by Glenn Beck
GLENN: Let me switch gears here and ask am I the only one that didn't know scoring a host city for the Olympic games is to the left, the liberal left in this country the quintessential American patriot's dream? Am I the only one that didn't know that to be like Ben Franklin you have to hope that we get the Olympics? To Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and Oprah and Harry Reid and James Carville, just to name a few, a badminton match held between Chicago's United Center between Romania and Niger followed by the race walking quarterfinals with Sweden, Finland, Botswana and outer Mongolia trying to make the semi final heat in a new Olympic race walking oval built somewhere in the loop that was on land purchased by a friend of Obama would have been almost as rapturous to them as adding a second Bill of Rights. That's how committed these competition minded USA Olympic cheerleaders have always been. They love competition. Who do they think they're fooling? This is yet another unbelievably hypocritical attack on all those who haven't jumped on the hope and change bandwagon. You better get off the damn bandwagon, gang. Now they have even found a way to make the Olympics political.
Last night I damn near snapped. When Harry Reid joined the fray yesterday with this insightful comment.
REID: It's the same minority, Mr. President, this is really hard to comprehend. The same minority who happily pumped one fist which Chicago, when America lost its bid to host the Olympics. They were cheering we saw it on television because we lost the Olympics. But they shake the other fists at those that slander us as unpatriotic.
GLENN: That's amazing. We saw it on television. Gee, Harry, who was doing that on television? I'm not even sure what he was trying to say there, but that might be because I'm still reeling from his announcement that we didn't lose the Olympic bid. We lost the Iraqi war.
REID: This war's lost. The surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence.
GLENN: Now, I realize that Senator Reed has a habit of sticking his foot in his mouth and sounding like a total idiot.
REID: My staff has always said don't say this, but I'm going to say it again because it's so descriptive because it's true. Leader Boehner mentioned that tourists lined up in summer and winter, long lines coming into the capitol. In the summertime, because the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the capitol.
GLENN: Oh, hate to have riffraff, Harry. And then like Socrates, musing, wondering, asking questions: Gee, what could it be? What is the answer? He mused on the voluntary nature of the mandatory income tax system.
REID: Our system of government is a voluntary tax system.
VOICE: Oh, if you don't want to pay your taxes, you don't have to?
REID: Of course you have to pay your taxes.
VOICE: Well, then government will force you to pay or they will fine you or imprison you, will they not?
REID: We have a voluntary system. The fact of the matter is that if when you pay your taxes see, in many other countries it's not voluntary. For example, in many countries the government makes sure that your employer takes out every penny. Many countries don't file income tax returns.
VOICE: We have withholding here, too, don't we?
GLENN: What a dope. I was also fascinated at the fiery display of Olympic patriotism from the space alien I like to call James Carville who was very, very disgusted that I wasn't all broken up over the president's failed attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago.
CARVILLE: He's a blatant hypocrite. Here's somebody that sits on his show and weeping about how much he loves America and the 5,000 Year Leap and then he's absolutely giddy when his country doesn't get the Olympics. And this is I'll tell you another thing about Glenn Beck. He wouldn't know the difference between a football bat and a hockey court.
GLENN: I guess I'm not supposed to recall that on the morning of September 11th, 2001, just minutes before he learned of the terror attacks on America, Carville told a group of Washington reporters that he was, quote, hoping for President Bush to fail, telling them, quote, I certainly hope he doesn't succeed. He didn't have a problem with what Rush Limbaugh said, did he? Not James Carville, on September 11th, 2001 saying, I certainly hope the president doesn't succeed. Because that would be hypocritical, wouldn't it, James? Hoping the president doesn't succeed? Or hoping an Olympic bid fails. Gee, James, I don't know. Who's the hypocrite here? The left has piled hypocrisy high lately. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi lately broke down just thinking about all of the mean rhetoric on the healthcare debate.
PELOSI: I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw, I saw this myself in the late Seventies in San Francisco, this kind of rhetoric. It was very frightening and it gave
GLENN: It was very, very frightening. It was very it's got to stop. We've got to stop! We can't be doing these kinds of things. And then she totally excused the incendiary rhetoric spewed by one of her own, Congressman Alan Grayson.
GRAYSON: If you get sick in America, this is what the Republicans want you to do: Die quickly. Apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this Holocaust in America.
GLENN: But she didn't have a problem with that. No, no, that's political speech. The Republicans are causing a Holocaust. No, no, that's fine. That's just political speech. Hey, did somebody say you lie? I'm sorry, Nancy. I'm sorry.
James Carville was right about one thing: I don't know a football bat from a hockey court. If you've listened to this show longer than 15 minutes, you know it. I've never pretended to be otherwise. I'm not into sports. I really don't care about the Olympic games, in any country. Oh, I'm a red blooded American. Sure, I remember when we used to have an enemy. When we used to have the Russians, I used to root for us all the time. Going up against the Russians? You bet. As soon as this country has an Olympic games where we're going up against another enemy, oh, I don't know, like the Washington Senators, you let me know. I'll be there rooting for America. Once the games are on, I want us as the United States to rack up more medals than every other country on Earth combined. But seriously, how many of us TiVo the network coverage of the Romanian synchronized swimming team going for the bronze? My problem with the games potentially coming to Chicago was corruption. I know. It's hard to believe there might be some corruption in Chicago. You'd think all of the corruption was at ACORN and the headquarters of SEIU and New Orleans, but I hear, pray tell, corruption in Chicago? It was also about spending, spending money we don't have. Oh, and a little thing we used to call priorities. Nothing makes sense in this country anymore if you talk to anybody who has any kind of power. It doesn't make sense, especially for the president to be involved like he was. And for all these leftists to suddenly feign some wild patriotic flag waving fervor over the Olympics is just about as disingenuous as it gets, and I think I'm going to vomit on somebody's shoe. Michael Moore, step to the plate. Weren't these the same people who are now just rooting for the competition of the game, to come to Chicago? Aren't these the same people who decided it was too threatening to keep score in little league baseball or soccer? I wonder if Nancy Pelosi remembers all of those horrible feelings, the rhetoric that is shouted from the ball games. Little Billy's feelings might get hurt if he actually had to learn how to handle defeat. If little Billy actually had to learn what was necessary to win next time.
There is a movement sweeping across the nation where in soccer leagues parents aren't even allowed now to cheer in their kids' matches. I'd like to remind them, go to hell. These are the same people who decided that when scores were kept, their little darling could lose every single game they ever played and at the end of the season they would still receive a participation trophy. I'm sorry, but what precious metal is the participation medal in the Olympic games? Will Bulgaria's Stephen Sissyton be awarded a competition medal for finishing 14th in the 100 meter dash? What about poor Stephen Sissyton? No, there are no medals there. But this is who they are. And the lack of pushing our kids, the lack of telling them, "Hey, get off your butt. The lack of telling them that, you know what, sometimes you lose. Teaching them that "every score is always tied, everybody's a winner" has gotten us here. But that's what these progressives do. There are those who insisted on rewarding game balls for everybody after little league baseball games. Not to look for the most valuable player after the game. No, no, no. Instead every player is a valuable player no matter how crappy they are. Bobby, great job. Sure, you're a crappy player, but we'll never say that. You struck out six times today, but you almost fouled one off the third inning. Oh, way to go. Didn't Bobby do great, everybody? Oh, he's fantastic. No! Bobby stinks at baseball! And he will never be good if he doesn't learn what he needs to learn and that is life isn't fair. Sometimes you stink. Sometimes you are not meant to play baseball. Sometimes you are meant to play a different position. Sometimes you are meant to be an artist. Sometimes you might be a garbage man. But whatever it is in life, you can be the best that you can be in your related field. Not everybody has equal talent. Not everyone has equal rewards. There's no such thing as equal score. Even God keeps count. These are the geniuses who realize that red ink was too intimidating on school papers. Oh, my gosh, it's going to hurt their feelings and then they are going to run out and they will play dodge ball? That's so dangerous! Tag! Tag! It could hurt! It could kill! It could maim! And now? Now we're expected to believe that they, they are all about the thrill of victory and the agony of... defeat? What? The human drama of athletic competition. Yeah, that's what they're all about. And if you believe that, I have a football bat to sell you that you can use in your very own hockey court.