Don’t Fund It: Sen. Mike Lee explains why his colleagues must listen to the American people and defund ObamaCare

With everything going on abroad these last few weeks, it was easy to forget what we are dealing with on the home front. This morning on radio, Glenn spoke with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) about the ongoing fight to defund ObamaCare. There is a deep schism between the establishment GOP and the more conservative members of Congress. Sen. Lee addressed this conflict and explained what the American public can do to help in these final few weeks before the vote.

“[The House] have voted against universal healthcare now 41 times, voted against it 41 times, but all in votes where it doesn't really matter. 41 times,” Glenn said. “So the chance to defund it is right now, and it has to happen before October 1st. Now [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor (R-VA) has decided that he's going to do a little shell game. Senator Mike Lee is here to expose this and tell you exactly what you can do to help.”

Over the last 36 hours, Republican leadership has been floating an idea that would basically allow congressional Republicans to claim they voted to defund ObamaCare, when in reality, the vote ensures the healthcare law will remain funded and fully operational.

“So House Republican leadership in the last 36 hours or so has been floating an idea to move forward with a plan that would do two things with one vote: It would pass two pieces of legislation with one vote in the House,” Sen. Lee explained. “One of those pieces of legislation would defund ObamaCare. The other one would pass a so‑called ‘clean continuing resolution,’ funding everything in government and allowing ObamaCare to remain funded and fully operational. And both of those pieces of legislation would be transmitted separately to the Senate after one vote in the House, leaving the Senate free, of course, to defeat the defund measure and then subsequently immediately pass the clean CR, keeping everything in government, including ObamaCare, funded and submitting that to the president for his certain signature without any subsequent action by the House.”

In addition to Sen. Lee, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and others have been on the program several times over the last few months, urging Americans to contact their representatives and demand ObamaCare be defunded. While it is easy to be discouraged by the seeming lack of action, Sen. Lee explained the petition posted on has already garnered 1.2 million signatures.

“The point is: We were elected to represent our people, the people of our respective states. We were not elected to represent the interests of the elite partisan political establishment in Washington,” Sen. Lee said. “And increasingly that's what the American people want and expect us to do is to stand up for those things that they care about. And Glenn, the American people are overwhelmingly against ObamaCare. It's controversial only in Washington.”

Considering ObamaCare’s popularity has been in steep decline, you have to wonder why the Republican establishment is so desperate to ensure its funding.

“Why is the GOP doing it then,” Glenn asked. “Why are John Boehner and Cantor and everybody else, why are they doing this? “

“You know, it's a difficult question. I'm always hesitant to speak for others, especially others within my own party with whom I disagree… The only thing I can figure is that, based on what they've said, they don't believe that they can win this fight, and therefore they're not willing to even try,” Sen. Lee speculated. “The only way that we know something can't be done is if we don't try at all in the first place… When most Americans recognize that ObamaCare is going to make their family's healthcare situation worse, when people are losing their jobs, they're having their hours cut, when people are losing access to their doctors and to health insurance plans that they've come to rely on over the years, this isn't funny. This isn't something we can trifle with. This isn't something that we can use as just a sort of a tool for partisan political manipulation. This is something the American people expect us to fight on and they expect us to stop this very bad law.”

Sen. Lee reiterated that it is important to make your voice heard. By visiting and signing the petition, you are giving Sen. Lee and his colleagues the ammunition they need to convince others to halt the funding of ObamaCare. With just 20 days left until the vote, encourage your friends and family to do the same.

“Senator Mike Lee from Utah. Truly one of the good guys,” Glenn said. “I mean, I just, I wrote down Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul. These guys are the hope of the republic. They really are. I don't know what tomorrow brings, but these guys are the hope of tomorrow. And you can make a difference if you go to”

The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

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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.