Romney delivers the smackdown at debate

You may not agree with Mitt Romney on anything...but you can't deny that he has dominated every single GOP debate thus far. He was even able to defend the controversial, big government RomneyCare program he put into place as Massachusetts Governor.

Last night, Romney said:

You know, the great thing about running for president is that you get the chance also to talk about your experience as a governor and I'm proud of the fact that we took on a major problem in my state, and the problem was that we had a lot of kids without insurance, a lot of adults without insurance, but it added up to about 8% of our population. And we said you know what, we want to find a way to get those folks insured but we don't want to change anything for the 92% of the people that already have insurance. And so our plan dealt with those 8%, not the 92.

One of the problems with ObamaCare is he doesn't just deal with the people without insurance. He takes over healthcare for everyone. Then he does something else that Chris Christie said today. He said the problem with ObamaCare is he spends an extra trillion dollars and raises taxes. And raising taxes is one of the big problems, something we didn't do in Massachusetts. He also cuts Medicare, only ‑‑ but people out there talking about cutting Medicare, it's President Obama that did that. And I'm proud of what we were able to accomplish. I'll tell you this, though: We have the lowest number of kids as a percentage uninsured of any state in America. You have the highest. You have over ‑‑ I'm still speaking. I'm still speaking. I'm still speaking. We had ‑‑ we have less than 1% of our kids that are uninsured. You have a million kids uninsured in Texas. A million kids. Under President Bush the percentage of uninsured went down. Under your leadership, it's gone up. I care about people. Now, our plan isn't perfect. Glenn Hubbard is a fine fellow. I'll take a look at his quote. Some people say that. Just because people say something doesn't mean it's true. The truth is our plan is different and the people in Massachusetts, if they don't like it, they can get rid of it. Right now they favor it 3:1. But I'm not running for governor of Massachusetts. I'm running for president of the United States. And as president I will repeal ObamaCare, I'll grant a waiver on day one to get that started and I'll make sure that we return to the states what we had when I was governor: The right to care for our poor in the way we thought best for our respective states.

"Yeah, that was a smackdown," Glenn said.

"Romney is by far the best at this," Pat said of his debate performance.

"Even when he's saying things that are really questionable and somewhat disingenuous, he comes off as really authoritative on them. That's real difficult," Stu said.

Nevertheless, Glenn said that he was still impressed by the other candidates when it came to actual policy.

"I think Romney gets crushed by Ron Paul in the facts on, you know, the economy or on, you know, the Fed or any of that stuff, on printing money," Glenn said.

Glenn also took time to compliment Herman Cain, and said that he thinks the candidate is enjoying a lot of success right now due to his 9-9-9 tax proposal and his underdog status.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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