Glenn Beck’s CPAC Speech: Tiger Woods And The Republican Party

This was my favorite part of Glenn Beck’s speech at CPAC. I didn’t hear it being widely discussed; so I wanted to get it out there:

Now, the Tiger Woods’ apology note:

Tiger Woods — Tiger Woods said this —

(reading) I knew my actions were wrong.

Wouldn’t it be great to hear this from a politician?

(reading) I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules don’t apply.

Kind of like economic rules. They think they can spend, and normal rules don’t apply. Well, it’s not exactly like your house. Yes it is. In the end, yes it is.

(reading) I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead I only thought about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that someone should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I worked hard my entire life and I deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. And thanks to the money and the fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish. I don’t play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame upon myself.

If I heard a party that said those words and I felt they meant it I would campaign for them, I would put a lawn sign in my yard, I would be happy to vote for them. But as of yet, I haven’t heard anyone say that. All they’re talking about is, we need a big tent. We need a big tent. Can we get a bigger tent? How can we get a big tent? What is this, the circus?

Bonus: My second favorite part: The close.

I have been saying, the worst is coming. I have been saying it for awhile. But you will find the answers in history. It’s the same story over and over again. We just need to learn our own history — learn from our own mistakes, admit that we have a problem. Grow a spine and stand for the right things. Our future is not cast in stone. It does not have to be this way. It does not have to be that the greatest American generation is behind us. It does not have to be that our children will have a lower standard of living. It will be that way if we choose to believe that. I choose not to believe that.

(applause)

If we do honest soul searching, we are on the ground, and if this ain’t your bottom, America, I warn you — some people, you know, people always ask me when there’s some celebrity that’s, you know, I don’t know, vomiting on themselves in some, you know, rehab center — what could we have done to save them? The answer is nothing. Some people’s bottom is just a little higher than others. Some people are going to die before they hit bottom. You cannot save them.

This is a pretty good bottom. Yeah, I know 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, much worse. All we have to do is recognize the problems that we have, admit to our mistakes, do the hard work. It may be a hard day — we have been all night, retching, holding on to that bowl — because we went out for a party. And it may be a hard day and hard struggle, and we may work until late in the night, and our kids may be crying, and we may be losing our house — we are going to go through some tough times. And we are going to be tired as we set things straight. It is a hard road, I know, I have walked it myself. It is a hard road, but we will make it, and at night we will be beat tired — we will be so tired, but when we put our head down on our pillow to go to sleep again that night we can be happy because we know tomorrow it will again be morning in America.

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