Oregon Proves We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws, But of Men

Three years ago, rancher Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven Hammond, 43, were convicted of arson for lighting fires near their property in 2001 and 2006. They both served jail time, but new authorities at the Bureau of Land Management decided it wasn't enough.

In an apparent case of "double jeopardy" expressly prohibited by the Fifth Amendment, a judge ruled their terms were too short under federal law and ordered them back to prison for about four years each.

On radio Monday, Glenn said this demonstrates "we are no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of men."

A peaceful protest by citizens Saturday was followed by a militia of dozens occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refugean in Burns, Oregon.

Glenn reminded listeners of another standoff that did not end well. Remember Waco, Texas?

"Militia members, where do you think you're going to end up? What do you think the end is going to look like?" Glenn asked. "Remember, Bill Clinton and Janet Reno set people on fire and the American people were okay with it. Why? Because they [the Branch Davidians] looked like crazy people with guns. Image is everything."

While absolutely on the side of the ranchers wronged by the federal government, Glenn voiced his preference for a peaceful resolution to conflict.

"This is the oldest story in the book. This is the message of Jesus," Glenn said. "You want to change the world, you must be peaceful. It's the message of Martin Luther King. It's the message of Gandhi. It's the message of Abraham Lincoln. With malice toward none and charity toward all."

Armed yet non-violent, the militia stated they're goal is to peacefully restore the rights of ranchers and land owners in the area. They haven't taken hostages, destroyed property or fired guns.

Glenn went on to compare the militia's protest with those in Baltimore and Ferguson, and the disparity of how the two have been portrayed in the media.

"They're just peacefully occupying this place," Glenn said. "Now let me take to you Ferguson, let me take you to Baltimore, where they were burning cities down to the ground."

He continued.

"How were they imaged in the press? As people that were wronged, that needed to be listened to, that you can understand what they're trying to say. That they really are just frustrated. They burned the city down to the ground. And they needed their own space to be able to burn cities down to the ground. Montel Williams is on television now saying that the militia should be killed. Baltimore, we should listen. The militia, we should kill."

While the militia may be on the side of truth and what's right, they're not likely to win. Why? Because we no longer live in a nation grounded in laws, but a nation of men. If you're on the wrong side of those in power, you lose.

Glenn likened what's happening now to what happens under the rule of kings.

"The king could do and say anything, and all of his cronies could do or say anything, but the peasant, if they were on the wrong side of the king because it was a nation of men and not of laws, the peasants couldn't get away with it," Glenn explained. "The peasants could be charged with anything and be hauled off to jail. Where, the king could get away with murder."

That's exactly the opposite of what George Washington and our founders intended and created.

Watch the excerpt below:

Featured Image: Protesters in Burn, Oregon

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.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

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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