Glenn Beck closed out CPAC:

You have to get through some introductions (Beck starts at 5:10).  His speech is Palin approved.

An except from his speech, provided over at Right Wing News:

Progressivism is the cancer, and it is eating our Constitution. It was designed to eat our Constitution, to progress PAST the Constitution.

What’s the difference between a communist or socialist and a progressive? Revolution or evolution? One requires a gun and the other eats away slowly.

And some Republicans are promoting ideas that represent this cancer. This is big government, a socialist utopia, and we need to address it as if it is a cancer. You don’t cure cancer by just getting rid of a bit of it – you must eradicate it.

It’s not enough just to “not suck” as much as the other side.

I believe in redemption, but the first step to redemption is admitting you have a problem. And I haven’t heard any Republicans admitting they have a problem. I haven’t seen that “come to Jesus” moment. I haven’t heard anyone say they’re sorry – all I’ve heard is, “we need a big tent, we need a bigger tent”… what is this, a circus?

One party will tax and spend, the other party won’t tax but will spend. It’s BOTH parties.

40% say they’re conservative. 36% say they’re moderates. 20% say they’re liberals. How are the liberals make 76% obliterated? How is this? The 20% put on a good show. They know how to package. Forget about the packaging, and look what’s actually in the package. What does conservative mean? To me, it’s personal responsibility. We have a right to fail. We have a right to grow. Without failure, there is no sweetness is success.

It’s the right to pursue happiness, not guarantee happiness. And if you happen to find success along the way on the road to happiness, conservatives believe you shouldn’t be penalized for it. We have a right to pursue happiness. What we don’t have a right to is healthcare, housing, or hand-outs.

When you give up your right to struggle, you’re giving more of your freedom away. We’re pricing ourselves out of the American dream.

I couldn’t afford to go to college. My education was free – I educated myself, and I’m proud of that. When did it become a bad thing?

This administration doesn’t create jobs – the American people create jobs. Small businessmen are the ones on the front line trying to save jobs. When you’re in a small business, you feel it when you have to let “Sally” go. Those are the people who are truly struggling, and nobody even feels it anymore.

Really, the only job of government is to protect us from bad guys. And right now, the American government looks as us as though the American people are the bad guys.

There is no cap on success. There seems to be a cap on a sort of willingness to achieve success. All men are created equal, but all men will not end up equal.

Our future is not cast in stone – it does not have to be this way. It will be that way if we choose to believe that. I choose not to believe that.

This is as bad as I want it to get, but if we don’t stand up now and recognize it, it’s going to get much, much, worse.

Money quote is his statement about jobs.  Government doesn’t create jobs.  All they will ultimately do is get in the way.

5 comments
  1. Government doesn’t create jobs? Hmm, you might want to tell that to the some 15 million government employees, not including the military, and not including the hug number of peripheral jobs that the government contracts out. Yeah, you’re right Shane, I guess those don’t count.

    You also might want to tell all those businesses to stop sending all those great jobs they’re creating to China and India. Too bad they won’t listen to you if you just politely suggest it. If only there was some sort of regulatory body, a *government* if you will, that could tell businesses what to do…
    .-= Guy Incognito´s last blog ..Same Earrings =-.

  2. Ok, I watched that video, and it is absurd. Who exactly is advocating that we not “progress past the Constitutions?” I, for one, am glad we did (and make no mistake, we have progressed well beyond the values that informed the Constitution). Need I remind you that the Constitution in it’s original form condoned slavery, to the point of counting slaves as 3/5 of a person (see US Const. Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3). “Progressivism” should not be an epithet. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King were progressives every one. A progressive is simply somebody on the morally right side of history. Jesus Christ is the ultimate progressive.
    .-= Guy Incognito´s last blog ..Same Earrings =-.

  3. Guy,

    Progressivism believes that truth is relative to the moment. What are you going to do when some “progressive” decides that everyone name “Guy” is a hinderance to progress and must be removed?

    1. @Steven Osborne, I disagree. I believe in an objective morality, not a subjective one informed by the times. A progress is anyone who wants to make progress towards that ultimate goal that objective morality dictates. Two hundred years ago the progressives were abolitionists and the conservatives wanted to keep things the way they were. Fifty years ago the progressives wanted equal rights for all people regardless of skin color, and the conservatives wanted to keep things the way the were. Honestly, it seems more like the “conservatives” are the ones who see “truth is relative to the moment” if you think about it.

      Of course, this isn’t to say everybody who calls themselves “progressive” or “conservative” really live up to these titles. Gun rights, for example, are a very progressive idea, all people have the right to own weapons for responsible use. In this case people you might typically call “progressives” aren’t being progressive at all. Gun control is typically motivated by fear of change, and hence “conservative.”

      This isn’t a red/blue, democrat/republican thing. If you believe in objective morality of any sort, and particularly if you believe in the kind of radical progressivism that Jesus taught, there is really only one way to be: progressive. Of course, you’ve got to figure out for yourself what that means, but typically the right and moral course of action requires changing social norms.
      .-= Guy Incognito´s last blog ..Same Earrings =-.

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