This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," June 1, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK: Here's the message today: We're a nation divided and the entire system that we have built has been built to profit and prosper off our division.
I am not the guy to come to you and point this problem out. I'm kind of an imperfect guy. I generally have a loud mouth. But I have to bring you this message today that times are changing and so must we.
So, I am going to do my best to not be a loud mouth and find the things that unite us. Because here's the question that we have to answer — you have to answer first: Who am I? What do I believe? Who am I? Why do I believe it?
And then you have to answer the bigger question, which is: Who are we as a country? We have to decide that and we better do it quick.
I think it was the summer of 1969 that may have been the real turning point that led us here. I think we have the summer of opportunity again. I'm going to ask you this summer to help me correct the summer of 1969 — not correct it. Yes, correct it and then decide: Which are we? Which America are we?
This summer, this program is going to dedicate itself to correcting the Founders, the progressive era in the early turn of the century and the summer of '69.
It was about a month from now, it's actually a little deeper into summer — a warm summer night in 1969 that people gathered around their TV sets. Even those who weren't at home found a TV set and they gather around. This is a picture of — do we have it? A picture of people gathering at Sears, OK?
And all the pictures that we looked at today, all the boys have the haircuts over their ears and they all wore white shirts — and I know because I was one of those boys. I — I mean, I don't know about you, but I had the T-shirt for the moon landing. I saved it for a long time. It was a white shirt, had the big blue Apollo 11 logo on it.
I don't remember how, you know, old I was, or anything out that time. I mean — I can barely remember my wife's birthday or my name — but I do remember that night.
If you were alive you could probably smell the air. Americans and people all over the world gathered together and they watched. They watched this happen on a set like this. They watched in amazement what one country could accomplish. These are people watching it in Central Park.
I mean, anybody who is old enough to remember this knew that it was nine years before that we didn't even think it was possible for a man to go to the moon. And just a couple of years removed from sending monkeys in space. And at the time of JFK's moon project announcement, we could barely get a man into orbit.
And suddenly, now — less than a decade men — Americans — were walking on the surface of the moon. And NASA was sending us pictures of it into our living rooms. Television was new. We saw their footprints on the moon. It was unthinkable. Forty years later, if we decided to do this again, do you think we could get the done in nine years?
That's half the country that watched and said, my gosh, look what man in America with freedom can accomplish. But three weeks later, this was happening at a place in upstate New York, Woodstock. It was sex in the mud, drugs, rock 'n' roll, no values, no morals, no rules.
For three days, 500,000 people hedonistically celebrated everything that the people who are watching the moon landing thought was bad in life. And they did all under the banner of love. Whoa, man, you're harsh my mellow with the love thing. Yes, it was groovy at Woodstock.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't know, I don't think the orgies in the mud with people you met 15 minutes ago, you know, as country Joe is screaming the "F" word on stage is the basis for anything that's lasting in the happiness department.
But this was the summer that led us here. There were two major camps in America: those whose imaginations were captured by the spirit of adventure, innovation, ingenuity, the Apollo Project; and those who were the sex, drugs and anti-establishment mud people of Woodstock.
Which person are you? Which of the two events was the most important to you? Which one was the most important to America?
That question has been asked before. I'll show you the answer — next.
BECK: A house divided against itself cannot stand. And united we stand, divided we fall.
All right, we're a split nation. Well, what happened? I believe it was the summer of 1969.
Which event was more important — Woodstock, the summer of love, or the moon landing? They happened within three weeks of each other.
For me, anytime I would think of 1969, I think of the moon landing. I've never thought of Woodstock. I mean, loser city is what I think of. But I guarantee that most people in the Obama administration would say Woodstock over the moon landing.
I know this in 2000, what was it, seven senators, Senators Clinton and Schumer sponsored $1 million earmark for the Woodstock Museum. Let the dope-smoking hippies buy their own museum.
Influential hippie/terrorist/now-respectable Illinois educator, William Ayers, said this on the night Obama won the election. He said, quote: "It's one of those transcendental moments, like everybody my age thinks they were at Woodstock."
Anyway, this is a 65-year-old guy. Ayers said the election of the first black president "a huge blow against white supremacy" and a sign that culture wars of the 1960s were finally over. That means that he thinks that Woodstock won. And maybe he's right.
Let me ask the, you know, non-hippie, non-terrorist: Which event better represents who we are and who we want to be? Which one do you want your children to — which one pushes them into a better person and a better country? Because this is the split.
We're going to try to correct the history of the Founders, the progressives and the civil rights movement this summer. We're going to show how the textbooks have it all wrong and we'll show you in a way that you can check it for yourself.
I contend that America is comprised of people who said we can put a man on the moon and did — and also those who roll around in the mud.
Which one are you: The one who will fight for freedom to go to the moon and will think out of the box and accomplish amazing things or the one that thinks man should be rolling around in the mud and not reaching for the stars?
This is the fundamental question: Who are we?
But they have so distorted the history of the moon landing now at this point that it doesn't even — I mean, it's almost like it's a bad thing now that America — I don't — I don't know why. Maybe we left litter up there. I don't know why it's bad. It's like the military industrial complex, massive waste of money we could have used on welfare or something. I don't know. But we don't even look at that anymore. We study more about Woodstock.
This summer, not only are we going to restore the history of the Founders and the progressives and the civil rights movement and 1969, I will show you where our kids' textbooks have it wrong.
So, if you join me this summer and you commit with me to restore the right questions: Who are we? Who am I and who are we? By fall, your kids are going to be able to stand up for themselves and respectfully challenge the authorities. When your teacher says, well, that's — it says right here in the textbooks.
I actually had somebody get a question wrong in my hometown, a friend of mine. Their kid came back from school and said I got this question wrong. Where do the rights come from? They wrote "God." They got it wrong. Mom went to the school and brought the textbook and brought the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and said, maybe you haven't read these. Where do they get rights from?
Forty years ago, the 20-something said, don't trust, man, anybody over 30. OK. Let's remember that and say, let's change it a little bit. I think we shouldn't don't trust anybody over 60, if when they were 20 they said, don't trust anyone over 30.
And let's find out what we really believe and what the truth is — this summer, here on "The Glenn Beck Program."
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