This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," April 2, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK, HOST: I mean, why — why do they make this animation? And it makes me look like I'm wearing lipstick, which I'm not — although.
Hello, America. Welcome to "The Glenn Beck Program." It's "ask me anything" night. It's a chance for you to question me with boldness. The White House never calls to ask any questions. But maybe you can and would.
Thousands of people send us questions all the time. We also have video messages. When we announced we were going to do the show, we're going to do our best to answer as many of the questions as we can this evening. But, really, thousands of them could come in. We have a studio audience here that's raring to go with questions.
So, let's get to it.
Steven Crowder is a FOX News contributor and comedian and a very, very funny guy, is here to ask the questions.
STEVEN CROWDER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: We've compiled a list of the top five most asked questions sent into AskGlennAnything@gmail.com. And the most popular by far, so far, is about this little thing, health care reform? You guys might have heard of that.
BECK: Really? They're talking about that?
CROWDER: Yes. So, we're actually going to start off with one of our audience members here. Kathleen has a question for you.
BECK: Hi, Kathleen.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: My question is about the paradigm shift that you talk about.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: You talk about it a lot. But, could you kind of explain like what you mean by the paradigm shift and which way you think it's going, because —
BECK: Yes. I'm not really sure, I'm not really sure. Do I have a blackboard here? Yes.
I'm not really sure exactly — I started saying that a year-and-a-half ago or maybe a year ago, that the paradigm is about to shift and what I have said is — everything that you thought was solid will be liquid, everything that you thought was liquid would be solid.
When I first started saying that, I didn't know exactly what that meant. It is becoming more and more clear to me, that — for instance, let's use The New York Times. We all grew up reading The New York Times or avoiding The New York Times. And they set the news agenda. Soon, that will not be the case. Whether they go out of business, or are absorbed and made into Pravda by the federal government, I don't know.
But everything we thought we could count on, everything we thought we could trust — for instance, if I would have told you this — I don't even know, 10 years ago, you know, what do you trust? For many of us, we still — we have distrust for our government. We have distrust — and we should have a healthy distrust, but we should also have a healthy trust of the people in Washington.
Now, do you really trust the administration? Do you trust either party? Do you trust the court system? Do you trust the Congress? Either house?
What do you trust? I still trust the police officers. And I still trust our military. But other than that, I'm really fresh out of things.
So, the things that we thought we could count on growing up are all changing. And, we just have to think out of the box to be able to survive. Because only those who look at the exits when they are going on the plane and go, OK, there's an exit back there, I've got it — only those people are going to survive. Think the unthinkable.
CROWDER: All right, Glenn. Let's actually go to one of your viewers from Georgia who sent in his question as a video message.
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SAM SLOM (ph), VIEWER FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Hi, Glenn. My name is Sam Slom from Atlanta, Georgia. And I'd like to know, how we, the American people, why can't we have the opportunity to vote for the health care bill on this year's midterm election ballot?
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BECK: OK. I don't know if that was like is a gator in armor behind him which was weird.
BECK: It was a little creepy. It was a little creepy.
OK. Here's — you know, it's easy to say we should have our vote for the health care bill or, you know, leave it to the American people, but that's not our system. That is exactly what the progressives have told us we have — a system of — a system of democracy. Our founders all said democracies always fail. We are a — republic.
And, I used to think, you know, when I was stupid — I used to think there was no real difference. I get it. I get it. I remember saying that. I know we're a republic, what's the difference?
There's a huge difference. In fact, the referendums, the — for instance, Proposition 8, do you know where that whole idea of having different bills brought up for people to vote directly? California, progressives. It was progressives, because there was corruption and the progressives came in and said, "Democracy is a better idea."
And they started these things where you could vote on them directly. That goes against what our founders wanted. And it was a progressive idea.
CROWDER: Well, the second most popular topic was the census. People kind of want to know the ins and outs of this thing. Just like one that was sent from a woman, Annie B., no last names with these emails.
BECK: I know, witness protection program.
CROWDER: I know what their problem is.
BECK: I know.
CROWDER: But she says, "I received my census today and really don't feel that I should have to give them all of the information they've asked for. How much by law if anything do we have to provide?"
BECK: You know, I have to tell you. I met the head of the Census. I was on "Fox & Friends" one morning and the head guy of the Census walked by and then he stopped and he came back and he said, "Glenn Beck?" And I said, "Yes, sir?" And he introduced himself and he said, "You will be getting a census form. And you will be filling it out." And I said, "Oh, will I?"
BECK: I mean, we have a census form at our house that we just got. I am going to answer the question, "How man people live in your home?" Period. That's it.
That's — everybody has to make their own choice. I mean, the one question there that, you know, people are like, well, give them the phone number. Go ahead, give them your phone number.
I've had friends who have answered it and they — honestly, these are people who are real hardcore libertarians and know the Constitution inside and out, and they were spooked by how many phone calls they got and how aggressive the government got on — answer the question, answer the question, answer the question.
I will tell you this — I mean, I think you all have to answer it yourselves. That's what the Constitution calls for. They have added and added these questions, you know, and we've been answering all of these questions, the 10 that they're sending out for quite some time.
My problem is, the government was not out of control 10, 15 years ago. I was just starting to figure this out, you know? And we shouldn't have done it in the first place. But now that we're seeing how much they're gathering — no. No, no. I'm a stickler on the Constitution now.
CROWDER: Stickler. So, you're fitting in that word, it's a good one.
BECK: Well, extra $10 every time I stick it in.
CROWDER: There you go.
CROWDER: From Webster —
CROWDER: — they are trying to push it.
The next top question we have here was actually on your Refounders effort. This one is from Harry K., Redondo Beach, California. "A while ago, you were looking for 56 men and women in Washington to be Refounders. My recollection is that number got up to 10. How is the project coming along?"
BECK: The Refounders Project is one of the more sad tragic things I have seen because we're only looking for 56, we have 11. Out of all of the people in Washington, we have 11.
But I will tell you — those 11, I don't even know who they are. But we get phone calls — where is Joe? Joe is my chief researcher and head of — chief of staff.
How many calls do you get from the Refounders a day?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Six to seven.
BECK: Six to seven different tips a day from these 11 people. And they have been responsible for many things on our show and exposed many, many things.
And let me make a plea to anybody in Washington — I mean, 11? Eleven will stand with the morals and the credibility of these men? Only 11?
We're looking for people on both sides of the aisle that will just say, look, this corruption is bad. America will support people. I mean, the tickle fest was a bit too far. But America will support people who have been part of the system, and want out. They just want out.
If you're doing it for the right reasons, please, contact us. I don't — like I said, I don't even know the names of the Refounders. One guy does — one guy. He's the most honorable man I know.
Please, contact us. And, let us help you get out of this system. Help refound America.
CROWDER: We're going to go to another audience member. Jane has a question for you.
BECK: Hi, Jane.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hi.
In light of all the negative things going on in Washington, in our nation and in the world, what positives can be pointed to? And, specifically, what should America and its younger generation, in particular, remain optimistic about?
BECK: I grew up in Seattle, Washington. And I remember when I moved to Phoenix, Arizona — I mean, Seattle is cloudy 310 days out of the year. You don't see the sun for 310 days a year. It's amazing.
And, I remember when I moved to Phoenix, I actually stopped. I was walking out of my car and it's like 400 degrees there. And I was walking out of my car and I looked at the shadow and it was so dark and so crisp. I had not seen shadows like that. Growing up, in Seattle, you know, everything — there are no real shadows.
And I remember walking to the car and seeing that and kind of just seeing the definition of my shadow. Years later, I remembered that. And this is what you have hoped in.
The shadow can only become dark — darkness can only be there because the sun is so pretty behind you. And as that darkness gathers, light is getting stronger.
I am convinced that this idea of faith, hope and charity; that Americans are going to — just like they did with the tea parties and everything else, you know, remember, a year ago, everybody was — everybody thought they were alone.
How many in this audience thought I year ago, you were completely alone, it was just you? I mean, look at that. Look at that.
So, now, here you are. Does everybody here know you're not alone? OK? You know that there are millions of Americans that think just like you.
I think the secret is, they're going to keep pushing it bigger and bigger and bigger, from the state government, to the United States government, to the global government. As it collapses, it's going to get bigger and bigger and bigger, and stronger. The darkness is going to grow.
But I will tell you this: the solution is in the individual. When we start behaving in our own lives, like these guys, when we truly — how many of us have literally fallen to our knees, today, at least once, and said, "Thank you, Lord, for this country. Thank you for the freedom. Thank you for the ability to live here. Thank you for allowing me even at the darkest time in my lifetime, what I see coming. Thank you for letting me be a part of it. I don't know how it ends, but, thank you."
When we reunite with faith, hope and charity — hope, by the way, is not just, I got hope. It's truth — truth. And we are good to one another. It fixes itself. It fixes itself, and, it will renew itself.
And unlike — unlike any other place that has ever been crashed by big government, it may go into — you know, Ronald Reagan said, if we lose it here, where will the world run? He also said that if this generation loses it, this generation will never taste it again.
But I will tell you this: it will be tasted again because it's bred into us, Americans are not European. We will never give up.
The government could become — and I hope, you know, I'm even not talking about this, let's just talk three — you know, three administrations down the road, could become the most oppressive administration in government of all time.
The French Revolution, what a bunch of pansies. Wait until you see the American underground. You could have Russia come over or China come over and sit on us, they'll never break our spirit. Ever.
CROWDER: From Deb in California, "Glenn, will you please run for president? I will vote for you."
Clearly, it's not mine.
BECK: Yes. Not yours.
BECK: You wouldn't, would you? Yes. No. No. I wouldn't. I wouldn't.
No. First of all, it's a ridiculous notion, I think. You know, my joke is always, we'd run out of missiles. In the first week, I'd be like, what do you mean we're out of missiles?
BECK: The serious answer to that is, we all have a role to play. And, mine is to remind people who they are. And beyond that, I came this close to losing my soul. I've lost everything before. I grew up poor. I made a lot of money in my 20s and I blew it all because I was a bad guy and bottomed out and I lost everything.
I'm happy to be broke again. I was happy when I was broke. Once I restored my own honor, I'll lose all my money. I will not lose my soul.
And I don't think that you can go into Washington alone. I think it needs to be a real movement, where you have a lot of people coming in like- minded with you. When we restore these things, you're not going to need me. But when we restore these things — oh, I'd be happy to serve, I'd be happy — I mean this, I'd be happy to sweep the floors of the Capitol building when we restore these, and I would do it, gladly, for free.
CROWDER: And actually, we have one follow-up question to that from a charming young gentleman. Let's take a look.
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BILL O'REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: Hey, Beck, I got a letter from a guy named Justin, all right? And he says, quote, "Mr. Beck I have a proposition for you. I believe that you should run for president with Bill O'Reilly as your V.P. No more Dems or Republicans, it will be the bold, fresh party." So, Justin and I believe this letter was written on a paper bag with the crayon, wants me to be the V.P., the vice president, and you, Beck, to be the Big Kahuna. How misguided. How tragic.
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BECK: Bill — it's an age thing. I just, I have more stamina. I could serve a whole term.
BECK: Back in just a second.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, Glenn. My name is Ilene (ph). I'm from San Diego. I'm 24 and not an accredited Republican. And my question to is: how much hate mail or threatening letters do you get on a regular basis?
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BECK: You know what? Welcome back to the program. We're in New York and we have a studio audience and Steven Crowder, a Fox News contributor and very funny comedian. If you never seen him in person, avoid it like the plague.
BECK: Very, very funny.
But — so your question is about hate mail. I will tell you this: that I don't even know how much mail we get over here at Fox. But at my building here where I do the radio show, it takes three full-time people just to go through the mail every day. We get boxes and boxes. It's like, did you ever see the — did you ever see the "Miracle on 34th Street" where like, "put it on my desk." It's a little like that.
So, Steven is here with the studio audience, and, more questions.
CROWDER: Yes. We have a question from Robert, I believe, in the audience, up next.
BECK: There's Robert.
CROWDER: Oh, there you go. I'm sorry.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you. Glenn, I know there's a lot going on. One of the things that concerns me is term limits. Will this get put aside because of so many things going on?
BECK: No, yes —
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Will the parties stand for it?
BECK: No. I don't think either party will stand for it, and they should. I mean, let me ask you this: what happened right after FDR died?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Two terms.
BECK: Exactly right. He was in office four terms, gathered so much power. I mean, if you look and really study the FDR administration, it's the same thing. It's exactly the same thing.
And if you look before that, it was Woodrow Wilson that was doing the same thing. FDR was a master of manipulation. He died, they changed it immediately and say, no more, two terms, that's it, because the American people said, that was close. We were this close to a dictator. We've got to stop that from ever happening.
But why is it good for the White House and not good for Congress? It's ridiculous that we don't have term limits. And no party will do it.
The way — only way we're going to change things, the only way, the second week of April, I'm bringing in some out-of-the-box thinkers. I'm bringing this group together. One of the guys is from Freakonomics. One of them is Jon Huntsman. He's a billionaire entrepreneur.
We have — we have all of this group of people who are really out-of- the-box thinkers. They are not politicians. And we're going to take that giant budget, and throw it away. And start at zero.
Now, what does America need to spend? What do we need to survive? Let's redesign the government.
Well, everyone will tell you, well, that will never happen. Term limits, that will never happen. Oh, zero set budget, that will never happen.
Well, OK. Let me tell you this: I can guarantee you, if that doesn't happen, America doesn't survive. It doesn't survive. So, let's stop saying, oh, that will never happen, when we know collectively it's right. Let's find the people that will do it and the way we have to do it is grow them ourselves.
Right now, you don't have them, because we've taught all these people how to behave. We've told them character doesn't matter. We've told them, oh, you don't have to pay your taxes, we won't really do anything — stop teaching them that. Let's teach ourselves these three principles and turn ourselves around. George Washington will appear and we'll get it done.
But you are right on the money, Robert, right on the money. Term limits have to be done. Have to be.
CROWDER: And the question is actually from Stella E., still no last name.
CROWDER: "My question to you is, Glenn, why haven't you looked at the fair tax instead of the flat tax?"
BECK: I have looked at the fair tax. I believe in a flat tax because it's one page, period. The flat tax — the fair tax and I know, I mean, you want to talk about 5,000 hate mails, here they come — the flat tax, you're going to create the same system, because you have the ability to say, well, but this particular product, this product needs a little more tax and this particular thing, it needs a little less. This particular — no, no.
You pay 12.5 percent, flat. Period.
Everybody is — how much did you make? Take 12.5 percent away, send us a check, one page, no special interest, nothing. If you create a system where, well, this particular thing or this item or this category can be changed, it doesn't become fair. It becomes 80,000 pages. That's what we have now. We must make it impossible for those people to get into politics and go to Washington, and just turn dials, just turn a little, because it doesn't start out offensive.
Do you know when the federal income tax started — they said it would never, ever be over 7 percent at the top. Never. They said that because they said there would be a revolution in the streets. In six years, they went from 7 percent being never, to 75 percent.
Now, you can't have — you can't do that. You've got to make it very clear. How much did you make, deduct 12.5, send it in. Period. That's it.
CROWDER: Next question is Misty from Farmington. This is an important one. She says, "Glenn, how do we determine who are the progressives and who aren't? Because we need to know before the November elections."
BECK: This one is really, really simple. Are they for health care? Are they for cap-and-trade? Are they for bigger or smaller government?
Progressives, again, this is the — this is the way — this is the —
BECK: We're buying really cheap chalk. This is — this is like comedy chalk. It's like those birthday candles where you can't blow out.
This is the scale, OK? This is total government. This is anarchy. OK?
Our founders, when we first in 1776, they put us here. And it was too close. The Articles of Confederation, it was too close to anarchy and people started rising up and the states didn't trust each other and there wasn't enough government. So, what they did is they came back in 1791 and they put us here — very close.
By 1900, we were here. And we were — we've been moving this direction. I think, really, only Ronald Reagan, and I should say, Coolidge, moved us back this direction. But, I don't think we've ever come close again to the half-way point.
Now, what we're arguing, people say this is nuts. This area here — this is all libertarian zone. And, everybody says, oh, libertarianism, you can't do libertarianism, that's crazy. Yes, you can. You just need to be responsible. And you need to know we can't shut down the military and everything. You can't do that. It's taken us 100 years to create a government that is just about here.
You can't just in one day create a vacuum on the entire planet and say, "Oh, we're moving it here." You can't. It will collapse.
Back in just a second.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How is it that every night that you don't get blood shooting out of your eyes from (INAUDIBLE) to Nancy Pelosi.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm speechless. I think of 100 things to ask him a day and now, I got a camera in front of me and an opportunity, and it's all gone. Can I just thank him for everything he's done?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I love you, Glenn. I love you. I want to work for you. Give me a job!
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HALLIE(ph), VIEWER: This is Hallie from Greenwich, Connecticut. Glenn, what can we do as lay people to have a voice in the curriculum of history in our schools starting down in elementary school, but certainly, when you get to A.P. American history.
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BECK: We were having a fair tax argument here. And did you hear her question? What did she ask me?
CROWDER: I was busy, I was just — yes.
You want a piece of me?
BECK: Well —
CROWDER: By piece, he means he's bringing out security.
BECK: Exactly right. All right. Steven, next question.
CROWDER: Actually, I think we're going to a member of the audience.
CROWDER: The lovely Claudia.
BECK: Hi, Claudia.
CLAUDIA NELSON, AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hi, Glenn.
BECK: How are you?
NELSON: Claudia Nelson — have no fear about the last name. It's Kristen(ph) for "MomForAmerica.com." We are trying to fight the indoctrination of the school system on our children.
CLAUDIA: We are very concerned about that. I was wondering, what is the number one way you would advise us to go about that?
BECK: Oh, you're not going to this answer, home school. Are you a homeschooler? You are? Yes. I mean, what was nuts 25 years ago is essential today. The best thing you can do is try to convince your school district to go to original sources. Because once you go to original sources, there is no spin.
Oh, really? Really? Tell me about these men. Because I want to have their own words taught in school. What is your argument against that? Well, there is no context. No, their own words will provide the context. That is what needs to happen.
I'll tell you, I have sat with a group of college students that are from a university that only teaches original sources. These kids are off-the-charts smart. They can think in ways that I have never met other Americans that think this way.
I mean, it is incredible because they read the original sources and then say, "OK. Well, what does that really mean?" instead of having a textbook or a professor say, "No. This is what it means." I don't care what the guy with the pipe says, you know? I don't care.
Let me hear it from — I know what the people with the pipes will write about me. I know what the people at The New York Times and Time magazine — I have had the conversation with my children two years ago.
I knew what my life was going to be like when I started speaking out. And I talked to my kids and I said, "Please keep a diary because you need to be able to tell your children and the grandchildren who I really was. Because I know what history is going to say about me."
Get to the original sources. Read the actual words of the people. Steven?
CROWDER: Next question from Heather. She is 16 years old in Texas. "Glenn, do you think that we can get to the House and Senate to take my history exams?" Could we get them to take the exams?
CROWDER: And want to bet on their failure rate? They need the lesson more regularly than I do.
BECK: Can I tell you something? This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. There are — since I have been in television and talking to people that, you know, you have seen on television for years that are the icons of television. And then, also the people who are supposedly, you know, the leaders of our country.
You push them on things like the economy, on the Federal Reserve, on history, you can see there ain't nothing there. That is one of the things that I loved about Bill O'Reilly, when we first went on the "Bold and Fresh Tour."
I was on a plane with him, and we sat there and talked and I think everybody around us may have wanted to hang themselves because we just talked history back and forth. And, that guy knows history.
And that is what we need. And the people in Washington? No. They know how to position. They know how to read polls. Not all of them. Not all of them. But many of them know, you know, how to say the right things.
CROWDER: This one is from Robert, from Bound Brook, New Jersey, "Glenn I have grown very attached to the 'we the people' graphic that you had for the last year. Before you auction off the original, would you consider making a few million poster-sized copies an offering them for sale to your regular listeners?"
BECK: I would only if we could make the proceeds. There is the poster there. I would only if we could make the proceeds go to the 8/28 event, which the originals of these — I painted the originals of these.
And those are going to be auctioned off for the 8/28 event as well, which is the restoring honor in Washington, D.C., in August. And so I would put that up. We'll announce that on the show. We'll be right back in just a second.
BECK: We're back. "Ask Glenn Anything." It is — we get so much listener mail for questions and we thought we'd spend the night just asking those questions. So we have a studio audience here. And Steven Crowder, Fox News contributor, is here with us. What is the next — who has the next question?
CROWDER: Next one is Elaine, right here.
BECK: Hi, Elaine.
ELAINE, AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hi, Glenn, how are you?
ELAINE: I just want you to know I brought my daughter over from the other side over a year ago.
BECK: From the dark side, welcome.
ELAINE: Yes, from the dark side.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you.
BECK: That's good.
ELAINE: What I'd like to ask you is who are your favorite — really, your most favorite and least favorite presidents and why?
BECK: Washington, because he was indispensable. People trusted him. He was a man of honor and he served with honor. And I mean, I read the accounts of what he went through and how alone he felt at times. And I mean, the stories of George Washington — read the book, "The Real George Washington." You will weep and you will love this man.
Thomas Jefferson, because he was always searching for answers. I mean, brilliant man. And, never rested on his answers, never said, "This is it, absolutely." I mean, he later, after the French Revolution, came back. He was for it and then he went, "Oh, boy. I was wrong on that one." And I respect that of him.
Least favorite - Woodrow Wilson. Second least favorite, Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson is somebody that should be taught in every school. How many of us thought Woodrow Wilson was an evil guy?
OK. Who even knew (UNINTELLIGIBLE)? Who even knew Woodrow Wilson? And I started reading him and I'm like — I don't know. Whatever. The most evil — do you know that Woodrow Wilson — don't get me started on a Woodrow Wilson rant.
Woodrow Wilson — the last year, year-and-a-half in office, his wife ran the administration. He didn't let anybody in. She didn't let anybody in to see him. She would take his hand and sign the bills this way. I mean, evil, evil dude. I'm sorry, go ahead.
CROWDER: Next up is Mandy.
MANDY, AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hi, Glenn.
MANDY: What do you feel is the most misunderstood thing about you?
BECK: About me?
BECK: You know, somebody — a reporter asked that question to me today. That I am political. I don't like politics. I don't really care about the parties. I have no interest. Never have had any interest, politically speaking.
I only care because of September 11th. And then, it never came back. I expected that it would be weird for a while and then it would come back and it never did. And as it got weirder and weirder, I started looking into it more and more.
And I find myself in a place that I think any one of us, any one of us, if you were in my position, you would be doing exactly the same thing. I just find myself in this situation and I have no choice.
I don't want to do — I can't wait until it becomes normal. I hope to God it becomes normal again. And you know, I can go and we can have — we can go do entertaining shows and have fun and, you know, do things that are less stressful than all of this.
All right. Do we have time for one more question or are we going to take a break? We'll be right back.
BECK: Again, everything on the show is "Ask Glenn Anything." But I actually want to spend a couple of minutes here just asking you a question. I live in New York, which is like — do you remember in "Get Smart" the Cone of Silence, where it would come down —
OK. It is kind of like the Cone of Silence because when it comes down, you cannot hear anything that makes sense. And, I get lost from being in this bubble and this media bubble and everything else.
And I am not sure what it is that if you watch the show every night — what it is you wish we'd do more of. What is it we are missing? What is it — where are we missing it? Anybody? Has anybody watched this show? OK, you have one here. OK.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. Actually, I only watch the show occasionally. Maybe you do cover this and I just missed it. But yes, I guess — yes, I have a bunch of conservative and a bunch of liberal friends.
And when my liberal friends just start saying things or show a lack of awareness, I'm just sort of wondering how you talk to these people, just to begin to convince them or plant the seeds of doubt in their minds that they might be wrong. And I just don't know kind of where to start.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) it doesn't work.
BECK: Yes. I know. I know it doesn't — I know it doesn't work. I think that one is going to solve itself here soon. And it is really interesting how polarized we have become and I admit I am part of that.
In many ways, we all are. Because as we were going, I don't think we realized how far apart we were from some of these uber-left people. You know, I think we all thought, especially after September 11th, we are all basically the same. And there weren't people that were really trying to plot our demise.
I think the answer is again faith, hope and charity. Hope, when we just will be honest with each other. You know, the thing that changed my life was Thomas Jefferson and "Question with boldness even the very existence of God, for if there be a God, he must surely rather honest questioning over blindfolded fear."
If we can just get people to be honest and say, "Look, I was questioning George W. Bush. The thing on the border didn't make any sense. You're going to keep a security and leave the border open? That doesn't make sense.
Something was wrong and I was questioning back then — well, if you thought the government was growing too fast, too big and we were spending too much money back then, how does this make sense?
It doesn't. Please join us on common ground. We can disagree on health care, you know, and welfare and all that. We can disagree but we must purge the system of dishonesty. We have to at least be honest with ourselves. And, that is where it begins. Anybody else — yes?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How do we deal with the people who just are completely blind? I am talking about this people in Congress and the Senate. They are so out of it. How can these people not get it? It is almost like we should be interviewing them in front of a camera and asking basic principles of the Constitution and have them in front of the entire world to see how stupid they are.
BECK: See, that's a good question. How many of you — because I think you can get politicians on every show. And we don't do politicians. And we don't do guests, because usually, it takes a lot to get something out of a guest, et cetera, et cetera.
And I value your time. So, I don't want to do that. And politicians usually don't have anything new to — I can tell you exactly what they're going to say. So, do we — should we do more guests? Should we do more politicians? Yes or no? Let's — yes, we should do more guests and politicians. Wow. OK.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) put the camera in their face in Congress, saying, "This is what you voted on."
BECK: You have that. Have you seen the Web site where you have people saying they have asked all the members of Congress that they can get a camera in front of and say, "Where do you find this in the Constitution?"
They all answer the same way, "I don't know, we have people who will look into that." I don't know? And they can sleep at night.
CLAUDIA: When I ask people why they don't watch you, especially my sister who is a Democrat, the answer is, it is very negative. It is too negative. And the situation is negative.
CLAUDIA: That said, I think that with the cohesiveness of the tea party groups and everyone coming together, the people who want to go back to the original values, the faith, hope and charity — people are really starting to feel bonded together.
CLAUDIA: And the group is growing huge. There is actually a virtual march for April 15 for those who can't attend online that you can sign up for. And 190,000 people have already signed up for it.
BECK: Yes. I tell you, there is a lot of positive going on. And I don't know if you guys have noticed the change in our show in the last year. But last year was trying to figure it out.
This year is now, "What do we do?" And I would like to ask you, as an audience and I mean this sincerely. It is very easy to get distracted and pulled off of things. It is very easy especially when they are attacking you.
Because you immediately say, "No, I've got to correct that." I don't care any more. So I need your help to make sure that we stay on track because this is the answer. It is the answer.
And, I ask you, to help me by communicating with the show, being involved in the show. But also, even if you don't take these things and share them and say, "Hey, you've got to watch this DVR. You've got to watch this DVD of Glenn," or whatever, just make them your own.
And if there is somebody that won't listen because of who I am, just bring these ideas to them because we have got to unite with each other. And it is negative. But believe me, it's going to be much, much more negative if we don't act now. We'll be right back in just a second.
BECK: We just have to invite more audience members to come to New York and just have dinner with us one night. We don't have to have you on camera. I've learned a lot from you and I thank you very much.
I want to thank Steven Crowder for helping us out tonight. From New York, good night, America.
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