WATCH: See Glenn's full speech from Values Voter Summit

This afternoon in Washington, D.C., Glenn spoke at the Values Voter Summit on the extraordinary change occurring throughout politics in America and the role faith is going to play.

"I think we're on the verge of extraordinary times," Glenn told the crowd, "and I think our vision is way too small."

As one attendee tweeted, with his chalkboard at his side, Glenn poised to lay out the facts about what challenges the country faces, and how, if people of faith don't stand firm, it could look like a "brave new world".

 

Glenn pointed out that there have been amazing advancements in technology — things that could empower Americans to educate themselves beyond their imagination without stepping foot on a college campus, but they're also shifting the focus of many from what matters and causing those in power to hold onto it as strongly as possible.

"90% of what you're living is garbage," Glenn noted, pointing out how families sit around the dinner table with their eye fixed to their mobile device or watching TV.

Glenn's point here wasn't that technology is bad, he encourages his audience to use social media every day to spread the truth, his point is that we're allowing it to shift our focus from what we're supposed to be doing and who we really are. It's taking individuals into a world of virtual reality, further away from the truth. Hardly something Americans need in a time when the media and politicians are running from reality as fast as possible.

The Beck household has a new policy now, Glenn explained, no video games in the house. Not because Glenn thinks video games are evil, but because his son was so fixated on the virtual, not the real. The information and communication advancements are incredible and useful, but they're for life outside of the house.

"I put on our chalkboard at home: The next person caught playing video games in this home can find all of the electronics at the bottom of the pool," Glenn said.

Despite the universal opposition to Glenn's new rule (including his own), overnight the family dynamics fundamentally changed. They spent more time talking and interacting with one another, reading the scriptures together, it kept them from being distracted from one another at home.

Glenn compared this to what he believes the country needs to. Not cut out electronics, but interact with one another on a personal level. Focus on the things that matter.

"It's not hard to fix the things that are wrong with our world," Glenn explained, "because we are all individually broken."

Glenn explained that as a nation, America is focused on the wrong things and losing its way, because our families are focused on the wrong things. And, many Americans are looking for someone else to fix the problems.

"When the country was founded, what used to be at the center of every town?" Glenn asked the audience.

The answer: The Church.

"What's at the center now?" he continued.

Shopping and entertainment.

Glenn's point? It's no secret that Americans are fat and addicted to entertainment. But while progressive mayors, like Bloomberg, go after the businesses, Glenn pointed out that it's a problem with the individual and the family, not the overall community. Almost all of our problems can be boiled down to the individual level.

"We are fat and addicted to entertainment and television," Glenn continued. "If you're designing a house, what is at the center? Your kitchen and living room."

"What we design is who we are," he added. "It's time to redesign."

And Glenn wasn't just talking about our neighborhoods, but the whole system. The country, from an individual level to a national level needs to be redesigned to focus on the truth and the individual.

Using education as an example, Glenn explained that the solution isn't clearly not looking to government leaders for solutions to the problems with society, the solutions is shifting focus back to the things that matter — who we are, faith, family, and charity.

"Serving God is serving your fellow man," he said to the Values Voter attendees. "That's the American religion. That's why we're charitable. Serve your fellow man."

Glenn noted that serving our fellow man and a belief in a better tomorrow are what make America exception. He went on to recount the true story of Thomas Edison and Tesla. While most give credit for the innovation of affordable electricity to Edison, it's Tesla who was responsible for a/c (the alternating current). For that history, click HERE, but it all boils down to one man trying to hold onto power instead of doing what's right for the individual.

Does that remind you of anything going on just down the street at in the Capitol building? It should, and that's where Glenn was headed next.

Wrapping up his speech, Glenn told the crowd that they are close to winning. He pointed out the dismal poll number from inside the GOP that are being reported across the media — except, he had a different take. What the media isn't tell the public is that the low GOP approval rating is from Republicans. Americans are upset with the leadership in the Republican Party because they aren't representing them. Instead, they're focused on holding onto power.

“You are looking at a one party system,” Beck told the audience Saturday at the Values Voters Summit in Washington.

“You’re looking at a system with John Boehner, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, they’re all the same. I am thrilled to say we are finally standing up. We are finally saying ‘No, this is what we believe and we will not move.”

Beck said the notion that Cruz and Lee will harm the Republican Party by holding firm against Obamacare is wrong.

“I’m tired of people saying, ‘oh but we might lose, yes. And we just might win,” Beck said, causing the ballroom to erupt in a rousing standing ovation.

He also pointed out that President Obama’s approval rating now is three points lower than President George W. Bush’s approval rating was at this point in his second term. Given that Obama has the backing of the media when Bush had the scorn of the media, Beck said he believes Republicans should show more backbone.

“The guy who had the press going after him saying, I think this guy might be a vampire,” Beck said of Bush. He added of Obama, “He has the movies. He has the university system. He has television. He has the news. He has GE, Comcast, and NBC. And he still has a lower approval rating than Bush.”

“Why are Republicans at 28 percent approval? I’m surprised they’re that high,” Beck said. “They will tell you because of peope like Ted Cruz or people like Mike Lee. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I believe those two guys are stopping the Republicans from having an 18 percent approval rating. These guys are truly remarkable. They both went to their constituents in the election and said, this is exactly who I am and this is exactly what I’m going to do. And now they are getting hammered by the press and the Republicans for doing exactly what they said they were going to do.”

Americans want a party that actually represents them.

"We don't want to start a third party," he noted, comparing the lack of principle in the GOP with the Whig party — the party the Republicans rose from the ashes of.

“Let me tell you a little story. History repeats itself. ‘You don’t want to start a third party.’ But there were about 20 Whigs and a few Democrats who said, you’re lying to us. It’s time to end slavery and you’re lying to us.”

Seeming to make a comparison to Ted Cruz, Beck noted how “Charles Sumner was one of the most unpopular senators. He was tearing apart the Whig party. Everything you’re hearing has happened before.”

He added, “It was six years later that a big gawky skinny guy with a goofy hat stood up and said I’m a Republican and I’m going to end slavery."

"You’re on the verge of winning. And it’s going to happen quickly if you don’t compromise you’re values."

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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