Glenn has just left the NYC office on a 3-day, 12 city AGENDA 21 book tour (see if he’s coming to your city here.) These tours usually result in lots of great behind-the-scenes stories and photos so I thought it would be fun to share those with you here throughout the weekend. Of course, since those stories and photos generally end up making fun of Glenn in some way I also thought it would be fun to do it anonymously (lots of people are looking for work, I don’t want to be one of them). So, for the next couple of days, as my spies on site feed me content, I’ll share it with you here in this space.
To get us started, here’s a picture from the bus as Glenn, Pat and Stu leave NJ on their way to Allentown. The first thing you’ll notice is the camaraderie and amazing chemistry between the three of them. Sure, they are on-air together for 3 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love to keep the conversation going when the mics are off!
As some of you may be aware, I’m not exactly known as the ‘hope’ guy around the office. I tend to have what some would describe as a ‘negative’ outlook on certain things such as the economy. Hope and I have sort of a tumultuous relationship. Some days we get along great, other days we fight. While sometimes hope vanishes entirely and I don’t see it again for a while – as was the case just a few days ago on November 6th. I found it hard to get my mind wrapped around the fact that Obama was going to have another four years to work on destroying – or fundamentally transforming, as he would say – America.
But here’s the thing about hope – it always comes back. And it didn’t take long after the election for me to gain the proper perspective. While the current President may be one of the most astoundingly incompetent, radically left, Eurocentric & egomaniacal presidents America has ever had – I still have hope because he is not bigger than the people. And he’s certainly not bigger than God.
Just like we understood the folly of Obama’s faithful followers placing all their hope in one human being, we have to understand the folly of pinning all our hope in beating that one human being in an election.
Don’t get me wrong, we definitely need to keep fighting the good fight. But we cannot afford to lose sight of who is ultimately in control. And through the ups and downs we must remember to give thanks to Him for everything that has been given to us.
So today I want to share with you a few of the things I’m thankful for & I encourage you to take note of your blessings and share them as well.
I’m thankful for my wife and her utter disregard of all standards when she decided to marry me.
I’m thankful for my children.
I’m thankful for my sisters.
I’m thankful to live in America, a land so rich our worst struggles would be a paradise for most foreigners.
I’m thankful for my friends, who have been there for me at my best and my worst.
I’m thankful for the ability and means to help those in need.
I’m thankful for turkey. And stuffing. And gravy.
I’m thankful we have a forgiving God and a loving Savior.
I’m thankful for Texas, a sliver of sanity among growing madness.
I’m thankful the camera only adds 10 lbs.
I’m thankful for the amazing men and women of our military.
I’m thankful for the blessings that have allowed me to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
I’m thankful for the failures that have kept me humble.
I’m thankful for my staff, who show me everyday what it means to dream.
I’m thankful for my fans, and the opportunity to come into their homes each and every day. I am truly inspired by each and every one of you. YOU are the force protecting America’s founding ideals and it’s truly an honor to stand shoulder to shoulder in defense of liberty and freedom.
Truth is, I’m not as pessimistic as everyone makes me out to be. I know that even on our darkest days, I am joined by people across the country who are working every minute of every day to make sure our neighborhoods and our local communities are on the right track. I know that parents are out there teaching the lessons that will one day grow the next George Washington, the next Abraham Lincoln, and the next Martin Luther King, Jr. I know that people are waking up, and that the embers of freedom will never be extinguished as long as some of us are willing to keep the fires burning.
And I know that even on nights when I am far away from home, I can hear my wife’s voice and remember that real answers will only be found through family and faith.
I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving.
The below text is taken from Glenn’s monologue from the second hour of today’s radio show
I was wrong about the election big‑time, big‑time wrong about the election. I’m always wrong on politics. You shouldn’t listen to me on politics. I don’t get it. Quite honestly that’s Rush’s bag, that’s Sean’s bag. I can’t tell you what to do on politics. I don’t know why. I always feel good about my predictions and they’re always wrong. And as I said last hour, I know about as much on politics as I do on salads. Not a lot. However, revolutionaries and things that are over the horizon I’m pretty darn good on. Knowing dirtbags, pretty good. I’m a trusting guy, believe it or not. I generally look for the good in people and that’s what I generally see first, the good in people. And then I’m disappointed.
I want to talk to you about the truth and if it even matters in America anymore. For a lot of people it doesn’t matter. They will say it matters but they don’t want to look into it. They’ve lost their ability to think critically and to weigh things themselves. They will just be spoon‑fed something. That’s the thing that anybody who’s ‑‑ you know, I would like to invite members of the media to go ahead and do my job for a day. You do talk radio. I don’t ‑‑ television, please. Television you sit in a big empty box by yourself surrounded by people who are producers who may agree or disagree with you but that’s pretty much it. Talk radio, you have to face the music. Talk radio you’re one on one: I’m talking to you, you’re talking to me. You call me, write me, and I have to face the music. And I have to do it for three hours a day and I have to defend myself for three hours a day. I have to talk off the top of my head. I’m not reading a TelePrompTer. I’m telling you what I think. It’s, this is the hardest job in all of media. Bar none. Quite honestly if I wanted to make my life a lot easier, I would quit radio. Because this is the hardest job. And I believe this is the hardest job not just that I do but in all of media. It’s very difficult.
And the reason why it’s difficult is because you cannot lie for three hours a day. You are who you are. And people see it. People see it. But you can lie in sound bites. But do people care about the truth? Or are we just spoon‑fed things?
For instance, do I just spoon‑feed you your opinions? If I do, please don’t ever call yourself a fan of mine. I want you to think for yourself. I want you to see what I see and then say, “Well, I agree with that or I “I disagree with that” or “I don’t know if that’s even true. That can’t be true.” And you go and you research it yourself.
When I miss, I miss honestly. Now, I want you to listen to this whole monologue because I want you to understand what I’m saying about Dick Morris. Dick Morris as you probably know, he predicted pretty much the same thing that I predicted, but he was wrong. I was wrong. But I was wrong, and I believed it.
Last night I read a story on Politico that when Morris was asked about this, he told, he told the truth about why he predicted a Romney landslide. And I read it yesterday afternoon on the way home and I was ‑‑ it was disturbing. Stu and I were on the phone immediately, look at this. Look at this. And I gave him a long list of things that I said, I have to ‑‑ we have to talk to the American people about this. Moore said according to Politico that he only predicted a landslide because he wanted to help Romney.
There was a period of time when the Romney campaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory, and I felt that it was my duty at that point to go out and say what I said… – Dick Morris
Got it? That’s shocking. He thought it was his duty to go out and say what he said because people didn’t believe that Romney could win. I’m reading the story from Politico and I cannot believe it. He just wanted to help Romney? It’s one thing to be wrong. It’s another thing to knowingly lie to your audience. It’s another thing ‑‑ that is the opposite of TheBlaze. The truth has no agenda. I thought it was my duty to say these things. Stay with me to the end of this monologue.
Now this is not the first time that I’ve seen major media figures admit that they will not tell the truth to their own audiences. I was told by a very well known and respected financial expert that he would not talk to me about financial collapse because, quote, it would make it more likely, even though he believed much of the stuff that I said was going to happen, he said we had a responsibility to never have that conversation on the air. I said, well, what happens if it does? You’re telling people that it’s okay, that everything’s going to be all right, they won’t be prepared. “Yes, but if we have that conversation, because we have credibility, then it’s more likely that it will happen.” Well, what are you talking about? Are you preparing? Are you bat nipping down the hatches? Are you being more cautious? Well, of course. Oh, but you want to go on the air and tell everybody, don’t worry. We’ve seen this before.
I had another executive tell me that despite the fact that we all knew that what I was saying was true, quote: We have a responsibility to not tell the American people the truth. A responsibility to not tell the truth? Man, I’m ‑‑ I’m sorry. I seem to recall, I was told by somebody else that I have a responsibility to not lie. How was that worded to me? I think it was ‑‑ oh, yeah. Quote: Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not lie. I don’t care how big of an executive you are. I can guarantee the guy who wrote those ten safety tips has a bigger title than you do. Another big media mogul said to me, “Glenn, please. Let’s stop playing this game. We both love the Constitution but we both know that sometimes you have to do what you have to do, end quote. No. What you have to do at all times is tell the truth. Trust your audience. Trust the American people to have some intelligence. Stop treating them like imbiciles because you’re creating imbiciles. And loving the Constitution means always working to strengthen and honor the Constitution. Look, we all honor our marriage certificate, but sometimes guys do what they have to do. It strengthens the marriage.” No, it doesn’t.
So when I’m ‑‑ I’m thinking about all these things when I’m first reading the Politico. The latest example from Dick Morris, I read that quote and I thought to myself, “We’re all wrong sometimes,” and I can handle him being wrong. But what he’s telling me here is that he knowingly lied to make me feel better and to help Romney. Thank God this guy’s not an oncologist. We’d all be dead of cancer. We cannot tolerate this anymore. We must be able to trust the news, which brings me to my last point. Where I really stand on Dick Morris.
Again, here’s the clip from Politico that we played a minute ago.
There was a period of time when the Romney campaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory. And I felt that it was my duty at that point to go out and say what I said.
That’s what the Politico ran. But listen to what the Politico didn’t run immediately before and immediately after when we started to do our homework, we didn’t take it from the Politico, just like you shouldn’t take it just from me. You should go back and look because apparently you can’t trust anybody. Listen to what Dick Morris actually said.
I called it as I saw it from the polling, and I did the best I could – and I also worked very hard for Romney. … I spoke about what I believed, and I think that there was a period of time when the Romney campaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory. And I felt that it was my duty at that point to go out and say what I said. And at the time that I said it, I believe I was right. – Dick Morris, full quote
And at the time I said it, I believed I was right. There is no scandal here. Dick Morris is not lying to you. Dick Morris does not need, nor probably does he want me depending him. But what Politico did is absolutely inexcusable. You didn’t have to take homework, you didn’t have to stitch three speeches together. He said it before and he said it immediately after. You had to intentionally go in and try to – you literally razor blade everything else out. You had to go in and tightly edit to be able to make him sound like he was saying something he wasn’t saying.
Yesterday I called my business partner Chris Balfe who works for me and he runs ‑‑ he’s my Roy Disney. He’s the guy who is building the company. Walt had the ideas, but it was Roy that knew how to build the company. And I called him up and I said, how are you doing? He’s up in New York. And he said, Glenn, I’m pushing the biggest damn rock up a hill I’ve ever tried to pull ‑‑ push. I said, we’ll make it. He said, I know. What you’ve given me a task to do is you’ve said take a five‑year plan and collapse it to a one‑year plan. I don’t know how to do that, Glenn. I know we could make it in five years and we’re going to get to the end of this next year and we’re going to say, damn it, we did it again. He said, but right now it’s a heavy rock. I know. I know.
The reason why I’ve asked him to push that rock up, the reason why I’ve been asking you for your help and your tolerance and quite honestly the tolerance of talk radio stations is I believe this country is in real trouble and we’re in trouble because the truth is not being reported. It’s important. What you do every day is important. Your word is important. What you look into yourself is important.
You know there’s a lot of ‑‑ there’s a lot of program directors and a lot of people in the media and all over that think, “Oh, well, you know what? It’s entertainment and we’re here for ratings, we’re here for money.” The hell we are. The hell we are. If there isn’t a reason for us to live at this time right now, if you don’t understand what’s happening to freedom right now, if you don’t know what’s happening in our country, “Oh, well, it’s always been this way,” I’m sorry. It hasn’t been. I’m sorry. It hasn’t been. Tonight I’m going to show you how it all ends. Tonight at 5:00 on TheBlaze I’ll show you how it all ends and I’ll show it to you with history in an episode you won’t soon forget. 5:00 tonight.
We do these things because we believe in them. If you don’t, that’s fine. You can listen to us for the laughs or entertainment or whatever. That’s fine. But we believe in it. And there are too many people in this industry that don’t believe in it. They don’t care. They’re lazy, they’re jaded. I don’t know what it is. I’ll just tell you this: TheBlaze wouldn’t have half the success it’s had so far if the media didn’t hand‑deliver so many opportunities to show how easy it is to win when the truth is told. It’s not that hard. The media is destroying itself and they are destroying our country and our children’s future at the same time. You cannot exist as a free people if you cannot reason for yourself. You cannot exist as a free people if you don’t know how to critically think. You cannot exist as a free people if you have a corrupt press. You cannot. It doesn’t work.
The media is destroying itself on all fronts. It’s on fire. But that’s why this is called TheBlaze. It’s a purifying fire. Stand in the flames of the truth. It will purify. And what is real will stand. What is not will burn itself out. We’re happy to pick up the smoldering pieces and dust them off, after they’ve been purified and put them all back together. I know I’m wrong on politics. I’m not wrong on the direction of many things.
I’ve been telling you for months that we are facing the most critical election of our lifetime. I truly believe that America will be drastically changed by the choice we all make today in the voting booth. We can either get four more years of big government progressivism (and don’t forget he doesn’t have to worry about re-election this time), or we can get someone in office who might just start to turn things around.
So much has changed in the past four years. When I look back at everything that has happened and how my life and our country has changed…well, the one constant has been that we have always been together. In Washington, DC at the Lincoln Memorial. In Israel next to the Western Wall. In Dallas, TX just a few months ago, at Cowboys Stadium. You’ve been with me in more states than I can count, on three different networks and literally on the other side of the world. I hope you’ll join me, and the entire team at TheBlaze, on this historic night.
But I really want to tell you about what is going to set us apart from everyone else, and that’s our journalists, commentators, and analysts on all the platforms of TheBlaze. Tonight, you’re going to see why we created this gigantic multi-platform experience that encompasses web, radio, and television.
Anyone who has followed our election coverage over the past couple of years knows we like to do things a bit…different. And this year will be no exception.
We’re going to have most of the Real News team here in Dallas, providing expert analysis of the biggest races across the country. Andrew Wilkow, S.E. Cupp, Scott Baker, and a team of journalists will be back in New York at TheBlaze Newsroom updating us on any breaking news. And we’ll have reporters at the campaign headquarters in Chicago and Boston, as well as Washington, DC giving us the latest from the Obama and Romney camps.
Meanwhile, TheBlaze.com will be modifying their homepage to make it easier for you to get results and interact with our team of writers, editors and producers. All night long, they will have the latest results and a constantly updating electoral map giving you the latest information on who is ahead in the race. They’ll also be running a live chat right on the homepage where you can join in the conversation with the editors as you watch our television coverage. It’s a unique split-screen experience you won’t get anywhere else.
Bookmark TheBlaze.com and keep checking in with us all night for the latest on the election results.
As you can see, we’ve got your expert analysis covered. Now for the entertainment portion of the evening…
As many of you know, Pat and I have been on a bit of a food fast. We’ve both given up sweets for the past forty days, and Pat has gone the extra mile and even given up meat. So what better WAY to celebrate (or mourn) this critical election than with an ice cream sundae bar and a giant meat station? Yes, TheBlaze will be the ONLY election coverage with a giant table full of steaks and burgers.
We’ll have comedian Jeff Allen joining us on set, Raj giving us the latest updates from social media, Stu analyzing the numbers as they come in – and so much more.
We are a new network but not one without heart, passion, and truth. Tonight, as you decide which network to watch, please give us a chance. Let us earn your trust and honor the commitment that you’ve made in supporting us. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It will truly be a night unlike anything you have ever seen on television.
There’s one day left before the most important election of our lives and most important election since 1860. And the candidates were out making their final case to the American people, and this is the case that the president has been laying out for the last couple of weeks. This is the one he’s been laying out as his final case to the American people.
You may be frustrated sometimes with the pace of change. I’m frustrated too sometimes. But you know where I stand. You know what I believe. You know I tell the truth. – Barack Obama
Wow. He’s frustrated just like you. Going on his how many vacations a year, jetting all around, not having to worry about the price of gas. He’s frustrated just like you. Just like you. But you know that he always tells the truth. You know where he stands. That’s his case. You know where he stands. Israel doesn’t know where he stands. Iran doesn’t know where he stands. The SEALs don’t know where he ‑‑ the parents of SEALs who have lost their lives don’t know where he stands. People who said, hey, gas is too expensive and then hear him say it was only $1.87 when I got into office because Bush had destroyed the economy, they don’t know where he stands. Small business owners don’t know where he stands. People looking for a job don’t know where he stands.
We’ve discussed several times before, including very recently, the proven lies. There are things that you don’t really know where he stands and then there are proven lies that he has told. I’ve never looked back, and this is not a judgment on him. This is more a judgment on America and the press. I’ve never looked back and marveled at how many people will fall for and accept, knowingly accept a falsehood. I’ve never seen it before in my life. And after being caught in lie after lie after lie that he has the audacity to look the American people and the media in the eye and then say, you know I always tell the truth.” You can’t go through all of the things that we have gone through over the last four years because it is unbelievably numerous. The places where he actually lies to you. Says one thing but then is caught on tape saying something else behind closed doors.
He was asked, is it fair for somebody like you making $20 million a year to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver? And Romney said yes, I think that’s fair. That didn’t happen. That’s not true. That was an out‑and‑out lie. And every fact‑checker on the planet has already said, “That’s a lie.” And Obama knew it. Romney was specifically referring to the principle that capital gains should be taxed lower than other income because it’s been taxed once already, a principle, by the way, that Obama agrees with in his own tax policy. But that hasn’t stopped President Obama for knowingly distorting and lying. Obama has continually lied about Romney’s plan for GM. And while lying about it, he calls Romney the liar. Even though virtually every fact‑check organization has backed Romney on it. Romney wanted GM to go through bankruptcy. A managed bankruptcy. That doesn’t mean put it out of business and destroy it. Every airline has gone through management ‑‑ what is wrong with us, America? Then Romney wanted to go the extra step and say loan guarantees from the U.S. Government to keep them going forward: Obama continues to claim that women rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms. They don’t. Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms. But that’s the way he can say, “I’m not talking about abortion. I’m talking about the great work that Planned Parenthood does on mammograms.” They don’t do mammograms! Obama claimed that Romney lied about oil production on government lands. He didn’t. He was right. And virtually every fact, I think every fact‑check organization verified that within minutes of him saying it. For eight years now Obama has claimed that business get a tax break for shipping jobs overseas. Romney says, I’ve been in business my whole life; I’ve never even heard of that. I’ve been global business. I’ve never gotten a tax break. Obama mocked him, called him a liar.
So what are the facts? If you ship your jobs overseas, you can deduct the moving costs. Now, that’s not a tax break. You’re spending the money to move overseas. That’s no tax advantage. That’s ‑‑ the tax advantage would have to continue on after the move. Just like every other company in the world. It’s not a special thing. If I move my company from one place to another, if I move it from New York, please, people in New York, move to Texas. And on Wednesday listen to me. If he loses, if Romney loses, move soon. I will get a business deduction for moving those people from New York to Texas. That’s the way it works. That’s not to move people overseas. It’s fairness. It’s the same for every company. Are you telling me that there aren’t some companies that need to say, “Hey, Bill, we’ve got to open this up in China. We’ve got to be over there. We need a representative.” So they’re not going to get their tax deduction for moving but they will some place here in the United States? That doesn’t make any sense. There’s no incentive for being overseas.
On the Benghazi situation, even Candy Crowley admitted after the debate that it was Romney who was right about the way Obama had presented that attack. He continues to lie about that. Obama hasn’t ‑‑ he keeps saying it: Mr. President, I’m sorry, but we don’t know that you always tell the truth. In fact, I contend a vast number of Americans know just the opposite.
We also know that you’re nasty, you’re small‑minded and you’re divisive in much of your rhetoric. And I know you don’t like to hear that and nobody likes to say that to the president of the United States. But we have tons of evidence of you doing it, from 2010:
But they’re going to be paying attention to this election. And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on it… – Barack Obama
We’re going to punish our enemies? He was specifically talking about anyone running for the GOP. Punish, if Latinos don’t punish our enemies. If that is not small, nasty and divisive, I don’t know what is. But that’s just ‑‑ that’s just one of the many examples. That one’s from 2010. I can give you one from this weekend.
And at the time the Republican congress, any Senate candidate by the name of Mitt Romney (Boos from crowd) No, no, no. Don’t boo. Vote. Vote. Voting’s the best revenge. – Barack Obama
Let me tell you something. I am going to share this with you. I wasn’t going to, but I am. If you look at history through a biblical world view, the last step before a nation is completely destroyed is they drive the righteous from among them. If this isn’t a sign from a group of people that will drive the righteous from among them, and that’s the last step before God’s wrath comes, I fear for our country and it is ‑‑ it cannot be overstated. It cannot be called paranoid. The best revenge, punish your enemies, and Valerie Jarrett last week saying “we don’t forget”? That’s Occupy Wall Street. That’s the French Revolution. Now it’s our turn? What are you talking about? You’ve had the last four years. What do you mean now it’s your turn? That goes to Vladimir Putin: I’ll have more flexibility. Hear me. If you are a God‑fearing person, hear me. Last call, America. Last call. Because the righteous will be driven from among them.
But I believe in the American people. I believe that we are not too far gone. I believe that people can watch and see the difference. They can feel the difference. When you watch Barack Obama, you can just see he is angry. When you watch Mitt Romney, you can see he is not. We are not an angry nation. We don’t listen to demagogues like that. It doesn’t work. No matter how much power he has amassed, no matter how many friends in the media he has, Americans know. And if they reject it this time, and if they’re so dead inside ‑‑ that’s a possibility. If they’re so dead inside that they can no longer see the difference between good and evil, we will be destroyed because we will be a remarkable evil on this planet. Our technology alone would make us so dark and so spooky that it is beyond comprehension. But I don’t think we’re there.
Thomas Jefferson said trust the American people. They will see their mistake and they will correct it. I have prayed this whole election. For 40 days I have fasted: Lord, just let people see who Mitt Romney is. And let people see who Barack Obama is. I didn’t ask for any special favors, not somebody to win one way or another. Just let people see who they are. Now it’s up to you. Now that you’ve seen them, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to vote because it’s the best kind of revenge? May I ask, revenge for what? What have we done to people that make them so angry? What have we done? We disagree with each other. What have we done to you? Created a country that allowed you to become the president of the United States of America? My gosh, what a curse around your neck. What have we done? That’s how twisted and evil and angry and divisive they really are. And you hear that…and then you have to choose: Do you want that… or do you want this.
Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge. For revenge. Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.
- Mitt Romney
The choice is a simple one and it is in your hands tomorrow.
We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. – Barack Obama, 2008
When he said that five years ‑‑ five days before the election four years ago, most of America didn’t even pay attention. Most of America didn’t even know what that meant. And when we started pointing out, this guy is going to fundamentally transform the United States of America, I said you will come to a day where you won’t even recognize this country anymore. You will wake up in the morning and you won’t recognize it. Have you felt that way yet? Because I have. I hit the wall to where I really truly do not recognize my country anymore when we left the guys on the roof painting the enemy. With a laser in Benghazi and the president saying “No.” When we said, no, you know what, we’re not going to go after the Black Panthers,” I didn’t understand my country anymore. When the president said the cops acted stupidly, when the president said, you know, Trayvon, he could be my son” with absolutely no evidence, nothing, I didn’t recognize my country anymore. When I can see this media spin, and I mean, we’ve all had this conversation ever since we were young. If you’re a conservative, you’ve had this conversation for a very, very long time. I mean, they’re all liberals. The spin is out of control. But not like this. When they will cover, when they will take a man like Jack Welch and throw him under the bus because he said there’s something wrong with the jobs numbers, they’re cooking the books. I don’t know how they are a he doing it but I’ve been in the business long enough to know they’re cooking the books. It’s not 7.8 unemployment, they’re cooking the books. And they go and throw the man, a legend like Jack Welch and throw him under the bus and then not report that ADP ‑‑ this is the payroll service. They feed in some of the stats to the labor department. They’ve just announced that, oh, they changed the way they calculate unemployment. And it looks like that may have affected their number. It looks like unemployment was cut down by a third to half. Oh, so you mean Jack Welch is right? At the same time the president is saying, “Oh, by the way, we may not have those labor statistics this week. We may have to wait until next week after the election because of Hurricane Sandy,” and nobody says anything. I don’t recognize my country anymore. When I see people standing in record numbers twice in one year at the mall in Washington, when I see people reading the Constitution, when I see people arguing about the Constitution, when I see people having real debates, when I see people leaving the parties because they say, “I don’t want anything to do with the pears,” you know what, the Republicans had their chance; they blew it. I think they’ve sold us out. When I see conservatives say that, I don’t recognize my country anymore… in a good way.
Look what’s happened to us since the president of the United States said those words. Fundamentally transform the United States of America. We’re five days away again. The exact same spot four years later. We will fundamentally transform back to our values, our traditions and our principles. Upon this, upon which this nation was founded. And I’m not saying we’re going to go back to George Bush. I don’t want to go back to George Bush. I don’t think you want to go back to George Bush. But that’s the choice in five days. To go back to something that makes sense. Real transparency. The truth. Not a bunch of these cronies in Washington, not a bunch of bogus facts and bogus jobs where we all know it’s not true. But closer to the way we were on 9/11, after the attack, closer to the way we were on 9/12. To where we all started to break through our fear and we just did the right thing, Republican and Democrat. Are we going to go there, or will Barack Obama finish the job he started and close the book on what we have always known as the United States of America, one that never gives up, one that never sits down, one that never says, I don’t know, I’m too tired; I don’t know, we’re just an oppressor nation. Are we going to believe the lies that have been told to us? Because that is the choice, and I know that seems radical, at least it does four years ago when we were saying it, but I think we’ve made a very good case. And the easiest way to make this case is just to paraphrase President Obama: Let me be clear, as I’ve said in the past, judge me by the people I associate with.
Who I associate with on economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed chairman Paul Volcker. If I’m interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate Joe Biden or with Dick Lugar, the Republican ranking member on the Senate foreign relations committee or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO. Before debating healthcare, I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members. Before immigration debates took place in Washington, I talked with Eliseo Medina and SEIU members. – Barack Obama
You notice that there is, you notice that there is a difference between the president, the way he is even speaking. Because the way ‑‑ the man wears a mask. He will say one thing to one audience and another thing to another audience. And when he’s speaking to mainstream America, he sounds just like you. But when he’s speaking to radicals and labor unions and revolutionaries, all of a sudden he’s got a whole different sound to him. Because the president is a fraud. Who does he associate with? Radical, revolutionary Communist Van Jones. Marxist professors. Radical anti‑Israel buddy Rashid Khalidi, Marxist spiritual advisors Jim Wallis, Jeremiah Wright, you know the list. And it is excruciatingly long. And yet today we have another one, one that we were told to dismiss, the civil rights icon, the man who delivered the benediction prayer at Obama’s inauguration, Joseph Lowery, a man who gave a prayer that day that we all said, “Now wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute.” But everyone told us, “Dismiss it.”
“We ask you to help us work for that day when blacks will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yella will be mella, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right. ” – Lowery
When white will do right. We were told he’s just a quaint little old man and, sure, he’s living in the past because I haven’t grown up in this world that President Obama keeps saying we are in. One of the most controversial prayers at any inauguration, ever, and we were told dismiss it. And it’s very clear from this that he doesn’t believe that whites have ever or could do what’s right. But this past weekend, it rears its ugly red again. Racism again. Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he believed that all whites were going to hell. Then he mellowed with age and decided only most of whites were going to hell. There is your mellowing according to this radical. That the president chose as the person to give the benediction to bring us all together. Who did he choose? Someone who said, “Well, I used to believe all whites go to hell. Now I only believe that most whites go to hell.” Does this sound like your pastor, your priest, your rabbi? Or does this sound more like Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright? Now he’s amended this again. He told a rally at St. James Baptist church in Georgia he’s back where he started. He’s back to saying, “You know what? I now believe that all whites are going to hell.
Now, I understand people tell me that he was a valiant warrior and a just cause. He may have been a warrior in a just cause, but I’m sorry if you are a warrior in that just cause and you believe that all whites were going to hell. You are not a valiant warrior. That’s not Abraham Lincoln. That’s not Martin Luther King. That’s not Gandhi, that’s not Jesus. I don’t know who that is, but that’s not valiant. And let’s be clear about that. Just because, just because you’re for freeways, and one of the greatest advocates of freeway systems was Adolf Hitler doesn’t make him a strong, valiant advocate for the international highway system. It goes without saying that if it were a clergyman that Romney had invited to pray at one of his events and that man later said all blacks are going to hell, the outcry would be vicious and deafening as it should be. It would cost Romney the election. And there would be, there would be no question of age. Do you remember Jesse Helms? There would be no question of, “Well, he’s just an old man. He’s just no questions asked. It would be over. This is why Romney is going to win, because there’s enough Americans that are tired of the double standard and they won’t accept it from Mitt Romney, either. If Mitt Romney gets in and he has the double standard and he says, well, hold me to a different standard, which I’ve never seen him do before, Americans won’t put up with it. We’re tired of it. We’re tired of the lies, we’re tired of the deceit, we’re tired of the double standard. We’re tired of being told and taught that we’re something that we’re not.
Now, our children are being taught this in school and we better grab onto our children, we better grab onto them fast. It was Karl Marx that said you give me one generation and I’ll change the world. They almost have that generation wholly purchased now. And it’s been done through our indoctrination of our school systems and through our television, through our movies, and it’s got to stop and we’ve got to stop it right now. And that doesn’t mean we have to round people up or have hearings or anything else. Get your kids out of school. You find a different way to educate your children. You stop giving your hard‑earned dollars and your hard‑earned time to those media corporations that are lying to you. That are teaching and filling your kids’ heads with lies and deceit. How many of us even trust Disney anymore? Everybody was so excited about, “Oh, Walt Disney, they just did Star Wars.” Great. Do you trust Disney? Because I don’t. I don’t ever sit ‑‑ I don’t ever sit my kids in front of a Disney, the Disney channel and think, “Okay, they’re safe.” Not even ‑‑ not even for a second. I don’t like my kids watching the Disney channel. Believe me I’ve worked for Disney ABC. I know how that game is played. I have good reason not to trust Disney ABC. And so do you because you’ve seen it.
The reason why Mitt Romney’s going to win is because I’ve seen what happened with Chick‑fil‑A and there wasn’t a single labor union bus involved in that. That was just moms and dads and people who go to church together and people who are just regular people who said, justify is justify. They may not have even agreed with the guy at Chick‑fil‑A but they knew he had a right to say it and they were sick and tired of it. Sick and tired of it. I am sick and tired of being told what the white man is. I am sick and tired of being told what this country is and is not. By people who have no idea what this country is and is not. They don’t even have any idea what this country was at any given time. They can’t tell you about Abraham Lincoln’s real feelings. They can’t tell you about George Washington and his real feelings. They can’t put it into any historic context at all. They live in a bogus plastic Eurocentric world. And most Americans do not. Most Americans are not radical. Most Americans are good, decent, honest people who are now being told “You didn’t create that. You didn’t build that. You’re no different than every other country.” Then why? Then why have we been so different? “Well, because you’ve been stealing it from the other countries.” Really? We’ve been stealing it? We have lifted more people out of squalor worldwide than any other institution, any other country in the history of the world. There has never been a country like the United States of America and there never will be. Never. The world will weep when the Western way of life is washed away. It’s time to stop ignoring the obvious. It’s time to take Obama at his word and judge him by the people whom he associates, associates with. Radicals. Radicals. Muslim Brotherhood radicals. Barack Obama has always and continues to associate with radicals, always. He’s comfortable in their company but he is not comfortable with anybody from the TEA Party. He is not comfortable with anybody in a tricorner hat who says “I understand the founders; I like the founders.” He is not comfortable with them but, boy, he is comfortable to have them work in the White House if they’re a Communist revolutionary. He is comfortable with radicals because he himself is a radical. America, listen to these words once again.
We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. – Barack Obama, 2008
And this time our founders have hope for real change.
Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. -Jonas Salk, inventor of the first Polio vaccine.
Cancer is non-partisan.
It doesn’t care whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice; it doesn’t care what you think about tax rates; and it certainly doesn’t care whom you vote for.
That’s why it strikes me as odd that some people seem to have an issue with my attendance at an upcoming educational conference hosted by a non-profit group that is working on the world’s most promising cancer treatment.
It’s pretty incredible that some people are so blinded by their political ideology that they can’t even see how small and petty they’ve become. Here’s a simple formula to help them: Life > Voting records. Every time; no exceptions. In fact, there is probably not a political issue that Keith Olbermann or Bill Maher and I see eye-to-eye on, but if either of them were supporting research related to cancer or ALS or diabetes or Alzheimer’s—or any other life-altering disease—I would be happy to stand by their side.
I learned a long time ago that it’s not worth trying to change the people who think this way. It’s better to leave the small problems to the small-minded and instead focus on our dreams. Like, for example, curing cancer.
With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the group that is hosting me at this conference, a group that, I believe (even though they will never say it themselves), is trying to cure cancer, not just treat it.
It all started when John Kanzius, a former radio engineer, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002. He began to receive treatment, including chemotherapy, and was shocked by its brutality. The hair loss, the fatigue, the nausea, the crippling numbness and nerve damage.
He was also shocked by the faces of the children around him. Kids of all ages bravely receiving treatment for a disease they never asked for. Bald heads, pale faces—hope and courage overcome by poison infused into tiny veins.
Week after week John Kanzius took all of this in and thought to himself: There has got to be a better way.
But there wasn’t.
Chemotherapy, as many cancer patients already know, is a double-edged sword. These toxic chemicals are the only thing keeping many people alive, yet they are also the only thing making them wish they were dead. The irony of most cancers, especially at their early stages, is that the disease itself often causes people no pain or quality of life issues. Instead, it’s the poison we use to treat them that makes most patients miserable.
There has got to be a better way.
John Kanzius didn’t know anything about cancer. Or chemotherapy. Or medical research. But he did know about something else: radio waves. He remembered back to the first time he’d climbed a radio tower. His companion had warned him to take off his watch and leave his keys in the car. Why? Because radio waves, while harmless to the human body, would heat metal almost instantly.
Now, years later, sitting in a chemo chair with an IV dripping poison into his veins, Kanzius thought back to that strange quirk of nature. If radio waves could heat metal while leaving the rest of the body untouched, then perhaps they could also kill malignant cells while leaving the healthy ones untouched.
And so he began to experiment. He set up a transmitter in his garage using a couple of his wife’s pie pans, stuck a metal probe into a raw hotdog, and blasted it with radio waves. The metal probe got warm; hot enough to start to cook the hotdog next to it, while the remainder stayed cold.
A big idea was born. A better way.
As John’s disease progressed he eventually began to receive care at M.D. Anderson in Houston, one of the world’s premier cancer centers. He explained his radio wave concept to his oncologist, who in turn introduced him to Dr. Steven Curley, who was, well, skeptical. But the more John talked about the science behind his idea, the more Dr. Curley came to believe that the logic was sound. The doctor eventually made a solemn promise to John: no matter what happened, he would see the idea through to human trials.
John Kanzius died in 2009, but his dream never has.
Today, 23 doctors, researchers and chemists staff a lab dedicated to research of the Kanzius Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Treatment at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Five more are at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It’s cutting edge technology, and it’s all funded by a tiny little non-profit based in Erie, Pennsylvania called the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation (KCRF).
Three new radio wave generating machines have recently been delivered to Dr. Curley’s team. These are far more advanced that the earlier versions and have tables that can support up to 800 pounds—more than enough for human trials. The early test results, using these machines and targeted nanoparticles, are beyond promising, but there is still a long way to go. And they need our help.
If you believe that real innovation (Dr. Curley won a Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award earlier this year) should be encouraged, then I ask you to join me in helping to push this technology forward. You can do that by making a donation to the Kanzius Foundation, or, even better, by joining me for lunch at their first national FACES conference in Erie, PA on Saturday, October 27. Dr. Curley, along with other Kanzius researchers, will also be there and will provide the latest research updates.
It’s easy to sit back and complain about chemotherapy, about how cancer has robbed so many of their hopes and dreams, about how it’s left so many children without parents and parents without children.
It’s a lot harder to do something to change all that.
I don’t know if radio waves are the answer. I don’t know if they’ll try this on humans one day and realize that it’s a complete failure. But I do know two things: First, if this idea fails, someone will pick up the pieces, make a slight course correction, and take the next big step. And second, I want to be a part of it. I want to help make cancer history.
Updated: Glenn read his op/ed on radio this morning and we have added the clip above.
Editor’s note: On Friday, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy gave an interview toThe Observer where he criticized conservative politicians in America for requesting to play their hit song “Uprising”. Glenn has been a vocal fan of the band, but when Bellamy was asked about his conservative following in America he called it “weird” and claimed that right-wing libertarians were hijacking his songs and the “conspiracy theory subculture” to take down Obama.
I read your comments in the Guardian via Rolling Stone last week and feel like with a little work we could better understand each other.
As uncomfortable as it might be for you, I will still play your songs loudly. To me your songs are anthems that beg for choruses of unity and pose the fundamental question facing the world today – can man rule himself?
In the Venn Diagram of American politics, where the circles of crimson and blue overlap, there’s a place where you and I meet. It’s a place where guys who cling to their religion, rights, and guns, connect with godless, clinched-fist-tattoo, guys.
You seem to have a pretty good grasp of comparative U.S. and European politics, but maybe there’s a pattern that you’re underestimating. Throughout history, leaders have used music to lull young people into a sense of security and euphoria. They’ve used artists to create the illusion that they can run a country that keeps all the good and wipes out all the bad. Think Zurich 1916. Think artists getting behind guys like Lenin and Trotsky. Think of pop culture’s role in the Arab Spring. The youth rises up, power structures crumble, and worse leaders are inserted.
America, on the other hand, does not rely on leaders — we rely on the individual. Our country was built on the principles of mercy, justice, and charity — we ultimately believe that man left alone is good. That is a primary reason I disagree with Chomsky and others that you’ve touted.
American Libertarians understand that smaller government gives people freedom — the freedom to earn or lose, eat or starve, own or sell. The potential for wild success and happiness is tempered by an equal chance of failure. And it is all up to the individual to take control of their destiny.
This has been a debate since the founding of America, one that has often gotten confused. Even during the revolution — a period filled with the greatest minds to ever discuss the idea of freedom — there were the divisions that continue today. Robespierre or George Washington. OWS or the TEA Party.
Thomas Paine didn’t see the difference at first either — sometimes the difference is too subtle.
Yet the question is an easy one: Do you believe man can rule himself? Or does he need someone ruling over him to force him to be good and charitable?
That is the fundamental divide and everything else follows. Even though faith was important to our American patriots none of them forced Paine to believe. He chose his course and in the end is remembered as a critical patriot in establishing man’s first real freedom.
They understood that we don’t all have to be in the same boat. But rather, focused on the star chart: Are you headed toward freedom or despotism?
The power that American Libertarians like me want to pull down is power that limits the individuals right to roam and create.
Matthew, I realize that converts are pretty hard to come by when the stakes are so high and the spotlight so bright, but I thank you for singing words that resonate with man in his struggle to be free.
I wish I could leave well enough alone and just be quiet…
…but I’ve had recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am and missed the opportunity to be a better man.