Government won't let go of GM

This morning, Glenn told listeners the story of how he made the decision to cancel his advertising contract with General Motors - the biggest contract he had at the time - because of the auto bailout.

"My word to you is worth more," he explained.

Glenn recounted this story because of news that broke earlier these week about the auto company. The feds are refusing to sell their shares of GM.

TheBlaze reported that:

General Motors Co. executives want the Treasury Department to sell its almost 27 percent stake in the company because, they say, the feds are hurting their image and government pay restrictions are chasing away top talent.

But Treasury officials aren’t interested in selling because it would mean posting a multibillion dollar loss during an election year, the Wall Street Journal reports.

GM officials offered to repurchase 200 million of the 500 million shares the feds hold with “the balance being sold via a public offering,” MarketWatch notes.

Government officials weren’t interested in the deal.

Glenn noted that the last thing he said to the people he negotiated with at GM was, "You ever get out this thing, you call me up. I do believe in GM,  but I can't do it when you're in bed with the government."

What was their response?

"Mr. Beck, we are going to get out of bed with the government." 

Apparently not.

What did GM end up with as a result of the bailout? They're not allowed to buy out the government stakes. They're stuck in this deal now, and chances are, if they hadn't gone through bankruptcy in the first place, they would probably have made it to the other end by now.

"I can guarantee that those stocks would be worth more," Glenn said.  

This isn't the first time this has happened in our history - the banks went through a similar situation during their bailout. There were banks who didn't want the bailout, but they weren't given a choice.

"Are they better off? No you know why?  Because they don't own themselves anymore," Glenn said. "They are controlled."

Glenn compared the situation to going on food stamps. It should be a last resort. Go to your family, your church, your town, before you go to the federal government.

"But get out of that system as soon as as you possibly can," he added. "Find another way.  Get out because they will control you." 

Americans are giving up their freedom one welfare check at a time - willingly giving up control of their decision making for a handout.

"I contend that anybody who is telling you now how could they possibly tell you we are better off as a country than we were four years ago.  How could they possibly tell you that we're on the road to recovery when things aren't working?" Glenn asked. "When you see the roles of people who're living off the government teat, not only expand but in some cases double six months ago 36 million were on food stamps.  Now it's 49 million - that's crazy.  How are we better off?  How is this working unless this is your plan to enslave people.  It crushes the American spirit.  It crushes the individual.  And they control you.  This is a debate we should have. 47% of the American population? We're not talking about poverty, we're talking slavery.  And if you don't believe me, maybe you should read Booker T Washington and Frederick Douglas, and what they said about government handouts."

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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