Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
by Glenn Beck
GLENN: That's right, Arguing With Idiots comes out today. The best book that we have ever done, and we're currently being beaten on Amazon.com by Ted Kennedy's book.
PAT: Please don't let that happen. That can't happen.
GLENN: No, he's the lion. He's the liberal lion.
PAT: Can't happen. Please don't let that happen. He didn't even write it, did he? I don't think he wrote it.
STU: It's a memoir, right?
GLENN: It's a memoir. I mean, it's like his last words coming out. I mean
PAT: Don't let him win this one last battle.
GLENN: That's just rude. That's just rude. All right. Arguing With Idiots, this is for your idiot friend when he comes over and he says something like this.
PAT: I guess you're one of those crazies that were opposing the president's speech to schoolchildren, weren't you? Then it turned out to be nothing but stay in school, you paranoid freak.
GLENN: Really? First of all, I came out on the air and I said I've read the president's speech; I didn't think it was that bad. But I was paranoid, really?
GLENN: Because the reason that conservatives were worked up over the speech wasn't about staying in school but rather than the initial plan by the education department to have students draft letters discussing, quote, what they can do to help the president, end quote.
PAT: Oh, big deal. Quick letter about helping the country. Oh, no. Communism is on the rise!
PAT: Run for your lives!
GLENN: Not helping the country. Helping the president. And not a quick letter but a letter that would, quote, be collected and redistributed in an appropriate later date by the teacher to make the students accountable to their goals, end quote.
PAT: So what. You know what teaches? Penmanship. And anyway, they cancelled that lesson plan.
GLENN: Right, right. They said it wasn't artfully worded. But they only did that after us paranoid conservatives said something about it. Only after that, you know, the speech and lesson combo became so innocuous.
PAT: Whoa, big word there. Luckily you stayed in school. At least through, what, fourth grade? I noticed you shut up after that. Where are those big plans of the administration assaulting schools with all their crazy liberal rhetoric now? You know where? Nowhere. Because it doesn't exist.
GLENN: Really? That's interesting. Because the EPA just announced plans listen to this, gang the EPA just announced plans to stop by and teach your kids their cute little message about energy efficiency and climate change. But don't worry. They're only planning to go to 6,000 schools to promote their "Go green" nights and, quote, help families learn about energy efficient changes that they can make in their own homes and schools to save energy and help fight climate change.
PAT: 6,000 schools?
GLENN: Yes. All the while the energy secretary Steven Chu says, quote, the American public, just like your teenage kids, aren't acting in a way that they should act. By not saving enough energy. And, oh, by the way, at the same time the energy department was failing on their own internal audits on energy use. They're overusing air conditioning and heating to the tune of $11 million per year.
PAT: It doesn't matter. The government wouldn't have to go to teach kids about climate change if we just spend some money trying to educate them in the first place.
PAT: Oh, my goodness. You should look at Page 72 of Arguing With Idiots. I mean, if you did, you'd know the story of New York and Utah.
PAT: I already know that story.
GLENN: You do?
PAT: One is a glorious blue state that takes education seriously. And the other is an evil rightwing red state where the kids are homeschooled, can barely count to 5 by the time they're 30. Am I right?
GLENN: No, no. Sorry, no.
PAT: I know that story.
GLENN: No, uh uh, this is the story. New York spends the most money per student and Utah spends the least per student in America. Yet the math and reading scores are basically identical despite an almost $10,000 per student difference.
PAT: I heard what you just said.
GLENN: Did you?
PAT: Quote, quote: Almost $10,000. That means it was less. Conservative lies. I can't wait to hear the next one, like when you say your weight is almost 10,000 pounds when we all know it's much, much, much, much, much, much lower, way, way, way.
GLENN: I'm telling you, the energy secretary, the American public, just like your teenage kids, aren't acting in a way they should act. The American public has to understand in their core how important this issue is. And so they are going to go cross country, 6,000 schools. That is phenomenal to me. That is phenomenal to me. Again that's Cass Sunstein that's going to nudge you, just nudge you a little bit. That's what's happening with the NEA and the art. Wait until you see the latest on the art. Tonight I'm going to go back to the chalkboard and you are going to see a couple of things that will amaze you. It is all coming together. We have the pieces and we're putting them together. I will tell you that there are forces that want to shut down the Internet. There are forces that want to shut down talk radio. This isn't some sort of empty claim. Do you have the new quotes from Scott Baker at Breitbart yet? Are they up yet? Scott Baker is going to be on with us today, if we see if we can get him to play this audio. Or do we have the audio? You need to hear the you need to hear the audio of our new FCC diversity czar, Mark Lloyd. He says affirmative action, quoting, largely benefitted white women and that restrictions on affirmative action in the Nineties were driven by a feeling that, quote, blacks had already gotten enough, end quote. To get to diversity, we must ask ourselves, this according to our new FCC czar, quote: Who is going to step down so someone else can have the power, quote. How about this? Mark Lloyd. Quote: There are a few things that I think are more frightening in the American mind than dark skinned black men. Here I am, end quote. How about this one? Quote: What we're really saying is the Fairness Doctrine isn't enough. End quote.
PAT: How about this one. Quote: Shut up, unquote.
GLENN: Well, I got that one. I have that one. How about this: Humana has put out a mailer. It focused on Medicare Advantage program. This is what it said in the mailer. Quote: While these programs need to be made more efficient, if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare advantage health plans so valuable. From the L.A. Times today on that mailer, the Obama administration warned insurance companies like Humana that they face possible legal action for allegedly trying to scare seniors with misleading information about the potential for lost benefits under healthcare legislation in congress.
STU: Is scaring a crime? Is it?
PAT: It's starting to be.
GLENN: How about political freedom of speech?
STU: I thought that was covered by some
GLENN: You now have the United States government coming out and saying you cannot put that speech out.
STU: You can't criticize the president's policy. Period.
STU: Open an investigation? Wow.
GLENN: America, you must learn these things because I'm telling you, voices will be snuffed out. You I've been saying it for a year. You must know that a time may come where you may be the only voice you know or others can hear on the truth. You must have these things. You must search for them. You must print them out and keep them. You must know the truth. You must know the connections. The connections that we drew last night on the TV show and the connections that we're going to draw tonight on the TV show are astonishing. And those with eyes will not see. Those with ears will not hear. I make you the promise that the opposite is the true is true. There are those with eyes that will see. There are those with ears that are hearing. If it is you, you focus on the truth. You question with boldness. You focus on the truth and you hold onto it and then you speak without fear.
PAT: Quote: Shut up!