Ted Cruz victory sends a firm message to the GOP

Many skeptics have been signaling that the Tea Party was getting weak or hadn’t little influence anymore as their movement has seemingly quieted over the last year. Yesterday’s run-off for GOP Senate nominee in Texas proved otherwise, as wildly outspent Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz his beat GOP establishment opponent, LT. Governor David Dewhurst, by nearly double digits.

The Tea Party has all but lost its influence over the last year. FreePAC, a convention for grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers, took place in Dallas last weekend. Not only was this a global conference with representatives from over 20 countries, but it was the largest political convention assembled in recent history with over 16,000 attendees. The Tea Party hasn’t disappeared; they’ve simply put down their protest signs and entered a new phase of their movement – a phase that puts them in a position to fight for something, not against something.

“You better wake up, buddy, because you are done,” Glenn said of the progressives grasping at straws to maintain power in the Republican Party this morning. “Your days are numbered.”

Ted Cruz’s victory isn’t a message to the Democrats as much as it to the Republicans. Most Democrats know that the Senate seats in Texas are going to go to the GOP. What happened yesterday was a clear message to the top of the Republican Party.

“Ted Cruz winning Texas is gigantic. This is a very Republican state,” Glenn explained this morning. “This is, you know, a stronghold Republican state. Rick Perry, Republican. David Dewhurst, he’s the guy that everybody who has power in this state said David Dewhurst was the guy, you’ve got to get off that Ted Cruz bandwagon. He’s going to lose.”

Pat confirmed was Glenn said and added, “Everybody told us that, politicos, billionaires – everybody said it’s David Dewhurts, get used to it.”

All of the people with power underestimated how many people are waking up to what’s going on in the country. Glenn reiterated that this message isn’t to the Democrats, it’s to the GOP.

“This should send a message to the Republicans. It doesn't matter how much money you have. It doesn't matter if you have all of the power players. It doesn't matter. We're not doing it anymore. We're not buying into it. We're not buying into your stupid advertisement. You can't win that way,” Glenn said.

Like in most Tea Party and grassroots victories, Cruz was outspent four to one by the time all was said and done with the election. It takes more than good political ads and money to win these elections the last few years.

Glenn took a look back to 2009, when the Tea Party really started shaking up the base. Agenda 21 is continuing to unravel in California of all places. Why? The California 9/12 project.

In 2009 Chris Christie defeated Jon Corzine, who outspent him by millions. Bob McDonnel defeated Creigh Deeds in Virginia. Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts.

In 2010, Rand Paul defeated Jack Conway in Kentucky. In Florida, Mark Rubio beat Charlie Crist twice, in the primary and again in the general. Mike Lee took Bob Bennett’s long held seat in Utah. Grassroots candidate Pat Toomey beat Arlen Spector in Pennsylvania. That’s just a few examples of many that took place in 2010, and since then the Tea Party hasn’t beaten a recall in Wisconsin and continues to have victories like last night’s.

This isn’t just about Barack Obama, it’s about defeating corruption.

“That’s who we want our country back from, those that are corrupt,” Glenn said. “Those who are corrupting the system and those who are trying to destroy it – the people who say they know better than we the people.”

A lot of these people in the GOP that grass roots are taking on now started off good, but power corrupts, Glenn told his listeners this morning. He used Orrin Hatch as an example, making sure to point out that he’s a good guy, but he’s been there too long – he’s addicted to the power.

“This is a battle for the soul of the Republican Party,” Glenn said. “Power corrupts and so they slowly, over time, lost their way.”

This fight inside the GOP is far from over, there are more important races quickly approaching. If you look at the wins, despite what the mainstream media says, it’s easy to see that the Tea Party hasn’t gone anywhere – nor do they intend to.

Later on in the radio show, Pat made sure to solidify the big Tea Party victory in their new home state of Texas with a gloatfest. After all, what’s the ousting of a progressive without Pat serenading us with “Happy Days…”?

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.