Glenn's plan to restore America begins with 'first principles'

Millions of Americans believe our nation is in trouble. A troubled economy, attacks on our homeland, corrupt leadership and floundering educational and health care systems threaten to wreak havoc on this country. But everyone views these problems through a different lens - and that's what divides us.

On radio Tuesday, Glenn suggested we establish our "first principles" before even attempting to come together on solutions.

"It is easy to diagnose the problems. It is harder then to prioritize the solutions," Glenn said.

Our nation's founders believed God and the Constitution were their first principles, Glenn said. If you're going to restore America, he explained, those must be your first principles as well.

He then began writing down his own first principles:

1. God.

2. Constitution.

3. Life. (And that means all life. That goes into health care. That goes into war on ISIS. That goes into Planned Parenthood.)

4. Government corruption. (And that goes to limited government and rule of law. That would include immigration.)

first principles Glenn lists his "first principles" during radio, Aug. 19, 2015.

When looking at problems through the lens of these first principles, Glenn found it much easier to know how the problems of our nation should be dealt with.

"You can't fix immigration until you fix corruption. You can't fix corruption until you fix the Constitution. You can't fix the Constitution until you fixed it right with God and you know where those constitutional principles come from," Glenn said.

Watch the segment or read the full transcript below.

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

GLENN: It is easy to diagnose the problems. It is harder then to prioritize the solutions. What are your first principles? Our founders believed God and Constitution were the first principles. So if you're going to restore America, not back to 2000 or 1980 with Ronald Reagan, you're going to restore it back to its first principles, those must be your first principles. That's my goal.

So when I talk about things, you can understand -- this whole -- this whole self-examination here is so I can understand you better. And you can understand me better. And we can stop calling each other traitors. We disagree.

STU: Yeah, look, I certainly never called anyone a traitor. And I know you haven't. But it's out there.

GLENN: No. It's happening online from people.

STU: Certainly.

GLENN: And we will divide ourselves. And we will destroy -- we will be our own worst enemy. We will destroy ourselves.

The difference is the lens. So I think we should look at our lens and say, what are our first principles? My first principles: God, Constitution, life. And that means all life. That goes into health care. That goes into war on ISIS. That goes into Planned Parenthood. Then I would say corruption. Government corruption.

PAT: It's important to have that. Is that what you're saying?

GLENN: No. And that goes to limited government and rule of law.

PAT: Yeah. Which would also include probably immigration.

GLENN: The border. Yeah, it would include the border.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: See, I mean, once you go into first principles, you say what are the problems? You can't fix the -- you can't fix immigration until you fix corruption. You can't fix corruption until you fix the Constitution. You can't fix the Constitution until you fixed it right with God and you know where those constitutional principles come from.

So this is my thinking on -- on Donald Trump. It's not that I don't like the guy. It's not that I -- I mean, I've seen his -- I was watching MSNBC, and they're like, Donald Trump and his crazy immigration policy. And I'm looking at the talking points, and I'm like, I agree with those. So I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy too, MSNBC. Because I agree with those.

STU: MSNBC has confirmed, you are also crazy. That is true.

GLENN: I know that. I know that.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: So why is it that we're at each other's throats? Because of first principles. And so I tell you my first principles, the question is, what are your first principles? If you want to just fix jobs, we're not going to be able to do that. If you say we just want to fix jobs, well, then that gives Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders the opportunity to fix jobs. Bernie Sanders says he can fix the economy and jobs. Why don't we go for him?

Because his first principles, we disagree with. His first principles are, we live in a collective. Our first principles are all men are created equal. And endowed with things that make them individuals.

So we don't agree with Bernie Sanders, not on policy. On first principles.

I heard something yesterday from Hillary Clinton I thought was astounding. She said -- she was talking to Black Lives Matter people. And it was before I think she was speaking in Ohio. And it was caught on tape behind the scenes. And it was billed as this tense moment between her and Black Lives Matter. Do you have it?

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Okay. Play it. It's good so far.

VOICE: This is and has always been a white problem of violence. It's not -- there's -- there's not much that we can do to stop the violence against us.

HILLARY: Okay. I understand what you're saying.

(talking over)

VOICE: And also respectfully --

HILLARY: Yeah. Well, respectfully, if that is your position, then I will talk only to white people about how we're going to deal with the very real problems.

VOICE: That's not what I mean. That's not what I mean. That's not what I mean. But, like, what I'm saying is, you -- what you just said was a form of victim blaming. And you were saying what the Black Lives Matter movement --

PAT: Oh, jeez. Help me!

GLENN: Listen. Listen.

PAT: It's agonizing, first of all. But there's more.

GLENN: I know. There's more. Listen to what she says, not what he says.

HILLARY: Look, I don't believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws. You change allocation of resources. You change the way systems operate.

GLENN: Stop. This is why respectfully, I say Hillary Clinton is possibly the Antichrist. I'm just saying. This is why I think she's wrong for the country. What she just said. I don't believe you change hearts. I do. I believe you could have all the policies. All of the laws in the world. But until you change hearts, you change nothing. You only have to have a bigger and bigger police force if you don't change hearts. Okay.

Her first principles are wrong. Her first principle is, government will solve this with the right policy.

PAT: Yes. Yes.

GLENN: So I don't hate Hillary Clinton. I honestly don't think she's the Antichrist.

PAT: But that falls right in line with her first principles. Her first principle is government.

GLENN: Correct. So this is what we have to concentrate on. When we talk to people who are Trump supporters: What are your first principles? And not in an accusation way or anything else. Knowing that we'll disagree on things: What are your first principles? And does he satisfy those first principles?

Imagine sometime next year, getting called before HUWAC – the House Un-Woke Activities Committee.

"Are you or have you ever been a member of the un-woke?"

Something like that is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Last week, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, now a UC Berkeley professor, tweeted this:

Since the 1970s, there have been dozens of "Truth Commissions" around the world like the kind Robert Reich wants in America. Most of these have been set up in Africa and Latin America. Usually it happens in countries after a civil war, or where there's been a regime change – a dictator is finally overthrown, and a commission is set up to address atrocities that happened under the dictator. Or, as in the commissions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, atrocities under communism. Or, in the most famous example, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission addressed the decades of apartheid that ravaged that nation.

These commissions usually conclude with an official final report. These commissions and reports have served as a means of governments trying to close a dark chapter of their country's history, or provide emotional catharsis, as a way to generally move on. Sometimes it kind of works for people, most of the time it leaves people clamoring for more justice.

Here's how one professor described truth commissions in an article in The Conversation last year. He wrote:

The goal of a truth commission… is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record. Truth commissions also officially recognize victims and perpetrators in an effort to move beyond the painful past… Some have been used cynically as tools for governments to legitimize themselves by pretending they have dealt with painful history when they have only kicked the can down the road.

See, this is the problem with a lot of "Truth" commissions – they are inherently political. Even if you trust your government and give them all the benefit of the doubt in the world that their Truth commission is trying to do the right thing, it is ALWAYS going to be political. Because these truth commissions are never set up by those who have LOST power in government. They're always established by those who have WON power.

The Deputy Executive Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice says one of the main points in these Truth commissions is that "the victims become protagonists."

A Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility.

So, who are the victims in Robert Reich's America? People like him, members of the far-Left who had to endure the atrocities of four years of a president with different political ideas. What an injustice. I mean, the left's suffering during the Trump administration is almost on the level of apartheid or genocide – so we totally need a Truth commission.

There have been lots of calls for the U.S. to have its own Truth and Reconciliation commission, especially around racial injustice.

This past June, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced legislation to establish the " United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."

Ibram X. Kendi – the high priest of anti-racism, and author of Target's current favorite book " Antiracist Baby" – proposes a Constitutional anti-racism amendment. This amendment would:

establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for pre-clearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

If you think that is far-fetched, you haven't been paying attention to the Left's growing radicalism. In a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, a Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility. And of course, such a DOA would never stop at policing government.

We're in a dangerous, precarious moment in our history. Given the events of 2020, should Democrats gain the White House, the Senate, and the House, how many commissions will be in our future? They will suddenly have plenty of political capital to drag the nation through years of commission hearings.

And the Left's form of justice is never satisfied. You think it will stop at a T&R commission on race? MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted this month about the need for a commission to deal with Americans who are skeptical about wearing masks:

Or what about a Truth commission on religion? I mean, look at those reckless churches spreading Covid this year. Or this would be a big one – a T&R commission on climate change deniers.

The Left is highly selective when it comes to truth. That's why they are the very last group you want in charge of anything with "Truth and Reconciliation" in the title.

This is one of the most incredibly frustrating things about the Left in America today. The Left insists there is no such thing as absolute truth, while simultaneously insisting there are certain approved truths that are undeniable.

So, you can't question "Science" – even though that's pretty much what every great scientist in history did.

You can't question racism as the explanation for all of existence – because, well, just because.

You can't question third-party "Fact-checkers" – because the powers that be, mainly Big Tech right now, have decided they are the Truth referees and you have to trust what they say because they're using certified external fact-checkers. They just forgot to tell you that they actually fund these third-party fact-checkers. It's like if McDonald's told you to trust third-party health inspectors that they were paying for.

The Left thinks it has a monopoly on Truth. They're the enlightened ones, because they've had the correct instruction, they're privy to the actual facts. It's psychotic arrogance. If you don't buy what they're selling, even if you're just skeptical of it, it's because you either don't have the facts, you willingly deny the facts, or you're simply incapable of grasping the truth because you're blinded by your raging racism problem. It's most likely the racism problem.

The Left never learns from its own preaching. For the past 60-plus years they've decried the House Un-American Activities Committee for trying to root out communists, getting people canceled, ruining Hollywood careers, etcetera. But a HUAC-type committee is precisely what Robert Reich is describing and many on the Left want. It's not enough for Trump to be voted out of office. Americans who helped put him there must be punished. They don't want reconciliation, they want retribution. Because the Left doesn't simply loathe Donald Trump, the Left loathes YOU.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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This is a moment "Cynical Theories" author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come. The liberal mathematician and host of the "New Discourses Podcast" recently came out as "unhappily" voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn't "Trump versus Biden." It's Trump versus a "movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation." Lindsay warned that if it isn't stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

"A lot of people don't understand what's happening with the election we have right now," he said. "They think it's a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And at the surface level, of course, it is. We're voting for each candidate to be duly put into the office of president. But that's not what we really have going on. We have, in Donald Trump, a man who's going to govern as we've all seen — the way he feels like he's going to govern. And we have in Joe Biden, a man captured by a movement that wants to tear apart the American society at its very foundation."

Lindsay noted the popular leftist narratives that call to "abolish anything they don't like," which now includes the U.S. Constitution. He added that "this is the movement that is controlling the Democratic Party."

"It is my belief, that there has been a largely effective kind of silent coup of the Democratic Party, that's turned it completely under the control of this movement. And that's what we're going to be electing with Joe Biden. So I can't do it," he said.

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Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, Glenn Beck goes straight to the source of the biggest story in the country with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who takes us directly into Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.

Despite Big Tech's attempts to squash this story, there should be a mad scramble in the media to get to the bottom of major corruption allegations, but they're willfully ignoring it. However, this is not just a story about Hunter Biden. This is all about Joe Biden. It's a story Glenn has been investigating for over a year that traces back to Ukraine and China. It goes directly to the root of corruption within our political system: How politicians use their family members to enrich the entire clan and sell out their country. While the media looks the other way, Glenn asks Mayor Giuliani to show us the evidence. Giuliani details the chain of possession of the laptop and reveals news that he only had possession of the laptop days before the New York Post story broke. He says, "I reported this the day after I saw it."

He also drops a major bombshell on the show and says Big Tech doesn't want you to see evidence that "establishes with texts, documents, contracts" that "Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it."

Big Tech censorship is out of control. So to watch tonight's explosive episode of Glenn TV, you must be a BlazeTV subscriber. Because Big Tech is doing whatever it can to limit free speech, we're offering our most important discount on BlazeTV ever. Use promo code GLENN to get $30 off a one-year subscription, so you'll have 24/7 access to news and entertainment completely free of biased "fact-checks" and censorship.

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