Malcolm Gladwell says he "loves" football but has moral issues over permanent injuries to players

Yesterday, the guys played audio from Malcolm Gladwell where he called football "a moral abomination". Glenn, Pat, and Stu strongly disagreed with this position, but they wanted to get a deeper understanding from Malcolm himself. After all, they are big fans of Gladwell and Glenn believes he is a genius. Was Malcolm able to change their minds?

"My whole position on this is out of love, not out of hate. I mean, I've been obsessed with football for most of my life," Gladwell said. "Now, you have to agree with me and you don't have to think the game is wrong or whatever, you just have to consider for a moment, the implications of, what does it mean to watch a game where the game itself will injure permanently and seriously some portion of the players on the field. You have to think about that."

"I have the biggest problems with the game at the high school and college level, where people are not getting paid and they're not adults and where we know the medical risks for kids for concussions are more serious," he added.

Stu, however, argued that there is inherent risk in almost any situation and we will never know all the facts before having to make a decision.

"Isn't this the situation, Malcolm, you could say this about almost any activity? Of course, there's some inherent risk. Of course, we're always learning more. We won't get to that magical end point where we have all the perfect information and we can explain the risks perfectly. We're going to be learning more. Science will always be gaining more information. You know, the consensus was for a long time that these concussions did not add up. We now believe they do. Because of that, helmets are improving," Stu said.

"Some of these concussion protocols fine. But last year, I was watching Wes Welker last year. And he had two concussions in the span of a couple of weeks. And for a guy in his 30s, who must have had I don't know how many lifetime concussions he's had, to go back on the field and then play in the playoffs, that was like -- I felt -- I was horrified by that," Gladwell said.

Gladwell added that his thinking on this topic is changing and in a lot of ways he is talking out loud while trying to find answers.

"What's going on here is something really important, which is our understanding of the nature of neurological damage and brain injury. We've learned more in the last five or ten years about this, and it's just completely changed our perspective on this kind of injury. And these all things have to catch up. Attitudes have to catch up," Gladwell said,

"What you've put on your finger on, the question of veterans is vastly more important than the question of football. It dwarfs it in importance. And people have got to understand. You have, long after the soldier comes up, you have an obligation towards that person who put his life on the line for your country. You can't walk away once the guys back home puts down his weapon. These injuries stay with people for the rest of their lives."

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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