Why Obama changed the name of Mt. McKinley

Ahead of his visit to Alaska to highlight climate change, Barack Obama announced the renaming of the tallest mountain in North America. The 20,237 ft peak bore the name of McKinley since 1896, when William McKinley was first nominated for President. President Obama changed the name back to its original native Alaskan name, Denali.

Glenn explained the real reason he thinks Obama did this on radio.


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

GLENN: So why did the president change the name or threaten to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali?

STU: He did it too. It's not a threat. It's done.

GLENN: It's just done?

STU: It's done. He did it on his own. Now, I don't care at all about the name of the stupid mountain to be perfectly honest. I don't care.

GLENN: I don't either.

PAT: We've grown up our whole lives with it.

GLENN: I can't believe that the president, one man, can just -- with the stroke of a pen make this change.

STU: Right. And people in Alaska are saying, well, this is what we call it. And that's great. Well, then you just need to have a bill get through Congress and pass it, and then it will change. It was passed in a bill to change it to name it Mount McKinley.

GLENN: You know what, it's too hard.

PAT: It's too hard.

GLENN: It's so much easier if we just have one guy make the decision for us.

PAT: A republic is so messy. It takes a long time. I don't want to do all that.

STU: They passed a bill in Congress in 1917 to name it Mount McKinley.

PAT: Why can't we have a dictator who just does things? Oh, wait.

GLENN: Not a dictator. Not a dictator. An administrator. Right?

PAT: An administrator. Okay. Yeah, he administrates. Nothing wrong with that.

STU: Their justification seems to be, there was a bill passed in 1917. Since then, there have been contradictory bills that have been proposed to change the name or keep it the same. And since none of them really worked out, we can act because, quote, we can act if the board does not act within a reasonable time, they can -- they can move ahead with it.

PAT: That's the same kind of nonsense --

GLENN: What!

PAT: -- he said with health care. Uh, we've tried to do this for 100 years, and we've delayed it too long. Well, you tried to do it for 100 years, and we didn't get it done because the American people didn't want it.

STU: Right.

PAT: And they still didn't want it, and you did it anyway.

JEFFY: Well, the United States Board on Geographic Names has been deferring it to Congress for all these years, and they've just decided they're not going to defer it anymore.

STU: Right. Like what is that?

PAT: Jeez.

STU: Again, the issue itself is completely meaningless to me. I don't care. But this is what they do with everything. He's just doing it because he feels like he wants to do something nice for I guess natives of America that call it Denali.

PAT: Can he change the name of Reagan International before he leaves office?

STU: I think, yeah. I would not be surprised.

PAT: Another Republican, he has to get rid of that.

STU: Their justification is, by the way, well, he never visited. He never visited Mount McKinley. McKinley never visited Mount McKinley. It's stupid.

Maybe that's because he got executed.

PAT: Yeah, he was killed.

STU: Could it be potentially because he didn't have a nice retirement to go visit mountains in Alaska because he was dead. Could it potentially have been that? I bet you that he may have gone to visit Mount McKinley --

PAT: It's not like Alaska was a state at the time either. It's like, hey, I think I'll go see that really cool territory up there. You know, you don't take 4,000-mile trips in 1890. Stupid.

GLENN: So why is -- why did he change the name? I watched Buck Sexton last night on the Blaze. I think he had the right answer. Misdirection. Pay no attention to what I'm really doing up here with climate change. Don't let anybody talk about what I'm really doing on climate change. You just get everybody to be outraged and talk about Mount McKinley or Denali.

PAT: That's what he does.

GLENN: It's always, watch the other hand, with this guy. This is misdirection. What's he doing up there on climate change?

Featured Image: General view of the West face of Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park in Alaska. (Photo by: Mike Powell/Getty Images)

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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