Glenn Beck joined Sean Hannity on his TV program Monday night to discuss the current state of the establishment GOP, which both agreed is hostile to Tea Party conservatives like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The former co-workers also talked about a few solutions that could help get the country headed in the right direction.

Beck said “progressivism” in the Republican Party has pitted those who “believe in big government” against those fighting to restore the U.S. Constitution and change things in Washington, D.C.

“There is a lot of progressive Republicans,” he said. “And you have to remember, Theodore Roosevelt is the guy who started it. They believe in big government. And I’m sorry to say Sean, and you know this to be true, we send people in there, and it’s like sending them to the lion’s den, just waiting to be eaten by the machine that is Washington now.”

Glenn Beck Joins Sean Hannity to Talk About State of GOP

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Hannity went on to explain that former President Ronald Reagan challenged a sitting Republican president in 1976. “That’s kind of Tea Party-ish to me,” the host said.

Beck agreed, explaining that Reagan was also attacked as a “loose-cannon” who was going to “destroy the Republican Party.”

Hannity and Beck also agreed that there are simple solutions that could help put the United States back on the right track. The Fox News host suggested cutting a penny from every dollar the federal government spends for five years until a balanced budget is achieved and increasing domestic drilling to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

“I don’t think anybody in Washington on either side is actually looking for an answer,” Beck replied. “There are some in Washington, but they are in the minority. … The longer we go, the more simple, but the less easy those answers become.”

“They’ve got to stop thinking small,” he added.

Firstly, Beck argued, the federal government should sell its land to pay down the country’s massive national debt. He also suggested drilling in Alaska to help reduce the debt.

Hannity and Beck went on to speculate on who would be the best Republican candidate to not only win the 2016 presidential election, but also govern the nation effectively and promote freedom.

Listen to Beck’s answer and the rest of the interesting interview via Fox News below: