Confederate statues have been coming down around the country, with the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee sparking a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last weekend.
America has Nazis “in growing numbers,” but we can’t address the modern problem without looking at the big picture, Glenn Beck noted on Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”
The Confederacy was founded to protect and promote slavery, but racism goes beyond Confederate ideals. Progressive figures like Woodrow Wilson and Margaret Sanger have also contributed to America’s history of racism.
More than ever, we need to teach the next generation the uncensored version of American history, with both the “really bad things” and the “glorious things,” Glenn said. While we live in a great country with an incredible history, it’s important not to whitewash the terrible moments. If you don’t teach your children the bad along with the good, they won’t understand America in context.
“I want to recognize the past, and I want to recognize both the good and the bad,” Glenn said. “You cannot raise your children to believe that America is just this sunshine-and-lollipops country, because it’s not.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Yesterday, I started this program with much — many of the same words that I’m going to start this one with: This is not a program for babies. This is not a program for snowflakes. And it is not a program today for people who are just playing team sports.
I am — I am an American because I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe in the Bill of Rights. And I believe that there are millions of Americans who are afraid of their own side right now. They are afraid of the people who are in Berkeley, California, who are trying to silence free speech all across the universities. And I know this because I have many liberal friends, who will tell me silently — and those days really have to come to an end soon, guys — who will tell me silently, they are — and this is a quote from one of them — they are more afraid of my side than I am yours.
They know they’ve unleashed a monster. And right now, the left might be celebrating the taking down of Confederate statues. Now, me personally — and I grew up in Seattle, Washington, so I have no heritage from the South. In fact, my heritage is from two forefathers that were killed by the South. One of them died in a really note other side concentration camp where pretty much they all starved to death. Died of disease in the South.
So any heritage that I do have is on the North. So I approach this with that. But I also believe that I’m a pretty fair person. I look into history, and I don’t want to whitewash our history. I want to recognize the past, and I want to recognize both the good and the bad. You cannot raise your children to believe that America is just this sun shine and lollipops country because it’s not. We have some really bad things.
With that being said, we also have some really glorious things about this nation. But if you don’t teach your children the bad things — if they don’t hear it from you and then hear, “But this is why America is so great anyway. Name the countries that haven’t done this kind of stuff” — we have to teach history and keep it in context and look for the advancement of man.
Are there racists? Yeah, yeah. Boy. Are there Nazis? Yeah, in growing numbers.
These — these have been seen — exactly what’s going on in the world has been seen before. And what’s happening right now was played out in the — the late 19s and the early 1920s.
This progressive movement that glorified racism — from Woodrow Wilson to Margaret Sanger, they glorified racism. They beefed up the Klan. The Klan was almost dead, and they brought it back to life. Because they were — they had a deep hatred for black people. And that is the truth. Look it up.
If you want to tear down a memorial because people had a real, true hatred for people of color, then you need to take the one living memorial and discard it. And that’s Planned Parenthood. If you want to have a real discussion, I will stand with you.
Bedford Forrest, horrible human being. Horrible human being. A general in the South. Founder of the Klan.
He skinned people alive, if you stood up for the slaves and you were white. And then he would hang your skin on the sides of barns, along with black skins, to let everybody know, “You come into this area and you stand for the North, this is what’s going to happen to you.”
There’s no way you can stand with those from the early 20th century progressive movement, and there’s no way you can stand with the Klan, the Nazis, or Antifa. Can’t.
And I want to warn you that right now, the left might be feeling pretty good because we’re getting rid of the Confederate symbols. I’ve always wondered why we have these people in our cities. “Well, because of heritage.”
Yeah, but the heritage is a lie. The one that you have been taught and held on to is a lie. I’m sorry, it is. If you read the Confederate constitution, it was not for state’s rights.
If you wanted to break away from the United States, then you take the Constitution of the United States, and you say, “This Constitution is right. The Bill of Rights is right. We just don’t interpret it for black people because we don’t think black people are people.”
You have a hard time defending that. But at least you can say, “No, it was for state’s rights. And it was for the constitution in my perverted sort of way.” Okay. That’s not what they did.
They betrayed the country. They claimed that it was about state’s rights. But then when they wrote their new constitution, they made it impossible for you to join the Confederate states if you didn’t also support slavery in your state and believe that slavery should be furthered in every state. That’s not state’s rights. That’s a cramdown. That’s really, really early progressivism.
I want to lay something out for you today. And yesterday on the program, I said, I want you to write a few things down. But honestly, I didn’t leave here last night until 9:30. And I was so busy last night that I didn’t have time to do anything other than notes. And this warning is too important, and I’m — I’m not going on the air until this is exactly right. Because what I feel in my gut is what I told you a few years ago. And that is, there’s going to believe a time when you’re not going to recognize your country. There’s going to come a time when everything you thought was solid is liquid, and everything that was liquid is solid. There’s going to come a time where everything is turned inside out and upside down. And you’re just not going to know which direction to go in. And you won’t believe in any anything. But you’re going to get up and you’re going to wake up, and you won’t recognize your country.
Well, guys, if this isn’t the final nail in that coffin, I don’t know what is.
When we are actually having a conversation and an argument over, “Are you going to stand with the communists or the Nazis,” the country has gone insane. It is over the cliff. And I draw a line in the sand for me and my family. I’m not telling you what to do. But for me and my family, we go no further. I am not going to play that game because those are false options. That is not true.
And I will not join a mob on either side. When you’re pulling down statues and you’re doing it with mob justice, you’re no better than the Wild West. You’re no better than the savages that we crawled and fought so many thousands of years to — to get away from.
Man has a savage nation — nature to him. We are animals. And it takes hard work to stop acting like an animal. Great, profound sacrifices have been made to be able to quiet the savage beast that is in all of us, no matter what color you are.
And this was a grand experiment. And, you know what, the world has never been like this ever, ever. Not even close to this.
And everybody thinks it’s just going to go on forever. And, well, you’re not going to — it’s not going to get really bad.
If I would have told you that the world would be at this point ten years ago and said, “Within ten years,” you would have said — even if you followed me and believed me, you would have said, “Oh, Glenn, he’s going too far.” And here’s what I want you to hear: Saturday started not a new chapter, perhaps a new section. But I feel like it’s a new book, or it’s about to be.
We’ve — we’ve started to write, as of Saturday, a new section of the story of America. We ended the beginning. The beginning has been going on for a while. The beginning of whatever is going to happen to America, that has ended. And we are now beginning the middle.
Does that make sense? The middle is not going to be a long section. But the middle will chart the ending.
And so it’s, choose your own story. But every choice we make today, every choice we make is going to flip to Page 96 or flip to Page 71. Every choice is going to take us on a different adventure. And this isn’t a storybook.
We are either going to pull ourselves out of the tar pit that we’re in right now, or we’re going under. And when we go under, it’s Game of Thrones. For a while, the world will go into Game of Thrones. Do we pull ourselves out? How do you silence half a population?
I want to show you why I believe the last four days have forever changed the country. It has — the last four days is either the beginning of a new party or the absolute end of any conservative party.
Conservatives and really, truly, I believe, the Constitution, are on the ropes. And the next few months are going to decide our fate.
And when I say the next few months are going to decide our fate, it’s not time. It’s what we do with that time that will decide our fate. And I want to show you, in a real quick recap, why I believe everything has changed on Saturday, when we come back.