Former Clinton-era House Speaker Newt Gingrich is out with a scorching new op-ed claiming that the contemporary Democrat Party’s agenda is all about weakening, not strengthening, America.
According to Gingrich, he realized this truth about the Democrats’ agenda after Fox News host Sean Hannity recently asked him why President Joe Biden is more interested in buying oil/gas from the dictator in Venezuela than in producing here in the United States.
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“I was reminded of the amazing speech United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick gave at the 1984 Republican Convention, when she described the ‘blame-America-first Democrats.’ I suddenly realized the common thread of Biden administration policies at home and abroad is to weaken America,” Gingrich wrote for Fox News.
In the 1984 speech, Kirkpatrick “noted that the Democrats at that time had clearly broken from the patriotic traditions of Democrat Presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson and were on a new, more destructive path,” according to Gingrich.
These were Kirkpatrick’s exact words: “They said that saving Grenada from terror and totalitarianism was the wrong thing to do – they didn’t blame Cuba or the communists for threatening American students and murdering Grenadians – they blamed the United States instead. But then, somehow, they always blame America first.”
“When our Marines, sent to Lebanon on a multinational peacekeeping mission with the consent of the United States Congress, were murdered in their sleep, the ‘blame America first crowd’ didn’t blame the terrorists who murdered the Marines, they blamed the United States. But then, they always blame America first,” she continued.
“When the Soviet Union walked out of arms control negotiations, and refused even to discuss the issues, the San Francisco Democrats didn’t blame Soviet intransigence. They blamed the United States. But then, they always blame America first,” Kirkpatrick added.
Listen to the full speech below:
Kirkpatrick’s words made Gingrich realize that “[i]n the last 38 years, ‘blame America first’ has metastasized into ‘weaken America first.'”
To prove his point, Gingrich asked readers to think about the Biden administration’s decisions these past two years, starting with the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan in the worst way humanely possible.
“In Afghanistan, Biden could have followed the advice of the professional military and withdrawn in a calm and orderly manner. This would have led to no loss of life, no abandonment of equipment, and no sense of humiliating failure. It would have made America stronger,” Gingrich explained.
“Instead, the Biden administration overruled the military, abandoned billions in equipment, fled Afghanistan in chaos, sacrificed 13 young Americans, and abandoned thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of our allies. He chose to weaken America,” he continued.
As time has passed, the administration’s bad decisions have multiplied. More recently, the administration has offered weak support to all the protesters fighting for their freedom in Iran and China.
“The Biden team could side with the demonstrators in Iran and China who are trying to overthrow dictatorships. Instead, it has made a series of weak, border-line pathetic comments. A strong America would reach out to people striving to be free,” Gingrich wrote.
“A weak America kowtows to Xi Jinping and the Chinese communist dictatorship and grovels to the ayatollah and the Iranian tyranny – no matter how much they work against us. Once again, weakening America and strengthening our enemies is the Biden model,” he added.
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Dovetailing back to the energy issue, the former House speaker noted that had President Joe Biden invested in domestic oil/gas, America could be doing much more to help Europe survive the upcoming winter without Russia’s help.
But instead, the administration “is pleading with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and exonerating him from the killing of a journalist,” all to procure oil/gas that he could easily procure from America’s own oil fields.
“All of Biden’s earlier tough language about Saudi Arabia being a ‘pariah state’ has dissolved. All that is left is Biden’s whimpering plea for more Saudi oil to make up for the American oil he has blocked. Again, America is weaker,” Gingrich wrote.
Concluding his column, Gingrich argued that the days of strong Democrat presidents are long gone, replaced forever with some of the weakest presidents in American history.
“The patriotic courage of Presidents Truman, Kennedy and Johnson has mutated into a steadily weaker and more pathetic foreign and national security policy. It began with President Jimmy Carter and grew steadily worse with Presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Biden,” he wrote.
“Today, the most reliable predictor of Biden administration (or Democrat Party) policy is whether it will strengthen or weaken America. If it will strengthen America, they almost certainly will not do it. If it will weaken America, they almost certainly will,” he concluded.
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