NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., March 5, 2016 — Glenn Beck closed out CPAC on Saturday afternoon, inspiring the remaining attendees with a rousing, patriotic speech. It was 5 p.m., and the crowd had noticeably thinned. Those remaining stayed for only one reason: to hear Glenn Beck.
He did not disappoint.
Beck wore a dark blue suit and tie with a white shirt, unusual for him. He began by talking about the total value of the socialist debt, as he called the national debt including the unfunded mandates. It is not just the $19 trillion national debt, but rather well over $100 trillion—seven times GDP.
After letting that sink in, he moved to a story about Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and the golden ticket. It was an involved story, but the audience listened intently, rapt. Beck is nothing if not a great story teller.
When he finished, he looked at the audience and said, “I’ll bet you’re wondering why I’m telling you the Willie Wonka story.”
He then held up the golden ticket from the movie. “What is your golden ticket?” he asked.
One woman shouted, “Cruz!” but Beck and a lot of people from the audience said, “No.”
The golden ticket, he explained, is the Constitution.
“We are the self-proclaimed guardians of liberty,” he said. “Do we vote for the guy who represents our values or are we voting against the other guy?”
As he quoted from the Declaration of Independence and mentioned several amendments in the Bill of Rights, he told people that they should put principles above party. It’s a message they heard on day one from Sen. Ben Sasse.
“If you don’t know why the Constitution matters,” Beck said, pointing a finger, “then you are the one who is confused, not us!”
Progressives want and need power, he said. This is the reason we have debt. Each newborn baby today holds $1,006,000 of that debt. “Every American is born a slave to the debt. It is immoral, it is wrong, and it must end,” he charged.
The debt is the fault of both parties, he claimed. “We cannot change the other party but we can change the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln.”
Core principles matter. It is by adhering to them that we reform the party and the government. He read almost the entire second paragraph of the Declaration to emphasize the revolution in politics that we must spearhead.
Then a warning: “We cannot let our movement be taken over by a charming Sluggworth [the villain in Willie Wonka] with pockets full of cash.”
No other names were named, but the implication was not lost on the crowd, who cheered.
It was a strong and inspiring speech, one with a clear message for the attendees to take with them back to their homes and communities. A few words summarizing the content of the speech cannot capture its impact. It is certain to be available online. Don’t miss it.
And keep fighting for the Constitution.