Glenn Beck: Piece of Progressive History

FDR – "The Economic Bill of Rights"

GLENN: All righty then, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. My name is Glenn Beck. Third most listened to show in all of America, from Radio City in Midtown Manhattan. Thank you for listening. As you know unless this is your first day listening, I’m concerned about our country and I think I’m concerned the same way you are and, you know, I started this administration and I got a lot of heat from it from this audience when I said, look, President Obama is my president and I’m going to give him a chance. It doesn’t mean I want his policies to be implemented but if he fails, we all fail. Now, when I mean what I mean by if he fails, we all fail, sometimes his failures, his failures he could deem successes. I wonder what his agenda is because it doesn’t make sense to me at all. If you believe in the America that our founders set up. But see, there are people that don’t believe in what our founders set up and they are called progressives. And I have told you about the progressives for a while. As Hillary Clinton said, the quintessential American progressive movement of the early 20th century. These are the people that took our history books and made our founders into white racist slave owners that were nothing but rich men. These are the people that gave us the Fed and the income tax and prohibition. Prohibition because it wasn’t good for you. It wasn’t good for society. These are the people in prohibition that are giving us the same thing on, quite honestly, transfats. They will take care of us. It is the nanny state. These are the people that gave the world the first czars. Well, I can’t say the first czars. The first czars that were out of Russia. They were administrators. Later they were called dictators in the FDR administration. He had the dictator of lumber, the dictator of automotive, the dictator of labor. That’s what they were called. They weren’t called czars back then. That’s what they’re called. They were called dictators until Mussolini joined forces with the national socialists in Germany, otherwise known as the Nazis. That’s when he dropped the words dictators and all of a sudden dictator became evil. But the progressives don’t mind a benevolent dictator, a fascist with a smiley face.

So have we put the early 20th century progressive away, the kind of guy that would serve four terms, or five or eight or 100, until he dies? Have we left that? Have we returned to the country of our founders or have we returned to the early 20th century? I’m going to play you a piece of history that not a lot of people know because it’s pretty much been washed out of our history books. Unfortunately for the progressives, there is audio. I’m going to play a fireside chat for you and I want you to listen to the words of FDR. This is something he tried to do and it caused enough problems in the country that he couldn’t get it through. It’s one of the reasons why he tried to pack the court. He tried to get around the rules any way he could but luckily back then there was enough of the greatest American generation that hadn’t become slaves to the morphine or heroin that the federal government was giving out in aid. So they had to give out some aid like Social Security and that’s about as far as he could go. He could do some cobbling of the industries, but he couldn’t take it over. Because our grandparents wouldn’t allow it. But now that our grandparents are dead, who’s teaching the lesson that communism is evil? A communist country, China, our kids don’t think China is evil. They are currently restricting families from growing. They will take your child away from you and kill them. But nobody thinks that’s evil. We’re buying our products from them. We don’t have a problem with them. We’re borrowing money. People are going over there all the time? Wow, that’s quite a country. It’s communist. Or is it progressive?

This hour I’m going to share with you the names of two of our czars that are beyond progressive. One of them is the science minister, and I’ll share his name with you in just a minute. He’s the czar of science that believes the family is outdated. Sterilization, forced sterilization and contraception isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We have the czar of green jobs who by his own admission is a communist radical, in his own words. He said, I went to prison, I met Marxist, communist radicals and by the time I got out of prison, I was one of them. Ten or twelve years later, since that interview, he’s now a green job czar. So what is the plan for our country? Well, it’s just making sure that you’re taken care of. This is where we’re headed. A flashback to the past with FDR.

FDR: Necessitous men are not free men. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed. Among these are the right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation.

GLENN: Stop just a second. I just wanted you to I just want you to make sure that we clarify these as we go. A new age has come where we find these things to be self evident, that you this is his second Bill of Rights that he actually wanted into the Constitution: That you have a right to a job. Marxism. You have a right to a job, right number one.

FDR: The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.

GLENN: Stop. A right to earn enough to a home I’m sorry. No, no, no. To food, clothing, and recreation. (Interference). Is that it? Are you there? We’re having a problem. Sorry about that. We have you know, it’s a surprise. We work here in New York and we only have a $250,000 air conditioning unit in the other room to keep these studios at the exact right temperature, and we only have to have a union guy come in and fix it about once every two weeks and so we’re having mic problems because they have to be kept a certain temperature, but for some reason we can’t get that done. Might be because I say bad things about the unions. Hmmm. No, that would be paranoid.

Anyway, so you have a right to a certain level of money, a certain income so you can buy clothing and food and have recreation. That is a right that FDR wanted to give you.

FDR: The right of farmers who raise and sell their products at a return which will give them and their families a decent living.

GLENN: Stop. A right for farmers to grow and sell things at a decent level. So in other words, bogus market conditions. You are not going to let the market sort it out. There is going to be a basic number, a basic level of income for everyone and then there’s also going to be a basic bottom or floor for the price of everything. Now, this is obviously focused just on farms here but you have to remember this is in the 1940s when we, of course, were mainly farmers, not an industrial nation as much as we were as a farming nation. A lot of our workforce was out in the farms at the time. So you have a right to sell your crops at a certain level that will never go below a certain level as dictated by the government.

FDR: The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition.

GLENN: Stop. The government is going to make sure that there is no unfair competition and you’d be free of monopolies. I don’t understand how he made that one work if I can remind you of the Bell system but apparently they made that one work in their own head. I don’t know how he made that work in his own head when he put together a group of dictators as he called them then, but they would be czars now. In fact, just like the czars we have in the auto industry and the czar of the unions and the czar of the green jobs getting together and telling our auto industry exactly what to do, which would because they are consulting the people at GM and Chrysler and Ford but not the people at Tesla. It puts competition out of business because as you are seeing now what’s happening right now, it’s the big that survive because they have the money to lobby. They have the money to be in with the government. They are making all kinds of deals with the government to be able to survive the big ones, and they make the conditions perfect for them so they can put the little ones and their competitors out of business.

FDR: The right of every family to a decent home.

GLENN: Stop. He wanted to add to the Bill of Rights a right to a home.

Let me ask you this: We don’t have a president who is saying any of these things, but we do have a president now because of the last president that has made it possible and a congress with Barney Frank who probably would say we have a right to a home. He’s given, what is it, 60% of all mortgages to Fannie and Freddie now? And now the president is saying that if you default, he would like your mortgage to go into default and be sold off to Freddie and the government would then be your landlord. So the government would own your home and you would rent it from the government. That sounds a little like universal housing, and we have allowed the government to own 60% of our homes. Your home, whether you got a bank loan from Wachovia or Wells Fargo or wherever, there’s a chance that your home is actually now owned by the federal government through Freddie and Fannie. We’ve never had a problem with that. Has it been that we have been transformed? We haven’t. They didn’t get this through in the progressive movement. They didn’t get any of this through. The American people rejected it. But did they not set up these systems back then but slowly but surely in dribs and drabs can you get the Ezra Taft Benson quote for me about what Nikita Kruschev said to him? See if you can find that for me because this is it.

Here we have FDR, a guy who the Communist Party was running a candidate against him. They had been running communists had been running capped dates. You know, when the communist things started to take off in America, the Communist Party of USA, they started running candidates. During the FDR administration they said we don’t need to run another, we don’t need to run again because everything that FDR is doing, we are getting our agenda done through him. So we don’t want to hurt him.

By the way, who was the czar that quoted that candidate in their yearbook? Do you remember, Stu? It was yeah. That candidate that endorsed FDR, that was a communist, was it Sotomayor? Oh, dear God. It may have been Sotomayor. I think it was Sotomayor. It was, wasn’t it? What did she quote him as saying in the yearbook? A communist candidate in the 1930s that drops out. She quotes him in her yearbook, Sotomayor. When Nikita Kruschev came over do we happen to have this yet? When Nikita Kruschev came over in the Sixties, our secretary of agriculture met with him because the communists, you know, had a hard time with farming and so what happened? He met with him, and President Eisenhower said to his secretary of agriculture, I want you to meet with him. He said, I don’t want to meet with him. He met with him, and this is from a speech that he gave. After that meeting this is what he said.

VOICE: As we talked face to face, he indicated that my grandchildren would live under communism. After assuring him that I expected to do all in my power to assure that his and all other grandchildren will live under freedom, he arrogantly declared in substance, "You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands."

GLENN: Let me tell you something. Ezra Taft Benson did more to fight communism than most of the men that I have ever read about. This guy was right on the money. He was right on the money. We are now seeing Barack Obama put in, not by asking. He’s doing. He’s accomplishing this Bill of Rights.

Do we have the healthcare thing? Is that the next one, Pat? Or we should wait? Is that the next one? Play that last one.

FDR: The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.

GLENN: Stop. Healthcare. He’s putting each one of these things in. Dribs and drabs. You are going to have universal healthcare because we have Fannie and Freddie, put in, in dribs and drabs in doses, small doses of socialism. This country is being, as Barack Obama said in his inauguration speech, he didn’t say we were going to rebuild it. He said we are going to remake it. And that is exactly what he is doing. He is remaking America. But in what image? In the image of the progressive movement, which was endorsed by the communists. Communism and socialism, there is a difference. Communism needs to be enforced at the barrel of a gun. When this economy can’t take it anymore and people rise up because they’re hungry, do you think this government won’t use a barrel of a gun?