“Either we will save our country or we will lose it,” Newt Gingrich writes in a book he didn’t expect to write.
Newt Gingrich begins his new book, To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine, rightly describing the grave, mortal threat America faces today due to the left-wing extremism of the Democrats and the vast failures of the Republicans. He writes:
This is a book I never expected to write. After the victory of freedom over Communist tyranny, of religious liberty over secular police states, and of American pride over the malaise and cynicism of the 1970s, I fully expected America to follow an upward curve of consistent improvement.
I did not expect the Left to ignore the lessons of history and move further into ideological extremism. I did not expect them to react to their meager popular support by seeking to impose a corrupt, Chicago-style political machine on the entire country. After leaving Congress in 1999, I certainly did not foresee Republican failure so vast that it allowed left-wing radicals to take over the House, Senate and Presidency.
America as we know it is now facing a mortal threat. This danger to America is greater than anything I dreamed possible after we won the Cold War and the Soviet Union disappeared in December 1991. We stand at a crossroads: either we will save our country or we will lose it.
Indeed, as I noted last week, Gingrich recognizes that America today faces a challenge equally as grave as the Civil War: “whether the United States as we know it will cease to exist.” The present danger is as great a threat, he rightly says, as posed by Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. He writes, “I’m talking about losing what defines us as Americans…. America is facing an existential threat.” (Emphasis added.) America today is once again fighting President Kennedy’s “twilight struggle,” which we thought we had won, but this time, suddenly and even more ominously, the struggle is internal.
The Secular-Socialist Machine
That threat is posed today by what Gingrich defines as the “secular-socialist machine.” The Obama-Pelosi-Reid political machine is secular because it “does not acknowledge God. It does not consider the implications of one’s actions beyond the impact they make within one’s own life. It does not recognize any higher moral order beyond that which human beings have rationally developed.” Such a “purely secular worldview,” he writes, cannot “account for the original American understanding of our rights and freedoms,” an endowment from our creator of certain unalienable rights.
For those who start thinking “theocracy” any time God is referenced, grab a Corona. Gingrich explains that America’s founders avoided “the fraternal twin oppressions of a militantly secular government or a state-sponsored and imposed religion.” What they created was a new American model, “a country with no official national religion where everyone could worship as they pleased. But they were also careful not to shut out religion from public life. The Founders saw religion as vital to the survival of republican government because they believed the maintenance of liberty requires virtue.” In other words, America is the exact opposite of Iran. Too many of the easily deluded and manipulated need to be reminded of that every morning when they wake up, until they get it.
Gingrich further explains the connection between religion, religious freedom, and our freedoms more generally:
Chasing religion from the public square inevitably lowers public morality. That’s because a belief in God limits our tendencies toward hedonism, exploiting others, and abusing power. If you are subordinate to God then by definition you are subordinate to rules that transcend your own ego and your own personal appetites…. A religious worldview inherently limits the purview of government. Even the concept of sin limits government by suggesting that external constraints of right and wrong should guide us no matter what the state says. In short, our core religious values hinder the secular socialists from realizing a government-dominated, politician-defined world of limited citizenship and unlimited bureaucracy. Thus the culture of secularism has to replace the culture of religion if socialism is to survive.
Gingrich continues, “Describing the Left as socialist will be controversial because the Left hate accurate language about their goals. But any fair assessment of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi economic policies shows they are indisputably socialist.” Gingrich clearly and accurately defines socialist policies, writing:
Broadly defined, socialist policies favor increased central planning of the economy by politicians and bureaucrats instead of allowing entrepreneurs, businesses, and customers to make decisions in the free market. Socialists also favor government attempts to collectivize the means of production and to divvy up the national wealth. Socialists favor these methods because they insist on equality of results, rather than the traditional American belief in equality under the law. Therefore, they champion a strong, central government to impose equality of outcomes.
Exactly these policies have been embodied in the stimulus, the health care takeover, cap and trade, the sweeping Obama tax increases next year, the Obama budget that has already increased federal welfare spending by one third in the first two years alone, Obama’s green jobs scam, and every other jot and tittle of Obamanomics.
As Gingrich warns, “If the Left stay in power, they will transform America into a radically different nation — a union-dominated, bureaucratically-controlled, high-tax, low-growth country.” Indeed, the Left will deprive America of the traditional, world leading, economic prosperity the American people have enjoyed since early in the 18th century. Gone will be the American Dream that has drawn the enterprising to these shores from the world over for 400 years now.
In fact, that tide of huddled masses yearning to breath free has already been reversed by the utter failure of socialist Obamanomics. Not only illegal aliens have begun to return home, lacking the lure of good paying jobs that originally brought them here. Not only has capital flight from these formerly hopeful shores already begun, already limiting our prosperity. Even born and bred, enterprising Americans have already begun to trickle out in search of the opportunity that has previously been the hallmark of America. That is the change we can’t believe in that Obama and his socialists have wrought.
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