Gingrich Invents Speech by St. Ronald the Magnificent

Newt Gingrich criticizes Obama for his handling of ISIS and asks “What would Reagan do?” And by Reagan, he doesn’t mean the actual Ronald Reagan, he means St. Ronald the Magnificent, who exists only in the imaginations of Republicans. He even invents a whole speech he surmises that St. Ronald would have given:

Instead of criticizing President Barack Obama’s lack of an effective national security policy as the terrorist threat of the Islamic State grows in Syria and Iraq, it might be helpful to imagine the speech President Ronald Reagan would have given in response to the videotaped beheading of James Foley.

There are many things a great power can do if it has leadership.

This fictional speech is an effort to describe a Reagan-like grand strategy, clarity of moral purpose and emphasis on effective actions. This is not a speech President Reagan could have delivered in the 1980s.

More importantly, it’s not a speech Reagan would have delivered in the 1980s. Oh, that may not be true. He might well have delivered such a speech, but his actions certainly would not have shown this alleged “moral purpose and emphasis on effective actions.” St. Ronald the Magnificent was the second coming of John Wayne (himself an entirely ridiculous figure whose persona was myth, not reality), a tough guy who never negotiated with terrorists and never cut and ran.

The real Reagan pulled troops out of Lebanon after the bombing of the Marine barracks and traded weapons to Iran to free hostages held by Hezbollah. Moral purpose and effective actions, indeed.

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  • birgerjohansson

    You forget, he heroically left California to storm the Normandy beaches alongside John Wayne and Dr, Jones.

    And he never would have finked on anyone, not even during the McCarthy hearings. And he never, never would have raised taxes, neither state or national.

    And he showed great compassion to those unfortunates with mental health problems.

  • timgueguen

    Sooner or later one of the usual suspects will blame Iran-Contra on Obama.

  • raven

    Reagan cut and ran in Lebanon.

    After 241 marines were killed by a suicide truck bomber in a barracks attack.

    and forgotten –from Beirut Marine Barracks bombing

    www. foxnews. com/…/lessons-learned-and-forgotten-from-beirut-marine…

    Oct 23, 2013 – The Marine Barracks bombing thirty years ago on October 23, 1983, was an … a truck into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut Lebanon, killing 241 sleeping …

    PS: It was however, the right decision. Lebanon ended up a typical middle eastern disaster but OTOH, whether we were there or not probably wouldn’t have made much difference.

  • D. C. Sessions

    raven, yes. It was a good decision — but the Right insists on all other decisions to stay out of Middle Eastern no-win engagements as a combination of cowardice, stupidity, and hating America. While turning a blind eye to one of Reagan’s actual good decisions (much as with his tax hikes, especially the elimination of special rates for capital income.)

  • Alverant

    Reagan also funded terrorists in Afghanistan including Osamma bin Laden knowing full well they hated the USA. He banked on the fact they hated the USSR more. When the USSR fell guess what happened.

  • Modusoperandi

    He’s right. Obama’s not giving speeches. He is giving speeches, you say? Well, then he isn’t giving speeches correctly. So there! And he should be selectively arming groups over there. He is selectively arming groups over there, you say? Well, then he isn’t selectively arming groups over there correctly. And Obama isn’t exploding swarthy people. He is exploding swarthy people, you say? Well, then he isn’t exploding swarthy people correctly. So there!

  • bmiller


    while true, one cannot forget that it was the Holy Peanut Farmer who really started this program (Charlie Wilson’s War). As well as the bloodbath in Central America, armin g the Indonesian military while they were killing 1/3 of the East Timorese population, etc. The Reagan cabal RAMPED UP the efforts, but Saint Jimmy was the progenitor! There are not really two parties, just one party with an insane branch and a batshit crazy loony insane branch.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    He even invents a whole speech he surmises that St. Ronald would have given…

    Only because the average mortal couldn’t face or comprehend the glorious speech that, had the voters earlier had the courage and wisdom to choose differently, President Newt would have given.

  • timberwoof

    I think the fact that Reagan agrees with and would have said anything that Republicans think is evidence that Reagan, like God, exists only in people’s minds.

  • moarscienceplz

    The real Reagan … traded weapons to Iran to free hostages held by Hezbollah.

    Yes, but in his heart he believed he didn’t do that, so it doesn’t count.

  • Modusoperandi

    I’m waiting for Gingrich’s fictional Reagan speech about loving America so much he had to stick is dick in his mistress.

  • tommykey

    In addition to the Beirut barracks bombing, there was also that incident when an Iraqi fighter pilot fired a missile at the USS Stark that killed 37 of the ship’s crew. No action was taken against Saddam Hussein in response to the incident.

  • D. C. Sessions

    No action was taken against Saddam Hussein in response to the incident.

    Which is a great example of Reagan standing tall and strong, not descending into the trivial issues that lesser “leaders” get hung up on.

  • busterggi

    Considering the accretion of legends, false quotes and general misinformation that has gathered around Saint Ronnie in less than twenty years, I seriously question whether he even actually historically existed.

    I saw him in person once but don’t know that I can trust that memory. Except maybe for the snipers on all the rooftops and the forced shutting-down of all the businesses (how anti-capitalistic!) in the area that he spoke in, those I remember very well.

  • Michael Heath

    Modusoperandi writes:

    I’m waiting for Gingrich’s fictional Reagan speech about loving America so much he had to stick is dick in his mistress.

    Mr. Gingrich would like us to think he’s having intercourse with his mistresses. I’m skeptical he’s capable.