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Newt Gingrich
1943 -

American Congressman (R - Georgia 6th District), former Speaker of the House of Representatives

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Lessons Learned the Hard Way : A Personal Report (1998)
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It is much easier to communicate, in the current generation of news media, about scandal than about substance.

1992
We're prepared to place our trust in the people to reshape the government. Our liberal friends place their trust in the government to reshape the people.

1998 - from a campaign rally speech
As President Reagan said, we are far more concerned with your destination than with your origin.

1992 - from a speech to the Republican convention
We have 6,000 years of written historical experience in the Judeo-Christian tradition. We know the rules that work. We know that learning, study, working, saving, and commitment are vital. That is why Republicans would replace welfare with work.

1992 - from a speech to the Republican convention
If a school system fails to reform itself, parents should have the right to send their children to a decent school. Everywhere in America, when we offer poor inner-city parents this opportunity, they take it. In Ohio, Gov. Voinovich passed a scholarship program, and there are already 2,500 children receiving scholarships in Cleveland, and another 4,500 on the waiting list. Let the Left explain why their unions matter more than our children.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as 'candle-making industry threatened'.

1995
The welfare state kills more poor people in a year than private business.

Conservatism in its modern form starts with [the] Magna Carta ... It comes down through the English civil war, is codified by John Locke, picked up by Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers, and enters the Declaration of Independence with the words that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. In this Anglo-American model, power comes from God to the citizen and is loaned by him to the state. In the European model, power comes from God to the King and is loaned by him to the citizen. This basic difference explains why [the American] Constitution begins: 'We, the people ...'

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
Between campaigns, debates are framed on the left - and the bias is so deep that those who are biased do not even know it. All their friends share the same view and they think it is simply normal. Hence, conservatism is tactically on the defensive.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
Civilization cannot survive with twelve-year-olds having babies, fifteen-year-olds shooting one another, seventeen-year-olds dying of AIDS, and eighteen-year-olds graduating with diplomas they cannot read.

Sep. 01, 1994 - from an article in Commentary Magazine
... we can save individuals. You can help Sam or Sally, you can't help the class. The minute somebody says to you, 'Let's help the homeless,' you know they don't get it. The minute they say, 'Let's have a bureaucracy do it,' you know they don't get it. ... in a bureaucracy, a case worker will have up to 200 welfare clients. In the 19th century, because they recruited volunteers, the ratio was either 1 to 1 or 1 to 2. And at 1 to 1 or 1 to 2, you can actually help transform the person that you are helping. At 1 to 200, you can give them a check so they can go and get drunk.

Jan. 20, 1995 - from a speech to the U.S. Republican National Congress
Only the staunchest defender of the big government status quo could claim that a tax cut of any size is a selfish action.

... while we shouldn't have 'affirmative action' we should have 'affirmative outreach' - especially in education. We want every child to be so well educated that he can pursue happiness without needing a quota. If an ethnic group is not getting enough people into law school, the answer is to reform the local primary and secondary schools. And education is pre-eminently local - local parents, local children, and local teachers. ... In addition, children should go to safe, well-disciplined schools where they are expected to learn the basics.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine