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.
Shame on Newton ! Shame on Newton ! As Ronald Reagan used to say , "well" , and then after he said , " there you go again ! " Newton is trying to compare the Democratic Party and the Obama administration to socialism ?I is just a shame that Newton was not a man of man of polical prominence back in 1933 [ I have read Gingrich novels using the World War II and Rooselvelt administration in the background ] . Could you imagine his political description of Franklin Rooselvelt , Harry Hopkins , and Henry Wallace ?
It's funny how these "values voters" are so in love with this two time wife cheater who served his second wife with divorce papers while she was in the hospital battling cancer. He is a total hypocrite as are his followers.
He fits in great with Rush, how many wives has he had and how many drugs has he been addicted to?
This idiot is crazy...guy....is obsolete....and new nonsense....to the nation....o.k...
No Gin"grinch", America needs only to worry about terrorists and the republicans are HOMEGROWN!
Neo-Newt you are an alarmist baffoon peddling hate, bigotry, fear-mongering and the very worst of politics. You're an absolute disgrace to America and should be tarred and feathered for your hateful divisive words.
The man is off his meds. To equate being a Democratic with being a member of Al Qaeda–please. I'm sorry, also Newt, many Democrats (the majority actually) are as Christian as Republicans. What an insult. As for the "secular agenda"–yeah, we don't want a theocracy–Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Budhist or otherwise. Take your meds, Newt. You'll get a clearer picture of reality. Newt wants to be a demagogues. He does not believe in America as a pluralistic society (E Pluribus Unum).
Nitwit Gingrich is a third rate intellect as well as a demagogue and a blow hard.
Newt has never had an ounce of integrity or a soul, so this sort of thing is expected.
Unfortunately, unlike most of new rightwingnutcases, he isn't stupid, and that make him dangerous.
This man if elected will start another inquisition.The muslims better be carefull.
There is no way he or ANYONE could beat Sarah! President of the United States Sarah Palin (2013 – 2021)!
Love the fear, keep it up cause it works oh so well. The Beck rally to store honor is laughable seeing how hypocritical these people are. Let's see a ridiculous crowd at the Restore Sanity rally in D.C. Oct 30 and see if an actual dialogue can be created rather than 'The sky is falling run to the hills!' mentality.
So we're going to say the opposition political party is just as dangerous as terrorists? And republicans think they should be afraid of Obama limiting free speech? What frightens me is that the people cheering him at this "Values" conference believe him, and consider people who disagree with them genuine threats to their liberty and security.
What a surprise. Baseless fear-mongering. Who would've ever expected that from the GOP.
I hope the sarcasm there was obvious. Gingrich wants a law to forbid the establishment of Sharia in this country – I guess he's unaware of the First Amendment.
OH sure Newtie. I guess you missed the eight year dictatorship of Bush and Cheney in which stupid wars in the Middle east has set a huge conflagration of hate against the US and we have to suffer ongoing terrorism because of it. That whole thing was brought to you by the Republican party. Excellent. And now you have the cajones to warn people that the Dems are making the country dangerous? YOu sir, are a liar and a delusional fanatic member of the Grand Obstructionist Party. If anything, Obama is making us safer while idiots like you and DICK Cheney and Liz Cheney and Limbarf, Beck, Palin, Angle, Odonnel, Bachmann and Steele are mouthing off, making the US much more unsafe with your delusional fanaticism
After Newt's rant on that Kenyan-colonial thingy .... some of Newt’s old conservative friends worry that he has gone “over the ledge,” as one put it.
Newt...your mother ship the BS Bountiful is calling you home....please get aboard and never come back. We don't need your kind here or anywhere else for that matter. Shameful....an utter disgrace. Values Voter summit...yuck! Hypocrites...thy name is Republican. Even worse was the twisted Michelle Bachman standing up there and LYING about Nancy Pelosi's spending thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars on alcohol on the military flights she takes from California to Washington. Speaker Pelosi DOES NOT drink alcohol and furthermorealcohol is not allowed on these military flights period. These Republicans have NO qualms about bald-faced lying...they just make crap up as their little minds see fit.
Scare tactics and name calling as usual b y this man who lacks integrity.
The President was a lawyer so there's no better proof that he is not a socialist. Gingrich, et.al. can say it as often as they like but social programs are not the same as socialism. It's a shame the GOP doesn't know the difference because I don't think Americans want to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, College Tuition programs, FDA inspections, Interstate highways, and a host of other social programs.
Senator Joe has shown up in Newt's clothing
All I want for Christmas is a "Silent Newt"
Newt forgot to mention a third threat - from wackos like himself!
Gingrich is an insane, fascist reactionary as well as a philanderer. I guess you could say he is a typical republican with "family values" who cannot keep his zipper up. He irrational temper tantrums him the Speakership of the House of Representatives and his dishonesty caused him to be censured by the House Ethics Committee.
Does anyone besides an idiot think this person is a responsible leader?
He left out the main threat, GOP. They have a lot of hate, rumor, and general doom. They simply have no ideas on how to move forward. Opps, I forgot, they do have a couple, NO TAXES for the rich, no regulations for corporations.
WE can have the super rich get to 99% ownership, and no water to drink!
The party of Hate.
Newt G does not think like a smart politician who wants to be a US President.He has mouthful of verbal diarrhoea that stinks and send voters away from him.He has foreclosed his chances,may be his game plan is to carve out a state of GOP with its capital "Tea Party" and become her first President......Never ever in the US of A