From POLITICS DAILY:
Glenn Beck, the Fox News personality and chalkboard scrawling libertarian hero, gave the marquee speech Saturday night at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
Swapping out a teleprompter for his famous chalkboard, Beck wowed the faithful with an hour-long presentation that defended conservatism, praised the Founding Fathers and lampooned Washington, D.C. as an addict in need of immediate treatment. He looked to history to predict that without an immediate course correction and reduction of the federal budget deficit, America is headed for “an economic holocaust.”
Beck began by praising Ronald Reagan, whose famous campaign ad “Morning in America” envisioned America’s best days as still being ahead. “It is still morning in America,” Beck said. “It just happens to be kind of a head-pounding, hung-over, vomiting for four hours kind of morning in America. And it’s shaping up to be kind of a nasty day, but it is still morning in America.”
Beck blamed Washington politicians for the country’s poor condition, and accused both parties of growing the size of government, spending beyond the country’s means, tolerating corruption, and embracing an array of liberal policy prescriptions that he equated with a cancer in American society.
Republicans, he said, are just as guilty as Democrats. “It’s not enough just to not suck as much as the other side,” he said.
Ah, cmon, Glennie, don’t shortchange your buddies. They suck much, much more than the other side!
The Republicans’ problem, he said, is the same as Democrats’ problem — an addiction to spending, a willingness to place the judgment of the government ahead of the rights of individuals, and an interest in picking winners and losers, with the winners being big banks and irresponsible corporations, and the losers being small businesses and individuals.
“As I read the Constitution, the only job the U.S. government has is to save us from bad guys,” he said. “And right now it seems to me the government looks at us as the bad guy.”
A couple of things here, Glennie. First, by irresponsible corporations, do you mean places like Goldline? You know, your choice for gold! Second, we all know you’ve never read the Constitution in your life, and even if you did, you’d never understand it.
In addition to out-of-control spending and power-hungry politicians, Beck said the country’s lack of international competitiveness is endangering the future of the economy. [...] “Economic holocaust is coming. I’m trying to get you to save your money. [...]“
Enough with the word, holocaust. Just stop it.
Finally, Beck said that the country can avoid calamity if it returns to its roots as a democracy that embraces individual freedoms, allows people to succeed and fail on their own, and finds a way to live within its means.
Translation: “I’m a ridiculous, lazy moron, but I was lucky (it certainly wasn’t brains) and make lots of money. I got mine, so screw you.”
During the three-day gathering, conference attendees heard from other all-stars of the political right, and no fewer than five Republican presidential hopefuls for 2012. One of them, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), won the CPAC straw poll with 31 percent of the vote. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney came in second with 22 percent, and Sarah Palin came in a distant third, with 7 percent.
Also speaking to the 10,000-plus attendees: Dick Armey, Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, and Andrew Breitbart, the founder of BigGovernment.com, as well as congressional darlings of the conservative movement such as Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
Those at Beck’s presentation leapt to their feet in applause at many points during the program, including for the introduction of Beck’s famous chalk board. “It’s sick,” he joked. “When a chalkboard gets a standing ovation.”
And it’s sick when someone with a lower I.Q. than the chalk gets one, too.