What is the real state of our union?

As expected, last night’s big address sounded more like a campaign stump speech than an honest assessment of the state of our union. Both President Obama and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who delivered the Republican rebuttal, offered nothing more than platitudes and sound bites that would appease their respective bases. On radio this morning, Glenn decided to offer his own evaluation - but instead rattling off hyperbolic rhetoric, Glenn decided to focus on the 'real' state of the union.

So what is the state of our union? Not according to the President, his party, or the Republicans. What is the state of our union? Not those who lied, passed blame to everyone else, but just according to a man – a man like any other man; a man who has no power; a man who is a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a neighbor, a citizen – the state of the union from that perspective.

From my perspective – as somebody who is just looking at it, trying to do his best, trying to figure out what is happening in the world, what is happening to our country, just sharing the truth as I understand it – the state of the union is sorry.

If you happen to be a lying politician with an agenda for power, the state of the union's never been better. Or if you're one of the elite, if you're one of the well-connected, the cronies pulling the strings of the lying politicians so you too can gain even more power, then the state of your union is fabulous. If you fit in one of those two categories, the state of the union is exactly where you want it to be…

Based on the reaction from the press to that nightmarish address from Caesar, you know that we have a complicit media. The politicians know, the crony capitalists know they've got a complicit media, and they're at our beck and call. The media will spring into action for you if anyone – even if they are normally on your side, even if they are a friend – if they step out of line, if they say even one thing remotely contradictory, that complicit media will attack like a pack of rabid wolves…

We've witnessed that now in action. Look at what they've just done to venture capitalist Tom Perkins. A guy from San Francisco. A man who voted for Jerry Brown. It doesn't get any more extreme left than Jerry Brown. He considers Jerry Brown a friend. He voted for him for the governor of California. He said he'll vote for him again. He's a man who's close to Al Gore, considers him a friend. I don't know Tom Perkins at all, but just based on those two pieces of information, he's obviously a liberal. And I don't think Tom and I are going to be having dinner anytime soon. But actually I would like to shake that man's hand because Tom dared to step out of line, just for a minute. Just to warn about the consequences of demonizing people who have become successful, and he experienced the wrath of hellfire raining down on him. The media tore into him… His own company, one he helped create, tore into him.

A few months ago a friend and a supporter of this president, somebody who campaigned, somebody who helped raise funds for him to get reelected, Paula Deen, was nearly exiled from our civilization, was literally put down on the ground, put to her knees. I'm surprised somebody didn't step on her throat and actually put a brand on her forehead ‘Racist’ because she admitted using a word in jest years ago. And no one who participated in stoking up the flames of her branding iron has ever mentioned that, ‘Oh, by the way, has anybody noticed the fact that the president of the United States is black and she supported, she helped raise money, she helped elect him? He's black? How is she a racist?’

What kind of game is going on? Don't you see the insanity? It's madness! The state of the union is insanity! It makes no sense. The state of the union is dark and dismal, and it needs to reconnect with reality. The state of our union is upside down.

If you're over 30, you might remember a song, and I am positive – because I've done this with Muse before – that this group is going to hate me for even ever listening to them… But it is appropriate now. If you just change a couple of words, it is so appropriate. The band was called Supertramp. The song was “The Logical Song.” Let me just quote the lyrics:

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,

a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.

And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,

joyfully, playfully watching me.

But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,

logical, responsible, practical.

And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,

clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world's asleep,

the questions run too deep

for such a simple man.

Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned

I know it sounds absurd

but please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,

liberal, fanatical, criminal.

Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're

acceptable, respecable, presentable, a vegtable!

At night, when all the world's asleep,

the questions run so deep

for such a simple man.

Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned

I know it sounds absurd

but please tell me who I am.

Now, that's what Supertramp thought then… but I think you change that one word and it applies today. The Glenn Beck version would be:

Watch what you say or we'll be calling you a radical, conservative, fanatical, criminal.

I know it sounds absurd, but please, dear listener, please, dear friend, who has been with me on this journey for how many years now. Some of you have been with me since I was in Connecticut. Some remember listening to me when I was in Phoenix, and I was an awful morning deejay. Could you please tell me who I am? Can you please tell me who we are? Are we the people who are going to let the media force us to cower in a corner someplace? Are we a people that are going to let the president and his elitist friends, his allies, his union thugs – and if it's not them, it will be the Republicans and their business thugs – are we going to let them reshape the image of America in their image? Are we the people who are going to allow them to send our children off to be taught how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical, and accept that the debate is over, that the science is settled – sit down, shut up?

I'm not the president of the United States. I am still the guy I was in 1999 when I couldn't afford my rent. I am a guy who, somehow or another, found that ladder that doesn't exist and crawled beyond who I always was taught I am. And there are those who are still trying to force me down and tell me that I'm not educated enough. I didn't get their certificates. I didn't pass through their gates. I didn't do it their way and so I'm nothing. I'm nothing more than a hoax. I don't really exist. I'm an aberration. I'm a radical. But I refuse to be a vegetable. I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who we are.

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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.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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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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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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