Bill O’Reilly on his new book, Ted Cruz, Obamacare, and the future of this country

On radio this morning, Bill O’Reilly, author of the recently released Killing Jesus, joined Glenn to talk about his new book, the looming government shutdown, the future of this country and more. Bill made headlines this morning for an interview he did with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell on last night’s 60 Minutes, in which O’Donnell made it clear she has little knowledge of Christian teachings or beliefs.

In discussing his new book, Bill explained he felt a calling to write the book. “I believe, because I’m a Catholic, that comes from the Holy Spirit,” he said of the motivation and idea to write the book. “My inspiration comes from that and so I wrote ‘Killing Jesus,’ because I think I was directed to write that.”

O’Donnell responded by noting that the host seemed to be distinguishing himself as especially important. “You are suggesting that you’re the chosen one, Bill,” she quipped. Bill reiterated that he’s not the “chosen one,” but that he is someone who has been given gifts that he uses for good.

“Look, I set everybody straight. That was a provocative question and I set her straight,” Bill said on radio this morning. “Everybody’s inspired to do good and everybody’s tempted to do evil and then you select.”

Despite his Catholic faith, Bill explained that this book is not at all religious. Instead, it is a historical look at the life and death of Jesus.

“There’s really no religion in this book,” Glenn asked.

“No. It’s a history book and that’s what it says on the cover. Look, this book is for people to know what happened to Jesus while he walked the Earth. That’s it. It’s very simple,” Bill said. “He’s the most famous human being who ever lived, most famous person who walked this planet. How did that happen? He had no money, no infrastructure, no PR guy, no mass media.”

“There are two things that I took away from the book for me personally as a human being. Number one, we just discussed, how do you become the most famous human being with no infrastructure. And the second is why were thousands of people following Jesus around? Back then you had to work to eat. It wasn’t like you had a refrigerator and stored‑up food, okay, go down to the Safeway and buy what you want. So every day you had to work to eat, okay? You had to fish and farm. You had to whatever,” he continued. “These people stopped doing that and they followed the Nazarene around to backwaters all over Judea. Why? Why would they do that? Couldn’t hear him. There were thousands of people. He didn’t have a mic. Couldn’t hear him, okay? He was doing something that attracted all these people. Now, I don’t say in Killing Jesus he was performing miracles because how would I know? No doctor there. I can’t report that as a historian. What I can report is that the Romans and the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Sanhedrin were receiving reports of these miraculous healings, which would have driven crowds like that. That’s the only explanation. Jesus was doing something that got the word out and these thousands of people were converging on where they thought he was going to be. Just to see him or touch his robe. And that had never happened before. And I don’t think it’s ever happened since.”

Switching gears, Glenn asked Bill about his thoughts on Ted Cruz.

“You know, I have two minds on Ted Cruz. Number one, I understand exactly what he’s doing. He wants to run for president. He wants to be the head of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. This was his view. That’s why he did what he did. I think he really believes that Obamacare is bad for the country. I think he’s a sincere man and I think he was representing the sentiments of his district,” Bill said. “All of that is good, but I think in the end you have to compromise to some extent to get anything done long term. And so I would like to see Senator Cruz say, ‘All right, if you give us a year and don’t have the individual mandate for a year, we’ll talk about it.’ I don’t want my way or the highway.”

One of the more interesting elements of this debt-ceiling showdown and Obamacare debate has been the lack of public interest in the topic. The television ratings for coverage of the situation are abysmal, which is disheartening when you consider what that means in regards to an informed electorate.

“What does it say about us and how do we fix our country if people don’t pay attention to real news,” Glenn asked.

“Listen. With the computers now people are creating their own lives, they’re playing games, they’re watching porn, they’re doing whatever they want to do, and it’s an addiction. So they are becoming addicted just like it would be to a drug. They have to have a machine in their hands, they have to text, they have to play a game, whatever,” Bill explained. All that takes you away from the serious business of running the country and the serious business of living your life. So I do not see that ever changing. So you will have an elite that rules the country and then you’ll have some people who pay attention, and most people will be living lives of escapism. Just like in Roman times.”

“That leads you to an elite governing the country. Now, whether that leads to a collapse or not remains to be seen. But you’re going to have a very few people calling the shots because most people aren’t paying attention and don’t know what the hell’s going on,” he continued. “That’s why Barack Obama was reelected. The so‑called low‑information voters just voted on emotion. That’s what they heard. Do they know anything… But that doesn’t mean there’s going to be a collapse. You know, if a good, smart person who cares about the American people and the country gets elected, they happen that person will be able to do a lot of good. But if you’re telling me that the folks are going to rally back into the arena and pay attention, with all these machines that they have? Not going to happen.”

“So wait a minute. So you are saying then we will not be a real republic anymore,” Glenn interjected. “Will be more of a – and I hate to use this word because it’s so inflammatory, but basically what you were describing is a fascistic sort of rule.”

“It depends on who’s in power, if he’s not a fascist. Look… I’m not as pessimistic as you are,” Bill responded. “But I will be pessimistic in this sense: I think right now 50% of Americans have no blankin’ clue what’s going on. And I think that number will rise to 60, 65% in the next ten years.”

So what will happen if Obamacare impacts people’s lives the way it looks like it’s going to?

“Then the Democratic Party will be banished for 10, 15 years. That’s what will happen. They will be banished. They will lose. There will be a Republican president the next time around,” Bill explained. “You know, there are enough people getting subsidies from Obamacare who are going to like those subsidies. So it’s not a clear black and white. But do I think it’s a chaotic thing that will collapse? Yes, I do. Will it collapse overnight? I don’t think so.”

“Next two years,” Glenn asked.

“Maybe,” Bill said. “It depends how many doctors bail… If you get doctors bailing out on this that say, ‘I am not going to take the exchange insurance rates,’ then you will have a revolution in this country, not just ‘We hate the Democrats.’”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    Guys guys according to the religion of liberalism we are all going to hell for not worshiping Obama as a god. Well anyways I hope the book does ten times better than that hit piece that the liberal media shoved down our throats.

  • Anonymous

    Mr… O (aka Mr… MSM) admits in a moment of rare candor how he thinks that the low-information voters will be ruled by an elite class, i.e., the very class of which he is associated with, of course.

    Mr… MSM is fully aware by now of the massive economic collapse which is no more than a decade or two ahead, yet he’s so coy because he knows it’s unforgivable if he just tells the truth. The moment Mr.. MS tells the truth is the very moment his elite crony capitalist friends turn on him.

    By the way, one chapter written by Murray Rothbard is worth more than everything Mr. MSM has ever scribbled.

  • Anonymous

    This socialist nigger is trying to destroy this country.  He won’t deal with it?  That’s what he’s elected to do!

  • Anonymous

    This socialist nigger is trying to destroy this country.  He won’t deal with it?  That’s what he’s elected to do!

  • Brandon Bowers

    Glenn,
    You are doing the same thing that the Liberal Press does with Obama! You need to stop all forward progress in a conversation and make Bill explain his stance on Gun Control or end the interview. If he is not on our team related to Gun Control then I sure would not be giving him a Platform to sell his book, much less be photographed laughing and having a good time with him. Don’t Play the Game, this “I diagree with my opponent but I respect him” is BS, there are 2 teams and 1 team is going to win if our Republic is to Survive. Be hardcore and don’t let these Shister’s by with a wink and a smile. This has always been what I thought made you different. Do you even read these comments Glenn?? You have something very unique to offer and interviewing Orielly without making him “Come to Jesus”  regarding Gun Control is taking you in the other direction………….I really liked Orielly at one time but he lost me 1,000,000,000% after his Egregious statements and mis-statement of Facts during the Gun Control debate!!!!! Are you still one of us?

  • Winston

    Bill O is a douche*bag and I quit watching him several years ago.  He’s a deceiver of which we were warned about in the Bible.  Further, I wouldn’t pay a dollar for anything this traitor and narcissist produces.  Don’t let him fool you.  His viewership is declining. . .as well it should.  Better to call him Judas Iscariot.  He’ll do anything for 30 pieces of silver.

  • Winston

    Bill O is a douche*bag and I quit watching him several years ago.  He’s a deceiver of which we were warned about in the Bible.  Further, I wouldn’t pay a dollar for anything this traitor and narcissist produces.  Don’t let him fool you.  His viewership is declining. . .as well it should.  Better to call him Judas Iscariot.  He’ll do anything for 30 pieces of silver.

  • Winston

    Bill O is a douche*bag and I quit watching him several years ago.  He’s a deceiver of which we were warned about in the Bible.  Further, I wouldn’t pay a dollar for anything this traitor and narcissist produces.  Don’t let him fool you.  His viewership is declining. . .as well it should.  Better to call him Judas Iscariot.  He’ll do anything for 30 pieces of silver.

  • Winston

    Bill O is a douche*bag and I quit watching him several years ago.  He’s a deceiver of which we were warned about in the Bible.  Further, I wouldn’t pay a dollar for anything this traitor and narcissist produces.  Don’t let him fool you.  His viewership is declining. . .as well it should.  Better to call him Judas Iscariot.  He’ll do anything for 30 pieces of silver.

  • Winston

    Bill O is a douche*bag and I quit watching him several years ago.  He’s a deceiver of which we were warned about in the Bible.  Further, I wouldn’t pay a dollar for anything this traitor and narcissist produces.  Don’t let him fool you.  His viewership is declining. . .as well it should.  Better to call him Judas Iscariot.  He’ll do anything for 30 pieces of silver.

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    Glenn Beck is awesome. Bill O’Reilly is a douche bag. That is all I have to say about that. (for now)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dottie-Hanna/690148027 Dottie Hanna

    Mr. Beck, you really need a moderater for these threads. A lot of these People who write on here are either plants, or truely nuts/dangerous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dottie-Hanna/690148027 Dottie Hanna

    Mr. Beck, you really need a moderater for these threads. A lot of these People who write on here are either plants, or truely nuts/dangerous.

  • Anonymous

     I’m reporting you.  THIS IS NOT ABOUT RACE.  this is about policy and direction of the USA.  YOUR comment is obviously planted/troll.    WE don’t talk like that here.  STUFF it DUDE.

  • Anonymous

    O’Reilly looses this one big time.  JESUS came to die.  NO ONE “KILLED HIM”… People flocked around JESUS because he was… GOD… and he spoke in LOVE..not because, O’Reilly, he was some “subversive”.   You have said that some of your reference material came from that FAUX Islam (cult) who were not even here when JESUS was…they came over 600 years later.
    Who cares what the politics were ??   Human nature has not ever changed and WE NEED SAVING. YOU have insulted the Jewish Religion;  you have really Insulted CHRISTIANS;  you’ve cast CATHOLICS in a very negative light, just because you CLAIM to be one… going to Catholic School and Mass doesn’t make you a CATHOLIC.  Speaking of CATHOLIC…the greatest source for all things HISTORICAL is  the MAGISTERIUM…did you mention them? 
    YOU claim it was the HOLY SPIRIT who told you to write  “KILLING JESUS”  (as if anyone could) …I say, dude,  it was SATAN himself and you fell into it.  We’ll never watch you again.
    I don’t anyone who will.   Your time has passed.   Your sure looked like a “lost old man” in that Interview with Glenn…You sure had a lot of smart a.  comments to make about GLENN’S attempt to set up THE BLAZE. You can’t feel so smart anymore.  RETIRE…after you take
    that offensive book off the market…and BTW… the entire HISTORY of the WORLD at the time JESUS was here IS in the BIBLE, if you knew how to read it.   I guess you are too pathetic
    to stay angry with…I’d HATE to be you.

  • Patti McCaghren

    We all have the Holy Spirit in us if are saved… He is the gift. Read Acts. Read all the Bible, even old testament. Hey, its in Genesis. Read it. Jesus is enough. Even if we had nothing else, Jesus is enough. get It…..

  • Anonymous

    Mr. MSM was always a fraud, and a very transparent one at that. In the future, if you want to ID an elitist, there is one dead giveaway, i.e., the endless chattering on public safety placed over the Bill of Rights.

    Mr. MSM personifies an elitist with a goon-squad complex. He thinks more governmental guns and badges are the answer to public safety and more tanks and fighter jets are the answer for world safety. He shills for more warfare as his counterparts on CNN cry out for more welfare. And this is how the welfare-warfare empire America has been built. One day, the national credit cards will no longer be issued and the dollar will collapse. Then is when the guns will really come in handy……..

  • STARSandSTRIPESbillOFrights

    Bill O’Reilly is the very last person on earth that I would want to hear about Jesus from. Gotta be friggin’ kidding me! What a waste of air time….

  • Anonymous

    I might enjoy Bill more if some one would deflate his ego by at least half.  His head gets in the way of his message.  I watched him on 60 mins and he does have a god complex. His comments about his book were like he is only one who has figured out all this information . Sorry but his great new revelations were things I read about 40 years ago.  I am glad he is finally enlightened enough to finally get it.  But do dump the huge ego, it gets in the way of every thing. 

  • Anonymous

    oreilly has insulted every Christian on the planet.  He has called our Lord and Saviour a human being.  He refuses to acknowledge that Jesus was the Son of God in a human body on this earth.  I think oreilly just committed the unpardonable sin of insulting the Holy Spirit.  I’ll be looking for your arrogance at the judgment throne oreillyloser.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1594976441 Terri Hamilton Dush

    I’m confused…Did I hear Glenn Beck say that he didn’t believe in GOD?

  • Anonymous

     Did you read the book?

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

     O’Reilly is fine.  I wouldn’t want to be his friend, but he stands up for decency and honesty, so he’s on my side 99% of the time.     

  • Anonymous

    Bill o’riely didn’t say anything new.
    Bill, come to Israel, travel in the Galilee, Jerusalem…. you’ll understand something…

    p.s
    leave Syria alone!! stop talking about them!!! let them do what ever they want in their borders! as long as it doesn’t affect the rest of the world, leave Assad to kill. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!

  • Anonymous

    Jay, Agreed.  Bill, with all his money, isn’t stingy with it.  He gives very generously to various charities.  And he always is on the lookout for any abuses
    that that have been inflicted on the young, such as, getting behind the passing
    of Jessica’s Law and calling out judges who give rape offenders easy/little time
    in jail, such as the one in MT.

  • Anonymous

    Um, have you read his book, STARS?   He has said it is NOT a religious book.  He does
    not call Jesus, the Christ/Messiah in the book.  It’s a HISTORY book about what the world was like in which Jesus lived.  About the Romans, the Jewish authorities.  Bill did
    make the claim that there are some things in it which differ (historically) from the Bible. Including the manner in which Jesus was crucified.  For instance, historically, the
    person had the nails driven through the wrists of the ”criminal”, not the hands, because
    the hands would have pulled free.  Apparently, again historically, the Romans did not use what is referred to as a ”Christian cross” but one that was more in the shape of a T,
    also known as the tau cross.   I heard a long time ago that the nails were placed through
    the wrist, so that part isn’t new to me.  I haven’t read the book, but plan to, since I like
    history.  The fellow who co-authored the book did a lot of research for it.  There are said
    to be a lot of footnotes in it.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe not, Dyrewulf.  O’Reilly is up front about the book, calling it a HISTORY.
    It is not about religion.  Ministers and others who have read it, seem to be
    favorable to it.  One has to understand what the intent of the book is.  Not The
    Life of Jesus, but rather, what led to his death.  I haven’t read it, but I can see
    why the Romans and Jewish leaders would consider Jesus a ”rabble-rouser.”
    And, therefor, seek his death.

  • Anonymous

    Not every Christian is insulted, kktex.  Guess it depends on one’s theology.  For Catholics, Jesus WAS human.  He, also, WAS God.  Fully human, fully God.
    Two persons, one being.  The second person in the Trinity.  (God, the Father; God,
    the Son; God, the Holy Spirit.)

  • Anonymous

     Bill O’Reilly is a good guy. He is a neo-con, but his heart is in the right place. Don’t take his political advice but he writes pretty good books…

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  • Anonymous

    Glenn Beck suckles the teets of Satan

  • Anonymous

    Dottie, watch the video clip and realize how Beck is sending secret messages to the African American cocaine dealer who he used to fellate in order to pay for illegal drugs. Watch how Beck holds the microphone and makes love to it with his mouth

  • Caleb Scansen

    wtf??

  • Anonymous

    “All of that is good, but I think in the end you have to compromise to some extent to get anything done long term.”

    O’Reilly is ignoring the elephant in the room… Democrats refuse to compromise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    There is only an awesome one and that’s ME, brother.
    I like Bill because is not a radical conservative, he is thoughtful, he is fair, he is well-informed . . . and he has some liberal friends as well. On the other side, we can’t say that about GB . . . he is totally nuts and an hypocrite. GB talks about love, morals, and values, but enjoys ripping and talking trash about his fellow Americans just because they are liberals and disagree with him. Jesus is really out of their league. His message of peace and love is far away for conservatives these days. They like to go to church and they think they will be saved just because that. WE need to live Christianity everyday, including loving those who truly disagree with us. Even me am weak on that. Its hard for me to love my conservative friends, but I try . . . that’s the message.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.thoele.5 Mark Thoele

    The elite class/the low information voter.  Most people in this country don’t do what you do (get on your computer and comment) or take the interest in politics. They really don’t care. Mr. O calls them low-information voters.  I call them “sound-bite” voters.  eg. here’s all you need to know, now get in lock-step and vote.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.thoele.5 Mark Thoele

    The elite class/the low information voter.  Most people in this country don’t do what you do (get on your computer and comment) or take the interest in politics. They really don’t care. Mr. O calls them low-information voters.  I call them “sound-bite” voters.  eg. here’s all you need to know, now get in lock-step and vote.

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    If only Bill actually wrote those books. Read work by the other author’s names who are on the cover. You will see who writes “Bill’s” books. Same with alot of these guys. You don’t find it weird that Bill NEVER wrote a book before coming to Fox?

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    If Bill O’Reilly had to be a liberal to make a living, he would be. He’s a fake. Listen to what he says. His whole game is to come off more “reasonable”, but in reality the guy is anything but. I don’t like fakes.

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    That’s a reasonable position Jay, but when you take that position people like Bill O’Reilly will burn you. All that has to happen is that you find out the guy is neither decent or honest. Look at Bill O’s past a little and you’ll find he’s not. My guess is that you’ve never been sued for sexual harassment and neither have I. Bill has been a dozen times. His game is to come off “middle of the road / reasonable dude”. I just don’t think he is. Alot of these “moderates” are that way. I myself am not a rabid Republican. I just like smaller government and unlike Bill O’Reilly I don’t want gun control. The guy just gives me the willies.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    What bullshit. If you’re talking about the case from 2004, that ended when O’Reilly counter-sued for extortion.

    You understand what extortion means, don’t you?

    So now you think O’Reilly is guilty until proven innocent, I guess.

    The Left would love nothing better than to stick it to O’Reilly, but they haven’t and they can’t and that frustrates them to no end.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    I’m not even sure he gives advice – he mainly just offers perspective.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Stop trolling, Dick.

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    Nope. I’m talking about the settlements before and after that case.

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    Trolling? You responded to me asshole.

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    Hilarious that you don’t believe in guilt before proven, yet you conclude that she was guilty of extortion. The case against her was dismissed and O’Reilly was the one who settled with HER. Yeah, that makes her look REAL guilty! And you accuse me of “trolling” but you were the one who commented on what I wrote. Not the other way around.