Newt Gingrich's Playbook Calls For the Destruction of US Constitution

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Newt Gingrich wrote the Introduction to a 1995 book that called for the overthrow of the United States constitution. In the introduction of Creating A New Civilization: The Politics of the Third Wave by Alvin and Heidi Toffler, Newt Gingrich wrote:

"This book is a key effort in the direction of empowering citizens … to truly take the leap to invent a (new) civilization."

What is truly frightening reading through the book is that not only do they explicitly call for wholesale destruction of America, but that many of their phrases and ideas can be seen in Newt's campaign speeches.

For example, Newt's (un)concession speech in Florida warned that people are becoming "comfortable with the way America's decaying," and the "core question" is whether we want to just "manage the decay" or "find new and innovative and positive things." The Toffler book likewise describes a dying "Second wave" that stagnates and will give way to a "new civilization" which "entered history with a roar in Western Europe, fiercely resisted at every step."

Gingrich continues to channel this book in his speeches and ideas.

Newt wrote in his book To Renew America: "In Alvin & Heidi Toffler’s first bestseller, Future Shock, [they expressed the] view-with which I agree-the transformation we are experiencing is so large and historic that it can be compared with only two other great eras of human history-the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution."

Like the "futurist" Toffler, Newt proclaimed his vision was a "a future we ask you to join us in imposing on the establishment in Washington and imposing it on both parties." Newt stressed the word "imposing." He called for a compulsion of the "establishment Republican" party, indeed the entire deadlocked nation, to follow his lead and no longer stagnate.

Gingrich's urge to dictatorially compel people to follow him is underlined in Tofflers' books which calls for monitoring of citizens, and remediation.

Newt in his un-concession speech said he is "positive," that he gave America a "positive program," a "positive vision" and did "positive things." His introduction for Tofflers' book likwise lauded their vision as "positive":
Alvin and Heidi Toffler have given us the key to viewing current disarray within the positive framework of a dynamic, exciting future... [it] is an effort to empower citizens like yourself to truly take the leap and begin to invent a Third Wave civilization."

This vision includes an overthrow of our governmental structure:
The founding fathers as the architects of the political system which served so well, this system of government you (founding fathers) fashioned, including the very principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete and hence increasingly if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare. It must be radically changed and a new system of government invented- a democracy for the 21st century."

Economically, this includes "de-massification", "collapsing industrial giants, and weakening TV newtorks" so that smaller companies can "replace these mass structures" (pp.28-31). Gingrich likewise called for a a breakup of mass production in his book "To Save America", even calling for his employer Freddie/Fannie to be replaced by smaller companies. Of course he is always bashing mass media.

The Tofflers saw this "manifesting itself in computer customization and product diversity... Although the transition from Second Wave brute-force economies to Third Wave brain-force economies began in the 1950s and accelerated in the early 1970s, the transformation remains far from complete." Gingrich explicitly propagated this idea in his "let them eat laptops" tax credit for the poor:

"Maybe we need a tax credit for the poorest Americans to buy a laptop... Any signal we can send to the poorest Americans that says, 'We're going into a 21st century, third wave information age, and so are you, and we want to carry you with us,' begins to change the game."

Newt's hate for large corporations, despite his reliance on them, and tendency his towards a Communist-style uniting of classes is evident when he says he runs, "not a Wall Street- funded campaign, a people's campaign, and saying to every American of every background and every ethnic group and every community: We have a better future for you and your family."

The Constitution itself needs to fundamentally end, said the Tofflers:
"You (the founding fathers) would have understood why even the Constitution of the United States needs to be reconsidered, and altered- not to cut the federal budget or to embody this or that narrow principle, but to expand it's Bill of Rights, taking account of threats to freedom unimagined in the past, and to create a whole new structure of government capable of making intelligent, democratic decisions necessary for our survival in a Third Wave, 21st Century America..."

This new structure of government reflects a new structure of family. The Third Wave must make the home "central to society" with family the "center of the social universe." "This new civilization brings with it new family styles, changed ways of working, loving, and living, a new economy, new political conflicts, and beyond all this an altered consciousness as well," the book reads.

Gingrich famously had his own ideas about what new family styles are possible.

The Tofflers warned that outdated "Second Wave elites" are "tenaciously dedicated to preserving the core institutions of industrial mass society- the nuclear family, the mass education system, the giant corporation, the mass trade union, the centralized nation-state and the politics of pseudorepresentative government."

Gingrich with the same stroke of a pen endorsed an end to the nuclear family, corporate America, and representative government.

The deregulation that Newt made happen, which ultimately led to the collapse of our economy, is "basically right" according to the book. Newt's plan to privatize ambitious colonies on the moon follow their idea of privatizing government operations.

Gingrich echoes the book's call for "opening the system to more minority power." Gingrich said access for illegal immigrants to education and healthcare is basic humanity.

Ultimately it comes down to the utter shredding of our constitution:
"For this wisdom above all, we thank Mr. Jefferson, who helped create the system that served us so well for so long and that now must, in its turn, die and be replaced."

Gingrich's introduction and continued support helped make the book popular in the nineties.

"One result of the election and the appearance of this book has been an unprecedented clamor by the media for information about our friendship with Newt Gingrich."

In the book, they say they have a close "relationship with the Gingriches, and have argued endlessly not simply about specific political issues but about broad social theory, philosophy, world events, and the future. Often when our arguments reach a high decibel level, we find ourselves bursting into laughter. Caricatured by the media as some kind of conservative Savonarola, Gingrich has a trait fanatics typically lack, a keen sense of humor."

Apparently Gingrich helped come up with the ideas in this book.

"Our personal relationship with the Gingriches has been warm and our intellectual relationship has been wide ranging..."
The book claims to be a road-map for Gingrich's politics:

"Gingrich has thought very long and hard about what he is doing and where he thinks America should go in the first quarter of the next century... we are neither Republicans nor Democrats. And we not only consult with Gingrich on occasion, but were delighted when, after the recent election, the Democratic leadership in the Congress began to express renewed interest in our ideas."



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