GLENN: Recent poll showed 70% of the American people now believe Washington politicians are their own special interest group. 70% of us say politicians are their own special interest group, that they put their own interests above the interests of the people. Shocking, isn't it? Are you surprised by that? Politicians would be. They just don't get it.
Take the Republican party. They had their butts handed to them in the last three special elections. Two of those losses taking place in traditionally Republican districts. What did the party do? Well, they formed a committee. They got together. They got some of the best and brightest deep-thinking political scientists, the pundits, the managers, they all examined the data. They stayed up very, very late studying the exit polls. They looked in all the evidence and they found, what should they do differently to start winning the elections? The result of all of that time, money and energy, they concluded that they just needed to get the message out more effectively. Really? I don't think the Republicans need to get the message out. I thought they got their message across quite clearly. It doesn't need to be retooled or broadcast louder. We get it. We don't like it. The modern day Republican party is going to go the same way as Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party which is really funny because John McCain says I'm more like Teddy Roosevelt. You bet you are, brother. You bet you are. And the Republican Bull Moose Party ended and so will yours because you have forgotten that you're not the party -- that you are the party of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. And I'm sorry, but that's not the party of the Republicans anymore. That's why I'm not a Republican. I'm a conservative, and I think most conservatives have voted in the past for Republicans because it used to be the party that represented what conservatives stand for but now most people don't even know what a conservative stands for. Now the majority of people say yes, they're too big to fail. Yes. Well, I disagree with what they're doing, but something's got to be done.
Well, I disagree, but no one will listen to me. I'm a conservative and I think there are Democrats that are conservatives and their party has left them, Republicans that are conservative and their party has left them, libertarian conservative, independent conservatives. Conservatives believe in the American dream. They believe the American dream is alive and living and that it is under direct unprecedented assault. Conservatives believe that it can be saved but I don't know if there's enough people out there that are giving the answer on how, and the answer is by not being afraid. We have nothing to fear. We are on the right side. We are on the founding fathers side. Not being afraid to speak up. By not being afraid to be involved. Terrible, unspeakable things occur because people don't speak up until it's too late.
I think most Americans love their country. If you love your country, hopefully you love it enough, too much to not try, with everything you have, to save it. We've lost our mooring. We don't know anymore who we are. We're Americans. We believe in the freedom to succeed. You can succeed. You should have the opportunity to succeed. There's a reason we were the country that changed the world. There's a reason. Conservatives believe in the ability to succeed and not be punished for it. It has not been a conservative ideal. It was an American ideal. There's a guy who never finished school, founded a candy and ice cream store and decided he wanted to make candy and ice cream. Liked it so much, decided to make taffy and caramel and everything else, but he couldn't get it right. First he opened up a business in Philadelphia, and it failed within six years. Then he said, you know what, I've got to retool; I think I have it this time. He opened up in Chicago and then New York City. Failure, failure, failure, every time. His mother never gave up on him. His mother said, you just keep going. You got it; you'll find it.
Well, he had launched these stores over and over and over again and he couldn't get it right. He never gave up. This time he decided, you know what, maybe I won't go to the big city, maybe I'll try it out in the heartland, and he did. He tried it out in the Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This time he got it right. After failure after failure after failure, this time he got it right. In fact, he got it so right that the name of the town is now named after him, Hershey, Pennsylvania. He finally got his candy right. Milton Hershey was free to succeed. He was free to succeed. No guarantees of success. No protections against the hardship and heartache of failure. Only the promise of long hours, late nights and most likely deep, dark failures. It was America that gave him the opportunity to give us the milk chocolate bar. We wouldn't have had it if Hershey was just too big to fail. We would have gotten crap candy. I'm not just against big government because I'm against big government. I'm against big government because I believe in the power of the individual. Republicans too often think -- it's enough just to call somebody a liberal. Well, I need more than that. America deserves more than that. We need answers. We need solutions. And those answers and solutions always come from the individual. And those answers always come after you've failed over and over and over again. And you never really fail if mom and dad are always there to prop you up. If mom and dad will always say, well, you're too important to fail, you're too big to fail. "You didn't fail. You didn't fail. You got a trophy anyway." You destroy the individual if you do that. It's not compassionate. You destroy people by that, by doing that. The only time you really truly fail is when you're afraid to fail, so you never try. That is the definition of real failure. Have you ever tried to do something 1,000 times and refused to give up? Failed over and over and over again? I've failed more than I've succeeded in life. I have been a failure much longer than I have been a success, at almost everything that I do. But it makes those small glimpses of success so very valuable.
The American dream is built on determination of never giving up because you want a taste of that success. Thomas Edison, if he would have given up, we wouldn't have had the electric light bulbs. 1,000 different filaments he tried and then only to have the government ban them years later. We have the incandescent light bulb because a man sat in a room and tried 1,000 different filaments before he succeeded. We focus too many times on this country on the success and not enough on the work and the failure that was needed to overcome, to get that success.
Did you know that Thomas Edison had a cement factory? You didn't know that? It failed. By the way, you do know that Thomas Edison gave us the first motion picture, right? He gave us the silent movie. Do you know why -- the man who changed the world with his inventions has more patents to his name than anybody else. Do you know why he gave us the silent movie? Because he didn't think that you could make a movie and connect it to sound. So he never tried. He failed because he never tried. He didn't pursue it. So it never happened. Pursue it.
See, this is the one word that everybody seems to dismiss in our founding documents. It's not a guarantee of success or happiness that our founding fathers promised. They promised the pursuit of happiness. It is the pursuit of happiness that eventually leads us to happiness. But in that pursuit sometimes you're going to be in very dark alleys, but you give it your best. You give it your all. And it may not be enough. As a conservative I know failure and I know failure happens, and I also know and realize the universal truth that government cannot change that reality.
When President Kennedy promised to put a man on moon, he brought in the best scientists, he brought in the most advanced technology. He poured millions of dollars into the space program. The result, three promising American astronauts were killed in a launch pad fire as they sat there on the launch pad dreaming of going into space. They died. It wasn't until Apollo XI that Americans successfully put a man on the moon. We wouldn't have gotten there after that tragic launch pad fire if we would have said, "Apollo II? What, are you crazy?" But like the candy maker from Hershey, Pennsylvania, NASA learned from its failures. It became better. It rededicated itself to the mission. And we sent a man to the moon. Think of that. Every time you look up, this country put men on the moon. They walked on the moon. Today Democrats and Republicans tell us that I can't achieve without their help, that you can't achieve without their help. You need this or that government program to succeed. The government needs to be there as a safety net in case you fall down and get a booboo. It's there to catch you, temporarily assist you while you get back on your feet. What government has become is a safety blanket, and people are being taught every day, they have been conditioned that they need that safety blanket, that they need that government to stand there and hold their hand and make sure that they protect you from all the bad things that might happen. The biggest thing our founding fathers wanted protection from was a big government that protected you. The promise of America isn't guaranteed success, but the promise that we can try, that we can try to achieve the American dream. And not only together can we do it but maybe more importantly as individuals we can do it. Because after all, we're Americans. A group of individuals that changed the world, a group of individuals that once we really recognize who we really are will change the world again.