‘I can’t take this guy’: Glenn reacts to President Obama’s Veterans Day speech

There was a rather ironic moment in President Obama’s Veterans Day speech yesterday, when he chose to highlight one of the oldest living veterans in America, Richard Overton, who just so happens to be part of the Honor Flight program that entered the World War II Memorial in defiance of the government shutdown last month.

While Overton, 107, of Austin, Texas, was not part of the group that visited the monuments in October, he did visit Washington D.C. with a group of veterans in May. Honor Flight, the organization Overton is a member of, is the group that was initially barred from seeing the memorial.

“You have to know that the President had the balls to actually stand up and salute the World War II veterans and Honor Flight [yesterday],” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Do you remember what Honor Flight is? Honor Flight is the group that he tried to ban from the World War II Memorial – during the shutdown that he started. He did it!”

Here is some of what the President had to say yesterday:

OBAMA: Everybody, I want you to know a little something about Mr. Overton here. He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering, he was there at Okinawa, he was there at Iwo Jima where he said I only got out of there by the grace of God. When the war ended, Richard headed home to Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race and his service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this veteran held his head high.

“Stop for a second,” Glenn said. “This is the portion of the speech that I could not take.”

Glenn explained that his Uncle Leo was on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He was born America, moved to Italy shortly after his birth, and then returned to the United States. He volunteered to serve, but was often mistaken for a spy because of his thick Italian accent.

“So they treated him like garbage,” Glenn said.

Leo’s best friend at the time was a fellow soldier who was African American. He didn’t know how to swim, but as they neared the beaches in Normandy, his friend was pushed off the boat. Leo tried everything he could to save his friend, but the weight of his packs proved to great. His friend ultimately drowned.

“Why did he drown? Because he was black. And why didn't they listen to my Uncle Leo? Because he was an Italian. So I got it, Mr. President. I got it. America was bad in the past,” Glenn said emotionally. “You know, let me tell you something: America's bad right now, today. Got it, Mr. President. It's Veterans Day. Can you not make everything about race? Can you not, even on Veterans Day, can you not just leave it alone one day?”

“I am sorry,” Glenn continued. “I got up this morning, and I said: I'm not going to be that man anymore. I'm not going to talk about this guy anymore. I am not going to let him get me upset anymore. I apologize. Many Americans, Mr. President, who vehemently disagree with you, agree that America has been a bad place. But once in a while, just once in a while, it would be nice to have a president that would say, ‘But it's really a glorious place. It is really a place of just massive brightness if we choose. And we have chosen before, and we have had those moments.’ But you don't believe that… I'm so offended. But we haven't even gotten to the point yet to where this guy has the audacity not of hope, the audacity to smear and to lie and to con knife… After closing down the World War II Memorial, after taking 80 and 90 and 100-year-old men and treating them like garbage, yesterday he has the audacity to say this:”

OBAMA: He carried on and lived his life with honor and dignity. He built his wife a house with his own two hands. He went back to work in the furniture business. In time he served as a courier in the Texas state capital where he worked for four governors and made more friends than most of us do in a lifetime. And today Richard still lives in the house that he built all those years ago, rakes his own lawn, and every Sunday he hops in his 1971 Ford truck and drives one of the nice ladies in his neighborhood to church.

CROWD: [ APPLAUSE ]

OBAMA: This is the life of one American veteran living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free. And earlier this year the great folks at Honor Flight Austin brought Richard to Washington for the first time.

“Oh, my gosh. They brought him for the first time, the people that he tried to shut down,” Glenn said mockingly. “The good folks at Honor Flight, the extremists that we had to have the Capital Police stand against, build a fence around that damn memorial… You do everything in your power to shut down Honor Flight… and then have the audacity to send your own people out there to harass and harangue and to call the congressmen that are opening up the gates that you erected and have the audacity to call them names and then to stand as the hero. I can't take it.”

“I apologize that you have to hear my venting,” Glenn concluded, “but I can't take this guy.”

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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.

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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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