Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from October 25, 2016.
Is there anyone on the left that, at some point said, You know what, I think I can vote for Donald Trump? I think I have to vote for Donald Trump because Hillary Clinton is so corrupt. Even more so, You know what, it's time this country was run somewhat like a business and this guy was a good businessman and maybe he'll shake things up. This has got to stop.
We just assume those people don't exist --- but they do.
Let me ask you this: Were the people who voted for Ross Perot traitors? He was a businessman on the outside who warned about all the things we're experiencing now. Back in 1992, he said if we don't take care of them after the turn of the century, there will be no good choices. Were his voters traitors or ahead of their time? Was he just the wrong messenger?
How about blacks? Why do they continue to put their faith in a system that has betrayed them? When black people look at a Republican --- not even the name, not even the record, just, Oh, he's a Republican, and have nothing to do with him --- are they being patriotic? If they say, I looked at this guy, I happen to believe this guy is good and, yeah, he's a Republican, are they a traitor to their race? Are they a traitor to their party or to their country?
How many conservatives voted for Barack Obama in 2008? How many conservatives saw Barack Obama? Because I know I did. I saw Barack Obama in 2004 and said, Holy cow, this guy could be the next president. Before you knew anything about Barack Obama and saw him give that epic speech, one that Ronald Reagan could have given, were you a traitor for saying, I think he could be president. I might vote for him? Were you a traitor because you wanted to vote for the first African-American president, and you wanted to be a part of something epic?
How about the Democrats that voted for Ronald Reagan? Were they traitors? Were they traitors to their party, or did they see something that their party wasn't offering or saw something their party was offering and said, Reagan is a lot better.
I want you to know, I'm not making the case that either side has something worth flocking to at this point, but why is it so bad to think outside of the box and think outside of the DNC and GOP?
Many conservatives voted for Clinton in 1996 because he had proven himself to be a centrist. Welfare reform came from Bill Clinton. The economy was doing fine.
Were people traitors when they looked at Bob Dole and said, Good heavens, Bob Dole? I voted for Dole, but perhaps I was wrong. He was horrible. Let's say that out loud together: Bob Dole was a horrible candidate. And so was George H.W. Bush. Many people who were conservative couldn't bring themselves to vote for him in '92 because his lips said one thing, and his hands signed something else. Were those people, who said, I can't vote for George W. Bush, were they traitors?
Let me ask you: If more people would have said, I cannot vote for Bob Dole, I cannot vote for George H.W. Bush, if there was a landslide in '92 and '96, do you think we would have only had McCain and George W. Bush to choose from in 2000? And McCain in 2008? And Romney in 2012?
Look at that record. Look at what the GOP has given you since Reagan. I contend it's been anything and everything other than an actual conservative constitutionalist. Not a chance in hell that a real small government constitutionalist was even considered.
Now we find ourselves in a place where we have to defend everything we have despised. In fact, not only defend it, many are becoming everything they fought against in the '90s.
Remember how we all said in the '90s about Bill Clinton, you can't dismiss all these women, there are too many of them. Yes, maybe some of them are making that up, but his lifestyle leads any thinking individual into a place where you have to seriously consider this: What is wrong with you? Why are you just sticking with the DNC? Don't give your brain away. And the most important thing is you most likely were one of the people that said, And what happens if we reward him with this office? What then will he do? What happens?
We have a suspicion that Whitewater is true. What will happen if we give him the highest office? Well, Travelgate. And then the selling of the Lincoln Bedroom. And then we said, what will he do next, if you reward him? Then they sold our secrets and our computers to the Chinese. And then they started the Clinton Foundation. And we ignored it. They sold access to the Secretary of State. And we ignored it. What will they do if we reward them again? What happens if we don't declare his lies with Monica Lewinsky wrong and abhorrent? It will, you said, affect our children and our culture. Has it?
You're damn right, it did. Because look how deeply it affected us. We're now at a point where some of the people, who actually said this and warned against it, are now embracing the excuse that it's some vast left-wing conspiracy. History is repeating itself in the reverse.
Let me take this out of politics, and let me just talk to you about using your brain and never selling it to anyone.
The Japanese, when I was growing up, were known to make everything that was in a crap box. If it was crap, it was Japanese. Remember when the Honda CVCC first came out -- not the civic, the CVCC. The CVCC was a motorcycle engine turned to its side. In a little, teeny death box about the size of a two-person coffin. And this was in the time when that thing was driving down the road with a Cadillac the size of your house. It was a death trap, and it was crazy.
But wait a minute, what happened?
We don't think of Japan making crap boxes. We don't think of Honda as a death trap. They changed, and we allowed them to. We took in new information, and it wasn't an ad campaign. It was actual change.
We must buy one the first time they changed. In fact, if you're like me, what happened was, a friend or a friend of a friend bought a civic or a Honda. And our response was, Really, why would they do that? I don't know, but they just tell me that it's not what we think it is. And over time, we watched. We listened. We eventually test-drove one. And then, perhaps we bought one ourselves.
But imagine, if back then, our only choices were either a Honda CVCC or an AMC Pacer. Think about how foolish we would look back on those times. We already look back and say, The Pacer, good God, what was wrong with us? But imagine if we had argued that one would destroy America and all American car companies. A receipt for a CVCC is a lost job in Detroit. Americans did the opposite.
Americans said, Good. Maybe AMC should go out of business. It's a crap box. If they could be beaten by the Japanese, they should go out of business. We, as people, never personally bailed them out. We never even embraced the K-car because the K-car was a piece of crap. We're still doing that. We didn't buy the Volt, even though the government bought the company. We wouldn't listen. We bought Tesla because it was good. Even when the government was telling us how great the Volt was, we said, It burns people alive, bad idea.
You want to change the world? You don't worry about everybody else, you worry about yourself. You vote with your feet. You walk out of a bad restaurant. You don't accept the bad service.
We'd never continue to buy our clothes or our furniture or even our movie tickets from a company or a movie theater that lied to you, ripped you off, used you and hated you so much that they would mock you to your face. Oh, well, you're going to take the popcorn, because that's the kind of people you are, you popcorn-eating freak.
Have you ever had the unfortunate experience -- I've had this -- of thinking you were someone's friend, only to find out you were actually their secret friend, that you were the one that they would go out with when all the cool people were busy, but they didn't want anybody to know that? They didn't want to be seen with you. You most likely found out like this. You approach them by their locker. When the cool people were around. And when the cool people said something and they joined in or remained, and you remember the look on their face and you hope that they remember the look on your face, a lesson that you most likely never forgot, and said, I'll never fall for that again. Unless it's a presidential campaign.
See, you're the cool kid. The GOP is not the cool kid. The DNC is not the cool kid. You're the cool kid. They need you.
You just don't realize it. The parties are viewing you as their secret friend, and you're allowing it to happen. They're the company that despises you, but not only still takes your money, they give you bad service and then expect you to defend them to your friends to get them to come and get bad service. Stop it.
It isn't those who are voting for the third party that are destroying Trump's chances. It's Trump, for all the reasons we outlined a year ago. We told you the press would kill him, that they and Democrats wanted him to be the candidate because they knew how weak he was. Did you miss that WikiLeaks' memo?
But let's take a look at Hillary for a second. It isn't those voters that are destroying Donald Trump because the majority of the people who are voting third party are Hillary supporters and Democratic voters. That's where those people are siphoning. She's being hurt in much larger numbers by third parties. But, again, let's stick with her and those turning from her to vote for third party. How many will say, Oh, I don't care about those people. I don't care about . . . that's the sign of a lazy mind. You do care about them. And you should.
They're not traitors, those people on the left that refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton. They're right, and they're brave. And we should look at what they're doing.
The media is not. They can't justify electing or at least voting for a person that they know is a proven liar, someone who is in the pocket of globalist banking, in the pocket of corporate cronies, somebody who clearly believes she is way above the law? They are brave. They are wise. And they will end up changing their party.
If I were actually voting for Hillary Clinton, would I be doing what the mainstream media is doing and ignoring Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party? Would I be calling Stein brave today, because they're not? They want you not to notice those people. I want you to notice those people.
If you have not actually had to sacrifice your principles on the altar of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, then you need to vote for that candidate. Reagan said, If we can agree on seven out of ten things, you're not my enemy. But those were policies, not principles.
The Reagan Democrats, they weren't traitors because they saw policies and they saw principles that they agreed in.
The Reagan Democrats, they were not Marxist. They didn't hate America. They believed in America. They believed in the Constitution. Not one of them was a big government progressive. Not one of them was someone that deeply believed faith was a sham and abortion was good and morals are for dummies.
They saw that their party was drifting, and they went to Reagan.
What we are facing on both sides right now is to ignore, accept, embrace and even reward with the highest office in the land corruption, lies, deceit, a pattern of personal vengeance, a willingness to destroy anyone who stands in your way. These are the best part. At worst is the mocking of the handicapped, possible assault on women, letting people die in Benghazi because you were involved in a secret operation, or allowing our country to be put at risk because of your own email convenience.
The biggest question that America needs to answer is, Who am I? Who am I as a person? What is it that I really believe? What are the fundamentals that are eternal in me that I can never abandon? What is it that we believe? What is it that our children will or already have learned from us that we will excuse and defend in others, even while at the same time, we am trying to tell them that that's wrong? Because telling them means nothing.
Seeing you stand up when it's painful, that's when they learn the lesson. Most importantly, what happens next if we ignore and reward the people that are like this with even more power?
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