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Americans must find common ground to build better futures for our kids

Jun 14, 2023

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America seems more divided than ever, thanks to political polarization, economic inequality, and the ongoing culture wars. Polls show Americans blame leaders from both political parties for the division.

Straight Arrow News contributor Newt Gingrich believes that the best days for the U.S. remain in our future as long as we can find common ground. He details a blueprint to build a better future for America in his new book, “March to the Majority.”

It was clear to me that the lessons I’d learned from President Ronald Reagan, the lessons we applied for 16 years to finally grow a House Republican majority, the lessons that enabled us to work with President Bill Clinton to get real solutions to reform, welfare, and bring work back into the system, to have a tax cut that led to huge economic growth, and to have four consecutive balanced budgets, the only time in our lifetime that we’ve balanced the budget four times in a row; all of those lessons have somehow been lost by the current political leadership, and that citizens could learn them and citizens could apply them. That’s why I wrote “March to the Majority,” because I think that there are a series of practical real steps that can be taken to bring us together.

I think the American people overwhelmingly want to find a common ground where we can work together, make solutions that make a better future, and put ourselves in a position to give our children and grandchildren a more prosperous, a freer, and a safer country. That’s really my goal. 

As a citizen, I feel very deeply that we have an obligation to our children and our grandchildren, and frankly, an obligation to the whole country, to face our problems, to solve them and to move forward.

I think I feel that way in part because my dad served for 27 years in the infantry. He loved America, he served America, he defended America. And he believed that every American had the right to pursue happiness, had the right to the rule of law, and that he was proud to be an American, and he wanted an America everyone could be proud of. 

Well, you and I know, getting back to that kind of future, getting that kind of America–it’s going to take real work. We have to roll up our sleeves together.

“March to the Majority” is the most important book I’ve ever written. I wrote it specifically because the challenges we’re faced with as a country. It was clear to me that the lessons I’d learned from President Ronald Reagan, the lessons we applied for 16 years to finally grow a House Republican majority, the lessons that enabled us to work with President Bill Clinton to get real solutions to reform, welfare, and bring work back into the system, to have a tax cut that led to huge economic growth, and to have four consecutive balanced budgets, the only time in our lifetime that we’ve balanced the budget four times in a row. All of those lessons have somehow been lost by the current political leadership, and that citizens could learn them and citizens could apply them. That’s why I wrote “March to the Majority,” because I think that there are a series of practical real steps that can be taken to bring us together. I think the American people overwhelmingly want to find a common ground where we can work together, make solutions that make a better future, and put ourselves in a position to give our children and grandchildren a more prosperous, a freer and a safer country. That’s really my goal.
As a citizen, I feel very deeply that we have an obligation to our children and our grandchildren, and frankly, an obligation to the whole country, to face our problems to solve them and to move forward. I think I feel that way in part because my dad served for 27 years in the infantry. He loved America, he served America, he defended America. And he believed that every American had the right to pursue happiness, had the right to the rule of law, and that he was proud to be an American, and he wanted an America everyone could be proud of.
Well, you and I know, getting back to that kind of future, getting that kind of America, it’s going to take real work. We have to roll up our sleeves together. And I wrote the whole concept of marching to the majority, because it took 16 years, so it wasn’t overnight. You don’t solve these things like having instant coffee or a microwave oven. But you can work together. You can apply principles that are sound, and you can create a much better American future. And I think that “March to the Majority” is a pretty good book at helping make that happen.

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