What You Should Know About Newt Gingrich

Newt with wife no. 3, Callista Bisek.

In the shock poll of the day, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has pulled into a statistical tie with Mitt Romney in the former Massachusetts governor’s backyard, New Hampshire.

Jonathan Weisman of the Wall St. Journal reports, Nov. 18, 2011, that the poll of likely Republican primary voters by Magellan Strategies for the online New Hampshire Journal shows Romney with 29% support, Gingrich 27%, Ron Paul 16%, and Herman Cain at 10%.

This is the same Newt Gingrich whose campaign was falling apart in June, because of the mass resignations of his senior staff.

While Newt is undoubtedly knowledgeable and articulate, I find him worrisome for a number of reasons:

1. Newt Gingrich is not a conservative

2. Newt Gingrich is a New World Order man, part of the Council on Foreign Relations/occultic Bohemian Grove/Freemasonry power nexus.

But he denies he’s one.

In February 2010, at a speech Newt was giving before Claremont Colleges in Southern California, he was directly asked by Martin Hill (of the LA County Libertarian Examiner) about his involvement in those organizations. Here’s Hill’s account:

“Near the end of questioning, a young woman asked Newt about a quote attributed to him in which he had stated that he ‘is not a citizen of the world‘.

He replied emphatically by stating that, although his words were controversial among some in his office, our rights as Americans come from a Creator and that ‘there is no world government’. This view, though correct, is odd and seemingly disingenuous coming from Gingrich, an admitted member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a group whose known goal is the establishment of a world government. [...]

At the end of the event after approximately one hundred people had lined up for a book signing, Gingrich’s previous remarks regarding world government served as a perfect transition for questions about the “new world order”. After he signed the program at my request with the words “To Martin: No World Government – Your Friend, Newt”, I took the rare opportunity to question an off-guard Gingrich [...]:

Q. “You were asked about world government and you said ‘there is no world government’. What is your role in groups like the bohemian club, freemasonry, and that sort of thing, Council on Foreign Relations?

Gingrich: “I don’t belong to the Bohemian Club, I have no role in freemasonry. And my primary activity in Council on Foreign Relations was on figuring out how to fight terrorism”

Q. “So you don’t think there’s gonna be a ‘new world order’ so to speak?”

Gingrich: “No. No” [...]

Gingrich, who became visibly defensive and blinked rapidly while replying to the questions, started to walk away during my questioning with the aide of the small entourage of faculty and assistants who accompanied him.

Despite Newt’s denial, Martin Hill notes that Gingrich appears in the official “Annals of the Bohemian Club”, and was featured in a National Review column written by William F. Buckley, Jr., dated September 11, 1995, entitled “Newt draws fire- Newt Gingrich and the Bohemian Grove“.

3. Newt Gingrich’s immoral personal conduct

He has a history of adulterous behavior.

Gingrich had an adulterous affair with Marianne Ginther, while he was married to wife no. 1, Jackie Battley. After he divorced Battley, Newt married Marianne.

In the mid-1990s, while he was Speaker of the House, Newt had an adulterous affair with a 23-years-younger House of Representatives stafer named Callista Bisek. In 2000, Newt married Callista shortly after divorcing Marianne who claimed that she was in her hospital bed recovering from surgery when Newt said he wanted a divorce. [Source: wiki]

I do not believe, as liberals so facilely do, in the wall of separation of the personal from the public. In whatever domain, we are who we are — the same person. I believe that a man (or woman) who betrays his marital vows will also betray his other commitments — to friends, colleagues, political party, fellow citizens, and country.

Here’s a good summary of Newt Gingrich, posted by a blogger who got kicked off a conservative site for posting this (h/t beloved fellow Tina). I’ve added a last point.

  • 04/02/1987 – He cosponsored the 1987 Fairness Doctrine.
  • 10/22/1991 – He voted for an amendment that would create a National Police Corps.
  • 03/–/1993 – He Voted for sending $1.6 Billion in foreign aid to Russia.
  • 11/19/1993 – He voted for the NAFTA Implementation Act.
  • 11/27/1994 – He supported the GATT Treaty giving sovereignty to the U.N.
  • 08/27/1995 – He suggests that drug smuggling should carry a death sentence.
  • 04/25/1996 – Voted for the single largest increase on Federal education spending ($3.5 Billion).
  • 04/10/1995 – He supported Federal taxdollars being spent on abortions.
  • 06/01/1996 – He helped a Democrat switch parties in an attempt to defeat constitutionalist Ron Paul in the 1996 election.
  • 09/25/1996 – Introduced H.R. 4170, demanded life-sentence or execution for someone bringing 2 ounces of marijuana across the border.
  • 01/22/1997 – Congress gave him a record-setting $300,000 fine for ethical wrongdoing.
  • 11/29/2006 – He said that free speech should be curtailed in order to fight terrorism. Wants to stop terrorists from using the internet. Called for a “serious debate about the 1st Amendment.”
  • 11/29/2006 – He called for a “Geneva Convention for terrorists” so it would be clear who the Constitution need not apply to.
  • 02/15/2007 – He supported Bush’s proposal for mandatory carbon caps.
  • 09/28/2008 – Says if he were in office, he would have reluctantly voted for the $700B TARP bailout.
  • 10/01/2008 – Says in an article that TARP was a “workout, not a bailout.”
  • 12/08/2008 – He was paid $300,000 by Freddie Mac to halt Congress from bringing necessary reform.
  • 03/31/2009 – Says we should have Singapore-style drug tests for Americans.
  • 07/30/2010 – Says that Iraq was just step one in defeating the “Axis of Evil”.
  • 08/03/2010 – Advocates attacks on Iran & North Korea.
  • 08/16/2010 – Opposes property rights of the mosque owner in NYC.
  • 11/15/2010 – He defended Romneycare, on which Obama modeled his Obamacare.
  • 12/05/2010 – He said that a website owner should be considered an enemy combatant, hunted down and executed, for publishing leaked government memos.
  • 01/30/2011 – He lobbied for ethanol subsidies.
  • 01/30/2011 – He suggested that flex-fuel vehicles be mandated for Americans.
  • 02/13/2011 – He criticized Obama for sending less U.S. taxdollars to Egypt.
  • 02/15/2011 – His book said that he believes man-made climate-change and advocated creating “a new endowment for conservation and the environment.”
  • 03/09/2011 – He blames his infidelity to multiple wives on his passion for the country.
  • 03/15/2011 – Says that NAFTA worked because it created jobs in Mexico.
  • 03/19/2011 – He has no regrets about supporting Medicare drug coverage, which is now a $7.2T unfunded liability.
  • 03/23/2011 – He completely flip-flopped on Libyan intervention in 16 days.
  • 03/25/2011 – He plans to sign as many as 200 executive orders on his first day as president.
  • 04/25/2011 – He’s a paid lobbyist for Federal ethanol subsidies.
  • 05/12/2011 – He was more supportive of individual health-care mandates than Mitt Romney.
  • 06/09/2011 – His own campaign staff resigned en masse.
  • 07/15/2011 – His poorly managed campaign is over $1 Million in debt.
  • 08/01/2011 – He hired a company to create fake Twitter to appear as if he had a following.
  • 10/07/2011 – He said he’d ignore the Supreme Court if need be.
  • 11/16/2011 – Was revealed he actually received 1.6 million from Freddie Mac, vs. his previously stated $300,000.
  •  Gingrich voted for an increase in the debt ceiling in 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1984.
  • Gingrich voted to permit the Federal Reserve to purchase Treasury Debt.
  • Bailed out savings and loan institutions in 1991. $40B Bank bailout.
  • Gingrich voted to strengthen the federal home loan agencies with the cutsey names Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • Gingrich voted for increased powers to the FDIC to bail out struggling savings and loans through reorganization, purchase of bad assets, or recapitalization.
  • Gingrich voted in favor of the Chrysler Bailout in 1979.
  • Gingrich voted for an oil windfall profits tax in 1979, which was signed by Jimmy Carter.
  • Urged the House to repeal the War Powers Act and give the Presidency more power.
  • Urged Clinton to expand military presence in Bosnia.
  • Gingrich voted against a provision requiring congressional approval prior to deployment of U.S. troops into Central America in 1983.
  • Gingrich voted to increase CIA secrecy and against any requirement that the President report covert activity to congress before it is initiated.
  • Gingrich voted for Jimmy Carter’s “Energy Mobilization Board.”
  • Gingrich voted for an increase in taxes on coal producers in 1981.
  • Gingrich voted for a 5-cent increase in the gas tax to fund highway and other mass-transit projects.
  • Gingrich was one of the few who voted against the 1984 bill requiring the President and Congress to submit a balanced budget.
  • Gingrich voted for a congressional pay raise.
  • Gingrich voted against a bipartisan 1% cut to the Department of Defense budget for 1983.
  • He was a draft-dodger during the Vietnam War, yet pushed aggressive foreign interventionism his entire political career, and did say that Vietnam was the “right battlefield at the right time.”
  • The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” – Newt Gingrich.
  • In June 2011, it was revealed that Newt — who preaches fiscal discipline for America – has a debt of $500,000 (half a million bucks!) with the up-scale jewelry store Tiffany’s.

~Eowyn

21 responses to “What You Should Know About Newt Gingrich

  1. I’m sorry But I honestly don’t see this entire compilation of ‘revelations’ about Newt as much of an indictment, If that is what the casual observer is supposed to think, for a man who has been in politics as long as he has been. Sorry I personally couldn’t care less who screws who behind closed doors. If marital fidelity or moral fiber is the yardstick for an effective candidate the will be NO ONE left to vote for except the guys who haven’t been caught YET.
    At least he is a straight hetero sexual male, who believes in America, an articulate well educated White Male, someone with a documented birth certificate & academic past, a PhD in History. Wealthy enough already where he doesn’t have to steal so much from Governmental entitlements and
    He is genuinely more gifted academically, has more documented leadership abilities, can talk to both sides of the aisle as a Washington Insider and can garner the respect and consensus from opponents who may not agree with his positions but will compromise with him because they respect him. He has enough ‘middle of the road’ appeal to not appear polarizing in any extreme direction. Compared to the rest of the current republican field of candidates, Newt Gingrich looks like the Golden Child a hands down favored candidate in my opinion.

    • Ditto!!!!

    • So you say all men cheat on their wives? Psychological projection? If there’s a Mrs. John Hancock, I hope she has a good pre-nup.

    • Really? Everyone in politics can’t keep their marriage vows? And how do you know this? And we can’t even demand that people honor their marriage vows before we consider them as a candidate?

      Newt has ‘middle of the road’ appeal because he contradicts his own positions and he can’t be trusted when he speaks. I suppose that is part of what makes an ideal candidate to you, as well.

      Hey, I’ve got an idea. Let’s look for a man that can’t be trusted by those nearest and dearest to him, and who doesn’t stand for anything (for long), and give him more power yet — like say, being commander in chief. What could go wrong?

  2. Since the SRM knocked down Cain, Newt will be their next target. And they’ve got plenty ammo w/a list like this. Romney is who they want to run against Skippy IMO.

    As for infidelity, I have a serious problem w/that. To assume all men do it, and just haven’t been caught, is an insult to the many men who are faithful. Character speaks volumes for me.

  3. I typed a long comment in response to this post. I know it is not waiting moderation. I went to click “post comment” and lost my wireless connection and poof – comment to “internet never never land.” I’m too frustrated at this point to try to redo the comment; I am so technologically challenged that I probably should not even have a laptop and a wireless connection… Sigh. No matter. I’m back and on-line again, at this point [how I managed to "fix" whatever is wrong is beyond me!]. The gist of the comment I typed was that I appreciate your list, Eowyn. There are some issues that may give me pause to re-think my support for Newt, and that is the direction I am leaning. I like Herman Cain – and was ready to board the “Cain train,” but I just see Newt as THE one to put up against boy blunder. Not ready to make a final decision – know I do not want Romney “picked” for me [and that is what I see happening]. No matter who our candidate is, I will support that person so that the president in 2012 is “abo.” Of the current pack, Newt was right up there at the top, with Herman Cain trailing only just slightly behind Newt… Thank you for such a concise list, Eowyn.

    • Thanks, BT! You have no idea how refreshing it is to have someone thank me instead of curse me. And to think I do this for $0 pay!

    • Strange and mysterious are the ways of the www :)
      Do consider the rest of the candidates,not just those approved by the mainstream media. It’s easy: Google their names and don’t count on the media spun charade/debates to provide their history and voting record. Remember, the media’s chosen one is the current POTUS.

  4. Enjoyed the article, but I have never been a Newt fan. I would like to see another listing each candidate if they are members of the New World Order. It would be interesting to see if they would admit it. Five of our hopefuls are, two are not. We cannot afford another pres that belongs to the order. We are very very close to not surviving this one.

  5. Some of the supposed marks against Newt, above, are frankly stupid. Yes, Iraq was, and North Korea is, part of the axis of evil. All you have to do is pay attention to what they do/did to their own citizens, never mind what they do to us. With that said, Newt has the morals of an alley cat and the consistency of a weather vane. No thanks.

  6. A good feel for Newt-go back to the HW..Bush congressional speeches on the New World Order. This,the CFR,Climate Change thats enough to throw a red flag up. Newt is also very close in working with none other than Bill Clinton.

  7. I am quite amazed watching the guy speak the double talk The last debate he said,he would rein in the “United Nations”. sorry but the United Nations along with UN Agenda21 needs to be sent clear out of the United States. If you do not know what UN Agenda 21 is I suggest you study it. It involves your freedom,your property,your children,your grandchildren etc…..

  8. An excellent summary ,Eowyn. I hope you could find the time to provide a trusted evaluation of each of the ‘Potentials’. The fact that so many of the Republican hopefuls are neocon/nation building one world government good-old-boys bodes ill for the Republic…sigh.

  9. Still think Peewee Herman is more presidential…

  10. Indeed that is SOME list!.. IDK what to think anymore. I just know I really don’t care for Newt… And, yes, I am old fashioned, but not out of touch. I just can’t get over how these men cannot keep it in their own ‘back-yard’s’!
    Again, I am no prude, but I am also in a small percentage of those who think fidelity and sacredness of the wedding vows IS a big deal… maybe not the final deciding factor, but it does hold a lot of weight w/me….jmho.
    Great article Dr. Eowyn!

  11. Dear Steve,

    What do we do? We keep looking for info on the candidates. It is clear by now that there is no perfect GOP candidate for 2012 — as if there’s ever a perfect candidate, since we’re not perfect ourselves. Then, when we have the facts on all of them — as best as we can find/know — we’ll have to choose in our state’s primary next year. Always bearing in mind that there is no perfect candidate, there is no “messiah” except the real one, Jesus the Christ.

  12. Tea Party lost influence, but Gingrich and Romney still kiss Teavangelical butt.

  13. Sarah Palin is the GOP’s only hope! LOL!!!

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