During Newt Gingrich’s victory speech in South Carolina last night, he stated:
I want to go into every neighborhood of every ethnic background in every part of the country and say to people very simply, if you want your children to have a life of dependency and food stamps, then you have a candidate as Barack Obama. If you want your children to have a life of independency and pay checks, you have a candidate that’s Newt Gingrich.
This right here is the essence of the difference between conservative and liberal values. Conservatives are against big government entitlements, not because we do not care about the poor and the needy (as so many liberals contend), but because these types of programs destroy individual initiative and responsibility, and leave people worse off.
Even liberal Bob Beckel agrees, as he said on The Five a few days ago:
We liberals made a terrible mistake going back 30 years ago. We made a dependent society because we thought we were doing the right thing. We had things like public housing, and we had welfare payments. And all that bred dependency. And it was our responsibility, and we did it for the right reasons, and we need to change that.
If Newt takes this message to the American people like only he can, he can win the Presidency.