By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Democrats say they have dirt on Newt Gingrich, but he has the dirt on them. He has accurately described the socialist infiltration of America: “The Left has thoroughly infiltrated nearly every cultural commanding height of our civilization. That is, they hold power, influence and control of academia, the elite news media, Hollywood, union leaders, trial lawyers, the courts, the Congress, and the bureaucracy at all levels of government. They are radically redefining our very culture by deciding what is news, what is entertainment, what our children learn in school, and what kind of government we should have.”
When Gingrich made this charge, the left-wing scandal sheet Politico reacted with alarm, as if Gingrich had crossed the line of respectable discourse. But the publication was not able to rebut his assertion.
Confirmation of Gingrich’s statement, which came in an article about his book, To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine, has come from an unlikely source—John Nichols, a writer for The Nation magazine. Speaking to the recent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) conference, Nichols said that the progressive movement is on the move, citing Big Labor’s organizing efforts in several states, and indicated that the 2012 elections will continue this process of revolutionary change.
According to the Nichols book, The “S” Word, America’s socialist legacy included founding father Thomas Paine. The “S” stands for socialism, “an American tradition,” Nichols claims. And this, he said, is America’s future.
But not so fast. Professor Harvey J. Kaye, the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, wrote the book Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution, which is popular with the so-called “progressives.” He says that while Paine had some radical ideas about poverty and government assistance, “He was not a socialist; he did not contest the right of the propertied to their property.”
Indeed, in his Rights of Man, Paine recognized the inalienable rights to property, liberty, security, and resistance to oppression. Private property, which communists want to abolish, was the cornerstone of the American system. America’s founding was a repudiation of socialist ideas.
While Nichols is wrong about the socialism of Tom Paine, his point about the march of socialism in the U.S. is not something that can be so easily dismissed. Nichols’ book, as well as another controversial book, Lincoln’s Marxists, describes the determined activities of socialists in America in the 1800s. They have always looked for an opening to advance their un-American ideas on American soil. Over the last three years, Obama has been their vehicle in the White House.
The problem for Nichols is that, despite his own openness about wanting to be part of Obama’s socialist transformation of America, the effort has used deceptive practices and tactics and associates with sworn enemies of the United States. Nichols says he owes a debt to his late friend, Howard Zinn, a “historian” who concealed his involvement in the Moscow-funded Communist Party until his FBI file confirmed his secret life. The revelations have not caused “progressives” like Nichols to have any second thoughts about their admiration for Zinn.
The socialist-communist alliance, which backed Obama from the start of his political career in Chicago, has been making strides. “Polls tell us that democratic socialism is more popular today that at any time in recent American history,” Nichols says. He cites polls that 20-25 percent of Americans view socialism positively, with the number at 43 percent among those ages 18-29. The polls also find that Americans are increasingly critical of the capitalist system that made America the envy and target of the rest of the world.
Yahoo News noted that pollster Frank Luntz is advising Republicans on how to respond to the coverage generated by the Occupy Wall Street movement and that he is “frightened to death” because “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”
Luntz is referring to the sympathetic coverage of the movement, standing in sharp contrast to the media’s demonization of the Tea Party.
Luntz is telling Republican politicians not to even talk about capitalism being a superior economic and political system. “I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’” Luntz said. “The public . . . still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral.”
This state of affairs requires a media that will tell the truth about how socialists, who are increasingly out of the closet these days and supported by billionaire George Soros, are distorting America’s founding and transforming the United States into something it was never intended to be. It is the struggle that will decide the future of America.
The Gingrich book, To Save America, addresses the subversive role being played by George Soros and other rich liberal billionaires such as Herb and Marion Sandler, who have funded such left-wing media operations as ProPublica. This is the group that just announced a “cooperative newsgathering and reporting arrangement” with NBC owned television stations around the U.S. ProPublica’s “partners” already include such outlets as ABC News, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, CBS News, CNN, The Huffington Post and public broadcasting’s Frontline.
For his part, John Nichols gives credit in his book to the support given to him by MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, Wisconsin Public Radio, and MSNBC host Chris Hayes, among others.
If the liberal media will not tell the truth, and if the conservative media do not have the ability to make the case for capitalism and freedom, politicians such as Newt Gingrich may have to do so in the context of a presidential campaign. His challenge will be to survive the personal attacks from the machine that he attacks.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 thoughts on “Gingrich Charge of a Socialist America Confirmed”
What has happened to capitalism is socialism. So many unecessary rules and regulations have been placed in its way that capitalism has been so distorted as to become nearly unrecognizable.
Then, the same socialists who distorted capitalism stand up and say it doesn’t work.
I love Newt Gingrich. I totally agree that the entire establishment and media do everything they can to destroy Newt, but intelligent people can see it through and won’t be fuelled by these attacks. If people would just use the common sense and check each candidate’s record than we would not even have this conversation, but personal attacks work and that is why Romney and his machine is attacking Newt Gingrich. Media is going after the guy because they can never win the argument with Newt and he makes them look stupid and they really hate that. Every time Santorum opens his mouth he says something insulting to majority of women but media dismiss it because they know they can destroy this guy when the time is right. Romney is flip flop that could be easily dismissed by democrats as well and they know it. There is a reason they target Newt Gingrich because he is on their way to keep the White House and all the money in the world are thrown to attack the man. Thanks God he is strong and he has support and I like him for exposing the delusional president and his entire administration and exposing media for their luck of judgment and absence of real journalism in this country. If media really cared about this country they would insist on investigation on Obama’s eligibility to be a president, they would questioned his violations of constitution but they don’t. Newt is the only one who stands against them all and to me it shows that this is the Leader that I will support no matter what. Good luck to you my dear Newt!
Agree with you Sak, Blackwater is wrong. Newt is a true patriot, and the only one calling out the “bad” guys – Obama, Obama Administration, and media.
Problem is, Newt is just as likely to partner up with the socialists, as not.
The guy talks a good line, but is on board with every socialist scheme there is.
He’s for government MANDATED health insurance, and has taken $37 million from the drug and insurance companies to promote it.
He’s pushed cap and trade on many occasions.
He teamed up with race hustler Al Sharpton and Education Secretary Arnie Duncan, a Chicago socialist, to push Obama’s “education” plan.
Newt never met a problem he couldn’t think up a convoluted Big Government, Freedom and Liberty stealing, “solution” for. Newt specializes in thinking up Big Government boondoggles.
Be careful of falling for Newt’s con. He’s no more one of us than Barack Obama is.
Outstanding observation, Blackwater. Wish more people were as insightful.
Don’t know where you got your ‘facts’… Inaccurate at best.
Including the cap and trade aspect. He testified AGAINST it in Congress after Al Gore testified FOR it.
He did go w/ Sharpton to schools. They are failing. He hoped to steer the process to something that would work.
Support for the mandate was a short-lived response to Hillarycare in the 90’s.
Your 37M is simply not true.