There is a civil war playing out in the Democratic Party between the radical left and old school, left-leaning Democrats. While trouble is brewing, so are opportunities. Glenn continues to encounter people who recognize the difficulties we now face as a nation. Two weeks ago, he met with leaders from Silicon Valley, mostly liberal, and the conversation bordered on shocking.
“Guy sitting next to me said, ‘You know, we have to admit our own mistakes… None of us here sitting at the table had a single problem with the way Barack Obama was signing executive orders. None of us said anything. It didn’t bother us. We didn’t have a single problem the way they got health care done. They just jammed it through. None of us said anything, but hurrah. Now that Donald Trump is doing the same thing, we’re all freaking out. You know, maybe we should have had a problem with Barack Obama doing it,'” Glenn recalled.
Glenn did his best to stay silent and listen.
“I’m like, don’t say anything, don’t say anything, don’t say anything. Don’t wreck this. He’s on the right train. Keep going,” Glenn said.
Then came the kicker.
“He said . . . ‘Every time the Tenth Amendment is brought up, every single one of us in this room always say racist, state’s rights is just about racism. But, gee, aren’t we the same people right now saying we have to strengthen the Tenth Amendment and maybe we should secede from the Union? Maybe it’s not about racism. Maybe there’s something to these state’s rights,'” Glenn recounted.
The revelation left Glenn floored — and more convinced than ever that we have a chance to turn things around.
“I think we’re between stage one and stage two, and there are those in our audience that are stage three, four and five,” Glenn stated. “It will take those of us who are three, four and five to be able to learn the language of these first two stages, speak to them, couple that with The Righteous Mind, and we can change the world. We really can heal the scars.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Okay. So I want you to listen to this. This is from Los Angeles. Long-standing tensions between the Democrat Party’s moderate and liberal wings have ignited in California, where progressive activists are redirecting their anger over Donald Trump and congressional Republicans towards Democratic leaders at home. Stoked by a contested race for state Democratic chair and the failure of a single-payer health care bill, activists are staging protests at the capitol. Assembly Speaker Rendon reportedly receiving death threats after shelving the health care legislation last month. And security was tightened at the statehouse, after activists disrupted a floor session last week. The rancor spillover from the contentious Democratic presidential primary last year is aggravating divisions in a state regarded nationally as a lodestar for the liberal cause. Establishment Democrats fear the rhetoric and appetite for new spending could go too far, jeopardizing the party’s across-the-board dominance of state politics. All of this has taken new significance on, as California embraces its role as the focal point of the anti-Trump resistance.
They’re now having to say, “Guys, guys, guys, we’re on the same team.” But they’re not. Go back to The Coming Insurrection, the little blue book that when I first started at Fox, people couldn’t imagine — what? Why is Glenn Beck, he’s saying read this socialist revolution book from France. Yes. Because I said it would come here. What was the point of that book? Do you remember why they were revolting in France, I mean, other than Frenchmen were revolting?
PAT: They were sick and tired of the promises not being fulfilled. Right?
GLENN: In what way?
PAT: They wanted Communism.
PAT: And they decided to go for it now, rather than progressively.
GLENN: Correct. And they kept saying, we have the opportunity right now. We keep electing you guys, and you keep saying — see if you’ve heard this phrase before: The French version of, okay. We just need the House and the Senate. Oh, okay. Well, we need the White House too. But once we get the House and the Senate and the White House too, then we’ll be able to do something. They’re like, we’ve elected you guys over and over again, and you’ve had the power. And you won’t do it. You’re never going to do it. You’re never going to do it. Because it’s about you. It’s not about Marxism. You’re just using us. Well, that’s what’s beginning to happen now. The Democrats have invited these people in, and they’re Marxist. And they’re revolutionaries. And they want their system.
So they wanted a single-payer system. The real Democrats said, “Okay. No, I think that will bankrupt the state.” And the Marxists and the deep, deep progressives said, “Now is the time. If not now, when? Are you kidding me, we’re more popular than ever because of Donald Trump. We can stand against it and lead the way. You people aren’t going to do it.” That’s why they’ve had to ratchet up security because the sentiments that I pointed out eight years ago in The Coming Insurrection and said, “It’s coming here,” is now beginning in California.
Okay. Sounds like bad news. But here’s the opportunity: And I have witnessed it myself. In fact, this weekend, I met two different people who said, “Glenn, I’m reading this book called The Righteous Mind.” And I just smile, “Uh-huh.”
This woman told me on Saturday, “I’m reading this. I had to get to you because I believe there’s a way out.” And I said, “Really? Well, I’m trying to work on that. I’m interested on hearing anything you’ve got.”
And she said, “Well, you have to read The Righteous Mind.” I said, “Jonathan Haidt?” She said, “Yes. You know it?” And I said, “Yeah, we’re working on something based on that as well.”
She said, “I’ve seen it work in my own life.” She said, “I had family members who I could not even talk to, and I started using what he’s pointing out, and I changed what I was saying, how I was saying it. And they’re hearing me now.”
“Yes, I know. I’ve seen it work myself.”
And here’s the opportunity: Last week, two weeks ago, when I was in California, there is a huge change in people. Huge change. And it’s not — the last time I was there was right after — yeah, right after the election. And people were stunned and they were afraid of Donald Trump. And everything else.
So I go out and I meet with — I’m going to have dinner with the one guy who is a really nice guy, but very, very liberal. Was very Hillary Clinton, I believe.
And I let him know that I’m coming out.
He said, “Glenn, I want to introduce you to some friends. They need to hear you speak.” And I said, “Okay.”
He said, “Anybody you want to meet with?” I said, “No, I just don’t want to meet with anybody who has a jersey.” So if you’re, the Democrats have to win, or that Donald Trump, we have to do everything we can to stop, or whatever, no team jerseys. Open minds.
He said, okay. So about 20 people show up. Twenty, 25. And they’re — they’re amazing job titles and names. I was shocked.
And all of them came in with — with a very open mind. And in some ways, afraid. Some of them told me that they were more afraid of their side than even Donald Trump now.
They said the Republicans are spooking the crap out of us. But what’s happening on the college campuses with the uber left is frightening.
Point number one: Their eyes are beginning to open. Point number two: Guy sitting next to me, he said — I opened up with: Look, we all have to admit our mistakes. And we have to just say, “I’m not trying to win. I’m trying to find a way back towards any kind of normal conversations with people who disagree with me, where I don’t hate you and you don’t hate me and we have to stop each other. Because what does that lead?”
Please, play this out for me. You guys win every election for the next 20 years. You have every seat and everything is Democratic. What are you going to do with the 40 percent of the population that just will not give up the idea of a free market? What do you do with them? Kill them? Silence them?
Because, I mean, at first, you just have to silence them and get them to play along. But when they don’t after 20 years, what do you do?
And the same thing with the people who say you’re the enemy. We have to just — what are we going to do with you, after 20 years of winning every single election? Because they’re not going to give up. Do we round you up? Do we put you in indoctrination camps, or do we kill you? Help figure this out.
We all came to the conclusion that there is no winning, just stop playing to win. Let’s start finding ways to live together.
So I say this: Guy sitting next to me said, you know, we have to admit our own mistakes. None of us here at this table — now, this is a super liberal guy. None of us here sitting at the table had a single problem with the way Barack Obama was signing executive orders. None of us said anything. It didn’t bother us. We didn’t have a single problem the way they got health care done. They just jammed it through. None of us said anything, but hurrah. Now that Donald Trump is doing the same thing, we’re all freaking out.
You know, maybe we should have had a problem with Barack Obama doing it. And I’m like, “Don’t say anything. Don’t say anything. Don’t say anything. Don’t wreck this. He’s on the right train. Keep going.” He said, “And another thing: Every time the Tenth Amendment is brought up, every single one of us in this room always say, racist. State’s rights is just about racism. But, gee, aren’t we the same people right now saying we have to strengthen the Tenth Amendment and maybe we should secede from the Union?
Maybe it’s not about racism. Maybe it’s something to these state’s rights. I am floored — floored with the nodding heads of, yeah. Yeah.
Now, they don’t agree with me on policies, but the principles are starting to shine through. So here’s the opportunity in California. There’s a Democratic civil war. The Coming Insurrection. Where people are shutting things down. You’re going to have violence. Because that’s what the left — the uber, uber radicalized left, that’s what they do.
So you’ve got that.
Then you have a whole bunch of people who are like, I’m not with them. But I also — I’m not really with the G.O.P. either because they’re doing the same kind of tactics as I just realized my party was doing. And I don’t like that either.
That’s where you come in. And if you can speak their language, you can get enough to open up to where you say, “See. Yes. You’re right. The Tenth Amendment.” For different reasons, we both believe in the Tenth Amendment. For different reasons, we both believe in the Fourth and the Fifth Amendment. But see how important the Constitution is?
We have that opportunity. And if you can only — if you could get, my gosh, 50 percent of the Democrats of California to turn, not going to happen, Glenn.
Good. I’ll take 5 percent. I’ll take 10 percent. You can get 5 percent of the Democrats in California, I believe, right now, if we start listening to each other. We start talking to one another, and we know how to talk to one another. And we stop trying to win. Because, they’re on the wrong side!
Play that out in your mind. How does that end? Play that out in your mind. How is it working out so far?
New tactic. And we’ll be talking to you about it and teaching it in the coming weeks. But I would highly recommend you start reading two books: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Spelled H-A-I-G-H-T.
PAT: No, it’s H-A-I-D-T.
GLENN: Oh, you guys are reading the wrong book.
STU: That would suck.
GLENN: Yeah, so Jonathan Haidt. So that one. And the other one is Tribal Leadership. Now, Tribal Leadership is — does anybody know who that one is by?
PAT: Two guys, I think, right?
GLENN: So you read that one. And that one is different — that one is more about business. It’s an older book. A couple years old. But it’s more about business. But —
STU: Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright are the authors.
GLENN: If you read those two books — the Tribal Leadership — think of the company as our country and see where the tribes are headed.
I contend that we are — and when you read this, you will understand, and you will put your hand to your mouth and go, “Oh, no.” I between our country is between stage one and stage two. And the Democrats and some on the alt-right are more stage one. That’s a dangerous place to go.
Stage two is almost a complete loss of hope. And a just submission into whatever. And I want a strongman to fix it because we’ve tried everything else.
I think we’re between stage one and stage two. And there are those in our audience that are stage three, four, and five, which are our good. But it will take those of us who are three, four, and five, to be able to learn the language of these first two stages, speak to them, couple that with the Righteous Mind, and we can change the world. We really can heal the scars. We’ll give that you as the days and weeks continue.