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. Monster Zero

    Wake up children of America, don't you see it? It is looming on the horizon, a government promise to take care of your every need, a government promise to give you a job, a government lawyer to rob you of the freedoms you so seldom think of as you exercise your freedoms you have forgotten them. Wake up children, wake up!

    February 20, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. librarian

    Please Mr. Gingrich spare us the moralistic tone and values. Values that you have never held in your private and political life. Enough !

    February 20, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Clay

    If Gingrich's idea of America is what we witnessed during the past 12 years of republican rule, then he's exactly right: We on the liberal side have every intention of dismantling their corruption-ridden, bigotry machine. So be afraid Newt. Be very afraid.

    February 20, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Ken in Gainesville

    We are heading to civil war. Stop these radical Republicans!

    February 20, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Tony


    Stop looking for enemies where there are none. We are not your enemies. We had not attacked America on 9/11. We are not trying to impose socialism. If we had wanted to impose socialism, you would not have the freedom to criticize the government. We would have shipped you to Guantanamo that you are so fond of, without the benefit of a trial. OK, maybe just the teabaggers. The rest of the Republicans would get military commission.

    February 20, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. conserve this.

    newt is wise to fear the extreme left who both love their country and support their president, as we do indeed intend to help in the demise of his party and the methods they employ.
    newt needs to understand that among the 150 million or so americans he feels are the "enemy", there are some who might resist his efforts to demonize them.
    better to worry about the extreme right, who tend to form militias and blow up american buildings when they feel wronged, or is that the "american way" he is defending?

    February 20, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Gerry NH

    If you like him or don't like him he knows what he is talking about.

    February 20, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. HistoryRepeated

    Ethics?! Isn't it funny that he should call anyone else unethical. I guess the pot wants us all to have forgotten why he left office before the kettle came to power. More fear mongering from a party that led to the near economic collapse of America. Remember that the $1.3 trillion debt happened under the watchful eye of his "ethical" party!

    Division of American's caused by people like Newt spewing fear, and hate are the real dangers. "United we stand, divided we fall"

    February 20, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Kathy

    again, individuals like Newt G. resort to 'anti-republican' equates to 'anti-american'. same old, same old... i suspect they have nothing else to say!

    February 20, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Carol

    It's more likely the radical right might ruin America, look at the eight yrs. before President Obama, what are we in America struggling so hard to set straight that was well on its way to change all our lives from those years.

    February 20, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Nobody Special

    My God, have they gone mad?

    This is pure insanity.

    To think this group is so angry over having lost power as the result of a fair and open election just boggles the mind.

    If anyone's agenda is to ruin America, it appears to me that the right-wing's is just that, by shoving their pseudo-Christian, holier than thou rhetoric down the throats of the rest of us.

    To the right wing: Freedom is more than just freedom from paying taxes. Freedom also means freedom from the thought police, the religion police and the moral/ethical police.

    May you never win an election again until you learn and understand what Freedom truly means for Americans. All Americans, not just your fantasy-laden hypocritical version.

    (The right really scares me)

    February 20, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    The radical fundamentalist right is worried about their fantasy straw-man vision of a virtually non-existant radical left? Do they actually believe their own deluded drivel, or are they once again chumming up the yokels with the same hate-vomit that they have been puking out for years and years?

    Republicans sell fear by the ton and put forward nincompoops like Palin and Gingrich and Limbaugh and Coulter as their visionaries.

    What a moron-a-thon!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Felang

    Newt and those who think like him will tell you that anyone that does not believe in their God or their view of a, rich, white male, right wing, controlled government are a danger to the American way of life. What is antithetical to the American way of life is a group of people whom believe they, and those whom think like them, are the only ones who should hold power in America. These same men were against desegregation, interracial marriage, Medicare social security unions, public schools, etc.

    What Newt and his right wing cronies want is a country where only White Republican men are in control, and as a black man that is not a country where I wish to live, work or raise my children.

    February 20, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Phil Daniels

    Conservative Republicans that do not cooperate to save our country represent evil. Republicans have done little but sit on their hands while in Congress after finally helping to pass the stimulus package. Republicans have a party rule now of "Doing Nothing." They think this will make Democrats look bad and this will help more more Republicans get elected. Really, do they think that all it takes is a ton of money to win elections? Do they think the public will eat up any TV ad which will endorse whoever is paying for the ad? Yes.

    February 20, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Moderate GOP turned Democrat in Tx

    Maybe they can round up all American who are not Right wing Christian conservatives and waterboard them until they convert. It could be the modern Conserative Inquisition. Put us all in Quantanamo and not allow anyone to vote unless they sign the 10 purist principles of conservitism. Yep Our country is in danger from the left who embraces all people of all colors and all religions all right!!! You tell em Knute!

    February 20, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Richard Larson

    If what Gingrich means by "Saving America" is turning it into a Fascist, totalitarian state, then he and all who think like he and his ilk do, then I sincerely hope they fail completely. He and all the other putative leaders of the reactionary right have only one goal. That goal is to take the constitution of this great country and destroy every vestage of individual liberty in the country. Their secondary goal is to establish a totalitarian theocracy thereby forcing every person to choose between the selected state religion or condemnation, imprisonment, or even death.

    This movement is fully supported by a coalition of a reactionary wing of Southern Baptists and Roman Catholicism, which, in my book represent the Anti-Christ.

    I sincerely hope that they fail because this nation was founded to be a safe haven from a world filled with those who espouse this right wing venom.

    February 20, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. carol

    Anyone who associates with the likes of Newt, Palin, Beck, etc. will destroy this country. The radical right is an angry bunch and react emotionally rather than on facts. Be afraid, America!

    February 20, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Independent

    The left spends money. But the right spends more. But they don't tell you that.

    February 20, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. bobby

    Can you tell my why SOCIALISM is such a bad word..you already have socialism...social security, medicare, ui benefits etc etc..every industrialized country has aspects of socialism. I live in Canada we have all that and we have universal health care and we're doing alright NO BANKS FAILED UP HERE! and we had none of those crazy mortgages..We've been called a socialist country and we're doing fine thank you very much at least we don't have to worry about going bankrupt when we get sick and we still spend less per capita on health care than the USA and our lifespan is longer. The republicans love to stir up fear and trouble where it doesn't exist and you guys fall for it over and over again. Bush, Cheney and the crowd scared you into voting for him a second time.

    February 20, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. DPCT

    It is so unfortunate that someone as bright as Newt Gingrich would engage in this type of dialog. The left is no more distuctive than the right. What we need is a heathy debate from all our leaders. People on the left love this country as much as the people on the right. The just have a different Idea of where our future lies. President Lincoln said it best when he said " A house divided cannot stand".

    February 20, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. gm

    Newt, I know you don't really believe all that. All of those shiny new conservative congressmen will immediately forget their principles at the first sniff of lobbying cash. And the status quo will continue. We no longer have democracy. Our government and our media are under the COMPLETE control of the super-wealthy corporate executive class.

    For example, look at illegal immigration, my favorite issue. Neither Repubs nor Dems will do a thing about it, or even mention it. Even though legal immigrants are taking essentially ALL of the newly created jobs (130,000 per month) and illegals are taking most of the unskilled entry-level jobs, thereby devastating the unskilled minority and adolescent communities in the US. Even though illegals are costing a fortune in prison and emergency room costs. Even though the illegal population is exploding, and is destroying the social cohesion of this country. Even though illegals are bringing the savagery of the Mexican drug cartels with them. The corporate folks are getting rich off the slave labor, and the taxpayers are paying the bills.

    For example, Mitt Romney is being applauded by CPAC. But his views on illegal immigration have been very ambivalent, and strongly influenced by circumstances.

    But keep talking, Newt. We need entertainment while we're getting the shaft.

    February 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. cyd

    Ughhh....America has the biggest socialist Government in the world! George W.Bush was it's biggest fund raiser & the greatest champion of socialism. Look at The Bush record! He spent all the cash & printed more of it. Go a head give up your system & see what happens,let everyone fend for themselves...Liberia is a good example of Libertarian values for America to strive for ! Go Newt Go!

    February 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. JR

    It just friggin amazes me that the party that worked so hard to destroy every fabric of American life is calling itself the "savior" of America, who spit on the Constitution, the GOP, who spit of the Bill of Rights, the GOP, who has no regard for American laws, the GOP, who supports secret prisons, torture of prisoners, illegal wiretaps of Americans, the GOP, who refused to help the economy stay out of Depression, the GOP, who denies America health care, the GOP. These people are as un-American as they come, I wish to GOD that we could ban them from the United States.

    February 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Bob

    Gingrich is a fear-mongering, wealthy elitist who passes himself off as the saviour of the working class.

    February 20, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Jeff

    The radical left isn't even in power. The radical right is all that is left of the Republican party and thank God they are out of power as well, considering that they now classify the views of Richard Nixon and Ronald Regan as far left.

    February 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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