October 2nd, 2008
01:19 PM ET

America's chilling future

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/02/art.whitehouse.jpg]Glenn Beck | Bio
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Dear America: Happy 300th Birthday!

It's 2076 and we've just invented the time-fax machine. (Actually, "we" didn't invent the time-fax machine, the State did - they pretty much control everything now.)

I'm faxing this back to you in 2008 because that seems to be the year we had the best chance to reverse our course and get back to the vision laid out by our founding fathers - a vision that didn't include the government being in the insurance business.

I don't have a lot of time (the State only gives us one 30-minute break per day) so let me give you some advice: Stop worrying so much about who runs the country and start worrying about who runs your towns, your states, and your Congress.

I know you're all distracted by the presidential election, but for all the money and time poured into it, the truth is that you're choosing between two roads that will lead you to the same destination. Sure, one may be the Autobahn and the other a two-lane highway, but you'll end up at the same place either way.

Decades of Republicans and Democrats alike have all chipped in to lead you to where you are today. Believing that one person, from either party, can change that by themselves is a big mistake.


Filed under: Bailout Turmoil • Economy • Glenn Beck • Raw Politics
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. D.Mills,TN

    POLITICS:Same ol' Same ol" ,nothing is ever gonna change!You can't rob Peter to pay Paul.Give us back uor money and let us decide what to do with it since the people in charge are unable to decide the right thing for the common folk ,because we are not in the same tax bracket.This country needs more than change ,it needs totat revision.

    October 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  2. Maryanne

    Regarding the current bail out plan (which more aptly ought be called the don’t look now , bend over and grab your ankles plan) it’s no secret “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” Thank you Einstein, yet clearly our public servants (can we actually call them that) haven’t grasped this level of genius or maybe…gasp …think we are stupid.

    I have a question for George , with all due respect Pres Bush et al , think we should go shopping some more, the sound directive given to us just after our last crisis on 911??

    Who knows maybe Senator Obama or Senator McCain will grow some ....'s, step up and say hey America how about, 'You made your bed so lie in it', instead of 'Hey why not just buy a new bed', we might as a Nation, might follow the lead and start taking responsibility for our pandemic, out of control greed, entitlement and victim mentality . Stranger things have happened.

    Maryanne C
    San Francisco, CA

    October 2, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Alex

    Glenn my friend, you've called this one correctly....John McCain is done! Sarah Palin can't save him this time because he has only himself to blame and nobody else. For him to have just recently stated that porkbarrel items are not appropriate in the bailout plan and then to vote for it is nothing short of hypocracy. It is also a telling sign of his motivations and intention of the future....he'll say anything to get elected and do otherwise later. Until now, I have begrudgingly supported McCain, but that is a thing of the past. McCain obviously talks the talk but can't walk the walk. AS someone who is past 60, I find John McCain to be a poor representative of the Republican Party. As much as I hate to admit it, the Demos were right...McCain is the second coming of George W. Bush. Looks like Ron Paul will now get my vote.

    October 2, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  4. Julie R

    Oh, my God. Are you serious, Beck? SHUT UP ALREADY!!!! While you're sending out time machine faxes, why don't you send one to the residents in Florida in 2000 and tell them their votes aren't going to be counted. Then make sure to go fax the residents in the 9th ward in New Orleans and warn them that they better get out of town, because they won't be getting any food or water for at least 4-5 days. Oh, and don't forget to go to Iraq and warn them to get all of their weapons of mass destruction out of the country before we invade it-oh wait I forgot-they never had any!!!
    Why don't you go find Ted Nugent and drown yourself in Moose Urine so Sarah will come hunt you guys down (from a helicopter).
    You're an idiot.

    October 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  5. friedrich a. wenzel

    in the state of alaska there is a device that is altering the weather.check out the website called haarp you may not believe this but at least take the time and see for yourself. god help us all.

    October 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  6. Terra Hoskins

    Now this is what I am talking about. VERY little coverage is being given regarding the greater implication of government in the "free market."

    So thank you, Glenn, for addressing this. Because people are too caught up in the drama/crisis that is now. I keep wondering if people just aren't thinking critically and don't see the big picture, or simply don't have any issue with the government having so much control.

    It turns my stomach to hear people complaining about the greed on Wall Street and greed in big business...and then they want the federal government to be responsible for a laundry list of things without checks and balances. How is that not going to end up being a corrupt situation? Humans aren't perfect. Would you really rather trust a human over a system that keeps everyone honest–or at least in check?

    And given that scenario, what is the role of state and local government? Guess we don't need them. Federal will handle it.

    ps: Glenn is talking about a scrict interpretation of the Constitution, something neither party is really, you know, practicing right now.

    October 2, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  7. Jim

    If your going to go back in time Glenn, go back to the Garden of Eden & warn Eve of a bum line before she hears it & tell Adam to keep his Mouth shut & Tell BOTH don't eat from the tree & Obey the one command God told you to. & All our problems would never be.

    October 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  8. Demo In Los Angeles, CA

    CNN, you can do better than this. Wait, I forgot he's on your little sister network that people barely watch. Some dumb thoughts and opinions should be kept to yourself. If Glenn see our country coming to an end, he should move depart. You're departure will be greatly appreciated.

    October 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  9. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    The truth hurts, and at least Glenn Beck has guts enough to tell that truth. Why does Europe and Canada's far left want Obama? Because he's a socialist. Why are they in favor of the bailout? Because it socializes the free market system. I used to think this show had some fairly intelligent people posting on this site. Then the Obama crowd kicked in. God. Get your heads out of your asses before the nation goes down in socialist flames that would make Karl Marx proud. Read about Stalin's Russia. Read about Hitler's Germany. Those people who were ignorant enough to support that are pretty much represented every day on this blog. Palin isn't the problem. The nimrods (including McCain and Obama and Biden) who voted for this bailout crap and terrified America unfairly are the problem. You say Bush scared you into supporting Iraq. Well, you were dumb enough to be duped by Bush, Congressional supporters, and some of the media once again. Obviously you're not as bright as you think you are. Again, get your heads out of your asses. If you think Obama's so great, well here's to seeing you in the gulags in a few in the United Socialist States of America.

    October 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  10. larry

    Where else would you see the lobby $$ paid to Barney Frank on screen as Glenn showed last night?

    October 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  11. lampe

    Angie; Let me guess, your not really a Republican are you? I cannot in all honesty vote for someone, whohas so many in the Media, kissing his A$$. I am a life long Democrat, who will be voting for McCain\Palin,simply because I can't vote the same as Olberman, Matthews, Maddox, Mahr, and 4 idiots from the VIEW. I really hope Matthews, doesn't think he is going to get elected ,if he runs in PA. Hell he couldn't get elected DOG-CATCHER, after the comments he made about HRC.

    October 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  12. Ron Olson

    I am not sure why Republicans & Democrats can’t stop pointing fingers at each other and assume equal responsibility for mess this country is in and start to work together and find a solution to the problems that face us today. Partisan Politics leads to a reactionary government and a reactionary government leads to hardship for Americans and unemployed elected officials.

    Millions of Americans are unemployed, losing their homes, savings and retirements we are now pointing our left and right finger at each elected official! And asking how could you allow this to happen? Please stop the partisan finger pointing and help us.

    Tomorrow morning when they look in the mirror and they should ask do I work for all Americans or my party? I challenge each of them to be part of the solution not the problem!!!

    I personally can’t afford to watch the left and right point fingers at each other any more! Over the years each side forgotten that they work for all Americans not a party and we are expecting results not the partisan politics.

    October 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  13. Jessica, Lexington, KY

    I caught myself wondering why I don't watch Glenn Beck's show today. Thanks for the reminder!
    Your views are so narrow. Dude, there is a global community now. Get with it.
    I tried to look at your book once, Glenn, and I was just appalled. The poverty section alone was reason enough for me to stash all the books under diet guides. No one in Kentucky will find them there!

    October 2, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  14. Maritza


    Appreciate your honesty, its brutal at times but direct you don't mince words , I know from your program you've warned us for what we may face with Obama in the White House, it real and could be the end of what we have in a democracy, could even be the end of demacracy, I picture the sheep being lead into the slaughter house, his followers have no clue this man could care less about them , could care less about America, it"s the biggest power trip is all about Obama, there is nothing that he can offer this nation of ours, he will keep the poor , poor , the lazy even more lazy with a waste of the hard working tax payors money , entitlement programs that lead nowhere, and if we have to face our enemies abroad, he will want to chat first allowing them to intimidate more and more, he is the one candidate Hezbolla would like to see elected ,I can't find anything positive from that can you?..


    October 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  15. Angie

    Major concerns as a republican
    1, Sarah Palin is running as a reformer of big government spending.
    However, I happen to know from being told personally from people who were recruited from my home town that they were promised $1,200.00 a month to move to Alaska, that is for everyone in the household. From what I understand most Alaskans are on this kind of welfare. Explain to me how the leader of a welfare state can bring jobs back to the U.S?

    2. If McCain handlers who are on Sarah Palins team can shut her down and make her seem like an idiot, how will she handle the pressures from people who don’t like her or may be in conflict with her? Will she hide away from world leaders and the press at a time when America may need her to step up to the plate?

    3. This has nothing to do with oil. These welfare payments have been around for decades in Alaska. Palin and her parents have been on this system. This is what attracted them to Alaska.

    4. By the way, why should we go to Alaska to bring big oil and use the money of U.S. taxpayers to encourage drilling and the people who are already on welfare in that state get money from the oil companies on top of the welfare they are receiving from other hard working Americans in every state? All of the American taxpayers who have been paying their welfare bill all these years should have been paid back before one payment was made to Alaskans.

    5. Sarah Palin has been fooling everyone about reform. I encourage everyone to take a look into the welfare we have already been supporting in her state.

    6. McCain is not choosing her for any other reason than he plans to get benefits for big oil just like Bush. It is all about big oil and keeping big oil happy. They really don’t care about her positions or intelligence.

    Maybe her screw ups are intentional and she has wised up to this fact and she intents to take him out before he ruins her good deal. This would better explain why a seemingly confident and able woman is now acting like an idiot

    October 2, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  16. ron washburn

    This Wall Street Bailout is not a 'leadership' issue!
    – this is an 'economic' issue, and this type of bailout is wrong, and the market falling and the finance industry scrambling – is a 'market correction' and 'credit crunch' – both long overdue.

    This 'bailout' is America's new crazy brand of 'Socialism'...without any of the benefits!

    Nationalization of AIG, makes the US government owner of the world's largest insurance company with $5.5 trillion in liabilities.
    Nationalization of the finance industry, increases the debt to American citizens to $14.8 trillion.

    And all the 'players' both past and present continuing to reap $$$ rewards!
    The other 95% will continue to lose pensions, 401k, insurance benefits, security benefits, health benefits, paychecks and homes.

    No wonder citizens hate their government so much... 18% approval rating and 'crashing'.
    America is ranked the 'worst' form of Democracy among western governments... most of that is attributed to the 'corruption' by Special Interest Groups.

    Wall street has 'wound' everyone up, like the Bush gang did in the run up to the Iraq War. – fear and panic – and we've 'bit' again!

    Too many in the media and government still cling to America being forever the great Imperial power that is 'entitled' do whatever it wants – 'in America's best interest' – and who decides that – Bush?

    That all needs to change to what's -“in the World's best interest, is in America's best interest”. Think about it – how can that not be true!

    This is what's at the 'root' cause of this Financial turmoil and America's misguided Foreign Policy
    – the rest of the world 'be darned', your either with us or against us, either way, we're going to do as we please – we own the Biggest Stick!
    – no rules or regulations
    – no respect for international laws of economics or conflict.
    America Rules! Good or Bad!

    Please Comment - Let's Finally Have This Discussion!

    October 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  17. Arachnae

    has anybody done the analysis to see which Reps. are up for re-election vs. how they voted??

    First, ALL members of the House are up for re-election; congressmen run every two years. But some are in fairly secure districts and some are on shakier grounds, and Nate Silver at fiftythirtyeight.com took a look at the votes of 38 of the congressmen in 'swing districts' (ie that could go either way) and 30 of them voted against on Monday. That is, 30/38 (or 78%) of them voted for personal job security over the economic welfare of the entire nation.

    October 2, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  18. Nancy

    Thank's Glen, You had the guts to say the truth. Let the CEO"S give up a jet and let them all committ suiside from their "GOLDEN PARACHUTES." Who can "WE THE PEOPLE " trust. The gov't is so corrupt, greedy .ignorant idiots.They all need to be under investigation. I've lost 1/3 of my life savings thanks for giving me a choice. Who do I vote for? I'm don't trust any of "THEM"


    Nancy C

    October 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  19. Jon B, Palm Springs California

    I use to love watching your show Glenn. You were right there with me saying, "We are in real trouble. Both campaigns have awful candidates." I would tell everyone, "This guy is awesome!"

    But when you practically ejacaulated on air after news of McCain's VP pick. I couldn't believe it...is this guy serious?

    All the crying and choking up with interviewees, all the grandeous concern about America's future boils down to how many people buy your books and sign up for your newsletter. I don't believe you give a rats arse about anyone else but yourself.

    You have become NO different than the rest of them – it's a shame, you should be ashamed.

    Our future is bright and it is what we make it. Every citizen has responsibilty to "DO THE RIGHT thing," as your slogan bellows. The right thing is NOT always spouting doom & gloom. This country is extremely better off than most and by all accounts always will be.

    But if you beleive that Caribou Barbie is the answer, then you might want to look into other employment. I hear there's a border down south that needs a few guards with good aim.

    Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, and Rachel Maddow are where it's at – so Glenn spare us the fake concern about America and go write another book about yourself.

    October 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  20. Lynn

    has anybody done the analysis to see which Reps. are up for re-election vs. how they voted?? (Monday as well as their leanings as of this afternoon.)

    October 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  21. Tina

    Okay, I didn't think about black people , cause I aint black. But, I bet even they would wonder if we'd be better off. What I am saying is, if this bail out goes , it's gonna hurt all of us.

    October 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  22. Tina

    You know what, I feel like running up by credit cards to the max. Maybe if i get into a fix, the government will bail me out.
    I bet if you ask anyone , they'd say they rather go back 150 years than go foward 150 years. People are scared. What ya think , Glenn?

    October 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  23. Carol B., Virginia

    Time-fax machine, eh? Well, when you're done with your travels, please tell us where we can get a copy of your book, "Plato & Me."

    October 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  24. Stacy

    Blog post fail! Okay, who left the door unlocked at the big CNN? There's a reason I don't watch the baby network. Glenn Beck needs to stay there.

    October 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  25. Maureen / Newman, California

    Beck says that he is an independent. But he sure speaks exactly like a Republican. I watched his show two times, and that was all I could take. Thanks but no thanks.

    October 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  26. Marty


    I guess some just don't have a really good appreciation for satire anymore; maybe not all accurate, but definitely some truth, which is often the hardest for people to swallow.

    October 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  27. Patrick of Ohio

    Could we get some economists to project how much it would cost to simply bailout the people with the predatory mortgages? I am sure it might be cheaper than 810 billion dollars, and probably more effective.

    October 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  28. Jay from Ga.

    Hey koolaid drinkers lets bury our heads in the sand. Koom by ya, yall
    Obama will save us all. Yea get in line. The welfare line.
    "Wake Up People"

    October 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  29. Arachnae

    Good lord, CNN – is this the best you can do? Shallow cutesy faux populism punditry from one of your HLN 'personality hosts'?

    Join a survivalist cult, Glenn, and enjoy your paranoia in a group setting.

    October 2, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  30. Jim Dittmer

    There's a lot of things that the Founding Fathers didn't envision: Automatic and semi automatic firearms, universal suffrage, racial equality, space travel, the rise of science, computers, the ubiquity of the violation of personal privacy, the decline of the agrarian state, factory farming, the rise of agro-business, the rise in importance of international banking, the global economy, the fall of empire, the rise of Islam, the changes in the religious mix in the US. The economic and military superiority of the US, Communism, Socialism, the fall of Monarchism…( Must I go on?) Asserting that we should limit ourselves to 200+ year old dreams is absurd on it;s face, and would most certainly not have been the intention of the revolutionary thought leaders of the 18th century. These folks were not the Conservatives of their time, they were the flaming radicals. In terms of temperament, they had much more in common with Dennis Kucinich than Pat Buchanan. It is long past time to accept these men for what they were, great revolutionary heros, whose ideas got us started on the path we walk today. Who created a framework that could live and grow and , most importantly, change as required. They weren't gods, they were just good men doing the best they could. Is this not what we all strive to be?

    October 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  31. Judi

    I simply love Glen. He is so down to earth. Like him or hate him, but you just can ignore him 🙂

    October 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  32. Julie

    Glenn Beck is such a pompous, ridiculous windbag who talks to his audience like they're little more than petulant toddlers and he's their valiant kindergarten leader.

    This is no different. Get off of your high horse.

    October 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  33. Dan Stewart

    I find this post staggering. Glen Beck is one of the myriad of rabid commentators that have ushered in this period of hyper-partisanship personified by Bush and Rove over the last 8 years. AS one of the cheer leaders busy egging Bush on and trying to crush any descent from patriotic Americans, you and your Republican buddies are in part directly responsible for the shocking state of this country. Iraq, the Economy, an outrageous borrow and spend fiscal policy, a huge increase in the size of Government, the massive and undue influence of special interests and lobbyists, a growth in the wealth gap, denial over global warming, torture, gitmo, the DoJ scandals to name a few.
    You guys need to hold your hands up and take responsibility for it is people like you that have put us in this hole.

    October 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  34. Sandy, Arkansas

    Ultimately, you cannot spend more than you take in and we have been doing that for a long time...government and individuals. Somewhere we have to get back to the realities of fiscal responsibility.

    This is a bad situation but why less than two months from election time has it just been discovered and panic driven solutions sought? We didn't get here overnight and it won't be fixed overnight...if at all. If I gamble away my earnings who is going to bail me out? No one, nor should they. If I am left to suffer the consequences I will, hopefully, act more responsibly in the future. I know that pensions and life savings are tied to all this mess but pensions and life savings should have never been invested in risky assets. If you can't afford to lose don't play the game. Now everyone pays, even those who didn't gamble. Our country will soon be owned entirely by foreign investors and what do we do when they want their money back?

    October 2, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  35. michelle

    I agree with chuck.

    October 2, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  36. larry

    Glenn. You are the only person that is willing to tell it like it is AND back it up with proof.

    October 2, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  37. Cindy

    You are so right. No one man can change anything. The president does not make the laws. It is congress. Without them he is nothing. So when everyone tries to blame these problems on Bush or the republicans they need to take a second look. This mess started way back with Jimmy Carter...a democrat!

    Obama and McCain can make suggestions but it is basically up to congress to chart the way.


    October 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  38. chuck

    This subject is too big for Glen Beck.That just plain straight talk.This is the same individual that was so excited about Sarah Palin.Give me a break.His creditability is worst than that of George Bush.

    October 2, 2008 at 1:32 pm |