Glenn Beck: From Fries to Riots

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," September 14, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Hello America.

"Dolly's Lady Love" — The Globe. "Glenn Beck's Sex Tape Scandal and the Mystery Woman Behind It." Huh!

There's nothing like — there's nothing like walking in the grocery store and going, there's a sex tape out of me? I'll get to this later. Quite interesting. Of course, man has baby, too, on page 12.

All right — going to be a wild ride tonight because we end up here, but that's not the weird part. Believe it or not, I, tonight, am going to take you from French fries to riots and I'll show you how we go from French fries to global unrest. It's — I like to call them "Friots."

How in the world do we — do we get to global mayhem from a tasty side?

Well, we have to start — maybe it's the mystery woman — with Michelle Obama, who is talking now about how to fight childhood obesity. Watch:


FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: But I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love. That could mean serving 1 percent skim milk. Or you could make healthy sides like apple slices or carrots the default choice in a menu and make fries something customers have to request.


BECK: That is such a good idea.

Now, my first thought when she's talking to the NRA was — she was speaking to the NRA? — and then I realized it's the National Restaurant Association. That makes a little more sense.

When I heard this, I thought, get your damn hands off my fries, lady. If I want to be a fat, fat, fatty and shovel French fries all day long, that is my choice. But, oh, no, not so fast anymore, because now, we have the new fact, whether you like it or not, we have government health care now.

Well, what does that have to do with French fries? Did you miss the show about a year and a half ago? Because the nation's health care costs are directly tied to the government and obesity is one of, if not the most costly conditions costing you and me now, at least $150 billion a year.

You know those fat people that sit on their couch and I mean really fat, I mean, not like me — I mean the people who like their skin grows into the couch and then, you know, they call the fire department and they cut them out of the wall and then they have to bring in the truck and then they take them to the hospital? I say let them die. I say, punish the person who's been bringing them the milk shakes that allowed them to eat and not get up off the couch. Maybe — am I too harsh?

You can make the argument now that government has a vested interest in intervening and keeping the costs low — have to, it's for the good of all of us. But they know coming out and banning things like French fries not really going to go over well.

Have progressives ever done that before? Oh, yes, thank you for asking. Yes, they have and it's a good thing we have our little time chart, because if you know history, you're going to be able to remember.

Let's see 1920 — it's the 18th Amendment. What is that? That is Prohibition. Oh, people are just too stupid, a lot of alcoholics, you know? Yes, thank you. A lot of alcoholics, it's best for society if we say, just say no to booze.

Well, that worked out well.

By the way, one of my favorite movies, "The Untouchables," ever see that? That's great. Uh-oh, wait a minute, that had something to do with this. Yes, that's right. From 1920 to 1933, we had Prohibition, no booze.

Yes. It didn't work out well. Remember, Sean Connery? "You got to choose. What are you prepared to do?" Remember that? Yes.

It didn't work out well. So, now, we can't just ban things. No, we've learned from history, so we have a new approach. Now, we don't ban — no, no, we nudge. We can just nudge people. Yes. Yes.

What is a nudge? Oh, look at this book, it's "Nudge."

See what nudge is, is instead of banning it, you'll just have to special order French fries or hide them, keep them off the menu. You have to request, do we have French fries? Oh, yes, we do. You don't want those tasty, yummy carrots? No, uh-uh. Fries.

So the default option on the menu would be carrots or yummy apples. Well, it will make it harder, more inconvenient to order.

Now, where did she get the idea? Man, where would she get that idea? Huh, 2008 book. What's it called? "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness." Oh, my gosh, it's written by Cass Sunstein. Isn't he the regulatory czar? Yes.

In it he defines things like "pure choices." So, technically, you're still free to choose, you can do it. Yes. Yes.

You know what's weird, on the very first page of this book of "Nudge," do you know what the example is? I love this. It is such a great example here, it's an example of the cafeteria and a worker who says, maybe we should put carrots at eye level for the kids and French fries kind of out of the way so nobody sees them.

Oh. Now, I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Michelle used the same example as the book and this is definitely not Cass Sunstein, a hatched plan from our regulatory czar. No.

And surely, it's just another coincidence that there's an ad campaign. Oh, you're going to love this. An ad campaign is now being launched in Washington, D.C., this week and it's sad — kids, look out — it's against McDonald's. Here it is:


ANNOUNCER: High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks. Tonight, make it vegetarian.


BECK: By the way, that's not an ad for McDonald's in case you missed that. The hamburger in a dead man's hand. Yes, hamburgers kill. I just thought the Hamburglar stole stuff. He steals your life.

So, now, for those people who don't laugh at that ad — you know, they're going to be nudged. They're going to say, I want the carrots!

But for all normal people — but remember we're Homer Simpson — the nudge isn't going to work. I mean, as tempting as carrots are over fries, people are still going to choose French fries. And if you put creamy nacho cheese sauce like Velveeta, or whatever that cheese is, that's almost 50 percent plastic, oh, you can charge me double.

All right. So, then what? Well you're going to have to tax. You're going to have to make it more and more difficult. But when those options don't work, how do you get people to stop eating French fries? Because French fries still beat carrots. What's left?

Well, now, you have to start thinking about punishments, maybe a fine, maybe even jail.

But it always starts with a nudge. That's why I say this man's the most dangerous man in America, because how can you really argue about giving kids healthier foods and more carrots? What kind of fat human being are you? Yes, it sounds good enough on the outside so nobody pushes back because — who is against healthy kids?

It's happening right now though in another field. Uh-oh, are we getting a step closer to our "friot"? Yes, French fries to riot.

Next stop — boop, boop — kids medicine. Kids meds! Yes.

Now, we all know Tylenol can kill kids. Yes. So can Benadryl, especially if you're using it as a nighttime medicine. So, you know, kids go — zzz. It can kill.

But you can't ban that stuff. No, no, you can't do that because people would say your children's Tylenol, I have to have a prescription? Yes, yes, a prescription now. Don't ban it, just make it more difficult for stupid people like Homer Simpson to get.

But, if the media would bother to investigate and shine the light on the person I call the most dangerous man in America, then perhaps the American public will feel a little differently. Because these two stories — the fries and the children's Tylenol — been running all day today. But nobody's talked about Cass Sunstein and where this all leads.

Well, is a news site I started because of people like Cass Sunstein. The media ignores this guy and he has more power than perhaps even the president of the United States, because he is going to make all the regulations of these new 2,500-page laws.

I've hired journalists. I've hired journalists that are objective and they go out and they cover the stories the mainstream media drops the ball on.

Well, today, there was a three-part series on Cass Sunstein on and I want you to listen to what this man is saying. First of all, he treats Americans like lab rats. He doesn't believe that we're capable of making pure choices on our own. You're too stupid; people are Homer Simpson. You're too stupid or incompetent.

Listen how Cass Sunstein describes the average American citizen:


CASS SUNSTEIN, OBAMA REGULATORY CZAR: We think that, as my co-author, Thaler and I, that there's a little Homer Simpson in all of us. Sometimes we have self-control problems, sometimes we're impulsive and that in these circumstances, both private and public institutions, without coercing, can make our lives a lot better.

Once we know that people are human and have some Homer Simpson in them, then there's a lot that can be done to manipulate them.


BECK: That's great.

Oh, did you catch that last line? "Once we know that people are like Homer Simpson, there's a lot we can do to manipulate them." Oh, I feel so warm and fuzzy inside.

Gang, this is the way the progressives view you. They have since the turn of the century. Since Teddy Roosevelt started the progressive party. Pete Stark and the other progressives, remember that guy who was like, yes, little person, yes, you worry about the Constitution — remember that guy? The congressman from California. He had that I'm better than you attitude and almost everybody in Congress has that attitude. That is the progressive attitude. They believe that you are stupid like Homer Simpson and the government administrators need to hold their hand — your hand — from cradle to grave.

Free market is bad because it allows us to make decisions and you are stupid and that's why the government is the answer. You got it?

All progressives from Margaret Sanger, who wanted to reduce the number of undesirables — meaning minorities; Woodrow Wilson, who was the biggest racist of all; Walter Lippmann, who thought we could breed a smarter voter through eugenics; Teddy Roosevelt himself talked about this, African-Americans, quote, "were a perfectly stupid race that can never rise to a very high plane."

You take those guys at the beginning of the century and you go all the way to today.

Al Gore, what are you if you don't believe in global warming? I mean, besides right. You're a Holocaust-denier. Unless you agree with them and their solutions, you will be destroyed.

And with global warming, what did they do? If they can't nudge you into it, if they can't propaganda you into it, if they can't scare you into it, they just take your choices away.

You probably know that we are not going to have incandescent light bulbs in the United States in 2012. I hate fluorescent lights almost as much as Woodrow Wilson. By 2012, you're not going to be able to buy them.

Now, did you agree to that? Did the free market agree to that? No, no. The free market likes incandescent light bulbs, but the government is the answer, you're too stupid, you'd keep buying them. So, they just took them away. Yes.

By the way, that wasn't Barack Obama that did that, that's the progressive side of George W. Bush. He did it over a Christmas holiday.

So, I said at the beginning of the program that we would go from fries to riot — "friots." OK? We're at kids meds.

Well, Cass Sunstein wrote the book "Nudge," and it is behavioral psychology. And the ideas in it and are being heavily used by the president and the first lady. I mean, he's the regulatory czar.

But Cass didn't write this book alone. Here it is. In fact, the first name on the book is Richard Thaler. Thaler has just met with British Prime Minister David Cameron. And it was more than just a meeting, really. Cameron thinks so highly of the ideas in this book "Nudge" that he has made the book required reading for all shadow cabinet members who call themselves the "nudge team."

Among their tasks: Encourage people to quit smoking and to eat more healthily without having to implement rules — convince them to do it. They're dumb.

But this isn't the first dabbling in behavioral psychology for Cameron. He basically lifted all of the campaign slogans from Obama's 2008 campaign. Are you ready for change? Yes. Change. A year for change.

But different kind of change I think than what we have over here — or is it? I know the people in England who may be watching me now, they learned to change a lot. Yes. I think the people in England are kind of like us, they just want to survive. They want to make massive cuts.

Nobody wants to change, but they're willing to if it means their country is going to survive. But how do they cut? Because their government spent too much — how do they do that? They have too many entitlements — how do they do that?

Businesses are too heavily regulated. Government health care is too expensive. It's collapsing. Patients over there are drinking water from plants.

Too much spending, too much regulation, government health care, too many entitlements — wait a minute, are any of these things sounding familiar? Those are all the things that Barack Obama is pushing us into while the rest of the world is trying to get out of it.

Isn't that weird?

Do you remember Donald Berwick, his new chief of Medicaid and Medicare Services here in the U.S.? He said he was in love with Britain's health care. But he also said this. Listen:


REPORTER: Berwick knows that most of the politicians and most of his colleagues say that a single health care system is nonstarter in the U.S. They argue that Americans with health insurance won't go for limits on where or when they can get care. Berwick points to a Dartmouth College study two years ago that says the best quality care is in areas with a minimal number of hospitals, labs and doctors.

DONALD BERWICK, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES CHIEF: If, as a country, we can sort of wake up and give up this belief that more is better, we would have a rational supply of care exactly where we need it and not be wasting on oversupply. These are answers. They're just not answers we're willing to swallow quite yet as a country.


BECK: Can I tell you something? He is so right. I know, I was out in Wyoming and Idaho and Alaska the other day, and I thought, man, if I got a big problem, I hope I can go to the hospital here, maybe in Montana!

We are running into the fire that the people in England are trying to escape out of. It's becoming more and more clear that massive government doesn't work. So, why are we running towards us?

For us to get from French fries to riots, you have to understand that it always begins with a nudge. But that's not where it ends. You see, we have seen them nudge before.

We've seen — here is ACORN. They're nudging the banks to give more loans. We see SEIU nudging bank executives right on the lawn trapping a son inside.

And when the nudge doesn't work, then you'll see this from SEIU, a nudge becomes a shove.

The first lady has started the nudge on hamburgers and French fries. There's an ad that is also nudging.

But what happens when that nudge doesn't take it far enough to where the — you know, the non-Homer Simpsons, those people who are smarter than you and me, you know, Mayor Quimby and the special interest Mr. Burns decides the nudge hasn't taken Homer Simpson and his family far enough.

Well, that's when Homer starts to feel not a nudge, but a shove. And that's where we start to go to the "friots." You're beginning to see this now in Europe, and most recently in the U.K. I'll show that to you next.

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