Gingrich attracts crowd of 800 at JCJC Campaign Stop
Written By: Kelly Atwood
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Date Submitted: 2012-03-09 17:29:01
ELLISVILLE - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke at Jones County Junior College Friday, March 9, referencing the college’s centennial celebration and giving students a history lesson by describing how life was for people in 1911.
“How we live today, would be a miracle to those who lived in 1911,” said Gingrich, noting the remarkable technological advances in the past century and stating his campaign focuses on the things that have made America remarkable.
“This has been the most remarkable country in the history of the world,” he said. “People come to America and learn how to dream, learn how to work hard.”
Gingrich said he feels that this presidential election is the most important election in our lifetime, referencing President Barack Obama’s belief in a secular model and “the personalization of a 50-year trend. We’re in grave danger of having a government that presides over us.”
Describing Obama’s government as one where politicians make all the decisions and a Gingrich government that would be based on the Declaration of Independence, he explained that “the core of this campaign is a choice.”
To illustrate this, he broke down a part of the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
“God gives each one of you rights,” Gingrich said. “They didn’t come from Barack Obama. You’re allowed to pursue happiness. There’s no provision in the Declaration of Independence for happiness stamps for the underhappy.”
He described Obama as a president who wants to raise gas prices to European standards of $9-10 a gallon and punishes people for not driving the vehicles he wants them to drive. Gingrich said that he believes people should be able to buy the vehicle they want.
“This is what is called freedom,” he said. “This is a country of freedom, not a country that’s dictated to.”
Gingrich said that if he became president, he would abolish the Department of Energy, “which has been a spectacular failure. I want an American energy plan where no American president will ever again bow to a Saudi king.”
Gingrich said America needs to drill off shore, in federal land and in designated parts of Alaska. Doing so would make the country self sufficient, create American jobs and bring in $16-18 trillion which could pay off the U.S. debt.
In his concluding remarks, Gingrich said if he were elected president, his goals would be energy independence, job creation and a national security system. He asked the audience to go on Facebook and Twitter and spread his message of getting gas prices back to $2.50 a gallon, explaining his website,www.newt.org, details his system of meeting that goal.
“Callista and I didn’t come here to ask you to help us,” Gingrich explained of the stop he and his wife made at JCJC. “We came here to ask you to help America. We believe America is an idea and as citizens we need to come together. With your help, we can save (this country).”
Approximately 800 JCJC students and members of the public were present. Kathy Harrison, president of the JCJC Alumni Association and a resident of Ellisville, said she’d been debating on whom to vote for, and when she heard Gingrich was visiting JCJC she decided to come hear what he had to say.
“I was very impressed. He seems like a true patriot because our country has a lot of problems, and he has the ability to lead us through it. Mr. Gingrich appears to be very intelligent and has the experience and knowledge to debate any candidate. He appears to really care about this country. We’re very glad he came to JCJC.”
JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith said having Gingrich speak at Jones was good for students on several levels.
“Gingrich has a background in teaching, having been a history professor,” said Smith. “In addition, attending the event gives students a firsthand view of the political process.
“He spoke about our college's centennial celebration and how times have evolved in our country. This was such an excellent teaching moment for all of us in attendance. We hosted President Clinton in 2008 when he was campaigning for his wife, Hillary, and we are both humbled and honored to have this opportunity with another presidential candidate.”