Words do matter

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Hello, America. Welcome to The Glenn Beck Program and TheBlaze, the network you are building. I’m Brad Thor, filling in for Glenn tonight. You know, July is one of my favorite months, and we celebrated the birth of the United States. Two hundred thirty-nine years ago, Americans risked everything in defiance of tyranny. King George was defeated, and the Constitution guaranteed that this new nation would never have to suffer under tyranny ever again. Or did it?

Progressives have launched an all-out assault on this nation’s very foundation, and the scary part is that progressivism and the Constitution are like oil and water; they don’t mix. But is it even possible for progressives to win that fight? I mean, they can’t rewrite the Constitution, can they? Well, no, but there’s more than one way to skin a cat. They’ve chosen a clever path, wordplay and bullying. Here’s how it works.

Progressives lay out an unconstitutional idea. Let’s take amnesty, for example. They give it a flowery name, “Dreamers.” Now, the trap is set. Anyone who disagrees is publicly chastised, mocked, ridiculed as a paranoid racist who wants to crush the dreams of poor minority immigrants. There’s a name for this strategy. George Orwell coined it decades ago. He called it “Newspeak.” Anyone who had a thought contrary to the totalitarian state was deemed a thought criminal, and being a thought criminal was considered the worst crime you could commit.

Truly free societies value all opinions, even the most controversial, and truly free societies value truth. America was built on truth. The new progressive foundation though is built on lies. Look at the Supreme Court ruling last month. They basically said states couldn’t deny gay marriages anymore. I’ve read the Constitution and can’t find marriage anywhere, but somehow five lawyers in the highest court of the land found a way to make the Constitution say whatever they wanted it to say.

In 2012, Chief Justice Roberts literally rewrote the ObamaCare law by calling the penalty a tax. Now, some advocates for the law were against calling it a tax, but Roberts knew better, didn’t he? You see, calling it a penalty wasn’t in the Newspeak dictionary, but changing it to tax made the law constitutional. It makes you wonder if the Supreme Court will eventually change its own name to the Ministry of Truth with Justice Roberts sitting at Winston Smith’s vacated desk striking through words that no longer mean what Big Brother wishes them to mean.

Progressives are using Orwellian theory to fundamentally transform—I wonder who said that—our country, but today, rather than calling it Newspeak, we call it something else. We call it political correctness, and it will be the death of this nation. You see, political correctness is the vehicle that’s now used to chastise, label, and bludgeon the population into conformity.

Six months ago, Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran was fired for publishing a book that addressed issues of sexuality. He published the book, are you ready for this, for a church. This was a 34-year veteran of the fire department, but his actions didn’t conform to Newspeak, so he was punished for his crime against the progressive state.

Religious freedom is a founding principle, but progressives don’t have this term in their list of approved words and phrases. The owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana found this out the hard way. They were sought out, isolated, and viciously smeared merely for answering a hypothetical question about wedding pizza. There were forced to temporarily close their doors, simply for having a different opinion. My God, a local high school coach even threatened to burn the shop to the ground.

This is now the price of nonconformity in America, and nobody knows that better than the Tea Party, who was labeled a nonconformist too. This time, public chastisement wasn’t enough, so when the government unleashed the IRS on the Tea Party, that should’ve been a wake-up call for all of us, because if the government is capable of using its institutions as weapons against certain political viewpoints, just think what they’ll do with ObamaCare. How much power, how much leverage do they have over the country now that they have access to your medical records and to mine?

Forget the power of the IRS, this has the capability to be 1000 times worse, and it makes you wonder why the Ministry of—I’m sorry, I mean the Supreme Court, was so eager to rewrite the law to make it legal. You see, morality is getting phased out in this nation. In the vacuum left behind, there’s a new ethos emerging. Don’t believe in same-sex marriage? You’re a homophobe. You don’t agree with banning the Confederate flag? You, my friend, are a racist. How about not believing in the redistribution of wealth? You obviously hate poor people. How about amnesty, do you believe in that? No? Well, you obviously hate Mexicans. How about man-made global warming? Of course not. That makes you a science denier. But you believe in God, and that makes you an extremist zealot.

I’m an author, and we all trade in words, and we know that words matter. We can’t even say radical Islam anymore. They’re erasing it from all the State Department manuals. Fort Hood, in fact, was labeled workplace violence, even though Nidal Hasan made clear he was waging jihad, shouting “Allahu Akbar” during the shooting. But calling him an Islamic terrorist wasn’t politically correct. Muslims complained. Progressives lashed out at conservatives for bigotry.

Four years later from death row, Hasan penned a letter to ISIS head Baghdadi asking to be allowed to join. His attorney even said he wasn’t at all surprised by that letter: “It’s consistent with his position all along. Religious fervor underscores much of his life—his actions, his thought process. He really didn’t get into much of that during the trial because it was prohibited.” It was prohibited? At a trial? Why? Well, the answer is that it doesn’t fit the party line. It’s a viewpoint in opposition with Big Brother and state propaganda.

This act of terrorism was changed to mean something entirely different, and changing the meaning of words has consequences. Progressives have unleashed a war on thought, and since speech governs thought, political correctness is being used to change the way we speak and even the meaning of our words. Justice Scalia was right when he incredulously said, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange [meaning a healthcare exchange] that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’”

Words do matter. They have meaning. Twisting them, changing them, and limiting them is a dangerous precedent. As George Orwell said in 1985, “if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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