Where does the Tea Party fall on the ‘Movement Action Plan’?

Looking at what happened this week in Mississippi and what is happening in Washington D.C. on a daily basis, it is easy to become frustrated and discouraged. On radio this morning, Glenn revisited liberal activist Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan to get a better sense of where the Tea Party and conservative movement currently fall on the social movement scale.

“So what we are talking about here: This is the cycle of a political or social revolution," Glenn said. "All social and political revolutions go through the same steps, and it really is dependent on: Have you done all of these steps, and do you hold on to the very end… So have we done all these steps?”

Below are the eight steps:

1. Normal Times

2. Prove failure of normal institutions

3. Ripening conditions

4. Take off

5. Perception of failure

6. Majority public opinion

7. Success

8. Continuing the struggle

Get a further breakdown of each step HERE.

Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that step four, “take off,” happened in the lead up to the 2010 midterm elections when the Tea Party really made a name for itself. At this point, it would appear as though the Tea Party is currently hovering around step five.

“Five is, I believe, where we kind of are now… perception of failure. You can really statistically look at this and see we have knocked 20 points off the average Senate incumbent in the Republican Party the last ten years,” Stu explained. “When Thad Cochran used to run, he would get 80 or 90% of the vote with no serious competition whatsoever. Now he has to go to liberal Democrats and tell them that if they vote for him… That is not the sign of a healthy movement that's triumphant over the insurgency, politically, of the Tea Party. That is a sign of a desperate party, barely clinging onto power.”

Glenn agreed that we are very much at step five where it feels like all is lost. Remarkably, step six involves mass acceptance, which may seem like a large leap to make, but it isn’t all that unlikely.

“We are looking at it and saying, ‘Okay, so we feel like we are losing,’ but the next one is mass acceptance,” Glenn said. “And how that mass acceptance is going to happen is by – this is very hopeful of me – doing the things that we are now saying to do. Be righteous. Be good. Be decent. Be kind. Be generous. Be chartable. Be seen doing these things. Take out the beam in your own eye. “

If we are going to win, we are going to have to stand firm on principle but reconsider our strategy.

“If we are doing those things, that doesn't mean be weak on the truth. It means stand in the truth, but do it with kindness and righteousness,” Glenn said. “I am beginning to understand George Washington in a very personal way… He knew we'd never win unless we are righteous, unless we are doing… things of merit.”

“Don't give up,” he continued. “Change your strategy – not your policies, not your principles, but your strategy.”

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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