Conservatives Are Being Played, Perry And Gingrich Are Right
Sometimes the stupidity out here gets too much to take. This is one of those times. What is going on between Gingrich and Romney has nothing to do with a battle for, or over capitalism.
Mitt Romney is depicted as a financier “more ruthless than Wall Street” and a son of privilege responsible for laying off thousands of workers in a 28-minute film bankrolled by supporters of Newt Gingrich set to be released tomorrow in South Carolina.
Romney is not simply a capitalist, what he is is a corporatist. And it's that insulation that would allow him to bankrupt a steel mill, walk away from its pension obligations, pocketing millions and leaving taxpayers on the hook to bail it out. And that's the bullshit he and much of the GOP is selling as capitalism today in defending Romney.
Enter Newt Gingrich, who, duh, already said who (one of) his favorite President(s) was, hellooo??
And what was one of Roosevelt's big accomplishments? It is in that same spirit that Gingrich and Perry are railing against what, at times and in cases, became a form of predatory capitalism fueled by Wall Street speculation. Now here's where it gets complicated.
While in office, Roosevelt became a "trust buster" by forcing the great railroad combination in the Northwest to break apart. As President, Roosevelt saw himself a representative of all the people, including farmers, laborers, white collar workers, and businessmen. Roosevelt therefore was focused on bringing big business under stronger regulation so that he could effectively serve all the people he represented. He sought to regulate, rather than dissolve, most trusts. Efforts continued over the next several years, to reduce the control of "big business" over the U.S. economy and workers. Earlier Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890 to maintain economic liberty, and to eliminate restraints on trade and competition. This act came into play during Roosevelt's trust busting activities.
Simply dismissing Roosevelt as a Progressive in this case doesn't cut it, because Romney, a corporatist, is far more Progressive politically, than Theodore Roosevelt ever was. That doesn't mean I agree with everything Roosevelt did, by the way.
But the GOP establishment – and some useful idiots with no depth of understanding of what's actually going on – are picking up the mantle of it's an attack on capitalism. No it's not. This is as much a discussion about values and priorities, as it is about commerce. Romney didn't build plants, or a manufacturing base. He sold those things off and most of the jobs he created, if many at all – he's lying about that – were part-time, minimum wage jobs without benefits.
Don't believe me, check with Business Insider.
Point being, if you think a Mitt Romney is going to re-set this country back to the age of Roosevelt in terms of conservatism versus progressivism, he's not. What we'll get is simply more contemporary progressive big government. Meanwhile, Newt and Perry are both more Constitutionally grounded than is Romney, in those terms. Hence, they are both the more conservative choice over Romney.
But because parts of the base have been conditioned to respond to buzz words like dog whistles, many are running around spouting nonsense about some manufactured war on capitalism that doesn't even exist. That is total bullshit. And if the GOP thinks that, especially in these times, it can rely on its current corporatist elite to win an election when many a working man is pissed off, if not un-employed, it's crazy.
Todd Palin laid this out in his endorsement of Gingrich. The traditions being debated here – or that should be debated – are far more complex than simply throwing buzzwords like capitalism and Leftist around. And people had better take time to try and understand them if there's going to be a future for anything like conservatism in America. Because if we go the way of corporatist Mitt Romney, we're not going to get anything but more big government and politically progressive decision-making out of Washington, whether we beat Obama, or not.
For the record, Gingrich is the most conservative candidate who can beat Obama, Todd Palin thinks. “Newt is a proven reformer” who’s “not afraid to fight for the working man.” No, he’s not speaking for his wife. And yes, he’s glad she decided not to run.