Gingrich: Our country's in 'grave danger'
September 5th, 2011
05:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich: Our country's in 'grave danger'

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaking before Sen. Jim DeMint's forum in South Carolina Monday, was hardly shy about criticizing President Barack Obama, once again calling him the "most effective food stamp president in American history."

"The gap between the America the founding fathers created and the system currently down in Washington is extraordinary," he said. "We are in great danger of decaying from citizenship to being subjects … this is a system rum amok."

Gingrich warned that the country – namely the economy - is in "grave danger" and could get worse if Obama remains in office.

When asked what his solution would be, Gingrich listed off several items, including repealing the Wall Street Reform bill, changing the Environmental Protection Agency, improving the Food and Drug Administration, keeping taxes the same in 2013, having zero capital gains taxes and the implementation of an American energy plan.

When asked by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, what would be his number one priority as president, Gingrich said to laughs, "the King bill to repeal Obamacare." King jokingly shot back, "no further questions."

As for the role of the courts, Gingrich, a life-long historian, did not hold back.

"I believe the legislative and executive branches have an obligation to defend the Constitution against judges who are tyrannical and seek to impose un-American values on the people of the Untied States … legislative and executive branches have a right to correct the judiciary," he said.

On the subject of the definition of marriage, Gingrich said there should be a constitutional amendment stating that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"I do believe we have every right to defend a 3,000 year clear record. That's what marriage is. And I don't think we should be intimidated."


Filed under: 2012 • DeMint Labor Day Forum • Jim DeMint • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Marjee123

    YEAH sure is in grave danger from the tea bags and republicans.

    September 5, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Indy

    "The gap between the America the founding fathers created and the system currently down in Washington is extraordinary," he said. "We are in great danger of decaying from citizenship to being subjects … this is a system rum amok."

    I hope Newt realizes that his statement above is all because of the Bush family, because it sure as heck did not just start with Obama, and he failed to mention the grave danger that could wipe out the middle class forever and it is his party that is doing the genocide of middle class.

    September 5, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. kyle

    He should know, It was he and the Dubya administration that put us there.

    September 5, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Dave

    Yeah, right. The biggest danger would be to allow self-righteous and hypocritical dolts like Gingrich to run the place...

    September 5, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. RINO Bil

    It will be in even more danger if we elect anyone but Hunstman or Romney.

    September 5, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Newt, "The sky is falling! Ooops, I mean I just got another divorce." Teapublican family values at its best.

    September 5, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. rjolay

    He wants 0% taxes for Wall St., and to repeal the Wall St Reform Act, so that this incredible skewering that the Bush/Cheney crooks designed and set upon us all will continue... O yeh, hes right about one thing, slavery is an American tradition.

    September 5, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. w l jones

    Looking at a certain party it appears a lot of people on a lot of food, call it what you want. .maybe no tax and buy. Bless.

    September 5, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. sky

    Five of the top six Republican presidential candidates presented their case before conservative voters at tea party kingmaker Jim DeMint's forum. Not one of them would I vote for and Rick scary is running and don't wanna ask any questions. and CNN you don't wanna put my comments up because their right. Independent 4 life

    September 5, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. wgf

    "I believe the legislative and executive branches have an obligation to defend the Constitution against judges who are tyrannical and seek to impose un-American values on the people of the Untied States … "

    What the hell is he talking about ? Wouldn't defending the Constitution mean that you recognize, support and accept the decisions of the judicial branch ? What are "un-American values", and who's going to be deciding them ? I mean, I'm pretty sure he's not planning of leaving that up to the Democrats - but which right-wing nut job is going to be deciding what is un-American ? I remember lots of things being called "un-American" when Bush was President. Criticizing the President was one of them. So Newt, are we going to be getting rid of that nasty amendment that allows un-American speech ? Or is it un-American religion we'll be going after ? Just curious.

    September 5, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Juan

    Newt "Bloated and bad mood" Gingrich will put this country in danger, if he becomes president. I hope no one voted for him

    September 5, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Henry Miller

    I simply do not understand how people can justify to themselves imposing their religious values on others. How can it be, even remotely, the business of Professor Gingrich or of the US government who marries whom?

    September 5, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Lucullus

    Well you should know Newt, you and all the other members of the jack boot right helped put it danger. Between Reagan's voodoo economics which have bankrupted America to the right wing hacks sitting on the Supreme Court which allowed a tsunami of corporate money to swamp fair elections, America doesn't have a chance. Thanks Mr. Superpatriot, we all appreciate your service to your country

    September 5, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. sara

    Yea, thanks to you and the likes of you that has Driven this country into a "bullsh!" nation that has been heading toward a "third world" nation as the results of your Failed Policies of the Past.....do you REALLLLY think that the majority of the people is buying that this country is in "grave danger" because of "this" president? Do you really believe that we believe that we Don't know that there's a process that happened due to yours and your likes past policies. Mr. Newt, along with your counter parts YOU have Thrown the Rock, (policies) it didn't work....so Stop hiding your HANDS. We Don't Want to be a Third World nation.....nor are we Deserving of One......We ARE BETTER THAN FEAR. There they go again!

    September 5, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Wow

    Was Gingrich in a coma from 2000-2008?

    September 5, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Daniel

    This country was in grave danger when slavery was legal, when the jim crow laws came about, this country was and still is in grave danger because of racism!!!

    September 5, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Tony in Maine

    Yes Newt – the gap is huge. Why just look at voting. The founders saw a nation in which only white, property owning adult males could vote. Now, in addition to non property owners, they're allowing women and mnorities to vote. Shocking. In addition, now one of them is in our White House and he's NOT a butler. The world turned upside down. Oh, for the old days when cotton was king and they knew their place. Sarcasm mode off.

    September 5, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. JW B

    "I believe the legislative and executive branches have an obligation to defend the Constitution against judges who are tyrannical and seek to impose un-American values on the people of the Untied States … "

    Um..Newt..that is why we have THREE branches of government. Congress is not meant (BY THE CONSTITUTION) to overturn decisions made by the courts. And who gets to decide what is a tyrannical and un-American decision by the courts...that is currently the job of the Supreme Court, as dictated by our Constitution. Sounds like you want to change that, Newt....that would be scary...

    September 5, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. A Real Patriot

    Here's the GOTeabagger Playbook....

    Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear Fear

    And by the way...be afraid.....

    PS: Where are the Jobs GOTeabaggers?

    September 5, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. M.K.

    What does anyone with a speck of sense give a damn what Newtie boy says or thinks? He is nothing but a womanizer, and a lying hypocrite. The right wing nuts and the bible thumpers would vote for him if he was caught molesting small children. The folks that support the biggest blowhard since Reagan are pathetic. Reagan was the bird that started sending all our jobs to sweat shops and opening up our country to buy anything the Communist loving nation of China could come up with. If this country does not stop listening to the Republicans we will go down the tubes, and those tubes will be made in China. Reagan got a lot of mileage out of telling Gorbachev to "tear down that wall". Well, Communist China has a wall that makes the one in Berlin look like a picket fence. Why is it that Russian communism is bad, but Chinese Communism is good. Does anyone remember frozen Chosin and the thousands of American s that were slaughtered during the Korean war by the Communist Chinese soldiers?

    September 5, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Larry L

    Let us never forget this weasel was poking one of his staffers while his wife was fighting cancer and while he was trashing Bill Clinton for doint the same thing! His opinions mean nothing to anybody who values character and honor.

    September 5, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. M.K.

    Newtie should know about marriage. he has tried it several times. Maybe he should come out of the closet and admit what he really is. This piece of trash talking about morals and marriage is repugnant. He is also a deserter to the dumb folks in his district that believed his bullxxxx when they reelected him,only to watch as he ran like a scalded dog so he could enjoy the millions of dollars he made writing his hypocritical books without being accountable to the voters.

    September 5, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Jacob

    Indeed the US is in grave danger right now with the likes of Palin, Perry, Paul and the Newt on the loose leading us to the edge of anarchy.

    September 5, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. thomas

    Is there any other kind !

    Newt Gingrich thinks he's Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men . 'grave danger'

    He needs to worry more about his third wife dumping his non sorry old ass , and talking the jewelry he still hasn't paid Tiffany's for !

    September 5, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. d

    Lord help us! newt you are the one that started the obstructionist gop! the tp/gop have daamn near perfected it...no more! people like you Should not even be able to hold ur heads up in society. you are what is wrong with our country

    September 5, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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