Newt has written two books where he “praises” FDR, both of which I’ve read. In a 1995 book “To Renew America” is praise is based on Roosevelt spirituality. Newt praised Roosevelt for appealing to nation’s sense of faith and religion to help defeat the Nazis. He wrote ““With the attention of the entire nation riveted upon him, President Roosevelt did a remarkable thing. After telling the nation in one sentence that troops had landed, he said: ‘And so in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer.’”
In the book he cites the New Deal and recognizes that it extended the Depression and did not solve the problems other than to provide a morale boost to the American people in a difficult time. He then goes on to lay out a new program that is built around 8 steps.
- Shifting from caretaking to caring
- Volunteerism and spiritual renewal
- Reasserting the values of American civilization
- Emphasizing family and work
- Creating tax incentives for work, investment, and entrepreneurship
- Reestablishing savings and property ownership
- Learning as the focus of education
- Protection against violence and drugs
He repeated this claim in his 2006 book “Rediscovering God in America” In that book he wrote “Many consider Franklin Roosevelt to be the father of modern liberalism, so it may surprise you that he was a man of deep religious conviction who unapologetically linked the preservation of our nation during World War II with the preservation of religion,”
Rather than simply relegate FDR to the role of Progressive DEMON that Beck as placed him in, Gingrich looks at the whole presidency and points out his strengths and his weaknesses. Like the Progressive re-write of American History where only the flaws of the Founders are focused on (they were human, they had flaws) Beck is trying to re-write modern history by doing the same thing to all Progressives. If it is wrong for the Progressives to re-write history in such a manner isn’t it also wrong to do the same thing. That is when education becomes indoctrination. You remove anything contradictory to the position you want to make and then cite only the “facts’ that promote your position. This is propaganda.
Newt fully recognizes FDR’s flaws but does not ignore his strengths as well and for Beck followers that might come as a shock. FDR did have strength’s-he wasn’t the Anti-Christ with absolutely no good in him at all. Newt offers alternative plans to what FDR accomplished that are not big government takeovers but incentives for individuals to become more involved starting in their own communities.
Like many conservatives Newt understands that situations sometime create problems that need temporary fixes. Newt also recognizes that solutions to those problems must include a plan to move a person from a temporary state of need to a position of self-support. This was the welfare reform plan he pushed through the House and it was the welfare reform bill that the same Republican Senators who trumped up ethics violations to remove him from power did everything in their power to stall and then, under a Republican President changed to begin the expansion of the Welfare State once again.
During a speech in 1982 Ronald Reagan said Reagan called FDR “one of history’s truly monumental figures,” “an American giant, a leader who shaped, inspired, and led our people through perilous times,” one who could “reach out to men and women of diverse races and backgrounds and inspire them with new hope and new confidence in war and peace.”
Ronald Reagan also said this about FDR “Every generation of Americans has faced problems and every generation has overcome them. Like Franklin Roosevelt we know that for free men hope will always be a stronger force than fear, that we only fail when we allow ourselves to be boxed in by the limitations and errors of the past. This is not a political gathering. It’s a celebration of a great man who led our nation through historic times. It’s a celebration shared here today by many who knew and loved him well. Friends, colleagues, and relatives—and for my part, a young sportscaster who first felt the awe and majesty of this office when that familiar caped figure drove down the avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1936, the figure who proved to us all that “Happy Days” could and would come again.”
Ronald Reagan also had this to say about FDR “”The months before FDR took office are far behind us now. We forget what they were like—the pink slips handed out at factories across the land with no jobs anywhere if you lost yours, the soup kitchens in every major city, the look of desperation in people’s eyes. And we forget that, in the unprecedented economic crisis, many had begun to question our most basic institutions, including our democracy itself. And then along came FDR, who put his faith, as he said, “in the forgotten man.”
Now many are destroying the character Newt Gingrich because he had the audacity to “praise” FDR”. I wonder, does this mean that next week the Beck show is going to focus on the revisioning of Ronald Reagan to expose to American how much Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama are really the same thing. Will Beck resort to the politics of personal destruction to take down Ronald Reagan as well. So much for Restoring Love!