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Some of the biggest influences on me in recent years have been the ideas and writings of Newt Gingrich. The man is simply the single most eloquent spokesperson for the Conservative cause since Ronald Reagan himself.

In fact, blasphemy acknowledged, he may actually be an even stronger advocate for the cause. Three of his books, “To Renew America” (1995), “Winning the Future”, and now “Real Change” (2008) are absolute must-reads. This is particularly so with “Real Change”, just released this year and much more updated in scope and time.

Gingrich is a college history professor, historian and novelist who has written outstanding works of living-history fiction on both the Civil War and Pearl Harbor as well.

In the concept of ‘living history’, you take known historical events and people and ‘adjust’ the facts/results to show ‘what might have happened’ had certain things gone a different way.

In the real world, Gingrich was first elected to Congress from Georgia back in 1978.

Gingrich was then re-elected 10 times, and eventually became the architect of the ‘Republican Revolution’, which saw the Republican Party take control of Congress in 1994 for the first time in 40 years. This happened largely to an effort called the ‘Contract With America’ created by Gingrich himself.

Gingrich became the Speaker of the House, leading numerous Republican challenges to President Bill Clinton’s liberal Democratic agenda during the 1990’s. He was named by Time magazine as the Person of the Year in 1995.

Newt Gingrich is now 65 years old, and may have seen his opportunities to lead the party as a Presidential candidate pass him by at this point. But he remains a leading Conservative activist, thinker, and teacher. He remains a leading voice for the cause of common sense.

The Democratic nominee for the U.S. Presidency here in 2008, Barack Obama, talks incessantly about “change” to a taxing, weakening, liberal agenda. That agenda is easily rebutted and refuted here by Gingrich.

‘Real Change’ is well worth your reading time. In future pieces, I am going to talk about some of the particular ideas that the book puts forth on various topics of importance to our families and to the nation.