by Keith Ablow
GLENN: Keith is a friend of mine and, you know, just a very good psychiatrist and an all around decent human being and also willing to say the tough things and he doesn't and he's you know, he's not a stupid man. He just doesn't say things that yeah, this will get a lot of he's not that kind of guy. I asked him a couple of weeks ago when I saw the President's response to Fort Hood, when he came out and he gave, you know, a speech about the native Americans for two minutes or three minutes and then it was, like, Oh, yeah, by the way, Fort Hood happened, something was wrong and I asked him to look into it and tell me his thoughts. What was it we were talking about yesterday, Pat, about and I said, get Keith after low on the phone, because there was another, there was yet another disconnect with President Obama. He had another sign that this guy is living in a different world. I don't understand what this is. I don't know what's going on. Keith is with us how. Hi, Keith.
Ablow: Hey, Glenn. How are you?
Glenn: I'm good. Tell me, first of all, is it healthy to for the citizenry to ask these kind of questions of this guy seems disconnected, strangely connected to things that that most Americans don't even understand or they're, like, what? That's a problem? And then strangely disconnected to things like, oh, I don't know, make a decision on the troops in Afghanistan.
Ablow: How could it be anything but healthy, unless we're to think of ourselves as three year olds with a parent we ought not question, up to make sense of the decisions and the thought processes of your leaders so that you can measure your own instincts, thoughts, and intentions against those things, so that you can say, Wait, does this person reflect whether he believe it or not and I think right now there are a lot of decisions that are being made by this administration that seem to be windows on the administration's thoughts and feelings but without a statement of principle that people can either sign on to or reject.
Glenn: Okay. We were talking about the bowing to the Japanese emperor and this is the second time he has bowed to a king. The President does not bow. The first time he did it in Saudi Arabia and they said, oh, well, he wasn't bowing. The Saudi king was seated and so he was just, like I didn't believe that at the time, but fine. Now he's done it and it was a 90 degree bow to the Japanese emperor which since George Washington we have never done. The White House lied about it. Our question was: When the people cried out last time and there was a problem, did he did he did he not just even care about what people said? Did is it possible
Glenn: that he did it again and he was, oops, I did it again. What does that mean?
Ablow: The actions of the President taken on their face would indicate that he has a particular philosophy that he sees as better than and justified more than particular feelings of patriotism or American ideals that the citizenry might hold dear. I think that his actions, if not his words, would say the country occupies no special place in safeguarding freedom particularly, no more than any other nation ought to and that we ought not think of ourselves as in any way elevated beyond anyone else's principles or deserving of a special seat at any table. So, we bow to foreign leaders, we apologize profusely for having stepped to the plate when we thought it was appropriate to defend the rights of people around the world. There is a tremendous retreat going on here and I think, if you put words to it, it might sound something like, I believe in the inherent goodness of people and that you may need to suffer a whole lot when you give up your seat at the table in terms of leadership and defending principles because who knows what's going to happen, but what flying the flag and defending it, that's no answer.
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Glenn: Holy cow. Welcome back to the welcome back to the program. We have Keith Ablow. Keith?
Glenn: Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and friend of mine, just a good guy, level headed guy. Pat and I were talking during the break. Pat, do you have the audio that from Andy Stern?
Glenn: Listen to this audio.
Stern: Because workers of the world unite, it's not just a slogan anymore. It's the way we're going to have to do our work. We're trying to use the power of persuasion and if that doesn't work, we're going to use the persuasion of power, because there are governments and there are opportunities to change laws that effect these companies. I'm not naive. We're ready to strike. It started last summer with the so called big box. Unions in every Kmart, every Wal Mart labor wanted it; business didn't. We took names. We watched how they voted. We know where they live. There are opportunities in America to share better, to rebalance the power, and unions and governments are part of the solution.
Glenn: Okay. Stop. Okay. Keith, here's the guy who's been in the White House more than anybody else, 22 times. I think Hillary Clinton has shown up in the log four times. This is the guy who has designed the health care package, something that now has a lower approval rating than Hillary Care did and, yet, they're pushing it forward. They know they're not trying to hide anything. They are
Ablow: No, they're not.
Glenn: They're telling us, workers of the world unite, share the worth, redistribute the health.
Pat: New world order. Those were things that were never spoken 10 years ago. 15 years ago it was all conspiracy stuff. They're saying it out loud in the open.
Glenn: Why are we not hearing these things?
Ablow: Well, I think it's the language we're not used to hearing. We've had the benefit of responsive government. Whatever your party, whether you felt some in some ways marginalized at times or not, in general, there after way to be heard and a sensitivity to the needs and feelings of the population. What we may have here is someone with the galvanized steel clad perspective on sharing and distributing wealth, on moving dramatically towards socialism, on backing away from America as a leader in the world, toward freedom, using every means at its disposal and because that's a heartfelt value doesn't matter what people think. Who really thinks that it's smart to bring terrorists who knocked down buildings on 9 11 to the heart of Manhattan?
Pat: How do you get Americans
Ablow: whether people will suffer PTSD symptoms again and be retraumatized? Who's going who's accounting for whether people will avoid the city like the plague and cause an economic catastrophe for the city because no one will travel there during that time? In the name of what, exactly? And the answer, I think, is in the name of an unspoken principle so far, it hasn't been enunciated, but all the behaviors add up. We don't have
Glenn: You watch the show, Keith. Please tell me I'm wrong. I can only add these things up into something that is a consistent picture of a picture that looks nothing like the republic, looks nothing like the Constitution of the United States, looks nothing like the free market system.
Ablow: That is the direction I wish I Glenn, I would tell you that you're wrong because, look, my work is the thing that I care about the most about, is when people have a set of facts and they're misinterpreting them, often I can help them see something more accurately and change their lives or their perspective on the world and believe me, I would do it here if I thought you were wrong. If you add everything up and you say how can it be that the feelings of a whole population about bringing these people to the breast of the major metropolis in our nation is ignored, how can it be that someone can address a gathering after 13 people are murdered on a military base and dozens more injured and say nothing of it for two minutes other than that the native American agenda is being advanced by this President.
Glenn: So, how so, how is it how does the average person that is listening to my voice, the average person listening, gets it, is standing right there going, yep, I know, I know, but I can't get my friends to listen. How do you get the people who's I mean, you just stand there an say you look at these people and say, what the hell is wrong with you? What are you talking about? Listen. How do you get them to listen?
Ablow: And, look, I think you've got to give them fact after the fact after fact. Did we or didn't we elect a President who close to remain in a religious gathering with a pastor who was spewing hate and essentially catering toward the ruffled feathers of particular minority groups what were they angry, did he or didn't he stay there? Did he or didn't he have that two minute gap when he somehow didn't understand how we felt about losing American servicemen? Did he or did he not ignore the feelings of the city of Manhattan and this nation and decide to treat terrorists and people with whom we're at war as common criminals in a city that will be jeopardized potentially by doing so? All of these things need to be presented and then, look, here's another example. You know, they now raise the breast cancer age where you're supposed to get mammograms. You think this is disconnected? Don't do it at 40, do it at 50. You think that socialized medicine that, this health care plant isn't going to start monkeying around with what kind of preventive care is necessary to save money? Of course they are.
Glenn: They're denying now this is anything to do with raging. Bull crap
Ablow: Bologna. Of course it does. Listen, as I talked to three doctors today. Hey, just out of curiosity, guys, are your wives going to start going in still, even though they're 42, 44, 46? Oh, yeah, they're, even if we have to pay for it, they say.
Glenn: And they will.
Pat: Is it too late for the guys, if they're still, like, give them a chance, that doesn't mean is it just I mean, do you just move on? Do you just give up and move on to the next person or is it possible to get through to somebody who doesn't see it?
Glenn: One minute.
Ablow: I think it's absolutely possible to get through to people. You know, I deal with denial all the time. Sometimes people have to come to this office a dozen times instead of twice. They may have to watch your show 20 times, not three times, but eventually, you know what? People have a barometer of the truth inside them. Sometimes it's sensitive. Sometimes it's a little insensitive, but it's there.
Glenn: Thanks, man. We'll talk about. Dr. Keith Ablow.