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I want to talk to you a little bit about the ‑‑ I want to give you a little bit of hope today. Stu, I want you to go through these numbers for me, will you? I'm going to give you a little bit of hope today. We were talking about Barack Obama and, you know, how his poll numbers are fantastic. I want you to look at his poll numbers and I want to show you the beginning, what I believe is the beginning of the end for the parties, the two‑party system, and here it is. Stu, give me the poll numbers.
STU: All right. This is a Rasmussen poll that's out today from Rasmussen Reports. It's, you know, typical approval rating. They do daily snapshot every day. Barack Obama approval rating, 55%. Which is as low as I've seen it, at least in quite a long, I think ever as far as Barack Obama. 43% disapprove. But there's some interesting trends behind that.
GLENN: Right, okay, hang on just a second. 55% approval rating, and that is still good. I mean, you know, 55. The number 43% disapprove is not good. Is there a neutral category? Is it just, I disapprove or approve?
STU: I mean, you've got, what, 98% accounted for. So maybe 2%? At this point how do you not know?
GLENN: How do you not know. So he's polarized but he's still in the approval section.
GLENN: So that looks like a good number.
STU: And behind that number is 36% strongly approve. 32% strongly disapprove.
GLENN: Okay. So you're polarized with 32%. Everybody else is in the center. You've got 65, 70% on the edges. That's not good. You want ‑‑ you don't want 60% on the edges because that's where the conflict comes in, you know. Remember I was doing the thing the other day on the swinging of the pendulum where you don't want ‑‑ you want that pendulum to swing kind of in the middle. You're going to need ‑‑ if you're going to make big dramatic moves, you are going to have a lot of support and a lot of enemies on each end, but you don't want those numbers to grow. You don't want 70, 80, 90% on the edges because then it's unstable.
Okay, go ahead.
STU: Exactly. You look at ‑‑ there's some things you'd expect out of a poll like this. You expect the GOP to not like Barack Obama.
GLENN: Give me the number.
STU: 71 to 25.
GLENN: 71% disapprove. 25% approve.
STU: Out of Republicans. There's certainly some room to drop there still.
GLENN: Give me the Democrats.
STU: Democrats, 89% approve.
GLENN: 89% approve.
STU: 12% disapprove.
STU: You can't really improve over 89%. You can't go too far over 90. You kind of top out. There's always some percentage of your party that doesn't like you. You know, 90% is really, you are topping out unless it's, you know, something like right after 9/11 where George Bush hit those numbers, but that's very rare.
GLENN: Then independence.
STU: Independence I found very interesting. 53% disapprove. 45% approve, on independence. Now, this is the guy that was bringing us together. This is the guy that was going to unite everyone. You know, I know everyone made fun of uniter, not a divider. But that was how this guy was sold just as much, if not more. 53% disapprove. 45% approve. Again we are in April.
GLENN: Okay. Here is where the problem is for Barack Obama and I believe our two‑party system. This morning at 9:00 a.m. I turned in the manuscript to Simon and Schuster for Common Sense based on or inspired by Thomas Paine's original Common Sense. I believe this is going to be a dangerous book because it is so frank, it is so clear. It is a message that I don't think that you hear in the mainstream at all, and it takes both parties down, holds both of their feet to the fire. And this is going to ‑‑ Stu, the time that an empire is at its most dangerous point is when?
STU: Its most dangerous point?
GLENN: Most dangerous fear is an empire ‑‑
STU: Scare, fear and hunger?
GLENN: You are just throwing Glenn Beck answers.
STU: When it's in collapse?
GLENN: When it's in collapse, correct. The empire of the two‑party system is about to realize that it may go into collapse. When that happens, they will become extraordinarily dangerous because they're just going to grab onto power and they will do anything to destroy anyone to stop that from happening. They will use anyone and push their head under the water to keep themselves afloat, okay? I believe we are, you know, maybe a year away. I don't know. I have no idea on the timing of things, but I believe that we are on the road. If things continue down this road, we're on the road of these guys collapsing and here's where I want to show it to you. This is why. This will make you realize, oh, wow, wait a minute; my side actually is winning. If your side is the truth and not the parties.
Everybody's going against, if you look at the media right now, what is everybody doing? Barack Obama is ignoring the tea party people. All of the media centers are ignoring the tea party people or ridiculing them. That's the only way they're going. They have decided for their own power, because they are collapsing. Their ratings are absolutely horrific, and they are collapsing. So what do they do? First they reached for Rush Limbaugh. Then they reach for people like me. Then they reach for the last straw, people like you. In the case of the media, they are only doing this, they are selling out their principles of journalistic standards. Have you ever seen the media actually blatantly pick sides? They didn't cover. They decided what this movement was. They decided that this movement was anti‑Barack Obama, it was just a Republican shill, it was nothing but ‑‑ it was started by CNBC. This is quintessential grassroots. Well, they will call ACORN grassroots that is getting government money. This is not.&nb sp; Their ratings are in collapse. So they decided to save themselves. They will just pull down the people in the center of the country. They will just pull down the people who are libertarian in spirit and growing more so every day. When you look at the approval rating of 55%, everybody can say, "Oh, my gosh, Barack Obama is doing really well." When you look at the GOP, you see that his number with the GOP is 71% disapprove. But only 25% approval. 25% approval. There is still more to lose with the GOP. When you look at the Democrats, 89% approve. 12% disapprove. It is my thesis that 12%, you can't get much higher. George Bush wasn't higher than this after September 11. What, 93%? Okay, maybe 4 percentage points. But that was after 9/11! 9/11. So you are hard pressed to find any more Democratic support for Barack Obama than he has right now. So he has every place to go but down with the Democrats and the GOP. But here's where it means something more than just the president of the United States: Independents disapprove 53‑45. These people are still swinging: 53‑45, but they lean disapproval. They don't like the games between the Democrats and the Republicans and these people were onto, wait a minute, they were betrayed by Bush and they were betrayed by Barack Obama. That can only ‑‑ that number, I believe, is not going to stay stable because the number of independents in America is not stable.
A few years ago there were only 11% of the country that said, yeah, I'm just independent. That number is now 25% that I am now just independent. That number is growing. As these groups continue to disenfranchise their own bases, as the tea party movement grows within both parties and they say "I am not going to be a part of this game anymore," as people start to understand the game which I believe we have exposed clearly unlike anything you have ever seen before, at least not in one place, it is all of it put all in one place, when this movement is really, when people start to pull that curtain back and see it and they are like, oh, my gosh, look at this, that number goes through the roof of independents. That's when they are in real trouble, and America will be restored. When people say, "I'm not going to play this game anymore." You should get great, great hope out of the fact that people are starting to leave the parties. It's what George Washington wanted to happen. Everything that's happening right now is exactly what was in George Washington's farewell address. He said, "Listen to me, please, just remember these things. Don't do these things." We've done them. And he said the destruction that would be wrought if we did do them, and it is the same destruction. It's amazing. It's like prophecy from this guy. And so what do we have to do? We have to leave these parties and start listening to George Washington. I know he's been dead but he's still very, very relevant. And get away from these parties. As we do that, however, they will get more and more vicious because they're not just going to shed this power.
The same with the media. The media is not going to shed their power. They are losing their newspapers. They are losing their ratings on television. If you look at what Fox is, if you take the Democrats and the independents and you combine them, there are far more Democrats and independents watching Fox News than there are members of the GOP. There are more of those two parties. But if you look at the numbers in the country and you say, okay, if you take independents and Democrats and the GOP, there's this big number out there. But if you only play to one side and the independents don't want to play with you, well, then you got nothing. And if you look at the ratings of these television shows, it takes MSNBC, Headline News and CNN combined and they still don't beat like my show or O'Reilly's show. That's phenomenal and that's what really is happening in America. But warning: Once they realize that there's no place else to go and they are about to lose their newspapers and their television stations, then they are in full‑fledged panic because what they realize is they are actually losing their grip on power.