your opponent define you. On that one thing, Mitt Romney failed miserably. No matter what he says, most people doubt his words have an ounce of truth. The Obama campaign picked up where his fellow Republican presidential candidates — Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — left off. During one debate, Rick Santorum said Romney was the worst candidate to go up against Barack Obama in the general election. Newt Gingrich slammed Romney on his Bain Capital years and the fact that jobs were actually lost not created during his tenure.

Bill O’Reilly: Democrats Made Black Americans ‘Dependent’ On Government for Entitlements

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is trying to sound smart again, saying the Democratic Party has made black Americans “dependent” on government entitlements. Um, remember Newt Gingrich called President Obama the “Welfare President.” Yeah, that’s Bill O’Reilly’s code word for calling Barack Obama the same thing.

During a segment on his Fox News show last night about African-American support for the Republican Party, host Bill O’Reilly asserted that the roughly 85-90 percent of African-Americans who regularly vote for Democrats only do so because Democrats have made them “dependent” on government “entitlements”:

WILLIE BROWN [FORMER SF MAYOR]: [Democrats] moved in and offered programs and policies that allowed African Americans to become incredibly dedicated and the anchor in many Democratic elections.

O’REILLY: Alright, but that’s a nice view if you’re a Democrat. But someone else would say the Democrats moved in and gave them all kinds of entitlements,making them dependent on the Democratic party and the state, which is not a good thing.

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Is Mitt Romney Forgetting the First Rule of Politics to Define Oneself Before Opponent Does?

Mitt Romney

Is Mitt Romney Forgetting the First Rule of Politics to Define Oneself Before Opponent Does? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney forgetting the first rule of politics to define oneself before the opponent does? Um, he can’t define himself because he is out of touch with just about every American on Main Street and in line with people like David Koch. That’s evident from one of his donors in the Hamptons saying “lower income people don’t understand what’s going on,” according to Think Progress.

The Note: “One of the first rules of politics is to define yourself before your opponent does it for you. The Obama campaign has made this its mantra with a relentless focus on making Mitt Romney out to be something of a cross between Gordon Gekko and George W. Bush.”

Mitt Romney was largely ignored during the 2008 presidential campaign when voters chose John McCain over him. He didn’t define himself then and he hasn’t done so during the 2012 campaign. Former presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich dinged him pretty bad, painting him as a) the worst Republican candidate to go up against Obama in the general elections; and b) as someone who fired many workers during his stint as CEO of Bain Capital.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee are just picking up where Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich left off. Mitt Romney hasn’t “walked the real streets” of America as he claims, otherwise, he would have defined himself from the 2008 presidential campaign. One thing I know is that he’s a very liberal Republican masquerading as an ultra conservative to get votes. Mitt Romney = RINO.

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Newt Gingrich Says “Obama Picking Fight on Economy Recipe for Disaster”

Mitt Romney new best friend, former adversary Newt Gingrich is on “Meet the Press” trashing Obama, saying the president “picking a fight on the economy” is a recipe for disaster. He also added that he is the worst president on job creation since the Great Depression. President Obama is a hypocrite, in my view, for being in bed with the same private equity groups he has been assailing. Gingrich says Obama can’t fight over debt because he has created more debt and can’t fight over jobs because he hasn’t created any. Damn, that’s a slap but it rings hollow coming from someone who attacked Mitt Romney mercilessly on the campaign trail.

Gov. Romney drove up the largest per capita debt of any state in the U.S. His record isn’t a record of increasing private job creation, but the opposite, that’s according to the Democratic surrogate, Gov. Martin O’Malley. David Gregory reminded Newt Gingrich of his statement that his tenure at Bain Capital was a character issue. Um, Gingrich is dancing around that. He’s a less credible surrogate for Mitt Romney as Ron Paul would ever be.

Newt Gingrich claims Mitt Romney will get 40% of the Hispanic vote, as George W. Bush did, because Hispanics are more concerned about jobs, housing and education, not immigration. That’s a very bold prediction that won’t come to fruition, unless Obama absolutely bombs over the next few months. He also said Mitt Romney has a bold plan for educating poor blacks, Latinos and whites.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Obama has created more jobs in less than four years than George W. Bush did in eight years.

Report: Rick Santorum Suspending Presidential Campaign

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

Report: Rick Santorum Suspending Presidential Campaign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CBS is reporting sources are saying Rick Santorum suspending presidential campaign. Thank God this ridiculous side show is coming to an end. Now if Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul could just bow out like a decent person, the party could begin to heal from the horrible mudslinging we have seen in recent months. That’s if the damage hasn’t already been done. Santorum will deliver remarks from Gettysburg shortly. He has reportedly spoken to Mitt Romney, AKA Etch-A-Sketch dude already. No he can go back to being a Moderate Republican since he’s all but sure of being the nominee.

Report: Rick Santorum Suspending Presidential Campaign (Twitter)