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

Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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