Glenn: I oppose Penelope Cruz's support of Hamas, but stand by her right to say it

From commentator Jonathan Alter’s frightening editorial about the return of corporate loyalty oaths à la Senator Joseph McCarthy to new reports about the blacklisting of Hollywood stars like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for their support of Hamas, Glenn opened this morning’s radio program with a simple message: We need more speech – not less.

Historically, what has made America great is the freedom of expression – without fear of persecution – that has existed here. As Glenn explained, we must do everything in our power to ensure we do not jeopardize that freedom.

Below is an edited transcript of the monologue:

Here's the thing: Everybody wants to belong to something. Everybody wants to belong to something that is really truly great. They want to believe in America – not the flag or the F16s doing a fly over – but humble, meek, charitable, open, diverse America. A place where the greatest minds like Einstein and Tesla came. They came here because they could dream, and they could build. A place where you could change your station in life with big ideas and hard work, ethical living. A place where you're not afraid of thugs – be it those thugs that are in gangs in streets or those who show up at your door in the middle of the night with suits and a dark uniform.

We believe in America where we can trust our neighbors even though we may be different, ethnically, religiously, or otherwise. If they're in trouble, we run to their aid. We all want to live in a place like this, where we don't spy on each other, we don't turn on our neighbors and our coworkers, and we don't turn them in to some secret police. We all believe in an America where everyone is free to practice their religion to raise their children how they see fit and question the government if we disagree. We believe in a place where you have a responsibility to question our government or any other government, if we feel it is truly deeply wrong – especially when it is a matter of life, death, or war. We all want to live in a country where we are all free to speak our mind.

Hopefully, we will do it responsibly. But, as I demonstrated, we don't always make it. But that should be our goal and express our viewpoints and do so without fear of government retaliation against us. Understanding that there is always a price to pay for the truth. The truth will set you free, but it will usually make you miserable first. Nobody wants to really hear the truth. So you're going to pay a price for telling it. Even if it is the truth just as you perceive it, you should be able to say it.

Don't we all want to live in a place where we don't create blacklists for those who are saying how they feel? Blacklists are wrong. It was wrong in McCarthy era in the 1950s. It is wrong now. From global warming extremist calling for actual jail time for those saying, ‘I don't believe you have this right,’ to now Hollywood creating a blacklist for those who speak out in favor of Hamas. Penelope Cruz, what she said last weekend is wrong – dead wrong. But now Hollywood is talking about putting a blacklist together for her. I strongly oppose what Ms. Cruz said last weekend, but I strongly support and encourage the strengthening of her right to say it. I believe what she said this last weekend is not only wrong, I believe she is actually aiding some of the worst genocidal psychopaths the world has seen since the 1930s. However, just because I believe that does not mean I believe we should become everything we have always despised by becoming fascists ourselves.

I would like to remind Hollywood before they start making blacklists: While many in Hollywood celebrate Che Guevara, let's remember that Che not only blacklisted, but then arrested all those who disagreed with him and his political cronies. And then he actually enjoyed killing them. Poets, musicians, shopkeepers, and even children – he enjoyed pulling the trigger himself because they disagreed.

In America, we all know, we do not go down the path of loyalty oaths and blacklists. We do not have secret lists. We do not silence others. When you start to silence, it always ends in very bad places. Always. Every time. Always. While each of us have a choice as an individual on how to spend our time, our money, who we feel free to associate with, we must rise above the urge to destroy as the collective. And now in Hollywood they are talking about blacklists and putting people on the blacklists that I firmly disagree with. But I will stand shoulder to shoulder with them today. I prefer myself – and maybe it's just me – to know where people actually stand.

I actually believe in more speech, not less speech. I appreciate people like Penelope Cruz who actually have the courage to speak their minds even though it's going to be unpopular. We should all seize the opportunity to question with boldness because, when she speaks out, that's what happens. She's giving us the opportunity to find out what we really believe in.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.