'Glenn Beck': Manifest Destiny, Nancy Pelosi and the Ground Zero Mosque

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," August 18, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Hello, America.

Tonight, and the next three nights, I want you to DVR this program because there is a lot to do and there's a lot of stuff to — there's a lot to learn and we're finding it in a whole bunch of really old dusty books.

This is a Smithsonian report from 1885 that we're going to talk about tonight. This one is from 1882 — history that has been completely lost or erased.

Why would I spend an hour on a news network to share this with you? Because if we don't understand our past, we're never going to be able to understand our future — and there are people that use our past or erased our past for reasons.

We've got to get to the bottom of it and we have to see if there's any pattern that we can find — any pattern at all — that will help us navigate the waters that are laying ahead of us.

So, let me start — instead of in history, let me start here with Nancy Pelosi today. She is now calling for an investigation in to those who stand in opposition of the Ground Zero mosque.

Wait a minute. What?

She wants to know how this opposition is being funded to make it a political issue. Watch:


SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: There's no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join the — those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded.


BECK: OK. So, in this one story, you have religion and government coming together, I believe. For what? For power. And they're trying to tie in commerce. How can government and religion and commerce all come together? Is that something you should be concerned about?

I mean, let's just — let's get beyond the surface. I mean, sure, the only way people could possibly be both emotional and questioning the wisdom of building a mosque next to the site where radical Muslims killed thousands of innocent Americans, would be if they were paid to care about it. Really? That doesn't make sense. And you know why? Because it isn't the truth.

This isn't about the truth. Much of what's happening in America hasn't been about the truth in a long, long time. It's only been about politics. And when I say that, America, understand I mean both the Republicans and the Democrats. It's what we're all sick of.

It's why Barack Obama could win on the call for change, because we wanted an honest conversation. We wanted real transparency.

When did questions become bad or unreasonable to ask can in this country? It's not — it's not reasonable to look into the beliefs of a particular group of people trying to build a mosque and dedicate it on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero? That's not reasonable?

It's not reasonable you would — you think it's more reasonable to look into people who are questioning that than questioning and looking into who's financing this very expensive mosque.

How about this question: What are the beliefs of the imam behind it? What does the Cordoba Project mean? Do you know? Look up Cordoba, Spain, and Islam. What does the Cordoba Project mean in New York? What — are there any connections to the spread of Sharia law with this particular organization?

Those are reasonable questions.

Americans are being pitted against each other for those who want power. We are being pitted against each other. And it's not for your purpose or my purpose. We can disagree on things. But those are reasonable questions.

Republican, Democrats, conservative, liberal, black and white — we can all come together and search for truth, but not unless we are asking honest questions.

You have to really want the answer — not the answer you're looking for, but really want the answer. And if we don't start looking for honest answers — look, you know how I feel about Barack Obama. But do you really not think that if it turns out he's right, that he is — you know, he was pretending to be a Marxist to gather up all the Marxists in one place and then get them out of the — whatever the story is, if he really, if it turns out that he is all of a sudden a magic genie and the economy is fixed, do you really think that I wouldn't recognize that? You must have a very low opinion of me. And I know many do.

But I would be the first to happily say that I was wrong. Why? Because it would be good for the country. Quite honestly, it would be good for me. You don't think — I mean, I know everybody says, "Oh, Glenn Beck makes so much money." You don't think I'd make more if we were doing well as a country? Of course.

We have to have these conversations or we're never going to break out of the boxes that we are being placed in right now, because we are. Democrats and Republicans, independents, white, blacks, all of us are being put in boxes. And we're only brought out for power.

The next three days of this program, I want you to DVR it. I want to challenge you. I want you to learn history that you have not known, that you, quite honestly, I think you're going to be a little hacked off with — for several reasons.

First, you're not going to believe me. Then you are going to say, well, hang on — as you do your own homework — wait a minute, how come I don't know that? Then they're upset at somebody else.

You're going to be watching this program — if I've done my homework and I've done it right, half of the audience is going to be upset at me on one part and they'll be cheering for me in another part. They won't believe that I'm saying that. And you'll just switch places with people. That's because the truth shall set you free, but it's going to make you miserable first.

Race relations and civil rights in America — the next three days, you will learn things that you didn't know. No matter which side of the aisle you happen to be on, you'll be hacked off in a few minutes of this program. I guarantee it.

But I want you to remember a phrase and it's this: "No pain, no gain."

I know you've heard it before. You have to push yourself physically. It makes your muscles hurt. No pain, no gain. Why? Because as you are pushing, they tear your muscles and then they grow back stronger than they were before. Clearly, I don't live by that motto in the physical sense. But I do in another sense.

I push myself. I read things that — excuse my language — piss me off. I read things and I actually seriously consider them. I try to prove them — I don't hire a bunch of "yes" people on my staff. I hire "no" people, but open-minded "no" people.

Yes — believe it or not — I have liberals. And some of my best friends are liberals. But they're honest. And they challenge me. I like that. I want to know the truth.

Our understanding of America has to be challenged. If we're going to get out of this, we have to challenge what we think we know. We have to push our understanding of America farther than it has ever gone before in order for it to grow, expand and become stronger.

At the end of your journey, you will either hate America or you will know why you love America. That should be your goal.

My search for that — to expand my understanding — came from a couple of things. First of all, the first thing I wondered was: How the heck did we get here? How did we get here? How is it that we are in a country that had all this great history and now, we're at each other's throats? We're broke. How did we get here?

Second question: Why are there so many people that are Americans that hate America? We can't both be right. Or can we?

When you truly try to find answers to these questions, you're going to come across some things in America's past that won't exactly make you spontaneously erupt in singing Lee Greenwood songs, but you'll also be equally amazed at how — how it all came together — the brilliance and the power behind it. They're not mutually exclusive. It's the same story of America, just two sides of it, two different time periods, two different phases that come and go.

But so many people don't know our history and that's why it puts them in to one of a few groups.

First group is: People who just love America and they wave the flag and they shout "USA, USA, USA!" But they don't really even know the history. They don't know why. They refuse to look at
— "Well, you don't know about America!" — but they refuse to look at the dark side of America. They just love it.

There's nothing wrong with this innocent love of your country, except when it's in trouble. It's of no help. It's of no use. You have to know why you love it.

Then there is another group — another group of people that think America is just nothing but a greedy, evil empire. Now, these people just hate it for some — for no reason. Not all of them. They just hate it. But do they know? Will — are they willing to look at the good side?

Did you know that Frederick Douglass, he hated the Constitution. He thought the Constitution was a bad thing. He thought it enslaved people until he read it. Then he came out and he had to apologize and he said, my gosh, this is the greatest thing ever.

That is honest questioning.

Then I think there's a small percentage — I don't know, maybe it's growing — maybe 30 percent? — of people in America that just live here and they don't care. They could be in Sweden. They could be in Canada. They don't care. They're apathetic. They're clueless.

Those people are trouble because you got to believe in something. They'll just swing with the wind.

I think the good news is, there's a growing segment of people out there who are following me on a journey and following others on a journey and they're learning. They're learning history. And they understand that America was not perfect and is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.

Do you feel it? You're coming out of your child-like love for America and you're becoming an adult. You can recognize, yes, horrible things have happened in this country. But you can also recognize with a better understanding of the good things that happened. You realize that America had bad — you know, bad mistakes in its past but it's still the best thing out there.

I wanted to make sure that I wasn't in one of the first groups. I was in the last groups.

Well, there's an important part of history — an important part of history that I hadn't really looked at. And it is the whole civil rights things — because you think you know what it is. You think.

You've heard the stories. I mean, you know, some guy signed a document on a — you know, certain date, and, you know, you heard about the men who risked being publicly hanged or losing their homes to their families. They lost every dime they had. Then, you heard stories about slavery. Then, you heard stories about the chants of freedom and Abraham Lincoln.

History is the story of individuals all throughout time — all throughout time. But until you start to connect those stories and look for patterns — and the pattern is: Man's struggle to be free from an oppressor, whether it's Jews in Egypt or the Americans against the British or the African-American against the slave owner.

History is not a collection of dates and names. It's a story of who we are, who we were: the good, the bad and the ugly.

So, how did America — the people we are now — arrive here?

Well, I believe it was through Divine Providence. But I also believe it's through Manifest Destiny. Hmm.

If you think those two things are the same, they're not. Divine Providence and Manifest Destiny — one is good; one is really, really evil.

You see, I happen to believe in good and evil. I believe in God and Satan. You may not. You may just think good and bad. But if you do, will you go with me down this road for a second?

Have you ever noticed that Satan never destroys things? He instead perverts them. He corrupts them. He corrupts the soul — dare I say, fundamentally transforms things.

He didn't go in. He could have — he could have gone in and tried to pulverize Adam and Eve — kill 'em! But he didn't. No, he didn't. He, instead, he tricked them. He deceived them and allowed them to corrupt themselves.

Manifest Destiny is a perversion of Divine Providence.

Let me show you. This is my theory we're working on in the next couple of days.

Here's my theory — my theory is: When a man tries to live in accordance with nature's God and nature's law — as it's spelled out in the Declaration of Independence — and works for betterment of man — man, an individual and free you — God helps. However, when man seeks power and riches by using nature's God or nature's laws in conjunction with others seeking the same — power and riches — God withdraws and evil masquerades as good.

It's the perversion. Pervert it.

So, Divine Providence happened here: This is what was happening in America between 1740 and 1830. The beginning of the end, I think was Andrew Jackson. This is a theory.

Right now, there are history professors, like — what? We'll get in Andrew Jackson at some other date. Oh, yes, that will be another rating bonanza.

Until the Founders started dying off, until they started dying off, they recognized what they had accomplished and they recognized that it wasn't because of them. George Washington — they all said things like this — Washington said no people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. They all said something like that, that God had a hand in it.

Why? Divine Providence works like this: You just try to do the right thing. You try to live your life. You're just trying to make the world a better place, but just with you. You're trying to do — and all of a sudden, you'll start to see people, you start gathering people. And then, you'll — somebody will say, did you see that? How did that happen? That's a miracle.

That's Manifest — that's Divine Providence. That's God helping you along.

Manifest Destiny is, get out of my way, my way or the highway, because I'm on a mission from God. That is Manifest Destiny. That's Woodrow Wilson. That's Andrew Jackson. That's not George Washington. It's different.

Now, Jackson I want you to understand — Manifest Destiny, was it named Manifest Destiny until 1845, but Andrew Jackson, I think, was the seed. He was the guy throwing the seeds in the ground.

Manifest Destiny is less of walking humbly and praying for guidance. It's mission from God stuff. We're doing it whether you like it or not.

Manifest Destiny — it was used to justify some unbelievably horrible things to people, such as Native Americans — Native Americans.

Here's a book, this is from 1885. This talks about the mysterious similarities between mounds in America, mounds in America, Indians and the Chinese. This one says there are similarity to ancient artifacts from other part of the world and the American Indian. But they have no idea what it even means.

This one is ancient. This is from 1883, I think — 1891. This one is just about how the Indians are ancient. They're not savages. But most of this stuff was erased and hidden.

And I'm going to show you some things in a few minutes that will boggle your mind. Get ready to flex your American knowledge muscles. And, oh, yes, Manifest Destiny, helped justify the expansion into the West. Why?

What does this mean? You know what this is? You might remember this in history books as a kid. This is Columbia. Here she has the wire and they're laying the railroad and they're moving out west. OK? This is Manifest Destiny. God is leading the way.

Well, who did they take the land from? How did this all happen?

It's the same formula. I have been looking for the last — I don't know — few years for patterns in history. Show me the patterns because they always repeat themselves. History repeats itself. So, what are the patterns?

Well, here's the recipe for transformation and this is either a good thing. This half is bad. This can be a really good thing.

When a — when a country has science, for instance, Ben Franklin, huge into science. He was the leading scientist in the world in his day. Government, this is Thomas Jefferson. Commerce, Alexander Hamilton. Religion was Sam Adams.

When you combine these things and their checks on each other, you're OK. But once these things start to collude for power, that's manifest destiny and it is evil.

When you have, for instance, the government wanting to expand, commerce saying, well, we're going to expand, too, because we need to make more money, we need more land. And you get the scientists to confirm that Native Americans are just savages, and religion — religion playing their role, saying, "Yes, the sons of Noah, some people aren't quite human." When you have this colluding for power, you're in trouble.

My thesis is — you want to know how this happened?

This country went wrong, I think, at the death of our Founders. Now, we have to have periods of brilliance, periods of awakening and enlightenment. Abraham Lincoln is one of them.

Awakening and enlightenment — that is our goal. What sets off that period of awakening and enlightenment? What happened? What happened to the Indians? What happened to the Chinese? What happened to the African-Americans?

How did all of this happen? Is our country — are we just a bunch of racists? Is that all we are?

No, it's much different than that.

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