Glenn Beck: Understanding Obama's Worldview

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," September 30, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Hello, America.

A quick personal note at the top of the show, because I think it sets the mood for where I'm at and where I think the country is headed.

Before I went on the radio show today, two of my producers said to me, "Something is happening to you." And I said, "I know, I can feel it. I'm changing."

My producer said, "It's 8.28." It is. It is 8.28. That did change me.

But I can't figure out exactly how or where I'm headed or where the country is headed. I do know that I've changed and I know that I'm not the only one. Next week, we're going to be showing you some people that — whose lives have already changed because of 8.28. They have taken the 40-day and 40-night challenge we've been asking you to do.

But there's two things tonight that I want to tell you before we get started. I keep feeling I'm going all John Galt. I have don't know if you've ever read the book "Atlas Shrugged," but you should if you haven't.

In the book, which is agonizingly long, John Galt just disappears and everybody says, "Where is John Galt?" He's a big industrialist and a leader, if you will, but not in a position of power. He just disappears.

I can't tell you how many people I talk to and said, "Man, I just want to go all John Galt but there is no place to go." There isn't. You are where you are supposed to be. There's no place to — no utopia that you can escape to and be free to live your life. That's why people came here on the Mayflower. That's why immigrants have come here for hundreds of years, because this was the last place where you could be free to create what you wanted to be, what you wanted to do.

However, I think there is a way and I'm just at the beginning of this journey, where people may ask, "Where is John Galt?" when they see you. They'll be talking about you. What happened to you?

Here is the way to go all John Galt: It's stop playing the game. Stop playing the game that everybody has set up. That's the first thing.

The second thing I wanted to talk to you about is — and we'll get into these, both of these next week — something else is happening. It was reported in The New York Times story that is coming out this Sunday, it is like, I dn't know, 50 billion-word story on me in The New York Times magazine. And in that article, it told the story about how I wrote Sarah Palin after I gave a speech with her in Alaska.

Sarah and I are friends. And sometimes, we write each other at 2 o'clock in the morning, which I don't know is like 5 in the afternoon to her. And we have just shared thoughts back-and-forth. I wrote her last week and I said, "Sarah, I'm not sure anymore if I'm doing more harm or more good."

And that's not entirely true. I hope, I'm trying to do good — but I'm stuck right now between places. For a while now, I have — I've told you this, I haven't wanted to do the show I'm doing. I haven't wanted to do the things, many of the things that I'm doing. At least not the way I'm doing them. But I have to change, like you, and evolve as we go.

I talked to a trusted friend about six months ago and he gave me I think some sage advice. He said, "Where would you — where would you run to?" I said, "I don't — I don't know."

He said, "To everything, there is a season. Continue. Continue for a season, because you don't ever run from something. You run to something." I thought that was pretty profound — not just for me, but also for you. I think all of us.

I don't know — I'm sure it's not just me. But I sense metaphorically that the leaves are changing. The seasons are changing. I don't know if we're headed into winter, or I hope into spring. But the leaves are changing.

So, what does that mean? Well, that means we hope and prepare for spring, but we also prepare for winter. We prepare by being good and decent. We prepare by being better than we were yesterday, as individuals. We prepare by knowing our facts, by knowing our history.

Don't allow anyone else — don't allow me — to tell you anything. And then you just take it as gospel, because it's not gospel.

Many of the things we tell you are facts. But some of the things are opinions. You have to have your own opinion.

Last night, I told you facts about Obama's upbringing. They are facts.

The reason why I tell you these things is because we have to know who people are so we can navigate and we know what we're dealing with. I can safely arrive at a conclusion — an opinion — of what is happening and how the president is making decisions if I really look at the facts.

Now, these facts are really well put together in this book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza. Everybody should read this book. It's now the number one selling book on And I think it's going to be that way for quite some time, because you must read it and pass it on.

But here's what we learned last night before we come to our own opinions and conclusions. First: Barack Obama's dad — Barack Obama's dad said this, "Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100 percent of income so long as the people get benefits from the government." You got it? So, in other words, they could take 100 percent if they want to as long as it's shared with everybody else.

Now, this was his father. His father was a Marxist — an anti-colonial Marxist — not the kind of Marxist that you found in the Soviet Union.

Now his mother, she was also anti-colonialist. She is Stanley Ann. She married Lolo Soetoro. He was a capitalist. But she didn't really know that. That's why he was sent away. He was sent away to Hawaii, to her — grandparents right here. This is Stanley Ann Dunham's mom and dad.

Grandpa decided that he needed a role model, somebody that he could really fashion his life after, a mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. This is Frank Marshall Davis' FBI file. It's pretty intense.

So, this is the dad's writing. Mom sends Barack away because he's being influenced by somebody who is not a Marxist or an anti-colonialist, sends him to grandma and grandpa who sent him right to Frank Marshall Davis who is a communist with an FBI file.

Now, this is — the only reason why we're telling you this is because this is who helped shape the young man's world view: a communist who had a ton of influence. And there is more influence than just his father, but it's — remember — the book is not "Dreams of My Father." It is "Dreams From My Father" — the dreams Barack Obama got from his father.

Now, we go to his mentors. Here are the mentors.

Mentors are: Edward Saed. He's the guy at Columbia. He is a spokesman for the Palestinian National Council. So, he is an anti-colonialist. The colonial occupiers, if you will, are Israel.

Another one, of course, is Roberto Unger. This guy is also the leading anti-colonial legal scholar.

And then, of course, we have Reverend Wright, who — the book that Obama wrote, "The Audacity of Hope," comes from a sermon that this guy gave. Now, if you heard any of his sermons, they all include liberation theology, the idea of the oppressed and the oppressor. That's it.

Now, the oppressed can be anywhere. They can be here. They can be Africa. They can be Israel.

But the oppressors are usually Europe and the United States. And then, of course, Bill Ayers, sat with Barack Obama on the board of the Woods Foundation. Anti-colonialism. Remember when we went over the Weather Underground and their manifesto? It was anti-colonialism. That's what they all have in common.

From here, to here, anti-colonialism — the idea that there are colonizers and the colonized. There is America or Europe and then the Third World victims — oppressor and victims.

All of these things are a fact. Now, you can decide they mean nothing, but they're all facts. We'll get to opinion here in a second.

The other thing is, remember his church is also anti-colonialism. It's liberation theology. There is an oppressor and the oppressed. Remember, I've been talking to you about — what do you call it — collective salvation. And the president has said time and time again, "My salvation is dependent on a collective salvation."

In other words, he must stop the oppressor and help the oppressed. And the only way the oppressor can be stopped, the only way the oppressor can find salvation, is basically you have to give back what you've stolen. Same up here — the colonizers are stealing things from the Third World victims.

Now, let me just show you one clip first for the theology — this is from the founder of black liberation theology, James Cone. Here it is:


JAMES CONE, BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY: The only way in which your repentance, your forgiveness can be — can be authentic, your reception of it can be authentic, your repentance can be authentic, is that you give back what you took. And white people took a lot from black people.


BECK: See, this is where I went wrong and so many Americans went wrong.

I went wrong because I thought it was about race for a long time. It's not. It's not. It's not really even about religion. It's not about black and white. It's not about religion. It's not about money. It's not about anything.

Look, you can be a successful African-American running a bank and you're still the oppressor. Most time, it's not called anti-colonialism. How do I know? Well, it's called anti-colonialism or neocolonialism with these people in the past, but now, it's just — now, it's just fact.

I want to show you how I know and how your children know this theory and you don't. I want to show you something that we showed you maybe a year-and-a-half ago from the Tides Foundation, funded by George Soros and it is playing at about 4,000 schools across the country. It is called "The Story of Stuff." Here is the way they are teaching your children about anti- colonialism:


NARRATOR: If everybody consumed at U.S. rates, we would need three to five planets.


BECK: Here we go.


NARRATOR: You know what? We've only got one.


BECK: Here it comes.


NARRATOR: So, my country's response to this limitation is simply to go take somebody else's. This is the Third World, which some would say is another word for our stuff that somehow got on somebody else's land.

So, what does that look like? The same thing. Trashing the place.


BECK: OK. She is saying to kids in schools, what is that? That's s just saying our stuff somehow or another got on their land. We are taking — we are stealing from the Third World, because we are the oppressor.

That explains it. You can call it whatever you want. But this is — these are the facts. And this is the explanation.

Now, we're moving from facts. Everything you've just seen are facts. But in case you haven't been able to pin it together yet, I want to move — can we move the anti-colonial stuff over to this screen, please? Keep this here. I want you to be able to see that. Thank you.

Now, we're going to move to opinion. And we're going to go back to Dinesh D'Souza, because he lived this over in — over in India. Your grandfather and your father — hi, Dinesh. How are you?


BECK: Your father and grandfather were anti-colonialists.

D'SOUZA: They were. Yes. I came of age in post-independence India, so I understand this ideology very well.

BECK: And it has nothing to do with race or anything else.

D'SOUZA: The British didn't come to India because we were brown. And they came to India to conquer land, rule — racism was incidental to this.

BECK: OK. So, in your book "The Roots of Obama's Rage," you say these — it solves these questions. Because remember, America, when we were talking and we said — what, which one are we at? OK.

Remember when we said the Winton Churchill bust, what was the president thinking? How could he take a gift that was given to us by England after 9/11 and when he first meets the prime minister, he says, By the way, we don't need this anymore. You can take it back. The prime minister of England says, No, no, no. That was a gift from the English people.

And what happened? He said, That's OK. We don't want it. He boxed it up and sent it back.

That's one of the biggest slaps in the face — and nobody understood that. We tried to figure that out. How does this explain it?

D'SOUZA: The anti-colonial theory explains it very well.

We think — most Americans think of Churchill as the guy who fought the Nazis. But Churchill is also a colonialist. He said, "I don't want to be the prime minister who presides over the end of the British Empire."

Churchill was the prime minister of Britain in the 1950s when there was an anti-colonial uprising in Kenya. It was called the Mau Mau Revolt. Churchill sent in crack troops. They smashed the revolt. Obama's father was arrested. His grandfather, Onyango Obama, was put in a detention camp. He was allegedly tortured.

So, my point is these anti-colonial wars are not academic wars. They are real wars. A lot of people got killed and it had direct scars on Obama's family. So, he has good reason to hate this man, Winston Churchill.

BECK: OK. Now, it doesn't necessarily — you are not saying that you know for a fact — there is nothing in writing. All of this stuff is fact. But there's — and the fact that under Churchill, Obama's grandfather and father — grandfather was tortured. Was the father tortured, too?

D'SOUZA: The father was not tortured, but he was arrested as a suspected sympathizer of the rebels.

So, yes, it is opinion. I guess what I'm saying is, the theory is powerful if it has explanatory power.

BECK: Got it.

D'SOUZA: It's able to account for facts.

BECK: OK. Got it. Lockerbie letter.

D'SOUZA: The Lockerbie letter is a letter sent by Obama, secretly, to the Scottish government saying it's OK to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber.

Now, why? From the anti-colonial point of view — if America is the rogue elephant invading other countries, occupying Iraq, occupying Afghanistan, then Muslims who strike out against America are freedom fighters. They are resistors of American imperialism.

BECK: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Now, this does not mean that he supports Al Qaeda or he is in any way supportive. He just has a different — for instance — how many of these people did you hear after 9/11 immediately? Well, you have to understand what we've done. You have to understand — and quite frankly, there is some point to that. It's like I am trying to teach history and even the bad stuff because we have done things — everybody has — have done things that inflict trouble on people.

But you're not claiming that he's in with the terrorists.

D'SOUZA: I'm not saying Obama approves of the downing of Pan Am.

BECK: Correct.

D'SOUZA: Not at all.

I'm simply saying, when you look at a guy who claims to be fighting American imperialism, Obama sees in him a fellow anti-colonialist. He probably says, this guy is like my dad. He's striking out against the Western, the American oppressor.

BECK: OK. Don't agree with what he has done, but I can understand he's got some issues.

D'SOUZA: Exactly.

BECK: OK. Afghan war.

D'SOUZA: The Afghan war — remember that from the anti-colonial point of view, Afghanistan and Iraq are wars of colonial occupation. And what that means is that Obama's goal is to get out. He defines success by withdrawal. Notice that he doesn't like to use the word "victory." What he — he defines success by getting out. And so, I don't think he cares if the Taliban comes in. That's secondary. To him, the main issue is we got to get out.

BECK: OK. Nuclear Iran, kills me, because we only got about a minute — so, let me go through this quickly. Nuclear Iran is — they don't have a problem with them having nukes, it's just us having nukes. The U.S. energy consumption and tax the rich. Can you explain those real quick?

D'SOUZA: Certainly. The issue with Obama here is not the Al Gore agenda of is the Earth getting hotter or is it getting colder?

BECK: Sure.

D'SOUZA: Basically, Obama wants to decrease U.S. energy consumption so we have less, so that previously colonized countries have more. That's why he blocks, puts the moratorium on oil drilling in America while subsidizing oil drilling in Brazil. And Brazil is selling some of that oil to the Chinese.

BECK: Got it. And tax the rich.

D'SOUZA: Tax the rich. Obama keeps talking about the fair share. The rich should pay their fair share.

Now, government data show that the rich today, the top 10 percent are paying about 70 percent of all income taxes. But that's not enough. Obama thinks they should pay more. How much more? He never says.

But, see, the anti-colonial assumption which we can trace back to his dad is that when you have stolen your wealth, if you come to my house and take my furniture, what's the correct tax rate for you? One hundred percent, because it's not your furniture.

So, when you look at wealth as greed and profiteering, as exploitation, then there's no limit to how much you can tax the rich.

BECK: Morally. Morally. Morally.

So, that — that shows how he can honestly say, and you can understand his motives, and honestly say, he's not — he doesn't think he's being evil. He doesn't think he is doing wrong. He thinks he is doing good, because morally speaking, this is all stolen wealth.

D'SOUZA: This is the key point.

Obama is not anti-American in that he wishes ill on America. He wants what's best for America. He thinks it's really bad for to us be a colonial power and therefore, in his view —

BECK: Right.

D'SOUZA: — he is doing right for America by pulling us out, by knocking us off our pedestal, by, in a sense, taking us from being the world's arrogant superpower, he wants us to share the wealth, he thinks he's going to get a better America.

The problem is: He's stuck in this theory. He's frozen in this time machine. In a sense, he is the captive of the ideology of Luo tribesman from the '50s.


D'SOUZA: It's an incredible idea.

BECK: All right. America, I am telling you, this is the best theory that I have heard. This is — this to me rings true. In the end, it may not be, but we have to have a debate. Not on the facts. But on the opinion. Do the opinions — does that fit? They will try to make sure that you don't believe any of these facts because of the opinion he draws from them.

You must read this book because you will finally understand it as I think — as I — this is my current understanding as I think I finally do.

Dinesh, thank you very much. The book "Roots of Obama's Rage." Pick it up now.

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