Redefining words is a very dangerous thing. It's happened on the radical left for years through political correctness, impacting both society and politics. Old school Blue Dog Democrats didn't see it coming until it was too late, and the entire Democratic Party was taken over by radicals.
The same thing is now happening on the conservative side, with words like "nationalism" and "globalism" being morphed into new meanings.
"I want to show you the first example of me finding it on my own social media," Glenn said Thursday on his radio program. "I contend so many people will agree with a quick reading of this that it seems harmless, but it is absolutely the alt-right. This is the earmark of everything changing in language, and so suddenly that you will not even notice you've been sold into slavery."
It's time to pay attention and read between the lines.
Read below or listen to the full segment for answers to these definitive questions:
• Is "nationalism" tied to improving the lives of Americans or neo-Nazis and racism?
• What does Bob in Pocatello say about the rejection of the virus that is globalization?
• Are iDentists online practitioners of dentistry?
• Do you think the alt-right should produce films on faith for your church?
• Would Thomas Jefferson have been for or against tariffs?
• Is American exceptionalism the same thing as American nationalism?
Listen to this segment, beginning at mark 1:20:50, from The Glenn Beck Program:
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
GLENN: I want to show you a post on my social media. And let me just -- let me read it to you. And don't overthink it. Just tell me if you are kind of comfortable with it.
We/me is a crackpot theory, saying the we generation and the me generation. It's clearly not a crackpot theory. It is very well researched. But this is somebody who happened to be watching the show from The Vault last night, where I mentioned it.
And the we/me is a crackpot theory. Don't accept a binary choice, America.
STU: Hmm. I thought we were supposed to -- isn't that we've been told for months?
GLENN: Listen to this: American nationalism isn't racial or ethnic-oriented, nor is it rooted in expansionist foreign policy like Bush conservatism. Keeping people out is not invading their country, occupying their land and trying to bring democracy to them. Modern nationalism and populism in America is a refocusing on improving the lives and well-being of Americans who are being crushed under the weight of globalization, which is rooted in social Darwinism.
American nationalism and populism is a wholesale rejection of the virus that is globalization.
PAT: This is just written by Bob in Pocatello. Right?
PAT: Bob just happened to be watching, and he thought, "You know what, I'm going to pop off something to Glenn."
GLENN: With no followers. No pictures. No friends.
STU: He wanted to sign up to social networks, just to post that particular paragraph and then never post again.
GLENN: And then never post again.
PAT: It's interesting though because you can be okay with all of that, mostly. Almost all of it, you can say, yeah --
JEFFY: Oh, on the surface, absolutely.
GLENN: On the surface.
PAT: I agree with that. On the surface, I agree with that.
GLENN: If you read it again, you're like, "Okay. Wait a minute. American nationalism. No, I'm not for nationalism. That's not good."
STU: Right. But patriotism. People conflate those two terms. Those are very different.
GLENN: Yes. Yes. They're very different.
STU: And we've seen nationalism rise and what it does. But this is trying to save that term, right?
GLENN: Yes. To reintroduce this term.
GLENN: Okay? To reintroduce it.
GLENN: Listen to this again.
American nationalism -- it's not racial or ethnic-oriented. Why would you say that? Because nationalism is tied directly to neo-Nazis.
PAT: And racism.
STU: And also, by the way, very specifically the people who are the intellectual heads of this particular movement have very specifically talked in overt terms about race and ethnicity being vitally important to this. I mean, this is --
GLENN: No, they're not racists. No, no. They're identists.
STU: Right. But, I mean, they've said, "We need an ethno-nationalist --
PAT: They're dentists on the internet?
GLENN: No, they're identists. They're identists --
GLENN: No -- yes, they recognize the identity of people, but that's not judging people on race. It is looking at the identity of people.
PAT: I see.
GLENN: So if you want to call it racist, that's an old term. That's -- that describes old things. I do believe that we all have an identity that is unique from where all of us originally came from. And there's nothing wrong with pointing out someone's identity. You're black. I'm white. But I do believe there are specific things that are different in each culture. And perhaps we shouldn't live together.
STU: This is --
PAT: Perhaps we shouldn't live together.
GLENN: Okay. Did you hear what I just said?
GLENN: And if you're hearing this from a friend and somebody who you think is a conservative -- and you will. I'm telling you, this is coming. You're going to start hearing this from your church friends, people you trusted, and they're going to make a great case because they're changing the language.
STU: This is Candle In the Wind and Candle In the Wind 1997, where like Princess Diana died, and we're going to release the same exact song with like three different lyrics.
STU: That is what this is. It's the same pitch. It's the same thing that you think it is.
GLENN: Same song.
STU: It's just using new terms and trying to overtake old ones.
GLENN: And using emotions to push it to the top of the chart.
STU: Yeah, yeah, yeah. One of the terms that is attempting -- and it's an interesting, somewhat subtle thing that's happened over the past year or two, which is the term globalist -- now, the term --
STU: I would not consider myself a globalist at all. I mean, for example, we've been doing this show for how long.
PAT: Why are we globalists?
GLENN: Hang on just a second. Hang on. Before you get into this, I just want to set this up. Globalism is a tripwire of nationalism. Okay?
Once you hear your friend, who -- why are you hearing the word "globalist" all the time now about people? Where is that coming from?
STU: Yeah, all the time.
GLENN: That's coming from people like Breitbart, who are into the alt-right, and they are poisoning the well. And globalist is your first sign of warning. Hang on just a second. What do you mean by globalist, exactly? And I'll bet that's what you were going to make the point on.
STU: That's exactly what I want to go into because we've been doing this show for a long time. There's been things that have, you know, leaned towards globalism, that the talk radio audience, generally speaking, rejects, as do I. Things like the United Nations making our decisions on our military.
STU: And, you know, global climate treaties that --
GLENN: IPCC. Yeah. The IPP --
STU: The Kyoto treaties -- yeah, Protocol.
PAT: Nobody has been more anti-globalist than we have.
STU: Exactly. Having global entities control what we do in our country.
GLENN: Even some global trade agreements. We need to have trade agreements. But are they about -- for instance, the T- -- what is it? The TPP?
GLENN: The TPP is an Asian global look at things. And it is an Asian pact that supersedes our law.
STU: And there's elements of many of these agreements that we've fought against.
STU: And so the idea that we would look towards global entities to influence our policy and the way we deal with our things here, we reject and have rejected for a long time. And the talk radio audience, with that definition of globalist, has always been against that.
PAT: But they've changed it now. Right?
STU: But now you notice -- and you say Breitbart. But really, Alex Jones. Breitbart and Alex Jones are one and the same at this point.
GLENN: Absolutely. Alex Jones is who he is, and everybody knew it. And now one step closer to the media is Breitbart. So one step closer to the average person as --
PAT: And Drudge.
GLENN: And Drudge. Anyone want to talk about the new movie Torch Bearer? Torch Bearer is a new movie, when man stops believing in God, he'll believe in anything. Sounds really good. Phil Robertson is in it, everything else. You know who the producer is? You know who the executive producer of this film is?
PAT: It's Bannon.
PAT: Bannon. What's-his-face, Bannon.
GLENN: So Bannon, who is Trump's campaign manager, who is, yes, we're providing a platform for the alt-right --
GLENN: -- is now producing films on faith for your church.
GLENN: Congratulations, America. Congratulations.
PAT: Wow. Unbelievable.
GLENN: You are sliding into a cesspool that you have no idea what is coming your way.
STU: On the globalist thing, to finish that, the old definition was, you know, international agreements and things that we were skeptical of. We don't want to be controlled by international bureaucracy.
PAT: Anything. We want our sovereignty.
STU: We want our sovereignty.
STU: And a lot of times that has gone along with having borders and border security.
GLENN: And we are for Brexit. I'm for Brexit.
STU: Yeah. I believe in sovereignty. I don't like the European Union.
GLENN: Yep. Don't like it.
STU: What it's now turning into is, do you believe in free trade? Are you against tariffs? Are you for or against legal immigration? Do you think we should have any interaction with -- with our allies? Do we have any role in the rest of the world?
If you believe any of those things, all of a sudden now you're a globalist.
GLENN: If you don't believe in tariffs -- tariffs are the most destructive thing to the free market, which is what we are based on as conservatives --
GLENN: If you're against tariffs, you're now a globalist. Well, tell that to our Founders.
PAT: If you're against Donald Trump, you're supposedly now a globalist.
STU: Right. And that's certainly where a lot of this comes from.
STU: And a lot of the passion behind it, obviously, because we're in the middle of an election season.
GLENN: It goes way beyond him.
STU: But, I mean, look at -- I can't remember -- was it Cruz or maybe Pat Toomey, when they were running, they were running ads against them, saying, "Hey, did you know that -- I can't remember which one it was. But they were talking about free trade and how it's helped us. But it's also helped lift billions of people out of poverty.
STU: And the fact that we've lifted Chinese people, for example -- a billion Chinese have come out of poverty because they've started to embrace a little bit of capitalism and free trade.
GLENN: Bono just said this.
STU: It's a great commercial for what we believe. Rooting for the success of people in other nations, wanting people to not starve to death all of a sudden is some weird definition of globalist. I mean, these things do help the rest of the world. I think free trade has been one of the most positive things that has ever happened to this planet, but it's also helped us.
GLENN: Here's why nationalism is so wrong, and here's why saying that we are a unique country is right, but it is not the people. American exceptionalism is not the people. We're no different than anybody else.
Yes, do we have different work ethics? Did we have different ethics than other countries? Yes.
Do we now? Not so much. Do the Chinese or do the Saudis understand American exceptionalism? No. Does that make them different people? No. It means they don't buy into the idea of America.
America is not a country. It's an idea. It is also a country. And nationalism glorifies the country and its people. What patriotism should be is the -- the glorification of the idea that we aspire to. The idea that we all men could be free, that all -- that all men can pursue their own happiness. And it's a very subtle difference. But if you don't get it, you are on the train to hell in these times.
I want to end this segment real quick just by reading this again, and I want to you listen because this is going to become -- I don't know how many people in this audience -- but I am still convinced that this audience is going to be the audience that will be remembered for pulling the republic out of the fire. I'm convinced of it. And I don't know when that happens. And I don't even know if it's because of what you do, other than teaching your children these things. Maybe it is because of what we do collectively that teaches our children and our children save the nation or bring it back. I don't know.
But for those with eyes and ears, please hear me. Let me read this again. American nationalism isn't racial or ethnic oriented.
Yes, it is.
Nor is it rooted in expansionist foreign policy like Bush conservatism.
That is true. That goes to the point on globalists.
Keeping people out is not invading their country, occupying their land and trying to bring democracy to them.
So what they're saying is: We can keep foreigners out of here, and that's better than -- well, you're giving a binary choice here.
Modern nationalism -- modern nationalism, let me tell you, is exactly the same as old-timey nationalism. Modern nationalism and populism.
What is populism? Populism is nothing but tyranny of the majority.
Modern nationalism and populism in America is just a refocusing on improving the lives and well-being of Americans who are being crushed under the weight of globalization, which is rooted in social Darwinism.
Oh, my gosh. Hello, Germany, 1930.
American nationalism and populism is a whole scale (sic) rejection of the virus -- hello, Goebbels -- of globalism.
Please, please, know the tripwires. Please know, national -- nationalism is suicide. Populism is suicide. That the tripwire of globalism doesn't mean what you think it means. To them, it means anything other than America, first and foremost, and nothing else.
STU: It's okay to prioritize America.
GLENN: Right. It's fine to prioritize.
STU: That's what you should do. But it does not mean --
GLENN: It means a complete withdrawal and enemy outside -- it is complete isolationist, protectionist, and no trade deals. Even our Founders made trade deals. And we protested tariffs. What do you think the Tea Party was about? It was a rejection of tariffs. And that's what nationalism is doing. And it is coming. And it is coming beyond this election. And it will only gain strength after this election, no matter who wins, because this is not about Donald Trump.
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