Donald Trump: Free speech foolish, shut down the internet

Following the deadly terror attack in San Bernardino, Donald Trump commanded the media spotlight after releasing a statement that all Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.

"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," a campaign press release said.

In his latest media bonanza, Trump suggested Bill Gates close the internet "in some way," saying people who ask about freedom of speech are foolish.

"We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech. Freedom of speech.' These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people."

Pat and Stu, in for Glenn while he's traveling, had a few things to say on the issue.

Listen to an excerpt below.

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

PAT: I don't know. This -- this Trump thing is just -- it's phenomenal. We're going to play some audio for you that is even more genius than -- than anything else he's said, I think.

STU: Is that possible?

PAT: I'm not sure. I'm not sure. Well, let me just play this for you. Let me just -- you tell me how genius this is. Is this smarter than anything else he's said or is it just top five?

DONALD: And we have to do something. We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some way. Somebody will say, "Oh, freedom of speech. Freedom of speech." These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.

PAT: Foolish people who is freedom of speech, freedom of speech. You're foolish. Don't say that. Yes, there's a Constitution and a First Amendment that guarantees your freedom of speech, but you're foolish for saying that.

STU: Look, George Washington, foolish people.

DONALD: We have a lot of foolish people. We've got to maybe do something with the internet because they are recruiting by the thousands.

(laughter)

PAT: I mean...

STU: I'm sorry. Does Bill Gates have some sort of switch? If you go to Bill Gates and say, hey, we want to shut down the Internet in certain areas, can he just do it?

PAT: Parts of it. Yeah, I think he can.

STU: Okay. Because I was not aware of that.

PAT: Yeah. Yeah, Microsoft controls the internet. You didn't know. Everything is routed right through Seattle.

STU: Is it through Microsoft or just Bill Gates' house?

PAT: No, you're right. It's not Microsoft. It's Bill Gates' house.

STU: It's Bill Gates -- and the people who say freedom of speech, freedom of speech, are foolish people.

PAT: Those are foolish people.

STU: Man, I don't know what else to say. I mean, the guy never has a moment of thought about what the Constitution says. If that's what you want as a president, obviously there's a party that's been delivering this for white a long time, it's called the Democrat Party. They're the party that doesn't look at the Constitution and doesn't care what it says. This is reminiscent of another Republican candidate for president who said...

LINDSEY: Free speech is a great idea. But we're in a war.

PAT: Isn't that the same mentality?

STU: That is. Lindsey Graham.

PAT: It's a great idea. I mean, free speech is a great idea. But, I mean, we're in a war. Can't have it now.

STU: At least Graham acknowledges it's a great idea. To Trump it's like, freedom of speech, freedom of speech, these are foolish people.

PAT: Well, we talked about this yesterday. He doesn't care about the Constitution. If he even knows about it, he doesn't care.

STU: No. Never a moment of thought goes into what it does. What it's supposed to restrict the government from doing. I mean, you think you want that as a president of the United States, a guy who will do this stuff? Think about this, all of these crazy proposals that come out from Donald Trump, what do they always have in common? They make the government more powerful. That's what you want as a Republican nominee? Go ahead. But, I mean, that's insanity.

PAT: I think so too. But you can't get the Trump supporters to listen to any of this. They -- they're impervious to it.

 

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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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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