Former Speaker Warns of ‘Crisis of American Civilization’ from External and Internal Threats

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A globally rising and belligerent China, Russia challenges in Europe and forces of internal chaos are conspiring to create a ‘Crisis of American Civilization, says former House Speaker and historian, Newt Gingrich. In an essay in Fox News, Gingrich noted that “We are now in a crisis of American civilization fully as dangerous and real as the crisis of the U.S. Civil War or World War II.” 

He explains that “During both those crises, if America had lost, it would have ceased to be America – and the cause of freedom around the world would have been dramatically weakened. Today, we face combined internal and external threats that are as great or greater.”

Gingrich goes on to describe the threats I have written about regularly, such as:

…a surging China whose economic, scientific and technological power is now fully competitive with the United States. The recent aggressiveness in the South China Sea, against Taiwan, and in domestic repression (including concentration camps and genocide against the Uyghurs, crushing Tibetan Buddhist culture, and repressing the freedom movement in Hong Kong) are all signs of the Chinese Communist Party’s self-confidence. 

The announcement of a joint China-Russia moon project is an example of the collective authoritarian challenge to the American-led freedom coalition. Russia’s movement of military forces around the border of Ukraine is another signal of the potential aggressiveness of the authoritarian states. 

However, according to Gingrich, these foreign threats pale next to the domestic dangers threatening American civilization. And no, it is not coming from ‘right wing extremism,’ but it could be termed ‘domestic terrorism.’ It is both an explosion of violent crime and a ‘War on Cops,’ to quote the excellent book by Heather MacDonald. 

And it is coming mostly from the far left:

There is a war on police underway with 264 killed in 2020, a jump of 96% over the previous year. In New York City, hostile forces use Molotov cocktails to set police cars on fire. Murder rates are skyrocketing around the country with 2020 the biggest one-year jump in homicides in American history – 36.7%. 

Faced with aggressive criminal behavior and violence against innocent people – including young children being killed – Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib calls for “no more policing, incarceration and militarization.” Ironically, Rep. Tlaib represents Detroit. According to Detroit’s 2020 crime report, there were 327 homicides in 2020, up from 275 the previous year – a 19% increase. There were 1,173 non-fatal shootings in 2020. This is up from 767 the previous year, which is a 53% increase.  

And as we see, or fail to see, because the major media refuses to cover it, Portland continues to be attacked nightly by anarchists. Despite platitudes by public officials, no effective action is underway to restore law and order. 

In San Francisco, notes Gingrich, “the declaration by the communist district attorney that theft under $900 will not be prosecuted has led to so much shoplifting that Walgreens is closing all 10 of its drugstores in the city.”

And while the Left decries conservative talk of states seceding under Biden, even after Democrat-run states called for it under Trump, in Seattle, Portland and Milwaukee, no-go zones similar to those in France have been created that are effectively “localized secessions” from the United States. 

There is much more to back Gingrich’s warning about the ‘Crisis of American Civilization.’ Read his entire piece and interview here. ADN

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Judy Chaffin
16 days ago

Gingrich is Absolutely right. The Demorats are trying to Destroy everything.

16 days ago
Reply to  Judy Chaffin

And doing a pretty good job of it so far! And the worst part of it in my eyes? It’s a minute minority of people out rioting and looting and terrorizing and screaming and committing all manner of thuggery under the flag of Black Lives (don’t really) Matter (to them), with the support of the most vocal socialist/communist Democrats and 90% of the fear-mongering liberal media, who are bringing our country to its knees. Seems to me that the larger majority of us out here could easily put them in their place — so why aren’t we doing that??

16 days ago
Reply to  CashGirl

No coordination or any groups that are trying to stop them. Yet firearm sales in March reach an all time high!

16 days ago


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True American
16 days ago

My GOD doesn’t police in Portland have guns. Damn it use them to enforce the laws you took an oath to do. What the hell are you there for?

16 days ago
Reply to  True American

As you can readily see – cops go to jail if they enforce any laws. Harris/Biden and the media makes sure cops are punished. Judges seem to go along with that also. They are, however, making sure the capitol protestors, traditional American’s are severely punished.

16 days ago

It’s The Chicago Communist anarchists friends of Obama’s and that mother ducker is all in on this racist violence showing his true colors! We just need certain people to die and get America back!

John J
16 days ago

Derek Chauvin is a prime example of the demo maggots terrorist mob rule. Officer Chauvin was railroaded by terrorist threats

14 days ago

NEWT Gingrich is 100% right! Americans need to step up to the plate and PUSH BACK at the people who do not give a crap about our Nation and want to destroy our Civilization! If we don’t do something about those stupid “zones” and take back our Towns, you can kiss your life and homes “Goodbye”!
What’s wrong with the American brain? It’s like people are walking around in a hypnotic trance. They get angry for a few hours, then forget about the whole thing. Are YOU HAPPY ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR NATION? IF NOT, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CHANGE IT? If we wait much longer, there won’t be a Nation to save!

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