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.
Yes Newt, the dems are the threat. Not your party which took us from record surpluses to a doubling of the national debt in just 8 years. Not your party that left us bleeding 750,000 jobs a month by the time Bush left office. Not your party that left us in economic recession bordering on depression. But the dems are the threat. Even though we have now had 6 consecutive months of private sector job growth, even though we are now in economic expansion again, even though the stock market is up 50% since March 9, 2009, just a few weeks after Obama took office. Keep talking Newt.
This is a guy who glorifies colonializm! he should be living among the Boer of South Africa or may be his geneology might be from there!!
He is so desperate. I think everytime he speaks he scares independent voters away from his party.
It's genius actually. Red states are subsidized states, so liberals pay for their conservative brethren's existence. Plus the right gets to start up all these foreign wars, which again get paid for by donor states.
And then the terrorists come to America and blow up centers of production (which happen to be liberal NYC, LA, etc.)
So what does the GOP have to lose from being blowhards? Consequence free rhetoric must be so nice...
Newt, keep talkin, and Libs will keep votin. Your theories are not shared by the masses. You sound crazy to most.
Demagoguery incarnate raised to the level of high art.
this coming from a man who told his wife he was divoring her while she lay in the hospital dying of cancer...
I was at this thing. I was in the room when Gingrich was speaking. The Values Voters Summit wasn't about anything policy-wise at all. In fact, they didn't even come up with any original or new/good ideas. It was pretty much a bunch of social conservatives doing a lot of gay & muslim bashing.
He's the worst of the worst, feeding raw meat to the rabid dogs just to forward his own political ambitions.
Newt is right and those who accuse him of fear mongering just can't seem to grasp the reality – Obama has the wool pulled over your eyes. BTW most people understand it was not just the Bush policies that landed us in this predicament. BOTH parties had/have their hands in it. That's why the Tea Party was a necessity and is gaining in momentum. Wake up and sniff the truth.
This guy will say anything that suits his needs. Now the Dems and the terrorists are the US enemy? Who will it be next week. Can't this guy see that voters are seeing through these tactics. The Tea Party backed wins have already proved that.
The Democratic establishment is a threat if you want America to become a fascist theocracy ruled by Wall Street and religious extremists.
For the rest of us, it is Gingrich and his cronies who are the threat to any hope of sharing in the Amrican dream of earning a decent lifestyle by honest hard work – a proposition that has become a bad joke for millions of Americans due to financial abuse, unregulated industry, and human health as a commodity.
Just because the constitution allows you to speak your mind, doesn't mean you should, especially when you are speaking the way the GObP, Tea Party and wanna be politicians like Newt and Sarah are!
The fear, rhetoric and outlandish statements made in this round of mid-terms continues to make me shake my head in wonderment.
Get out and vote everybody. Exercise your franchise because this is the only way you tell the fringe, negative element that they are not welcome to govern!!
Someone had best tell Newt to check his background before he throws the first stone and knocks anyone's failures.
In the 'contract with America' fiasco' not one of his plans was ever enacted or came to fruition.
Not to mention his immortal and loathsome conduct concerning his ill wives, his chasing the female gender [he like the young ones] while still married]
hypocritically lambasting Clinton and vying for his impeachment while simultaneously sniffing up young skirts-
He was a lousy speaker and wants to be president–
Not just no but-HELL no!!
Newt is one of the worse politician in history. he is extremist and trying to divide our counrty.
This man is a total clown.
The GOP ...
Same old BS, new day
Do these Republicans ever actually work ??? !!
This Man is Calling the Democratic and its establisment
The same as Islamic Terrorist !!!!!!
If we Americans have a genuine value system, Newt Gingrich should be the last man to be invited to speak at a summit on values. What values is he representing? marital values for a man who has made a mess of his marriages? Covert divisive and bigotry values? I had thought he had retired for good, from politics, so that America can move on to greater ideals. For the GOP to continue to offer such a man a platform to further promote his dangerous, fear mongering, bigoted values, is indicative of the kind of values the party itself stands for. The ex-chairman of the Florida Republican party was courageous enough to admit his party is racist.
Unbelievable that this is 2010 and comments like this are accepted by a large portion of our electorate. Newt Gingrich is a piece of garbage.
With all the name calling here it looks like Dems have lost the battle over ideas.Meanwhile Obama hasn't done the things elected to do, so Nov. should be interesting.Gingrich is just taking care of business.
What is the difference between a terrorist and an extremist?
A terrorist is an extremist who does not need to be elected.
An extremist is worst than a terrorist, an extremist is a GOP who loves and aspires to be elected, to bring the country and the whole world to the edge of bankruptcy.
Has Gingrich gone totally off his rocker! Just another Republican hypocrite. That would be great if he was the Republican nominee the Dems would surely win again in a heartbeat. Go Gingrinch Go.
Last night I saw a Republican who had the Newt down pretty good – "he's clawing his way to the bottom". Newt has become one of the sleaziest un-American scumbags of all time.
And no matter what transparent disguise these anti-American religious finatics put on ( Family First, Value Voters, Freedom Works, etc. – it's all BS for-profit) this nest of religious intolerance is dangerous to our brave men and women serving our country in harms way. Traitors!
The only time ol' Newt gets on his moral bandwagon is when he is cheating on his wife.
It's been proven 2 times in a row already.
If I were his wife, I'd be hiring a private detective by now.
Newt is washed up, a has been.