Newt Gingrich on Race and Senator Obama

Gingrich praised Obama and continued to hammer home the importance of lowering taxes in a recent speech at the American Enterprise Institute.

According to Ariel Alexovich of the New York Times, March 27, 2008:

Mr. Gingrich, who often scolds his own party, offered a few annotations along the way and also, as is his way, gave a few tips of advice to Mr. Obama:

I do think there’s an authenticity and legitimacy to anger by many groups in America. Senator Obama said in his speech, quote: “That anger may not get expressed in public in front of white co-workers or white friends, but it does find voice in the barber shop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician’s own failings. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition.”

I think that that’s right. And I think it’s important to recognize that anger can be a source of energy to create a better future, in which case it’s a good thing. But if anger is a self-inflicted wound that limits us, it is a very bad and a very dangerous thing. And we have to be very careful about the role that anger plays in our culture.

Gingrich then turned his attention to the conservative values Obama has not embraced.

Mr. Obama needs to embrace solutions that are usually scorned by the left wing, Mr. Gingrich said. To balance out ethnic gaps, educational bureaucracy needs to be eliminated. Inner city high school students should be offered the chance to graduate in fewer than four years to avoid being bored. Teachers should push the “drum beat for entrepreneurship,” because historically, ethnic groups have risen by starting their own businesses.

Gingrich cited Ireland and South Korea as economic success stories when it comes to lowering taxes.

  • Babs

    “Inner city high school students should be offered the chance to graduate in fewer than four years to avoid being bored.” Why just inner city high school students? Are they being kept from a three year progam and students outside the inner city being offered one?

    (This isn’t a rhetorical question, I’d really like to know, if anyone has this information.)

  • Sparlingrock2

    I don’t think he means only inner city high school students. I believe that is just an easier way to have the discussion, because it is where are schools are generally the worst. It is also where most money in spent in the public school system. Perhaps it is becuase it would be the best test pool. It might also attract citizens and counter the migration that is being observed in Detroit. All said and done, I don’t believe he means just inner city schools


  • Dreadsen

    Thanks Newt we need more Republicans to show that a conservative view can also benefit blacks. Right Democrats take blacks votes for granted and Republicans assume the same thing.
    I believe if Republicans reached out more and more they will in time get more and more black support.

  • Babs

    I agree with you Dreadsen. I live in a small community that is heavily slanted toward the black population, and being very active in my community for 22 years now, I’m hearing more than a little voter’s remorse about Obama. But they don’t care for Hillary either, and are now leaning toward McCain. That’s why I’m really torn over the super delegate debate – whether they should be able to vote however they feel. I think they should if they see a significant change in the tide. Because the primaries have been spaced so far apart, and drawn out, I’m hearing that some voters in the earlier primaries feel they have much more infomation to base their vote on now and would not vote the same way again. Of course, that’s just from my little corner of the universe, but I doubt we are that far removed from other communities.