What is the real state of our union?

As expected, last night’s big address sounded more like a campaign stump speech than an honest assessment of the state of our union. Both President Obama and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who delivered the Republican rebuttal, offered nothing more than platitudes and sound bites that would appease their respective bases. On radio this morning, Glenn decided to offer his own evaluation – but instead rattling off hyperbolic rhetoric, Glenn decided to focus on the ‘real’ state of the union.

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So what is the state of our union? Not according to the President, his party, or the Republicans. What is the state of our union? Not those who lied, passed blame to everyone else, but just according to a man – a man like any other man; a man who has no power; a man who is a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a neighbor, a citizen – the state of the union from that perspective.

From my perspective – as somebody who is just looking at it, trying to do his best, trying to figure out what is happening in the world, what is happening to our country, just sharing the truth as I understand it – the state of the union is sorry.

If you happen to be a lying politician with an agenda for power, the state of the union’s never been better. Or if you’re one of the elite, if you’re one of the well-connected, the cronies pulling the strings of the lying politicians so you too can gain even more power, then the state of your union is fabulous. If you fit in one of those two categories, the state of the union is exactly where you want it to be…

Based on the reaction from the press to that nightmarish address from Caesar, you know that we have a complicit media. The politicians know, the crony capitalists know they’ve got a complicit media, and they’re at our beck and call. The media will spring into action for you if anyone – even if they are normally on your side, even if they are a friend – if they step out of line, if they say even one thing remotely contradictory, that complicit media will attack like a pack of rabid wolves…

We’ve witnessed that now in action. Look at what they’ve just done to venture capitalist Tom Perkins. A guy from San Francisco. A man who voted for Jerry Brown. It doesn’t get any more extreme left than Jerry Brown. He considers Jerry Brown a friend. He voted for him for the governor of California. He said he’ll vote for him again. He’s a man who’s close to Al Gore, considers him a friend. I don’t know Tom Perkins at all, but just based on those two pieces of information, he’s obviously a liberal. And I don’t think Tom and I are going to be having dinner anytime soon. But actually I would like to shake that man’s hand because Tom dared to step out of line, just for a minute. Just to warn about the consequences of demonizing people who have become successful, and he experienced the wrath of hellfire raining down on him. The media tore into him… His own company, one he helped create, tore into him.

A few months ago a friend and a supporter of this president, somebody who campaigned, somebody who helped raise funds for him to get reelected, Paula Deen, was nearly exiled from our civilization, was literally put down on the ground, put to her knees. I’m surprised somebody didn’t step on her throat and actually put a brand on her forehead ‘Racist’ because she admitted using a word in jest years ago. And no one who participated in stoking up the flames of her branding iron has ever mentioned that, ‘Oh, by the way, has anybody noticed the fact that the president of the United States is black and she supported, she helped raise money, she helped elect him? He’s black? How is she a racist?’

What kind of game is going on? Don’t you see the insanity? It’s madness! The state of the union is insanity! It makes no sense. The state of the union is dark and dismal, and it needs to reconnect with reality. The state of our union is upside down.

If you’re over 30, you might remember a song, and I am positive – because I’ve done this with Muse before – that this group is going to hate me for even ever listening to them… But it is appropriate now. If you just change a couple of words, it is so appropriate. The band was called Supertramp. The song was “The Logical Song.” Let me just quote the lyrics:

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
acceptable, respecable, presentable, a vegtable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
the questions run so deep
for such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

Now, that’s what Supertramp thought then… but I think you change that one word and it applies today. The Glenn Beck version would be:

Watch what you say or we’ll be calling you a radical, conservative, fanatical, criminal.

I know it sounds absurd, but please, dear listener, please, dear friend, who has been with me on this journey for how many years now. Some of you have been with me since I was in Connecticut. Some remember listening to me when I was in Phoenix, and I was an awful morning deejay. Could you please tell me who I am? Can you please tell me who we are? Are we the people who are going to let the media force us to cower in a corner someplace? Are we a people that are going to let the president and his elitist friends, his allies, his union thugs – and if it’s not them, it will be the Republicans and their business thugs – are we going to let them reshape the image of America in their image? Are we the people who are going to allow them to send our children off to be taught how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical, and accept that the debate is over, that the science is settled – sit down, shut up?

I’m not the president of the United States. I am still the guy I was in 1999 when I couldn’t afford my rent. I am a guy who, somehow or another, found that ladder that doesn’t exist and crawled beyond who I always was taught I am. And there are those who are still trying to force me down and tell me that I’m not educated enough. I didn’t get their certificates. I didn’t pass through their gates. I didn’t do it their way and so I’m nothing. I’m nothing more than a hoax. I don’t really exist. I’m an aberration. I’m a radical. But I refuse to be a vegetable. I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who we are.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    The real State of the Union.

  • Chris Dukes

    Couldn’t have said it better! The state of the union is insanity! The state of the union is confusion! The state of the union is helpless! The state of the union is frustration! The state of the union is lacking business sense! The state of the union is comply and enjoy it! The state of our union is unacceptable. As a middle class, hard working man, I am utterly frustrated, confused, helpless and tired. As a small business leader bent on organic growth and providing jobs for nearly 50 citizens of our great country I am utterly frustrated, confused, helpless and tired. There IS a better way. There IS something to look forward to, but we can not continue to allow career politicians and the “elite” to control the future of our great union. They lack the true feelings of “union”, they lack the true business sense, they lack the common sense necessary to bring our state of the union back to a prosperous state. The parallels to some horrible events in our world’s history are undeniable. The safe guards and checks and balances were put in place by our founding fathers to prevent these things – and yet they continue to push for them. Let’s get this state of the union back to where it has been – to where it should be!

  • Mike Nelson

    The State of the Union?

    If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap!

  • Keith Smigle
  • Anonymous

    An interesting take on The Logical Song. I’ve seen it differently, as a rejection of logic, responsibility, and practicality, in favor of contemplating one’s naval, and being absorbed in one’s feelings, and that the expression of those feelings is what’s “radical.” The difference in interpretation between you and me is subtle, I think. The way I see it, logic, responsibility, and practicality are things you can own as an individual. They’re not things that have to be imposed on you, though maybe that’s what Supertramp was trying to communicate (that they are imposed, and that’s what’s wrong). We can explain to ourselves who we are without rejecting logic, responsibility, or practicality. They’re not bad things, and so I don’t feel comfortable seeing this song as providing any sort of illuminating answer to our national problem.

    You may see the forces that are telling us that we can’t reject the idea of human-caused global warming, or who say we can’t reject amnesty, as seeing themselves as logical, responsible, and practical. In my view they’re being the opposite of all of those things. What they are doing is the logical conclusion of The Logical Song. They are thoughtlessly affirming themselves, and thoughtlessly committing to values, and they’re actively avoiding critically examining any of it. As Plato said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I think if we applied knowledge, logic, and responsibility to what we experience, we would arrive back somewhere around where the Founders began with this country, because human nature doesn’t change. Logic can’t explain everything in our experience, but it can help clarify a lot. We shouldn’t accept it as our absolute salvation, but we shouldn’t just throw it away, either, in favor of our fickle feelings that sway hither and yon. We need some consistency and clarity in our society, and most of all the knowledge that we can own our identity, and we can own what and how we think. The biggest problem I see is we don’t think about any of this, and just give in to whatever fears and passions possess us in the moment.

  • Anonymous

    Question did obama plan this scandal of fixing the elections with the IRS for some time now ??, first IRS just say the investigated turn down applications of certain group possible terrorists,subversive ,enemy of state on their own to cover one election, Then for the next election they pass unlawful regulations to target these group another road block ,instead of doing these regulation and congress clear this up with one move, third road block for cover this time obama with his devious U.S attorney general instead of saying possible enemy of state ,they will have U.S government falsely declare these groups Tea Party,Conservative,Israel backers and maybe Conservative Republicans as enemy of state,Terrorists,staging for revolts and uprising this will give IRS cover for another time to misuse their power before Congress and Suspreme Courts can react ????????? Was obama and his cronies congressmen were setting the ground work for this when they first took office by starting these rumors about these groups by falsely labeling them terrorists etc ???? When obama and cronies couldn’t label people who kill our civilians and our soldiers and declare war on U.S as terrorists !! Is this why IRS is still running a amok ,they know obama justice department will give them another out if needed by making a false declaration these groups as threats ???? I say impeach obama , and throw all these people out of office who scheme to go against our constitution and our bill rights , will these regulations stand up in the suspreme court , ??????????????????????

  • ellievl

    I had that album and loved that song….even back then…there was an awareness of the progressive system whose agenda is to destroy the very persons God made us to be! I never dreamed our beloved America would be raped and pillaged without even a descent fight!
    Makes me want to jump into the old Verizon ad:” CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Can you hear me now? Now it would appear we are deaf!
    Unless we rise up many will be dead.

  • Anonymous

    Every time congress clear one road block with illegal actions of IRS in fixing elections,violations of freedom of speech ,assembly without repercussion obama/IRS/Justice Department will throw another IRS road block to silence the opposition to obama and progressive Democrats so they can misuse the IRS in repeated elections !!! Our obama know it will take time for Suspreme take up and pass a decision on these so call regulations !! Now for all these federal workers I don’t care that they have twenty years , they know it was wrong what they are doing ,illegal,just a play of words by politicians, they have union for protection, for not violating the constitution,bill rights, and IRS rules when operating with the public !!! Pllus following orders is no excuse !!! Nazi soldiers knew right from wrong , gun down our soldiers who were prisoners ,force starvation of men,women ,children , herd groups into the ovens with the use of their weapons were nothing but goons for Hitler !!! Now if these workers who didn’t say no to obama illegal indirect directives using their position in the IRS as a weapon they are nothing but obama goons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    What next with obama,justice department and their attack dog IRS will they falsely label or declare opposing groups and people outspoken as inciting revotes to silence them Talk Radio Russ etc,Fox news,Glenn ,bloggers on the internet

  • Anonymous

    I loved Supertramp! Loved that song too! Used to be a liberal. Then I grew up and realized that self righteous liberal theology was empty and vain. The problem is though, it is easier than facing the truth. Blaming someone else for my own mess was always easier than accepting responsibility for it myself. It takes courage to look honestly at where your choices and decisions have lead you and turn around.
    I’ll tell you who I think you are Glenn Beck, if you don’t mind. I think you are prophet to your nation. I think you are a teacher and preacher of righteousness and you have been given a huge megaphone to speak the truth. The time is coming when all the empty promises will come crashing down and you can’t stop or prevent that – the tipping point is past – but you might just save a few more souls if you don’t stop shouting from the roof top. I would encourage you to worry less about being divisive – even Jesus said He came to divide (see Luke 12:49-53) – and just continue to speak the truth boldly out of a heart of love for your fellow man. God has given you eyes to see the things that are coming upon the earth and particularly on the US, warn the people of the jugement that is coming. Plead with them to “turn to God and live” – wasn’t that what you said a couple years ago?
    God’s very best to you & yours.

  • Bill Tilghman

    The union is damned near dead on arrival. Don’t like the state it is in? Vote in November to get rid of the Democrat liberal horde, and in 2016 to return to sanity of fiscal conservatism and reduced federal intrusion into our lives.

    It is time we held them to their original agreement – they serve us, not the other way around.

    Do it for your children’s sake.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. Free will makes us a multitude. Some dig in the sands. Some carve for themseves a place on the edifice of history.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    i hear ya, glenn. i’m w/ya.

  • Adam Acuo

    Glenn, your transformation has been remarkable. You are now nearly rational – but you still have a few things to work on – in particular the metaphysical contradiction that leads you to the belief that the Christian god is the source of our liberty (so, if we were to prove beyond a doubt that god doesn’t exist, would you accept dictatorship and fascism as correct?) and all that follows from this mistake. The founders were well aware that accepting any religion in government was fundamentally incompatible with liberty – and for the first time in human existence they separated the two! Are you aware of how big this was at the time…? Everything in all of the history of mankind prior to this was based on the fact that the rulers were anointed by god or gods. They even went to great ends to justify our liberty not by the grace of god – but as a fact of our creation – whatever that may mean. Believe in god if you must – but separate it from the state. Don’t use it to justify our liberty, because it’s not required.

  • ” Jolly Roger “

    in total collapse, period

  • fire lion

    Ironic talking about paula deen being nearly branded and exiled. Cus that’s what you christians did if anyone didnt profess their love for jesus. That is until sane people stopped you.

  • The Savage Hombre

    It’s important to keep in mind that Hussein Obama’s main objective is the destruction of this country.

  • Marsh Korvela

    We appear to be a nation with a dying soul.
    What’s good for me rather than the whole.