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.
Just more proof that Newt isn't playing with a full deck. Newt, do you also agree with the GOP platform in Montana that homosexuality should be made illegal? I wonder if there is a doctor in the world who could deal with that problem! Sickos run the republican party and they want to bring in more of them??? Disgusting!
My god, republicans are sooo goood with fear mongering....are these the guys we want to take control of congress?
What is the difference though btw terrorists he alluding to, to himself or GOP in general – where spinning lies is what they do best?
It is scary come to think that such so called leaders have nothing good to preach except demagoguery.
what wont that overgrown hamster say?
The Democratic establishment has been taken over by Progressives and Communists. And yes, they are both a huge threat to freedom. Look to Republicans and Indepenants until true Dems take their party back.
Why does the Republican listen to fools like Palin, Cheney, Gingrich and that bigot Rush Limbaugh. Anyways, do they have a front runner?
Newt doing what he and the Repubs do so well.....FEAR MONGERING!!!!! Give it up Newt.......fear mongering is in the past....the American public finally caught on to your tricks. We are tired of the party of NO..............
Mocked out of presdient obama with terroist about 1960
Mock out of musilms and ialamic that untied state amercian will keep clear out of musilims and islamic
Just one more lunatic seeking to take over the asylum that the GOP has become.
This idiot is talking way too much lately. It's a sign that he is cheating again. Divorce and a 4th marriage is expected soon.
The Republican Party. A bunch of Old white bigots with old ideas. I want Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin for 2012.
It's so sad to see the best that republicans have for 2012.
They are all washed up. Democrats should win by a landslide.
What republicans should do is not bash the president but tell us what they will do if they come into power.
THEY HAVE NO IDEA.
I'm not a Gingrich fan either but I would never say someone can't win. After all, in 2008 we elected a freshmen Senator from the most corrupt state in the union (who rarely showed up for work) to the office of the President. So stranger things have definitely happened...
We've never had a more extreme and fascist federal government than we have now. Let's get back to following the Constitution.
His speech about how to protect 10% Americans his version ignore 90%
Health care reform protect majority of Americans he doesn’t like it
He is comparing Democrats to Islamic terrorist he is calling hard working Americans who support democrats are terrorist what kind of man
I think the Tea Party will be the undoing of the Republican Party, in much of the same way Pelosi and Reid have damaged the Democratic Party. However, that being said, we are going to see a massive shift in power in November. Democrats will be hard pressed to hang on to their majorities, and we'll probably see a huge mandate from the voters on President Obama.
I think the only way we'll see Democrats salvage 2012 is if Hillary runs for President. I know a lot of my colleagues and friends agree, that we backed the wrong horse 2 years ago. If Hillary doesn't run, I can't in good faith vote for Obama for a 2nd round of failures.
The new Republicans party is the old KKK. The KKK have rally against minorities in this country and they are going to be sick come Nov. when we band together and stop this racist from winning any seats.
Only in America could a known hypocrit, who cheated on his cancer stricken wife and ditched her for one of his employees, lead a 'values" voter summit.
Gotta love it!
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.
These Republican people are driven by hate racist. I hope realize this country is not the same country it use to be.
More proof that Gingrich is an even bigger lying nutjob than before with no new or useful ideas, just the usual teatard fear-mongering and extremist GOBPbagger propaganda.
The Republicans party have not produce on plan of their own, but continue to trash President Obama plan. At less he have a plan.
He's complaining about secularism in government? I guess he needs to go back to school and take some Civics lessons and re-read the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Maybe then he can explain to me what the First Amendment means to him. Freedom of (and from) Religion means anyone is entitled to their religion and free practice thereof – that includes NOT having a religion. There is nothing wrong with not subscribing to religious doctrine – many people throughout the world live law-abiding lives without the need of guidance or control through religious practice, and there are many who claim to represent/follow religions who do not.
The only threat the United States has are the Republicans.
Another wingnut of the loose. Why is this news? This idiot does not hold any public office. Why would anyone listen to what he has to say?
What Newt said is treasonous... fair and square.. he says he knows history, well learn from it.
This guy is so far away from REAL conservatives that he would kiss the hand that killed Lincoln, and maybe give him a medal too.