This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," December 8, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK, HOST: Welcome to "The Glenn Beck Program."
Tonight — yes, a little bit of magic. First, I'm going to take one statement of fact and I'm going to show you how to get the same people to give two completely opposite reactions to the same statement. It's fantastic.
Then, for the grand finale, by the end of the show tonight, this host and the network will take over the entire country.
Come on. On with the show!
BECK: Hello, America.
I say it like that because I think I'm supposed to be a little spooky because I was reading in Forbes magazine today. And it's great, "Forbes." No, seriously, it's great, especially this time of year.
I came across an article on George Soros on the Forbes website. And here is how it begins: "Soros warns U.S. could be on the verge of a dictatorship. Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros warned tonight in New York that the combination of FOX News, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party and the ability of Americans to fantasize unrealistically about their political system might lead this open society to be on the verge of some dictatorial democracy."
Wow! He's craze, huh! What a crazy conspiracy theorist kind of guy, huh?
No, no. Where do I begin with that? How about here? If I say "Hello, America," doesn't it make you afraid of me and FOX News creating a dictatorship? How did he figure out? I feel like the end of Scooby-Doo and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for the 80-year-old billionaire.
Well, if I was going to take over the country, I'd say to myself, how am I going to enslave the American people? How could I possibly — what do I need at my disposal? Well, if I put a plan together, I would have to come up with something where I could control the financial sector, you know? Get them under my thumb and hold them there. They owe me.
Yes. Then I'd take over healthcare. That way I could make sure that everybody knows I control who lives and dies, who gets medicine, who doesn't. It's fantastic.
Then I'd have to take over the industry, you know, giant portions of industry. I don't know where I would begin. Maybe I start with the car companies. Yes. Because that's the only thing that has any industrial might left.
And then I could control the military. But the military is not going to listen to a guy at 5:00 in the afternoon. They won't take orders from me. Maybe — maybe I could find a way to stretch the military so thin that they would be of no use.
Then I'd have to somehow or another figure out a way to grow dependence, grow people — make sure they're dependent on me, you know, through government aid. Yes, control the media and control food prices. Man!
How could I do it? If I was just smart — hey, wait a minute. That's not my plan. That's the administration's plan. Darn, I've got to come up with another one. They're ahead of me.
I got it. I got it. If I just could collapse the dollar — of course, I'd have to be able to do it in other countries, maybe three or four other countries so I could experiment on it. I really have it down, and then I could try it with the largest economy in the world. Of course, I'd have to be a giant old tycoon, kind of spooky think I'm like God and stuff.
Oh, crap, that's George Soros' plan! I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those crazy kids. Oh, well, I guess I'm just going to have to continue doing my 5:00 p.m. gig here, as I hypnotize you.
I'm sorry, Mr. Murdoch. They have caught us. We can't wait any longer to take over. You will do everything I'll tell you to do. Yes, everything, send me all of your money. Wouldn't that be great?
Now, the problem is, I've got a three-hour radio show and an one-hour TV show, so I don't know, besides the hypnosis thing — by the way, you're still asleep — I don't know how to turn it into a dictatorship.
I'll tell you what, what do say we forget about the ridiculousness of that point for a moment and let's play "imagine if the Glenn Beck had said that" game for a moment. OK? I guarantee you that I'd be called things like fearmonger in chief, which I saw the other day. I was called. That was called. That's clever. That was good.
But George Soros — well, I didn't read the whole Times article, let's see how George Soros was referred to in Forbes magazine. He was referred to as a billionaire philanthropist. I've never been referred to like that. It's sweet, though.
He's a philanthropist, giving millions to heart-warming little children, big puppy dog eyes charities like Media Matters. Oh, they're great. That's just a group of bloggers who try to get people fired. They do that for a living, by taking those other people's words out of context and then smearing them night and day, just to get them fired.
Oh, by the way, Media Matters. Come here, snookems — oh, you're so cute. How is that working out for you? I still have a job. Man, you guys suck. You really do.
Anyway, ADD moment, if you're rich and a conservative, you're going to be called a phony rich guy. That would be you. You don't believe in anything really. But if you're George Soros, philanthropist!
Well, now, let's see. Let's be cynical. Maybe the author that works at Forbes is on some sort of Soros payroll. No, that would be crazy. That would be crazy. Who's the author? Robert Lenzner.
Let's look at some of the other stories because I'm sure he's fair and balanced. Let's look at some of his other works, like this one in The Huffington Post, called "In Defense of George Soros." Oh, in this one he actually says that he takes offense at slams on George Soros.
Well, let's look at his blog — Mr. Lenzner's blog, let's check it out. This one is — oh! Invest like Soros, don't get thrown from the gold bull market. This is where he's saying you should buy gold, totally impartial piece in Forbes also today. Totally impartial there and totally impartial in Forbes.
This is where Lenzner writes, "Soros also characterized Fox newscaster Glenn Beck" — that'd be me, spooky dude — "who has been falsely vilifying Soros publicly as a throwback" — I love this — "to the wild and crazy radical elements that never before were given a public pedestal to foment their hate."
A throwback to wild and crazy radical elements? Wow! Would that be like Bill Ayers, who's now writing textbooks in school or more like Van Jones, that has got a giant pedestal all over the country, you know, for the president and George Soros? I can't decide which radical element you were comparing me to.
But the article goes on. "Beck has been trying to stir up public hatred of Soros." I have? "Suggesting that the investment genius and significant philanthropist was maliciously trying to take over the U.S. for his own purposes."
Well, there's more adulation, investment genius — and not just a philanthropist, significant philanthropist. It's much better that way.
And it's not just philanthropist, it's significant philanthropist. Yes, it is. It is significant. In fact, we — may I — may I show you? We have the video. Get the videotape ready.
Before I go there, let me address the rest of this dribble. Forbes says that I am falsely vilifying Soros in order to make people hate the significant philanthropist.
I don't hate George Soros. I never said to hate George Soros. My mother told me not to hate, even though I might really dislike the things he does, which I do. I disagree with him wildly. I think he should be open in his Open Society. I think his ideas really suck. We disagree.
But spooky dude has a right to his view point.
I showed you what his significant philanthropy is and what it's going towards. You remember the episode? Roll the tape, please.
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BECK: These are the list of the organizations that are involved, you know, in these — in these five steps, and we wrote it out for you. But I just wanted to show that — you know, it's no big deal. It's not like you're overpowered or anything like this. There is more. There's — this is less than half of them. But there's nothing to see here!
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BECK: Got it. All right. Turn — this guy drives me crazy. He's trying to take over world, you know?
So, there it is, just that little list of the, shall we say, subversive elements in the charity causes. And the most egregious statement from Forbes magazine is one that I would either like proof of or an apology from Forbes. In fact, I think I may demand one. Yes, I'm going to, that I falsely vilified Soros. Forbes magazine, show it or apologize. I'd like to know exactly what I lied about.
Falsely vilified? Really? What did I lie about here? Because I have no idea, because there's not one piece of evidence presented to back up your claim.
Forbes, really? Are you down to this now? Time is getting tough? I used to think you had credibility.
See, when you write a story, like us, we do a story, we back it up. But we back it up, you know, with his own audio, which is weird. It would be nice if somebody at Forbes actually backed up their claim.
If I was making stuff up on the air, if I was falsely lying about the most powerful man in the world — gee, you think someone might have found an attorney, don't you? Or at least I would have been fired by now. That's weird.
You know what? I should — Tiffany, I want a yellow phone. Uh-oh! Now the White House can't call. I want a yellow phone, please, because we have this phone. Yes.
This phone, the president has the number to this phone. He can call anytime. Verify! I got something wrong, call me up. Come on!
I want a yellow phone, maybe a green phone? What color should George Soros' phone be? We could have a whole set of phones. Call me spooky dude! You're welcome on this set anytime! Anytime!
Forbes, apologize or back it up. I swear I'm living in a parallel universe. If I say it or a conservative says it or you say it's crazy, it's nut job, it's dangerous, it's bad, a terroristic threat. Somebody else says later, oh, it's good. It's good.
I talked about the dangers of the big government — progressivism and how they seek to control every aspect of your life and how it leads to loss of liberty. The reaction, false prophet — George Soros talks about a dictatorship, isn't that loss of liberty? He's suddenly a genius, caring, pure-hearted philanthropist.
I talk about gold. If I tell you, you should consider gold — I'm running some sort of a scam. I'm a savvy fraud. It's a cash cow for me. Yes.
But Soros says — oh, he's a fun guru, a legend, a famous speculator. It's a classic hedge! Famous speculators. I thought we were supposed to hate speculators? Or is that with just oil and not gold? I'm not sure. I guess it depends who's speculating.
If we consult our favorite blog on Forbes — look at this. Here it is — invest like Soros. Don't be fooled by the gold bull market. Really?
Look at this — here they are. Forbes magazine — gold, gold, gold. What's this? Oh! A special offer. Make the most out of gold, it's going to move higher, but don't get holding the — it's an ad to buy gold! That is almost like a — what is it, savvy fraud or a scam. Do you think? Or it's in Forbes. Maybe it's just a classic hedge.
I've told you on this program the government is lying to you. They are lying to you. If I say that, I'm a conspiracy nut, I'm dangerous. It's unhinged madness! I tell you this every night for the last two years at 5:00 — unhinged madness!
Julian Assange comes out, he's the person of the year. It's a new kind of whistleblower. I'm unhinged madness. He's a new kind of whistleblower. Wow! That's weird.
By the way, on the TIME Person of the Year, he should get it. He should get it. I told you, when I was nominated, I wouldn't win. Of course not. Of course not.
Our staff only does our own research and our own homework and has withstood four boycotts.
Assange what he does, he takes stolen documents from somebody I perceive as a traitor to the United States and just gives them to The New York Times. So, that's the guy I would line up with. Seriously. He's a new kind of whistleblower.
People on my staff, me, we're just dangerous.
Civil unrest. I've told you about civil unrest. What they have said about me? I'm a paranoid lunatic. I'm seditious. It's a suffocating vision — I think a suffocation vision of paranoia. Really?
Showing you for a year in advance — a year in advance, I told you unrest was coming to Europe and then it's coming here. I have shown you now in the last few a months the actual unrest and violence in the street of Europe.
Again, today in Greece, the unions shut down public transportation. Who did I tell you would go that? The unions. Students are taking to the street in England over possible tuition hikes. I told you that would happen a year ago.
We showed you the burning cars. We've showed you how they are mirroring the failed economic policies here in America. I'm a paranoid lunatic, seditious. This must be suffocating paranoia.
Now, let me ask you this — are they willing now to say the same thing about the Pentagon? Because they have been war-gaming an economic crisis for almost two years now. One of these war games was called Unified Quest 2011.
Listen to what they are preparing for at the Pentagon.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In that war-gaming series, they are looking at the implications of large-scale economic breakdown inside the United States that would force the Army to keep, quote, "domestic order among civil unrest" and force the Army to deal with fragmented global power and drastically lower budgets.
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BECK: That's weird. That's weird. That's just paranoid lunatics. They're seditious over there at the Pentagon I guess.
Now, what would be some of the things that might cause civil unrest? Well, let me show you a picture today from the TheBlaze.com. It's of the Alaskan National Guard taking place — taking apart in an exercise here for civil unrest.
Oh! What does the guy have, the demonstrator have? Well, it's a sign that says, "Food now." Well, why would he need a sign like that? Oh, yes, that's right, the suffocating vision of paranoia. Food shortage or food being scarce or food just being too expensive, because of coming inflation.
Absolutely without merit and I'm mentally ill. Really? The National Guard is going for that, along with the Pentagon. I talked about preparing for tough times, having enough food and supplies, getting out of debt, being self-reliance. The reaction: without merit, doomsday, probably mentally ill.
But when TIME magazine posts an article "Impending Crisis: Earth to Run Out of Food By 2050," I'm sure this is some sort of green nightmare. This? That's a good journalist.
The only people I trust in the government, the only ones I trust are the military. The military is preparing. Are you? But the military, I believe, are being boxed in to a corner by people who actually have their hands on the levers of power and it is those holding the levers of power that have been creating the condition to make these scenarios possible.
And that goes from anywhere from Harry Reid to Obama, all the way to kingmaker himself, George Soros. Not the guy with a stupid show at 5:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Pacific. I mean, who am I up against on the Pacific coast? "The Price is Right"?
The media will demonize and glorify whom they want. The point of this monologue is, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you're me or Soros or the Pentagon or economic experts — it doesn't matter. We're now all saying the same thing.
I've been saying it for two years. That should tell you something that they've now joined, because the next thing on the docket is to control media and to control the food prices.
Civil unrest and rising food prices and controlling the media — oh, December 20th, FCC votes on the Internet.
If anybody doesn't believe this government is capable of doing these kinds of things, you're out of your mind. If you don't think the government could come in and take your gun, you're out of your mind.
Let me show you this. You don't think they're going to run roughshod of your civil rights? See this woman here?
You've probably never seen it. You should. Know her, watch the video. This is the aftermath of Katrina.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't want to go because I got plenty —
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's a mandatory evacuation. Everybody in the —
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See, this is why I didn't want — I didn't want to let you guys come in.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know, ma'am.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because I wanted (INAUDIBLE) and all you guys come in —
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BECK: OK. Stop the tape here. Stop the tape here.
She doesn't want to let them in. They want to take her gun. A law- abiding citizen — do they take it? And what happens? Next.
BECK: I just showed you the beginning of a woman in New Orleans after Katrina and she had a gun. And she was a law-abiding citizen in her home. Did they take her gun or not?
Yeah, they throw her against the wall.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's got a gun.
Get back. Get back. Get back. Get back, ma'am.
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BECK: Oh, yes, they took it. A law-abiding citizen, how old is she? Eighty? She hadn't broken any laws. Her gun was forcibly taken from her.
Now, I know what you're thinking they'll never do it again. But they did it then.
Oh, well, they'll never put troops on the ground. (INAUDIBLE), you know, or "Rock Me, Amadeus," or whatever.
The president won't do that? Well, first of all — right. Second of all, remember the president established a little of governors? They said it was just to prepare for a national crisis situation. President Obama established his little council that would involve the National Guard and homeland defense and civil support in synchronization and integration of all state and federal military activities inside the United States.
But forget about that. Go back to sleep. Shhh! It's OK. Just listen to my voice. Think of the brilliant, kind-hearted philanthropist, George Soros. He says Fox News and Glenn Beck will turn into dictators with the Tea Party and all the stupid people. Do not listen to what the evil con artist Glenn Beck says.
By the way, back to reality here, the lady in New Orleans, she was robbed at gun point two days later.
Now, here's another story that I'm sure that I'm going to be called names just because I brought it up. But I know some lawmakers might be a little concerned about this one as well, they've spoken about it. It's the sale of a Wyoming-based uranium processing facility to an arm of the Russian state-owned nuclear power company. That would mean Russia will now control 50 percent of a company operating uranium mines in America. Does it sound like a good idea to you?
Then in another story between America and Russia — back in June, Obama and Medvedev collaborated on the development of a pilot smart grid project based on the most innovative electric power system to reduce emissions, Russia and the U.S. cities will now be paired and implement similar projects. Us, Russia, and I think the United States together, hand in hand, just to help the environment. That's it.
So, are we supposed to believe that Russia, a country that has no problem killing ex-spies to keep them quiet, you know, their people are freezing to death, hey care about carbon emissions and they can help us with energy? Isn't it — yes, there he is. There he is, Vladimir Putin harpooning whales. No, seriously, he cares about the environment. And we're going to share sensitive energy structural information of our cities with that guy. That's great.
And we'll have the same kind of electronics — hang on. I have an idea. I have an idea. First, let's go back to WikiLeaks. All the cables released paint a picture that shows America and Russia not really friends, with the U.S. calling them a virtual mafia state.
So, why would the Obama administration want to give our uranium mining and keys to the smart grid? Let's go back in time, shall we? Let's go in the time tunnel here. There we go. You're going back in time. Here we go.
Do we have it? OK, not that. Oh, there's Stalin and Mao. I love those guys. Not quite back that far.
Let's go back. Come forward a little bit. Do you remember when the Soviet Union fell? Where did the communists go? Where did they all go? There they are pulling down the statue of Stalin.
The communist just all disappeared. Nobody was a communist anywhere. No, no, they were democratic socialists.
Wait, democratic socialists, those are the same people — yes, show me yesterday's chalkboard — those are the same people I showed you on yesterday's chalkboard. Remember? Supporting Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks guy? It's great! Yes. Yes.
They are the ones that want to see the evil capitalist America brought to her knees and transform into some sort of progressive or socialist utopia land. Wait a minute. That's the same thing they want to do here, like Bertha Lewis. Earlier this year, she spoke in front of the Young Democratic Socialist — the Young Democratic Socialist conference?
And then we have Richard Trumka, president of AFL-CIO, one of the president's favorite unions speaking at the European Socialists — European Democratic Socialists. There they are right there. But they were only creating a global economy there.
Do you remember I showed you a blueprint? Do we have the patent of the blueprint anywhere? Oh, here it is. Yes, here it is. I love it.
It's a blueprint. OK. This is a patent for this thing. This is wonderful. This is owned by Fannie Mae.
We asked them what it was for. Believe it or not, it was for surge protection. This is a lock; you can't open this without a special device. It's a lock for your outlets. Surge protection.
Are you ready for the example they gave us? Somebody can come in, crash your computer, because they've plugged in an unauthorized vacuum cleaner. How many times has that happened to you? The best part is, they can lock it down. So no vacuum cleaners are plugged in. Yeah.
Whatever they can do that if you've used too much energy or if you're on the naughty not the nice list.
Here's the deal. You and I know the vacuum cleaner thing doesn't happen. But this is the idea I had a second ago. The Russians don't know that, and if we're in the smart grid with them, we can put all of these on their outlets! The United States is playing a game with the Russians. We're this close to taking Russia. No, I don't think so, no.
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