Owned! Socialists confirm Glenn's craaaaazy 'conspiracy theory'

The media relentlessly mocked Glenn for his theories that the “Arab Spring” wasn’t going to be the democratic movement that resulted in peace and love that everyone thought it was going to be. New video seems to confirm Glenn’s theory that a union of communists, socialists, and radical Islamists would form in order to take down the West under the guise of the democratic revolutions sweeping the Middle East.

A few months ago when the protests started to erupt in Egypt, Glenn went on the record early and said the following:

1) Groups from the hardcore socialist left,  and extreme Islam will work together because of the common enemy of Israel.

2) Groups from the hardcore socialist left and extreme Islam will work together because of the common enemy of capitalism.

3) Groups from the hardcore socialist left, and extreme Islam will work together to overturn relative stability, because in the status quo, they are both ostracized from power and the mainstream in most of the world.

“These are the things that you were called crazy for,” Stu told Glenn.

And now the following video has emerged:

“Remember back in January I told you that Tunisia was the beginning of the Archduke Ferdinand moment, that it would be something small.  I've been looking for it for years.  It would be something small like the Archduke Ferdinand assassination that started World War I.  And I mean, who knew who this guy was?  And when it happened, it didn't start World War I.  It just started the ball rolling,” Glenn said.

“I said that the radicals, the Islamists and the communists and the socialists would all work together to destroy Israel and capitalism and to destabilize the world.  I was called crazy relentlessly by everyone from Bill Kristol all the way down to, you know, Van Jones,” Glenn declared. “And I was called crazy because, of course, these people have nothing in common.  Why would a communist want to work an Islamist?”

In the video that has just emerged, socialist Joseph Daher said, “Internationalism is the keyword, and thank you for mentioning it.  Because what is happening, what happened we should remember, the student movement in U.K. also pushed other students all over Europe to organize and resist and to be in the streets.  And as I said before, what is happening in the Arab region is against a global system.  This is why everyone have to back it up because we are putting an end and threatening the capitalist system as a whole,” adding, “Have to push for this revolution.  The threat is not from the Muslim Brotherhood.  The threat is from this regime that are backed by Western imperialism.”

“So you understand what he's saying is the threat is not the Muslim Brotherhood.  Exactly what our own president has said and exactly what George Soros has said.  The greatest threat to peace and stability on the Earth, and justice, is the United States of America.  That's George Soros.  So what is he saying?  He's saying the same thing.  That the greatest threat, the reason why these revolutions are happening is not only because of these regimes but the Western capitalist systems that are backing them,” Glenn said.

Daher later said, “We coalesce with Muslim Brotherhoods with different political groups, more conservative, because we have a common objective.  It was the fall of the regime, the fall of Ben Ali, Warrick and others.  And we walk together ‑‑ we walk separately, but we head together.”

“As our political interests will be different, we will criticize them.  I was always explaining to some comrades of me because I said I support the resistance of Lebanon.  Hezbollah, I support them from the resistance.  Boy, but they are a Islamic political group.  Listen.  One day we resist together against a common enemy like Israel, we have to join our forces in the resistance.  But when Hezbollah is doing their liberal policies with the help of different political groups, I criticize them.  This is our position,” Daher said.

Glenn warned, “So once they finish off the West, then the real battle begins.  And it will begin and be waged between the socialists and the communist radicals and the Islamic radicals.  Again, I go back to the question that I asked you in February of this year.  Who do you think wins that battle?  Jerusalem is the line in the sand.”

“I don't believe it is a coincidence that we are brought back to the beginning of civilization, that we are approaching a time when the world is turning on an axis that is the Temple Mount.  I just don't think it's a coincidence.  And I also don't think that this is anything less than one of the most historic opportunities in all of man's history.  That is quite a statement, and I understand that.  But what you are living through right now will be recorded for thousands of years, assuming there is thousands of years left.”

“Now, the question is can this audience break this cycle and break enough people?  Because we are further behind the eight ball than we were in World War II because we don't have the community anymore.  We don't have the stability in our own families, our children.  We don't have the education that we used to as far as our values and our principles.  We don't have the financial resources that we used to have, as a country or as individuals.  Our grandparents were not up to their eyeballs in debt.  So can we reverse it?  The answer is yes.  Yes.  But it's going to require us rolling up our sleeves,” Glenn said.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9.

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

Get tickets and more information here.

Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

History at the Mercury Museum

Alanna Sarabia interviews Glenn Beck for "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios.

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?