Trump's America: The Truth about Our Nation's Great Comeback
a book by Newt Gingrich
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that No one understands the "Make America Great Again" effort with more insight and more experience than former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich helped President Ronald Reagan "Make America Great Again" in 1980. He authored the Contract with America and spearheaded the 1994 Republican Revolution that brought the House of Representatives under Republican control after 40 years. He knows what it is like to fight the Washington swamp and challenge the establishment - he has done it his entire career.
No matter how much Gingrich says Make America Great Again, those paying attention see that what is really happening is Make American Oligarchs Even Richer Again
Now, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Understanding Trump is back to illustrate how our nation's 45th President is leading our country's great comeback.
No matter how much Gingrich says the Southern Border Wall will keep out undesirables, everyone who has studied the situation ends up knowing there are 1000 ways to thwart ANY wall
From the fight over the Southern Border Wall, to the Republican tax cuts, to the swamp's unending efforts to undermine and oppose the President, Trump's America: The Truth about Our Nation's Great Comeback claims it lays out the truth about the Trump presidency - the truth the mainstream media won't tell you.
In this book, Gingrich - who has been called the President's chief explainer - presents a clear picture of this historic presidency and the tremendous, positive impact it is having on our nation and the world.
Gingrich attempts to unmask the various branches of the anti-Trump coalition that are trying to stop "America's great comeback," however, dismantling democracy, destroying the environment, lying about climate science, and screwing the 99% out of even more wealth than Omama did and sticking it in the bank accounts of the 1% is only a "comeback" for the oligarchs. Gingrich attempts to reveal the flaws in the left's ideological assaults on the President and he offers a battle plan for those in Trump's America to help the President defeat these attacks.
Trump's dismantling of democracy, regulations, safety, the environmental protections, fair tax structures, and reasonable border policies confused the rubes that voted for him, but he told them he'd make things great again so they guessed this is what 'great' is like so they stuck by him
Throughout Trump's America: The Truth about Our Nation's Great Comeback, Gingrich distills decades of experience fighting Washington with a lifetime of studying history to help every American understand how we can all keep working to make America great.
Gingrich is a champion of conservative values, but also of the jaded, amoral, hypocritical politicians of the Repubicans who talk conservative but act somewhere between kleptocratically and opportunistically with a special emphasis on greed. The main thing wrong with the champions of either leftwing or rightwing persuasions is twofold:
First, the swamp is neither left nor right but normal political and bureaucratic corruption all through government, yet the left pretends the right is the swamp and the right pretends the left is the swamp—all disingenuously.
Second, both parties use a bit of sleight-of-hand in their use of the term economy. Whenever they talk about helping or goosing or fixing the economy, they say it is for all Americans and talk about it in those terms. And yet when they talk with each other in back rooms, they admit they are thinking about the 1% and it is the economy of the rich they are really thinking about, and they merely use the "all Americans" context when they can be heard in public.
If the politicians admitted the truth about this stuff, the 99% would storm the White House and Congress. So they don't, and we continue to hear the lies. Gingrich cannot be expected to tell the rubes the truth about how things work, so he—like all politicians—keeps spouting the Big Lie.
Trump’s first year in office was marked by 2.1 million jobs being added to the economy — the slowest year of job growth in six years. Wages are indeed rising, but they were not exactly stagnant before. They’ve been rising steadily for years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There is absolutely nothing to brag about in the jobs and economy facts. But don't tell that to the Orange Oligarch—or Gingrich. (Source: Fact check: Trump claims credit for 2.4 million new jobs, rising wages, Jane C. Timm, NBC News)
"An analysis of Labor Department data by the labor coalition Good Jobs Nation found that more than 93,000 U.S. jobs have been eliminated since Trump's election due to foreign trade. That's roughly on par with the previous five years, which saw an average of 87,500 jobs per year eliminated. The coalition's analysis also found that the number of jobs outsourced by federal contractors has actually risen since Trump was elected. Since November 2016, some of the biggest federal contractors have offshored some 10,269 jobs, making up 11 percent of trade-related layoffs, compared to 4 percent in the previous five years." So Trump's "great economic news" is fake news. Trump is in the habit of bragging about how the Republican tax cut bill will boost the economy, but nonpartisan analyses have concluded that the vast majority of the benefits will accrue to the top one percent. Now THAT's the Trump we recognize! (Which is what we discussed earlier—in reference to who really is getting the benefit when "the economy" gets boosted.) (Source: Number of jobs lost to foreign competition up since Trump’s election: report, Max Greenwood, the Hill)
Trump is in the habit of bragging about how the Republican tax cut bill will boost the economy, but nonpartisan analyses have concluded that the vast majority of the benefits will accrue to the top one percent
According to the Guardian, the kinds of training programs needed to get people back into the jobs market are exactly the kinds of programs that will be cut as Republicans search for ways to pay for their tax plan. So millions of jobs will go unfilled. Trump's quick fixes will backfire because of not seeing the whole picture and seeing things long-term. "After nearly a decade of recession and tepid job creation, our economy is booming," says a Gingrich who knows it is booming only for the rich, with only the stock market doing any good, and that is mostly because the deregulation and lower taxes are giving the corporatocracy a temporary boost until things level off again. And Trump's slapping tariffs on our allies is eliciting a tariff counterattack from them—all of which not only doesn't help our citizens or companies, it raises prices. Didn't Trump ever study economics, and especially the problems with trade wars in his Business 101 classes? For that matter, didn't Gingrich? But then again, his degree from Tulane University is in history, not business.
Did Ronald Reagan warn against ‘demagogues’ willing to declare a trade war against America’s friends? Yes. During a 1988 radio address, President Reagan railed against those calling for trade tariffs and derided protectionism as "a cheap form of nationalism." In June 2018, demagogue (Reagan's term) Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union (EU), citing trade imbalances he said harm U.S. companies, endanger American workers’ jobs, and “threaten to impair the national security of the United States.” The move prompted swift opposition at home, including by some in the president’s own party who warned of the deleterious effects of a trade war between the U.S. and its allies. Within days of Trump’s announcement, Canada, Mexico, and the EU vowed retaliatory tariffs on American products. (Source: Did Ronald Reagan Warn Against ‘Demagogues’ Willing to Declare a Trade War Against America’s Friends?, Snopes)
If you love the USA, help resist Trump's wrecking of America and never ever give up!
Gingrich says that: "Of course, the anti-Trump coalition is in complete denial about America’s comeback under Trump. For them, it is incomprehensible that someone like President Trump, and the tens of millions of so-called deplorables who fervently support him, could be on the verge of reclaiming America. . . . [and also on the verge of] the reinvigoration of America’s patriotic sense of self, which the rise of Donald Trump has awakened."
We see two things, the rise of white supremacist nationalism Trump precipitated, and the rise of patriotism in the form of people trying to resist Trump's wrecking of America. If Gingrich is seeing Trump "saving" us, he needs to remove his rose-colored glasses and confront reality. Perhaps his close ties to radical religious fundamentalists like Jerry Falwell has whetted his appetite for being saved?
If Gingrich is seeing Trump "saving" us, he needs to remove his rose-colored glasses and confront reality
Hillary really stepped in it with her 'basket of deplorables' idiocy, which the right has rubbed in her face ever since
Gingrich wrote his book to report the great things that are happening in America under President Trump, because he believes the media has a conspiracy against Trump to never report how wonderful Trump is making things. This sounds like a transparent pretext for Gingrich getting invited to lots of talk shows—especially Fox News—to spread pro-Trump propaganda.
Gingrich was right to denigrate Obama's phoney “change we could believe in,” as well as being right to denigrate the P.C. coalition that favors group rights over individual rights and prefers a strong dictatorial bureaucracy that imposes boundaries to freedom upon everyday Americans. Gingrich is rightly skeptical about social engineering in general, and the ludicrous idea that only the government can safely guide people to live appropriately.
We agree with Gingrich that we need to quit looking to social engineering superheroes and rely on local community efforts instead
Gingrich is right to denigrate Dubya's and Obama's phoney War on Terror
By Dubya's term in office, "the so-called new world order had degenerated into a series of wars. Trump was the first major Republican candidate to publicly acknowledge that the global market-focused, peace-through-payment approach of the new world order had utterly failed and stuck Americans with tremendous costs—in blood and in resources." Gingrich is right to denigrate Dubya's and Obama's phoney War on Terror in which we kill one terrorist and 10 of his relatives swear vengeance on us and attack us or join ISIS. Laid bare, the War ON Terror is actually a War OF Terror. Our military is, simply put, a terrorist factory.
Gingrich is right to denigrate Dubya's and Obama's phoney War on Terror in which we kill one terrorist and 10 of his relatives swear vengeance on us and attack us or join ISIS
We resisters see Trump's dismantling of our precious democracy and wish to rush to its aid, offering resistance to the destruction that hurts everyone but fills the rich oligarchs' money bins
In Gingrich-think, the battle cry of the “resistance” is merely mindless resistance, because "as a coalition, they could never possibly offer a coherent shared vision for the future." But they all see Trump's dumping of regulations that endanger our safety, and they all see their ridiculing of climate science which might as well be a religious fundamentalist denial of science itself, and they all see Trump's dismantling of our precious democracy and wish to rush to its aid, offering resistance to the destruction that hurts everyone but fills the rich oligarchs' money bins. Many of them have read the best book (and movie) of this century and they wish to reverse as much of the screwing of the nonrich by the rich as they can. What's the book? The magnificent Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by the most quoted intellectual of the 21st century, Noam Chomsky.
Gingrich is wrong: Anti-Trumpers offer a coherent shared vision for the future: reversing as much of the screwing of the nonrich by the rich as they can (it's incomplete, but a great start)
The ladder of class mobility has been rigged so the nonrich can never climb up
As a historian, it is interesting that historian Gingrich doesn't understand the difference beteen championing human rights and saying we champion human rights. We do the latter but merely say we do the former. Ask South America, Central America, and Africa just how much we championed human rights when we dumped their leaders and inserted tyrants that would play ball with our corporatocracy and sent our CIA to teach them how to torture and terrorize and brutalize—all in the name of empire building to enrich our oligarchs and corporatocracy. Surely Gingrich realizes how the mainstream media has been saturating the public with lies and propaganda for many decades about all this. Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda.
We've all had a couple sips of the Kool-Aid, but Gingrich seems to have been guzzling the damned stuff, believing the propaganda of the media he says he mistrusts
Trump told the U.N. in 2017: "It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion, or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all."
We didn't really need to expand territory in our growing empire if we can put our bases in most nations on the planet, which we have done. If we can exploit other nations for their resources, we needn't push our way of life on them. We merely need to trick them into becoming debtors after which we keep getting what was theirs while they keep trying to repay us but cannot afford to so they keep sending us food, minerals, etc.
The institutions like the World Bank and the IMF were in on the scam, co-conspirators in our treachery. If this is what Trump meant when he said we helped build institutions such as this one (U.N.) to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all, he needs to read up on the reality of these institutions, not the propaganda the U.S. uses for a cover-up. As we said, Gingrich seems to have been guzzling the damned stuff, although the guy appears to have good intentions. See A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption and The Concise Untold History of the United States.
If the Queen during the 18th century French Revolution said: "Let them eat cake," then in the last half of the 20th century an analogous expression from rich U.S. bankers to Latin Americans would be "Let them eat loans!"
Gingrich says "We believe citizens from any background can work hard, pursue their dreams, and achieve success and prosperity for themselves and their families." But believing that this dream is good—which everyone believes—and believing that it's real are two different things. Study the ladder of class mobility above and see that it has been rigged so the nonrich can never climb up. How do these citizens "achieve success and prosperity" when the game is rigged? Few people need to read Chomsky more than Newt Gingrich.
Unless American citizens start defecating money, the debt has put us all in deep doo-doo
Gingrich waxes poetic over Trump's “Make America Great Again” slogan. How can he be so totally unaware that this slogan is the cover while “Make American Oligarchs Even Richer Again” is the reality? And the new Tax structure is called tax reform by Gingrich but it is really fairness reform. The new tax structures basically tell the middle class that they should foot the bills for the wars that only the oligarchs want and the less rich never have wanted. They embody the old expression "them that has are them that gets" in our tax code. They take a situation in which corporations were paying minimum taxes what with loopholes and tax havens and other dodges, and they change it to one where oligarchs and big corporations pay a mere token while the rest of the bill is footed by the middle class of the present and the middle class of the future, egregiously increasing our national debt so oligarchs can buy a few extra yatchs. They used the old distraction trick while explaining the tax plan to the public, giving the rubes something that seemed more interesting so they wouldn't grasp the extent of the scam.
Republicans used the old distraction trick while explaining the tax plan to the public, which sent the pro-Trumpers off to chase shiny objects, while the anti-Trumpers mostly banged their heads against the wall
Like so many older conservatives, Gingrich totally misunderstands and resents what occured in the 1960s and he'd like to go back to the 1950s and call their values traditional and right and any progress or social evolution that has happened since is seen as the work of the devil or communism. Hanging around fundamentalists and extremists apparently can lead to serious regression, massive logical barriers, and perhaps even brain damage—in our humble opinion. It would seem that every writer we've ever run into who is seriously nostalgic for the 1950s and hates the social progress represented by the 1960s is an echo of every other nostalgic. They feel the same, think the same, misunderstand the same, and come to similar conclusions. See The Way We Never Were and The Way We Really Are.
Gingrich is seriously nostalgic for the 1950s and hates the social progress represented by the 1960s—to him, the 1960s was 99% hippies and drugs, but to those with their eyes wide open, it was 99% social progress
"It started in the 1960s, when liberal academics began to critique traditional American ideals," says Gingrich. Doesn't he realize that the "unique traditions" he is pining for are in reality sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and intolerance? In Gingrich paradise, women wouldn't control their bodies—they'd be chattel and the men would control their bodies. Transexuals, gays, homosexuals would all be jailed in shame along with all abortion doctors. The modern, enlightened person's hell would be Gingrich's heaven. Women and blacks couldn't vote and books he didn't like would be banned and burned. Bible training would be required in middle school and high school. Colleges teaching secularism and liberal (as opposed to regressive) social mores are seen by most as progress but by Gingrich as cultural degeneracy. And all these regressive old fuddyduddies are mere echoes of each other. Being willing to write books to spread ignorance and misinformation is a shame. It's as shameful as a man steeped in sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and intolerance not only running for office but being elected president. Only a very confused regressive could possibly write a book about such a tragedy, saying it was a great thing.
Trump is the most regressive president ever, and, unsurprisingly, is seen as heroic and described in glowing terms by Gingrich, one of the most regressive talk show circuit personalities ever—a man admired by Jerry Falwell—another example of regressive extremes. Birds of a feather flock together. All three men are out of touch with progress and social evolution, seeing change as evil. They are afraid of the future so they do their best to hold back progress and they guide us to regress back to an oppressive past that was mostly negative for women, minorities, homosexuals, voting rights, etc.
Trump is the most regressive president ever, and, unsurprisingly, is seen as heroic and described in glowing terms by Gingrich, one of the most regressive talk show circuit personalities ever
On the other hand, Gingrich is right about the tragedy of decaying big cities but feels the left is to blame when it is corruption that is to blame. He is right about the tragedy of the wars our country has been leading—run by the orderly institutionalists including those that want the world to be neat, tidy, and predictable, also the national security establishment and those wishing to create the "new world order."
The Paris Agreement is an international treaty that seeks to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases—Trump pulled us out of it while Gingrich applauded. Destroying the environment and laughing at the climate scientists is a hard thing to justify given the huge stakes, but Trump's actions are doing just that. The wars of the new world order had utterly failed and stuck Americans with tremendous costs—in blood and in resources, says Gingrich, and he is right. Yet his hero Trump keeps us bogged down in these wars out of cowardice, ignorance, inertia, and a ludicrous idea that he can "win" what Dubya and Obama learned were unwinnable conflicts.
It turns out that—in spite of Gingrich's claims to the contrary—Trump, rather than draining the swamp, is actually stocking the swamp.
Contrary to his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.
Draining the Swamp—Trump promised to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, dumping people who were only there to exploit their positions
Stocking the Swamp—Contrary to his promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires who are already exploiting their positions
- Newt Gingrich: Speaker to America
- Newt vs. the '60s
- The Cultural Contradictions Of Newt Gingrich
- The Future According To Newt
- Future Tense: Why Washington Can't Stand Newt's Futurism
- A Think Tank With One Idea: The Newt World Order
- To Renew America
- Contract with America
- Renewing American Civilization: toward an opportunity society
- Plain Talk from Speaker Gingrich
- Speaker Gingrich's Intellectual Gurus
We do not need Big Brother or the speech police or the thought police invading our thoughts, our speech, or our privacy, and we surely don't need the left's obsession with political correctness
In Chapter Five, Gingrich looks at the comeback of free speech, which requires rejecting political correctness. The right is correct to be rejecting political correctness in favor of free speech. We do not need Big Brother or the speech police or the thought police or the jerks at NSA invading our privacy, which they should be doing only if there is good reason to suspect someone of nefarious activities.
We do not need the jerks at NSA invading our privacy, which they should be doing only if there is good reason to suspect someone of nefarious activities
In Chapter Ten, Gingrich looks at what he calls "fighting fake news—lying about the Trump economy." The trouble with Gingrich's book is that it is a mere echo of the Trump position which is that anything that doesn't agree with Trump is fake news. As demonstrated above, Trump is not even doing as well as Obama relative to job creation, wage increases, or keeping companies from offshoring jobs or creating new jobs. And the REAL unemployed numbers reported to be around 3.8 percent are really 7.6 percent, counting the underemployed, the marginally attached, and discouraged workers. Fake news is pretending these millions of people in the REAL unemployed sector don't exist, or conveniently disappear when not being counted. But Gingrich merely echoes what Fox News (Trump's rightwing public relations department) and Trump have already repeated ad infinitum. Why write a book to say "me too"? The answer is to try to put a sophistocated academic spin on Trump's positions, myths, and pure baloney.
Gingrich's position on the Mueller investigation is thin as paper. The Page-Strzok affair where personal emails show political preferences did not mean anti-Trump bias in how they did their work. There is no evidence whatever their private views affected their work. Most U.S. citizens dislike Trump, and many of these people are in government, including the FBI. In order to have justice in the investigation, would Gingrich have us believe that we need to fire everyone who was not a Trump lover? Even bringing up the Page-Strzok affair, which Gingrich does, is simply grasping at straws. Mueller is running a clean show with no biased actions. He is being thorough and careful and objective like he is supposed to act. Gingrich could learn from him.
The trouble with Gingrich's book is that it is a mere echo of the Trump position which is that anything that doesn't agree with Trump is fake news
Gingrich knows that Trump is stocking the swamp with a cabinet of rich people taking advantage of their positions the same way Obama's appointees did—only worse. Pretending the left is the swamp needing draining or that all the bureaucratic deadwood needing draining is leftwing or liberal is disingenuous at best. Trump is worsening the swamp problem as hundreds of people have noted. Gingrich trying to rationalize it is merely adding to the problem by not facing what is going on. Calling Trump's democracy demolition a "comeback" does not change the fact that the Republican extremists are taking a wrecking ball to the USA. Some comeback! And calling anti-Trump people anti-American is like saying all Democrats are traitors, when any fool can see that Republican democracy wrecking is far more anti-American than anything Democrats are doing.
Calling Trump's democracy demolition by wrecking-ball Republicans a 'comeback' is like calling WWII a 'misunderstanding'
Gingrich wants to decriminalize addiction so there are more patients and fewer prisoners. He hit the nail on the head—that's a great position to take. Other great positons: in Chapter Fourteen he wants to be Bridging the Skills Gap—there are lots of jobs but few skilled workers. In Renewing American Civilization: toward an opportunity society and To Renew America, Gingrich was trying to limit the size of government, give welfare recipients opportunities rather than money, dump the philosophy of victimization, help us learn to take personal responsibility for our actions, acknowledge the obsolescence of bureaucracies by decentralizing them, support Habitat for Humanity, balance the federal budget, keep down inflation, save Social Security, devolve power from Washington to states and localities, turn welfare functions back to the states, change the unemployment system so it funds adult learning, let people be in charge of their health by the use of expert systems and telemedicine and let us emphasize prevention and not cure.