It’s a sour moment. The right has attained new power, but its intellectual, not to mention moral, bankruptcy has never been more
evident. The GOP’s “Contract with America” regurgitates Reaganesque ideas that brought this country to many of its present difficulties. In the meantime, Newt Gingrich maligns Great Society programs and “the counterculture” as sins that begot an American fall.
Which allows him to sidestep what the 1980s wrought—a welfare state for the rich. Mr. Gingrich has a mission—to “save American civilization” from “McGovernites,” “counterculturalists,” and other “enemies of normal
Americans.” But who has been running this country for the last quarter of a century? Republicans were in the Oval Office for twenty
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