“Is it a coincidence that we have the two frontrunners are Obama and Newt Gingrich? Tea Party members, you have to decide where do you stand on progressivism? Where do you stand on this? Are you a Theodore Roosevelt Republican? Because if you are, may history forget that you were my countrymen. New Nationalism.” Glenn said.
Glenn said that the speech and new nationalism was exactly what Michelle Obama was talking about when she said “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices, we are going to have to change our conversation, we're going to have to change our traditions, our history.”
Glenn read several passages from his book “Arguing with Idiots” to explain exactly who Theodore Roosevelt was and what he believed.
"I stand for the Square Deal, but when I say that I'm for the Square Deal, I mean not merely that I stand for fair play under the present rules of the game but I stand for having those rules changed so as to work for a more substantial equality of opportunity and reward for equally good service." – page 218
And what did Obama say yesterday?
“ I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot. When everyone does their fair share. When everyone plays by the same rules,” Obama said.
“Mr. President, you're not playing by the same rules! You're not playing by the rules. Neither are any of your cronies in the White House. George Soros is not playing by the same rules. GE is not playing by the same rules. The Fed is not playing by the rules. No one is playing by the rules, Mr. President. No one,” Glenn said.
How about this one from Roosevelt?
“We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community,” p. 218 and 219
“Progressives like Roosevelt on the surface seem to defend capitalism. That's what people are saying about Barack Obama on the left: He's defending cap no, he's not. But there's almost always a big "if" attached to the rhetoric. In Roosevelt's case, saying that someone can make boatloads of cash if they obtain it honorably is one thing. You can at least make the case that he meant lawfully. But if their wealth is well used, what does that mean?” Glenn said.
“Our founders believed and I believe that man is fundamentally flawed every single generation and every single one of us. Fundamentally flawed. Natural man is the enemy of God. It is up to us to make the individual choices to be better, to pull ourselves out of the mud. That's what we do, pull yourself out of the mud. Not progressives. No. Not progressives. Man makes progress. As time goes on, he becomes more and more enlightened and it's just these slugs back here who are holding us back,” Glenn said.
Glenn continued to read from “Arguing with Idiots”: “You can have property so long as the greater good doesn't require the government take or regulate. Government controls your business. Government controls your money. Government controls your property. Government controls your life. As most conservatives understand, creating and implementing progressive government programs to solve problems only leads to more government control.”
“America, you got a choice: Communism the fast way, communism the slow way. You got a choice. If you look at those two candidates, there's your choice. Now, I happen to look at the founders. I happen to think that the progressive movement, since before the turn of last century, was wrong, dead wrong. Dead wrong. That's what I believe. You want to go that way? You have a good time. I ain't joining you on it. I don't know what's wrong with people,” Glenn said.