On radio this morning, Glenn played four minutes of audio that you would not believe. While the Tea Party was called racist and violent by the media, the OccupyWallStreet protesters have received an almost protected status among the media. Sure, the talking heads on TV may laugh at them, but Glenn has been called crazy for suggesting that these protests will lead to violence down the line. And while it may not happen today or during these protests, they could be a harbinger of something worse. But why is no one believing it? Glenn and Pat put together the audio of progressive leaders, some close to the White House, and which shows them explaining some of the planned violence, riots, and worse that could be coming.
"Now, Tea Party, of course, was maligned because they wanted to ‑‑ you know, 'they're violent. They're horrible, they're awful people, and they want a revolution. They want a revolution.' Remember when they were talking about, you know, cutting the budget. Of course can't do that. It's going to collapse. It will collapse the system," Glenn said.
"These people want to collapse the system. They want an end to the system, and they're dangerous. Okay. Well, let's see who's calling for a Constitution. These are just the voices that surround this president."
Some of the audio highlights:
VAN JONES: We are about to inherit a nightmare scenario. The nightmare scenario is this: The country continues to get more racially diverse but less economically prosperous. That's not a recipe for a common ground. That's recipe for a battleground. Change maps out in some ways in that change has to be top down, bottom up, and inside out.
PIVEN: The argument of change and authority is that when elections interact with powerful, disruptive, unruly movements from the bottom of the society through their ability to refuse to cooperate with important institutions, but striking, for example, or by blockading the streets or by shutting down the schools. At those moments we have had important changes and progressive changes in American society. Like the American Revolution.
One journalist warned, "But what about the outrage of the people? I mean, I keep getting back to that. If you look at Europe, I mean, for crying out loud, they had 100,000 people in Belgium out on the streets. Also in Ireland, 100,000. Thousands, hundreds, you know, 20,000 students in the U.K. France they practically shut the place down. Greece they turned the place upside down for months and that is still going on. So are we too complacent here in the United States? I mean, sitting back and waiting for President Obama, who has always been a moderate, he never put himself forward as anything more than a moderate, to do what we as the people and the movements should be doing?"
Glenn mocked the commentators who were calling him despicable and a fear-monger.
"Do not listen to crazy men who say that Marxists are dangerous, that riots become uncontrollable, that we are headed for uncertain times. Don't listen to people that say prepare, prepare for an unstable society. Prepare for those times. No, no. No. Don't listen to people who say we must be more charitable, we must go out and serve ourselves, we must go get involved in our own cities and serve people. Don't listen to those who say have an extra helping of food because you are going to have to stabilize your own neighborhood. You're going to have to help your neighbors and your own family. Don't listen to those people. Instead just pay attention to politics," Glenn said.
Then Glenn got serious, warning people that needed to trust themselves and look at history.
"Do not listen to those who got us into this situation. Do not listen to those who only want their own power. Listen to yourself. Listen to history. Listen to your God," he said.