Do You Support the Hammond Family?

On his radio program Tuesday, Glenn shared his thoughts on one of the biggest stories that's been flooding the media outlets thus far in 2016.

Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son were charged with arson for setting fires that spread to public land in 2001 and 2006. The government used an anti-terrorism statute to secure its convictions.

"I support the Hammonds," Glenn said, while making it clear he is not a fan of the tactics of Ammon Bundy and others protesting their incarceration.

He explained the statutes authorities relied on to convict the Hammonds were put in place after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

"What they were going after was, you go in and shoot up a federal building, you go in and set it on fire, we've got you for five years. That's what they were trying to go after," Glenn said. "Not somebody who is trying to stop a fire on their own land, or even, quite honestly, somebody who is trying to cover their tracks."

What do you think?

Listen to the segment and share your reaction in the comments section below.

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

GLENN: I support the Hammonds. Now, Stu is telling me that he thinks there is testimony in the court case from the Hammonds' relatives that show that they were poaching.

STU: Yeah, actually Jeffy had sent around a bunch of articles yesterday, one of which indicated that one of their relatives had testified -- they had several quotes from these guys, saying that that is why they set the fires.

GLENN: To cover their track.

STU: Illegal deer poaching or whatever.

PAT: So it wasn't this innocuous thing to prevent forest fires.

STU: I believe that's what their claim was.

PAT: Huh.

STU: And, look, I think that's kind of separate from this. In that, even if they did something absolutely wrong, it's still unfair to somebody to sentence them for a crime, have them exit prison, resume their life, and say, "Oh, by the way, you're going back to prison for the same crime."

PAT: Right.

GLENN: I have to tell you, you're living on 6,000 acres and a deer happens to cross a fence, I now can't shoot it because it's crossed a fence. I mean, it's a different world out there. It's just a different world. Now, I'm not going to shoot it because I know I shoot a deer, it crosses the fence, I'm in trouble. And I don't know anybody who would do that. However, you're on 6,000 acres of land and if you're getting your food that way and you're shooting across a fence, for the love of Pete.

STU: I mean, again, the case is tough. And you're right. I don't live in that world, and I don't understand the world of the western rancher at all, to be perfectly frank about it. I'm just telling you what their case was, which they said they said it -- so they knew -- they knew they were committing -- doing something wrong, that's why they set the fire.

JEFFY: Right.

STU: And while they set the fire, they did not alert any of the authorities who were out there with firefighters fighting another fire. So, you know, their accusation was they put other firefighters in danger because they were --

JEFFY: I think that was the second fire.

STU: Yeah, it was two separate fires.

JEFFY: There's two separate fires.

GLENN: But I also heard the testimony said that the firemen -- some firemen said that isn't true, that they actually helped them, that it actually helped put the fire out. Post.

STU: It's hard to drill down. They were convicted of the crime. But that doesn't -- again, that doesn't excuse this.

GLENN: I think the first judge was right. It would have been cruel and unusual punishment to give them five years for this crime. Cruel and unusual. And the only reason why it's five years is because of 9/11.

STU: Yeah. Oklahoma City.

GLENN: Oklahoma City. It would not have been this if it wasn't for Oklahoma City. They were trying to be tough. What they were going after was, you go in and shoot up a federal building, you go in and set it on fire, we've got you for five years. That's what they were trying to go after. Not somebody who is trying to stop a fire on their own land, or even, quite honestly, somebody who is trying to cover their tracks --

PAT: Because they shot a deer.

GLENN: Because they shot a deer. That's not terrorism, for the love of Pete.

STU: Obviously not.

GLENN: And I like the way the Hammonds seem to be handling this. They have asked people, the Bundys, "Go home. Go home. We're reporting for our sentence on Monday." They did yesterday. They're going to be heard in front of a court tomorrow. I think they're handling this the right way myself. I actually have respect for the Hammonds.

PAT: Yeah, they didn't condone this taking over the federal building. Of course, it's more of a federal shack, really.

GLENN: Yeah, it's not really a federal building.

PAT: I mean, they make it sound like it's in the middle of downtown Portland, like they took over a highrise. It's this dumpy, little shack out in the middle of nowhere. Thirty miles from a tiny, little town that's in the middle of nowhere.

JEFFY: But that's a different argument, right?

PAT: Yeah, that's a different argument.

JEFFY: The BLM overreach is a different argument than what they're -- I mean, that's what they're fighting for, is the overreach of the land management.

PAT: Yeah. Supposedly 30 or 100 ranches have been taken from their owners by the federal government in 100 years.

JEFFY: I know. We're having it here in Texas.

GLENN: But we're having it here in Texas too.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: The federal government is overreaching. People in the east don't understand this. Utah is 80 percent BLM land. 80 percent owned by the federal government. That's insane.

Featured Image: A sign is posted on a fence at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on January 5, 2016 near Burns, Oregon. An armed anti-government militia group continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters as they protest the jailing of two ranchers for arson. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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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