Judge Napolitano: ‘We have achieved universal watching and monitoring’

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke with Judge Andrew Napolitano about his new book, Theodore to Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom. In keeping with the theme, Glenn also asked the Judge for his thoughts on the Supreme Court rulings and the NSA scandal.

“This is just the end phase of the fundamental transformation of America, and we are transforming into a country that none of us, you know, want to necessarily build,” Glenn said. “We are turning into a country that all men should fear. Would you agree with that?”

“In general I stand with one of your and my favorite American heroes, even though he wasn't born in the United States, Thomas Paine, who said it is the duty of the patriot to protect his countrymen from the government,” Judge Napolitano responded. “Because there is no greater force for the destruction of freedom in this country than the government combined with the compliance of people who accept what the government says and who comply with what the government commands and believe it is telling the truth.”

Between the IRS and NSA, the government has the ability to catalogue and store all of our records. They have control over almost everything.

“You go across the street to buy an ice cream cone and they know you ordered vanilla. You run your dishwasher with only half the dishes in… they know it. You warm up a bowl of tomato soup in your microwave and they know it. You talk to your spouse on the phone and they know it, and they know what you said and they know… when she called you and where you were when you took the call,” Judge Napolitano explained.

People often use the argument that it doesn’t matter whether or not the government is listening to phone calls or reading emails because if you aren’t doing anything wrong, what difference does it make. The Judge explained, much like Glenn has, that allowing for the erosion of our right to privacy is a slippery slope.

“The difference that it should make to everyone is the value of personal dignity and personal liberty in a free society,” Judge Napolitano said. “Human beings do not achieve our full actualization, our full capacity as thinking‑free, loving preachers of God when we are watched and monitored because the next step after ‘watched and monitored’ is a permission slip… We have achieved universal watching and monitoring. Whatever you think of this kid Snowden, wherever he goes, whoever he's spilling the beans to, in my opinion, his post‑spilling the beans behavior does not diminish one iota the patriotic heroism of the initial spilling the beans… We now know for sure that they are monitoring our every move.”

In a post-September 11th world, all Americans understand the need for intelligence as it applies to national security. But in an attempt to maintain security, we have forfeited our liberty. “Where does the government get that authority under the Constitution,” Judges Napolitano asked. “And whatever happened to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to prevent the government from doing that very type of thing?”

To close, Pat asked the Judge how he felt about the SCOTUS decisions today. “As a libertarian I would suspect that maybe you're okay with the overturning with the Defense of Marriage Act,” Pat asked.

“As a libertarian I am. As a libertarian this is not a matter of marriage equality. Forget about equality. It's a matter of marriage neutrality. It's none of the government's business who I want,” Judge Napolitano said. “As a Roman Catholic, as a pre‑Vatican traditionalist Roman Catholic, I am governed by the laws of the church, and marriage is a sacrament. But that's the laws of the church, not the laws of the land. And we still have separation of church and state.”

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may say he's all about advocating for the common good, but during his more than 30 years in "public service," the socialist senator has been more adept at promoting his own bottom line.

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Peter Schweizer, joined Glenn Beck in the studio Friday to discuss his new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," and to break downs how Sanders has become the very model of the corrupt socialist leader who becomes wealthy at the expense of the citizens they are elected to serve.

"It's a major problem for Bernie Sanders," Schweizer said. "He's turned socialism into a profession that has generated a lot of money to his family."

"Isn't that what always happens?" Glenn asked. "I mean, everybody in charge of a socialist country, they walk away with billions, in some cases, and the people are left starving."

"Yes, that's exactly right," agreed Schweizer. "It is a racket for Bernie Sanders. And the sort of austere image that he presents —kind of the John the Baptist of the progressive movement — it's simply not true."

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By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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