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VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism.
GLENN: Oh, yes, my friends. Here it is the march to socialism. Today, no love for the common man. Beck and Fox pretend to fight for the little guy but do nothing to promote equality. You know, we had something else that was prepared for the march to socialism, but this is this proves the point. This is from the Philadelphia Inquirer which has about another 10 minutes before it goes out of business. This is proof of what we were just talking about, wouldn't you say, Stu? We were just talking about progressives and that you're not enlightened enough, you know that the way to stop you back in the early 1900s was they wanted to have big administration, they wanted to have lots of government programs and they wanted to take the money from the rich and give it to the poor. That's not, that's not Marxism. To them that's not socialism. They are offended by that. And I mean this sincerely. They truly believe they are not Marxist or socialist. But you, libertarians and conservatives and some Democrats go, wait a minute, wait a minute, that sure sounds like conservativism. No, it's not. That's enlightened. That is their serious caveat that stops it from being Marxism. It's enlightened. It's repackaged. These people actually believe it.
But here's a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer that proves what we were just talking about: Beck and Fox pretend to fight for the little guy but do nothing to promote equality. This is also why you cannot have the argument of whether the Republicans need to move right or left until you have this conversation: Is Fox News host Glenn Beck or own Father Charles Coughlin, the radio priest who railed against FDR in the 1930s, that's becoming a common refrain among liberals who hear echoes of Coughlin in Beck's attacks on President Obama. Conservatives recoil at the charge.
First of all, nobody even knows who Father Coughlin was. Father Coughlin is a guy I had to look up when I was studying the Great Depression. Before anybody charged me, I'm looking at this, I'm looking at the Great Depression, what happened, who were the players, et cetera, et cetera. This is a guy who stood up against FDR. First he stood with him but then they had a disagreement. FDR's people sent people from the administration to Father Coughlin and said, please, you've got to come back to FDR, you've got to help us out with the New Deal. Toward the end of the New Deal he said this is a sham, this is a total and complete sham.
The other thing about Father Coughlin is he was okay with the extermination of Jews. So anti Semite. This guy had, he was 30? No, 70 I can't remember, millions and millions and millions of people.
STU: I think I read 40 million.
GLENN: 40 million people listening to him on radio. Back then that was a ton. He was very powerful. Okay, so common refrain among liberals who hear echoes of Coughlin in Beck's attacks on President Obama. I contend that he don't even know who he is. Conservatives recoil the charge noting that Coughlin vilified Jews. No matter what you think of Beck who joined Fox in January and already draws more than two million viewers every evening, he is no anti Semite. Well, thank you, Jonathan Zimmerman. But he's also no Coughlin. Again, thank you. Whose attack listen, this is where it becomes key: Whose attacks on poverty amid plenty would surely earn him the label "Leftist or even socialist" on Fox News today. No. Progressive. Indeed before he dissented into Jew baiting, Coughlin's chief target was economic inequality and that's what's missing from the rants of Glenn Beck and his fellow commentators on Fox who have managed to make me nostalgic for the days of Father Coughlin. He's nostalgic for a Jew baiter, for a race baiter, for a guy who's like, hey, the ovens aren't that bad. Because I won't rail against inequality.
He's also let's be clear. Coughlin was a kook. He is not just an anti Semite. He claims that Great Depression was caused by conspiracy of international bankers who undermined America's sovereignty and economy.
I'm telling you, if the kook mark my words. If the kook label doesn't stick to me because that's what they have been trying to do, I'm nuts, I'm crazy, I'm a kook. If you've listened to me over the years, you know that I'm a fairly reasoned man. You may not agree with me, but I'm a fairly reasoned man. I am bothered by, I'm bothered by inconsistencies but I'm not a kook. That's what they're trying to paint me as now. If that doesn't work, mark my words, the next thing they are going to come after is he's an evil genius businessman, and they will come after, they will come after me on, look at the business, look he doesn't mean a word they have already tried. He doesn't mean a word that he says but that's because he's crazy. Now they are going to tie you watch. They will tie it into, he's a crazy businessman who just says these things to make money. That's all that matters.
STU: Just one clarification. They won't use the word "Genius." I promise.
GLENN: If it's only in the word "Evil. Evil genius."
STU: If it's tied to evil.
GLENN: If it's got a hyphen.
STU: Not a person who's a genius and evil. Just you are a genius at being evil.
GLENN: Yeah, it's a total game. It's a total sham. That's all it is. And again for those of you who have listened to me for a long time, you know I turn down more business than I take because I mean, I have to tell you there's been some behind the scenes conversation about business wanting to advertise on this show and I've said, nope, nope, here in the recent weeks. And it is I mean, you just know me. For those of you who don't, you'll have to get to know me or listen to kooks like this guy from Philadelphia.
Coughlin was no kook. He was just an anti Semite. He claimed the Great Depression, blah, blah, blah. After briefly supporting Roosevelt, Coughlin condemned him as a tool of these corporate moguls and most bizarrely as a communist. That's where Coughlin got it wrong, but here's why he got it wrong. Coughlin also indicted free market capitalism which left millions without work or homes. Then, as now, Coughlin's native Detroit had the highest unemployment of any major American city. In the cold Michigan winters, jobless men shivered on bread lines or huddled in soup kitchens. To Father Coughlin, it was sinful not just unfair, but a crime against God for the poor to suffer while others prospered. Consider the stated principles of Coughlin's ill fated National Union For Social Justice, social justice. Social justice. Social justice, where did I hear social justice recently? Oh, my gosh. Who's the KKK guy, the preacher? Jeremiah Wright. Social justice. Another name for Marxism. Social justice also used by progressives. In Father Coughlin's time, social justice was not a Marxist term. It was a progressive term. He said he found it in 1934, I believe in upholding the right to private property. Yet, in controlling it for the public good. Coughlin declared he went on to demand that nationalization of public necessities including banking, oil and natural gas industries. Coughlin also included a shout out for progressive taxation, particularly in the event that America went to war, for defense of our nation and its liberties, there should be no conscription of wealth as well as a conscription of men. Most of all, Coughlin insisted federal policy should aid the least fortunate. I believe the chief concern of government shall be for the poor because the rich have ample means to their own on their own to care for themselves.
Okay. This guy goes on now and says close your eyes. Can you picture Glenn Beck saying any of these things? No. He says, you can't. He's now saying that that's my problem, and that is exactly the problem in Pennsylvania. Of course this paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is writing this. Because they want to make the argument about the Republicans, and this is the argument that everybody in the country is having, should the Republicans go more right or more left? No, they need to cut out the progressive gene. This guy's vilifying me because I'm not a progressive. I don't believe in big government. It is a sad day in America when a reporter on a paper in Philadelphia doesn't even know the history of our country well enough, doesn't even know the history of the founding that happened in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has not read enough of the founders' words to even know the words of Benjamin Franklin. I'm sorry. You can go to your Father Coughlin all the time and pine for the days of the anti Semite who also wanted to take wealth from people along the lines of Karl Marx. I would much rather go back and reach back to the founders and the words of people like Benjamin Franklin who you'd think this guy would know, living in Philadelphia and being an educated journalist, who said the best way to help the poor is to make them uncomfortable in their own poverty.
I am a compassionate man. I just believe in teaching a man to fish, not giving him fish. I just believe in let's make them uncomfortable in anything that the government can do so they don't want to take it very long. We're doing the exact opposite. You are creating a giant bureaucratic government that enslaves people. I'm trying to say help when we must; push and help themselves every single day.
VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon on the Glenn Beck program.