Worst-Case Scenario No. 3
Glenn Beck on Fox News, Feb 20, 2009.
GLENN: I tell you this because of what happened on Friday's television show. Something that quite frankly if you saw it, I hope you saw the shock on my face. I had Michael Scheuer, and Michael Scheuer was the head of the CIA Bin Laden unit. He was the guy during the Clinton administration who was saying, "Please let's go get Bin Laden, please let's go get him. Really we've got to do something." They didn't. He was the guy who was coordinating getting him in the caves after 9/11. He stayed on with George W. Bush because he said neither side is serious about this. The Republicans and the Democrats. Neither will do the right thing. He told me at one point about the chatter that he heard. I mean, he was there. The cave was there. Bin Laden was in the cave, escaped because the White House wouldn't move fast enough. And that was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back for Michael Scheuer, guy who I quite honestly hated the first time I spoke to him because I was still in bed with George W. Bush. I was still thinking, "No, no, come on." And I hated him the first time, but I listened to him because I'm the kind of guy that I listen to both sides and I listen to extremes to be able to find out what the truth is, and it's usually some place in the middle. This guy is, he's credible. I had him on. Tim Strong was also on. He was with special forces. He was one of the first guys into Iraq this time around. You know, he's a guy who knows. He is also a guy who has been watching what's called the Bubba effect and that is something happens down at the border, somebody's protecting their land, somebody gets killed or there's drugs or whatever and something happens and normally most people would say, okay, you've got to go get that guy because he killed somebody, or whatever. And the police come in, the FBI or ATF come in and because there's such dissatisfaction and such distrust of our government that the people who normally would stand with the FBI or whatever turn on the FBI and say, "You know what, I don't agree with what he did, but you're part of the problem. So you've got to come through me to get him." And then all hell breaks loose. Well, we've been talking to you about this now for two years. It is something that I sensed in my gut when I went down to Texas over two years ago and I said, "Warning, America," and that's when I really started ringing the bell and I told every senator, every congressman I heard. Every time I would get in touch with them, every time I would speak to them, "Please, you must not injure the American people because something's coming. Something is brewing." Well, now it's brewing overseas and you're already starting to see the riots overseas. The reason why I bring this up is because I got in this morning and Stu said to me, "Glenn, did you see all of the blogs about you left and right from Friday's broadcast." What I said on Friday's broadcast when they told me, when Michael Sauer was on and he said -- you know, I said explain the Bubba effect. And he said people are going to take, you know, into their own hands. And I said, okay, what do we do to stop this. And he said, quite frankly, Mr. Beck, you don't. And I said, excuse me? And he said, "You don't. There are people that feel that, you know, this government has betrayed the American people and you don't. You let that play out." And I said -- I hope I did at least, I know I was thinking it -- "That's crazy. You can't do this." So we're going to pursue that line of thinking on the television show. And Stu said that blogs came after me hard left and right for what we did on Friday. What did they say, Stu?
STU: Well, I mean, you kind of would expect, I suppose, the left wing, you know, attacks which were generally, I would furious and --
GLENN: Well, are they -- you know, I don't read any of this stuff. So I don't know. Were they just coming after me because they were saying, "Oh, well, he's just coming after Obama," et cetera, et cetera? Is that kind of the --
STU: I would say yes. Most of them seemed to think that you just started talking about disenfranchisement in the last four weeks.
STU: Which is interesting because all the research you'd need to look at our, I don't know, free e-mail newsletter for the last two years, I mean, it's a lot of research.
GLENN: I know.
STU: But I mean, anyone who would bother doing any research has known you were talking about that for a long time.
GLENN: Yeah. And I want to make this really extraordinarily clear. I've got a couple of things to say on this, but let me give you this one first and that is this is not a Republican/Democrat thing. It may be, it may have been even worse if John McCain were elected. I don't know. But it is not about Obama, it is not about Bush. It is about both sides. First of all, it was on the left feeling disenfranchised in 2000 with Al Gore and the way that was played. And then the right started playing that as well, and they just started attacking each other and so people just got polarized into their positions and couldn't see logic anymore and then George Bush and the Republicans betrayed the American people that voted and fought for them because they got into this big government, they didn't protect the border, they weren't making common sense as conservatives saw it, and I believe that the Democrats, when they are honest with themselves, when it finally dawns on them, are going to feel the same way about their party as the Republicans feel about theirs right now and that is they don't really stand for anything. So this is not a right/left Republican/Democrat. This is a power/money/corruption thing.
STU: Right. And I think actually if it's more -- it's a better fit actually with the McCain thing because what it started was that your side letting you down and so you feel like even when you win, I have no power. That's really the disenfranchisement you've been talking about. It's like even when the guy I elected gets in office.
STU: The things we were told was going to happen are still not happening.
GLENN: Yeah, they are taking us to the same destination. It doesn't matter who wins. One's taking us quicker there than the other. I would not give George Bush the power of the PATRIOT Act today, and I would have given it really to Bill Clinton had he asked for it. You've got to remember you most likely don't know because you may not have listened to me for very long, but I'm a guy who fought for Bill Clinton going in and shooting Osama Bin Laden, you know. And as crazy -- you have to -- remember, my job is to bring you messages. My job is to bring you the news as I see it, not anything other than my analysis of the news. That's my job. Okay, I did that in 1999, and the right reared up and, "How dare you. You're just trying to..." when I said there will be bodies and buildings and blood in the streets of New York if you don't get Osama Bin Laden. You've got to listen to this guy and take him at his word. He's bluffing. And the right came after me because the right thought I was trying to defend Bill Clinton. We have got to stop talking about politics and look at the hard truth. Had we gone in in 1999 or 1998 and gotten Osama Bin Laden, the world may have been completely different. We may not have had -- we may have, but we may not have had 9/11.
Now, we can either make this about politics, we can make this about the messenger or we can listen to the message and say, "We don't want this to happen." And anybody who is in the sound of my voice, if you think that I am for you and a civil uprising, you're out of your mind. And let me explain why. If you think you're going to be Thomas Jefferson and the blood of patriots will have to be spilled so it will replenish the tree of liberty, if you think that this is 1776, you're sadly mistaken. This is the French Revolution that would be coming our way, not the American Revolution, and there's a huge difference. One of them ended really badly. One of them ended with a guillotine, one of them ended with really bad people taking charge. It didn't work and here's why. Because in France they had disconnected from God. They didn't -- they were not rooted in God and honor. It was a totally different thing. Benjamin Franklin said, "I don't think we can do this revolution. I don't think we can have it," until he started listening to the people and realizing that the people were honorable, that they were God-centered, that they were not in it for blood, they were not in it for power, they were not in it for their own agenda. They were doing it because they felt that it was the right thing to do, it was right for the freedom of man. You've got another thing coming, jack, if you think the majority is ready for a revolution and is even mentally prepared spiritually to be able to pick sides and know which is right. There are crazy people that are in the Aryan Nation, that are in the 9/11 truthers, that are in -- that are just pure anarchists, there are Marxists, there are foreign countries that would like this land. You are crazy to do anything to destabilize this country, crazy. We must work within the framework. We must be people to get together and sit down and talk. We must vote people out and only vote people in that have some shred of honor and common decency. The world is a very dangerous place and if anybody thinks that I am calling for or wishing for or hoping for, you're out of your mind. I understand what this means. I understand no one wants to hear it. I understand that it puts my job, my life, everything in jeopardy. I get it. But it's not going to stop me from telling you the truth, and the truth is we are headed for rage. And the truth is if anybody acts on that rage, we are in deeper trouble than even I think we're in.