Glenn: Here’s the reason socialism appeals to so many people

Glenn opened the radio program this morning with his theory on why socialism seems to have a growing appeal in America today. The founding principles of the United States of America were based in liberty and self-reliance, but the mentality of “they have it. I don’t have it. I want it. Go get ‘em” replace the ideals of individual responsibility far too often. Why? The simple answer, as Glenn sees it, stems from fear.

“It's because Americans have given up on themselves and their ability to succeed. We don't believe anymore that we are exceptional,” Glenn explained. “And you know what? In some ways, the President is right. We're not exceptional. We're really not. People are people, and they can choose to be exceptional or not. We as a nation chose to be exceptional, and the only thing that made us exceptional was that we, as a group of people, decided to go a different way. That's what made us exceptional – not that we were born any different, not that we have anything special that nobody else has.”

If American exceptionalism was a conscious decision made by the American people, what has changed?

“Why is America failing? America is failing right now because we have chosen to go the way the rest of the world has always gone,” Glenn said. “We have everything we need. We just have to choose it. And what does make us different is that we used to have an understanding of this. We used to have a real innate understanding and one that wasn't just bred into us… It was something in the head and in the heart. We believed that we could build it – we did build it before and we could build it again.”

Glenn explained his favorite thing to do in New York City is people-watch, and during his most recent trip to the city, he noticed two distinct things about the people he observed.

“When you watch them, you will see two things: One, there's a lot of hope if, two, people lose their negativity. Most people are looking down. They're not looking forward because they're convinced that they can't make it on their own,” he explained. “They've been brainwashed – some by outside sources and some by inside sources – brainwashed that you can't make it. And that leads to fear. That's really what it is. It's just this simple: Fear.”

On tonight’s Glenn Beck Program, Srinivas Rao, author of The Art of Being Unmistakable, will join Glenn to talk about the importance of overcoming this fear. Glenn discovered the book, currently only available for the Kindle, several weeks ago, and he is confident that Srinivas’s theory “is the future.”

“I've never met him before. I don't know him from Adam. His father was a college professor. He went to I think Berkeley… and then he went and got other degrees and just kept going and going and going. He found his life completely empty and without meaning. And so he lost his job and was like, ‘You know what? I'm going to surf. I want to learn how to surf. I've always wanted to be a surfer. I'm going to learn how to surf. And then after the tide changes, I will go and I'll put on a suit, and I'll change in my car, and I'll go and see if I can get a job someplace.’ But in that time period, he learned who he really was.”

Glenn explained that the book tackles the theme of overcoming fears – fear of failure, fear of being misunderstood, fear of being wrong – as to show the importance of following one’s own path and writing one’s own story.

“It's fear of failure. It's fear of what other people think. It's fear of being wrong… The biggest fear of all: That I will be alone,” Glenn said of the book. “But there's two sides to that coin: There's faith and there's fear. Faith teaches us you're never, ever, ever alone. Fear begets more fear, and the ultimate fear of being alone… We are all born, we are all created, equal. What does that mean… In other words, we are all a blank canvas. We're all a blank piece of paper, a blank page.”

Most people can wrap their heads around the idea of their life being a blank page, but can we wrap our mind around the idea that each and every day is a blank page? And if every day is a blank page, who is writing on those pages – is it you; is it your parents; is the government?

“Every day you open up your eyes, you can either start over again or you can continue writing on a page that you disagree with… And so you either continue writing it, or even worse, you have somebody else write it for you,” Glenn explained. “You can do it if you want. You can have your parents write it for you… You can let your boss write it… Who's writing on your page? Many people want the government to write it now… But how can the government write it? How can anybody else write it? They don't even know you. The story that anybody else will write for you is the one that pleases them, the one that will make them feel good, at your expense, one that will serve their needs, not yours.”

As the light rises on every day, you are given a choice: You can write your own story. You can write a bold adventure that will be told for generations to come… You can tell a story that is filled with lessons and learning and joy and pain. Or you can let somebody else write it for you. But I'm telling you now, it will be an etching, it will be a pencil line drawing. It will have no color in it,” he continued. “And I promise you, just when you feel like quitting, just when you feel that maybe you’re going to let somebody else write the story, I promise you that is the point when you're about to do the most amazing work of your life. I don't know if you've already started writing your story today. Write a new one. Start with a blank page. It is your choice. It is your life and no one else's. Find your story, and maybe someday somebody like me will be lucky enough to tell it to others.”

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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:

Don't miss next Wednesday's TV special on the coronavirus in its new time slot at 9PM ET.

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