Our first freedom is freedom of speech

Comedy is supposed to bring us together by showing us there's nobody completely above mockery. But even this most basic of First Amendment expressions is under attack by the progressive leftwing ideology.

Covering for Glenn on his radio show this morning, Buck Sexton talked about how left-leaning comedians seem to be let off the hook of political correctness while their conservative counterparts are forced to apologize for being "offensive."

To demonstrate the extent our PC culture has gone, Buck pointed out some have deemed tribute videos of the late actor, Robin Williams, offensive.

Perhaps one of the best examples of this is after the very tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams, as they created some tribute videos of his comedy, people realized that even but a few years ago, maybe a decade or so ago, there were things that Robin Williams would say, and there were voices he would do. And there were jokes he made. Ooh. That's kind of racist. Oh, I don't know if we can show that on TV.

He continued.

"What is happening to us? How can we allow this to be?" Buck asked. "We're supposed to be the beacon of freedom to the entire world, and our first freedom is of speech, of thought, of ideas. And yet, we're giving that away without too much of a fight."

Listen to the segment or read the transcript below.

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

BUCK: There are some who will get away with more minor violations of the code of PC, of political correctness. There are some who have to have a temporary, little minor moment of apology and they can just skate on by. Because if you're on the left -- if you're a leftist in good standing, you get a little more leeway on this.

Tina Fey, who is a talented comedy writer. I actually enjoyed 30 Rock very much, and I think Jack Donaghy is one of the great TV characters of all time. But Tina Fey has also written a show. She was the head writer at SNL for a while, for those of you who are not familiar with her work. She's the creator of a show called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And on TheBlaze.com, we have this story now, where she's just saying she doesn't really care that there's some sort of -- there's some outrage that people have over her -- over her show. She's not going to apologize.

Now, what's interesting here as a member in good standing with the left, she'll be okay. She can do this. Right? But it's instructive, I think, nonetheless to show that even somebody like her, who has been burnishing -- remember, this is the woman who made a mockery of Sarah Palin -- perhaps her most famous stint on SNL. You could say, well, they make fun of everybody. But it felt -- there was a particular sting, I think, in the Palin jokes. And she's somebody who also created this show.

And in this show, there's a white actress who as part of the story line comes from a Native American family. It's obviously supposed to be farcical. It's really sort of surrealist. It's not in any way a commentary on Native Americans and everything else. And people, of course, because of the culture we live in now begin to freak out about it. They demand apologies. And they just want everybody to walk around constantly in fear of saying the wrong thing. Because there's power in that. For people -- and, of course, this is the mind-set of the modern leftist, is that they want to be able to tell you what to do all the time in every facet of your life. I think this is one of the main characteristics or one of the main distinguishing factors between left and right in this country.

The right wants some rules, but other than that, go for it. The left wants everything to be dictated. Notice the usage of that term. It should remind you of something else.

They have a sense that is dictatorial. Comedy is supposed to be a chance to be brave, to afflict the powerful, to actually bring us all together by showing us that there's nobody that is above mockery. Whether it's our political leaders or religious leaders or anybody, closely held beliefs, all of it should be subject to some degree of humor, right? There's some humor that's in bad taste. There's some humor that's not nice or fair. But you should be able to take a joke about basically anything. And this is one of the casualties of the culture in which we now live. That you can't even make a show that's just trying to entertain and be funny without everyone coming out and saying, "Oh, how could you? It's so racist."

Perhaps one of the best examples of this is after the very tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams, as they created some tribute videos of his comedy, people realized that even but a few years ago, maybe a decade or so ago, there were things that Robin Williams would say, and there were voices he would do. And there were jokes he made. Ooh. That's kind of racist. Oh, I don't know if we can show that on TV.

What is happening to us? How can we allow this to be? We're supposed to be the beacon of freedom to the entire world. And our first freedom is of speech, of thought, of ideas. And yet, we're giving that away without too much of a fight. I say we change that.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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