Paul Ryan puts Dem rep in his place after blaming Tea Party for IRS targeting

After the emotional testimony from a Tea Party leader during Tuesday's House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, Democrat Rep. McDermott tried to point the finger right back at the TEA Party. The accusations were so outrageous it prompted Glenn to urge America to "fumigate" Congress of the infestation happening. Paul Ryan was not having any of that and gave a pretty solid response to the Democrat representative.

Becky Gerritson, Wetumpka TEA Party leader, delivered a powerful account of her experience of political intimidation via the IRS yesterday.

“I’m not here as a serf or a vassal. I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born-free American woman, wife, mother, and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place.”

“It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well being and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. The post that you occupy exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty and you have faltered.”

After her moving statement, Gerritson was met by Democrat Representative Jim McDermott point the finger right back at her.

Sounds like McDermott's blaming conservatives for the IRS scandal…right?

"I would not have been able to stay silent," Glenn responded after hearing the statements.

Well, Glenn wasn't there to speak up, but Paul Ryan was.

"I'm going to fever cite from my original question in response to what I just heard," Ryan started.

Paul Ryan, who had a question of his own decided to forgo his planned remarks to respond to what he just heard come out of McDermott's mouth. McDermott repeatedly tried to stop and interrupt Paul Ryan's response.

"We had a former IRS commissioner Shtollman, who knew about the political targeting long before Congress implied the organizations were responsible for the targeting because they chose to apply for tax extent status.  So you are to play, I guess to the met an here.  Do you think that you were targeted based upon your political beliefs, your religious beliefs, or just because you chose to apply?" Ryan asked.

"Our beliefs, our views," the TEA Party leader responded.

"It's pretty amazing, because they are the only ones, the only ones who were targeted were Tea Party and like-minded, like 912 groups," Pat noted. "Like 4606 them were looked into, but they were not targeted. The only ones they specifically looked for, so that they could give extra scrutiny to were conservative groups. That's what this is about.  It's not that nobody else was looked into."

"America, hear me, hear me clearly," Glenn started, "You are on the right side if you believe the IRS is out of control.  If you would actually stand for this, if this were being done to the left, you would be sadly

mistaken.  You would be wrong.  This cannot happen to any American, and you have the golden opportunity.  I have never thought in my life we could abolish the I was.  I never thought you could overturn that. You have the opportunity right now.  You have the opportunity to abolish the IRS."

Glenn reminded listeners that silence is also sending a message. If Americans don't speak up they are giving the government and the IRS more power, simply through silence. Despite being given an extra week, the IRS hasn't even so much as responded to Congress yet — something Glenn believes the public should be outraged by.

"Why have we not bolted those doors yet?" Glenn asked. "Why have we not seized their assets?  Why have we not frozen their payrolls?  Why have we not done that?  Congress should be demanding. Congress holds the purse strings.  Congress should shut down the IRS, until they comply, because I have news for you.  They do it you.  They do it to me.  They do it to every single business without a warrant, they padlock your doors, throw you in jail, affine you until you just beg for mercy.  Well, what's good enough for the goose certainly is good enough for the gander.  Why is Congress -- ask yourself, why is Congress pussy footing around with the IRS?  They have the power to shut them down.  You comply or you go to jail.  You are in contempt of Congress.  Shut them down.  Enough with the speeches.  Shut them down, Congress, and don't you ever forget.  You do have the power.  You do. I don't know how much longer you have the power, but you do have the power right now, and if people would get together and they would march peacefully, they would stand and they would make the case right now, abolish the IRS.  You have a chance."

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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