Now I’m going to let a really big proverbial cat out of the bag – I Glenn Beck! I never thought I’d say it, but I like him better than Bill O’Reilly. Let’s all let out a long, sad sigh for the loss. “Sigh . . .” I still like O’Reilly and I watch every show, but I just can’t help but be captivated by Mr. Beck. I started listening to his radio show when it came on the air here about 7 or so months ago and then I started recording his television show a month ago. My infatuation has grown exponentially over the past month and last night was the clincher. He does these tours a few times a year (he hasn’t come here yet – at least not since I’ve been a fanL) and last night they did something that has never been done before. They broadcast one of his live shows live to 350 movie theaters across the country (only certain theaters have the technology, I guess). So, my husband and I went last night and, needless to say, it was AWESOME!
I really didn’t know what to expect, but I loved what I saw. The first half (it was 2 hours) was basically a stand-up comedic act with a political bent; the second half was Beck coming out in suit and tie to “give the speech we all wish the politicians would give”. The jacket came off within seconds and the tie was loosened shortly thereafter, but it truly was the speech we want to hear – you know, full of honesty and common sense (with a bunch of humor mixed in).
Here are just a few things he said in this “speech”:
1. If we are going to send our troops off to war, then we need to allow them to do their job, providing every resource that the United States of America can provide. You go to win and to do so quickly. If you change your mind and want to pull out, then do it. You don’t keep our young men and women there to suffer and half-ass the job. If you’re not going to do it the right way, then you don’t do it at all. Period. Anything less than this is immoral.
2. STOP SPENDING!!!! One of the stats he pulled is that that for every $19 America makes, we spend $20. That’s $1 too many, Washington – in case you were not aware. He says he’s paid bills before and he has a wife. If he spends more money than he has, then his wife kicks his ass. So, if he was President, if he spent too much, his wife would kick his ass, as well as Congress’s. He’d keep the roads going, hospitals, schools, military – you know just the basics – but that’s it! We don’t have the money.
3. He would lower taxes because a) taxes are bad and b) business is good. Duh.
4. No universal healthcare, no bank bailouts, no mortgage bailouts, etc.
5. If you screw up, it’s your fault. Why should the rest of the country have to pay for your mistake. That is what America is about, he says, the ability to fail and then pick yourself back up again. In America, you have the right to succeed and make all of the money that you can, but you also have the right to FAIL and that’s okay because you can come back again.
6. Immigration: BUILD A FENCE! People do it every day, so it can’t really be that hard. After we build a fence, we fine the crap out of employers who hire illegals. If they do it again, they go to prison. THEN, we make it much easier for people to come and work here LEGALLY, but before we let them in, we will ask them what they can contribute to our country (education, work experience, etc.). If they can, then “come on in, brother!”
Okay, I guess I’ll get off my “soapbox” now, but this performance is going to come on DVD soon and if I had the money, I’d purchase a copy for every citizen in this country. It was truly one of the best events I’ve ever witnessed. I’m seriously considering writing him in on the ballot since we’ve been given literally no choice.