February 20th, 2010
06:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich's warning

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday that the left is "antithetical to the survival of America."

"I believe we are now in a struggle over whether or not we are going to save America," Gingrich said. "I believe the radical left is a secular, socialist machine so dedicated to values destructive of America that if it is allowed to remain in power…that machine is antithetical to the survival of America as a prosperous healthy country. "

More of Gingrich's speech after the jump:

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  1. Mesa Mick

    To late there Newt buddy.

    Thanks to you and the rest of your brown shirted brothers this country has been sold down the river to big business and now it's a country...

    "of the people, BY the corporations, FOR the corporations."

    There's nothing left to fear except the final elimination of the middle class. I know, you and the rethugs are working on that too.

    It's all over and the grand experiment of the "peoples representatives democracy" started a few hundred years ago is just one step away from the trash heap of failed political systems along with communism, fascism, Marxism and theocratic conservativism...

    February 20, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Robert

    What a joke these reports are....

    Like, what else would anyone expect Newt Gingrich to say? Or any of the other politicians whose job it is to strike fear in the hearts of their followers.. In doing so, who benefits? They do. They are desperate to regain power, so.... the lies..

    None of this should come as a surprise to anyone... It sure don't to me.

    February 20, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. We the People....

    We have been warned...

    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck... it must be a duck....

    February 20, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Rick

    The GOP is bad for America,look at what 8 years of George Bush done to us.

    February 20, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Tony in Maine

    This from the man who destroyed partisanship in Congress and left America with a legislature unable and/or unwilling to do the business of the people.

    He should be banished – I have no idea to where, just so there are no videocams or microphones within 100 miles of it. Maybe he and Coultergeist could share one of the abandoned whaling stations in the South Atlantic.

    February 20, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    Gingrich was kicked out of Congress for ethics violations not to mention his shameless acts of very public adultery. If he represents "conservative values", then the last thing this country needs is a move towards the cult of conservatism.

    The Republican Party is falling apart, cannot decide what they believe, who or who isn't a Republican, have no grasp of the issues our nation faces, has no solutions for the issues our nation is facing, nor do they care.

    Their only common elements are ignorance and fear. They thrive on the fear of the ignorant who never bother to learn facts for themselves. Tea bagger should actually be fearing Republicans for they are working against everything the Tea Baggers actually want and need.

    If Republicans have to depend on old failed leaders from the past, they are in deep trouble. America is moving forward and these old disgraced men are relics of a failed Republican party.

    February 20, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. guy from NM

    Ethical? Coming from him, its very funny. And what would be the left? Obama? He must be kidding

    February 20, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. msbhavin

    Newt is terrified that the left will impose secular values as opposed to his upstanding character. Newt has been divorced twice, admitted to carrying on extramartial affairs, and was the first speaker of the House to ever be disciplined by the House.
    I have read rumors that Newt is considering a presidentional run in 2012. As an independant who has voted on both sides of the aisle, I certainly hope the Republicans can produce a better candidate than him in 2012.

    February 20, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. timz

    Right. It was those committed socialists in companies like AIG that have been destroying our economy. None of those guys have bankrolled the Republican Party because the Republican Party would never do anything for those guys . . . hell, no!

    February 20, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Artie

    Guess he nailed it ! A Republican senator in Mass. Shows A lot of Americans agree!!!

    February 20, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Sensible Joe

    Gingrich and the radical right are what's antithetical to the survival of America. Under their dominance, we've seen the Constitution trampled, civil liberties suppressed, a surplus turn into many more times a deficit, the export of jobs overseas and the deterioration of education, health care and public safety in the name of deregulation. They've strangled everything that made America a democratic institution based on the rule of law and opportunity for everyone.

    February 20, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. bennie new york

    These destructive values that Gingrich talks of are hardly as threatening to America as the economic policies of the GOP. Hell, they aren't dangerous at all. What's dangerous about a society where everyone is tolerant of each other's differences? If anything, the "traditional values" that Gingrich preaches are dangerous. Gingrich's vision of America is parochial and restrictive, values that just so happen to be antithetical to American values. So Newt, who's really the enemy?

    February 20, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Squigman

    Funny, these nuts seem to have forgotten the years 1995, to 2006 when the republicans held the house and senate. If my memory is clear, things started goin south during the years they were in power. Nothing but a bunch of liars..

    February 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    The fringe left will go ballistic, but Gingrich is spot-on right.

    February 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Hurry November !!

    The 2010 and 2012 elections cannot get here fast enough.

    February 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Len in Washington

    "The sky s falling! The sky is falling," says Chicken Llittle.

    FEAR, FEAR, FEAR.....the last card to play.

    February 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. David from Nelson

    America is at war with itself, what a state to be in. Your politicians of the right charge they are the true Patriots whilst they attack and seek to exclude a large portion of other Americans they consider enemy – the Democrats. The sooner your political system grows up to better represent all Americans the better – why not look for a system of proportional representation rather than the ridiculous polarised system you have now.

    February 20, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. ariveria

    too bad he got it backwards.

    it is the right that hates america and is out to destroy the country. have we forgotten the bush years already. or the hypocrisy of newt leading the charge to impeach clinton while newt was having an affair.

    if obama fails america fails. if the right successes american fails.

    February 20, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. scott w

    I listened to Newt rail against the current administration's policies that were concocted behind closed doors, but let's not forget the oil/energy policy decisions reached by the previous admin. Some people have been trying for years to find out who was in the room giving advice, etc.

    February 20, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Chris

    The modern Conservative movement is one of blind absolutes. It is a black and white world view where they, the Conservatives, are always right and there is no need for questioning or self examination. Any viewpoint other than than their own is completely intolerated and must be put down. The heart and essence of the movement shares nothing with the diversity of Democracy, but rather with the uniformity of Fascism and its pursuit of purity.

    The Right Wingers have descend into zealotry where – to quote Robert Jackson – they have the "fantacial conviction that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds – that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous."

    February 20, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. secular socialist

    If 'secular socialists' are the far right's biggest fear, they really need to take a deep breath and look around. America has REAL problems, and my belief in providing a permanent safety net for our society's less fortunate is not one of them. Neither is my lack of faith in a heavenly paradise in the clouds and the fiery hell below. Real problems.... how about our need to spend more money on 'defense' than on everything else combined? Or our dismal record regarding access to education and health care for all Americans? How about our violent crime statistics compared to other '1st world' countries? this country has many difficult problems, but secular, socialist beliefs are not among them.

    February 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Mike in MN

    Newt is right that the survival of America is at stake.
    Given the economic struggles we are facing, the timing could not have been worse for liberal/progressives to take over our nation.
    The good news is a majority of voters have liked almost nothing Obama and Pelosi have been doing or trying to do. A majority of voters are already convinced that liberal/progressive big government, tax and spend ideas are taking our nation in the wrong direction.
    Now is the time for conservative Republicans to step up and present their ideas.
    We need health care reform. The Republicans have a lot of small government, market driven ideas to lower costs, increase the number of Americans covered. And ideas to prevent insurance from denying coveage based on pre existing conditions, dropping people when the get sick and eliminating annual and lifetime benefit caps. These ideas should be more appealing to a majority of voters than the big government Obamacare bills. Republcians should hold their ground and not support Obamacare.
    Republicans need to make voters aware they support energy independence that increases America's domestic energy resources, green, nuclear and fossil fuel and does not tax the use of fossil fuels.
    Republicans should promote ideas where government sees business, both small and large as an ali and good for America. We need pro business ideas that will fire up the economic free enterprise engines in the private sector and make America more prosperous and create millions of jobs instead of anti business anti profit big government regulation that inhibits the economy and kill jobs.
    Strong solid conservative ideas will set Americans free to do what they do best and keep America healthy and strong.

    February 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    All they have are scare tactics. This is incredibly sad. I bet he didn't say why America needs saving, did he? Of course not. GOP policies that only take care of the wealthy, that's why. We haven't seen such disparity in income since the Golden Age, yet we keep voting these guys in.

    The GOP hates government but break their necks to get elected. They hate health care reform, but good grief, don't expect them to give up their's. Does no one see the hypocrisy? They hate the Recovery Act and then take credit for it in their districts. And people suck it up. Government is bad, it needs to be shrunk down to a size that can be drowned in the bath tub. And then they expand it. Fiscal conservatism is the only game in town, then they spend like the treasury is their own personal money tree, and give tax breaks to the rich. ENOUGH!

    February 20, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Laughing in Florida

    And eight years of completely destructive GOP policies wasn't? Sit down, Newt, the people voted for a different approach. Take a chill pill.

    February 20, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Gobsmacked

    I'm so sick and tired of Republican leadership characterizing Dems as some malevolent force out to destroy America. That kind of hyperbole is what's destructive! I never thought I'd live in a country where those in power inspire such hatred and mistrust. I hope Gingrich, et al, are enjoying their Fearpalooza.

    February 20, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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