Newt Gingrich Best Articulates Exceptionalism – HUMAN EVENTS

After 9/11 and even now, there have been a lot more statements articulating what America is against than what America is for and what her exceptionalism entails. It is often said the terrorists did not like the idea of America, and that is what they attacked. 

But what is this idea that makes America exceptional? When Republicans say they do not want America to be the “United States of Europe,” what do they mean? When they excoriate Obama for making America less exceptional, what do they mean? 

No current presidential candidate articulates what American exceptionalism is about more clearly and concisely than Newt Gingrich‚Äč. In addition, in an era where campaigns and candidates seem to have forgotten what a thesis statement that serves to tie together a campaign’s message is, the former history professor also uses American exceptionalism to articulate not only what he is fighting against but what he is for. This is why Gingrich is needed — more so than being the ombudsman — in the debates. 

While the mainstream media often does not ask questions that will allow candidates to expound on what makes America exceptional, Gingrich got a chance to do exactly that in his introductory remarks on Labor Day in South Carolina at the Palmetto Freedom Forum. There is a reason Gingrich has posted this ciip, shown below, on his Facebook page twice in the last week–it is an exceptional and succinct articulation of American exceptionalism. 

After criticizing President Barack Obama for leaving out the fact that “we are endowed by our Creator” on “at least four occasions,” Gingrich said “the fact is what makes American Exceptionalism different is that we are the only people I know of in history who say, ‘Power comes directly from God to you.'”

As a result, Gingrich continued, “You are personally sovereign,” and “so you are always a citizen, you are never a subject.”

Gingrich said when the founding fathers wrote “we hold these truths to be self-evident,” they did so because it was a “set of truths, as they understood it, about the nature of being human” and not a “philosophy,” “an ideology,” or a “theory.”  

Gingrich said “we are human within a fabric created by God,’ and “these rights are unalienable,” which means “no politician, no bureaucrat no judge can take them away from you.”

According to Gingrich, the “gap between the America the founding fathers created” and the current system in Washington is “extraordinary.” Gingrich said the country is in “grave danger of decaying from citizenship to being subjects,” which occurs when sovereignty leaves the people and goes to Washington bureaucrats. He cited the Gibson Guitar case as an example of the system run amok. 

To put it simply. More than anything else, what makes America exceptional (more than her geography and ability to historically assimilate different groups of people under a common culture and set of values) is that rights cannot be taken away from its citizens because they are granted to Americans by God and not a sovereign. According to Gingrich, this exceptionalism is under siege by liberals, led by Obama, who seek to slowly take away those rights. This framing allows Gingrich to use the Gibson Guitar incident, the Dodd-Frank legislation, and ObamaCare (in addition to a litany of other things) as supporting pieces of evidence to indict Obama and liberals as unexceptional. It is a powerful message that perfectly frames what election 2012 is really about.  


Tony Lee edits The Chase 2012 section and writes on politics and culture for HUMAN EVENTS. Follow him on  Twitter and Facebook. E-mail: ALEE (at)

Last Article written by Charlie Reese after 49 years at the Orlando Sentinel.

Steve writes,


545 vs. 300,000,000 People  
        -By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.  

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating  deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.  If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal  government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they  alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

We should vote all of  them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando  Sentinel  Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so  true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

                              Tax his land,
                              Tax his bed,
                              Tax the table,
                              At which he’s fed.

                                                        Tax his tractor,
                              Tax his mule,
                              Teach him taxes
                              Are the rule.

                                                        Tax his work,
                              Tax his pay,
                              He works for
                              peanuts anyway!

                                                        Tax his cow,
                              Tax his goat,
                              Tax his pants,
                              Tax his coat.

                                                    Tax his ties,
                              Tax his shirt,
                              Tax his work,
                              Tax his dirt.

                                                    Tax his tobacco,
                              Tax his drink,
                              Tax him if he
                              Tries to think.

                              Tax his cigars,
                              Tax his beers,
                              If he cries
                              Tax his tears.

                              Tax his car,
                              Tax his gas,
                              Find other ways
                              To tax his ass.

                              Tax all he has
                              Then let him know
                              That you won’t be done
                              Till he has no dough.

                              When he screams and hollers;
                              Then tax him some more,
                              Tax him till
                              He’s good and sore.

                              Then tax his coffin,
                              Tax his grave,
                              Tax the sod in
                              Which he’s laid…

                              Put these words
                              Upon his tomb,
                              ‘Taxes drove me
                              to my doom…’

                              When he’s gone,
                              Do not relax,
                              Its time to apply
                              The inheritance tax.

                              Accounts Receivable Tax
                              Building Permit Tax
                              CDL license Tax
                              Cigarette Tax
                              Corporate Income Tax
                              Dog License Tax
                              Excise Taxes
                              Federal Income Tax
                              Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
                              Fishing License Tax
                              Food License Tax
                              Fuel Permit Tax
                              Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
                              Gross Receipts Tax
                              Hunting License Tax
                              Inheritance Tax
                              Inventory Tax
                              IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
                              Liquor Tax
                              Luxury Taxes
                              Marriage License Tax
                              Medicare Tax
                              Personal Property Tax
                              Property Tax
                              Real Estate Tax
                              Service Charge Tax
                              Social Security Tax
                              Road Usage Tax
                              Recreational Vehicle Tax
                              Sales Tax
                              School Tax
                              State Income Tax
                              State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
                              Telephone Federal Excise Tax
                              Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
                              Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
                              Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
                              Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
                               Telephone    State   and Local Tax
                              Telephone Usage Charge Tax
                              Utility Taxes
                              Vehicle License Registration Tax
                              Vehicle Sales Tax
                              Watercraft Registration Tax
                              Well Permit Tax
                              Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What in the heck happened?  Can you spell ‘politicians?’

I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!!  YOU can help it get there!!!  

                                        GO AHEAD. . .  BE AN AMERICAN!!!