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This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," October 2, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Joining us tonight: Lori Parker. She is a mom of four. After watching our 9-12 moms show, she was inspired to start a 9-12 moms Web site which is called AsAMom.org.

Barbara Curtis is back. She was a mom of 12, and very sleepy. She was at the 9/12 mom show as well. She has a Web site for moms called MommyLife.net.

And Mary Baker, mom of seven, is joining us again. She was also at the 9-12 moms show. She is a blogger at Mary — Mary, what's the Web site?

MARY BAKER, MARYMBAKER.BLOGSPOT.COM: MaryMBaker.blogspot.com.

BECK: OK. So, first of all, you called me when, Wednesday?

LORI PARKER, WIFE AND MOTHER OF FOUR: Wednesday morning.

BECK: And you said you were inspired by the show and the moms that you saw. Tell me, take me through the story.

PARKER: I had seen the show and a few things resonated to me when all the moms were talking and said, "I feel so alone, I feel so alone," and Nancy said, "We've got a group and we called ourselves the Sisterhood of the Mommy Patriots." And then when Dr. Luntz ended with — and I want to read it so I make sure I quote it right — "If you begin everything with as a mom, you win." I ended up watching at 1:00 in the morning.

And so, when I woke up the next morning, I thought wouldn't this be cool if there's a group, when I looked online, there wasn't a group, wrote on my little teeny blog that three people follow, wouldn't it be cool if there was a group? And I just got people reply to it. They must have been looking for it, too.

And (INAUDIBLE) not be alone. I told my husband, "I have this crazy idea, stop me," and he just, whatever and — so I called one of my best friends in the world, who has always been my sounding board, and, "Well, stop me I said if I'm going to do something crazy." I explained it to her, and I said, "I think there needs to be a site and needs to be called ‘As A Mom' and it needs to be a sisterhood of Mommy Patriots. You need to tell me not to do this." And she said, "I will be your very first member."

By that night, we figured out how to put it up. She was my first member. Monday morning, we had a third member. We had 18 members Wednesday morning when I called you. By Wednesday night, we had 3,000 members. Last night, we had 5,000. I'm not sure of the numbers at the moment. But I'm sure they're just rising.

BECK: Oh, I'm sure they're rising even right now.

So, isn't it amazing? Here's the — here's the real secret to all of this and this is why I started the 9-12 Project or suggested that people did it, because it's amazing how empowered you feel when you realize "I'm not alone."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's right.

BARBARA CURTIS, FOUNDER, MOMMYLIFE.NET: Glenn, you've really tapped into something powerful. I got to thank you for having that show last Friday, because I can just feel the momentum building among moms. I have heard from so many moms who have felt isolated and alone. They've been in the closet as conservatives.

BECK: Yes.

CURTIS: ...because they're afraid that they're the only ones and they're afraid to express their feelings and their thoughts, and the information that they gathered through research, and they're starting to realize they're not alone. It's amazing.

BECK: This is why — don't you think this is why things have gone out of control? Because nobody wants to cause any problems, and so they have just said, "Oh, be quiet and I won't raise a stink."

BAKER: Right, and I think, too, what you — what the thing that you've done is said, "Moms you are important," because usually if you tell a mom they are important, because for the last 40 years, they have been saying, "You have no value, go and stay in the closet and put your slippers on," or, you know, whatever it is you don't do.

CURTIS: Watch "The View" and watch "Oprah."

BAKER: Right.

BECK: If I hear — if I hear a mom say to me one more time, I've said this for years, I hate this phrase, "What do you do?" "I'm just a mom." When are mothers going to stand up and demand the respect they deserve?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's right.

BECK: My mom used to demand the respect and we're like, "Yes, mom, yes, mom." My father demanded that we respect our mother, you know what I mean? And I do the same with my wife. When are we going to let society know that women and moms need to be listened to. You guys have the hardest job and the most respected job in America.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's right.

CURTIS: Well, as a writer, this is what I've been working on for years, is trying to empower moms and to make them understand that even though we don't get a report card and performance reviews and raises and all the other kinds of outward symbols that people get that they are doing a good job, that we got the most important job in the whole world. It's just that we have to learn how to find the satisfaction and to encourage each other.

BECK: Yes. What is your Web site going to do? What is your vision for it?

PARKER: The vision for the site was to get moms together and get talking. A lot of questions were raised on last week's show. Moms are worried about education. They're worried about the future. And as I was talking with my friends, we realized moms have the answers.

There are home schooling moms are former teachers out there. They know what a great textbook. There are moms who want to run for school board and don't know how. There is somebody out there who's run for school board and can mentor them. And I'm already seeing questions and answers. It's so exciting.

BECK: You know, for the first time — when we come back — I want to hear your stories because you two have unique stories that I think are fascinating.

But I want to jump on this textbook thing here before a quick break. I remember when my daughter first went into first grade, and I said to the teacher, you know as a dopey dad, I said, "Do you have like a syllabus or anything? Do you have anything, you know, what you got? She's looked at me and said, "What?"

And I said, "You know, I mean, what are you going to be working on?" She looked at me and she said, "Mr. Beck" — and this is when I was still early on, you know, I was quiet little mouse. And she said, "Mr. Beck, this is our job. I'll take care of this, OK? Don't you worry about it." And even then, when I was still mousy, I said, "Excuse me, this is my child. I am responsible for the education."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Exactly.

BECK: Now, are you looking for ways and people who you say know textbooks? Demand the books. You're looking for people who have done these things in different communities and say — this is what you do?

PARKER: I think we're looking for that. Right now, I'm seeing a lot of questions more than answers.

BECK: That's why you.

PARKER: The biggest concern, I think, about education that I've been getting is that, because of the direction it's been going, with the No Child Left Behind.

BECK: Yes.

PARKER: . we've actually made it to "no child can excel," and we've taught our children everything has to be fair. You can't excel.
In my informal poll I did last night with the site, I had probably the most answers on that that children are learning, they're not supposed to be self reliant.

BECK: Right.

PARKER: They're supposed to get everything.

BECK: We would think it's almost like by design.

We'll be back in just a second.

ANNOUNCER: A million-mom march, women that will take back the republic — next.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BAKER: America is a God-inspired idea.

BECK: Yes.

BAKER: And if you take him out, we can't have America without God.

CURTIS: Parents are feeling that our children are not being respected as individuals and allowed to grow.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our forefathers fought and died for us for freedom for us. Now it's our turn to do the same for our children.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I went to a tea party not knowing a single person, and I walked on two separate occasions right into other moms that I know our kids are in the same class. Neither of us had the slightest inkling that they felt the same way, because like I said, we were all closeted. And you know what? Now, we have what we called the Sisterhood of the Mommy Patriots. You are not alone.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: You know, it's a — it's amazing. That is — that is why we are in the situation we're in, is because they want people to not believe that we're together. You were saying what was it?

PARKER: I received e-mails from Nancy and her friends who attended last week, and they said one of their goals when being on the show was to use the phrase of "Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots." So someone would go start a group.

BECK: Oh, you're kidding me?

PARKER: No. If I read the e-mail right, it was very late last night. That's.

BECK: Oh, my gosh.

CURTIS: This is what's really cool is because there is power in numbers. And we've all been isolated. It's almost like they have used the Alinsky thing about paralyzing the opposition, and the people have been paralyzed. Moms have been paralyzed, those that have conservative values, thinking that they're alone in the community. And what you did last week was you put us on TV and all of a sudden, everybody knows this is real.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right.

BECK: Yes.

CURTIS: And it's something, and I can feel the momentum building.

BECK: Yes, I don't know — it's amazing. You actually — you mentioned Saul Alinsky. You were a radical. I mean, you — actually at one point, regretted that you didn't bomb like the Weather Underground.

CURTIS: That's true.

(LAUGHTER)

CURTIS: I have been rather an extremist, but I was in Washington, D.C. in the '60s and early '70s and during the anti-Vietnam War protests and I was — became an activist and organizer at the marches.

BECK: And you were. CURTIS: But I already had a baby and — so I couldn't go out and do the Weather Underground thing, but I felt very guilty, because I felt like those were the ones who were really living up to the dream.

BECK: What was your turning point?

CURTIS: Really?

BECK: Yes.

CURTIS: My turning point was in 1987 when I became a Christian and realized that it kind of put — it illuminated things and made me realize that I had a lot to be grateful for, and life wasn't about destroying and hating and that it was really about creating something beautiful.

(CROSSTALK)

BECK: You were a welfare mom?

CURTIS: Yes, well, from D.C., I went to San Francisco. I lived in San Francisco and became a drug addict and welfare mom. And in 1980, I turned my life around with the 12-step program, which is familiar to you.

BECK: Yes, good for you.

CURTIS: And got me.

BECK: Not that I'm a drunk! She's crazy and out of control!

(LAUGHTER)

CURTIS: I married somebody who is a wonderful man, who is also a recovering addict/alcoholic, and we had a whole bunch of kids and started building a business, which will really make a conservative out of you.

BECK: Yes. It sure will!

CURTIS: And in 1987, we became Christians and everything changed for us then.
BECK: What is — why are you here?

BAKER: Well, you know, like Barbara was saying, life is different when you're a Christian, you know? People thought you're a sellout because.

BECK: Is that the — is that the motivating factor for you, too?

BAKER: Yes, definitely. And I'm not a sellout. I just know that, you know, when you have something divine in your life, you don't see things like color, and things and, you know, just superficial things, but, you know, I've gone through (INAUDIBLE). I was a single parent of four kids, you know, struggled, went through school to get my degree.

I remember when I — when I was running for my first husband, you know, I was abused, I had two kids, and one was handicapped. She has cerebral palsy. She was two and a half years old. My sister comes from Houston and picked me up and brought (ph) me over there. And that, you know, that was the beginning of a changed life for me.

And then, you know, I went on to school. But like I said, the major change in my life is when I accepted Christ and performed a new way of thinking. As a mom, there are just so many moms out there that don't realize that there is something better. We don't have to.

BECK: You know, that is part of the problem I think with moms is they are trapped in their thinking, because they're at home, with the children. They feel alone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right.

BECK: They feel isolated.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right.

BECK: And so, society teaches moms that, oh, you really should have a job. You should really do something with your life, really.

CURTIS: Well, that's what has been great about the blogosphere, because with blogs and Internet — I mean, our lives are opening up.

BECK: America, we're going to go in a different direction here in just a second, but I want to tell you, AsAMom.org is just the beginning — just the beginning.
Moms, you are going to make the difference.
More with the 9-12 moms and the signs of the times — next.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

GLENN BECK, HOST: Next week, we have some amazing things for you on the program. Monday, we're going to tell you what Montana is doing to ease federal restrictions on gun laws. Why is the Montana Shooting Sports Association lawsuit exciting for people who think I should be able to have a gun? You don't want to miss it on Monday's program. Also next week, swine flu. Things you don't want to miss.

Joining us now is Lori Parker, mom of four. After watching our 9/12 moms show, she was inspired to start a 9/12 moms Web site called "AsaMom.org." Barbara Curtis is a mom of 12. She was at the 9/12 moms show and also has a Web site for moms called "MommyLife.net." And Mary Baker, mother of seven - she is also a 9/12 mom. She is a blogger and I still don't have the name of it. I'm sorry, Mary. What is the name -

MARY BAKER, BLOGGER, "MARYMBAKER.BLOGSPOT.COM": "MaryMBaker.BlogSpot.com."

BECK: Got it. Easy to remember. All right. Let me start with a couple of things. Is there anybody in Washington that any of you guys can relate to?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.

BECK: Nobody?

BARBARA CURTIS, FOUNDER, "MOMMYLIFE.NET": Hey, you know, I think that we are on issues more now than people or personalities. You know, I don't think that we're focused on trying to find a person. We're more concerned with the issues right now.

BECK: What is it that - have you, guys, ever belonged to a party? Do you still belong to a party or have you left a party?

BAKER: No, I'm still a registered Republican. I'm seriously thinking, though, about switching to Independent, you know.

CURTIS: I'm a registered Republican, so I can vote in my primary.

LORI PARKER, FOUNDER, "ASAMOM.ORG": I'm a registered Republican for the same reason -

BECK: For the primary.

PARKER: So I can vote in the primary.

BECK: OK. But there is nobody you relate to. There's nobody you look at and say -

(CROSS TALK)

CURTIS: Sarah Palin.

PARKER: Sarah Palin

CURTIS: Michele Bachmann.

BECK: So if I may quote what everybody would say in the media, "the dumb ones."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

BECK: Because that's what they would say.

BAKER: Yes.

BECK: That they're both dumb.

BAKER: But they'd probably say that about me, too.

BECK: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They say that about everybody.

PARKER: Are they both moms?

CURTIS: Yes.

PARKER: That's what the media says about moms.

BAKER: Sarah Palin is a mom with a child with disability, , you know, same thing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She is really dumb.

BAKER: Yes.

BECK: You were saying earlier about your geese analogy - I absolutely love this.

CURTIS: Oh, I was just thinking about it after you had your show last week and thinking about how much more revved up and confident that we felt. And you know, just making new friends who are doing the same thing I'm doing.

And I thought about that geese formation thing, you know, how geese - we're starting to see them in Virginia flying home. They fly in a V. And you know, I was looking that up and I found out that the reason they fly in a V is because, when they are flapping their wings, it creates an updraft for the ones that come behind them. And so the whole formation is more effective and more efficient in the way they fly.

And also, you notice how geese honk at each other. You know there is a reason? They are honking encouragement to the leader goose, the lead.

BECK: They're just big, obnoxious geese and then they land and they poop all over your yard.

CURTIS: But there's something beautiful in the way God created them.

(LAUGHTER)

And also, when one is injured and drops out of formation, two follow it and take care of it either until it dies or until it gets well. Then, they either start a new formation or find the old one.
But I just see that, you know, there is so much power in community. And that's what you have done is you've released this among us moms, that we have a way to create, like Lori - you're not creating it for us.

BECK: no.

CURTIS: You gave us a forum. Lori started something. Mary and I became friends. We connected because of this.

BECK: I think there is something to be said, and this is what the media doesn't understand. And if they don't understand it — if they ignore it, it will be at their own peril that they think that they can live in a world now where they can just ignore things and it will go away.

BAKER: It will not go away.

BECK: It will not.

BAKER: It's not going away.

BECK: Not going away. All right. I have to take a break.

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