Saying that he wanted to challenge the audience to think differently, leading conservative talk show host, founder of TheBlaze, and best-selling author of the new book, Liars: How Progressives Exploit our Fear for Power and Control, Glenn Beck, delivered a powerful keynote address at the 2016 RedState Gathering that took place in Denver, Colorado on Saturday.
In the one-hour speech, amazingly speaking without a teleprompter or notes, the overriding theme was “truth,” with Beck effectively and articulately — using several examples from both U.S. and world history — communicating that, “If we don’t have truth, we don’t have a civilization.”
Beck started out asserting that both presidential nominees from the two main political parties, Hillary Clinton on the Democrat side, and Donald Trump on the Republican side, are both liars and that both sides — rather than voting for their parties candidate — are voting against the other party’s candidate, while noting that both are viewed at historically record-setting unfavorability ratings.
“Truth has to be part of our society and it must be paramount in all that we do or everything shakes apart,” Beck contended and went on to state that both parties are guilty of accepting the lies of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“Hillary Clinton is a liar. That’s pretty easy. Donald Trump is a liar. That’s also pretty easy. So most know that but both parties are asking their people, ‘Just disregard that to stop the other side.'”
“We have replaced our principles with the principle of ‘Stop that person,'” Beck stated while making the case that doing so doesn’t paint a bright future for America.
“I know this for a fact,” Beck said with certainty. “The truth will set you free. But the other thing I know about that — it’s going to make you miserable first.”
Beck said that anybody, even in the conservative movement, who’s going to stand up for the truth, is going to be demonized and vilified, giving the example of Ted Cruz’s speech at last month’s Republican National Convention.
Beck sadly admitted that the “America that begun in 1791 with the Constitution — I hate to say this to you — is over.”
“We have lost that battle,” Beck told the sober RedState audience of conservative activists. “This is America 2.0. ”
Glenn Beck touched on the Left’s goal to recreate history in their image by revealing that one of the goals of Common Core is to only teach U.S. history after 1880, which is the point in which the progressive movement in America was born. The history of individual rights and limited government is ignored.
“Our new founders [under Common Core] are Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon. Those are our founders,”
Beck said that in 1880, progressive leftists didn’t like the American system, so they asked themselves how they would change it. The answer: “One bite at a time.”
Beck asserted that conservatives must also have a long-term plan if it wants to restore constitutionally limited government and that plan had better be more than, “Just don’t elect her,” which drew applause from the crowd. “Because if that’s the plan, you won’t look at who you are electing — and that has been the progressive move for years.”
“People fought for Richard Nixon. He wanted to confiscate all handguns. Does that sound like a conservative?”
Beck made the case, using Nixon’s example, that progressivism has poisoned both the Democrat and Republican parties.
“Does that sound like a Republican? The answer now should be ‘yes,'” Beck said. “Because the progressive disease was planted deep into the Republican Party — it started with a Republican [Teddy Roosevelt]. And until we fully recognize that, and are willing to say that hard truth, and stop living a lie that makes us feel better — makes us feel like we’re closer to winning, then we’ll be able to make progress.”
Beck went on to give several examples in history where people in power and their followers buried the truth for various reasons, always ending in disastrous results that could have been avoided.
He argued that one of the major reasons why America is great is that, unlike many countries, we’ve always strived to do better and learn from our mistakes.
Glenn Beck’s entire 2016 RedState Gathering speech is below and is well worth a watch.