Glenn calls Obama a “liar” who doesn’t understand “rugged individualism”

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Glenn had a tough time preventing his head from exploding listening to the agonizing soundbites from Obama’s Teddy Roosevelt speech. One of the sections that stood out was where Obama claims the free market has never worked before in history.

Obama said:

Now, just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes – especially for the wealthy – our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.
Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the 50s and 60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.

“Who is saying ‘We need to cut more taxes, especially for the wealthy.’ No one.  Say a lie again,” Pat said.

“The guy is a liar.  He is a liar,” Glenn said.

“I’ve never heard a speech in my life that has more lies in it.  I don’t think it’s possible.  I don’t think it’s possible.  You’ve got to go back decades to find one.  Almost every sentence in this speech has a lie or a half‑truth in it.  That’s tough today,” Stu said.

“You know what he’s talking about here?  This is where it is so disingenuous,” Glenn said.

Glenn explained that he was basically saying that Adam Smith’s theories on the Invisible Hand are false because it just “never worked”. Unfortunately, he’s forgetting to couple “Wealth of Nations” with “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.”

“(“The Theory of Moral Sentiments”) is the part that says there’s something to do with the heart, there’s something to do with moral sentiments, there’s something to do with right and wrong.  We’ve got to make sure we grow that.  Otherwise the Invisible Hand will crush you!  What do you say we put both parts of the theory together?  America is great because America is good.  The Theory of Moral Sentiments.  Read it.  Read it.  He’s right.  The Invisible Hand, along with the Theory of Moral Sentiments.  That’s the part the president never gets.  He never understands it.  He never talks about the goodness of America, the goodness of its people, except in grotesque terms.  He doesn’t trust the American people.  He just wants to give the American people a handout.  He wants us to strive, strive to be middle class,” Glenn said.

” You either believe in rugged individualism, you either believe in taking risks, you either believe in being ‑‑ in charting your own course, either that or ‑‑ either that or you’re on the ‘Road to Serfdom’.”

“I’m a rugged individual.  I’ll go with my own failures, I will go with my own successes, and I will share my successes because I have the Theory of Moral Sentiments, I understand.  I understand that I didn’t make it alone.  But I don’t want a damn handout from anybody.  And don’t you come around me trying to take it away and trying to tell me how to do stuff.”

And what about his claims that less regulation and lower taxes have never worked?

“Do you think it was the rich that were creating the metal and the lumber and the steel and the cotton and the leather and the paint and the rubber and the glass and the gasoline that went into cars in the Roaring Twenties?  Autos roared, roared in the Roaring Twenties.  They didn’t fire all the cops and the teachers in 1920.  They didn’t do it,” Glenn said.

“RCA changed the world with radio. Along with the radio came another invention, another idea: Advertising. Now you could hear Babe Ruth hitting home runs anywhere in the country while someone else was telling you about a product. That idea that roared in the Roaring Twenties, that’s when people started to hear the voice of people all around the world. Conveniences like the telephone, been around forever, right? Edison brought us movies in 1880s. You know when they started taking off? Not 1885, not 1890, not 1910, not 1915, not 1919. In the 1920s. Wait a minute, that technology had been around since 1880. You know when? In the 1920s, that was the modern era of motion pictures. Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney. Conveniences like the telephone, been around forever, but in the 1920s it became less expensive, more commonplace. More Americans in the 1920s had irons, vacuums, washing machines, refrigerators. All of these new products.”

“Remember, the market never works. Never works.”

“Oh, there was a demand for something else: Power. Huge power ‑‑ you think little spaceships came down with workers and we hired space aliens to build them? No. When somebody plugged in an iron, what did they have to have? Power. Unlike the temporary jobs or the low‑paying census jobs our government creates, per capita income increased 37%. Per capita income increased 37% from 1921 to 1929. Got it? The average person’s salary went up 37% in eight years. The ‑‑ let me say it again. The average person’s salary went up 37% in eight years.”

“Now, what those people did with that income was invest it in paper and ridiculous schemes. That was their choice. But it was the free market that led to all of these innovations. Your life changed.”

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    That is the core matter here in the ongoing war between the people who want the Republic and the Progressives of all sides who seek to end it once and for all.

    Many of us understand personal accountability and resposibility; we make the mistakes and deal with them, we make the success and reap the benefits of them. In the opportunity to go after our own dreams of a better life, working with our own efforts, and seeking to make them reality is where true freedom for the individual is to be found.

    Rugged individualism is something that is soon to be extinct if the Progressives have their way, for we will be endentured servants of a massive, uncaring, unsympathetic government ruled by a handful of ‘self enlightened elitists’ who only see themselves as the haves; all others are sheep to be used, abused and ultimatly disposed of with less thought than we crush an insect.

    That is the choice we now face, the State as the supreme ruler? Or the WE THE PEOPLE who suffer governence – BY, FOR and OF the people that hold the elected accountable?

    Which will it be.

    I am TEA
    I am 53′
    I am Free
    I am Mr Obama’s worst nightmare.

  • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      shut up with the sniveling promos–get off this web site if you don’t have any sense to follow the thread of INTELLIGENT conversation

    • Anonymous

      Please take your sophmoric marketing to the proper venue.

  • Anonymous

    “The guy is a liar”

    ~Glen Beck~

    Barack Obama is not just a liar….this man is not just the typical, sniveling, whining, inside-the-Beltway-talking-head prevaricator.

    Barack Obama is a wide-eyed, stare-you-in-the-face, What-planet-are-you-from? incessantly lying b a s t a r d………

    With all due respect……

    • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

      Alaric — in the case of Mr Obama I show the actions of his no respect, and even for the office he holds the only respect he has coming is due to that position alone as given to anyone who has or will hold it.

      No need to say “with all due respect…” I understand completely.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you and I was thinking “with all due respect” to Glenn Beck for having seemingly corrected him……lol……I have zero respect for Obama or his policies either….there’s no respect due there…..clearly…..

      • Anonymous

        No respect intended…Obama is a liar….pure and simple.

        My friend devereaux went after this speech yesterday in no uncertain terms…

    • Carol Morgan

      i can’t even listen to his speeches, my husban dturned it on tv and i put headphones on and turned up the volume on my laptop…can’t remember what i ws i was listening to but it was better than obama!

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you, Carol.  I neither like to watch nor listen to B.O.  I know somewhere

        down the line, I’ll find out what he had said.

      • J.w. Appling

         I know how you feel I’ve sat through other presidents boring speeches but I just can not stand Obozos arrogance. Every time he starts talking I just want to throw something at the T.V. I’ve never seen anyone as smug as this A-Hole.

    • bdwatcher

      This is on purpose, his direction, our direction, it is planned and almost here. My friends, we must defeat this man. It means the change of the US as we understand. This is deliberate, funded and many, many behind him. We are at the threshold of darkness and slavery. 

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    God above I ask of you today for all of the people of the Republic…
    Open our hearts to your calling and guidance.
    Open our ears to know truth when spoken from the lies.
    Open our eyes to see the real from the false.
    Open us to knowledge of the right and the wrong ways.
    Open us to understanding of doing what is right and not wrong.
    Open us to discerning Your will be done, and the path set before us.
    Help us to chose the right path and direction.
    Help us to be ready for facing the storm as the time is now at hand.
    I am the watchman on the walls, and cry to the people the time is now; I prepare the shield of Faith and draw the Sword of Truth to stand. Call people and stand, for the time is nigh and the enemy is here.
    May all glory and honor go to He who is with all who call and cry to Him in Heaven.

    • Jan Beck

      Hope you don’t mind, I’m going to try to steal your prayer for my facebook page. I need this for my page. I could not possibly do better on my own. I don’t know if I can yet, just need to let you know I am if I can. I hope you take this for the compliment it truly is. Thank you.

      • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

        Be my guest.

    • Angie

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      • Irina Krasnyuk

        with all respect in dues do not navigate from this page and..hey…get rid of that learnt accent.

    • Anonymous

      Amen.   Well said, snow.   Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Do they make a straightjacket for your head?  The duct tape isn’t holding, no matter how many

    layers, I put on.  I need my brains.

  • Ryan Frederick

    Obama is lefty moron are system work for over 200 years. 200 years what has not been working freedom. is that what you want to take away. take your head out of your commie butt Obama!

  • Anonymous

    Well, that’s the self-proclaimed “avid student of history” for you. That’s what happens when someone, who can only read from teleprompters but knows very little himself, gets his hands on power.

    My favorite comparison is always mid-war US and mid-war Japan. Just compare the car production, the US had 80 times the car production of Japan. The Japanese people only became wealthy after WW2, when the rigid structurs and regulations were broken. Just look at photos from the US in any random year and compare it with Japan. In the US you had tons of cars everywhere. In Japan only really wealthy people had cars. The superiority of a free market becomes blatantly obvious.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn quoting the genius of F.A. Hayek and Adam Smith is a very positive sign from my prospective. He’s moving in the right direction. Now if Glenn starts quoting Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard, then we can start making some real progress.

    Of course there is still an old Austrian- school economist who is still alive: Gary North. Gary, now he’s a man who rates as the gold standard in critical thinking.

    You can read his articles on one of the most excellent resources on the Internet:

    The von Mises institute is a gold mine of critical thinking. Glenn is headed in that direction if he maintains his current course.

    Pssst. Michele Bachmann has also recently changed her economic thinking for the better, i.e. “end the Fed or make it as small as a peanut,” she said. Wow, we are making real progress. Michele even made some positive remarks about Ludwig von Mises, recently. I’m about to have a heart attack if this keeps up……..

    I don’t expect an agreement anytime soon between GB and true libertarians on our non-interventionist-nation-building foreign policy view; however, perhaps we can come to terms that America needs a strong defense, yes, but not an empire.

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  • Anonymous

    obama is “tricksy”. never underestimate him. he’s too clever for his own good and it’s imperative we oust him. i’m so afraid for my country.

  • Anonymous

    We mustn’t let this man win a second term. Him being elected, coming after Bush, is the absolute worst thing that ever could’ve happened. Vote Ron Paul!

  • Robert

    obama is an anti-christ, dont know if he is THE anti-christ or not, yet! he does lie alot, reminds me of another liar, the one the bible calls the father of lies. With him saying that this country has never prospered, they didnt call it the roaring 20’s for nothing. I know that Jesus will be here soon, wish He would come tonight. I do believe that God has that day already appointed and written down on His calender. What makes it kinds difficult is when you try telling others that Jesus loves them and has a plan for them and all they do is laugh or just ignore you. Come Lord Jesus!!

    • Anonymous

      I sort of thought it was humorous that Cain, whom we had all forgotten about, the first representation of evil in the Bible (he knew how to compete, didn’t he) would be here at the end. He “suspended” his presidential run, so maybe we are not at the end yet. There’s not much more creepy than racist white people who would support a jerk like that just to prove they weren’t racist.

  • Gary Lee Emch

    Obama will never understand rugged individualism because he never put himself in any position of ruggedness.

  • Carol Morgan

    we really need to listen to our gut when choosing someone to REPLACE  obama, i never did trust him so i didn’t vote for him. listen to what theccandidates are saying, pray if you are soinclined(please) and listen toyour gut instincts…most of th time you will find that your gut feeling was right

  • Anonymous

    Here’s another “great” invention that came out in 1929 – THE GREAT DEPRESSION – and everyday we lie down and let the WH have its way, we creep closer and closer to the EVEN WORSE DEPRESSION OF 2012. It’s not going to take the Republican Party, nor the Democratic Party, or even the TEA Party or Progressive Party… it’s going to take America, shouting out in one big voice at the WH, to get things done the right way!

    • Anonymous

      And few people know that at the time of our Great Depression, Stalin was kicking everyone’s asses with his five year plans.  Although, many of his citizens were dying sort of like what we have now, “Oh, sorry, there’s no place in this plan for you, loser.”  Although, I don’t think he went so far as to blame the victims for their plight, he just bull dozed them into a ditch.

  • Anonymous

    Obama?  A liar?   Who knew?

  • Anonymous

    If the free market didnt work, if capitalism didnt work Obama wouldn’t be working so hard to try to break it.The left wants America too fall.There are so many examlpes in the world of socialism not working, just look at Greece today.Capitalism created the greatest nation in the history of the world.Obama knows that he just wants America to be no longer great. His reason is beyond me.

  • Anonymous

    While his ( the imposter at the WH) useful idiots applaud. I am wondering if we will ever come out of this cliff fall to COMMUNISTIC control of we the people….As Congress proves it can do nothing of value for any of us I  wonder when a revolution to overthrow the clowns of the nation wll begin. Yet,  I worry over that as well, as I am sure that the not so grand one wishes for that so he will than have all the power, w/o congress and we will have none .Perhaps a better method might be for a swift coup.I would like to see Obummer and his minions sent to a high security prison for crimes against this once free nation.  OH YES!

  • Anonymous

    My dad was in the depresion and lived in Kansas and brought us up to beieve that Teddy
    Roosevelt was one of the worst things tat had happened so far to America.  Well i guess he
    did not know Obama.

  • Anonymous

    Free Market: When something is stolen, it is usually free. One thing that occurred in the 1920s was that the European riff raff was sent over. They did not understand rugged individualism. Instead, they used collusion — my brother is manager at Disneyland and can get you a position. They did this to support their “family” which was how the Mafia described itself. In schools, they looked with envy across the aisles at smart students and lamented, “why can’t I be like that? I hate him. I want to compete and cause him to fall.” Now, the ancestors of these nefarious immigrants run the universities, the media, and politics. Today, the only merit system that still exists is in sports. (In the 1970s, Saturday Night Live did a skit where cave men were gathered around a smart cave man until they were sleeping and Belushi bashed the smart one’s head in with a rock. “Now I’m the smartest,” he said.) Soon, the United States will be in a class struggle between the poor workers who actually toil to create the goods, and the bloated, lazy managers (what used to be called the bourgeoisie). I doubt I will go see Eastwoods movie J Edgar, since I doubt Hollywood could make anything worthwhile these days. (Avatar, are you joking?) But for awhile, Hoover and the FBI managed to hold crooks in check enough for the country to function.

  • patricia

    Truly ,I heard his speech and haven;t gotten over the anxiety that it caused me, I need to read what you’re saying tomorrow. Listen to Radio and your show sometimes. Sorry I think Newt is better for us. Mitt could be VP.. But that won’t happen OHIO

  • Anonymous

    Teddy Roosevelt hated working people. He was an elitist of the worst kind and hated the fact that there was not a true class system in the US as in Europe, which would trap people in their station in life. What he loathed more was the power of a raising middle class and those of “new wealth” that threatened the power of established elitists, such as himself.

    His love for central planning was greater than his love for nature, and as such his environmental policies were not completely motivated out of love for nature or his study of biology, rather a way to prevent the private ownership of the “national” resources that he felt should be owned and controlled by a powerful central government.

    Roosevelt was also a hard-core Social Darwinist, who believed whites had simply evolved beyond other races and were not to be considered equal with them. Maybe to his credit, he felt other races could also evolve, given the chance… an idea which supported his notion of an “American Race.” The “American Race” was a new mixture of other peoples, which – in his view – had evolved to the top of the racial food chain. For this reason, he believed in mixing various races in earning environments rather than segregating them… you know, to help the lesser races evolve.

    He was known as the father of the progressive movement because he was the first president who wanted to progress the central government beyond the constraints of the constitution. In short, he violated the principles of the constitution he swore to uphold. Nationalists, who
    enjoy the idea of an imperialistic America guiding the world to a collectively evolved status (including the authoritarianism that it necessarily requires), genuinely love and admire the man.

    Constitutionalists and Libertarians think he was a maggot and traitor to the principles that made America truly unique and exceptional. His underlying ideology was not all that different from that which was popular amongst European elitists and which ultimately led to two very horrible world wars.

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