I was born in 1964 and I remember watching television growing up, seeing shows like "My Three Sons," "The Partridge Family," and even "Laugh-In." "Laugh-In" was the closest I ever got to being a hippie. My older sister was all "Flower Power" — a Carol King fan — that's about the most radical I ever saw someone.
I do remember though, my grandparents and my parents seeing images like these on TV. I remember my grandfather — a staunch, FDR Democrat — talking about how they were going to destroy the country.
But they were such a turn off that we tuned out. Up until recently, I thought these people had grown up and grown past it. I didn't think the Weather Underground people were still thinking about violence.
I've been trying to figure out what this president has been doing since his first day in office. I think I figured out his next move.
Barack Obama said on the campaign trail that it's impossible to govern if you jam something or sneak something through with 51 votes — his words, not mine:
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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: You've got to break out of what I call the 50-plus-one pattern of presidential politics... maybe you eke out a victory of 50-plus-one, then you can't govern. You know you get Air Force One, there are a lot of nice perks of being president, but you can't deliver on health care. We're not going to pass universal health care with a 50-plus-one strategy.
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Obama didn't even get that much support for this bill. So by his own definition his hands are tied; he cannot govern. He burned every last ounce of political capitol he had — he bet his entire presidency on getting health care through. He told Democrats this would make or break him. He got it through. Now, he can claim he's saving lives because of his health care plan, but he can't govern.
So why in the world would he feel the need to immediately start the push to jam immigration reform (translation: amnesty) down the throats of America?
A huge part of America is still recovering from the first sucker punch. What sane administration would do this? Couldn't they wait until Americans catches our breath?
Last night, I was standing at this chalkboard and about to show you quotes from revolutionaries around the president now, next to revolutionaries from the first American Revolution (I say first because the second revolution is right now. They are just calling it by a different name: fundamental transformation. The largest entitlement of our generation — health care — was the first giant step in an even bigger agenda.)
So I'm looking at the board and was I'm thinking to myself: Where are the George Washingtons of today? Were are the Samuel Adams? Where are the great thinkers? The Thomas Jeffersons? Why aren't they out there?
Then it hit me: I've never thought about revolution. You've never thought about revolution. But the radicals around the president have thought about it. And not only have they thought about it, some of them were actively engaged in it. Bill Ayers and Jeff Jones were running around blowing stuff up. Bill Ayers told Alam Colmes that he doesn't even regret it:
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ALAN COLMES, FOX NEWS: But do you regret setting bombs?
WILLIAM AYERS, FORMER WEATHER UNDERGROUND LEADER: I don't regret anything I did to oppose the war. Anything I did to oppose the war, I don't regret —
COLMES: You wouldn't regret setting bomb at a police station or setting a bomb at the Pentagon or the Capitol?
AYERS: You know, I don't look back on those things and regret them.
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Look at who this president surrounds himself with: It's a who's who of the "overthrow America" movement in the 1960s:
Robert Creamer went to prison because he felt it was OK to steal for "social justice" and then he crafted this health care bill while behind bars. Mark Lloyd; Cass Sunstein; Ron Bloom. The most frequent White House visitor, SEIU's Andy Stern, was a member of the radical group SDS. So was Jim Wallis, Obama's spiritual adviser.
They were in a revolution before. Maybe you have forgotten what happened to the 1960s radicals and their Marxist efforts: They lost — big time. They were completely crushed and humiliated. They became a punch line. And who was it that crushed them? LBJ and Nixon. And as the hippies like Bill Ayers ran around tossing bombs at everything, at some point they realized this tactic wouldn't change anything. They realized they didn't have any power.
So a new plan emerged: Cloward and Piven. The goal: Get inside, infect the system and destroy it from the inside out. Get a hold of the power and get as many people on the welfare rolls as possible to collapse the system. But the key ingredient was to have a structure in place, so that when it all comes tumbling down there is something for it all to collapse into.
What did they learn? They learned some really important lessons. They learned The Man was keeping them down. They learned Americans don't like radicals. And they learned not to fight The Man, but to become The Man.
They needed power at the top if any of their radical changes were going to happen. Well, they certainly achieved that one. The other thing they realized: Americans are a religious and moral people.
They wouldn't go along with the nuts who were throwing bombs back in the '60s — no one wanted to be a part of that. So they had to change from redistribution of wealth and Marxism and socialism to "economic justice."
Van Jones summed up the new strategy this way: "I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends."
The goals haven't change. But the tactic has. What's the new tactic? Let's see if any of this sounds familiar — and remember: They have power and have realized America is a moral and religious people:
• You're against health care? Why do you hate poor people? Why do you want old people to die? How can you be for the status quo? Have you seen all the children suffering?
• Against Immigration reform? Why do you hate foreigners? Is it because they look different than you do? Why are you a racist?
• Against cap-and-trade? Why do you want to harm the Earth? Why do you want to fill children's lungs with SUV exhaust? Why are you such a hater?
I showed you on Tuesday night that everything is now a moral argument. Why? Because they are trying to make you feel bad. They are pulling at the heartstrings.
They learned their lesson in the 1960s. Why did they lose? Because we used to go to church with our parents. And because The Man was in charge. The Man was respectable — he had a tie on. They lost because they were throwing bombs, smoking dope, picketing and shouting things: No one listened to them. They learned this while they were plotting revolutions.
So let me ask you this question: How many times have you plotted a revolution? How many times have you and your friends thought hey, we should destroy America? If you are like me, the answer is a big fat zero. They've been doing this since I've been alive. They've figured out: If you want fundamental transformation, you have to reverse the roles.
Look at Van Jones — a militant revolutionary, anti-capitalist Marxist who helped a cop killer and help spread the word that Bush hates black people — now he's preaching love. Watch this:
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VAN JONES, FORMER WHITE HOUSE GREEN JOBS 'CZAR': To my fellow countryman, Mr. Glenn Beck. I see you, and I love you, brother. I love you, and you cannot do anything about it. I love you, and you cannot do anything about it.
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The communist revolutionary is suddenly full of love.
Andy Stern — who I've never talked to ever before — sends me a gift and a sweet love note. They are the voice of reason. Meanwhile, Cokie Roberts said I was a terrorist. The director of "Titanic" said I was a "f****ing a**hole" and a poison to society.
That's not just about me they are talking about, that's about you.
Why are they doing this? Why are they trying to poke you and poke you and poke you? Because they know exactly how you feel when you say that. They started throwing bombs because The Man did this to them in the '60s. They learned that once they threw a bomb they were done. Martin Luther King changed the world without an act of violence. Gandhi was right in many ways.
This might be the most dangerous monologue I've ever done, because I'm telling you now: They need you to be violent. They are begging you for it. You are being set up. Do not give them what they want. I saw a report earlier today on Fox about how congressmen are getting death threats because they voted for the health care bill.
I am telling you: Do not become them! Not only is it completely nuts and wrong, it's exactly what they want. That's what they did!
They have dropped the radical pose for the radical ends. Don't play into their script: They need you to become them.
I know it is extremely frustrating right now and they are doubling down, but do not give them what they want. Remain who you've always been: A decent, religious and moral people. Don't pick anything up except your religious scripture.
Our country is in real trouble. Radicals are poking and prodding. Get on your knees. Beg for forgiveness for our arrogance and for how we've disregarded our freedoms.
I have said on the program before: Expect miracles in our lifetimes. I'm telling you, you will see them. There are tough times ahead, but the only weapon in our arsenal we need is God. Beg him for guidance and help. He will take care of everything else.
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