Glenn takes on the ‘New McCarthyism’

Are we on the verge of a ‘new McCarthyism’? After watching actress and Democratic activist Scarlett Johansson face intense scrutiny for standing behind her brand ambassadorship with the Israeli company Soda Stream, Glenn wondered if we are witnessing the beginning of a new wave of witch-hunts. On radio this morning, Glenn explained what he believes to be the ‘new McCarthyism’.

It was about 70 years ago the so-called ‘Hollywood Ten’ were called in to the House Committee on un-American Activities to defend themselves against charges of communist subversion emanating from the movie industry. And this was the beginning of an era in which some in Congress – most famously Joseph McCarthy, and less famously, John F. Kennedy – undertook an effort to expose who they suspected of conspiring to bring about the radical overthrow of the American system of government. In response to the overreaching negative effects of these efforts… I thought we all learned our lesson.

In the summer of 2012, Michele Bachmann and five colleagues of hers in the House of Representatives were lambasted for their McCarthy-like witch hunt questions about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in our government, including at the highest levels of foreign policies in the form of Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Anthony Weiner's wife. But the attacks have not been limited to the politics of personal destruction. The government has taken a set of negative powers and flipped them on their head – turning the political system into a weapon.

Yesterday, I found it absolutely amazing that the president said that there was not a smidgen of anything wrong [with the IRS]. You remember in 2010 when the president said, we're going to punish our enemies. Well, he wasn't kidding… But the pendulum now has swung. It is swinging further beyond politics into now your home, into civil society, which is even more insidious. In the Soviet Union, neighbors were encouraged to spy on their neighbors. I guess you would say maybe, at this point, [there is] a softer version of the same system in America.

Leftists and many on the right have replaced McCarthy's questions with their own. The ones that are prevalent in our society right now:

    • Do you now or have you ever supported the state of Israel?
    • Are you now or have you ever supported the Tea Party?
    • Do you now or have you ever supported traditional marriage?
    • Do you now or have you ever supported the Second Amendment?
    • Do you now or have you ever supported the intent behind Edward Snowden's revelations?
    • Do you now or have you ever supported the GOP – George Bush or Mitt Romney?

McCarty and his colleagues had questioned Americans over their efforts to subvert the Constitution and bring down America. But today, the left and the right are questioning Americans who seek to uphold the Constitution and restore America. I mean you want to talk about flipping it on its head.

Which brings me to Scarlett Johansson… We disagree, I think, on practically every issue. But Scarlett Johansson has been crucified for the act of signing on as a spokeswoman for an ad that you saw on the Super Bowl last night. An Israeli company based in Judea and Samaria, otherwise known as the West Bank. For this crime of supporting an Israeli enterprise, operating in a region that those on the left feel shouldn't be even there… Scarlett Johansson has been attacked by members of the boycott, the divestment and sanctions campaign, which include Code Pink. She's been dropped by OXFAM, an aid organization she was a spokeswoman for eight years. Most recently she's been condemned by one of the worst guys, Roger Waters.

Leave aside the fact that this Israeli company scores high on all measures of fairness, of justice, of equality. SodaStream employs both Palestinians, Jordanians I would point out by heritage, and Israelis who work side by side with Muslim employees, allowed to pray five times a day there at the SodaStream plant. They receive pay and benefits far in excess of what they ever could hope to achieve anywhere else, and yet somehow or another she's a hater.

I want you to know that even though I disagree with Scarlett Johansson on almost everything, it will stand with Scarlett Johansson against all despite the legions of areas of which we disagree. She's putting her career on the line for what she believes in. I have incurred the wrath of those who seek to do harm to Israel and other things. I've never, ever tried to boycott, get anybody fired at all. I was the guy with van Jones who said, ‘Don't fire him. I just want to know how he got in. Do you believe the things he believes?’ No, they went and fired him. I would support any and all who stand with the only free democracy in the Middle East, our staunchest ally, and the first line of defense of the west. It is the canary in the coal mine. It is the font from which our Judeo Christian heritage, all of our laws comes from there. And I'll do it until my last breath, but I don't want to make this into an Israel thing.

I want to talk to you about McCarthyism. I mean it is clear m that regardless of your political affiliations, if you zig or zag from the hard-core party line of the left, let alone attack any of its sacred cow cows, your career is over.

And if you want a list: What about Maria Conchita Alonzo? She's the one who stood with the Tea Party candidate and lost her job. Or Danesh Azad, or Mark Stein. Or how about the guy who made that horrible film. It was a horrible, horrible film on Islam. But look at what happened to him. They destroyed that guy's life. Hmm. But beyond the names that you might know, how about the countless nameless and face already Americans throughout America how about the people you'll never meet. The people like you.

At the end of the day, tolerance requires hearing opinions and beliefs in which you disagree with. I'm sorry, I don't agree with your opinion. Threatening anyone who challenges your belief with a lawsuit, unemployment, or worse, the left has become a real caricature of Joe McCarthy. They themselves have fought against for all these decades, but they didn't mean it… I will stand with those on the left and the right with whom I disagree as long as they practice tolerance and diversity of opinions that they purport to believe in… Left and extreme right: You're becoming everything you have always said we can never be.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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