Freedom vs. Free Stuff: Why are some areas more charitable than others?

Those who listen to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama most likely believe think that Republicans hate the poor, that people who oppose raising taxes on the rich are greedy and don’t want to help those in need, and those opposed to Obamacare don’t care about sick people - right?

While those are all great surface-level talking points for a Democrat trying to win an election, they’re wildly inaccurate.

The latest in a long line of evidence disproving this comes from a recent study showing that red states give more to charity than blue states:

“It seems those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities.

While a recent Democrat ad had a conservative government pushing granny over a cliff in her wheelchair, it turns out Red states, those with a Republican/Independent conservative base, are more generous to charities.

Conversely, the surveys shows those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities according to a new study published Monday.

Eight states that supported Sen. John McCain over Barack Obama gave highest share of their income to charities. Conversely, the seven least generous states went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The study was done by Chronicle of Philanthropy from its latest survey of tax data from the IRS for 2008.

Residents in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia, all backers of McCain in 2008, gave the most to the needy. Utah topped the charitable list at 10.6 percent of income.

The states that gave the least to charitable causes are Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire – all Obama supporters in 2008.”

This morning on radio, Glenn analyzed this survey from a different angle than most people will.

“The eight states that gave their highest share of their income: Utah, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia, Idaho, what do they all have in common?” Glenn asked this morning.

They’re all religious states.

Glenn reminded listeners that we have a choice: freedom or free stuff. As Americans look at the problems that lie ahead and the choices the tough choice that will have to be made, the places in the country with the most charitable giving are the areas that will maintain freedom.

“You better live around like-minded people,” Glenn told listeners, “because those in New England will be the first to despair. They won't see the charity in their own circle…The states won't be able to take care of it people will have to learn it all over again.  They'll have to learn I am my brother's keeper not the government.  As these states become more and more desperate they will claw for more and more free stuff which will cause them to be less and less free.”

“I think you should look at this poll in a way of where to live,” he added.

Glenn, who has lived all over the country, most recently Connecticut and New York City, knows first-hand that the south and the mountain west are the places where he is surrounded by like-minded people that take care of each other.

“They will fight the hardest for freedom,” Pat added.

“If you look [at the study], the regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not,” Glenn emphasized. “Two of the top states Utah and Idaho have a high percentage of Mormons, who have a tradition of tithing.  And the rest of the top 10 is the Bible belt. That tells you something.”

Not only does this study give insight to where like-minded people are, Glenn noted that it also tells us why Americans should be standing firm for the Biblical principals in America’s founding and not fold to the increasing attacks on Christianity around the country.

A second study Glenn used to back this up is a list put together to help college professors understand the people they’re about to be teaching. The latest is for students entering college this fall – the majority of which were born around 1994.

“Kurt Cobain, and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead. And they have always lived in cyberspace.  This one is amazing.  I don't know why this is true.  The Biblical sources of terms such as "forbidden fruit," ''the writing on the wall," ''good Samaritan," and "the promised land" are unknown to most of them,” Stu read from the list.

The terms from the Bible are what Glenn was touching on by bringing up this list.

“Most of them are no longer being taught the Bible,” he said. “We are not teaching the Bible.”

Glenn noted the ramifications of a generation not understanding the meaning of these terms.

“Forbidden fruit – so in other words something that looks delicious might be delicious to the taste.  Might smell good, might seem to be good.  It might seem to be good for you, but it's forbidden because it unlocks door you do not want to unlock,” Glenn said. “The forbidden fruit if you can't understand that story of forbidden fruit.  How do you teach?  There are some things in capitalism you don't go down that road.  It might seem like a good deal.  The business school doesn't teach this.  Do they make money in the end or not.  Sometimes it's the forbidden fruit.”

An entire generation was changed by one politicians definition of what sex is just a few years ago with Bill Clinton, it’s concerning to think about the effects these factors will have on this generation on young adults. Looking at the states are Glenn mentioned from the study on charity and the concentration of religious individuals living in them,  the growing attack from the media and the far left on conservative Christians is not likely to take the country in a positive direction.

“Think of a society, of what a generation becomes, without these phrases and knowing what they mean.”

 

 

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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