Glenn Beck: FDR or Obama?

GLENN: Okay. I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the presidency I will address them with candor and a decision which the present situation of our nation impels. This is the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. In every dark hour of our national life, the leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding to support the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

In such a spirit on my part and on yours, we face common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels. Taxes have risen. Our ability to pay has fallen. Government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income. The means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade. The withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side. The savings of so many years in thousands of families are gone. Most important, a host of unemployed new citizens now face the grim problem of existence. An equal great number toil with little return now. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment, yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because of the rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed. Through their own stubbornness, their own incompetence, they have admitted their failure and abdicated.

Practices of the unscrupulous money-changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.

Is this what you expected so far, Stu?

STU: Yeah, it sounds pretty much --

GLENN: I mean, he's taking down the -- he's taking down the Wall Streeters.

STU: Right.

GLENN: And business. He's telling us it's really a bad time.

STU: That's what you'd expect.

GLENN: People are -- yeah, it's what you'd expect. People are having a hard time, but we'll get past it.

True, they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit, they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision. And where there is no vision, the people shall perish. The money-changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may not restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of that restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of created effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase for profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister unto ourselves and to our fellow man.

Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride, of place and personal profit, and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and business and government which too often has been given the sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing.

Small wonder that confidence languishes, for thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.

Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This nation asks for action, and action now. Our greatest primary task will be to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the government itself, treating the task as we would treat an emergency of war. At the same time through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources.

Hand in hand we must frankly Wednesday the overbalance of population in our cities and by engaging on a national scale in a redistribution endeavor to provide a better use of the land best fitted for the land. It also can be helped by national planning for and supervision of all forms of transportation and communication and other utilities which have a definitely public character. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped merely by talking about it. We must act, and we must act quickly.

Finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work, we require two safeguards against the return of the evils of the older order. There must be strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments. There must be an end to speculation with other people's money. There must be a provision for an adequate but sound currency. If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence with each other, that we cannot merely take but we must give as well. That if we are willing to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline because without such discipline, no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline because it makes possible a leadership with aims at a larger good. This I propose to offer pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon all of us as a sacred obligation with a unity of duty, a vote only in a time of armed strife.

With this pledge taken, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Barack Obama's inaugural speech, or it could be -- it's actually what Franklin Roosevelt said in 1933. I cut one line out of the speech: So first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. But the rest of it was that. Couldn't this speech be given today? Isn't this the same language that we've heard from FDR about self-sacrifice? I was shocked when I read that we would be willing to submit our lives and property to such a discipline because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good. I'm not willing to submit my property to the government that aims at a larger good.

Okay. Actually this is President Obama's inaugural speech. Just cutting down to the middle: But the evil has come with good and much fine gold has been corroded with riches has come an excusable waste. We have squandered a great part of what we might have used. We have not stopped to conserve the exceeding bounty of nature without which nature our genius for enterprise would be worthless and impotent.

Meanwhile government went many deep secret things which for too long delayed to look into and scrutinize with candid fearless eyes. The great government we loved has too often been made use for private and selfish purposes, for those who have used it and had forgotten the people.

This, of course, is Barack Obama talking about cleaning up the government and also making sure that we save the planet. Or... it's part of the first inaugural address of Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson was the architect of, "Jeez, if we just could treat the planet in a crisis on the planet or something like that, the environment, like a war, we could use that." He's also the guy that got us into World War II. He's also the guy -- or World War I, and set up for World War II. He's also the guy that brought us the income tax. He's the real, first real progressive. He's the guy who said it's important to silence dissent because it's just too important now; our country is at stake.

I learned more this weekend about our country's history than I think I ever have in one sitting. What I did is I sat down and I read the speeches, the inaugural addresses, and I was curious why everyone was looking to Lincoln and comparing Obama to Lincoln instead of FDR. I'm fascinated by Woodrow Wilson because the genesis is there.

If you look at what has happened in this country, if you start with George Washington and just end with FDR -- my kids got up from a nap and so there was just no reason I stopped at FDR other than the kids were up now. So -- but if you just read those speeches, you'll see the history not through the eyes of historians but through the eyes of the Presidents and you'll see what's coming. You'll see the problems as they unfold over and over and over again. At first it was about expansion and foreign wars and do we get involved, and it was always "We don't get involved. We stay out of it. We don't want to get involved." And then as it started to build up towards the Civil War, you saw slavery: Is it state rights, is it not state rights. Can we have slavery, can we not. This is a stain on our country; what do we do? Solve it through the courts, solve it through the courts, solve it through the courts.

And then Abraham Lincoln was elected and he said in his first inaugural something that stunned me: I have no desire or intention, nor authority to change slavery. He wasn't going to do anything about slavery. So why did that happen then? What happened?

See, in Abraham Lincoln, before Abraham Lincoln came, there was a discussion. There was an argument about whether or not we should build railroads. Should the government be subsidizing railroads? Remember the Carnegies, the Vanderbilts, they needed to be subsidized. They needed help to be able to build these giant railroads, and it was in the common good. It was for the general welfare. It was to bring us together and help us expand. And there was a big argument over it: Should federal money be spent to subsidize railroads? Vanderbilt, Carnegie, they were getting rich. Why should the regular folk have to pay for that? Well, they can only do it if we help. And the Carnegies and the Mellons, all of these names, the Rockefellers got wealthier and wealthier and wealthier and more and more control.

Then there came a change. After the Civil War it was all about federal rights, and I noticed that in the speeches during the McKinley time, right before Roosevelt, the first Roosevelt, they started to talk about banking and they started talking about enterprise and businesses and big businesses. And then through Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, he started talking about we're a great nation and we need to get involved overseas and we have great responsibility to spread liberty. And then Wilson: We're going to have a federal bank, we need more taxes, we need to be able to stop the economy from changing like this. And all the way through. There was never a discussion in the first 75 years of this stuff in the inaugural addresses and yet the majority of everything in the 20th century is about business, is about global politics and global business and finance. There was a change. There was a change at the Civil War and change again at the turn of the century. And that change at the turn of the century is what we're dealing with today. The reason why FDR's speech could be given tomorrow is because the problem is the same.

Well, the businesses that went out in '29 are not the same businesses. So what remains that caused the problem in '08, caused the problem in the teens, caused the problem in '29, caused the problem now? The banks, the financial institutions, the government, the Fed. All the things that we're really not talking about today. Instead we're just talking about how capitalism has failed.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:

Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.


America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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