The Oval ep. 3: A nation divided

This is an even-numbered year, and so it is the season of elections.

Every candidate, and every party, is seeking to make its case to the voters.

So you are going to hear a lot of things from a lot of people -- and as voters, you will get to decide whom you trust… and who will receive your vote.

That's democracy. Even when elections are hard-fought, they are peaceful. And that is something we should be proud of.

But I am seeing a disturbing trend in our politics.

I am seeing the politics of what I call "50 plus 1." Politicians aren't trying to make the best case to the broadest number of people.

They are only looking for 50% of the vote, plus one. A bare majority. Enough to win - and that's it.

And so they pursue a campaign strategy of building half a house, divided against itself.

We are seeing it in the claims that there is a "war against women." We are seeing it in race-based identity politics.

We are seeing it in attacks on the successful and the prosperous. We are seeing it in the casual attacks on minority faiths… and minority viewpoints.

It's always "us" against "them." A war that must be won. A fight that must be joined. A group that must be destroyed.

Candidates say these things, hoping that their side will be motivated enough to get to 50-plus-one. Maybe it's the right strategy for a short-term victory.

But it's bad for America. And it will leave us with only half a house.

I am not naive. I know that elections are never going to be polite debates. I know that American politics can be nasty and personal.

You should have seen the debates between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Jefferson called Adams a hermaphrodite who didnt have the gentleness of a woman or the firmness of a man.

Adams responded, if the country elected Jefferson, they were electing a man who was a half breed whose mother was an inidian-squaw raised on hoe cakes. your women would be raped and you would see your children's head on pikes.

But when politicians say: "Vote for me, I'll crush the supporters of the other guy."… well, that's not an attack on the other candidate. It's an attack on Americans.

It is bad for America when a candidate for office says "vote for me, so rich people don't get richer." It is bad for America when someone says "vote for me, or else the entire country will look like San Francisco."

It is bad, not only because it is untrue.

It is bad, because it attacks Americans for who they are.

It turns Americans against each other. As if to support one candidate is the best way to tear down a fellow citizen.

That's not how America works. Not at its best.

We are not a zero-sum country. We don't have a limit to our wealth and potential prosperity. We don't have a ceiling on justice. We don't have a set amount of civil rights and privileges.

We are not trying to build half a house. We are not trying to limit what Americans can achieve.

And so we don't have to believe - as the politicians want us to believe - that what one of us gets, the rest of us won't have.

Our system works best when Americans all believe that their destiny is tied up in the future of the country.

All of us. Not women at the expense of men. Not African-Americans at the expense of Latinos. Not the well-to-do at the expense of the struggling.

Come November, we will have votes and we will have winning candidates.

But it would be good if after the confetti and balloons are swept away, we can still be united.

We should know that our elected leaders will represent the entire country. And we should work to build a house that doesn't need to press down on another to stand on its own.

Thank you, and may god keep the republic

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

Read the full story from TheBlaze News here.

'We DON'T destroy books'

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?" - Glenn Beck. Download the podcast here.

Chad Prather's comedic take on why Dr. Seuss got canceled

"Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment'"- Chad Prather. Download the podcast here.

Dr. Seuss BANNING Bonanza! New Progressive Book Titles Revealed! 

In this 7+1 segment-- Crowder uncovers, new, unreleased Dr. Seuss titles that will be released in the near future (parody). Download the podcast here.

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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