- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Regarding “A vision for prosperity,” by Newt Gingrich and Peter Ferrara (Commentary Monday), I have always admired Mr. Gingrich for his presentation skills, intellect and grasp of the subject at hand. This column, with Mr. Ferrara’s collaboration, details the sharp contrast of how America reached this point in history and how Mr. Obama’s style of European socialism will bring America down to the level of all of the failed empires of Europe. Of course, there is always someone who thinks they can change history by avoiding the failures of the past. Mr. Obama and his band of left wing Ivy Leaguers have proven they are not the ones to do it.

Mr. Gingrich hits the nail on the head with his review of the situation but for my part, I am tired of the old classroom analysis of what should be. It’s the same old blah, blah, blah. America is in need of a leader who will shake the national government by the scruff of the neck until the deadbeats and the dead wood fall out.

As Americans, we stand before a national government that is convinced it can do no wrong and is determined to place its thumb on every American in its zeal to redistribute what Americans have worked for and give it to far too many who have done nothing. Mr. Gingrich, or someone with a similar skill set, must step to the head of the line and tell off Washington.

If Mr. Gingrich has trouble finding the right words, maybe he could borrow these: “The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn’t want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

Readers might try to remember who said these great words. It could have been Reagan, Washington, Lincoln, but not Wilson, FDR, Kennedy, Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson or Winston Churchill. The fact of the matter is that these words probably have been said in frustration by every American and legal resident at one time or another recently. The failure of the American public to induce elected officials to enforce these rules causes us to repeat the same pleas year after year. They will fall on deaf ears until we say “enough is enough.”

The quote was spoken by the great Roman orator Cicero 55 years before the birth of Christ. When will we get the message? Stand up, America.


Gaithersburg, Md.



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