CA congressional candidate Igor Birman discusses his family’s journey from the Soviet Union to the U.S.

As you have probably come to learn, Glenn is particularly excited about this year’s crop of primary candidates. From Matt Bevin in Kentucky to Greg Brannon in North Carolina, Lee Bright in South Carolina to Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, there is a strong group of constitutionally minded candidates that could make a real impact.

On radio this morning, another one of those candidates, Igor Birman, who is running for Congress in California’s 7th Congressional District, joined Glenn to discuss his family’s journey from the Soviet Union to the United States and why he has chosen to run.

Birman has already received endorsements from FreedomWorks and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and Glenn began the interview by asking Birman what the American Dream means to him.

“Well, I'm living it. I watched my parents not only struggle and risk their lives to flee the Soviet Union, but come here with absolutely nothing – no house, no jobs, no leads – and they flourished,” he explained. “Five years after they came here, they were homeowners. And I flourished because I became an attorney and I became a chief of staff to Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA). I came from absolutely nothing. And that's only possible in America – no place else in the world.”

Like Glenn, Birman appeared at FreePAC Kentucky last weekend, and in his speech he explained how he couldn’t help but find similarities between life in the Soviet Union and life in Obama’s America. Birman also warned about an “increasingly fast transfer” of rights from the individual to the government.

“It's the increasingly fast transfer of our most basic, most intimate decisions, from we the people to we the government,” Birman said. “At some point we're going to come to a very important moment where government is going to be making… a large portion of our day-to-day decisions – from the cradle to the grave – where we're in danger of losing our freedom. And that's why I'm running for Congress. I know that going down that road does not end well.”

In too many cases, there is little to no distinction between the Democrat and Republican Parties. In order to reverse that trend, it will be necessary to elect courageous individuals who are willing to stand up for what they believe in.

“Well, it's scary stuff… So many in Washington, D.C. have lost their courage. And this election is probably the brightest contrast between a constitutional conservative and a most liberal Republican running for office in America today,” Birman said. “I think the results are going to be very, very telling about not just the direction of the Republican Party but the direction of America. If we fail to elect leaders who believe in the Constitution, it's going to be tough to recover our freedoms.”

Watching his family fight so hard for freedom, Birman has a unique understanding as to the level of commitment and determination the battle to restore this country will require.

“[W]e can only claim freedom as our future if we fight for it. And I was inspired thoroughly by my parents because I watched them fight for freedom from beyond the Iron Curtain against all odds. And they succeeded,” he said. “I watched my grandmother, who lived almost 70 years under the Iron Curtain, fight for it. She became fully blind in both eyes at the age of 83 wanting nothing more than to become an American citizen. And she did it. She did it by listening to this old black tape player on which my dad had recorded questions and answers to the naturalization exam. And then she went and she passed it with flying colors because as she said she wanted to die an American.”

“It only occurred to me when I went to work for Congressman Tom McClintock just how close the oath of a new citizen is to an oath of a new Congressman,” he continued. “Both oaths reflect on supporting and defending the Constitution. How little does that oath mean to so many in Congress? And how much does that oath mean to a new citizen?”

Glenn encouraged his listeners to consider supporting the candidates who are willing to stand for the values and principles that matter most.

"Igor Birman is running for Congress in California's 7th Dstrict. He needs your help. If he sounds like somebody that you can support, I want you to go to IgorBirman.com and donate,” Glenn concluded. “These are the guys we prayed for. These are the guys we begged for. They're here. If they don't get in, it is on our shoulders. We have to do whatever it is we can do.”

Learn more about Birman’s campaign HERE.

A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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