'The crisis is born of a lot of bad policies': Mike Lee talks to Glenn about the border crisis

The Mercury One Children and Family Border Relief Fund has raised over $2 million over the last several weeks, and Glenn is going to the border town of McAllen, Texas on Saturday to begin distributing aid to local churches and charities. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) had rearranged his schedule to be at the border with Glenn and Mercury One, but a last minute change has prevented him from being able to attend. On radio this morning, Lee joined Glenn to discuss the immigration debate and the difference between the border crisis and the humanitarian crisis.

Glenn began the conversation by quoting President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was adamantly opposed to slavery, but respected and recognized the Constitutionally defined constraints on presidential power enough to not act out of turn:

"I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel. And yet I have never understood that the Presidency conferred upon me an unrestricted right to act officially upon this judgment and feeling. It was in the oath I took that I would, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. I could not take the office without taking the oath. Nor was it my view that I might take an oath to get power, and break the oath in using the power…”

President Obama either does not understand or simply does not care to exercise the same restraint. Glenn asked Lee how we are to solve a crisis like the immigration situation we currently face, when we have a president who does not respect the rule of law.

“I'm glad you shared that Lincoln quote. It takes great restraint to recognize that although he might be completely convinced that his cause is just and right, it takes great restraint to say, notwithstanding the rightness of my cause, I don't have authority to do this, and so I'm not going to do this,” Lee said. “And that's exactly why we've got to be very careful when electing someone to the presidency of the United States. You know, possession, they say, is nine-tenths of the law. There's a lot of truth to that when it comes to who occupies the White House.”

“We do have this awful crisis along the border, and the crisis is born of a lot of bad policies,” he continued. “You know, there's a lot of politics that's bound up in this crisis so much so it's easy to forget there are real people down there who need help.”

Lee is staunchly anti-amnesty and has not supported any of the immigration reform bills that have circulated the Senate. The border crisis is something the government must be responsible for fixing. With that said, Lee believes there is a problem at the border that the government cannot adequately respond to.

“I wish I could be there with you. I think it's great what you're doing. I mean, not all these problems can be addressed adequately by government,” Lee said. “Many of these problems, in fact the most significant problems, are those that have to be met if at all by private citizens, by institutions of civil society, by hard working men and women who just act out of the goodness of their heart – notwithstanding that the fact that all of this is the product of some bad policy coming out of Washington.”

Ultimately, when it comes to dealing with the lawlessness of the Obama Administration, Lee believes it is necessary for Congress to hold the President accountable by exercising the powers given to them.

“We do have to hold this president accountable, and we have do hold him accountable by exercising our powers that is our right to exercise,” Lee said. “Among other things, I think we need to start withholding funding from programs that the President is abusing. We need to address abuses of power with the prerogatives that belong to Congress.”

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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