Newt Gingrich has more important things to do than run for President...
I went home to Atlanta this week to speak at the Buckhead Coalition, a group of Georgia business men and women and community leaders. I saw friends, supporters and even a few political rivals who I've known for decades. It was a wonderful homecoming.Newt is stepping up in a big way. Let whatever baggage you perceive him to have go... the man is on a mission, and his message is strong, thoughtful and right.
More than a few people asked me whether or not I'm running for President. My answer is always the same: My focus right now is not on the presidency.
I know this answer confuses the political consultants and reporters who preoccupy themselves over the minutiae of the presidential campaign horse race. But for now, I'm not focused on Nov. 4, 2008. I'm focused on Sept. 27, 2007. Because on that day - the 13th anniversary of the unveiling of the Contract With America - the new organization that I've founded, American Solutions, will do something more urgently needed than presidential posturing.
On September 27, American Solutions will reach out across the country to all 511,000-plus elected office holders in America, their staff, and the citizens who are serving or seeking to serve in these offices. Our goal is to create a wave of change that meets America's challenges, seizes our opportunities and builds a better future for all Americans.
I don't know about you, but that sounds like enough to keep anyone busy for the next seven months. And it sounds a lot better than spending that time watching the polls, endlessly fundraising and otherwise navigating the trivial and tortuous two-year march that we have made of our presidential election process. ...
Our goal is to create a wave of change
... American Solutions will highlight how American virtues, habits and principles that we know work can help address the challenges that confront our country. It is simply a matter of applying what we already know works.
This Level of Change Cannot be Created From the Oval Office
So we have our work cut out for us. We will spend the next seven months developing an entire new generation of solutions, making sure they are understandable to the American people and that they are supportable by the American people.
Then, on September 27, we will use the power of the Internet to start to make these solutions available to every candidate from both parties in every elected office in the country.
The goals we have set for American Solutions are a lot more difficult and less conventional than running for President. But I believe they are also a lot more important.
If we can move the entire system - if we can have school board members committed to incentives, hospital board members exploiting new technology, and state legislators who understand how to bring market principles to public problems - this country can and will fix itself. This is a level of change that cannot be created from the Oval Office. This level of change has to be brought about by people who care at the local level and want to do common-sense, practical things to make life better for their communities.
Our hope is to reach out across the country and create such a wave of change on a nonpartisan basis that anybody of any background who wants to use science, who wants to use the power of productivity, who wants to revitalize American virtues that work, has the tools to do so and to help others realize their potential as well.
If we can do that, we won't need to fear economic competition from China or India. We won't even need to fear the threats to our survival from rogue dictatorships and their varying alliances with the irreconcilable wing of Islam. And we won't be waiting on Washington politicians to solve our problems.
The liberated energies of 300 million Americans are a dramatically more potent force for good then anyone's force for evil. And I can't think of a more important way to spend the next seven months than helping unleashing that potential. I hope you'll join our effort at American Solutions where you can make a difference.
Paul Weyrich recently discussed Newt's Philosophy:
...Gingrich's issue-driven philosophy, which brought the Republicans to power for the first time in 40 years, was and remains the right way to go. I mention all of this because Gingrich, while not running for President, is pushing various issues and issue clusters, which are right on.Cheer for Newt. Read more about his ideas to win the future.
I don't know how Gingrich would perform if he were elected to the highest office in the land but these days he is responsible in that each time I read one of his policy initiatives I want to stand up and cheer. ...