This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," December 2, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: From the Obamacare train wreck to the negotiations with terrorists in Tehran, it is no secret that in my opinion President Obama is in way over his head. J
oining me now with his take is author of "Miracles and Massacres, True and Untold Stories of the Making of America," and of course he hosts his own radio show, nationally syndicated, and he runs The Blaze, which is one of the top websites now in the country.
Glenn Beck, sir, how are you?
GLENN BECK, "MIRACLES AND MASSACRES" AUTHOR: Thank you very much. I'm very good, Sean.
HANNITY: Happy holidays to you.
HANNITY: Why is there -- I consider myself a Tea Party conservative. I think you do, too. Why are the establishment Republicans now fighting guys like Lee and Cruz and Rand and Marco? Why this divide?
BECK: Really? You want me to answer that? I would love to.
HANNITY: I want you to.
BECK: Yes. Progressivism. You remember when I went to CPAC, was that four years ago, and made the Republicans very uncomfortable because I said progressivism isn't a disease that just runs in the Democrats. It runs in the Republicans. And I wrote down John McCain's name and Lindsey Graham's name. There are a lot of progressive Republicans.
You have to remember, Theodore Roosevelt is the guy started it. They believe in big government. I'm sorry to say, Sean, and you know this to be true, we send people in there and it's like sending them to the lion's den just waiting to be eaten by the machine that is Washington now. There are people more interested the in keeping their cushy jobs and their lifestyle and all their perks and benefits than actually doing what's right for the country and following the constitution.
HANNITY: This battle goes back a long time. You can take it back to Goldwater, Nixon. Everyone in the Republican Party gives lip service to Reagan, but Reagan challenged a sitting Republican president in 1976. That's kind of Tea Partyish to me.
BECK: They said the same thing about Ronald Reagan in 1976, that he was going to destroy the Republican Party. They said he shouldn't have done that in 1976. They said that he was a loose cannon. They called him every name in the sun. They wouldn't welcome Ron Reagan in. For all the people in the Republican Party that quote Ronald Reagan and all the people now, strangely, like the president, loves Ronald Reagan. They are all saying, oh, Ronald Reagan he was the -- no, he wasn't. No, he wasn't. He was saying the same thing people now having stones thrown at them by the Republican establishment. He said the same thing.
HANNITY: When you look at the state of the economy, ObamaCare the disaster, the rise and the ever-growing government, deficits, debt, doubling of the people on welfare, what do you think in the privacy -- I know you spend time reading and you now have become a student of history. What do you think privately will happen to this country?
BECK: I think -- hmm. I think that we are --
HANNITY: In trouble.
BECK: Yes. I think we are in a situation that we will either rise and be our best selves -- I saw something over the weekend, that poll that came out. I know you must have talked about it today -- 70 percent of Americans don't trust each other. They think only 30 percent of this country you can trust. If that remains true, well, we then become Europe. We have to trust each other. We have to be our better selves. Otherwise we break up and we never come back.
I think there is personally a very good chance that with the Mike Lees and the Ted Cruzes of the world that there is a change that we do to the Republican Party what happened to the Whigs. They just went away. There was no third party. The Republicans, there were 20 of them in 1853. And by 1860 they had a president elected. And I think that can happen in a faster time because of the Internet, if people stick to their principles and the people of the country remain good and decent to each other.
But if we start to believe these things that we are playing the game "knockout" and we're all fighting over a few extra bucks for a discounted TV, we're doomed.
HANNITY: Aren't there some easy answers? There was once a great inventor who said, and it stuck with me, the obvious which is often unseen until someone expresses it simply. In your book you talk about a lot of people. You delve into history and stuff, Thomas Edison, et cetera. But isn't, for example, cutting one penny out of every dollar that government spends every year for five years and you get to a balanced budget, isn't that a simple idea? Isn't drilling like they're doing in North Dakota and Midland, Texas, where they're creating jobs and lessening our dependence on foreign oil, isn't that one of the simple answers?
BECK: I don't think anybody in Washington on either side is actually looking for an answer. I think there are some in Washington, but they are in the minority, and in the minority, the great minority in the Republican Party that are actually looking for answer answers. The longer we go the more simple but the less easy those answers become.
HANNITY: We have to take a break. Much more with Glenn Beck coming up right after the break.
HANNITY: Welcome back to "Hannity." We continue with the author of "Miracles and Massacres," the one and only Glenn Beck.
You look out there at the political landscape. And a lot of people follow you, they follow your news service. You are starting a radio news service. You're a real entrepreneur, successful.
BECK: Thank you.
HANNITY: I have been using your studio and office.
BECK: You have been.
HANNITY: I have taken it over.
BECK: You have been a great guest in our facilities, and made a lot of friends, and thank you.
HANNITY: Listen, you have been great. I appreciate you letting me hijack your studio while the new one is being built.
BECK: Not a problem. Just leave my office in decent shape.
HANNITY: By the way, there was a flood there the other day, but I'll tell you about it another time.
But you look at the political landscape. I look at the political landscape. I'm looking for somebody that I think could not only win an election, winning is important, but also govern the country in a way that would, I think, help us get on the right track, inspire people to use freedom in the right way. As you look out there, is there anybody you see that you like, that you admire?
BECK: I'm going to answer this in a way that, first of all, I think that was the longest pause I have ever given on television before.
HANNITY: You give long pauses. I have heard it.
BECK: Old dogs learn new tricks -- not on television. Usually when someone asks me a question, I answer right away. But I want to be very measured here on what I say. So let me answer things in a different way than probably where you want to go.
I am looking to the American people because I see what the Fed is doing. They are devaluing our money like crazy. I see what is happening with ObamaCare. If you look at that, I mean, all of the things we talked about when I was, you know, your on-air coworker, all those things have happened. And people don't either care or didn't listen or whatever. It doesn't matter. Other things that we talked about and other things we now are seeing are going to happen. The dollar is not going to last.