When it comes to protecting America, Newt Gingrich is a pitiful wimp! Oh, sure he's posturing to protect us against Sharia law:
"And one of the things I'm going to suggest today is a federal law which says that no court in the United States under any circumstances is allowed to consider Sharia as a replacement for American law. Period."
But how many starships does the Muslim world command, anyway? What about the real threats to America and American law? What about the Kingons, Cardassians, and Romulans?
Cardassian society had the most rigid and, to the Federation, incomprehensible of all legal systems. Every suspect was guilty before even appearing in court, their sentence already spelled out - almost always either death or imprisonment in a harsh labor camp. The criminal was given a Conservator, equivalent to a public defender, except that the Conservator was not supposed to win but to prepare the criminal for a moving confession of guilt on the floor of the court. The accused was also permitted an advocate, the Nestor, to advise them during the trial. The Chief Archon, or judge, of the court played to a televised audience, their duty not to judge the prisoner's innocence or guilt, but rather to give an emphatic display of the futility of crime on Cardassia and reinforce the public's trust in the judicial system. (DS9: "Tribunal", "The Die is Cast")
By the 24th century, the government of Romulus was dependent upon the Tal Shiar, the Romulan secret police, to maintain order and stability among both civilians and the military. The Tal Shiar was known for its brutal tactics, which included routine kidnapping, torture, and assassination. Many Romulans fear even expressing dissenting opinions as not to spark the interest of the Tal Shiar.
And the Klingons? They simply fight to the death!
So what will Gingrich do to defend America from these brutal legal systems? Nothing at all! Worse still, he even denies the very existence of any threat!
This breathtaking disconnect from reality is typical of what we've come to expect from Republicans. Just look at the comparative Google hits results:
Sharia Law: About 878,000 results
Klingon: About 3,120,000 results
Romulan: About 702,000 results
Cardassian: About 294,000 results