This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," March 3, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK, HOST: Charles Dickens, Chapter One: The Period:
"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief, the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of light. It was the season of darkness."
Get to the point.
"It was the season of hope. It was the winter of despair. We had everything before us. We had nothing before us. We were all going direct to heaven. We were all going direct the other way."
"The Tale of Two Cities."
I think if Dickens were alive today it would be called the tale of three politicians. Front page of The New York Times today. Amazing. I got up this morning and I wanted to show you this. Look at these two stories, OK?
First one is about Charlie Rangel. The other one is about New York Governor David Paterson over here, facing prosecutor now: "Prosecutors Called In" — "Ethics Panel Verdict on Yankees Tickets Case Is Latest Setback."
He's received free tickets to a Yankee baseball game. Now, don't give me wrong, I'm not condoning that you get freebies that you're not supposed to get in office. But the intensity of the assault on this guy has been absolutely amazing and it's been going on for months.
These attacks have not been coming from the Republican Party. No, no, no. Oh, no, no, no, no, my friend. "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."
First, he was told, drop your election bid by President Obama. He didn't listen and so it was whispered, did you hear? He's kissing some female friend other than his wife on the neck in a public restaurant.
The guy is blind. Did he know — I don't know. Was that even true? I mean, I don't want a guy canoodling anybody — he's a governor — unless it's your wife. Canoodle all you want. But that one didn't seem to stick.
Then the reports came out fast and furious that The New York Times has explosive story that will force him to resign immediately. It turned out to be a story of one of his aides who was allegedly harassing a woman.
Yes. Now, they're tying Gov. Paterson to that story saying, you know, she came to him and he said, lie about it. Really? The Democrats are — really? They're worried about that? It's just sex. I thought that wouldn't — and now, the Yankee scandal. He had tickets. He cannot serve.
I'm not saying David Paterson is innocent. I don't think he's a great guy — I don't know the guy. I have no idea. I don't really care. But the Democrat machine that is lined up against this guy is amazing, brutal.
Now, compare that to this story on the front page about poor Congressman Charlie Rangel under attack. Rangel steps down from a key post. The man responsible for writing the tax code who forgot to pay his own taxes.
But no one in the Democratic Party was at least, in the least bit concerned about that. Oh, Charlie — he's such a good guy. Rangel has been caught in another apparent ethics problem now.
How many times did he file his taxes? You know, he files his taxes wrong. They're like, try again, Charlie. OK. And he writes it again and turns it in. Try it again because you still got it wrong. OK. How many chances do you get?
Now, apparently, he didn't go to any Yankees games — no, no. That's this guy. This guy — oh, he just accepted free tropical trips paid for by corporations, but he didn't know. It's a violation of the rules, sure, but gosh, Charlie, you've been here.
The story in The New York Times today notes that he's temporarily stepping down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. This has been going on for Rangel now for two years — two years. But only now has it gotten the point of embarrassment for the Democratic Party. Why the difference in treatment? Why? Rangel has been in office for 40 years. I bet Charlie Rangel knows where all the bodies are buried.
Paterson is expendable. The Democrats are just playing their political games. And the media is playing right along with them. This guy, he knows — don't you mess with me. You want to talk about ACORN? Oh, the things I can talk to you about ACORN.
This guy, expendable. Get him out. This is a mob family.
A third politician in the season of light and the season of darkness is Sen. Jim Bunning, this guy. Bunning recently took a stand in the midst of disastrous budget deficit combined with continued reckless spending.
Bunning finally said enough of the filibustering — enough. I'm going to filibuster now a 30-day extension for a bill of unemployment insurance and other federal programs. Oh, goodness. Oh, my goodness. Charlie Rangel is an angel. Why do you hate the poor people so much?
He said all he wanted to do was have the Democrats follow their own recent pay-as-you-go rule. Remember that? A couple weeks ago, they said, Hey, let's just pay as you go. Right. Yes.
Except every time they pass something here - since they passed that, they've exempted - OK, not this time. Not this time. I want to show you now all of the coverage that the media has done here in this one. All of the coverage that the media has done, OK, on violating their own rules:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sir, I just wanted to ask you —
SEN. JIM BUNNING, R-KY.: Excuse me. This is a senator-only elevator.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can I come on the elevator?
BUNNING: No, you may not.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you tell us why you're blocking this vote?
BUNNING: I already did explain it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, what is the issue? Are you concerned about the people who are unemployed?
BUNNING: Excuse me. I've got to go to the floor.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Senator, can you just explain to us why you're holding this up? I'm sure you have an explanation —
BUNNING: Excuse me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Are you concerned about those that are going to lose their benefits?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BECK: Oh, my goodness. I'm sorry. I was calling for the videotape of all of the times when the media covered them - you know, violated their own pay-as-you-go rule, but - no, I wasn't there.
They just have a videotape of him getting into an elevator. Why does he hate people? Why? Why does he hate riding in elevators and answering questions? The media wants to know.
Based on the reaction from the media, you would have thought Bunning slaughtered a family of five, torn the ears off the Easter bunny and then eaten them in front of little children.
Instead, he took a principled position to draw attention to the fact that Congress is not acting in a fiscally responsible way. And their pay-as-you-go media extravaganza was only that, a media extravaganza.
They're still not playing by the rules, but why should they? Charles Rangel doesn't have to.
Let me ask you this: Where were the other Republicans?
You know, I got a ton of grief after my speech at CPAC for challenging the Republican Party. Where are you, Republicans? I want you to know I had — what's his name — Jim DeMint on my radio program on this morning. He knows I understand the difference between Jim DeMint and Harry Reid. There are good members of the party. Jim Bunning may or may not be one of them. But in this case, he was trying to do the right thing.
"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was an age of wisdom and an age of foolishness." If we don't have more men and women of honor step up for us, pretty soon, it is going to be a long, long winter of despair.
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