Ron Paul: We don’t understand the definition of ‘rights’

Dana Loesch filled in for Glenn on Wednesday's Glenn Beck Program, and she was joined by former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) to discuss a range of topics including the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Senator Thad Cochran's (R-MS) marginal win over Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, and our current foreign policy nightmare.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom – deciding Obamacare cannot force for-profit, closely held companies to violate their religious beliefs by paying for emergency contraceptive coverage that could lead to abortions. Dana asked Paul how he feels about the ruling, and he explained it is an issue of Americans understanding their rights.

"It’s to me such a shame that we are going through this thing… If we lived in a free society, and we recognized a more concise definition of rights, these kind of debates wouldn’t go on," Paul explained. "But, you know, once you grant too much power to government to issue mandates - which is nothing more than the destruction of liberty of certain individuals - then you have these detailed minutiae arguments about how you regain a little bit of our freedoms."

Paul reiterated that until the American people have a better "understanding of what rights are" and what "mandates we shouldn't have," this "agony" will continue.

Last month, Paul supported Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel (R) in his quest to unseat four decade long incumbent Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). While, McDaniel won the popular vote in the Republican primary in early June, he failed to reach the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. After dumping millions of dollars and resources into the race, the establishment triumphed in the runoff, with Cochran narrowly beating McDaniel.

"I’m always looking for good things coming out of bad things, and it’s a bad scene over there," Paul said of Mississippi. "But the good that’s coming out of it is it shows the Republican leadership’s true colors that they are liberal Democrats, and they’ll do anything to make sure that any challenge from a conservative libertarian viewpoint will be punished. And this should be an enlightenment."

Paul said he hopes this election will signal a "realignment" of the party system that sees the "libertarian constitutional wing" of the Republican Party coming together with "the anti-corporatism and the pro-peace section" of the Democratic Party to form a "coalition."

Finally, on the topic of foreign policy, Paul lamented the "two choices" America has decided between for too long.

"Our national interests are best served by staying out of it, not spending the money, not losing any lives, and bringing our troops home," Paul said. "We’ve only had two choices… If they do what we tell them, we give them a lot of money. If they don’t do what we tell them, we invade them and kill them and bomb them. And I’d like another option: Just be friends with them, trade with them, and stay out of their business."

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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