Glenn brutally analyzes the 2016 GOP field with David Barton

After Glenn, Pat, and Stu handicapped the 32 candidates put forth the Republican National Committee in its 2016 straw poll yesterday, David Barton joined the radio program this morning to offer his take. While David’s list primarily lines up with Glenn’s, there were a few discrepancies that were a cause for conversation.

To begin, Glenn asked David to assess the “health” of the GOP. Furthermore, if the Republican Party is in fact fractured like many people believe it to be, will it be the establishment or the conservatives that emerge as the real leaders of the party?

“I think you've got several levels. I think the ‘leadership’ health is not strong. I think the ‘base’ health is fairly strong. I do like what I'm seeing in the pushing back in a number of state parties in a much more conservative direction. So I think you've got two GOPs now,” David said. “I think the people eventually win. What I'm seeing now of the people is different from what I've seen in my lifetime. And they are starting to get in the process. They are starting to teach themselves and learn. They are starting to get deeper than just the headlines.”

The conversation then switched gears to the 2016 election. Glenn, Pat, and Stu whittled the field down to about 12 candidates using the logic that if they didn’t know enough about someone, they would leave them on the list. David handicapped the list using a similar set of guidelines:

While Glenn was quick to eliminate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie from contention, David was more open-minded.

“See, on the standard of pragmatism, I don't go forward,” David said of Christie. “On the standard of ‘voice to be heard,’ I do. His bluntness and his in-your-face with the media is refreshing. I would send him forward on that basis. But politically, I wouldn't send him forward.”

Another shocker was David’s decision to send former Speaker of the House Net Gingrich through to the next round. Glenn staunchly believes Gingrich is a dangerous progressive voice, but David believes he is actually good on many issues.

“Newt I would do because the debate he raises over judges. For example, abolishing the Ninth Circuit. He knows bureaucracy better than anybody else and knows judges better,” David explained. “But see, he also brings a debate element that's really fun to talk about. He brings issues up that nobody else will bring up and that's where I would send Newt – just to have the debate and just to get the debate going.”

David also defended Senator Marco Rubio. Pat, on the other hand, said Sen. Rubio is dead to him.

“Marco Rubio is going to bring good perspective. I'd listen to Marco,” David said. “See, there are issues like [immigration], and there are other issues he's really good on… But he's got himself branded now and tarnished with that. If you take that issue out of the debates, he would add a lot more in other areas. But the problem is, can you get past that issue?”

Finally, one of the biggest areas of disagreement surrounded former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. While David is a fan and friend of Huckabee, Glenn is definitely not a supporter.

“You want him on the list,” Glenn asked in relation to Huckabee. “He is a giant progressive!”

“I think he's going to be heard. He's already in the poll, and he's a frontrunner. In South Carolina, all the early primary states, he is ahead of everybody,” David said. “I know Mike too well. I know how he's portrayed, and I know Club For Growth doesn't like him. But I just have known Mike too long.”

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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