Harry Reid endorses Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House

Glenn took to radio Thursday to express how far the House of Representatives has gone to the point they no longer represent anybody.

When all the people you don't like support someone, you have to pause for a second before supporting him yourself.

So what about Paul Ryan?

For starters, take a look at who apparently loves him: John Boehner, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi.

Harry Reid came out with a full-on endorsement of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House.

Glenn presented a sampling of policies Ryan has aligned himself with.

"He voted for Medicare Part D - socialist. No Child Left Behind - led to Common Core," Glenn said. He hasn't met a bailout he didn't like. He voted for TARP."

Then quoting Ryan, "This bill offends my principles, but I'm going to vote for this bill in order to preserve my principles."

Glenn continued.

"He was the architect of and voted for a budget that blew through spending caps. He's consistent voting to raise the debt ceiling, multiple votes. He is consistent with multiple votes on farm bills. The bloated highway bill, multiple votes. He voted against the Amash Amendment to end the NSA domestic surveillance. The fiscal cliff deal, which allowed all the tax hikes, he was for it. Remember those? He was for it. Now, are those your principles?" Glenn said.

Listen to the full segment or read the transcript below.

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

GLENN: If there was criminal activity, they need to go to jail. No matter who they are. Republican, Democrat. I don't care if it was Ronald Reagan. You lie, you cheat, you steal, you go to jail. Period.

This is nothing, but -- all the world is but a stage, and we are merely its players. The House of Representatives no longer represents anybody. They represent the party.

Last night, they paved the way for Paul Ryan to become the Speaker of the House. The Freedom Caucus paved the way for Paul Ryan to become the Speaker of the House. Now, let me share a real good testimony here for Paul Ryan because he's -- he's -- he's almost universally loved

PAT: Yeah, everybody else is saying, "This is a great choice. Paul Ryan is a great choice."

GLENN: Yeah, he's a great choice. In fact, let me just play one of the big endorsements here from Harry Reid.

HARRY: I'm a Paul Ryan fan. I don't agree with him on much of what he does. I think what he's done with Medicare and Medicaid, what he's wanted to do, I disagree with. But generally speaking, I think that he's been -- we've been able to work with him as so.

GLENN: Oh, I'm sure you could.

HARRY: -- Senator Murray just a few minutes ago.

PAT: Yeah, they could work with him. Why? Because he caves in. He caves. The Republicans never press the advantage that they have. And they have a advantage right now.

GLENN: No. They never play offense. It's always defense. Always. Always. Always.

PAT: And they don't even do that well.

GLENN: And Paul Ryan is the Mitt Romney pick. The G.O.P. is being run right now by Mitt Romney.

Here's the thing, you took John Boehner out. Now we're in the middle of the fight. And the guys that we have fighting with our names on the back, they're weasels. They're chickens. They don't have enough -- they don't have any spine in them. I don't know if it's their lack of faith in God, their lack of faith in Divine Providence, their lack of faith in the Constitution, their lack of faith in the American people, I don't know what it is. Maybe it's just that they are already intoxicated with power. It doesn't take long to become intoxicated with power. There were five people. Five people that promised that -- they promised their constituents, you elect me, and I will vote against John Boehner. You elect me, and I will vote -- my first freshman vote, I will vote against John Boehner. They were elected. Out of those five, one had a spine. One.

Gary Palmer from Alabama. One.

There was six of them. Not five. The five of them turned their backs. Who are they? Alex Mooney from West Virginia, lied. Mark Walker, lied. Jody Hice, lied. Barry Loudermilk, lied. John Ratcliffe, lied.

Those guys came to you and said, "This is not the senators. This is the House of Representatives. This is the people's House. This is the one that is supposed to be just like you. The one where you're supposed to be able to have your voice heard." Do you feel your voice is being heard by the people who have lied to you?

You want to know why -- why Donald Trump is winning and why people in the freaking Tea Party are backing him? Do you know why that's happening? Because they are righteously tired of it. They have righteous indignation. They have lost their principles on the Constitution because they want somebody to do something. That's what's happening.

Now, what happens if Donald Trump doesn't win? What happens when the G.O.P. refuses to listen and represent the people? You will get someone far worse than Donald Trump. Because I got news for you, anybody who is supporting Donald Trump, Donald Trump is a big businessman. He plays the game. He bribes his own -- I'm sorry. He makes contributions to anybody on any side because he'll get the job done. The job he wants to get done.

When that man gets in, you will be betrayed again because he's a businessman. And the one who wins is Donald Trump.

You think that man has principles? What are the principles, besides Donald Trump? Certainly not the Constitution because he'll take your land, he will take your house, to be able to build a limousine parking lot on it. Those are not the principles of the Tea Party. So why is the Tea Party standing -- 20 percent of the Tea Party standing for him?

Because they're angry. Because they can't trust anyone. And so they go to a demagogue.

This is how Hitler gets elected. Everybody is so tired of it, they will just listen to the strong man who will just get it done.

And if you think that that can't happen in America, if you're toying with Donald Trump, look at -- look at what you already have in office. A guy who doesn't care. Now the Republicans are upping the ante. Now they've got Donald Trump.

What's after Donald Trump? Good news, we've got Kanye West in 2020. You're completely unhinged from any principles. And it's happening because the G.O.P. is betraying the people.

So why not Paul Ryan? Well, he voted for Medicare Part D, socialist. No Child Left Behind. Led to Common Core. He hasn't -- he hasn't met a bailout he didn't like. He voted for TARP. "This bill offends my principles, but I'm going to vote for this bill." Quote, "This bill offends my principles, but I'm going to vote for this bill in order to preserve my principles." Wait. Excuse me, what?

PAT: That's the George Bush one -- I'm -- principles to save them.

GLENN: Can I tell you something? Honey, having sex with that prostitute violated all of my principles, but I did it to save our marriage.

PAT: Same thing.

GLENN: Oh, okay. I get it. Sure. He was the architect of and voted for a budget that blew through spending caps. He's consistent voting to raise the debt ceiling, multiple votes. He is consistent with multiple votes on farm bills. The bloated highway bill, multiple votes. He voted against the Amash Amendment to end the NSA domestic surveillance. The fiscal cliff deal, which allowed all the tax hikes, he was for it. Remember those? He was for it. Now, are those your principles?

PAT: Check into immigration. So many people that love Trump love his immigration -- look at Paul Ryan's stance on immigration and amnesty.

GLENN: John Boehner, Mitt Romney, all of it -- Jeb Bush, all the people that you say you don't want love Paul Ryan. Love Paul Ryan.

PAT: Barack Obama loves Paul Ryan.

GLENN: Harry Reid. Nancy Pelosi love Paul Ryan.

Now, listen, I am really upset today. And here's why: I'm upset -- and excuse my language -- at the bastards that came to me and said to me, "Glenn, I want you to know -- and God is my witness -- or in this case, it's Pat.

PAT: Yeah. I was a little uncomfortable with you putting me as God.

GLENN: We were told -- we were told -- if -- if the wrong person goes into the Speaker of the House, the party is over. The G.O.P. is over. Because what they will do is more of the same stuff. They will disenfranchise the voter more and more. They will jam all of this progressive stuff down the throats of the voter. They will disenfranchise the base.

PAT: Going to lose the presidency.

GLENN: We will then lose the presidency because the voters will say, "What the hell do they even stand for?"

If we don't lose the presidency, you will strengthen people like Donald Trump and anybody who is really angry. Anybody who says, "I'll get it done," and is disconnected from the Constitution because there are no principles anymore.

Now, that is what I was told by several people, one of which is definitely not a guy that you sit around and say, "That guy is a crazy lunatic."

They're serious. Now, am I surprised by the John Boehners of the world? No, of course not. Of course not. The Freedom Caucus, yeah, I am. Yeah, I'm a little -- how dare you.

PAT: Especially when they were so adamant about Daniel Webster. Because of the process. Got to have him. The process restored. Blah. Blah.

GLENN: Got to have him. Got to have him. Have to have him. Here's what I want you to do, and I'm not -- I don't know if this makes any difference at all. They have a vote on October 29th next week. And it will be televised. You'll know exactly who voted what.

Featured Image: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (R) (D-NV) answers questions after a weekly policy meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid indicated he would be in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan (D-WI) becoming the next Speaker of the House during his remarks. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In one of his first executive orders, President Joe Biden reversed the Trump administration's ban on critical race theory training within the federal government.

Christopher F. Rufo, director for the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, joined BlazeTV's Glenn Beck to discuss what this means moving forward and how you can help defend America's values in your local governments, businesses, and schools.

Rufo, whose research inspired former President Donald Trump's ban on critical race theory training in federal agencies last year, said he's gearing up for a classic David vs. Goliath underdog fight and taking this "Marxist takeover" to the courts, where he's optimistic it'll be ruled not only anti-American, but outright unlawful.

"We're going to wage decentralized, relentless, legal warfare against critical race theory in every American institution, and really flood the zone in the courts," Rufo said. "I think that when we get up, hopefully, to the Supreme Court, I'm confident that we'll win because this stuff is just so toxic, it's so divisive, it's so harmful. I have faith that at the end of the day, the folks within the judiciary — and even the court of public opinion — will be on our side."

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Remember when rooting for your favorite sports team felt patriotic? It's no secret that the sports world has become extremely leftist over the past few years and is now even preaching anti-American ideals in many ways.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn spoke with veteran sports journalist Jason Whitlock about where he believes this all started — and Whitlock tied it back to former President Barack Obama, Nike, and China.

Whitlock first talked about how professional football and baseball used to have a healthy rivalry over which was the most patriotic.

"The military fly-overs, the national anthem before the game, and all of that — the NFL tried to make you feel like the most patriotic thing you could do on a Sunday is go to church and watch football. It was a brilliant business strategy that catapulted football to where it's America's favorite pastime. ... It's something that I authentically believe in: Sports do teach the values that best exemplify America," he said.

"Then China and our competitors figured out, if you really want to influence American culture, you have to get into the sports world," he added.

Whitlock also told Glenn why he believes President Obama and Nike both played significant roles in moving left-wing political rhetoric into the world of sports.

"I'm not some super-harsh Barack Obama critic, but I'm just going to let the facts speak for themselves. Barack Obama intentionally partnered with ESPN because he wanted to speak to that sports audience," he said.

"It was a process of 'let's move left-wing stuff into the sports world,'" he added. "And Nike is a much bigger business, five to six times more lucrative than the NBA. Nike actually runs the NBA. The NBA is a marketing arm of Nike. Nike's relationship with China is the key to all of this."

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IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

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