What has changed in South Carolina in the last two years? I thought the state was a conservative, capitalist, right-wing kind of place, but maybe it isn’t anymore.
A little more than two years ago, South Carolina’s governor, Mark Sanford, disappeared. Upon his return; he said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. This turned out to not be true, for in fact; he was in Argentina with a woman who was not his wife.
The people of South Carolina demanded his resignation. Sanford refused to resign so they began the impeachment process. The impeachment fell through because his term was almost over, and the state legislature censured him instead.
I guess much can change in a couple of years. Despite his history of marital infidelities, and criticisms of capitalism; Newt Gingrich has won the Republican primary in South Carolina. “It’s that I articulate the deepest-held values of the American people,” he said. Isn’t the Republican Party, the party of family values?
Is attacking capitalism a deep-held American value? Gingrich may have won because of his attacks on Mitt Romney‘s capitalist practices at Bain Capital. His ads called Romney a vulture because companies he invested in went out of business. Gingrich made 1.6 to 1.8 million dollars consulting to the laissez-faire, free-market company*, Freddie Mac, and then the economy crashed. I thought South Carolina would be one of the last states to betray capitalism. Is this the same right-to-work state that was upset with the National Labor Relations Board for not allowing Boeing to open a plant there?
Newt Gingrich did at one time support the mandatory individual health insurance mandate which will eventually cause a loss of jobs when insurance companies go out of business. Newt Gingrich did sit on the couch with Nancy Pelosi and said that humans were causing global warming and the government needs to do something about it. What will the government do about it? The government’s solution to global warming will cost millions of jobs. Newt Gingrich scolded Bill Clinton for his extramarital affairs while he, himself was cheating on his wife.
Is the Republican Party going to become indistinguishable from the Democratic Party? This reminds me of Second Timothy Chapter 3.
Is Newt Gingrich the epitome of right-wing conservative principles and values? From his past; I might say no; but that was the past, and I guess many things can change in a couple of years!
* I was being sarcastic: Freddie Mac is a government sponsored entity, which is definitely not laissez-faire, free market capitalism.