Monday, February 07, 2005

Five threats to American way of life - Newt Gingrich

WILL GINGRICH MAKE A RUN AT PRESIDENT IN '08? THAT'S THE QUESTION RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND THIS MORNING... EVEN SINCE BEFORE THE IRAQ WAR, GINGRICH HAS CONSISTANTLY BEEN POLITICALLY TO THE RIGHT OF BUSH AND MANY OTHER MAINSTREAM REPUBLICANS... COULD HIS MESSAGE RESONATE ENOUGH WITH MAINSTREAM DEMOCRATS TO BE ABLE TO PULL THE 5-10% OF THEM HE NEEDS TO WIN? I GUESS IT REALLY DEPENDS ON WHO THE DEMO'S RUN AT THIS POINT...

The first threat is the potential for Islamic terrorists and rogue dictatorships to acquire and use nuclear or biological weapons. The second is the effort to drive God out of American public life. The third is the possibility that America will lose the patriotic sense of itself as a singular civilization. The fourth is that America's economic supremacy will eventually yield to China and India because of failing schools and weakening scientific and technological leadership. The fifth is that an aging America's demands on Social Security, Medicare, and related government programs will collapse the current system.

Each threat can be overcome, but standing in our way is an entrenched political system and news media that refuse to confront these threats seriously. Just as previous American generations have met the challenges of their times, however, so can we.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/07/2005 | Five threats to American way of life