Video: Obama talking to students…
GLENN: Could we play now — again this is from a speech this weekend and I want you to listen to what he says and ask yourself why is Playstation and XBOX in this? It’s a diversion. Listen to this, what the president said.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Meanwhile you are coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads and XBOX’s and PlayStations, none of which I know how to work, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.
STU: Emancipated from your pants.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: It’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.
PAT: We don’t want pressure put on our democracy by those XBOX’s.
GLENN: Okay, now listen to this, listen to a couple of things and then listen to it again with new ears. Cass Sunstein is one of Barack Obama’s close confidantes. He is I believe the most dangerous man in America. Nobody sees him coming. He is the head now of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, information and regulatory affairs. He oversees the policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs. Know that our government, our DOJ under Holdren right now or Holder, is arguing in the courts that you have no reasonable right of expectation of privacy in your e mail, privacy of location if you have a cellphone because they can triangulate you. Without a warrant they want to be able to read your e mail. Without a warrant. This is the same group of people that today or over the weekend Holdren came out and said — I’m sorry, Holder came out and said that he wants the Miranda rights also to go away for, you know, if you are involved in terrorism. Excuse me? If you are an American citizen? I don’t think so. So Cass Sunstein overseeing policies relating to privacy and information. He said that the government needs to employ teams of covert agents and pseudo — I’m quoting — independent advocates to cognitively infiltrate online groups and websites as well as other activist groups which advocate views that Sunstein deems, quote, as false conspiracy theories about the government, end quote. He said that they should all be discredited, even though some of these conspiracy theories will be right. This would be — you ready for this? Designed to increase the citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper — let’s see — also advocates that the government’s stealth infiltration should be accompanied by sending covert agents into, quote, chat rooms, online social networks or even real space groups. He also proposes that the government make secret payments to so called independent credible voices to bolster the government’s messaging, on the ground that those who don’t believe the government’s sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear to be independent, while secretly acting on behalf of our government.
This guy’s actually got a job with the president! This is his job now!
This program would target those advocating false, quote, conspiracy theories which they define to mean an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people who have managed to conceal their role. Sunstein’s 2008 paper was flagged, blah, blah blah, blah blah.
So he says there are five steps: One, ban all conspiracy theories, even those that turn out to be correct. Ban them. Two, tax conspiracy theories. I would be a conspiracy theorist according to Cass Sunstein. I’m also — this is his language — also anti government. If you disagree with the policies of this administration, that doesn’t mean you disagree with the president or his policies. Cass Sunstein wants it to be known that you are anti government. Watch the coverage on television. Fox does not call the tea party members anti government. Every other network does. Anti government tea parties. Where did that come from? Cass Sunstein.
Third proposal: Government engage in counterspeech.
Four: Government hires neutral people, quote/unquote, for counterspeech.
Five: Government might engage in informal communication with conspiracy theorists. The main policy recommendation, cognitive infiltration of conspiracy theories. I find it interesting this weekend on Twitter the big thing was somebody who calls themselves Beck girl is using the N word left and right and all of a sudden all the people on the left are saying, look at Glenn Beck won’t even speak out against this person.
First of all, I’m not playing your game. Second of all, I’m not responsible for my listeners and what — there are crazy people in every audience, in every walk of life. There are crazy people that are fans of Obama. Most importantly, of course I don’t agree with that. So I’m not even going to address it. But most importantly here is gosh, that sounds like Cass Sunstein. Doesn’t it? Infiltrate, online, pose and discredit. Gosh, that sounds like Cass Sunstein. Cass Sunstein, free press, free press also trying to shut down the Internet. Not to shut it down, not to turn it off but to shape, to make sure. As Mark Lloyd who’s now at the FCC said that important Democratic revolution couldn’t have happened if they hadn’t have controlled the press. The Venezuelan important Democratic revolution. That’s interesting, isn’t it?
Oh, by the way, Bob Bennett, according to the Washington Post, Bob Bennett, he didn’t just lose. That wasn’t a loss this weekend for Bob Bennett. According to the Washington Post, how did they describe it, Pat?
PAT: I don’t have the story right in front of me. I’m trying to think. Oh, a nonviolent coup.
GLENN: A nonviolent coup. The Democratic process is now a nonviolent coup. Do you see what’s happening? And by the way, let me give you a quote out of Rules For Radicals by Saul Alinsky. I want you to understand who you are dealing with. I want you to understand who these people hold up. Rules For Radicals. Remember, the ends justify the means. There is no wrong. You can do whatever you want. You do whatever’s necessary. You get the job done. Rules For Radicals.
May I quote: Lest we forget, at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical, from all of our legends mythology and history, the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom. That radical was Lucifer, end quote. Saul Alinsky. I’m sorry. We’re looking to the devil. We’re looking to Lucifer as an example of at least he got his! We’re looking and using as an example something that now under the Obama administration the Department of Education is telling students to read this book. In it Saul Alinsky holds out as an example of, hey, let’s not forget the first radical was Lucifer! Wow.
I said it about an hour ago. I’ve been reading a lot over and over and over again the Moses story. There’s a lot to be learned there. The take away today for me is the simple step that Moses was told to do, put a snake on a stick and said, you want to live? Just look at the snake. People didn’t do it for a myriad of reasons, one of which it was just too easy. What was the lesson? Please, dear God, don’t dismiss it. The lesson was look to God to live. We are entering unbelievable times. Look to God to live.