Oklahoma State Senator: It is time to free ourselves from the fear and control of Common Core

Last month, Oklahoma came one step closer to repealing Common Core, with the state legislature voting in overwhelming fashion to support legislation that would repeal the math and reading standards. The House voted 71-18 to reject the Common Core standards. The Senate then passed the bill 31-10 and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin (R). Two weeks later, the bill still sits on Fallin’s desk. It should be noted Fallin currently serves as chair of the National Governors Association.

Throughout this fight to repeal Common Core, state and local politicians have joined with concerned parents, teachers, and students to raise awareness about the problems with the standards. Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen received attention after he passionately debated Common Core on the floor of the legislature.

After explaining that Common Core is nothing more than a “grand experiment,” Brecheen read an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye, which contains graphic sexual content. Brecheen was gaveled to silence as he read from the novel, at which point he questioned why this book could be read in Oklahoma schools but on the floor of the legislature.

You can watch Brecheen’s remarks below:

On radio this morning, Brecheen joined Glenn to discuss what comes next in Oklahoma as the people wait to learn the decision of Gov. Fallin.

Brecheen explained he struggled with whether or not he should read the graphic excerpt from the book that deals with the rape of teenage girl. While he didn’t want the reading to distract from his larger point about “the federal overreach that… is behind Common Core,” he ultimately decided it was necessary to share what was being taught in Oklahoma classrooms.

“I thought long and hard about doing that. I asked some people that… I'm in government with to pray with me about whether or not I should do that. I just felt led to do it,” Brecheen said. “I spent a good portion of my debate talking about the issue of federal overreach and the developing inappropriate standards and the chaos in New York, and I went through a plethora of other issues of Common Core. But I think ending on that was trying to say, if there's smoke, there's fire. Don't think that there's not a liberal agenda behind this when this is recommended in the classroom as one of the text exemplars of Common Core.”

Not only did the bill to repeal Common Core pass the House and Senate convincingly, polling shows the people of Oklahoma are also largely in favor of abolishing the standards. As Brecheen explained, however, the media in the state is advocating for Common Core and reporting false information about what will happen if the standards are repealed.

“The two largest newspapers are writing it from the posture of pandering fear of the sky's going to fall if [Fallin] signs this bill into law… We don't lose federal funding,” Brecheen explained. “What they're talking about is, if we lose the waiver, we would lose flexibility – not dollars – flexibility over how we spend $27 million, which, by the way… is less than 1% of our total expenditure on common education in the state… The waiver is about control. And I think Oklahoma, if we will free ourselves from this fear, I think it will encourage and embolden other states to follow suit.”

If you are interested in learning more about Oklahoma’s fight, Brecheen encouraged listeners to visit RightlyConcerned.org and send a note to Gov. Fallin explaining why you are opposed to Common Core. On the site, you can also access the contact information for Fallin’s office.

“Josh, thank you very much,” Glenn concluded. “I appreciate standing up and everybody that is standing up in Oklahoma. You're not alone.”

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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