Glenn Beck on Wednesday said "America will cease to be great" if we continue being "reprogrammed to accept that the most qualified person should not get the job." Beck was referencing a directive from the University of California, Berkeley that students and faculty should avoid using statements like "America is a melting pot" and "I believe the most qualified person should get the job."
"You've got to grab your kids because they are being reprogrammed," Beck said on his radio program. "If we continue down that path, America will cease to be great. We've already slid way past good. We're now in kind of mediocre, kind of like Canada is looking pretty good right now."
Beck said America is being taught that the "special" person should get the job, whether they are "the first black, Hispanic, woman, gay, lesbian, transgendered man that's still questioning and a little bit transabled, or maybe the first transracial, first dwarf, first something should get that job, but not the person who is actually qualified."
Beck said if the person happens to be a first for the job, that's great, but ultimately what matters is how well they can do the job.
"Look, if Ted Cruz were gay but he had exactly the same policies, I would absolutely vote for him," Beck said. "If he ... was the first transgendered woman president, he's still more than qualified."
"If anybody has been paying attention, and you haven't been playing politics, just paying attention, America is being torn apart," Beck continued. "We're just being ripped apart at the seams. All of our most fundamental principles are being bludgeoned to death."
Beck said America's freedom of speech is at stake, though technically "you can say anything you want if you don't mind being hungry for the rest of your life."
"If you love unemployment, speak your mind all you want, baby," Beck said. "The CEO of Firefox, [pressured to resign] because years prior he had donated money to a cause in which he believed. Donald Trump this week, fired because he said something I don't agree with, but I don't want him fired for it."
"People working at ESPN who write chink in the armor, fired. Freedom of speech? Nope," Beck continued. "Freedom of religion? ... People are being forced to provide services for ceremonies against which they conscientiously object."
"America used to be a place where based on your hard work, dedication and talent, you could have a legitimate chance to get ahead in life. You could actually possibly become successful," Beck concluded. "Thanks to the University of Wisconsin and UC Berkeley, we've discovered now that's just not true. Gaining reward based on your efforts apparently cannot happen."
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