Louie Gohmert working to close ‘gaping hole’ in NSA surveillance practices

Earlier this month, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggested partisan politics might explain why Comcast does not carry TheBlaze. Glenn has not had a chance to speak to Gohmert since the hearing, but on radio this morning, the Congressman joined the program to discuss two key pieces of legislation he is currently working on.

“Louie, I haven't had a chance to talk to you, since your amazing questioning of Comcast,” Glenn said, “which was awesome.”

“Well, I couldn't believe [Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen] would sit there and make the comments he did. Deeply offensive. For heaven's sake, you got Al Gore, who is supposed to be all about green, and yet he's willing to sell and accept money – millions and millions of dollars – from people that are dripping with carbon and oil and nasty stuff he's against,” Gohmert said. “That [Current TV] deal would never have gone through, unless Comcast said, ‘Yeah, we'll keep you on the air.’ So [Comcast] would rather have people that want the Constitution to go away and be replaced by Sharia Law, than to have some crazy guy that just wants to talk about hope, love and charity.”

Glenn asked Gohmert to discuss two important pieces of legislation he is fighting for in the House that pertain to the NSA and the right of soldiers to carry on U.S. military bases. To begin, Gohmert explained the amendment he wants added to the USA Freedom Act that passed the House Judiciary Committee with unanimous support earlier this month.

The Gohmert Amendment sought to clarify the bill's definition of "clandestine intelligence activities" to specify only "activities by foreign individuals, foreign entities or foreign governments.” The amendment failed to make it through the Judiciary Committee.

“This is the only remaining loophole for them to spy on American citizens that don't have ties with foreign agent, foreign countries, things like that. I wanted that closed up, and [the Democrats] have fought me tooth and nail,” Gohmert explained. “And then my own party leaders have said, ‘No, they say they don't want that in there. That's going to mess up the deal.’ Well, it is a gaping hole. Let's close it up!”

Gohmert encouraged listeners to call their representatives and senators and ask them to reconsider leaving a “gaping hole to spy on American citizens.”

Switching topics, Glenn also asked Gohmert to talk about the amendment he proposed that would allow military members to carry weapons on U.S. military bases for security purposes.

As TheBlaze reported, on Tuesday night the House chose to delay a decision on whether members of the Armed Forces should be able to carry weapons while on base. Gohmert’s language would have amended the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015, which the House is considering this week.

“How tragic to go four and a half years [after the Fort Hood shooting], and what did they do? What did they learn from the first one? Absolutely nothing,” Gohmert said. “We have done nothing to prevent it, and now we are going to go about and do nothing to prevent the next one.”

Gohmert explained his amendment sought to allow soldiers to carry the same weapons on U.S. military installations as they do overseas.

“My initial amendment to the NDAA was basically: Anybody who can carry a gun overseas can carry one on an a military installation. But I was trying to work a compromise with generals and colonials that had reservations and give them an option,” Gohmert said. “If a guy can fire RPGs overseas, certainly he can carry a 9-millimeter here. But there's got to be enough push that even the Democrats can feel it. This is an election year. This is when Democrats really get sensitive to what people are thinking back home.”

With that in mind, Gohmert once again encouraged people to call their representatives and demand action.

“I appreciate everything that you are doing,” Glenn concluded. “Call and tell your congressman and your senator to close the foreign clandestine agent loophole. Also call and demand that service members are allowed to carry guns to protect themselves, so we can protect the service members.”

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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