Just in case anybody thought the Republicans were conservatives

We have people like Newt Gingrich to remind everyone that they believe in hard-core antiauthoritarian, antisocial individualism.  See Auster’s summary:

Newly declared presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s speech to a Republican gathering in Georgia, broadcast on C-SPAN on Sunday, was impressive. He spoke about the American belief in the God-given sovereignty of the individual, which is then delegated in a limited fashion to representatives, as contrasted with the left’s belief in unlimited state power, and about how Obama’s presidency threatens to turn America into a European-style statist system.

2 Responses

  1. Pretty much right-liberals.

  2. I’ve come to believe that the GOP is a false flag operation run by the Democrats. Either they do things that are perfectly congruent with the Democrats’ party platform, or they do things that provide evidence for the proposition that conservatives are fools.

    I’m not sure what god Newt has in mind when he speaks of the “sovereignty of the individual,” but it’s certainly not the God he should have learned about in RCIA on his way to becoming a Roman Catholic. Or maybe Newt doesn’t know what the word “sovereign” means. Do you suppose it could ever occur to him that Satan is the archetype of the would-be sovereign individual?

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear Newt’s commentary on the Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers (Matthew 21: 33-41). Something tells me he’d tell us that the landowner was a capitalist or entrepreneur, the wicked vinedressers were socialists or unionized workers, and the landowners son was, well, Newt himself, sent to set things straight. Wait a minute! The son gets killed! Maybe he represents Someone else.

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