Glenn Beck: Why the Health Care Fight Was Lost

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," March 22, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: You know now the health care battle is over. We lost — but it's just the battle, not the war. But I think it is important to spend a few minutes to discuss why we lost.

We lost I think because — you remember on September 11th? We're all Americans. We all thought that we all believed in the Constitution. We never expected or suspected that there were factions of elitists waiting in the wings who believe, like the president, that the Constitutional is fundamentally flawed.

We just assumed that everybody felt as we did that our Founders were inspired to create the most perfect political document that was ever created, that while it wasn't perfect, we believe that it laid the foundation for the freest, best government on Earth. Not perfect, just the best currently on Earth.

We believe that the subsequent years since the ratification have proven that out. Again, we have problems. We also believe that America is a melting pot. I remember thinking — I don't hate anybody.

We believe that those who immigrated here legally added to the richness and uniqueness of America. But also, they were assimilated into the whole, the melting pot. We believed that they came here for a reason and that wasn't to destroy us.

The reason was that they came to the greatest, freest nation on Earth because we offered the best opportunity for success and we welcome people.

The problem was, not all Americans believe these things.

The progressives, for 100 years, have been categorizing, dividing any political correctness, marginalizing us, not just here at home, but all over the world for as long as any of us have been alive.

The same people who just passed health care are the same people who first started blaming us for what happened on 9/11. Oh, we've mistreated the world. We haven't been nice. We've got too much stuff here. We need to better understand them.

I remember saying on 9/11 that America had changed forever, that we had been brought together in a common purpose and our petty differences would be set aside and we would change.

Yes, what a dope I was, huh? That feeling lasted about two months.

We didn't understand who it was we were really up against. We have foes outside and inside.

Well, now, a fundamental transformation is upon us. And last night President Obama gloated when he said this:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We rose above the weight of our politics. We pushed back on the undue influence of special interests. We didn't give in to mistrust or to cynicism or to fear. We proved that this government, a government of the people and by the people, still works for the people.


BECK: Stop. That's insulting. The problem with the line, "of the people and by the people" — the majority of the people are opposed to this bill.

You got away from politics? Please.

You have to be 4-years-old or been hit in the head with a dodge ball too much to not see through this.

Now, they are setting up the immigration reform debate — it was part of the deal — legalizing nearly 11 million people who are here illegally.

Just as this wasn't about universal health care, immigration reform isn't about amnesty. Oh, no, no. In fact, Obama wanted to be clear on that point:


OBAMA: I want to be clear. If someone is here illegally, they won't be covered under this plan. I also don't simply believe we can ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken. That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable quality health insurance under this plan just like everybody else.


BECK: What the hell is he even talking about? That doesn't make any sense. If they are here legally, then they already have access. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, if they are here illegally, they have access. Ask California.

America, it is about time to become the greatest generation again. This thing is as big as anything we've ever faced. This is our Pearl Harbor, our Normandy, our Custer's Last Stand.

Just after winning the contentious, unpopular, rip-us-apart health care bill battle by jamming it down the throats of the American people by hook or by crook, they are talking about comprehensive immigration reform this week.

So what do you do? What do you do? You do what our grandparents did. You get up from your seat and you never give up. You never give in.

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