Glenn: Ferguson "the very beginning" of what will happen in America if we don't change course

Last night, the grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson on any charges related to the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Events surrounding the shooting have heightened racial tensions in Ferguson, MO, and across the country the protestors have held the case up as a high profile example of a racially biased justice and law enforcement system. Protestors took the streets in several major cities, and Ferguson descended into riots. On radio this morning, Glenn called for peace while also chastising those who would use the grand jury decision and the protests to further divide the country, including President Obama.

Glenn: Last night, we were all together for Thanksgiving. We were watching Godzilla. And halfway through, I said to my family, I'd rather live in this world. I'd rather live in the world where giant lizards are climbing out of the sea because I think I would understand this a little more. It would make sense to me. And nobody would be saying those big things that crushed Las Vegas would be good. We would all have some idea of what good and bad, right and wrong. Right now, the world is so screwed up. You don't know what up is and down is. You have no idea what good and bad, right and wrong is.

Last night, when Ferguson came out and we started setting things on fire, when you're watching Fox News and you're seeing one of their reporters just try to report the news and somebody in a Guy Fawkes mask comes up and they pull the camera down to the ground, you wonder and you worry about the reporters. You wonder and you worry and you start to think, if you're me, is this when they're starting to pull reporters out of their seats in the newsrooms? Is this the beginning of that?

Because I'm telling the press, you think when you put a sign on your back that says "press," that's always meant 'friend, don't bother me'. I'm telling you now, the rebels and the revolutionaries that want to be on the streets, they don't look at you as an ally or as a friend. That's why they're pulling your cameras down. This is the very beginning of what will happen to the press.

This is the very beginning of what will happen to our cities if we don't change course. If we don't do what Abraham Lincoln did right after the Gettysburg address, and that is, turn our faces to God at Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving is when he did it. And it turned the war. We were losing everything up at to that point, but it turned the world. Because he said, we need to humble ourselves. Are we not a nation that needs to be humbled? My gosh, I don't even know what we stand for anymore, except for money and power and greed and corruption. That's not the America I know or love.

People out on the streets -- the president gives a speech last night -- Pat, do we have the audio of the president? Can we play a little of this?

PAT: Yeah, he was terrific. As usual.

GLENN: You know what went through my mind?

'And Barack knows we have to change our traditions'.

You know what we've changed our traditions to? It's Thanksgiving week where we don't have to worry about anything. We just worry about the upcoming food fest. We worry about, will we be able to make it to the mall and get the things we want to make? If we're struggling because of our finances -- which happens in every economy -- you're struggling and you worry about Christmas and what it will be like for the kids. Those are our traditions.

But Barack knows. Here we are -- if we all try to gather with our family, we now have to talk about politics. We now have to talk about what he's done. He's already -- he's just started to release the illegals. He's now started that this week. So we have to talk about that, and we have to talk about Ferguson, and we have to talk about what one senator is calling a race war. Perfect.

OBAMA: First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make. There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry.

PAT: This week we're a nation of laws, last week, not so much. Not so much a nation of laws.

GLENN: That's the way it works.

STU: It's a flip of a coin. They happened to say he was innocent, but it could have gone either way. If you think that it's a complete BS decision, you're just as right as someone who looked at the facts.

PAT: That's how he presented it.

OBAMA: We need to recognize this is not just an issue for Ferguson. This is an issue for America. We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course for the past several decades. I've witnessed in that in my own life, and to deny that progress, I think, is to deny America's capacity for change.

But what is also true is that there are still problems. And communities of color aren't just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it's being applied in a discriminatory fashion.

PAT: Why would you say that in this case, when that is clearly not the situation here? Why would you even bring that up? That's not the case here.

GLENN: This is so unbelievably outrageous. This president -- first of all, I think this is the first time I've heard him say, hey, we've come a long way, and I'm evidence of it. I'm evidence of it. Have you heard him say that before?

PAT: I haven't.

GLENN: Neither have I.

By the way, this is the most time any president has had to prepare a speech, so this should have been the best speech, the most well-thought out, most eloquent speech of all -- this could have been his Gettysburg address.

There was no rush to a speech here. All of us knew what the verdict was going to be because all of us could see the evidence as it was presented. We didn't even have access to everything the grand jury had, but we had enough to know it's probably not going to prosecution.

Not because of some race thing. The president should have gotten up and said, look, this is the system. And, yes, despite what I did last week where I made myself emperor, we are a nation of laws. And because of that, we believe in the system. And it's never perfect. In this case however, it looks like the grand jury may have gotten this one right. Now, sometimes in the past it has been wrong. And he can even talk about some of the cases, the civil rights cases, where you had grand jury members who were on the grand jury who were clearly intimidated or part of the clan. But those cases happened in the 1960s. And I'm evidence that this nation is not a racist nation.

Now, here's the thing, if you look at the evidence that the grand jury apprehend, you will see that this guy, the cop. There are witnesses. Black witnesses, that said they saw him charge the cop and say, you're too much of a cat to do anything about it. You're too much of a "cat" to shoot me. (He didn't actually say cat). You'll have to figure it out. He was taunting the cop.

And why was he he taunting the cop? He was taunting the cop because the streets have turned. The same reason that Europe has a problem with no-go zones. We've created no-go zones. If you're of a specific race or religion, you're already in a no-go zone, America. There's no such thing as equal application of the law anymore. All men are created equal and endowed by their creators. The president could have, since he's a constitutional scholar, could have said all men are created equal. Which means you're born equal. You have an equal shot in America. But you have to do something about it. It depends on how you react to life. Not what happens in life, but how you react in life that sets the course of this nation.

Now, how we react to it, because all men are created equal, but we don't have equal outcomes and we obviously don't respond the same way. So now is your moment of choosing. How will you respond to what life has dealt to you. And I'm specifically talking about the Brown family, and the Brown family has so far behaved admirably. They're hanging out a little too much with Al Sharpton for my taste, but they're saying peace on the streets.

Now, let me ask you, besides the Brown family, how have you been affected exactly? How have the Palestinian activists been affected in Ferguson?

I'm sorry. How have the communists, how has Occupy Wall Street personally been affected? There's something in our law called standing.

I can't bring a lawsuit against someone I don't have a standing. If someone sells somebody a car and it's a piece of crap, I can't go and sue the car dealer or the car maker. I don't have any standing. I didn't buy the car. I don't have the car. It didn't affect me. Where is your standing?

Well, all men, all men -- really? Show me the evidence that any wrong has been done here. Because the grand jury just deliberated and said it didn't. Now, that doesn't mean grand juries get it right all the time, but show me the actual evidence in this case that shows you, you should be burning down a city.

The President of the United States by not being outraged, by lecturing us -- and that's what he did. White America, black America, conservative America, liberal America, he got on last night and he lectured us.

See, you don't understand. I understand. They're not making this up. They're burning down our city for a reason. What reason? What reason, Mr. President? Mr. African-American president, what reason? You were elected twice. You were elected the first time by offering hope of change. Real change.

The second time you were elected out of fear-mongering, out of spite, out of divisions. But you still were elected, Mr. President. So tell me how racist this country is. Tell me -- tell me how racist it is.

Were you elected by only Hispanics? Were you elected by only black people? Were you? Were there any Jews? Were there any Mormons that voted for you? Were there any Catholics that voted for you? Were there any evangelicals that voted for you? Were there any black people that voted against you? Were there any Native Americans that voted against you? Who voted for you, Mr. President? Because right now you're supposed to represent all of us.

See, this is the biggest problem with our nation right now. We have no healing time because our parties have figured out, if we continue to divide, we can continue to grab power. So there's no healing power. There's no time where the president becomes everyone's president. They tried to do this under George W. Bush, but a tragedy lead us all together. A tragedy brought us all together. You know what, I didn't vote for that guy, but I don't care. He's my president. And it lasted for a while. Do we really need a tragedy to do it? That's the wrong way.

Tragedies lead progressive presidents like Woodrow Wilson and FDR to round people up. I would suggest with a progressive president, and that would include someone like Newt Gingrich or John McCain, I would suggest we avoid tragedies because you never know what those guys will do.

At least we didn't know what the two big progressive presidents were going to do during World War I and World War II. God help us all if we have a progressive president and it's World War III, which brings me to Chuck Hagel, but we'll wait.

Anything you guys want to add before we take a quick break?

STU: Let me add this: The stupid idiot that I am, I sat there and watched the president make the speech and thought, I wonder if this time he'll come out and say something uniting. I wonder if he'll come out and say, sure, there are injustices, but this isn't one of them.

PAT: And he probably had more access than the grand jury did to all the evidence. He knows what happened here. He knows.

STU: Well, Eric Holder was involved in this investigation. He was on the ground constantly. The prosecutor mentioned --

PAT: Well, he knows there was a witness who said that Michael Brown ran at the cop with his head down like a football player. And even though there were three bangs -- three shots rang out, he just kept coming. He didn't have his hands up. He didn't have his hands in the air. He was running headlong this officer -- he already scuffled with him in his car and beaten him there and two shots went off there. He had all this evidence. He knows this isn't one of those cases like during the civil rights era, there were absolutely miscarriages of justice. This wasn't one of them. He never said that.

GLENN: Do me a favor, Pat. See if you can find the Francis Fox Piven where she was saying, where are all the riots in the streets? Where are the riots in the streets?

This is all this is. I want you to know, America. They're trying to ignite an American Spring. That's all they're trying to do. If we can get the American people to riot, if we can just get them to stop being who the American people truly are. Don't you see?

Everything about what they're trying to do to us is to rip us away from the good, peaceful, charitable, kind people we truly are. That's not how we always are. But historically America always rights itself. It always leans back towards decency, courage, and kindness and charity. We always right ourselves.

For the love of Pete, look at our history and see who we truly are. Don't see just the mistakes. See the good things. All they're trying to do is separate us from the good things. This is a prime example early on of why we must reconnect with God. We must reconnect with ourselves. We must reconnect with history. We must know who they are because they're trying do separate us from our history. They're trying to separate us from the goodness in our heart by making us angry. They want us -- they want us to rise up.

We must rise up with hearts full of reconciliation. Go ahead, brother. Strike me down. To quote 'Star Wars', you will only make me more powerful. Strike me down. Strike me across the face. I will turn the other cheek.

You tell me, which would have more power, which would the American people stand up for right now, if people were locked arms, singing hymns walking down the streets of Ferguson, would the American people -- because the case is not on their side, the facts are not on their side, it would really be hard to get the American people to stand with them.

However, if they were all standing together shoulder-to-shoulder marching like Martin Luther King and singing hymns and talking about the real problems in our country, do you think maybe a few people would listen to them more than the people burning businesses down.

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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.