Glenn Beck on Thursday said those who claim the NFL uses players in the prime of their lives and then fails to care for their injuries should be saying the exact same thing about the federal government, because it sends soldiers into battle and rewards them with shameful health care when they return.
Beck said he has enormous respect for author Malcolm Gladwell, but objected to the inconsistency in his calling the NFL a "moral abomination" when the government is not held to the same standard.
"Our government is never ever held to the same standard they're expecting others to be held to," Beck said on his radio program. "A moral abomination? Here's your moral abomination: we'll fight a war — we don't know what it's about anymore — we know people will have traumatic brain injury, we know they'll come back limping. They're going to come back missing limbs. We know they'll come back so morally, spiritually, physically scarred that they will not be able to function. We know their suicide rate will be through the roof."
"Oh yeah, and we're going to take care of them on, maybe, 'future ticket sales,'" Beck added, continuing the analogy. "We don't really have a plan for them."
Beck said America has a government-run health care system to care for veterans, but it is "so corrupt" that people are dying and committing suicide before they have a chance to see a doctor.
"We would never put up with it [from any other industry]," Beck asserted. "The government would be all over that industry. It is time for the government to shut the hell up."
"Until you can live by the same kind of standards you insist we have, shut the hell up," Beck said. "You take care of your problems. You take care of all the issues and all of the pain and all of the destruction and all the brain injuries that you clowns in Washington have caused. When you start to feel the moral weight and the responsibility on your shoulders for all the suicides, all of the lost limbs and all of the people that cannot even function anymore because of your policies -- and you show me where you have [the money to care for them] off to the side in a fricking lock box -- I don't want to see your future IOUs."
"You start cutting on other things until you can show me the cash, that you take care of these guys until the day they drop dead from a natural disease," Beck concluded. "Until you can do that, shut the hell up about my problems. Maybe that's just me."
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