Pathetic: Miss USA contestants face tougher questions than President Obama

On Sunday, 24-year-old Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014. She will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.

While most people probably think ‘bikini contest’ when they hear the words ‘Miss USA,’ Sunday’s finalists were actually peppered with surprisingly hard-hitting and timely questions during the Q&A portion of the competition. On radio this morning, Glenn wondered what this country has devolved into when beauty pageant contestants face tougher questioning than the president of the United States.

“Let me go back to the beauty contest because we're asking tough questions of our beauty contestants, but we are not asking any tough questions of anybody in the White House,” Glenn said. “This kills me. Honestly, we should just start asking the White House press secretary, ‘Who are you wearing?’”

The top six finalists in Sunday’s competition responded to an array of questions about the value of a college degree, the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.

Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari was asked if a college degree is still important in today's society considering the cost of higher education and how difficult it is to get a job after graduation.

"I do think going to college is relevant at this point," Mari responded. "I know my parents' generation, there was -- are a lot of people who are extremely successful who never did get a college degree, but in this day and age I know it's extremely hard to find a job, even after four years of college. So I do think it's extremely important to go and get your education and, I guess, further your education after high school."

The contests eventual winner Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez - a Taekwondo expert - was asked what can be done to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

"I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don't want that to come out into the public," she said. "But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that's something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women."

Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry may have faced the most difficult question of the night. She was asked whether the U.S. government was right to release five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl.

Let's put this into perspective once again: This is a beauty pageant!

"I am glad that we got our guy back," Guidry said. "However, I do not feel it is right that we subject ourself to these acts of terrorism. I do agree with our guy being back but, however, I do not think that we should subject ourselves."

“She did the best she can under the circumstances,” Pat said. “Pretty good answer.”

When you consider what the White House press corps asks – or, rather, doesn’t ask – President Obama, you can’t help but wonder why we are holding our beauty pageant contestants to a higher standard than our president.

“I have questions that I think we should start asking the beauty queens, and they're not any of the ones that were asked,” Glenn concluded. “We don't ask the President anything. We ask the President, ‘What was your favorite day this week?’ That's what we're asking. ‘What makes you so great?’”

And just for old times’ sake, enjoy this ill-fated Q&A moment courtesy of Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton competing in the 2007 Miss Teen USA contest:

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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