Prepare now: Greece crisis just the beginning

For nearly five years, Glenn has been warning the world to pay attention to Greece. The economic crisis, which now seems ready to boil over, could set off a chain of dominos bringing down the European Union, collapsing global markets, and even destroy the dollar. With Greek banks closed and citizens lining up at ATMs, that prediction seems closer to reality than ever. Will people pay attention? Glenn issued a dire warning on radio this morning - will it be ignored?

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:

GLENN: I began to tell you while I was at Fox that Greece or Spain would be the catalyst that could bring down the entire European Union. And it could be the first domino that ended in the collapse of the global markets and possibly the end of the dollar. I was mocked and ridiculed. That's crazy talk. This is when I was also saying that the Nazis and the communists would rear their ugly heads in Greece yet again. And all three of those things now are happening.

Here it is. People are standing in line today. They're not able to get into the banks because they fear there would be a run on the banks. So the banks have closed now for ten days. Something that I said will happen here. Mark my words. It will happen here.

People went out this weekend because they didn't take the warning seriously. They went out this weekend and tried to get money from the ATMs and they were only allowed to take out $67. You don't have any cash on hand. You can't go to an ATM. How long -- do you last ten days with $67 in cash?

PAT: No. No.

GLENN: You fill your car up once. That's it.

STU: Well, you can take up to $67 per day. So, I mean, then you're really rolling.

PAT: Then you're set. Then you're set. The ATMs are empty.

STU: Many of them are. I was listening to some report this morning, if you happen to be traveling to Greece this week, you may want to bring a little bit of extra cash because the ATMs should work for foreign banks. But you may want to bring -- I'm not even going right now. If I have a trip planned to Greece, I'm not going. Are you?

GLENN: No, you!

Yeah, I would. I would like to go to Greece right now.

PAT: You would go to Greece right now?

STU: Good. Bye. Get on a plane.

GLENN: Because what's happening there is going to be historic. And it's coming --

STU: Yes! It's going to be historic. A bunch of people will be throwing Molotov cocktails at you. That is history, I suppose.

PAT: They were standing in line just to get that $67 over the weekend. They were standing in line for four hours.

GLENN: So here's the thing that was really killing me. Reading what is happening, watching what is happening, and then to recognize that most Americans are so wildly out of touch with what's happening over there in the rest of the world, they have no idea what it means, what it is, how it's going to affect them. Honestly, it's like we're living in the turn of the century Galveston, Texas. Without any weather radar or anything else, showing us the size of the storm that's coming, everybody is just out on the beach saying it's great. Thousands died in that hurricane in Texas in the early 1900s.

Now, back in the 1900s, it wasn't anybody's fault. There was no warning system. But there is today and people are still out on the beach. We ignore it. We're too busy to mind about what Greece is happening -- what, I don't -- and we're arrogant. We believe that nothing could ever harm us.

In Greece, the human reaction, the hoarding of food, the standing in line, the limited amount of money that you can take out of the ATMs, that's all tangible evidence of the sort of thing I've been asking you to prepare for. Please hear me. This is coming here. It could be here in a month.

It could be here in five years. But it is coming here. Can I ask when has it ever been crazy to ask people to prepare?

We have no one to blame, but ourselves as this thing melts down. We will tear each other apart if there's a vacuum of leadership in this country. And when I talk about a leadership, I mean you. I mean locally. I beg of you, please, I beg of you, prepare. And if nothing happens in the next five years, then mock me. Stand in line. I can't wait to be wrong.

But the direction of the country seems to continue to go my direction. Our grandparents survived the Great Depression. What's coming is worse than the Great Depression. But people will say, well, we had this before. It was the Great Depression. It's worse than the Great Depression. And how did our grandparents survive? Our grandparents survived because the supply chain was local.

We made stuff in our local communities. We grew food. Our parents and our grandparents, many of them had farms. They knew how to plant a garden. All I know about gardens is you plant sometime when the snow is not there. That's all I know.

They also had each other. And they had God.

We barely have either of those things. We're telling -- we're tearing each other apart. We have hard hearts. Moral relativism. And massive debt. They didn't have debt. Please, I'm begging -- I'm begging you -- and I'm saying this to my wife too. Please go to the bank today and have -- get some cash and have some cash on hand.

Please have cash on hand. Please spread your financial risk out. Know what is important to you. Teach your children to be self-sufficient. Find a house of worship and do it today. And really actually connect with the people there and with the truths that are taught. Do it today.

Don't panic. We have more time than we think. But less time than we hope. We must love one another. We must serve one another. We must ask for forgiveness on the things that we have done wrong. We must forgive ourselves. We must forgive others. We must humble ourselves or I am telling you now, it will be done for us.

I was so saddened by the stuff I was reading online about the Supreme Court rulings this weekend. The anger and the vitriol, really on both sides of the Supreme Court ruling, was overwhelming. Wounds that we have been picking at are now wide open. Love wins?

Love wins? Besides Charleston, South Carolina, when have you seen love win?

What happened in the Supreme Court wasn't love. You might have said that it is about love. But not really. It's not love. It's about who you have sex with.

The winners are gloating. Stomping on the throats of their perceived opponents. Believers are reacting with fear and panic and anger.

I want you to hear me carefully: I state to you today a few truths. Here's one of them: I and no one in this audience, no one within the sound of my voice -- and I don't believe anyone on the face of the earth is another man's judge. Morally, I am no man's judge.

Two: There is an absolute right and wrong. It is time-tested.

Everything we're doing now is a brand-new idea! It's never been tested before. There are things that are true, that are time-tested.

I believe, three, in God. There is a Creator. And we are endowed by that Creator with certain unalienable rights. No man can change those rights. No man can destroy them or take them away.

And four: I will not force you to believe any of those things. I will not force you, nor do I care to try to force you to live to any of the tenets of my faith. Please, don't try to force me or others to believe in the doctrines that you hold.

We need each other. The world is changing. It's not just America. Get outside of America and open your eyes. We have to have all of us, each other, to hold onto, or we won't make it through the storm. We need gay, straight, religious, atheist, black, white, Hispanic, short, tall, fat, skinny -- we need everybody!

We must stop listening to the 5 percent of radicals on both sides. 90 percent of this country wants to get along. 90 percent of this country can live with one another. It's the 5 percent or so on each side that's killing us.

I want you to know that I am a -- a horribly flawed man. We all are. We're all the same. I struggle with the same stuff that you struggle with every single day.

But the seasons have changed. And we must take this -- this change of seasons and our time in space much more seriously than we did even last week. I'm begging you, please, please, hear the words of my mouth. Please hear the words of my mouth. Times have changed. We are not even in the same place that we were last week.

I am trying to change as a man. I suppose if you read my musings on Facebook, maybe you have noticed a change in me over the last year or two. But I'm working desperately to change. I am trying everything I can to change and to be a better man. It's not fast enough. But I'm trying my best.

Please let us find a way to each other. Let us reach out. Let's put our differences aside. Can we ground ourselves in principles and not personal or national interests?

The most truthful phrase that I've read in quite some time -- it's been everywhere in the last 72 hours. And it's absolutely true.

No matter where you stand, we must all recognize the truth in the phrase "love wins." But if I may humbly point out that I don't believe that has anything to do with who you sleep with.

Featured image: ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 29: People wait in line to withdraw 60 euros from an ATM after Greece closed its banks on June 29, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to monitor the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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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