Regarding the war on terror, Sen. Rick Santorum, R-PA, believes that President Bush has only made an error in misidentifying the enemy.
“We are at war with Islamic fascists who want to impose their beliefs on not only their countries but the whole world,” Santorum said, “and we can lose this war. We won’t lose it in Baghdad though because the enemy does not intend to defeat our military. Their objective is to defeat the U.S. by doing something very easy: killing someone innocent every day so it gets on the news every night.”
Each of these attacks is against America with the purpose of making the U.S. give up, he said.
When it comes to the war, former Congressman Joe Scarborough said it is the protesters here who make our enemy victorious. He went on to explain that during the Vietnam War the North Vietnamese generals realized that they could win the war on the streets of the U.S. and did not have to win in the jungle.
If you want to know the truth, talk to a soldier, sailor or marine said Scarborough, “When they tell me the war is over, then I will say it’s over.”
Scarborough, host of Scarborough Country on MSNBC, sprinkled strong political opinions with humor as he gave the keynote speech at the 2006 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in early April.
Before Scarborough’s talk, Senator Rick Santorum had a few things to say.
“I have been told I am too conservative for Pennsylvania. The media loves to label me as a conservative?I take that with pride,” said Santorum who received loud applause throughout his remarks.
Santorum also addressed the issue of American culture and reminded the audience of the need for civil association, families and vibrant faith [Alexis de’Toqueville’s Iron Triangle]. Specifically he is concerned about communities and families, which is part of his motivation for writing his recent book: It Takes a Family.
In Pennsylvania, he is tackling a problem created in part by welfare: the lack of fathers in low-income areas. So we are going to put money into fatherhood programs and a marriage initiative, said Santorum.
Georgia native Scarborough was then greeted with applause as he launched into his joke-laden speech. He told the story of how he decided to run for Congress in Florida and was told to follow Santorum’s campaign plan to the letter.
“When I told my parents I was gonna run they just stared at me,” said Scarborough, “Then my dad said, ‘That’s great Joey, but I’m voting for Earl.’.” His mom did agree to vote for him, giving him 50 percent of his parents’ vote.
Scarborough was elected to Congress in 1994 when many others also rode the Republican wave into the House of Representatives. After serving four terms in Congress, he was given a talk-show slot on MSNBC with his Scarborough Country.
So after telling the story of how he won the election “one handshake at a time and one yard sign at a time” Scarborough got down to business with his take on Republicans who’ve fallen in love with power, the truth about the war, standing for principle, and the immigration crisis.
“Some of those elected with me, somewhere along the way they forgot why they are there,” he said, “If my mom promised to reform Congress and went back on her word I would say ‘Mom, I’m bringing the kids over this weekend and I’m leading a coup against you’.”
Scarborough stated unapologetically that the Republican Party has many problems right now including wanting to maintain their power instead of following their principles. He said it is time to take the party back, but does not think Democrats have much going for them either because, he said, you can’t beat something with nothing.
Congressmen and Senators need to ask themselves what they are willing to lose their job over, said Scarborough.
“I stood up over and over and it never cost me. Everyone looked at me like I had dynamite strapped to my chest. Beware the man with nothing to lose. If you give in then they own you and you might as well go home,” he said.
About immigration, Scarborough said it is insulting to say that Americans will not take these jobs and is wrong to suggest people are bigots for wanting to make sure the law is followed. Not enforcing the law is a deadly position, he said.
Following his speech, Scarborough fielded a number of questions including his ideas about the 2008 presidential race.
He received some booing from the crowd when he said he thinks that it will be John McCain against Hillary Clinton. He did suggest however that a wildcard could be Rudy Giuliani because he is being welcomed as a hero in a number of southern states, he cleaned up New York City, and “he’s already talking Jesus.” Scarborough also said he believes blogging and the Internet is going to play a huge role, especially for fundraising.
Someone else asked his position on a national sales tax. Scarborough indicated that he is in favor of one, saying that making people pay more for being productive is, “it’s, it’s, well, it’s almost French.”
He also said he wished Justice Souter’s house had been seized after the eminent domain case was decided.
Scarborough also brought up Newt Gingrich’s recent transformation. “Now you see him on TV and that’s the Newt I knew. He’s got a great mind, he just wasn’t using it in 1998,” he said.
In addition to his show on MSNBC, Scarborough is the author of Rome Wasn’t Burnt In A Day.