‘He’s so mavericky’: Glenn reacts to Sen. John McCain’s epic flip-flop

Remember when Senator John McCain (R-AZ) referred to anyone fighting to delay/defund Obamacare as a “wacko bird”? Well – irony of all ironies – six weeks later, Sen. McCain is calling for the “total repeal” of the law. Sen. McCain announced his flip-flop during an interview with Fox News’ Greta van Susteren last night.

“You know, there's times that you look at John McCain and you say, ‘You're a dirt bag weasel’ and then other times you look at him and you say, ‘You're a weasel dirt bag,’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “And it's that dichotomy of is he a ‘dirt bag weasel’ or weasel dirt bag’ that [makes him] the most mavericky maverick I've ever seen – and I know mavericks.”

To start, let’s take a look at what Sen. McCain had to say about fellow Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in September:

“Yeah, he didn't know what he was doing. He was really pretty stupid and he's a wacko bird,” Glenn said mockingly. “And you know, it couldn't be that those people who are doing this, actually believed in something. Actually, at least wanted to be on the record saying, ‘This is wrong… I'm not playing a game.’ No, it couldn't be that. No, they are just dumb. They're some of them are anarchists, some of them are even terrorists. However, when the lousy senator from Arizona – I'd like to call him the good senator from Arizona but I don't think he's a good senator from Arizona, I think he's a lousy senator from Arizona – when the lousy senator from Arizona decides that oh wait a minute, now the political winds have changed, now he wants to jump on.”

Last night, during his sit-down with van Susteren, Sen. McCain announced his “solution” for what he now apparently believes to be the diabolical healthcare law:

MCCAIN: The solution is, first of all, to let people keep their insurance if they want to. Or at least reinstate them. Second of all, let the insurance companies give a menu of whatever they want to provide. Third of all, medical savings account. Fourth of all, medical malpractice reform. Let people go across state lines to, in order to, if they can get a better insurance policy in another state. And remove this whole tax incentive for employers to provide employees health insurance.

“He's an anarchist,” Glenn said sarcastically. “He's not a terrorist is he? Is he a wacko bird? He's not a wacko bird saying we should repeal this thing is he?”

When van Susteren suggested Sen. McCain’s “solution” sounded like a “repeal,” Sen. McCain declared:

MCCAIN: That’s exactly right. That is total repeal in every other way. Because what Obamacare is, is an experiment in social engineering — in other words, making healthy people pay more…in order to subsidize the health care for people that are older and unhealthy. That is the ultimate in social engineering.

While Sen. McCain has called for the repeal of Obamacare in the past, his recent remarks stand in stark contrast to that belief. He was perfectly content throwing his colleagues under the bus over an idea he now seems to be suggesting. Why the change of heart, Sen. McCain?

“Whoa. Wait a minute. John McCain you're such a maverick. If I may recognize the lousy senator from Arizona, I'm trying to get my arms around this. He's so maverick,” Glenn said. “It's almost like he's using someone else's recycled idea, you know? And it's almost like he had to destroy someone so he could retain his power. You know what I mean? And then take his idea and then just recycle it, repackage it, and then go on the sources that won't hold him accountable at all because they are part of the problem. You know what I mean?”

“He's just now on Fox News, saying, repeal, does he know that there's no chance of that ever happening? Does he realize that? Or, does he think there is a chance now? And so he can look like the leader that he always has been,” he continued. “Oh my goodness, because now, if we have a chance, he's already destroyed every one else. And if he could just make it look mavericky, the GOP could look like this was their idea, and they are working together with the maverick. Oh, what a win for the progressives, almost… Again, I just can't decide whether he is a ‘dirt bag weasel’ or a ‘weasel dirt bag.’ I can't decide.”

Watch Sen. McCain’s entire interview with van Susteren HERE.

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Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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