Drunk 16-year-old kills four people and gets off with just probation… because he is too wealthy?

A Texas judge has issued a stunning verdict in the case of a Fort Worth teenager who killed four and critically injured two others in a drunken car accident. Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old from a wealthy family, faced up to 20 years in prison for the deadly accident he caused. Instead, he received a 10-year probation sentence after defense attorneys argued the teen’s parents spoiled him and never taught him the difference between right and wrong.

“I don't understand it. There's a story about a 16-year-old kid who was driving a truck – he's drunk; he's got a bunch of kids in his car. Three times the legal limit. He kills four people,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “So what happens to him? What's the punishment for this kid? Probation. What? Probation. Now, why did he get probation?”

“Well, because, Glenn, he didn't have a chance. He didn't have a chance in life,” Pat explained. “As we all know, when you're wealthy and you've been given everything in life, you just, you don't have a chance. So I mean, I think we can all agree that probation was probably even too stern a punishment for him…. That's actually what they are saying.”

Got that? This young adult is not responsible for his actions because his family was too privileged to teach him how to handle situations in which things don’t go your way.

According to the Star-Telegram:

Defense attorneys enlisted a psychologist to testify that the teen had essentially raised himself and he had an emotional age of 12.

“The teen never learned to say that you’re sorry if you hurt someone. If you hurt someone, you sent him money,” the psychologist, Gary Miller, said.

“He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,” Miller added. “He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle.”

As Glenn argued, the state is actually perpetuating the problem the parents caused by not holding the teenager accountable. How will he ever learn about responsibility, if he isn’t even held responsible for murder?

“You're 16-years-old. You know you're not supposed to be on Valium, on alcohol, and getting into the back of a truck. And so what they're saying is this kid was never disciplined before. He was never taught, and so he didn't really know. And so the judge lets him go,” Glenn explained. “Well, what are you teaching him now? You're not holding him responsible now. Now the state is continuing the problem that his parents caused… I mean, jeez.”

This ruling seems to resemble the story of Goldilocks.

“Do we all live in Goldilocksville,” Glenn asked. “Because if you don't have enough, you can't be held responsible. If you have too much, you can't be held responsible.

“It has to be just the right amount,” Pat added. “That's why we focus on the middle class so much. Everybody aspires to the middle class. You don't want too much and you don't want too little.”

So what does that notion mean for society as a whole? In theory, it seems to suggest the only people who will actually be held accountable are the ones who are working hard and doing their job.

“Who does that leave… The only ones that will ever pay the price are the ones who are actually doing their job. They are actually showing up… They are doing all of the right things. They're raising their kids to the best of their ability… They have a job… If you screw up, you're toast because… you did it just right, so we're going to hold you responsible,” Glenn said. “But the people who had too much, they can't be held responsible if they had too much. If they had too little, they can't be held responsible. So only the people who are trying are the ones going to be held responsible. That is insane. That's absolutely insane. But why not?”

While the families of those who were killed at Counch’s hands are obviously distraught, one mother sought to find the silver lining.

Marla Mitchell, whose daughter died in the accident, said even though he avoided jail time, “he’s not free.”

“None of us knows what God’s plan is,” Mitchell said. “He has not escaped judgment. That is in the hands of a higher power.”

“Justice is eternal, and things will balance themselves out,” Glenn concluded. “When you get to this point where you're saying, ‘Oh, you know what? You had too much and you're not responsible for killing four people,’ then the whole country has affluenza. And the only answer is we'll destroy ourselves. We're not going to be destroyed for it… God is not a punisher… You punish yourself… None of this stuff has to happen. It's in our individual choice. [But] we're teaching that this kid doesn't have a choice. 16-years-old and he didn't have a choice.”

The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:


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