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Gingrich Meets the Editors

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich dropped by National Review this afternoon to discuss his new book, To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine (Regnery). The book opens with a savage critique of the Left and their “alien ideology:”

Through any means necessary, from violent street protests to the insidious expansion of bureaucratic power, the Left have spent the last four decades tightening their grasp over America and its most important institutions—the federal bureaucracy, academia, Hollywood, Big Labor, and even big business. From that dominating position, they have propagated a completely foreign set of secular-socialist values. Rejecting American traditions of hard work, self-sufficiency, and honesty, they encourage Americans to learn how to game the system—sucking the maximum resources out of our country while contributing the minimum.

The latter half of the book focuses on Gingrich’s domestic and foreign policy proposals. It reads like a primer for Republicans running for office in 2010. “Don’t reform,” he urges, “replace,” on everything from the EPA to the entitlement state. The former speaker also praises the tea-party movement, the Second Amendment, religious liberty, and off-shore drilling.

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