Why does Glenn pray President Obama is 'exactly like' FDR?

On radio this morning, Glenn explained what he believes to be the two most important stories out of Egypt: the persecution of Christians and the potential economic fallout in America as a result of rising gas prices. Both issues have received little coverage from the mainstream media, but, as Glenn explained, the United States now finds itself in a situation very similar to that of the 1940s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ultimately chose to forego the New Deal for capitalism – will President Obama do the same?

“Egypt is going to affect you, whether you know it or not, because of our blessing of the

Muslim Brotherhood, and what they are now doing to the Coptic Christians,” Glenn said. “And this is a story that media just does not care about. You're going to need to pay attention to it, and share the information with your friends and with your church, and let people know what's really happening. There's a purge going on that is akin to the Night of Broken Glass in Germany. It is a frightening situation, if you are a Christian in Egypt.”

On Friday’s Glenn Beck Program, guest-host Laurie Dhue spoke to Erick Stakelbeck about the persecution Coptic Christians have faced in the region, and Erick specifically called out the media for failing to cover the story.

Meanwhile, we are still sending aid – to the tune of $1.5 billion annually – to the Egyptian military. While it may be becoming more and more difficult to justify the enormous aid check, but Glenn found himself conflicted on the topic.

“I did a lot of thinking and praying on this over the weekend, and I don't think that we have a choice at this point. My feeling is that we shouldn't be sending aid over to Egypt, but if we cut the aid off in Egypt, it will spiral that nation out of control even faster than it is,” Glenn explained. “We should not be sending aid over to Egypt, however, we are in a position now, because of our behavior and because of the choices we already made, that if we don't fund is military, which will be the hardline crackdown – if we're lucky, it will become the new Mubarak. If we don't support them, then we are look at an all-out civil war between the Muslim Brotherhood and something even potentially more dangerous.”

So what would Glenn do if he were in President Obama’s position?

“If I were president, I would get our ducks in a row right now and start drilling for oil and I would open up absolutely every oilfield we could possibly open and I would take the shackles off of our energy developing companies and I would say, ‘Go get it, boys. And do it quickly. You are running out of time,’” Glenn said. “If I were president, I would use the aid we are doing to buy us time, but I would make it very clear… I'm taking all shackles off our oil companies on anything they want to produce here because we have to be energy-independent right now.”

In 2008, the U.S. economy collapsed with gas prices at $140 per barrel. Today, oil is at $107.46, and many are speculating that the devolving situation in Egypt could drive prices close to $200 a barrel and beyond.

“There will come a time that the world will have to get involved in the Middle East and will have to get involved most likely in Egypt because of the Suez Canal. If they close the Suez Canal, prices of oil immediately skyrocket, probably to $180 a barrel. That adds ungodly amounts of money to be able to get oil,” Glenn explained. “So whatever you are paying for gas today, I want you to look at that gas price and realize that unless we find some way to put the genie back in the bottle or… we uncap those resources and start going for our own resources, we are done.”

Glenn liked the situation we currently find ourselves in to that of the 1940s. Prior to entering World War II the economy was in shambles and not getting any better, as President Roosevelt continued to implement the New Deal. Ultimately, however, even FDR realized the value of capitalism in troubled economic times. But will President Obama see things the same way?

“There is the possibility that things get so bad that this president realizes we are done as a nation, unless we go to the capitalists and turn this engine back on. Oil is going to go through the roof, I fear. If it does, we're in deep, deep trouble,” Glenn said. “The question is, do you believe in the end that this president is a patriot that doesn't want to see America completely destroyed. Because there are many of our grandparents… that felt the same way about FDR as we do about this president – the government is getting out of control, we are starting to head towards tyranny, this guy doesn't know what he's doing, and he doesn't love the country. In the end, FDR showed that yes, he did want America to survive. Let's pray that this president is exactly like FDR, that in the end, he does love the country and he will do the right thing, and when we have our back up against the wall, he shows us that yes, yes, this system can produce, and watch us produce.”

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

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