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GLENN: I think that's where most Americans are. They are so frustrated, they can't take it anymore and they think, you know what, I'm the only one that cares, and you're not. You just don't see you on television. You just don't see you in congress. You don't see you in the White House. You didn't see what George Bush, you don't see what Barack Obama. Where are you in the picture? And nobody's listening to you. Thousands and thousands of Americans called the capitol and said, "Do not put Geithner in." Calls were overwhelming from what I'm being told, but yet they did. Where are you? Where is your voice? Where are your values? And these are universal values: Don't put liars in. Don't put somebody who's cheated on -- where are the Democrats that are disagreeing with that? I mean the normal ones, not the, again, not the 15% of Republicans and Democrats that will just vote for these clowns no matter what they do. Not those people. The 70% of us that know you can't just have a guy run the IRS that just cheated on his income tax and got away with it. What?
So a previous caller, Ed, said to me, "I'm just, I'm giving up and I'm just going to be happy in my life." Well, I asked him, I said, give me a couple of weeks to prove that you're not alone. I don't know how to do it yet, but I will. I am going to find a way to prove that you're not alone and then I'm going to give you -- hang on. I think I just figured out how to do it. Hang on. I just have to write it -- I'll remember it. I think all I have to do is prove that you're not alone. Then I'm going to ask you to please, please don't change the world by getting involved in some big national, whatever, just change your life. Just know who you are. And that's what I want to talk to you about here. Knowing who you are, knowing what you believe in. Most people don't know what they believe in because they are not willing to do the hard work. For instance, abortion, why do most people not look at pictures of an abortion? Why does no one want to actually think about -- I mean, everybody has the same reaction when you talk about partial birth abortion? "Okay, okay, okay, okay." Right, it is offensive. It is so offensive that nobody wants to talk about it. But by not talking about it, you don't think about it. And by not thinking about it, it becomes abstract. And when it's abstract, then anything is possible. When I say to you, "Let's really think about the bailout for the banks," you've already put $300 million-plus into these two banks, Bank of America and CitiBank. They're going to fall, gang, they are going to fall, or they're going to be nationalized. That's going to put you on the hook, you are already on the hook, since October, for $7.6 trillion. These banks fall, they're going to need cash, $4 trillion. Don't think abstractly. Answer the question where do you get the money. No place.
So let's repin ourselves to principles that most of us agree on. I gave a couple of these yesterday. America is great because America is good. This is why we believe in America. We believe in America. We're not waving the flag. The flag has become grotesque to me, it really has. It really has. I'm a flag collector. I have a flag right here that somebody gave me just about two months ago. I wept when I got it. The flag means something to me. But to too many people it's just an image. It's not an image. Our country is not an image. It's real. Why do I love it so much? Why do you love it so much? Because it's good! It is a force for good, but it hasn't been. It's become distorted. It's become grotesque. Why? Because it has unhinged from reality and principles. We're good. But wait a minute. We're good but yet we buy our oil and we are in bed with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and brutal dictators? We created Osama Bin Laden. We helped him. We helped Saddam Hussein to pin Iran in. We created the monster. That's not good. That's not good. That's being selfish, self-centered. "We need what we need. We'll do whatever we have to do." That's not good. Why do we believe in America? Because she's good. And when we restore the goodness of America, she'll be great again. We believe our rights are given to each of us by god and can't be taken away. And if you say, "Oh, I don't believe in that," well, then who do you get your rights from? Think of this logically. Who gives you the right? What gives you the right? It's not what gives me the right. It's who gives me the right. He's the same person that gave you the right. We are all endowed by our creator with certain I will alienable rights, inalienable meaning they cannot be taken from you. They cannot be transferred. They are yours, permanently, always, and they were given to you at birth. If you don't believe that, then you have to answer the question, who gives you the right. That means if it's not god given equally to each of us, then somebody has to be the printer of rights and the one who hands them out. Who is that exactly?
Another one I gave yesterday, Reagan's 11th commandment was wrong. He said thou shalt not criticize a Republican. I'm sorry. President Reagan who I love dearly, you're wrong. Stand up and go after these Republicans. Take the beam out of your own eye. I don't care what anybody else is doing. What are we doing?
The government is only as smart and as good and as honest as we are. I learned this principle because I was pro choice for much of my life. I was pro legalize everything for much of my -- I was as socially liberal as you could possibly get. Why? Because I wanted the options on the table just in case. Being real with you. Now I am libertarian. I believe you have the right to all of these things, but it doesn't come from -- it doesn't come from a place of, "I just keep the options on the table." It comes from a place, "Be responsible." When all of us are responsible human beings, we could legalize heroin because we wouldn't do it. And those of us who wanted to destroy themselves with it, that is their choice. I will encourage them not to, I will help them personally any way I can, but if they insist on destroying themselves, well, then that's their choice.
The government is only as smart and as good and as honest as her people. Samuel Adams said while the people are virtuous, they cannot be subdued. But when they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. Samuel Adams, the beer guy, had it down! If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. Virtue and knowledge will be their great security. Are we a virtuous country? Sincerely are we a virtuous country? I know there's a lot of people trying, but even in our own life do we not envy -- it's not greed that we should be concerned about. It's envy. That's what's going on here, envy. I want what they have. That's what leads to socialism. I want what they have.
Stu, will you remind me tomorrow? I want to play that music from the 1940s. I did on vacation, I did this weird learning experiment with myself. I know, I'm weird. But I only listened to the Forties channel for a day on XM, and I did it because I wanted to listen to the lyrics from the 1940s and see who we were. I learned something profound, I think, and I'll play that -- I'll do that tomorrow.
Another principle that we need to dig up, resurrect, and this is all common sense: That which we tolerate we deserve. I hate to say this because it's going to be so misunderstood by so many people. By putting Timothy Geithner in yesterday, we deserve what we get from him. By us not really truly rising up -- oh, we called, a lot of us called, but by the country not really, truly rising up and saying "Excuse me?" We get what we deserve. We are willing to tolerate this so then we will reap the consequences of that toleration.
Do you know why Blagojevich is on? He's on TV tonight with me and he's going to have an interview I think he's not going to get anywhere else. Do you know why he's doing this? Why is he going on this big tour right now? Why is he everywhere? To create enough doubt in everybody's head to have them say, "Well, now, wait a minute. Well, now wait a minute. Hang on just a second. To get you to the point to where you say -- because you are already their most likely, "I don't really care, I think the guy is a scumbag." But then when you start to say, "Well, now, wait a minute. Hang on, are the other guys just as bad. Are the other people bad, too?" Instead of saying, "Maybe we should look into the other guys as well," we say, "You know what, they're both black hats, they're all like this," and you stop caring and you stop paying attention. And so what happens? They win. Instead of stopping -- for instance, Caroline Kennedy and Governor Paterson, what's the story on that? Was Caroline Kennedy, is she sleeping with the publisher of the New York Times? Did she cheat on her income tax? Did she hire a nanny that was an illegal alien? Or... did the governor make all of that up? There's only one of two answers here. It's not like, "No, the real answer is space aliens came and took them all up and these are alien lizard people." That's not the third answer.
But have you noticed we've just, we've been willing to have both of them tainted. The governor is bad and Caroline Kennedy is bad. Just depends on who you were talking to. That won't work. We must not tolerate it.
Another principle of common sense: No one is above the law and justice is blind. Justice is blind. It is not a respecter of persons. Their position, their power, their intelligence, how much they're needed. If they broke the law, they go to jail. Now, that doesn't mean there aren't extenuating circumstances that we need to look at and say, "Okay, now wait a minute, hang on." As much as I hate using the example "He was abused as a child," sometimes you put that into a factor. But to a reasonable common sense way. And no one is above the law. And maybe we learned that lesson when Nixon resigned and Ford pardoned him: It's better for the country that we pardon him. Maybe it's not. Maybe it's better for the country if we have a president sitting in jail. If it's not political, if it's true, maybe it's better for the country to learn the lesson, "Yeah, the president can go to jail."
The government works for me, not for them, not for special interests. They are my employee. Common sense principle: Government doesn't exist to guarantee the equality of results, and no one is too big to fail. Personal property rights are essential to liberty, and the free market is the best way to protect that right. And there are words that can be said that are anti-American, but saying them is not un-American.
If we just lived on these principles, "Government doesn't exist to guarantee the equality of results and no one's too big to fail," how would that change your kids' softball games? And you would that change little league? How would that change conversations where you hear parents screaming at the coaches or the coaches are screaming at each other? No one's too big to fail here. The kid can fail. The kid stinks on ice. There's no guarantee that you are all going to get a trophy. But see, we haven't taught that to our kids and so we don't get it in our government because we don't enforce it in our own home.
Blagojevich is in trouble with me because I had to spank my son and take away his train because he lied. This just happened on Sunday. It tore me up inside. I love laying on the floor playing with his train. I get, "Oh, Daddy, can we play with the train?" We go down and we play with the train. I love it. I took his train away because he lied. Why did I do that? Why was it so essential that I do that? Because we live in a culture where there are no consequences on lying, and the only defect that will really truly destroy the family is a lack of trust.