Glenn Beck: End of the Beginning for Tea Party

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," September 15, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Hello, America.

Just about a year and a half ago, I went on the air with one goal in mind and I can't believe that how much things have changed. You remember, I was in this studio — it looked a little different back then — and I wanted to remind people: Wake up, wake up! And remember the one thing that I think you had forgotten: that you're not alone. That you have them surrounded.

And what I meant by that was not that the conservatives have liberals surrounded or the Republicans have the Democrats surrounded. What I meant — and what I mean tonight — is this: That the average everyday mom and dad and small business owner who lives their lives with the values and the principles of common sense, you have the establishment, the progressive out-of-control government, the politicians from both sides of the aisle, surrounded. The people who actually pay their taxes and don't spend more than they earn.

Which one was it? Was it the people that believed in the Constitution or the out-of- control bureaucrats who can never tell the truth, it seemed?

Well, then, Rick Santelli went on and he expressed frustration at the government, we're rewarding what he called bad behavior, without the mortgage bailout. He said there should be a Tea Party. Wow, he said a mouthful, because that's where it started. He and the rest of America probably never envisioned a day like yesterday happening quite so quickly.

Remember, I told you that you — this was the last — what was it, June maybe, or July? I told you, I said, there's a cycle and you think that you're defeated because they keep moving forward, but you're — you've won! You've won. The Tea Party candidates racked up more victories last night, this time in Delaware and the New York primaries.

Everybody in the media is talking about Delaware and New York and that's great. But they missed the complete story. It is not solely about these candidates who won in New York and Delaware. They may be great. They may stink on ice. I don't know. I leave that up to other people to take care of on the other shows. I'm not voting in either New York or Delaware.

These guys are just the latest.

It has happened over and over and over again. And yet, the Tea Party keeps being dismissed. In Alaska, Joe Miller beat Senator Lisa Murkowski. But he did more than that. He ended a three-decade family dynasty. Lisa Murkowski's dad was a senator from 1981 until 2002. Then he was governor.

In Utah, Mike Lee emerged and incumbent Bob Bennett was ousted. Bennett was seeking his fourth term even though he originally only promised that he'd serve two terms and then he'd quit. He served 18 years.

Kentucky Rand Paul defeated Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson. Paul won with about 59 percent of the vote.

The Tea Party is a force.

When has something like this happened in politics before? Can you remember a time, because I can't.

It is amazing. No matter how much money, no matter how much the media throws over and over and over again, the tea parties grow bigger and bigger and the media and the politicians in Washington don't see it.

I don't know why I'm surprised. Time didn't even run picture of tea parties in "The Year in Pictures" last year. You remember that? But I don't know how you can miss it now.

Look what you have done. You have — you've done the impossible. You've gone — in 18 months — from feeling helpless to a powerhouse that my favorite line in the Drudge Report was this morning and it said, "Establishment Freaked."


You've done all of this against all of the special interest forces of the establishment. Many times running candidates who — I mean, you want to talk about don't have a traditional political pedigree. I mean, a lot of these people are just simply awful on the campaign trail.

But you'd rather have somebody who's not a good politician, but has some common sense. These are regular moms and dads, plumbers, bakers, shop owners. You did it.

And when I said, "You did it," I don't mean you won this election. Last night, you won the election. But this isn't mission accomplished. There's a mighty battle going on. I just wanted to take a moment and say — look at this.

Again, can you show — can you show the Drudge Report? I love this. I saw this, this morning when I got up, and I celebrated right here. "Establishment Freaks." That's fantastic!

Remember — what were all the hippies said in the 30s, "Don't trust the establishment, man"? Oh, you guys have sold out so far, haven't you? Yes. Maybe it's all the dope you smoked.

Anyway, the establishment GOP and they're just the beginning really, it's not just the GOP, the Democrats are freaking as well. The media is freaking out. They've got to figure out a way to stop the tea partygoers, because you're winning and they have all the power, so they thought.

Well, the establishment GOP, being the elitist that they have become, underestimated their power against the tea parties. And here's the great news: So do the Democrats.

The GOP — the GOP is like Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV." Yes, I'm going to the "Rocky IV" well here. Everybody thought he was invincible. He couldn't lose — until Rocky landed a punch that cut the Russian — you know what I'm saying — changed everything.

The GOP didn't believe it was possible to beat the machine that they had built. And now they realize it. And now, they're freaking out. They don't know what to do.

I don't know anything about Christine O'Donnell, because I don't vote in Delaware and the political analysts on this network are far superior than I am.

I look at the big picture. Faith, hope and charity is what I'm working on now and 8/28. But I find it interesting that the establishment is yelling at her, calling her nuts, saying that she — oh, she hasn't paid a bill! Really?

I wonder if anybody in the media will look at her opponent in the general election, Chris Coons. Does the word "progressive" come to mind? Dare I say it, Marxist. Someone should look into him.

They're also saying that she will cost the Republicans a seat because they think she will lose the general election. Well, I got to tell you something: First of all, the guy we just got rid of was, that was a Republican? Really?

It's not about Republicans or Democrats. I could care less — I couldn't care less about the Democrats or the Republicans. It is about values and principles. And if the GOP was so concerned about the seat, why until today were they refusing to support her in the general election? I'll tell you why — because they only care about their own power. And these people are a threat to the power, the little system that both parties have set up that George Washington warned us about.

Well, there is good news: There was so many complaints that were pouring in to Washington and the GOP — they were not stupid — they started looking at it going, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. The GOP has backtracked and now, they're going to back her.

Yet another victory for the Tea Party.

You have done it. And you have done it right way. You haven't globed on to some labor union. You haven't tied yourself to big money or special interest groups — you're moms and dads.

Despite what Nancy Pelosi says, this is a legitimate grassroots movement that didn't try to trick the American people into a — into general jingoistic name for their groups, like Americans for Successful and Happy America, to hide behind. You have done it. Really, the way that the name suggests, Center for American Progress or Center for the American Way — those names suggest really this: Honesty, decency, just people coming together.

It is the equivalent of David and Goliath. You're up against everyone in this country that has power and you won! Because you are upfront about what you believe.

See, I have this crazy little notion that if you just tell the American people the truth, they will sense it. If you're lying to them, it will eventually come undone and then you are toast. But you made your case to the American people and the people are responding. Wouldn't it be great if everybody in both parties did the same?

The progressives who think the Constitution is outdated — hey, why don't you honestly say that? Why don't you — instead of dancing around fancy words. You know why you don't? Because you can't, because you know the American people won't go down that road. So you just smoke your pipe and come up with fancy ways of saying it that people don't understand — or so you think.

But Thomas Jefferson was right. The American people may make mistakes, but they will figure it out and then they will correct it. And you're seeing the beginning of the correction.

Let's just have the debate, will you? Don't hide behind groups like Center for American Progress. Just say what you mean and mean what you say.

So, last night was a big victory. But what would Glenn Beck be if it wasn't for Glenn Beck being the buzzkill?

Let me say what I've been saying all along: This movement is bigger than any one election cycle. You cannot turn this ship, which the size of 1,400 aircraft carriers, around overnight. You can't do it in a week. You can't do it in a month, maybe not even a year. You're certainly not going to do it with one election.

It took progressives 100 years to get where they are today and there is much, much more to do.

I also think — remember the old adage that I've been saying to you, "The truth shall set you free, but first it will make you miserable." You may have real losses coming this next election season. You might, because the press is not going to do their job. It's going to be incumbent up to you and incumbent on you to get people out to vote.

Now, I don't care who you vote for, Republican, Democrat or independent. But our Founders knew that you were the stop-gap. When all three branches of government would fail, you would step to the plate. You've got to get out in record numbers. You have to make this a historic — a historic turnout.

So, here is what I think is the most important thing to do to be able to get people, because who is against this? Really, honestly. Limited government, run by "We the People," moms and dads and entrepreneurs and personal responsibility — who in America could possibly be against that?

Who's for big and global government run by special interests and keep bailing people out that are too-big-to-fail? What?

You're not talking to the Republicans. You are talking — all of these things. These things, they go limited, smart government that helps the people who really are in need. These things, Democrats want, too — not progressives, certainly not revolutionaries — but Democrats do.

So, now, here's the thing that you have to do. I think this is very important that Tea Party movement gets this. And I'm just speaking as an outsider here, kind of "Extreme Makeover: Tea Party Edition." Or better yet, have you ever seen this — I heard about the show. I haven't watched it. You've ever seen the show on TLC, "What Not to Wear"? That's what needs to happen.

I want to tread carefully here because I know the Tea Party movement, the 9/12 movement and 8/28, everything, based on principles. And I want to make sure that you understand clearly: If you change who you are, if you change or compromise your principles, you will lose. So I'm not talking about any of that.

I'm saying that maybe it's time to lose — oh, I don't know — the Statue of Liberty costume, you know?

Maybe no more dressing up, you know, with Abe Lincoln or, you know, putting the foam finger on your head or something like or the "Obama is a socialist" T-shirt. You might want to put it back in the drawer and let me explain why.

What was missing in all the coverage of 8/28? I mean, besides any facts. What was missing? Do you remember the build-up? All the hate that will be on display, all the racists, dishonoring MLK — well, it didn't seem to be any hatred there. The coverage was amazingly not about the crowd. Why?

Well, for a couple of reasons. One: that's not who you are. You're not haters. And two: the media — I don't know who suggested that maybe you leave the signs at home — the media wasn't given the opportunity to take anything out of context. There were no signs.

Sure, The Huffington Post tried to do the obligatory "look at all the crazy people at the event" photo slideshows — yes, this guy is crazy because he's wearing a red, white and blue shirt. These guys are crazy and out of touch. Don't they look like your neighbors? Crazy! The Founding Fathers? This is actually crazy. The Constitution.

These are actually from The Huffington Post. This is what they were left with, a shirt that red "Restoring Honor" to say that's crazy. I mean, who thinks that crazy besides Charlie Rangel?

It's very important that you understand the image — the image. Do what you want to do, but when you dust off the Statue of Liberty costume and wear it to a rally, guess who gets plastered on the front page of the news? You. And this is a problem.

I was in Seattle about a year ago and there were 10,000 people there. And as I was leaving, I saw somebody who was wearing a Statue of Liberty outfit. And I thought to myself, that's going to be the one person they pick — just to make you look like you're crazy. Guess what was in the Seattle P.I. the next morning? That one person.

See, here's the media's goal. Here is the establishment's goal — because I have news for you. GOP was the establishment that headline was talking about. But that's not the only establishment freaking out. The media is freaking out as well. Anyone who has power because — whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, we liked you being little serfs. And you're not being obedient.

Here's the latest from a new Web site launched for the sole purpose making you in to the crazy costume person, the racist or the conspiracy theorist. They are going to try to make you into anything that you are not. See, look at what they're doing. What are they doing?

By the way, who's behind this group? That's Think Progress — that is a left-wing radical website that is — I think — I'm pretty sure funded by Soros. NAACP is this, New Left Media and Media Matters. Can you count the number of times Soros was mentioned without saying his name?

They're trying to get the average person to look at these images on TV and say: OK, well, I'm not like that. I would never wear the pig nose.

I mean, that's the deal. They want you to walk away from these people, saying: That's not me. Because the average person — look, these are average people. They've never done this before. They've never done this before.

You cannot discredit the movement now. You've made it! You've made it. Dress normally. Take the signs down, because what we're talking about now are leaders of the free world. You have the character to do that. But they are judging you not on the content of your character but on your signs and your clothing.

And as much as my daughter says, "Dad, I don't care what people say about my clothing" — well, other people do. Other people do. Don't give the media even a chance to typecast you.

Don't bring your signs. Bring your children. Don't know you know the power of your children? Bring your family.

You're in the position of power now and you are witnessing the end of the establishment. You can win. Don't let the GOP or the media or the Democrats saying, you know, that a woman in Delaware can't win. They said she couldn't win the primary. Do you remember that one?

Just keep standing for the Constitution. Keep standing for your family, standing for personal responsibility, living your life with honor, common sense — not the parties.

And if you — if you take off the Statue of Liberty dress and you put the signs down, that will be the only thing the media will be able to focus on: The content of your character.

People will come, because the Democrats see it now as well.

You can't look like a bunch of disgruntled Republicans or disgruntled independents, because it's going to be disgruntled Republicans, independents and Democrats. That if we drop all the labels — the real label should be: It's a group of people that are Americans that are tired of being pushed into places that make no sense.

It's not going to be — it's not going to be long-lasting if you allow yourself to be labeled the "crazy t-shirt people." Be who you are — because who you are is amazing. Who you are is the people with power now. "We the People." Be who you are.

Because — trust me — the day I can get out of the media business, I'm going to take a long hot shower and try to get clean. It will be like a Lifetime movie for a while. I will be like, "I can't get clean!" The day I can get out of the media, I'm going to get out of the media.

Be who you are, because I have seen a lot in the media. And a lot of people in the media that work overtime just to make you look like something you are not.

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