The atmosphere was almost electric and the crowd highly charged as popular multimedia personality Glenn Beck stood center stage at the Parker County Republican Party Reagan Day dinner.
While at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse building Saturday evening, Beck wasted little time pointing out what he felt was wrong with the Grand Old Party (GOP) but also ways he felt were the path for correction.
“If the GOP wants to not just win, if it expects to survive, if you embrace John McCain or John Boehner, it will not happen,” Beck said to thunderous applause. “If you embrace Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, you win.”
Beck said he wasn’t there to talk about winning, that he felt that was what was wrong with both parties. He said what was most important was to advance the GOP’s principles.
“What does the GOP stand for, because I don’t think they know,” Beck said.
Recently, at a meeting in Dallas, Beck had an opportunity to speak to businessmen and women who had moved their companies to Texas.
“In Texas, you are still free - free to be an entrepreneur, you are free to create, you are free to pursue happiness as you see it,” he said. “That’s why I moved to Texas. But the rest of the country is losing that main concept. If we lose Texas, we lose the country, no ifs, ands or buts.”
Beck, a grassroots activist for conservative principles, said he had the opportunity to view the hit movie Lone Survivor with Marcus Luttrell, who the movie was based upon. Visibly emotional, Beck said it was a “movie filled with honor.” On stage, Beck had portions of Luttrell’s fatigues he was wearing when he was rescued.
“At one point, he was laying face down and he dragged himself until he found a stick,” Beck said. “He drew a line in the sand and, as any good Texan would do, said to himself he was going to drag his feet over that line and get out of there. He did that for eight miles; a man determined to be free, Marcus never quit.”
Beck then brought on stage a uniform worn by soldier Sam Brown, who was badly burned but survived when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb. Brown is currently running for the Texas House of Representatives, District 102. Later, Beck displayed a helmet worn by famous sniper Chris Kyle.
“It’s hard for me to meet some of our soldiers because of what hey have sacrificed,” Beck said.
He then showed the joint resolution signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower that put the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
“Eisenhower knew we were fighting communists and communists are godless people,” Beck added. “What makes us different? Who’s to say our system is better than theirs? God. If we forget God then we’re done.”
Beck said it was the principle of not surrendering to anyone but God and that the GOP’s principle today has nothing to do with life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.
“The principle they declared this week had to do with immigration reform,” Beck added. “Their first set of principles were to declare that the border security of interior must come first. Oh really? Where were they when they had the House, Senate and White House?”
He said they were afraid to act, afraid of being called “racist” when, in reality, there was nothing racist about it.
“Judge me on the content of my character, not the color of my skin,” quoted Beck from the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. speech. “Why does everyone think Hispanics want to come here? It’s to escape the oppression they have in their own country. The most racist thing you can say is that all Hispanics want amnesty - they’re here for a reason.”
He said now people are here because they want “free stuff.”
“If the GOP really believed in what they say there would be a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the IRS,” Beck explained. “If the GOP actually believed in the Constitution there would be a special prosecutor for the NSA; and why is their no special prosecutor for Benghazi? Because they are afraid.”
Beck said Washington was like Chernobyl and is in “meltdown.” But even in the Lone Star State, Beck said there were people in the GOP that “have to go” because they are part of the problem.
“If we believe the Constitution, for the freedoms for us and for prosperity, then how come the GOP is not standing up for the 56 million babies that have been aborted?” asked Beck. “Why isn’t there a special prosecutor for the president on Obamacare? He looked at the American people and lied and knew.”
He said moms and dads are now losing sleep, wondering how they were going to afford health insurance and if their children were going to even receive the treatment they needed.
“As all of this was happening, I just wished the GOP had remained silent, but they weren’t,” Beck said. “I wish McCain, [Lindsey Graham], [John Cronyn] and [Mitch McConnell] would have been silent but instead they were busy sticking a knife in the back of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul.
“Honestly who needs MSNBC when you have the GOP crowd in Washington?”
He said while the GOP and Karl Rove are busy triangulating on how to play things off each they don’t see the “freight train” that’s coming.
Parker County Republican Chairwoman Zan Prince said it was “great” to have Beck in Parker County speaking to a sold-out Parker County Republican Party event.
“Mr. Beck reminded us of what we all know, that our country was founded on principles and standards that need to be applied to today’s issues,” Prince said.
She said there’s room in the Republican Party for all who are focused on advancing the cause of liberty.
“There’s room in the Republican Party for different personalities with differing ideas on how to accomplish our goals that are focused on the same outcome,” she added. “We are blessed in Parker County to be represented by Congresswoman Kay Granger, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz.”
She said with the help of representatives in Washington, D.C. and Texans, conservatives can make the United States look more like Texas.
“I hope that Mr. Beck’s challenge encourages more citizens to get more involved in the solutions to our country’s issues,” Prince said.