The Oval: The Supreme Court

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In the coming few days, the Supreme Court will issue a long-awaited ruling.

The 9 justices will issue their opinions on whether President Obama’s sweeping health care law should stand.

It will be a major moment.

Not just for this nation.

Not just for the personal freedom of Americans to make health care choices.

It will also be a major moment for the president.

He will have an opportunity to say whether he respects the court’s decision… or not.

He will be able to show respect to a co-equal branch of government… or not.

He will have the ability to tell the American people what comes next… or not.

So far, the president has failed this test.

He has verbally attacked the Supreme Court for past decisions.

He has mischaracterized their rulings.

He has distorted… and fumed… and fulminated.

But he has not shown leadership.

So I have decided to help out President Obama.

I have decided to help out his speechwriters.

I did some research.

As it turns out, President Obama is not the first president who has struggled with the Supreme Court.

There were others.

Thomas Jefferson, angered over judicial review of laws passed by Congress, wrote “my construction of the Constitution is very different” from the court’s.

In 1974, Richard Nixon, with his presidency in effect destroyed by a Supreme Court ruling on the Watergate tapes, said merely: “While I am, of course, disappointed in the result, I respect and accept the Court's decision.” He resigned a few weeks later.

There is a great tradition of presidents petitioning the court… and an even greater tradition of them losing. This is not a dictatorship. The president must abide the decisions of someone else.

But even with this tension, presidents of both parties have been able to speak their mind with respect…

They have been able to make their case without stepping on the dignity of the justices.

Here’s Ronald Reagan, in 1983, after a Supreme Court ruling that struck down state’s efforts to limit abortion-on-demand: “I join millions of Americans expressing profound disappointment at the decisions announced by the Supreme Court.”

He continued: “The issue of abortion must be resolved by our democratic process. Once again I call on the Congress to make its voice heard against abortion on demand and to restore legal protections for the unborn whether by statute or constitutional amendment.”

Note the tone. Serious. Upfront. Unyielding. But respectful.

Here is Bill Clinton in 1998, when the court ruled against the line item veto. “I am deeply disappointed with today's Supreme Court decision. The decision is a defeat for all Americans—it deprives the President of a valuable tool for eliminating waste in the Federal budget and for enlivening the public debate over how to make the best use of public funds.”

Here is Clinton again in 2000, when the court struck down a portion of a law. “We plan to study the Supreme Court's decision.”

Disappointed. Deeply disappointed. We plan to study the decision. This issue must be resolved by our democratic process.

These are the words of presidents who understood that the Supreme Court is not a rubber stamp body. These men knew what democracy means… what checks-and-balances mean.

They didn’t like the result. They didn’t go away quietly. But they understood.

And here is one thing they did not do: They did not try to undermine the Court… they did not lecture the Court… they did not misrepresent the issues or the ruling.

In short, they didn’t do what Barack Obama has already done.

Even FDR, who did the most to degrade the court, by attacking it as “nine old men”… who tried to pack it with his own favorites… who spent entire press conferences fulminating at the rulings… who compared the court to a horse that would not do the work of the farm….

Even FDR understood that the Supreme Court has an important role to play in our democracy. A vital role.

Here is what he says: “In some ways it may be the best thing that has happened to this country for a long time that such a decision has come from the Supreme Court, because it clarifies the issue.”

“Clarifies the issue.”

How true it is. Sometimes, the democratic process is messy. Sometimes, people would like to forget about the challenges of writing a law… making sure it has support… making sure its Constitutional.

But the Court doesn’t forget. The Court doesn’t gloss over the little things. The Court “clarifies the issue.”

It would be good for President Obama to heed these words.

And to show the nation that he not only can lecture. But that he can learn as well.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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