|The Glenn Beck Program published this, An open letter to Robert Redford, after the 2004 Presidential Election. Read it as a PDF file here...|
GLENN: Now, speaking of Robert Redford, he has been -- quoting from an NPR article. Don't ask me why I'm reading NPR. Let's not investigate that too deeply. Robert Redford has been, quote, fighting on behalf of the environment for more than 30 years, from producing documentary films about solar power to lobbying congress. Really? That's fighting on behalf of the -- producing documentary films about solar power? You know I was just at Sundance. Sundance, great place, beautiful place. Really, really spectacular. You know what I loved about Sundance was the environmentally friendly soap that they were using in the soap dishes. No, it was really good. No, it was -- Tania said, "I love this soap. It's environmentally friendly." And then we ran out and so we had to go down and it was hard -- because there's all these little cabins and everything all around and we stayed the weekend there and we were, you know, driving around. I got lost and so I had to go to the Sundance place and luckily they helped me find the way back to the cabin. They had one of those, you know, those big SUVs. In fact, they had a lot of them. They're beautiful, too. Stu, have you seen the new Lexus SUV?
STU: No, no, no, you're thinking of something else. You are thinking of another story because this was -- you were talking about Sundance and Robert Redford, and Robert Redford for the Earth for decades, he's been producing documentaries about solar -- no, no, but solar panels.
GLENN: No, no, I didn't see any solar panels there but they had these great SUVs from Lexus, they had a whole fleet of them. They were great and they take you up to the cabins and go around.
STU: Glenn, you are embarrassing yourself. This is Sundance, Robert Redford.
GLENN: Yeah, Robert Redford, Sundance, yeah.
STU: What you saw was a wind powered car.
GLENN: No, it's weird, I didn't see any wind-power there, either. Lots of electricity, tons of electricity going on. Just pumping up -- and you should see. They're building these new houses up there. They are spectacular. There's this one place where they cut down all these trees and they built this really -- huh?
STU: No, no, they didn't cut down the trees. They're part of the natural landscape and --
GLENN: No, no, they cut them down and there was this gigantic house. I think this thing must have been at least --
STU: 500 square feet or something to save energy.
GLENN: No, it was like 10,000 square feet. I think it was a vacation home. But it was 10,000 square feet. So if you had the money to buy a place like that, you could just take your private jet and just fly into the area. You can take -- I don't know if Sundance does this with their SUVs or you just have to call for a car service but you have the car service or the Lexus SUV from Sundance meet you at the airport, you drive 20 minutes into the beautiful mountains. I mean, it is spectacularly beautiful. And then you just take that SUV right up into that 10,000 square foot vacation home and it's -- and I don't know if the vacation home comes with the soap that is organically, you know, organic and environmentally friendly or you have to buy it.
STU: So you're saying it's -- I mean, I thought you, for a minute I thought you were trying to make some, you know, point against Robert Redford but now I understand you're saying he's just offsetting with the organic soap.
GLENN: Yeah. There was organic, like, salsa, too, I think. I'm not kidding you. I think I had organic salsa. And it was -- again we just took one of the SUVs down to the bottom of the hill and then got some of it. But anyway --
STU: Are you sure you don't mean took the Prius?
GLENN: No, I didn't see a Prius there. Anyway, I was talking about Robert Redford. You know, he's been lobbying congress, you know, flying back and forth to Washington and stuff to fight for the environment. By the way, may I just have an ADD moment? Have you seen the cost of the Democratic National Convention? You know they're doing all the green stuff, everything has to be green, all the coffee has to be green, all the cups have to be green. You know, they're making sure there's tricolored food because it looks healthier and everything else. They actually have a green of the convention president or head of -- that is overseeing how green it is. Can I ask you something? Is it just me that thinks they should just do like a teleconference. Why don't they just do something like on the Internet where they have all the convention delegates just on the Internet? Because that's new technology. I know the Democrats are looking for new technology. That's new technology that they could use today. You know, why drill? Why drill? Why not use the new technology that we have today to hold your convention instead of having everybody fly in from all over the country. It's great.
Anyway, Robert Redford has decided that he's got a new venture and a new venue for environmental activism. It is called Slam Poetry. I don't even know what slam poetry is. Does anybody know what slam poetry is? Do you know what slam poetry is, Stu?
STU: That's the thing that cures the Earth, right?
GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Yeah, it is. Robert Redford is now venturing into poetry to help fight global warming. I just have to say it's a good thing, for Osama Bin Laden, that Robert Redford isn't, you know, the head of the team that's looking for Osama Bin Laden so seriously because, you know, I can hear him right now, vicious, vicious. He's like, guys, he's still out there; write some more poems, damn it, haikus, sonnets, something, hunt the man down. Because that's really what's going to -- whew.
I guess this is what we should expect from Robert Redford. I mean, it is the guy who brought us The Horse Whisperer. If I remember that right, it was a nine hour movie about -- I don't remember what it was about, but I remember that the camera was zooming in to the horse's face for about 90% of the time and I think you were supposed to think -- did anybody remember the movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull? It was kind of like that except for dull. I would have gotten up and laughed but by the time I realized this thing just isn't going to get any better -- have you ever had your butt fall asleep to where you've been sitting so long and your butt falls asleep and then all of a sudden your legs don't work and you know you're going to, like, fall down as soon as you get up? That's what it was. I was watching the horse whisperer and I'm like, my butt hurts so bad because it's dead asleep. So I had to sit there and try to wake my butt up before I left and by then it was into the fifth hour and you just, you've got to see how the thing ends by then.
Anyway, Robert Redford said words are just words without action, but I think what we're seeing here today with these poets is the beginning of action. Bob, I'm not a poet but I'm not sure that the first quote, words are just words without action, it didn't really help explain why you're writing poems about global warming, you know, and how it's a helpful thing. I -- poems are just words. They are. I'm pretty sure that poems are just words. Government officials, you know, barely act when they're being jabbed with pitchforks. I mean, I really seriously have talked to somebody about making me a torch. Now, I know I've got a lot of extra time on my hands. You know what I mean? You know, you're working. Me, I'm thinking things like that: I need a torch; where do you get a torch. I've actually seriously discussed with somebody, how do we make a torch. We're making torches and buying pitchforks! Do you think a poem is going to do anything, I mean besides brainwash our kids. Oh, maybe that's the point. He says, I think what you're seeing here is the beginning of action. Redford said, "We're going to see the children take this to the next level." Bob, how do you sleep at night? How do you sleep at night? I mean, if global warming was really so bad, so horrible, going to kill us in the next five minutes, you know, if we don't act and we're all gonna die, shouldn't we be doing more than writing poetry? I mean, seriously. "Well, yeah, Glenn, that's why we're doing slam poetry." Oh, I'm sorry.