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Review: Newt Gingrich's "To Save America"

“The secular-socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.”

Most of the reviews of Newt Gingrich’s “To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine” seem to be centered around that one sentence; Newt is comparing Obama to Nazi’s. Never mind the fact that went called out on Fox News Sunday, he said, “…there is no comparison to Nazi Germany as a moral — or, by the way, to Mao’s China or the Soviet Union, all three of which were evil,” those twenty words are what most reviewers focus on, which is a shame because they’re missing a great policy book.

When you read as many of these political books as many of you have, it’s easy to get jaded. They all seem to follow the same basic formula, regardless of whether it a conservative or liberal author. It’s 90% “everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot,” and 10% “here is what I’d do differently.” Generally when one of those books come in the mail, I usually skip right to the 10% part because I’ve usually heard the 90% before (and in some cases, the 10% as well).

With “To Save America,” there’s a 50%-50% split. Only, instead of “everyone is an idiot,” Gingrich spends the first part of the book covers laying out everything that he’s disagreed with the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine with, explained intelligently why, and drew on United States history to add context to his arguments. All the bases are covered, which at this point read like a conservative greatest hits: ObamaCare, spending, cap and trade, education, ACORN, eliminating the word God from anywhere you can see it publically, etc.

We hear many of these arguments on a regular basis, which is why the second half of the book was the most interesting for me. Generally, a potential candidate surrounds himself with various experts in any give field, and drafts his policy positions using their insight. Newt creates his own thinks tanks, so besides hearing from him you also heard from some of the cats he works with at American Solutions, the Center for Health Transformation, and the Institute for Policy Innovation.

He also goes in depth on issues that most on our side don’t usually spend too much time on. Yes, he thinks we should lower taxes and delves into churchy stuff, and a lot of the material covered in both chapters on health care reform is stiff we’ve heard over the past few years. But he also talks aboot entitlement reform – ACTUAL entitlement reform. He also talks a lot about education and green conservatism, two issues that much like health care, because our side left a vacuum by never talking seriously aboot them, the left has filled it with their ideas. Even though they were mostly bad ideas, it’s not like we presented much to compare and contrast.

It’s Newt Gingrich. You already decided you were going to read his book before you even read this review. All I can say in closing is that much like all of his other books, it’s a great read that gives you plenty to think about.

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2 responses to “Review: Newt Gingrich's "To Save America"

  1. The subtitle doesn’t mince words. LOL It’s a bit obvious about where this book’s headed. The Dems aren’t looking so strong for this November’s battles. This is a rant, cover to cover. Some say Gingrich is the intellectual driving force of the GOP, but he’s not an intellectual. Not at all. The GOP’s full of talking heads, and that’s basically it. There aren’t that many real intellectuals. Inherent to liberalism is intellect, actually. It’s no wonder more university and academic folk are liberal, right? Overall, which way do universities tend to lean, you know, on the median? To the left. That isn’t a mistake.

  2. Arthur C Brooks, Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sowell, Charles Murray…there are plenty of conservative intellectuals. They just usually aren’t welcome to teach. Brooks write aboot it in one of his books, where he used to be a professor at…I think the University of Syracuse.

    Thanks for reading!

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