Sorry Libertarian Republic, Newt Gingrich is a Great Vice President Pick for the Donald
by Lee Enochs
“For the best government is the least amount of government.”
The word on the mean streets of conservative politics is that Donald Trump will select Newt Gingrich as his vice-presidential running mate no later than this Friday.
While I am not a fan of Newt or presumptive nominee Donald Trump, I understand the reasoning behind such a pick. Gingrich would add much needed political gravitas and experience to this year’s Republican ticket.
Earlier today, my good friends at the Libertarian Republic posted an article on why they believe Newt Gingrich would be a bad pick for Libertarians.
Contrary to Libertarian sentiments, as a life-long Republican, I believe it is doubtful that there is any singular Republican alive that has the political experience, education and wherewithal that Newt Gingrich brings to the table.
The prodigious intellectual conservative Newt Gingrich received his B.A. degree in history from Emory University in 1965 and then proceeded to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. in European History (1971) from Tulane University. Upon receiving his doctorate, Gingrich taught at West Georgia College from 1970 to 1978.
He then represented Georgia’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 to 1999. Newt Gingrich also served as the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999 and orchestrated the first Republican majority in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in 40 years.
After leading the Republican Party to a landslide victory in the 1994 mid-term elections, Gingrich became the first member of the GOP to become Speaker of the House in four decades.
Many of the legislative items of Gingrich’s “Contract with America” were passed by the House and many became law. Known for his opposition to Bill Clinton, he was able to work with the Democrats to achieve welfare reform, a capital gains tax cut and a budget deal that led to four straight balanced budgets.
To my Libertarian friends who bemoan the prospect of Donald Trump selecting Newt Gingrich as his running mate, you are living in a fantasy world if you think Trump would choose Ron Paul or someone with similar ideology.
Newt Gingrich is preeminently qualified to be Vice-President of the United States. Those who think otherwise have been smoking some of the stuff Bill Clinton said he tried but “did not inhale.”
Lee Enochs (B.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. A life-long Republican with Libertarian views, Lee is also the author of “A Biblical Defense of Capitalism” and, “The Case for Rand Paul.”