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.
Newt go and SIN no More!!!HYPOCRITE!!!
This is the same man who said that what he DOES isn't important. People just need to listen to what he SAYS. His own behavior belies the pronouncements he makes. I wouldn't waste my vote on such an arrogant, lying, cheating sack of skin.
The only threat on America is REPUBLICAN like Saran Palin,Glenn Beck, and Newt Gingrich.These people here are very racist people.And it was the REPUBLICAN that got us in this mess in the first place,with fighting two war and spending TRILLIONS on IRAQ.
Gingrich shouldn't talk about terrorists and the Democratic establishment together. Terrorists can hurt us as a nation, but they don't the power to destroy us. The Arrogant Elite Democratic Left though has given us 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT, Trillions and trillions in corrupt spending and debt, an economy on the edge of a 2nd dip recession, and more arrogance and contempt for average working Americans than we've ever seen. The corrupt arrogant left wing Elites currently ruling our nation have done far more damage than terrorists could ever hope to inflict! In Nov we have to go to the polls and fire every Democrat on the ballot to restore balance and sanity to our Government!
What ThinkAgain just wrote should be the bible for every Democrat, every Independent, every Progressive that will and should vote this coming November.
This needs to be repeated everyday, on the hour 24/7, so all Americans, who by the way, some have short memories, can recall what the Republicans did to this country between 2000 and 2008. As I told Senator John McCain, who I have a lot of respect for, you and your party screwed us for 8 years, and now you have the audascity to ask us to allow you to screw us again????
Gingrich and the republicans have become our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.
To indicate any thing else would just be more of their propaganda.
When you have a political party that tries to obstruct, destroy any improvement, progress in the economy, consequently our country,
ALL for the sake of regaining power and winning the next election, then you have a political party that has sold the American people and our country out.
Gingrich has totally lost it.
It amazes me how the respublican's rhetoric becomes more and more outlandish, but seems to work. Says something about the electorate.
Democrats are Americans. You cannot compare their vision as dangerous as the terrorist vision. Democrats are Americans and have families too. How dare he. I think all these tea baggers need to be tea bagged. Loosen them up a little.
The only thing this country has to fear are, fear-mongering, right-wing, phony conservative, draft-dodging, hypocrites like this pompous fool.
you are nonsense! you party is responsible for all this mess. Thanks God we have a right president finally.
It would be easy to dismiss Newt as simply someone who has lost his mind. But, what I really think is, he knows the people he is addressing are crazy, ignorant or both. So he is merely going to the lowest denominator and feeding them what they want. Nobody ever said he was not a smart politician. But, if he wants to be President, (God forbid) how will he ever run from diatribes like this one if he hopes to win nationally. Talk on Newt, talk on.
After the trashing your party did to the country, you have a lot of nerve saying Obama, who is trying to clean up the Republican mess, is leading the country astray. Isn't there any lie you guys won't tell?
He out to be hung for treason spreading his crap about terrorists and the Dems. Morew of the 8 ball fear an hate the Right wants you to believe. They'll do ANYTHING to get control of the government again. Now THATS a SCARY thought!!!!
Right, the GOP caused the greatest economic disaster to hit the world since 1929 and the Democrats are the dangerous ones. Right! Too bad the GOP isn't as good at policy as they are at distortion.
Extremist nut case conservatives, the gift that just keeps on giving. Keep it up Newt, you're helping the Dems.
Same old Republican party, same old "Let's Scare the People Into Voting For Us" message. The GOP really does stand for the Grand OLD Party. Y'all shouldn't have followed Karl Rove into the grave and come up with a few different ideas. The best the GOP has is Newtie Boy and Caribou Barbie Palin. Pretty sad.
A very confused man but one who follows the Republican fear book very well. I wonder which of the voices in his head told him anyone was considering or discussing imposing Shari law in the U.S.? It works..To the average Republican, if he said it...it must be true.
The Republican modus operandi is stand behind a podium and shout:
Wait for applause...Repeat
Newt has taken the age old ability of talking a very very long time to say nothing. He just rambles one lie on top of another. You'll find Newts picture in the dictionary under hypocrite and again under liar.
Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.
This Fool is "rooting" for an American Terrorist Attack! How sad and disturbing. They're (GOP) Losers already!
I feel sorry for the rubes that believe this tripe Newt is peddling.
Of course there may be just enough of them to swing an election.
Newt is an evil, political genius.
I've tried to write something witty and pithy about Gingich, but all I can come up with is: He's nuts!
It's easy for Newt to be against health care. Even though he is a criminal who had to leave congress, I'll bet we are still paying for his.
This man is as much a nut case as he was twenty years ago. He's delusional. His own ex-wife said he was. So, once again, a Repugnicant is throwing fictional, fear-mongering, divisive, out of context, hateful stones at the Democrats, who inherited the mess that the Repugnicants created! Yeah.... he's just what we need.
I love republicans. Democratic ideals logically make sense, so they just start name calling and trying to make somebody sound like they are anti-american. Remember when bush was in office? nobody tried to say that he wasn't a republican, we just called him an idiot.
Fear fear fear! Seriously... give us solutions instead of trying to scare us to death. That's what's ripping this nation apart.