The hottest talk icon in America, Glenn Beck, wowed this week’s C-PAC convention. He closed with a memorable keynote speech. Beck began with comparing Progressive policies as alcoholism. America is suffering from a hangover. He pulled out his blackboard, which got a standing ovation. Glenn spells out Progressive and then reads from a 1938 book about Progressive Democracy published by Rhode Island Communists. They were quite pleased with FDR’s New Deal, and also happy about those Republicans who embraced TR’s bully attitude. Beck sees the Progressives as a force to be eradicated.
Glenn then chides the Republicans for not admitting they have a problem. He draws an analogy with Tiger Woods. The GOP has been caught, but has yet to repent. Instead, they talk about “the Big Tent”, to which Beck asks, “Is this a circus?” Democrats tax and spend and Republicans spend without taxing. Both are wrong, says Glenn. The Liberals have hijacked America with better packaging than Conservatives. Government grows at the expense of freedom, destroying
the future with debt.
Beck then sings the praises of small business, the only ones truly “saving jobs”. Government’s only role, from Beck’s reading of the Constitution, is to protect us from the bad guys. Americans are good, as Glenn cites figures showing us to be ten times more charitable than France per capita. He’s tired of success being demonized by the Left. Beck says that, thanks to freedom, there is no limit to success, if worked for. Trophies should have value, not handed out arbitrarily as the Noble Peace Prize.
Glenn then warns of the coming Economic Holocaust. The worst is far from over and warning bells are sounding. Beck returns to the blackboard and writes out numbers from the 1920 Depression. Caused by policies of the Wilson Administration, conditions were far worse that year than now, even worse than the first year of the Great Depression. But, it was short lived, thanks to Calvin Coolidge. Taxes were lowered from a top rate of 77% to 25%. Federal spending was slashed in half! By 1923, the economy was booming. The Roaring 20s saw an expanded middle class. Hoover, a Progressive, made the Crash of ‘29 worse with excessive spending, setting the stage for FDR to take advantage of an emergency.
Beck then reads Emma Lazarus’s poem for the Statue of Liberty. Built by the French to mock Europe, Glenn says that we generally only hear part of the poem, “Give me your tired, your poor…”. He then dramatically reads the whole poem. A cry out to the world that the freedom of America allows anyone of merit, no matter how wretched, can indeed success here!
Glenn wraps things up on an optimistic note. America’s best days are ahead, after we recognize the problem, admit to our mistakes, and work hard to set things right. Tomorrow, it will be morning in America!