Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today by literally using the lyrics from the A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera song “Say Something” to explain the state of America heading into the election.
Americans, Beck lamented, are ruthlessly attacking one another because nobody is willing to listen to what the other side has to say and, as a result, don’t know how to communicate effectively any more about our shared values and desires.
Eventually, Beck compared the election to “birth pangs,” saying that it is up to his audience to maintain their cool through the process so that they can bring the nation back together once the election is over.
“What we’re going through right now is birth pangs,” Beck said. “In 60 days, we give birth to something and we’re in the room right now and this is the time where your wife is like, ‘Get your hands off me, I’m never going to let you touch me again!’ and screaming at you and saying all kinds of things that you know she doesn’t mean. She’s going to be fine the moment the pain stops. The moment she gives birth, that’s all going to be over.”
“These are birth pangs,” he continued. “We need to be ones in the room that just looks and smiles and says, ‘Uh huh, I know, breath, honey, breath.'”
Lashing out at a woman in labor “would cause massive problems,” Beck explained, which is why his audience must be the voice of comfort and reason during this time so as not to cause permanent division.
“We need to understand we’re giving birth to something new, to an entirely new life” he said. “And whether that life turns out to be good or Damien, we don’t know. But as parents that gave that life its start, we better be one.”