Why is Glenn split on Christmas?

Now that Halloween has passed, the Christmas holiday PR blitz is full steam ahead. On radio this morning, Glenn explained why he is torn about the early, commercialized buildup to the holiday and reminisced about the wild fluctuations in how he has approached Christmas. Why does he struggle so much with this holiday?

“I guess we're after Halloween, so we can say perfect for the holiday season,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “We had this conversation just the other day, that I am really tired of the commercialism part of Christmas, but I really like the spirit of it.”

“Everything is going up already. There was a section at Target the other day that already had stuff up before Halloween,” Stu said. “You have had a weird struggle with Christmas over the years. I remember one year where Glenn – this is before you were here, Pat – but Glenn got in this mode of realizing he had some money for once in his life, and decided to buy everyone he knew the most extravagant Christmas present ever. I got like the best Mac they made. It was awesome computer, like the top of the line.”

Glenn explained that he has had Christmases at both ends of the spectrum. There were years earlier in his career in which he could barely afford to buy his daughter the ornament she wanted from CVS. And then there were the more recent years in which he could buy just about anything his children’s hearts desired. But is it really worth it?

“I have done the Christmas where I could not afford something for my kids at CVS. I couldn't afford an ornament at CVS,” Glenn said. “Then I went five or ten years later, when we hit it, I decided this Christmas, I have money, I am going to buy everything that I want to buy for everybody I know. So I bought everything I could. And literally, the stack of presents under the tree came up almost to my chest. It was insane. That was worse than the Christmas I couldn't afford things. It was so empty. And both of them were lies. Both of them were lies. One was ‘I'm really super-great because I'm giving all these presents,’ and it was empty. There was nothing to it? So that's kind of where I'm kind of split. I try to find the middle place.”

While Glenn is hoping to find the middle ground with Christmas this year by requiring his family to only exchange gifts that are hand made, Stu wasn’t so sure he will be able to achieve his ultimate objective.

“You are never trying to find the middle,” Stu exclaimed. “You are trying to find a new extreme way to go: You can't buy anything new.”

“You have to make it out of sod,” Pat joked. “Whatever present you give has to be from sod.”

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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