"Their interests are aligned": Glenn reveals how radicals on all sides are exploiting terror attack

Regardless of whether or not you find the cartoons in the 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine obscene, one thing we can all agree on is that the victims of the Paris attack had a right to print those images to satirize religion. Glenn finds the images incredibly offensive, but that doesn't mean those terrorists had a right to murder twelve people.

In the wake of the attack, Glenn sees many of the forces he has warned about for years coming back to the forefront. Radicals on both the left and the right are using the crisis to force what they want. Radical Islamists are blaming the French government for allowing the offensive cartoons to be printed.

In his opening monologue Thursday night, Glenn returned to the chalkboard to draw the connections between all the groups on the left and the right seeking to exploit the attacks and instability for their own gain.

And in the end he stood where everyone with common sense should. With Charlie.

Below is a transcript of this segment:

But let me go back to stability—I am Charlie. This is the actual newspaper that CNN and FOX News and everybody else is afraid to show you. It’s pretty vile. It’s got some really nasty stuff in it. I don’t think…if this is the way they depicted Jesus, or if you were a Jew and they depicted David or Moses like this, you’d be very upset. We wouldn’t kill people, but we’d be very upset.

So, I want to make sure that you understand, this is obscene. What they’re doing here is wrong; however, in a cultured, civilized society in the West, you have a right to be a dirtbag, and I can’t gun you down on the streets.

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We right now have so many problems stacked one on top of each other. Have you ever gotten up in the morning, and you have a shoelace, and it’s been knotted, and it’s been knotted, and it’s been knotted, and you just for the life of you cannot get that knot out? The banking crisis with derivatives, more people out of work than ever before, the oil prices dropping, your food prices rising, printing of money…they just keep tightening that knot. The instability with people turning on the police and the tragedy in France…you’re never going to get that knot out.

There’s nothing you’re going to—at some point, because we didn’t start down here, we didn’t say wait a minute, wait a minute, before we put another knot on top of that, now it’s going to take a radical decision. Now, what you have to do is cut the shoelace and start all over. You just have to cut it out and start all over again.

We’ve covered a lot of stuff this last week trying to show you all of the problems that are stacking up one on top of another, and we’re doing it to build up to a show that airs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week on Mother Russia, because the story on Mother Russia and what they’re doing now over there is they are purposely tying more knots, and they’re doing it because they want somebody to cut the string, because as soon as the shoelace…we’re walking man, we’re still walking. As soon as that shoelace is cut, all hell breaks loose.

It’s not so bad when you’re just doing it with your shoe, and you can just get another shoelace, and then you can sit there and take the time and do it, but if you’re in a hurry, if you’re moving at the time, you don’t just cut the shoelace. You have to stop down, but if everything is unstable, you’re in trouble when that shoelace is cut, and that’s what the radicals everywhere are trying to do. They are trying to cut the shoelace. They’re trying to get us to start from scratch. That is their goal, and to start from scratch, you have to first cut the knot. You have to break everything apart. You have to attack stability.

I’ve been mocked for this, and man, it is just looking more and more true every single day. Radicals, Islamists, Communists, Socialists work together against Israel, work together against capitalism, work to overturn stability. The protests then become contagious. They cascade. They sweep the Middle East. They begin to destabilize Europe and the rest of the world.

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When I say they’re going to work together, what people heard was oh, Glenn Beck says, you know, President Obama is texting ISIS. No, that’s not what I said, and maybe it’s my own fault for not articulating it more clearly here, but some people have an agenda. You know what I mean is the forces working together. " So they’re not attending the same, you know, weekly meetings at Motel 6 right down the street from the forest with the big owl in it, but they’re all encouraging instability and taking advantage of the same events in the process, for example, this shooting in France.

This shooting should really bother you. It’s hitting people hard, and it should. Two things are happening. People are starting to come together, strange bedfellows, like Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins is an atheist, and he said yesterday not all religions are violent, but one is. He went on to explain that a little deeper to where I actually agreed with him.

Jon Stuart give a great monologue last night where he said pretty much we should all be worried. You have a right to do this. People in the press are afraid. CNN won’t do this. USA Today will not print any of this. In America?

Now, here’s what concerns me, the reaction from the far right groups—remember, people who are pushing for that knot to break so they can reshape the world, the people pushing for anti-foreign immigration policies in Europe. Now remember, the far right in Europe is not the same in America. In America, the far right is small government, individual liberty. The left is big government, Fascism, Communism, Totalitarianism. Got it?

That’s the true right and left, and the political scale, Democrat and Republican, are up and down, and they slide this direction. Right now, they’re both kind of sliding over here to big government. So the reaction is entirely different from the Tea Party on illegal immigration here in America. In Europe, they are targeting people by race and nationality, and they are using that for a bigger more powerful government.

Right now, about 7% of France’s population is now Muslim…7%. Suspicions and hatreds already exist. This doesn’t come lightly. So when an attack like this happens, there’s a backlash. Let me show you some of the backlash that nobody else is talking about. Why? Because they dismissed that chalkboard I gave you at FOX.

Listen: “This bloodbath proves wrong those who laughed or ignored the fears of so many people about a looming danger of Islamism.” Or this one: “The Islamists, against whom PEGIDA has been warning over the last 12 weeks, showed in France today that they are not capable of (practicing) democracy but instead see violence and death as the solution.”

The leader of Italy’s Northern League tweeted this: “If the MASSACRE of Paris is confirmed to be of ISLAMIC origin [which it has], it’s at this point that we have our ENEMY at home. #stopinvasion @now!”

Marine Le Pen of the Le Pen Party is a party that is being funded by Russia, dangerous party, leader of the National Front in France, she has been speaking out against the attacks, even called for the death penalty to be reinstated. The last person killed by capital punishment is 1977 in France, and they used the guillotine. It’s like California all of a sudden asking for the death penalty, doesn’t happen.

Le Pen has also likened the Muslim population increase in France to the German occupation of the 1940s, but you also have voices such as the radical Islamic cleric Choudary. He reacted to the shooting. Now, remember, USA Today will not show this; however, today in USA Today they printed this op-ed piece, and let me just give it to you.

“Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.” You got it? How do you coexist with that?

“So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?” Oh, the irony, I love this, the irony of using free speech to promote anti-free-speech agenda. The government has no place telling anybody what they can and cannot print, period. No one does. Whether it is an Islamic State with no freedom of speech or the expulsion of all foreigners, both goals can’t happen until somebody cuts the shoestring.

Dozens of groups and forces, millions of individuals chipping away at stability, and it’s now spread to Europe. They’re trying to remold things closer to their heart’s desire. Let me ask you a question, why do you think Sony actually was hacked by North Korea? Do you really think they care about a few lame jokes in The Interview? No. Instability, they see the West as weak right now. What does that really do? If you can make Sony, if you can hack in and you can release all this, well, why not hack into other capitalist companies? Why not take them down?

The 12ers in Iran, the way to prompt the return of the 12th Imam, stir up chaos…Russia is looking now to stir up chaos. You will not believe what we have found. Please, tell all of your friends, tune in Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Tell them, tune in. This is a really, really important series of events that no one in the mainstream is talking about.

The enemies of capitalism need capitalism to fail. They go after instability. Now, I’m not saying there’s some secret meeting place in the woods. All of these groups have wildly different goals, but those goals require the same thing to accomplish, instability. At FOX, I told you there would be a time where people would come together to destabilize, and right now they are still working separately, but in a way, in the end, the end result, it’s all the same for them. They have come together.

Create a problem, call out for a strongman to rescue the people. What have they done? The Muslims go out and shoot and say we need a strongman to say this is illegal. What does the far right say? We need a strongman to shut the Muslims out and kick them out. The far right and the radical left and the Islamists are taking advantage of the tragedy in France to gain a rise in popularity.

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We haven’t hit our economic crisis yet. When the economic crisis happens, you throw this fuel on the fire, and I am telling you, we have global instability and war. It’s happening in Germany. The left and the right in France are dividing, not uniting. Germany is doing the same thing. We’re doing it to some extent here. My question to you is are we strong enough to withstand the onslaught?

As I was standing here yesterday and the day before, and we had a 3.5, and then an hour later we had a 3.6, and the lights were swinging, and I’m thinking to myself I’ve never lived in an earthquake zone. I don’t know what this is. I don’t know what’s behind these walls. I know that Stage 2 right next door to us, that’s the tornado studio. We go into that stage if there’s a tornado, because it’s a box within a box. We know that that studio has withstood, what, 120-mile-an-hour winds, something like that? Earthquakes, I don’t know. I have no idea.

The ground is unstable. The economy is unstable. Our spiritual lives are unstable. Our culture is unstable. We have ignored the calls of the doctor. We’ve ignored the knotting of the shoes for too long. We didn’t tackle things like multiculturalism when they became trendy. We said oh, well, it doesn’t matter to me. Yes, it does matter, because we’ve lost our culture.

Our culture would say this is wrong. Our culture would say you shouldn’t even draw this. Our culture says this is wrong, but our culture also says I have a right to do it, and you don’t have a right to kill me for it. We don’t even know anymore. We don’t even know. On MSNBC yesterday, they were actually going back and forth on this, and they were comparing this to Jerry Falwell taking Penthouse magazine…was it Penthouse…yeah, Larry Flynt, to court during the Reagan years. That’s not the same as shooting 12 people and injuring another 11.

Old hatreds allowed to rise, evil leaders emboldened by a lack of response, the easy road taken on the economy, the easy road taken on discipline over and over and over again, little things exploited and picked at to make sure that we’re separated, the very words of those who threaten to topple the West ignored…

We had an infection in our big toe in 2000, maybe…maybe 1995. We could have stopped it maybe then. A few years later, we probably lose the toe. We let it fester. We’re going to lose the foot, the leg. If we continue to let this fester and we continue to go down this same course without doing anything about it, we’ll be lucky to lose the leg. We may even die. We have a nasty case going on right now, an infection.

Anybody who tells you that it’s those people, run from them. Run from them. You can say it’s those policies. I say it; it’s those progressive policies that are doing this to us. It is those ideas that many Muslims have in their head about what their religion is, and if that’s what that religion is, then that’s an infection and needs to be burned out. But it’s not the people, it’s the ideas that they have. That’s why George Washington said meet me on the battlefield of ideas.

That’s why these people don’t want you to express ideas. That’s why the media shuts anyone down that has a different idea. Start speaking out on all fronts—I am Charlie. It’s not too late to fight, to start fighting, but it’s getting close.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.