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 Newton, you clown shoe, PLEASE run for president either on top or the bottom of a Palin ticket. This would be a dream come true for rational people the country over.
The billionaire Koch brothers apparently are not only paying Gingrich and his new allies, the Tea Party, but apparently writing his speeches also. He sounds like a modern-day holdover from the John Birch Society.
I forgot to add fraud to the assemblage of endearing traits. Incidentally, there is an Indonesian dish called nasi gering. If you are what you eat, we know what Newt got fat on.
Newt have another "Contract On America" he wants to give us?
this man is frightening.
The nitwits flew over the cooco's nest
New Gingrich is successful in one way - he's fearmongering, and he sure does scare me–I shiver for what would happen to this country if he were to be in the White house. I wish politicians would run on ideas about what to do and by using such deliberate, outright scare tactics. I only hope that the vast majority of Americans is not taken in by this nonsense.
History is filled with charlatans who make a "living" by conjuring up some mythical golden past where everything was perfect. They rope in the ignorant by predicting a near future armageddon unless there is a reawakening of old principles. The result is usually a lot of pain for the whole society while the charlatans prosper. Glenn, Sarah, Newt, Rush, etc all laughing on the way to the bank. less
the republicans are trying to lie their way to office and a lot of people believe them
Newt = hypocrite = FAIL
Newt has gone off the deep end. How does he expect ANY sane individual to vote for him in 2012 if he keeps up with this insane rhetoric?
This man is the Antichrist!
I keep hearing the Gingrich is the intellectual of the GOP, if that's true, then they are in more trouble than they anyone wants to admit.
newt needs to sit down and shut up. i hope he gets protested when he shows up at notre dame to show the movie he made about the pope.
Gingrich is desperately trying to remain relevant. He will say anything to do so, to anyone who will listen to him. Thank God that his base is only a small group of misguided extremists – the rest of us see that he's clearly a few clowns shy of a circus.
Third World immigration has done/is doing/will do far more damage to this country than anything Moslem terrorists can come up with.
The GOP is a controlled opposition. Listening to the "right" and left go at it is like watching a football game.
I hope this nasty, bloated, corrupt pig does run for the GOP. He hasn't a good or kind or decent gene in his genome.
Who in hell listens to a word Newter has to say? Hey Newt, go find another new girl friend . If you can!
What else do you expect from a man who had the nerve to divorce his wife while she was battling cancer.
If this man wants to see the real threat to America, he needs to take a look in the mirror.
How would building a community center near Ground Zero (not a mosque at Ground Zero – I abhor idiots who use those two phrases like they're interchangeable, one is fact and the other is not) somehow lead to the imposition of Sharia law in the U.S.? Am I the only one that doesn't see the connection here? What a buzzword-happy fear monger.
This is a dangerous man, an extremist who will do or say anything to gain power. Ask his ex-wife about his so called family values.
I'm not a Gingrich fan but he really did hit the nail on the head. He is so right about radial Islamists and wanting to make Shira the law of the land. All you have to do is look at the UK. Read their newspapers, talk to some one from over there and you would see what has happened to them with the all the muslims that live over there. They are really trying hard to take over. They want to take over Buckingham palace. You can find out all this imformation on the internet from reliable sources. And Obama is standing behind the muslims and what they want. Gingrich is not spreading lies, he is just trying to wake people up. The economic problems started when the dem's took over both houses in 2006. The dem's have been in control for 4 yrs. in both houses and now Obama has been in control for 19 months and now we have the highest poverty numbers in over 15 yrs.
Looks like the Old Dixie-Crats are trying to re-invent themselves as "Dixie-Publicans". The sad thing about Newt is that he knows he is lying and he knows they are stupid things to say but he also knows there are some stupid people out here just waiting to believe everything people like he and Rush Limbaugh, S. Hannity. G. Beck and others spew on a daily basis.
DonI believe the ex-wife over what he has to say. Go home Newt or better yet jump into that caulodron that your party is stirring.
Oh wait...you already have.