Ted Cruz stands up to detractors: I didn’t come to D.C. to make friends

One thing that has made Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) so divisive is his unfailing ability to say exactly what is on his mind. From the beginning, Sen. Cruz has made his objective clear: He is in Washington to serve his constituents in Texas. And during an interview with ABC News set to air Sunday, Sen. Cruz reaffirms that very point, explaining he is not in Washington to make friends.

“Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are the two best guys in the Senate,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “They're principled. They're decent. They're being excoriated by everybody. And they're not going to stop. They don't care. They said: This is what you asked me to do. I ran on this. You asked me to stand by the Constitution. You asked me to do these things. I will do them. And they're very bright – two of the brightest guys in Washington. So here is Ted Cruz.”

REPORTER: How much do your colleagues just despise you right now on the floor? I mean I hear some really strong language from your own fellow Republican senators.

CRUZ: Listen. You know --

REPORTER: You made some enemies in this battle.

CRUZ: There's an old saying that politics, it ain't beanbag. And, you know, I'm not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate. And you know what? There is an inverse relationship. Given the choice between being reviled in Washington D.C. and appreciated in Texas, or reviled in Texas and appreciated in Washington, I would take the former 100 out of 100 times.

And I'll tell you: When I go back home in Texas, I have a job that I was elected to do and that's to represent 26 million Texans, to fight for them, and they are frustrated just like people all over this country. Their top priority is jobs and economic growth, and Washington isn't listening to them. But there's a difference. You want to draw me into discussing specific individual senators. I'm not going to do that. I will say that the reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached last night, is because unfortunately Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans. I wish Senate Republicans had united. I tried to do everything I could to urge Senate Republicans to come together and to stand with House Republicans because --

REPORTER: So you're saying more than that, though. You're saying not only did they not support House conservatives, that they attacked House conservatives, Republicans.

CRUZ: Well, and I think it was unfortunate. I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple Senate Republicans going on television, attacking House conservatives, attacking the efforts to defund Obamacare, saying it cannot win, it's a fool's error and we will lose, this must fail, that is a recipe for losing the fight, and it's a shame. I really wish Senate Republicans had simply stood with House Republicans and said, “You know what? We're going to be unified listening to the American people.”

“What awful, hateful rhetoric, and he's right. He's right. You know, they doomed themselves to failure from the very beginning. Because what did they do? I mean really think about what the Republicans have done. The Republicans said that they were going to do everything they can to stop Obamacare. And maybe we should have said more specifically: Is there a period there? Is it: We're going to do everything we can to stop Obamacare from being inflicted on us in Congress. Or are you doing everything you can do to stop Obamacare, period,” Glenn asked. “They did everything they could to stop it from being inflicted on them but not on us. And as soon as they got their special deal, then they were done.”

As Glenn explained, what we witnessed in the Senate is actually a move right out of the progressive playbook. It is Rules for Radicals from so-called Republicans.

“It doesn't even make sense. It just doesn't even make sense. Unless you're playing the game that the White House plays. I mean, look. Let me show you, it's Rules For Radicals. That's Rules For Radicals. Do you see what John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Peter King [did],” Glenn asked. “What they did is Rules For Radicals: Isolate, call them names, call them extremists, call them every name in the book. And that's what they did… So when you have that kind of rhetoric going on behind the scenes, what are they doing? They're doing Saul Alinsky.”

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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.

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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