Donald Trump said he “loves the poorly educated” during his most recent victory speech, but it was what came next that has Glenn worried.
“You know, I get greedy. I want money, money. Now, I'm going to -- I'll tell you what we're going to do, right? We get greedy, right? Now we're going to get greedy for the United States. We're going to grab and grab and grab,” Trump said.
What Makes American Great
The American dream has been distorted over the years, but Donald Trump is completely rewriting the script. What has made this nation great is our generosity, kindness and faith that things will get better.
Trump’s vision for the future is all about winning --- and with winners there are losers.
“I'm sorry. I don't want to be a greedy nation that grabs and grabs and grabs,” Glenn said Thursday on The Glenn Beck Program. “He cannot make America great again . . . because no man makes America great. What makes America great is we, the people. No, I'm sorry. I go back to de Tocqueville. What makes America great is that America is good. And that is not good."
Karl Marx Was Right
No, Marx wasn’t correct in his theology, but in his prediction about what kind of country would eventually get communism right.
“The ultimate communist nation will be a capitalist nation. Because in the end, there will be a horrible capitalist that will step up, and the greed and the ugliness of capitalism will be exposed,” Glenn said explaining Marx's premise.
The Wealth of Nations
America and capitalism have long relied on Adam Smith’s book The Wealth of Nations, but many know little about his earlier work Moral Sentiments. But the two work hand in hand.
“In his Wealth of Nations book, he referred back to Moral Sentiments and said, "You can't have wealth of nations, unless you have moral sentiments,” Glenn said.
Common Sense Bottom Line
Alexis de Tocqueville's classic tome Democracy in America states simply and empirically the essence of America's greatness:
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
If Americans follow the path Trump has laid out --- full of greed and grabbing whatever we can --- we will lose our morality and along with it all the rights and privileges associated with being the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
GLENN: Capitalism is over. I'm going to play a quote for you. I'm going to play a quote for you. Capitalism is over.
This is Donald Trump from his -- you know, winning speech in Nevada. Listen to this. And tell me we are not going to be the most hated people on the earth. Listen to this.
DONALD: We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old.
PAT: By the way, no. He did not win young, did he?
STU: No, he did not.
PAT: Did he win the youth? Because I thought that went to Cruz.
STU: In South Carolina, it went to Cruz. In Nevada, it went to Rubio.
PAT: He did not win.
STU: And, by the way, who the hell says we won with young. We won with young?
PAT: I know. He's so --
GLENN: But he'll make the point on why he can say that.
PAT: Here it is.
DONALD: We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.
PAT: Those are the only people who support him. The poorly educated. The dummies. The dopes.
GLENN: That's not true. But here is --
PAT: I think it is.
GLENN: Here is the thing that took my breath away.
PAT: This is great.
GLENN: Is this who you want to be?
DONALD: You know, I get greedy. I want money, money. Now, I'm going to -- I'll tell you what we're going to do, right? We get greedy, right?
Now we're going to get greedy for the United States. We're going to grab and grab and grab.
STU: At odds with what he's done his entire career which is be greedy for himself and abuse the United States in the process.
GLENN: No, no, no -- yes. You're exactly right. But you missed the correction that he made mid-course. He said, "I get greedy. And you know I -- you know what we're going to do." He said, "You know what I -- you know what we're going to do."
STU: That's a good pickup.
GLENN: He made his change.
PAT: Yeah. Yep.
GLENN: But he is greedy. And I'm sorry. I don't want to be a greedy nation that grabs and grabs and grabs. That is the exact opposite.
He cannot make America great again. And I was saying before. Because no man makes America great. What makes America great is we, the people. No, I'm sorry. I go back to de Tocqueville. What makes America great is that America is good. And that is not good. We're greedy.
Since when has greed and grab and grab and grab been good? That's not good
PAT: Well, that's what we've been accused of, right? Every third world nation. Every European --
GLENN: We give and we give. And we give.
PAT: We exploited. We raped. We took. We grabbed the resources and we profited from it. And that's not what we did.
GLENN: I'm telling you, this is why -- Karl Marx was right. Karl Marx was right.
STU: On what?
GLENN: On the fact that the ultimate communist nation will be a capitalist nation. Because in the end, there will be a horrible capitalist that will step up, and the greed and the ugliness of capitalism will be exposed.
GLENN: And that's what's happening. We have forgotten that the invisible hand of the market must be contained with moral sentiments. You must be a good and moral nation.
PAT: Oh, please. Who said that?
STU: Yeah, come on. Moral sentiments. What guy said that?
GLENN: It was only Adam Smith.
STU: But he said it in retrospect. After he wrote the other stuff, right?
GLENN: No, he said that before he wrote the other stuff.
STU: Oh. So that was the thing he focused on first before he laid out what was essentially the basis of capitalism?
GLENN: Yes. He said -- in fact, he wrote a whole book just on moral sentiment. Then in his Wealth of Nations book, he referred back to Moral Sentiments and said, "You can't have wealth of nations, unless you have moral sentiments." But don't worry about that.
PAT: But then he said, and the country who does this needs to grab and grab and grab.
GLENN: And grab and grab and grab. Yes, he did --
PAT: Rape and pillage and destroy.
STU: This would be hilarious if it was happening to another country.
PAT: It would. It would be great, wouldn't it?
STU: Oh, look what's happening to France right now. Those French.
PAT: We wouldn't even laugh about that. We would be very, very concerned for them.
GLENN: We would be very concerned for them. This is not Russia. This is not the collapse of Russia. The collapse of Russia, when that happened, that was a different story. That was, it was going to collapse. And what are they turning into? This is, they're going to collapse and good God Almighty, look at what they're turning into.
It's -- it's not good. It's just not good. But whatever. Whatever.
GLENN: It's all good to me.
PAT: We'll see you in New Zealand.
GLENN: No, we're not going to New Zealand. That's the problem. We're not going to go to New Zealand. You going to go to New Zealand? You know who is going to own New Zealand. You better speak Chinese.
Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the South Point Hotel & Casino on February 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump is campaigning in Nevada for the Republican presidential nomination ahead of the state's February 23 Republican caucuses. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)