Newt Gingrich on health care, state of U.S.
Will he run for President in 2012?
NAPLES — Some 200 Southwest Floridians crowded Barnes & Noble bookstore to hear former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich talk about the courage and principles of this nation’s founding fathers, and slam Pres. Barack Obama’s administration.
“I’ve always been a fan of Newt’s,” said Mimi Scofield, vice president of Bosom Buddies, a not-for-profit support group for those with breast cancer. “We have to remember what our founding fathers fought and died for.”
Gingrich was promoting the latest book he co-authored with William R. Forstchen: “To Try Men’s Souls.”
The novel addresses George Washington’s fears during crucial Revolutionary War battles.
In fact, Forstchen and Gingrich follow Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington’s army.
Former state Rep. Mary Ellen Hawkins turned out to hear Gingrich speak as did George Marienthal, a former Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan administrations.
Collier County Commission candidate Georgia Hiller also was there.
They were all delighted to hear Gingrich’s motivating words.
“We need less government,” Hiller said. “We need government that respects the laws of the people.”
When asked about the national health-care debate, Gingrich said it is possible to undo the plan that has been dubbed socialist and communist by conservatives.
Welfare was reformed when he was House Speaker, Gingrich reminded audience members.
Asked if there is anyone who has the clout and smarts to help swing Congress, Gingrich said: “Sen. Bill Nelson could be a major player in stopping bad things from happening.”
To the cheers of his audience, Gingrich said Congress “is a lot further from passing the health-care bill than the news media might like you to believe.”
He praised talk radio stars such as Rush Limbaugh, and Fox talk radio in general, saying they tell the truth and take the Obama administration to task.
Gingrich said 23 million people listen to Limbaugh each week.
Obama and his people are afraid of such media outlets, and every time the Obama administration takes issue with Fox News, the network’s following increases by 20 percent, Gingrich said, a comment that elicited cheering and applause.
He called the Obama administration and his congressional supporters a socialist and arrogant government — one that doesn’t want the public to know what kind of “stupid” decisions they are making.
Marco Island resident Barbara DeGaetano was on her way down to the book store’s first floor to buy Gingrich’s book.
DeGaetano had to leave early for her chemotherapy appointment. She has metastatic bone cancer.
Health-care has become an important issue to her, and she admires Gingrich.
“I feel he’s honest. I like what he stands for,” DeGaetano said.
It is “his brilliance” that appealed to DeGaetano’s friend, Judy Jones.
Retired Publix executive John Gagnon was waiting to present Gingrich with a mission statement by members of a group called “We the People,” which will demonstrate in Washington, D.C., on April 15.
They oppose the liberal assault on the U.S. Constitution.
Asked by reporters before his speech whether he will pursue the 2012 presidency, Gingrich sidestepped the question but didn’t dismiss the notion completely.