Gingrich: Obama Wants Whitey’s Money

September 13th, 2010 at 10:51 am David Frum | 127 Comments |

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Newt Gingrich upped the rhetoric against the president on Friday night. Interviewed by National Review‘s Robert Costa, Gingrich cited Dinesh D’Souza’s cover story in Forbes.

Gingrich says that D’Souza has made a “stunning insight” into Obama’s behavior — the “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.”

“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich tells us.

“I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true,” Gingrich continues. “In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve . . . He was authentically dishonest.”

With the Forbes story and now the Gingrich endorsement, the argument that Obama is an infiltrating alien, a deceiving foreigner – and not just any kind of alien, but specifically a Third World alien – has been absorbed almost to the very core of the Republican platform for November 2010.

Rush Limbaugh has been claiming for almost 2 years that President Obama is bent upon “redistribution” and “reparations.” Following D’Souza, Gingrich has now stepped up to suggest that this redistribution is motivated by anti-white racial revenge. If Obama wants to expand health coverage, tighten bank regulation, and create government make-work projects it’s not because he shares the same general outlook on the world as Walter Mondale or Ted Kennedy or so many other liberals, living and dead, all of them white and northern European. No, Obama wants to do what he does because he thinks like an African, and not just any kind of African but (in D’Souza’s phrase) “a Luo tribesman.”

It is to vindicate this African tribal dream that Obama wishes to raise the taxes of upper-income taxpayers and redistribute money away from these meritorious individuals. D’Souza contends that Obama is acting to vindicate his father’s supposed dream of overthrowing the global order and ending the global domination of the white race over other peoples.

If Obama shares his father’s anticolonial crusade, that would explain why he wants people who are already paying close to 50% of their income in overall taxes to pay even more. The anticolonialist believes that since the rich have prospered at the expense of others, their wealth doesn’t really belong to them; therefore whatever can be extracted from them is automatically just. Recall what Obama Sr. said in his 1965 paper: There is no tax rate too high, and even a 100% rate is justified under certain circumstances.

Prepare yourselves: at his deepest personal level, what Barack Obama really wants to do is strip white property owners of everything they possess.

Obviously I don’t know, but I’d venture that Gingrich’s words were not a one-drink-too-many rhetorical excess. Through his career, Gingrich has emphasized the use of harsh and stereotyping language to draw political contrasts, as in the famous 1996 GOPAC memo.

Earlier this year, Gingrich deployed the phrase “secular socialist machine.” Adopting as his own D’Souza’s new epithet about “the ideology of the Luo tribesman” revs Gingrich’s attack into a higher gear. It would be very characteristic of Gingrich to road-test the new concept with friendly journalists and audiences. If they applaud, we’ll hear more of it.

Happily, the first responses are negative. Byron York sarcastically tweeted today: “Say you’re a GOP leader. With elections approaching, the public prefers your position on major issues of the day.” “Your Democratic opponents are suffering massive self-inflicted wounds. So what do you as a GOP leader do?” “Attack Obama’s ‘Kenyan, anti-colonial’ worldview, of course.”

But remember: Newt Gingrich no longer leads the congressional Republicans. Of course he wants to see Republicans elected (and to receive credit for helping to elect them). But as he prepares to run for president, he has other priorities – and other problems. Gingrich endorsed TARP. He has acknowledged that human activity is warming the globe. He attempted to work with Hillary Clinton on healthcare reform and with Al Sharpton (!) on education. He endorsed Dede Scozzafava in the NY-23 special election. As Speaker, he joined Bill Clinton to pass the S-Chip program, a big expansion of the healthcare entitlement. And then there is the tangled complexity of his personal life. Gingrich must feel very vulnerable to the kind of attack from the right that has slammed so many Republicans this year.

So it’s his mission now to present himself as the most ferocious right-winger in the race. Confident (over-confident) that he can best Sarah Palin among business-minded and ideas-minded Republicans, he wants to deny her or some other Tea Party style challenger any footing to attack him as a compromise-minded moderate. Calling President Obama a Kenyan fits into that strategy.

As for the underlying D’Souza article that inspired Gingrich, what is there to be said? When last was there such a brazen outburst of race-baiting in the service of partisan politics at the national level? George Wallace took more care to sound race-neutral.

Here’s the question, though, for the rest of us: Why do Forbes (which presumably has many choices of cover material) and Gingrich imagine that such a message will resonate with their conservative audience? Nothing more offends conservatives than liberal accusations of racial animus. Yet here is racial animus, unconcealed and unapologetic, and it is seized by savvy editors and an ambitious politician as just the material to please a conservative audience. That’s an insult to every conservative in America.

Conservatives object to the Obama administration as too expensive, too regulatory, too intrusive, too beholden to Democratic special interest groups, and too apologetic about America’s role in the world. It’s a libel to claim that we object to the administration as too black or too alien. Bad enough when the libel is issued by liberals. Much worse when it is heard from our own writers, from magazines that speak to us, from political leaders who would speak for us.

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  • MSheridan

    In my lifetime, Nixon ran on the Southern Strategy, a strategy thereafter employed for decades, a fact so well known that RNC chairman Mehlman apologized to the NAACP for it in 2005 (thereby showing considerable class). Reagan was twinkly, genial, and possibly not personally bigoted. But as Pyre pointed out above, he was quite willing to use the bigotry of others. Bush Sr. utilized Lee Atwater again and ran the Willy Horton ads. Bush the younger was one of the chief enablers of the disaster that was Katrina. You know, Gerald Ford really doesn’t look that bad in retrospect.

  • llbroo49

    The problem with the current Republican base is that they cannot understand how government works. For decades they have elected conservative politicians and have been disappointed that when they held power in the early part of this decade -they continued to face the same problems and issues they felt they suffered under during the Democratic Party’s political domination. It is hard for them to understand that legislators have to compromise and look out not only for the concerns of their respective constituents, but entire country. Instead of admitting or accepting that this is how government works, they have doubled down and decided they no longer want legislators to represent them but lobbyist acting as legislators instead.

    They fail to understand the difficulties a legislator from an agricultural state faces when he calls for reduced entitlements is countered by another legislator that questions the need for farm subsidies. The former legislator is then forced to make compromises with the latter in order to protect the farm subsidies that his state receives. Or, the fact that an otherwise good bill is supported by a conservative legislator despite the fact that some provisions are contrary to conservative beliefs. They fail to accept that it is possible that the legislator got the best deal he could get. Instead he is labeled a RINO.

    This is akin to choosing to avoid a lawyer who is considered an expert in his field and instead choosing a moron attorney who will put on the defense that the defendant thinks is best. It is as if the expert attorney is stating that the best defense is an insanity plea, but the defendant doesn’t think he is crazy and instead wants to put on a self defense case, regardless of the evidence or likelihood of success.

    Unfortunately, the base of the Republican Party will be disappointed with their new version of politicians because A) nothing will get done (see Bush Tax cuts that are due to expire without compromises from both parties) or B) The lobbyist they elect will realize that they are supposed to be legislators .

  • Pyre

    libroo49: “… they cannot understand how government works.”

    Yes, that’s exactly what “Civics” would have taught them… if it had still been taught in their learning years.

    It hasn’t been for some time now. So they didn’t learn about it.

  • llbroo49

    Pyre // Sep 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I think it is more than that. Politicians themselves make it seem possible to voters that by electing them, the voters will see astronomical changes.

    Having said that , I would wholeheartedly support expanded civics classes in middle and high school. I would also like to see civics become a mandatory college course. We should also add personal finance while we are at it.

    Another change needs to be to have responsible media challenge claims that are counter to how government really works. For instance claims to make Constitutional Ammendments should come with the caveat that they are difficult to pull off.

  • MadinKS

    Thank you, Mr. Frum, for writing this thoughtful criticism of Gingrich’s (and D’Sousa’s) outrageous remarks. Gingrich seems to be trying to appeal to the most ill-informed members of “the base. ”

    This year’s primary season seems to fit with what Mark Twain once said,”It’s as if they let all the lunatics out of the asylum – each with his own particular brand of insanity.”

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    Sep 14, 2010 at 8:25 am: “This entry was… tagged anti-white-racial….”

    Say WHAT ?!

    Oh, Mr. Frum, someone’s libeling *himself* up there!

  • Fairy Hardcastle

    TerryF98,

    How do you know what’s in a person’s heart? Why do you think Reagan was hateful? Did he ever say “I hate such and such or so and so”? Did he ever call a person or place a hateful term? Did he secretly write to you about how he hated something and wished it were dead?

    How do you know this?

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    Fairy Hardcastle:

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  • Ralph-FromMichigan

    This was an interesting article. I do not know everything that Gingrich said – and David sure managed to put a lot in Big Newt’s mouth. The only problem I have is that I read “Dreams” and D’Souza’s article. D’Souza’s premise seemed to be more of a standard statistical hypothesis that one would test with facts – which he did in some limited manner, followed by higher level discussions of additional “fit” of the experience (data) to the postulated hypothesis (Obama is acting out the views of Anti-Colonialism).

    I wish that FRUM had provided some substantial data points that showed contrary data points – but he did not. He did what he claimed D’Souza had done by explaing facts about Newt and then making points with an assumed logical causation. Nothing to engage the debate. Unfortunately for David Frum – anyone who read what I read knows that this article is an hysterical hatchet job by a hack. Frum acts like Lenny Bruce when he defends Obama from this attack – when Bruce was reputed to have said when caught in adultery by his wife “who you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?”

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