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GLENN: I have been saying the truth shall set you free, and you've already won. You've already won. Now just live it every day. The reason why I'm so optimistic and one of the miracles that I think came out of the 8/28 is you didn't bring any signs. So the media can't do anything about signs.
PAT: Oh, they wanted to.
GLENN: Oh, they wanted to.
PAT: Oh, they were hoping for, Obama's a socialist Muslim! Born in Saskatchewan, Canada! They wanted that so bad.
GLENN: They were just waiting for it.
PAT: Oh, they could taste it.
GLENN: Oh, yeah. So you didn't, you didn't bring any signs. They expected you to be angry and hateful. And what is it that Newsweek said? That we would go into a pit of hatred, and it didn't happen. Here is the Wall Street Journal editorial today: Glenn Beck's Happy Warriors. This story actually takes me down but lifts you up. You probably couldn't find a more polite crowd at the opera. James Freeman, Wall Street Journal, today: Pundits will celebrate whether the crowd at Glenn Beck's Saturday or pundits will debate whether Glenn Beck's crowd Saturday in Washington was the largest in recent political history, but it was certainly among the most impressive. Mr. Beck is a television and radio broadcaster with a checkered past and a penchant for incendiary remarks, I don't know if that's true, but if he is to be judged by the quality of people of all colors that he has attracted to the Lincoln Memorial, his stock can't help but rise. One would not be able to find a more polite crowd at a political convention, certainly not at a professional sporting event. Probably not even at an opera. In fact, judging by the behavior of the attendees following the event, you would have had a tough time finding churches in which people display more patience as others make their way to exits. The army of well mannered folks that marched into Washington seem comprised mainly of people who had once marched in the U.S. Army or another military branch or at least had a family member who had. Perhaps that's not surprising, given the event was a fundraiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation which provides scholarships to the children of elite troops killed in the performance of their duties. The day was largely devoted to expressions of gratitude for their sacrifices, the U.S. soldiers, for great men of American history like Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and for God. But it didn't end there. Dave reefer, a Vietnam veteran, offered a closing prayer in which he thanked the Lord for the president and for congress. Despite the unpopularity of the latter two, no booing or catcalls could be heard. Perhaps feeling defensive about how they would be hoary varmint portrayed in media reports, various attendees wore T shirts noting that they were not violent or nonviolent. But for other participants there was no need for an explicit message. Relaxed young parents felt comfortable enough to push toddlers in strollers through the crowded areas along the Memorial's reflecting pool. Not only was the rally akin to a huge church picnic, in one journal reporter's description, but one had to wonder if the overachievers in this crowd actually left the area in better shape than they found it. After the event walking from the Lincoln Memorial's reflecting pool through the constitutional gardens, this reporter scanned 360 degrees and could not see a scrap of trash anywhere. Participants and volunteers had collected all of their refuse and left it piled neatly in bags around public garbage cans. Near Constitution Avenue, I did encounter one stray piece of paper, but it was too old and faded to have been left that day. Given the huge representation of military families at the event, maybe it's not surprising the grounds were left shipshape. A principle theme of the day was that attendees should restore the country by making improvements in their own lives. Be the change you wish to see in the world, as Ghandi once put it. Most of the participants were strictly amateurs, in the business of activism. For many it was their first appearance at a public demonstration. Their strikingly mild mannered nature might inspire even Mr. Beck to acknowledge that in a crowd estimated at 300,000 by NBC the craziest person at the event might have been the one with the microphone. While he admits that he's part entertainer and prone to over the top comments, his followers appear to be sincerely responding to his message that Americans need to cling to their best traditions. The conservative Mr. Beck's ability to draw this many people to Washington may suggest enormous gain this is where it goes off the rails.
PAT: Been great so far.
GLENN: The conservative Mr. Beck's ability to draw this many people to Washington may suggest enormous gains for Republicans come this fall.
PAT: Oh, boy.
GLENN: But the GOP shouldn't expect voters to simply hand them a congressional majority without making them earn it. If pregame chatter and off season optimism translated into victory, the New York Jets and Redskins would meet every year in the Super Bowl. Between Saturday's crowd in Washington and the tea partiers agitating for limited government, we may be witnessing the rebuilding of the Reagan coalition, the "fusion" of religious and economic conservatives that political theorist Frank Meyer once endorsed . Reagan always believed that the Republican Party was the natural home for this movement, but GOP leaders in Washington need to prove they are worthy of it.
PAT: That's a great article.
STU: You don't need to bring that to politics but that is the point, as far as the tea parties go.
PAT: This is different.
GLENN: And finally if the politicians are in lockstep with the people. But I don't think the politicians some of them are. You know, the new ones coming in are they actually believe in something. But that's the point. You've got to believe in something.
PAT: But finally somebody noticed, somebody noticed.
GLENN: Great audience.
PAT: Thank you.
GLENN: I have to tell you, I have to tell you, I so am willing to have people judge me by the people that listen. I have no problem. You take that crowd of 500,000. Now, I want to make this clear because if I don't say this right after, then they will say, well, you said that 10 minutes ago and that didn't even matter. They weren't related at all. If there's some nut job, no. Everybody has nut jobs listening to them. Everybody has nut jobs that are nut jobs, in every movement, in everything. But if you want to judge me by the people that came because I ask them to come in Washington D.C. where we received 500,000 people, the mall, the crowd stretched for almost a mile, and it was wall to wall people. It was almost a mile long. If you want to judge me by that collection of people, you go right ahead. You go right ahead. My apologies to you because I know my behavior sometimes because again I'm the individual, sometimes my behavior you go, oh, jeez, Glenn, why did you do that. I think you have the harder job because you have to be you have to have me. And you are like, oh, yes, I'm his friend. I'm the lucky one here. Look at, look at what they say about you. You go ahead and boycott. You go ahead. Why do you think my sponsors stay? Why do you think they stay? Because they know. They know. They know who my audience is. Why do you think my advertising works? Because my audience knows me and they know that I won't sell them a bunch of crap. And I know my audience. That's why our advertisers say you can boycott all you want. You've been doing it now for, what, two years? Gosh, it's incredible we keep going. Isn't that weird? Because our clients want our audience in their stores, buying their stuff. They know. They know what a quality audience this is. That's fantastic. Everything that they have said about tea partiers and everything else, everything, everything they've said, you've just disproven.
Now, tea party movement, learn from the no sign thing. Learn. What are they going to say? Look at this. They can't say anything. The tea party I've been to the tea parties. It's the same thing! But you judge by the signs. Stop with the signs! The tea party movement, I've been to those crowds. They are the same people.
So you are winning. You are winning. Don't you see? It is really such a blessing. Everything that they have said and tried to build for the last nobody's going to see. All you have to do is just keep comparing. On your websites and everything else, just compare. Compare the video and stuff that you have to the G 20, the people that go to the G 20, to the SEIU members that are beating people up. Just compare them. Just show them. Just show them. They say that we're grass, you know, we're not grassroots and everything else. Really? I don't know the organizations like SEIU that were bussing people in. Do you know that? Did you see the unions bussing people in? I didn't see that. It's really weird.
PAT: A lot of ACORN buses, I think.
GLENN: A lot of ACORN buses?
PAT: Yeah, I think there was quite a few ACORN buses.
GLENN: That is fantastic.
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