Why the Democrats only play to win

Buck Sexton filled in for Glenn on his radio program Monday, where he shared his insights on Saturday night's Democratic debate. If you didn't watch it, you didn't miss much --- it was intended not to be watched by the vast majority Americans, Buck noted.

That being said, Buck highlighted one important takeaway --- a lesson on how Democrats play the game.

"Democrats play to win," Buck said. "Why? Winning means power. You have power, you can get what you want."

If the debate looked like a preposterous game show, it's because that's just what it was, Buck continued.

"With the, 'oh, well, who is going to be the next DNC nominee?' We all know who it's going to be," Buck said. "They know who it's going to be and have for quite some time, which is why they have managed to set up the process in this way."

Listen to the segment below for more.

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

BUCK: You have a debate that wasn't supposed to be seen. Many of us chose to watch some of it. If you watched all of it, I applaud you. Because I don't think there's a whole lot that you could take away from it, other than, this is how Democrats play the game. And maybe there's a real lesson here for Republicans that they should pay attention to.

Democrats play to win. What is the central tenet of the modern progressive Democrat party in this country? What is number one? What is the first rule? You know, first rule of Fight Club is never talk about Fight Club. What is the first rule of the Democratic Party? Win. Why? Winning means power. You have power, you can get what you want. You can do what you want. Without power, you're irrelevant.

So whatever you have to do to win is what is what is wise, is what is just, is what is good. It doesn't matter what the acts are, right? The ends completely justify the means. Democrats want to win. They have discipline. Fact that this looks like a preposterous game, almost like a game show, quite honestly, at this point. With the, oh, well, who is going to be the next DNC nominee? We all know who it's going to be. But they know who it's going to be and have for quite some time, which is why -- why is why they have managed to set up the process in this way.

You hear about Bernie Sanders, lawsuits, this is all just noise. This is sound and fury signifying nothing. It's just trying to make it seem like there's something going on here. It's a good look. It's a good look for Bernie. Bernie gets to burnish his national credentials here. He gets to sort of get his name out there, build more of a brand for the Democrat socialism that he's trying to make mainstream. Something we should all keep in mind is, it's not that hard for him to do because how far apart -- really, how far apart are Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on issues of economics, for example?

You can say the biggest difference seems to be that Hillary very gladly takes large donations from Wall Street, from hedge funders, from people who have very big pockets. Bernie trashes them all the time, and perhaps too much, so he won't take as much cash or any cash from them. We'll see. Depends on which one. Depends on the donation.

Hillary is pretty comfortable with that stuff because Hillary has completely taken in that Democratic principle of whatever it takes to win. Do whatever it takes.

We have the Republicans squabbling. All kinds of going after each other. And for what?

You think they're going to be a stronger candidate at the end of this whole thing? You think that this isn't going to help Hillary in a general? It's time for some of these Republican contenders to go back to either whatever other public office jobs they had or their book tour or something else.

Because the Hillary machine -- as I like to say, Hillary and the Democrats, it's like Skynet and the machinery is self-aware. They will do whatever it takes to win, even having a ridiculous Saturday night debate that is intended -- intended not to be watched by -- by a vast majority of the American people.

Featured Image: Democratic president candidate Bernie Sanders waits as Hillary Clinton walks on stage at Saint Anselm College December 19, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is the third Democratic debate featuring Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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