President Obama’s socialist agenda threatens our way of life, says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
“We have two mortal threats,” he told FT.com in a video interview. “First is radical Islam. The other is a secular socialist model of government dominating and defining life that would be fundamentally alien to historical American experience.”
In the last 10-15 years secular socialism has strengthened in universities, courts, the bureaucracy and the media, says Gingrich, author of the new book, “To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular Socialist Machine.”
Obama’s commitment to a combination of Chicago machine politics and radicalism presents grave danger, Gingrich says – “comparable” to Hitler and Stalin.
“Had the Nazis won, the American system would have died,” Gingrich said. “If the Soviet Union had won, the American system would have died.”
This is another moment of existential crisis in our country, he says.
“What is it we have to do for this very unique, freedom oriented system of entrepreneurship – the work ethic, the belief that our rights come from God not from the state – what do we have to do for that system to survive?”
The God versus state issue is crucial, Gingrich says.
“We are a country that historically said rights come from God to you as a person. You loan power to the state. The state doesn’t loan power to you.”
But Obama doesn’t abide by that rule, Gingrich says.
“Obama represents a very European model. This is much more of European socialism and secularism. He’s very comfortable to Europeans because he’s a much more European personality.”
Gingrich unveiled a new “Contract for America” in February’s issue of Newsmax magazine. In it, he said the No. 1 policy issue for 2010 is jobs, calling for five sets of tax cuts.
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