This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," November 15, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK, HOST: All right. Welcome back to the program. If you just joined us — I mean, hello! It starts at 5:00. I have a choice for you. The choice is you can be one of the two people that were in New Orleans.
You can be the people that got out on time and didn't want to risk it. You can find a boat and a chain saw and then you come back and you help the others. And you don't blame them — nothing. You just go back and you help them.
Or you can just get some sign-making material and put it in your attic so, you know, it's ready to go when you are standing on your roof waiting for helicopter to come by. You can just — the choice is you can be a part of the solution or part of the problem.
I'm not going to be the guy who is standing on my roof with a "help me" sign. Are you? In practical terms, what is the solution? Well, you've done part of it. You have to get control of the political system in Washington. And you went out and you voted.
The tea parties make a huge, huge difference. Political solutions are available here but I want to talk about something different. A lot of people tell me, "Glenn, I don't have a lot of money. I don't know what to do."
Great. Let me give you a little hint on something. Somebody told me the other day that every — the average home in America — this is phenomenal. I can't believe this is true. The average home in America has $25,000 of stuff they don't need or don't use, lying around.
You've got it in boxes in your basement. You have it in little used rooms. You just got extra stuff. I don't know if that is right, but that isn't the number for the average millionaire. That's the average American, they say.
Let's say that number is — let's say the real number is $12,500. Say the number is $5,000 of stuff that you have laying around your house. Would that make a difference in your life?
Think about what you could do with $5,000 to prepare. Could you pay down your debt? Could you buy extra groceries and add food storage? Could you have an extra cushion just in case you lose your job?
You must begin to start thinking out of the box. Now, if you're doing OK right now, could you sell that stuff and could the extra money allow you to be somebody with a lifeboat instead of one holding the sign?
Here is what gave me the idea. My wife — she was asking me for help when we were doing — I don't know. People were coming over and she wanted a tray in our dining — and we have this hutch and underneath, it's got all the trays and dining stuff I don't even — I don't even know what half the stuff is.
I think I see it maybe on Christmas or maybe Thanksgiving. We never use it and it's all falling out. And I'm like, "Honey, can we downsize some of the crap in our lives?"
Well, we talked about it and we decided we do have too much stuff, too much clutter in our life, so we're downsizing. We have a goal to cut our stuff in half. That's a pretty big deal. My wife and I spent Saturday tagging things around our home and deciding what to get rid of — a lot of the stuff we really like but we don't use.
And it's unnecessary. Next week, after this week — we're taking pictures of it and everything else — I'm going to put it up on "YouPillar.com." I'm going to downsize. Oh, how environmentally friendly of me. I'm going to cut our stuff in half.
Somebody should call the Tides Foundation and, later, we should get this on the "Story of Stuff." No, no. What am I going to do with the money? Well, I'm going to do something on December 15th in Ohio. And I'll give you more information on that, because I'm going to ask you to join me.
It's going to be a mini "It's a Wonderful Life." I'll give you details soon. But tonight, here is what I want you to do. I want you to talk to your wife or your husband about reducing your debt, your stuff footprint, and then ask if you will join me on a quest, not the thing in Ohio. If you want to join in on that later, that's fine.
This quest. This quest. What could you do with $5,000? However much you have. $1,000. $500. Could you buy extra food? Would it put you in a position to be more prepared? Please, talk to your family tonight. Find out. It's step number one in a quest, that I'm telling you — you know, I was just nominated for Time "Man of the Year" which I think is total joke.
No, I mean, I was honored and I'm counting on it, too. Here is what the difference is. Forget about the Time "Man of the Year." Next year, we are going to be the people of the decade. You talk to your family tonight, have an answer ready for me tomorrow. I'll give you more details tomorrow night.
But up next, I have to go back to George Soros. Oh, my gosh. George Soros and Sarah Palin's new show. Wait until I show you the unbelievable connections.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What is your dream?
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BECK: This day is a day that we can start the heart of America again. But it has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with God. Everything, turning our faith back to the values and the principles that made us great. We have a choice today. We have a choice.
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