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GLENN: Our theme this year is just that: Remember who we are. Remember what we've accomplished. Remember what we're capable of. Remember what our freedom really means and how we got it and how fragile it is. Remember that if we go away, who's left? If we go away, where do people around the rest of the world go to for freedom and hope? Where is it? China? We were instrumental in the downfall of the wall of the Soviet bloc. Ronald Reagan, the Pope and Margaret Thatcher are responsible for what happened, especially in Poland. The three, the three heads really worked together to help those people be free. On the inside there was a leader, his name was Lech Walesa. If you remember him, you remember him as a very brave freedom fighter. Well, he just sat down for an interview in Illinois of all places. Now, it's been translated, but listen to what Lech Walesa now says about the United States of America.
WALESA: The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope that whenever something was going wrong one could count on the United States. Today we lost that hope. Today we have hope in (inaudible), his generation which puts one more time in present values.
REPORTER: Addressing an American audience and telling them that their country no longer leads the world politically or morally is some pretty tough love. We asked the president if he thinks America is in even deeper jeopardy.
From an outside perspective, from somebody who has witnessed communism up close, is there a justifiable worry that America is beginning to move towards, more towards socialism?
WALESA: Yeah, it looks a little bit like, that issue with those banks. So this indicates that it's a little bit in this direction. It's not bad. Yeah, there's big challenges, the state of taking care of people. Well, like a subject for discussion, the political campaigns are good. But when the government stopped doing it, it basically puts a lot of money and wasted.
GLENN: We have Greece on the verge of collapse. We have Nancy Pelosi saying that they are going to pole vault, they will do whatever, they are going to get this healthcare thing done, for the American people. The American people don't want it. How many times do we have to say this? We don't want it. You have the president coming out with a new budget that is the biggest deficit that we've ever run. What is it? $3.8 trillion budget. What is the deficit in this one? And it includes, to pay for all of these things, it includes stuff we don't currently have, like cap and trade. He's including in next year's budget, which is released today, phantom money from cap and trade. Excuse me? Where is is there legislation that is being passed now on cap and trade? Excuse me? It is fascinating to me that more Americans don't see it but it is of great hope to me that so many Americans now do. I have to warn you if you are in the these tea parties, warning: The GOP is going to try to do everything they can to coopt you. If you're somebody who believes that the Republicans are the solution, well, God bless you. If you believe that there are good people in the Republican and the Democratic Party, I stand by you. You know, remember Barack Obama's trying to make this look like the Republicans aren't ones that stopped healthcare. They weren't! The Democrats had a 60 seat majority! They couldn't get it done! There was no problem that they had the votes if all of the Democrats wanted it. But the Democrats, some of them did not. The argument is inside the Democratic Party, along with the Republican Party.
You know, I was in Nancy well, might as well be Nancy Pelosi's state. I was in South Carolina, Lindsey Graham's state, I'm going to start calling him Nancy Graham. I mean, why don't you throw a skirt on, man, for the love of Pete. So I'm with, I mean, South Carolina and Nancy Graham is, you know, a progressive and Bill O'Reilly and I are backstage and I said, I hate that guy. And he said, oh, he's a good man. And I said, oh, I don't mean I really hate him. I don't even know him. I hate what he's doing. Was he in a car accident or something? And Bill looked at me and said, what? I said, seriously was he in a car accident? Didn't he have like a massive personality change? Want he a conservative?
Stu, do you remember Lindsey Graham as a conservative before he went all Nancy on us?
STU: Not really.
STU: I would say no, I don't really remember that.
GLENN: Pat, do you remember that?
PAT: I do.
GLENN: I remember thinking that I could be wrong but I remember thinking Nancy Graham being an okay guy that you could like, okay, well, at least Nancy's coming.
PAT: I said that on stage to the people of Charleston. Wasn't he at one time a pretty rock solid conservative. And there seemed to be a lot of...
STU: I also remember him with the gang of X and the gang of Y. And still to this day good on war, though. That might be what you're thinking of.
GLENN: You know what the deal is? Here's the thing. Nancy became good friends with John McCain. And John McCain convinced him, hey, the way to get progress done is to work together. Yeah, you are right, that is the way to get things done. You work together. But not violating your principles and the principles of free market, small government and the Constitution! My guess is that progressives in the Republican Party are going to start moving towards Barack Obama's way on this healthcare, will you know what? We'll introduce remember Barack Obama? You just put it on my desk, I want to see your okay, we'll do it. And it will be from John McCain and the Nancy Grahams of the world and they will it will be progressive city. It will be progressive lite, but it will give them the structure that they need to grow it. Warning: I've had several calls this weekend from people who were involved in tea party meetings and GOP meetings. How do we coopt these people? Be very careful. And my warning to the GOP and the Democrats, because I want to play some audio for you here in a second. Do you remember my prediction, what was it, a month ago? I said, you watch. The progressives are going to start imaging themselves because they are going it is becoming so unpopular so quickly to be a progressive that they are going to start imaging themselves as populists. Wait until I play this audio for you. They are also trying to explain the tea parties in a way that, well, the populists are progressive, progressive and populist were one and the same really. Really? We have a lot in common with the tea partygoers. Because here's what they are really saying. Really? We'll give that to you here in just a second. Be careful who you crawl into bed with. Make sure that you are basing yourself on values and principles. Because right now everybody wants your vote. Make them sweat for it. And make sure that they have values and principles that line up with you.