Actor Jon Voight describes when 'things turned upside down' in Hollywood

Glenn invited "one of the most genuine and nicest guys" and Oscar winning actor Jon Voight onto his radio program Monday, to talk about his participation in the new movie, Woodlawn, and a variety of issues in our society.

"When I see the wanton attacks on Christians throughout the world, it's deeply disheartening and disturbing and angering and all these things," Voight said.

Something he said gives him hope is being able to act in a film like Woodlawn, which tells the true story of a Birmingham high school football team that was going to be closed because of racial tensions in the '70s. When the team decided they would stand for God, stand for good, do the right thing and unite, they ended up in a state championship - the biggest football game in Birmingham history.

"It's a very heartwarming story. So I thought it was the perfect time for it. And I was very grateful for it," Voight said.

Later in the conversation, Glenn asked Voight about some of the changes he's seen in the film industry that have turned our values upside down, and what brought them about.

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GLENN: A man I admire for many, many reasons. Talent, being least of which. And you can admire him on talent and career. Jon Voight joins us again.

We're just looking at your list of movies that you've made in your life, Jon. Phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal. Is there something in all the movies that you've made, is there one thing that you're saying, "That's when I had it? I had it at that moment. That scene or that -- I wish I could be that good all the time?"

JON: Well, I've had a lot of — I've had a lot of success in a variety of films. And they're a little like part of a family. You don't distinguish one from the other in a certain way.

GLENN: Yeah.

JON: But, no, I've been fortunate to work with very, very good directors. The director is the fellow who has the final say in most of this, you know. And the people who — you know, he supervises — not only the shooting of the film, but the editing and the music and the final, you know, mixing of the piece. So I've been very, very fortunate to work with very great directors.

I started out with -- in Midnight Cowboy, I worked with John Boorman on Deliverance. I won an Academy Award for Coming Home. I worked with a great Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky for Runaway Train. And then since then, I've done a lot of interesting films in which I wasn't quite the lead, but I was -- I certainly had an impact. And, you know, I -- I've done very, very well. But always attentive to the directors.

GLENN: Would you remember a time in Hollywood — and I want to get to Israel here in a second. But just one last question on this. Do you remember a time — you know, because 1969, you win your first Oscar. You were living in a time when — when Henry Fonda and John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart were still the men.

JON: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Do you — did you feel a change in Hollywood when those guys passed on?

JON: Well, I did feel a change — and the — the change had happened in the '60s when the values of this country were turned upside down. It was a very disturbing period of time, and it started out, I feel, with the assassination of our president, John Kennedy. And we were in trauma for a number of years. And the left moved in. What I mean, when I say the left, I mean Marxism moved in. And a lot of those people that were in the streets, you know, were being manipulated by communists. I mean, the big marches of the '60s, aside from the civil rights marches, those marches against the war were all orchestrated by communists. People don't realize that, you know. SDS, Students for Democratic Society, which is a big left movement, had a meeting in Cuba with Castro. Anyway, a lot of things happened in the '60s. And I think that's where things turned upside down.

GLENN: I wonder if we're in the same kind of period now, that we recover or don't. Because the same people now in their 60s, are really behind a lot of the things that have turned our values upside down. We have — I've never seen anything like it, Jon. I'm shocked that it happened. And I'm also shocked that there weren't 30,000 pastors, alone, standing in front of the capitol building, standing up against this embrace of Iran over Israel. It's crazy.

JON: Absolutely. I agree with you. People have been kind of stunned by this administration's lawlessness. They don't know what to do. I mean, look what's happening with Boehner leaving. I mean, they think he's finally a part of this recognition that we don't know what to do with this guy, you know. So I'm going to step down. Maybe somebody else stronger can come and replace me and maybe we can do something. Because on a daily basis, we're losing pieces of America.

GLENN: Big time.

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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