That’s the latest claim from he Voice of The Truth – Glenn Beck.
This is added to the recent list that Newt probably consumes kiddie porn, likened his consulting for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to being a crack dealer, and Newt being a supporter of genocide… and a scumbag. That’s just from the few minutes a day I’ve been listening. Beck then complains that Newt has no interested in talking with Beck for his shows – like Michael Savage constantly attacking almost every other “Conservative” host on radio and TV and then wondering why they don’t invite him over for a cup of herbal tea.
This morning as I was falling asleep, this is roughly what I heard…
Newt talking to Univision, the Spanish Language radio and TV network: “Mitt Romney has forgotten what it is like to work – he just collects his check for $20 million a year for doing nothing”
Beck: That’s absurd. Romney getting a check for $20 million is no different than a retiree getting a social security or retirement check. He [Newt Gingrich] is a Marxist.
That statement was appropriate up until the final exaggeration.
There is no doubt that Newt is a progressive Republican. He is a history professor. He has known all of his life the things that Glenn Beck is just learing over the past 5 years – because he not only went to college, but taught history.
Newt used to speak exenstively on CSPAN and other venues on subjects like Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America de Tocqueville was a French scholar who spent most of 1832 touring America (during the time Andrew Jackson was President) studying the people and culture of the United States and how the ideas of egalitarianism and representative government were taking root in America and how it was transforming society and predicting that the fight over slavery was going to tear the county apart.
Knowing Newt’s positive opinions about de Tocqueville makes it a bit ironic when Newt throws out that Romney speaks French – but he’ll get away with it for now because the Fox TV reporters didn’t watch CSPAN growing up a children in the 1990s and didn’t study American history and political philosophy.
Newt believes that the reforms of the Progressive movement both within the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States are an important part of why the United States became the world’s only super power, while at the same time retaining control of the “means of production” in private hands.
A Marxist is one who is an advocate for the ideas of Karl Marx – ie Communism. Something like 2/3 of Americans like the idea of “Taxing the Rich” to fund government
I’m not one of them – but Newt is far from being out of the mainstream, and calling him a Marxist is preposterous. If you look at this video of Newt from 2006
you’ll see that Newt’s view on religion and American history are not much different than Beck’s.
I heard an advertisement on the radio in the past day (not during the Glenn Beck show) that GBTV is offering two week free subscriptions – indicating both that GBTV feels a need to spend money to build its audience and giving away free samples. Maybe word of mouth alone isn’t selling the product and the pressure is starting to get to Beck.