Glenn Beck’s CPAC Speech: Tiger Woods and Toilet bowls, a Blackboard and Brilliance

 

Glenn Beck at CPAC

In an America that has grown up in a hurry – some might say too much of a hurry – Glenn Beck is someone saying “hold on just a minute.”  In Beck’s stirring speech before CPAC this past weekend (he was last Saturday’s keynote speaker) the conservative political commentator showcased his brilliance not merely as an orator but as the maestro of a mass movement disaffected toward the present state of American politics and big government.  In his delivery, Beck is at turns funny, flamboyant, histrionic, sarcastic and just plain brilliant.  In an age of teleprompters and cunningly crafted sound bites, Beck at all times speaks from the heart.

Beck is a Constitutional purist: a true believer in the great men who founded this country.  He believes that those men of genius got it right from the start and still have it right today: that America is an idea—an idea that sets people free.  And so Beck is a believer in all the greatness that was and still can be America.  His speech begins with a fond remembrance of Ronald Reagan (himself a former and frequent keynote speaker at CPAC) and the conservative President’s “Morning in America” slogan.  As bad as things seem, Beck assures us that it is still morning in America, albeit one where we are all hung-over and gripping the toilet bowl after the excesses of the previous night’s binge.

Beck is a self-taught student of history and a believer in the lessons it has to teach those who would only seek to learn from it.  In particular, Beck warns time and again about the unfortunate history of Progressives and the Progressive movement in America.  At CPAC, he actually had his trusty blackboard hauled out onto the stage so he could write out the word: Progressives.  “This is the disease!” Beck exclaims.  Progressives and Progressivism are the cancer that is eating away at America and the American Constitution.  It is a big government socialist utopia that must be eradicated.  The two (the Constitution and Progressivism), says Beck, cannot coexist, and the country needs big thinkers and brave people “with spines” to combat the Progressive disease.  But Beck, speaking to his conservative and pro-Republican audience, is not convinced that the Republican Party is even up to that challenge.  Drawing parallels to Tiger Woods, he says he still hasn’t seen a sincere “come to Jesus” style mea culpa from Republican leaders who, like a recovering alcoholic (which Beck himself is), need to admit that they have a problem too (with too much government spending and too little integrity).  It’s not enough, Beck says, “just to not suck as much” as the Democrats.  Beck speaks often and passionately about the need to have leaders who won’t “check their souls at the door” when they take on the privilege and responsibilities of elected office.  In this respect, one could say Beck has taken on the mantle of a modern John the Baptist in search of his country’s messiah, and one wonders if he would ever consider the lead role for himself.

Beck concludes his CPAC speech with a brilliant exposition on the little known back-story connected to the Statue of Liberty.  He explains that the French didn’t simply gift it to the United States as a mere gesture of goodwill between nations.  But rather it was given with the ulterior motive of mocking their fellow Europeans at a time when Europe was in the midst of its own upheavals and soul searching.  Further, it was a statement of admiration, not to say envy, toward a new and dynamic nation that, after its first one-hundred years, was beginning to come into its own.  This is a strong message and counterpoint for today when our own leaders seem to be saying we should become more like Europe!

The true intent and meaning behind the Statue of Liberty becomes evident when one reads (as Beck does) the entire poem that is engraved within the pedestal on which the statue stands.  The full poem reads thus:

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles.  From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” 

—Emma Lazarus, 1883

The poet and critic James Russell Lowell wrote that the poem gave the Statue of Liberty its “raison d’être.”  Beck would undoubtedly agree, but would add that the poem transforms the statue from a fancy welcome mat for immigrants into a testament to the world of indelible hope and endless possibilities for all who might yearn to breathe free, including even those that the storied nations of Europe, with their old systems and internecine struggles, would discard.

As Glenn Beck and many others would see it, the Statue of Liberty is really what America is all about.  And America is an idea that sets people free.

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9 Responses to “Glenn Beck’s CPAC Speech: Tiger Woods and Toilet bowls, a Blackboard and Brilliance”

  1. Robert Feeley Says:

    Tiger Inks Deal with Casanova Beverage Company – SPN Headlines exclusive:

    http://stupidassnews.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/tiger-to-rep-new-casanova-cola/

    Keep smiling! 🙂

  2. culturecrusader Says:

    So much for his “come to Jesus” moment.

  3. j333bass Says:

    The Great Recession is a result of Republican Party Rule…

    George W. Bush is President (2001-2008)

    The Republicans hold a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives (2001-2006)

    What happened?

    * We, the People, are stuck cleaning up the messes (plural) left by the Republicans.

    –approximately $1 Trillion in lost revenue due to Bush Tax Cuts

    –$700 billion-plus on an illegitimate war in Iraq that cost the lives of 4,000-plus of our soldiers, the lives of 50,000-plus of innocent Iraqi civilians, and mostly benefited politically connected military contractors like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton (no-bid contracts in Iraq with taxpayers’ money)

    –$700 billion Bush/ Paulson bailout of Wall Street banks in 2008

    Add all that up and you’re looking at the majority of our budget deficit; all of those messes were caused by Conservatism.

    It is a perversion of the truth to omit the Conservative Calamity of the 2000s, and then point the finger at Obama who is trying to clean up the messes caused by Conservatives.

  4. culturecrusader Says:

    Well, well, well… it seems I’ve caught a liberal fly in my little web! To get away, you’ll need to do much more than merely squeak out tired old liberal canards about George W. Bush. Don’t worry, I’ll dispose of you quickly.

    I.
    First, only a liberal, or a deranged person, would argue that cutting taxes somehow hurts Americans. The misconception spread by leftists that the Bush tax cuts caused the federal deficit problems of today (as opposed to wanton government spending) is a prevarication that only the mind of Nancy Pelosi could invent. In point of fact, the Bush tax cuts actually increased government revenue. It is established fiscal science that tax revenues depend not only on the tax rate, but on the tax base. If the tax base is shrinking, then it doesn’t matter what the tax rate is; tax revenue will be anemic. The tax base expands only when taxable behavior is encouraged (as opposed to discouraged.) Raising tax rates discourages taxable behavior and therefore shrinks the tax base, offsetting whatever revenue gains might occur by raising rates. On the other hand, lowering tax rates encourages taxable behavior and expands the tax base, offsetting any revenue losses as a result of the lower rates. Of course, I wouldn’t expect a liberal to understand this because it is all common sense. But don’t take my word for it, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) tax revenues in 2006 (after the Bush tax cuts had taken effect) were actually $47 billion above what the CBO had projected before the tax cuts were implemented. Clearly, common sense works in the real world as well. For more, see:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/03/lying_about_bushs_tax_cuts.html

    II.
    As for the 2008 Bush-Paulson bailout of Wall Street banks, you really mean the Bush-Paulson-Obama-Geithner bailout, don’t you? Because, you will recall, Obama gave his full throated support for the bailout during the campaign, and tax cheat Tim Geithner was actually instrumental in crafting that bailout in his role as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Now, it seems, he and Obama can’t wait to do more. And by more, I mean add another one trillion onto Bush’s $700 billion (and this doesn’t even include what he wants to spend on healthcare!) Again, don’t take my word for it, click on the link below for a full exposition of the Bush vs. Obama deficit comparison (in pictures so it’s easy to understand.)

    http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/24/bush-deficit-vs-obama-deficit-in-pictures/

    III.
    With regard to Iraq, after the attacks on America of 9-11 we were at war. Wars cost money, and further, this was (and is) a first-of-its-kind war to be waged on many fronts. While it can be argued whether invading Iraq was truly a necessary component of that war, it cannot be denied that Bush kept the country safe for eight years, during wartime.

    Finally, liberals need to stop obsessively blaming Bush for everything under the sun, moon and stars. The problems of present-day America belong to the present administration under the jurisdiction of Mr. Obama. In the psychobabble you liberals are so fond of, he needs to start owning them. You can’t begin to fix a problem until you first admit you have one.

    • Justin Bass Says:

      Intro:

      We’re gonna talk about what happened in the 2000’s…’cause the kids don’t know. A lot of adults, too. So, here we go!

      ______________________________

      People ask my why I’m so angry?…

      “Obama’s President, so you should be happy.”

      The reason why I tell ‘em I’m upset

      ‘Cause y’all [expletive] still don’t get it

      Bush & Cheney raped our country

      They used 9-11 just to make some money

      Tell me where the hell is Halliburton today?

      ‘Cause they sure as shit ain’t in the U.S.A.

      Started in Houston, ended up in Dubai

      Can any y’all listening tell me why?

      It’s ’cause of the government scratchin’ their backs

      Halliburton got paid, but they didn’t pay tax

      Follow the dots, from Enron to A.I.G…

      Corruption & Failure is what you get with that Dick Cheney

      _____________________________________________

      Chorus:

      Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

      Now can we give Peace a Chance?

      And strip away layers of Ignorance?

      _____________________________________________

      Oh yeah, y’all remember Katrina

      The corruption & failure continued with F.E.M.A.

      The people in New Orleans

      Our sons & daughters

      Rescue workers couldn’t even get them water

      Like the failure of the war in Iraq

      Remember all the bombs? And the “Awe & Shock”?

      Bin laden, Afghanistan…alive and still free

      Bush put our Army in the wrong country

      More money when it’s “War 4 Oil”!

      Not just Halliburton, but also Carlyle

      Bush cronies keep lining their pockets

      Business is a gun, they’re happy to cock it

      _____________________________________________

      Chorus:

      Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

      Now can we give Peace a Chance?

      And strip away layers of Ignorance?

      * Can you hear me?

      _____________________________________________

      Behind the scenes the Bush S.E.C.

      They ok’d Subprime, Madoff, A.I.G.

      This is 8 years after Bill Clinton

      He cashed out $200 billion

      Bush spent it all, and more out the ass…

      Tax cuts for the rich, no-bid contracts

      And y’all, guess what else got cut?

      Health care for the soldier and his wounded gut

      Why did Bush claim God on his side,

      When he was shotgun in the Devil’s ride on the sly?

      He left one hell of a mess to clean up…

      And now he’s back in Texas raising his cup

      _____________________________________________

      Chorus:

      Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

      Now can we give Peace a Chance?

      And strip away layers of Ignorance?

      _____________________________________________

      * But I got Hope…for the Future… now that Obama’s President…

  5. culturecrusader Says:

    It seems when liberals can’t say it, they sing it. Oh well, here’s a song for you:

    We’re Not Gonna Take It! (Excerpts)
    By Twisted Sister

    We’ve got the right to choose it
    There ain’t no way we’ll lose it
    This is our life, this is our song

    We’ll fight the powers that be, just
    Don’t pick our destiny, ’cause
    You don’t know us, you don’t belong

    Oh, we’re not gonna take it
    No, we ain’t gonna take it
    Oh, we’re not gonna take it anymore

    Oh, you’re so condescending
    Your gall is never ending
    We don’t want nothin’, not a thing from you

    Your life is trite and jaded
    Boring and confiscated
    If that’s your best, your best won’t do

    Oh, Oh

    We’re right (yeah)
    We’re free (yeah)
    We’ll fight (yeah)
    You’ll see (yeah)

    Oh, we’re not gonna take it
    No, we ain’t gonna take it
    Oh, we’re not gonna take it anymore!

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