Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
by Glenn Beck
STU: Yeah. Well, they're not happy with it and, you know, they don't like the fact that the audience is growing. They don't like the fact that more people are being receptive and actually, they can't ‑‑ it's like what you were talking about with what's his face, you talked about Klein last night on TV. And the story with him today is that he said Air America failed because, you know, liberals want to read. Which is, I mean, just insane.
GLENN: That's the most ridiculous thing. Really?
GLENN: I will put any liberal author against our ‑‑
PAT: Was that on The View yesterday with Joy Behar. I think it was Klein and some guy named Dan Savage.
VOICE: Liberals like to read more than they like to listen to people screaming at them.
PAT: That's why you can't sell any books, Glenn.
STU: That's why you've never sold a book.
VOICE: You know, the liberal stuff that works are funny programs like, you know, the Daily Show or ‑‑
BEHAR: This show.
BEHAR: This show, thank you.
PAT: Yeah, this works.
VOICE: They don't want to listen to NPR because they don't want to be screamed at. They want to get the facts ‑‑
VOICE: Get the jokes when they watch Colbert.
VOICE: And then they can go to my swamp blog at Time and ‑‑
STU: Nice plug.
BEHAR: But I mean, the conservative radio people are angry no matter whether they are in power or now they are not necessarily in power. They have been screaming for years, Bush and Cheney and Rove who were running the place.
VOICE: But that's what gets conservatives to the polls is rage and fear: Oh, here come the queers and they are so scary and here comes Obama and they want to make sure your kids have healthcare. Isn't that scary? And that doesn't appeal to liberals.
STU: I wish Elizabeth would jump in here.
PAT: I do, too, because ‑‑
GLENN: Wait a minute. Hang on just a second. Hang on just a second. How many times have you heard "Here come the queers."
STU: I get a call from a friend every night.
GLENN: That is the most ridiculous thing that I've ever heard.
PAT: So stupid!
GLENN: Where are the queers?! That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
STU: But they can't take the fact that the point of this ‑‑
GLENN: But hang on. Hang on just a second. What got them out to the polls? I mean, let's just remember, it wasn't conservatives that said you need to get to the polls because Dick Cheney is Darth Vader.
STU: Or that the Earth is going to kill you!
GLENN: I mean, holy cow. They actually had to go to a cartoon character.
STU: It's just so ridiculous, but I don't think that ‑‑ I think the thing that's really getting them upset right now is that they believe that they are intellectually superior. They believe they are going to read these long books and you just want to be screamed at as a conservative. But when you have a gigantic audience for a geeky communist documentary on a Friday night, there's no way to explain their way out of that.
PAT: Four million people. And not even a Friday night we have to remember, Friday afternoon at 5:00.
STU: Not even prime time.
STU: Not to mention all the other times you've had all these people watching to listen to you talk about debt and T‑bills and other obscure stuff, theories from the 1920s.
GLENN: We're doing stuff, honestly I have to tell you I'm not sure if the ratings are going to hold just because, I mean, we're ‑‑ I'm interested in it. I'm interested in it. I think the American people are interested in it because I think people ‑‑ you know, we had a call yesterday, a guy who said, you know, Glenn, you said six months ago that we needed to educate ourselves. And he said, I got upset at you because I said, that's not what we need to do. We need to organize, we need to get out there, we need to... and I said at the time, no, we need to educate ourself. He said, I have ‑‑ this is yesterday. He said, I have to call you back and apologize. I was wrong. I see what you're doing. Once we educate people on what progressives really are, what their history really is, I mean, I ‑‑ you know, I've got to go. We're going to come back in a minute. I've got something I was reading, some history last night, and read the history of the first progressives in America from the 1800s. It was 1880 when this thing really started. Wait until you hear the description of the first progressives, the people who were like, "Hey, now, wait a minute." When you hear these people, who they were in 1880, you will understand exactly who they are today. There isn't a single change.