Glenn's powerful message to Republican representatives

If you listened to yesterday's radio program, you are aware that Glenn is supporting Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) in his challenge against House Speaker John Boehner for the top spot in Congress.

Despite Glenn's strong feelings for Gohmert's ability to be successful in this role, the mainstream media has failed to agree with Glenn. At the beginning of his radio show, Glenn quoted a new Gallup poll that 60 percent of Republican GOP voters would like Boehner to leave his position. Glenn then decided to send a message to those House Representatives who would be participating in the vote today, saying "If you're putting your money behind John Boehner, you're backing the wrong horse. I don't mean politically speaking. I mean for the sake of the country. What are you there for? For politics or for the state of the country?"

Glenn took the time to say that he does, indeed, relate to the difficult decisions and pressure one in leadership faces on a daily basis. Glenn even listed some of the issues he has faced as a business owner dealing with financial pressures. Despite the pressure though, the key is to not compromise. For Glenn, the realization that he had compromised too much came from his children. Glenn said, "All my kids had to say to me was, 'Oh'. That was it. But it was a condemning, 'Oh'. It was an, 'Oh. You've turned into one of them.' They never said that. They didn't have to. I knew it."

Just as Glenn realized he had strayed from his goals based on his children's judgement of him, those in political power, or in any leadership role, need to take a step back and re-evaulate who they are and what they believe. In a desperate plea to those in Washington, D.C. Glenn left them with some powerful words to consider:

It's time to step back and say, okay, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Who am I really? What is it I really believe in?

See, what happens is, these guys go into Washington and they believe in something. Then they get there and they listen to these consultants. I'm telling you right now, defund the G.O.P. You know what the problem is? The damn consultants that the G.O.P. hires. They're the same people over and over and over and over again. And what happens is, the fresh blood goes in, and they don't know what the hell they're doing. They go in and sit around to all these experts that they've seen on TV forever. They say, listen, kid, you don't understand how this works. I do, I've been here for 25 years.

You need to have the spine in Washington to say, you know what you've been here for 25 years. What have you done for us?

Listen to the rest of Glenn's powerful monologue below:

Below is a rough transcript of this segment:

GLENN: You know, this is why -- you know what -- this is why we don't like talking politics. We've talked about these guys. We believe in these guys. Chris Stewart. I believe in him. Where is he? Jason Chaffetz. Where are you, dude? You're telling me that John Boehner is the future?

If you're putting your money behind John Boehner, you're backing the wrong horse. I don't mean politically speaking. I mean for the sake of the country. What are you there for? For politics or for the state of the country?

Let me tell you something: Let me give a message right directly to those Republicans who are waffling today. Those Republicans who have listened to the pressure.

I run a business. I know pressure. And I'm going to be real honest with you. Have you been to TheBlaze.com lately? TheBlaze.com in the last year has more garbage ads on it than I've ever seen. And I can't take them anymore. The pop-ups and the pop-behinds and everything else. I can't take them. We get complaints. We should get complaints. You should be pissed at those.

Now, here's what happened: Financial pressures start to come in. You start to say, well, we have to take this. Before, you know, you've comprised yourself into a position to where you look like crap. You become everything that you despise. So now you have to go and reset.

So here's the decision I had to make over the summer. I start to get well. I start looking at my company and everything we're doing. And I say, why are we doing this? Why is this happening. This goes against our principles. Why would we do these things? Well, because if we don't do that, then we'll have to do this. Then that will cause this. And that will cause this to happen. Before we know it, we'll be all out of control.

And, quite honestly, when I was not healthy, I was accepting that excuse. You know what changed me? And hear me clearly, Republicans. Because you don't have to be in my business. This is just my way of relating to it. I don't know what your way of relating it is, I bet you there's businesspeople and politicians and moms who find themselves in exactly the same situation, just different circumstance.

Here's what changed it: My children.

Well, dad, how come you're allowing that to happen?

Well, because if I don't do that, then this will happen and this will happen.

All my kids had to say to me was, oh. That was it. But it was a condemning, oh. It was an, oh. You've turned into one of them.

They never said that. They didn't have to. I knew it.

You listen to me, Republicans, you either stand for something or you don't. And just like my situation with all these damn pop-up ads, it will take me a while to clear them all out. It will take me a while because I've made mistakes. Company has made mistakes. It will take a while to clear all this crap out.

Okay. So I take the next eight months, six months, whatever it is, clearing this crap out to reset it to get it right. Or I could just say, well, it will be too much problem. It will solve itself in some way magically, no, it won't. Are you going to be one of those people that are looking at the problems and say, well, I have to work within the system and I have to do -- the system is broken. The system is broken.

And whether that system is in your house, in your business or in Washington, DC, we all know it's broken.

So you're not going to be able to repair this anymore. There's too many patches on this tire. It's time for a new course. It's time to step back and say, okay, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Who am I really? What is it I really believe in?

See, what happens is, these guys go into Washington and they believe in something. Then they get there and they listen to these consultants. I'm telling you right now, defund the G.O.P. You know what the problem is? The damn consultants that the G.O.P. hires. They're the same people over and over and over and over again. And what happens is, the fresh blood goes in, and they don't know what the hell they're doing. They go in and sit around to all these experts that they've seen on TV forever. They say, listen, kid, you don't understand how this works. I do, I've been here for 25 years.

You need to have the spine in Washington to say, you know what you've been here for 25 years. What have you done for us?

Well, we've had a win -- when? Tell me the win for the Constitution. I can tell you the losses for the Constitution. I can tell you we're enslaving our children with this debt. I can tell you right now that there are Americans all across the country that can't afford health insurance anymore.

So don't tell me you've been here for 25 years. You tell me you've been here for 25 minutes. I'm starting to think that you're part of the problem.

I'm begging the people in Washington to hear me clearly.

You think about your children. And if you can explain your vote to your children and say, look, I know that John Boehner is a bad guy. I know he's standing against all the things we're for. I know he's spending us into oblivion. I know that he's not securing the border. I know that he's going against what I said I would do on Obamacare.

But, kids, you see, I have to do this. Because this is the way adults play these games. This is the way the system works.

If you can honestly look at your children and say that, and they don't look at you and say, oh, then you go ahead and vote.

But when your kids look at you, you understand that what you're teaching them is: Kids, sometimes it's right to do the wrong thing. Sometimes it's really right to sell out our principles and to sell out what I said I would do because I have to play the game.

Don't play the game. Don't play the game.

Do the right thing. Where is your faith? Where is your faith in the American people? The American people can handle it. They're big enough. We know it's coming. We don't know how bad it is. But believe me, if this is your first day in Congress, you will soon -- every single congressman I've ever met, every single politician I've ever met, they get into Congress and they tell me six months into it, man, I had no idea it was this bad.

Really? You were that naive? No, Glenn. Even you don't know how bad it is. Have you listened to my program? If it's worse than I say it is, then you have a responsibility to get on the air and say that.

Well, we can't. I mean, the American people might panic.

No, they won't. Have faith in the American people. Have faith in yourself. Have faith in the system. Have faith in the Constitution. Have faith in our founders. Be that standard-bearer.

George Washington said at the Constitutional Convention: George, what do we do? Do we comprise here?

Let us raise a standard that the wise and the honest can repair.

Well, it's time for the wise and honest to repair it. We know it won't be easy. I won't play the game.

I'm begging those in Washington: Stop playing the game. You know what the right thing to do is. Stop listening to the experts. The experts are the ones who got us here.

How many times would you use Google Maps if every time it took you to the wrong destination? How many times would you keep using Google Maps?

Oh, crap. It keeps taking me to the wrong house. Oh, crap, it keeps taking me to the wrong house. Yes, but we're the experts. You're taking me to the wrong house.

Stop using the experts. They're wrong.

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Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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