Washington (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich repeatedly brought social conservatives to their feet Saturday with an impassioned address in which he warned that America faces a dual threat from the Democratic establishment on the one hand and Islamic terrorists on the other.
“We are at a point where our establishment is sliding into policies of such disastrous impact that they will in fact fundamentally challenge the survival of America as we know it,” said Gingrich during his speech to the fifth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.
“On the one front we have a secular socialist machine led by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, and on the other front we have radical Islamists who would fundamentally change this country into a system none of us in this room would recognize,” he continued to thunderous applause.
Gingrich, who has repeatedly acknowledged he is testing the waters in advance of a potential bid for president, largely stuck to red meat issues during his 30-minute speech before a gathering of activists who could play a crucial role in selecting the next Republican presidential candidate.
Gingrich also took aim at Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who recently sent a letter to insurance industry leaders warning them not to "falsely blame premium increases" on the recently passed health care legislation.
“And if she’s going to represent left-wing thought police about Obamacare, she should be forced to resign by the new Congress," he said.
But perhaps the former House Speaker’s loudest applause came when he weighed in on the controversial Islamic center and Mosque proposed to be built near Ground Zero, declaring, “We as Americans don’t have to tolerate people who are supportive of violence against us, building something at the site of the violence.”
“This is not about religious liberty, if they want to build that mosque in the South Bronx, frankly they need the jobs,” he continued. But I am totally opposed to any effort to impose Sharia on the United States, and we should have a federal law that says under no circumstance, in any jurisdiction in the United States, will Sharia be used in any court to apply to any judgment made about American law.”
Sharia is considered the sacred law of Islam as set forth by the Koran and the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
Gingrich also laid heavy praise on the “energy” of the Tea Party movement and its newest victor, Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, who defeated longtime Congressman Mike Castle, considered a shoe-in before the election. .
“I would beg Mike Castle to endorse Christine O’Donnell because she won fair and square in a process of representation. But let me go a step further, I am going to prdict right now, Christine O’Donnell is going to win in Delaware.”
And he sharply derided Republican Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska senator who announced Friday she would mount an independent bid after losing to a Tea Party-backed candidate last month.
“Senator Murkowski is fundamentally cheating,” he said. “If she wanted to run as an independent she should have.”
Gingrich’s speech comes on the second and final day of the gathering and hours before attendees will vote in a 2012 presidential straw poll – the results of which will be one indication of which potential White House hopeful can count on support from the social conservative faction of the party that is so vital in the primary process.
Gingrich followed a string of speakers Friday who constitute a veritable "who's who" of rising Republican stars and potential 2012 presidential contenders,including Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, as well as O’Donnell from Delaware.
This hypocrite lacks any and all basic values - a true symbol of the gop.
As an indy voter leaning towards conservative Republican, I would never consider for one second voting for this fool. He blew his chances with his previous behavior. Once one, always one!
Gingrich has proven to be an extremist. He's sadly out of touch with America and so are his followers.
Gingrich is full of BS and he knows it! He also knows that all his party has is fears, lies, hatred and division – because we all know that Republican economic, military and foreign policies are
What America really has to fear is a return to Bush-era policies, the ones that drove our country into a ditch, giving us two unfunded, ill-conceived wars, a redistribution of wealth UPWARDS, a gutting of the Middle Class, stagnate wages, runaway health and education costs, and in general, a lost decade.
Go home, Newt! We don't want you and your failed ideas! And we certainly don't want your lies and hate!
why are you keeping this idiot in the news,he keeps on repeating the same thing day after day,put this idiot in the news when he makes some sense or when he says something different.
These people are so horrible, I didn't know there were so many awful bigoted people in america, and they're actually cheering each other on and pretending to be christians.
Newt Gingrich is a joke. There is no possible way that a Judge could legally use sharia law right now, we don't need some special law saying so. He's just trying to rile up fear and anger towards Muslims in an attempt to get elected. It's worse, and more blatant, than even what Fox news does.
I know it's early still, but I haven't seen anyone I would want for president in 2012 in the GOP. Need someone other than Mitt, Newt, or Palin to consider. How about drafting Powell for the job?
. . . and the boogie man will get you if you don't watch out !
Newt's speech was a Halloween prank, right ? BOO !
You mean taking money from the middle class and poor and giving it to the rich and holding Congress in limbo is not domestic terrorism?
Who told this man that he has anything to say? Is there like a slimeville for old passe rethugs to all of the sudden just pretend they matter and they are let out of the loony bin?
His history says it all. He's a nobody trying to pretend that he his thoughts mean anything.
He is also a first class hypocrite and adulterer. Those wonderful family values that the rethug talk about but don't follow.
Talk of terrorist groups.
Just when are they going to prosecute the Bush/Cheney Republican administration.
Torture , treason , Invading foreign nations with lies and the total destruction of American jobs market for foreign wealth and control.
Is that right that Bush's attorney general stated that All crimes are not crimes to be prosecuted.
What a worthless lying piece of fear and hatred this idiot has become. I have never seen a man who is more wrong for America that this fascist tool. Thank God that only wingnuts believe him, and the sane people can see through his agenda to bring America to its knees. Rather than Newt trying to shut down government, he should stfu. I have never seen a more hateful group of unAmericans address the conservative cancer on America meeting this week in DC.
Honest question – Does ANY of the speakers said ANYthing that cannot be debunked by a look at the news, Independent news sources or mere logic?
Newt and the rest of us are taking back our country in November.
Get used to it libtards, RINOs and moderates. There is no truth other than our truth. Get used to it. Stay home in November, because a tidal wave
is coming to wash away our communist DC politics.
So-called "values voters" just want to impose their own version of Sharia law on this country - no wonder they don't want any competition.
This kind of talk scares me and it should terrify everyone who has their sanity. When this sort of racism is talked about as fundamentally at the heart of America, I'm not so sure I know what this country stands for anymore.
Isn't this the land of the free? Isn't this the place where everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation are suppose to feel at home?
Please people, I beg of you for the sake of our freedom, DO NOT VOTE REPUBLICAN!
Obama should have tried Bush and his cronies for war crimes. If they had been convicted, we would have known IN A COURT OF LAW what crooks and traitors they were. From wiretapping without a warrant, to the phony Patriot Act, to all their lies about terrorist threats. To starting a war illegally, to the murders in Iraq committed by our troops and covered up.
But we didn't.
And we reap the whirlwind.
Maybe the international community has more guts than we do.
More Doomsday rhetoric from the Republicans - nothing new here.......
The biggest treat to this nation is not from terriost but from the man that occupies the W. H., Obama is the one that is trying to change our country into "a socialist utopia" This country used to be the model for the world to follow with it's freemarket system and knack for everyone to have a shot at sucess. Now, the sucessful are punished and labeled as greedy . And Obama runs all over the world telling anyone that will listen that America is evil and that he's been sent to change that.
we have nothing to fear but brown people, other religions, health insurance,
Newt Gingrich has lost any and all credibility left in him on making this outrageous statements. Any one with common sense has to realize that he is back to his old tricks of scaring America by making these comments. He calls himself a constitutional teacher but talks religious fanaticism which is completely against our constitution. Even all the Muslim countries do not have the Sharia law practiced in them, How is it that they will bring Sharia law in US? But he has to satisfy his Tea baggers with dirty politics as GOP only knows. GOP right wing is becoming the American Taliban and this has to be challenged in the courts to stop this incitement by a major political party turning in to KKK or a Nazi party. GOP has only has one idea to get the power. Scare America. It works for them every few years and then they start wars and get us in the mess which then has to be cleaned up.
Am still wondering why the silent majority who disapprove of the GOP remain quiet while this noisy minority who are roughly only about 20 to 28 % of the voting public make it sound like there are more of them then they actually are. Hope that the majority realize in time that they are needed to sustain this administration in moving forward.
The hyperbole here is outrageous!
Democrats and terrorists are equally dangerous! What comes next... Send all the democrats to Gitmo?!
And then, Who has seriously proposed replacing our civil law with Sharia?! It's another Conservative fake issue.
Wow what a complete moron. How can anyone take him serious. If he is going to compare that Democrats to the terrorist threat. He and most of the speakers at this little gathering. Once again are pandering to the Republican base. This will not get them wins in the general election. And more likely will just alienate the independent and moderate voters.
I am not part of whatever reality Newt Gingrich perceives ... and glad of it!!!!