Glenn: Are we morons?

After listening to ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith excoriate the politically correct crowd, Glenn wondered what it is people want in America today. Is the goal to be coddled and spoken down to like morons? Or is the goal to be free?

“Let me just go through one thing here on the choice that we all have to make,” Glenn said. “We all have to decide: What do you want? Do you want to be free, or do you want to be coddled? Do you want to be treated like a moron, or do you want to be treated like an adult? If you want to be treated like an adult you have to start acting like an adult.”

As you may have noticed, Mercury Studios is undergoing a major renovation of both its studio and office space. Glenn has a very unique vision for the space that included hanging a giant, 35-foot submarine over the main office space. While shopping for furniture, Glenn happened across a wooden octopus carving that would compliment the submarine nicely. Ben, head of the American Dream Labs team overseeing the renovations, agreed, and the octopus was hung as well.

Photos of the new office space at Mercury Studios:

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The project has been underway for several months, but both the octopus and submarine were finally in place on Friday afternoon at which point at least one member of Glenn’s staff – ahem, Jeffy – raised some concerns. Apparently, the octopus hangs over the center of a table and the tentacles of the octopus are technically at eye level, though because of the placement, it would be very difficult for someone to poke their eye out as Jeffy suggested.

“I just wanted to talk to Ben about it because it looked dangerous,” Jeffy said on radio this morning.

Ben shared Jeffy’s feedback with Glenn over the weekend, to which Glenn had a very simple response.

“I said, ‘Here's how you answer that from here on out: I didn't realize Glenn was in the habit of hiring morons.’ Yes, Jeffy, you are the exception. But we don’t hire morons,” Glenn explained. “I mean I stood there at the tentacles of the octopus, and yes, they are at eye height. But let me tell you something: Nobody's standing that close to the octopus. If you are, what are you doing? Are you licking their little suction cups? What are you doing?”

“So anyway, we all have to decide,” he continued. “This is not just a monologue about us here in this building. This is a monologue for all of Americans. Are you a moron?”

As Glenn explained, we have devolved into a society in which we are policing one another’s each and every move. If we truly believe people are moronic and require that kind of constant oversight, than maybe there is no hope.

“Am I the only one? Can we not have some sort of personal responsibility in our lives? I don't want to have everything made safe for me,” Glenn concluded. “My gosh. Think of our childhood. We all survived somehow or another. We all survived.”

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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