Glenn to Make Closing Remarks at CPAC 2016

It's turning out to be the year of unprecedented announcements for Glenn. First, the endorsement of Ted Cruz, his first ever political endorsement in 40 years of broadcasting, and now something he never thought would happen — a return visit to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where he will be making closing remarks this year.

Eight years ago, Glenn spoke at CPAC — and he took his chalkboard along to talk about progressivism.

"So eight years ago, I was asked to speak at CPAC, and I did," Glenn explained Friday on The Glenn Beck Program. "I took out my chalkboard and I said, 'You know, I have to tell you, I've been talking about progressives because progressivism is the disease, but that disease is here in this very room. That disease started with the Republican Party. And it's time for the Republican Party to recognize this.'"

Needless to say, that didn't go over too well, and he hasn't been invited back since. Until now.

Under new leadership, CPAC is heading back to its conservative roots. Matt Schlapp, the new Chairman of the American Conservative Union which runs CPAC, recently reached out to Glenn, inviting him to speak at the 2016 conference.

"So I gladly accepted, and I'm going to be giving I think --- I don't know --- one of the last speeches, if not the last speech at CPAC," Glenn said.

Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on the program Friday to confirm.

"As in most things, you get it right, Glenn," Schlapp said. "And you are going to close out the conference, which is going to be on March 5th . . . right near Ronald Reagan Airport. And you got the theme right too — Our Time Is Now," which is based off of Reagan's very first public event after he was elected president."

A curious Glenn wanted to know what prompted CPAC, one of the oldest conservative groups in Washington, D.C., to change its course from progressivism back to its conservative roots. Schlapp explained how over time, just like old corporations, organizations lose their relevance --- and Schlapp aims to change that.

"I think what we have decided to do is to say, 'Look, we have to be true to our original mission, and we have to be authentically conservative.' And I think if we do that, the market, which are voters and activists across the country, will respond," Schlapp said. "You know, we're not going to be nasty about it, but we're going to stand up for our principles, and we're going to stand up for our country. And CPAC has to reflect that because, you know, we're watching our country transform before our eyes."

Glenn and Matt went on to have a fascinating conversation about how Cuban-Americans, informed by their experience with communism, are playing a vital role at this time in America's history, perhaps being the catalyst to waking up American voters to the reality of socialism and communism. Similar to Ted Cruz being influenced by his father's experience with Castro, Schlapp has heard firsthand accounts from his father-in-law, a Cuban-American who also fled to America to escape Castro's Cuba.

"My father-in-law is a hero of mine," Schlapp said. "He didn't have a lot of wealth, but there was a entrepreneurial class in Cuba at that time before Castro. He started up little businesses. He was an accountant. They had a pawn shop. And one by one, there was a knock on the door and the keys were literally taken from his hands, each one of his businesses, and finally his home. And when that happened, he said to himself and he said to his family, 'Enough is enough.'"

For more of Glenn's conversation with Matt Schlapp, listen below. Get details about CPAC 2016 online.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: You know, Ronald Reagan said in the 1980s, he said, "Our time is now. Fellow citizens, fellow conservatives, our time is right now. Our moment has arrived to stand shoulder to shoulder in the thickest of the fight. If we carry the day and turn the tide, we can hope that as long as men speak of freedom and those who have protected it, they will remember us. And they will say, 'Here were the brave, and here their place of honor.'"

It is that time again, as I've been saying for a while, that George Washington talked about, "Let us raise a standard that the wise and the honest can repair," what he was talking about was the Constitution: Let's raise that standard up.

So when things get tough, this is the place where people will run for shelter and they will return to it and they will remember what we did and they'll restore America. Now is our time.

In the first time in my lifetime, we have a chance to have somebody, I think, even possibly greater than Ronald Reagan on principles. Ronald Reagan was really, truly remarkable, but the president that the progressive left wants to hide is Calvin Coolidge. And he's the guy who cut the government in half. 50 percent. And we had a deeper depression in 1920 than we did in 1933.

1933, progressives took a hold of it, and we had the Great Depression. But in 1920, we had a greater depression, and a real constitutional conservative took the helm, cut the size of government, cut the spending of government, and we were out of that depression within 18 months. We have a chance of restoring our principles and getting back on -- on point.

Now, I want to -- I want to tell you that as I've always said, the progressive party was started by the Republicans. Not the Democrats. The Republican Party under Theodore Roosevelt started it. The cancer started in the Republican Party. And so when you see people like Mitt Romney, when you see people -- Lindsey Graham, John McCain, they all might be fine people. But they are progressives. And just a touch of progressivism takes us away from the Constitution. And takes us away -- many of our so-called conservative friends are not constitutional. Many of our conservative friends are not conservatives.

Donald Trump is a very good example of this. The guy is not a conservative. Tell me one thing where he's lived his life in a conservative way. I got a very special Bible. A Bible before it my mom. I've never opened it. But I keep it in a very special place. He's not a conservative.

So eight years ago, I was asked to speak at CPAC. And I did. And I took out my chalkboard. And I said, "You know, I have to tell you, I've been talking about progressives because progressivism is the disease, but that disease is here in this very room. That disease started with the Republican Party. And it's time for the Republican Party to recognize this." Well, I haven't been invited back at CPAC. And it's been an interesting -- it's been an interesting thing to watch CPAC battle for its place, battle for its soul.

Are they going to be a progressive establishment organization, or are they going to be a true conservative organization?

I was reading an article just a couple of days ago: Under new leadership, CPAC heads in a more conservative direction. There is new leadership at CPAC.

And Matt Schlapp, who is now the -- I think he's the chairman of ACU, which runs CPAC, he called me the other day. And he said, "We would like to let you know that CPAC is changing. We found our conservative footing, and we want everyone to know that now is the time. Now is our time as conservatives. And we would like you to close CPAC."

So I gladly accepted. And I'm going to be giving I think -- I don't know -- one of the last speeches, if not the last speech, at CPAC, closing it out this coming CPAC, which I don't have the dates.

But I do happen to have Matt Schlapp on the phone, who is the new chairman of ACU.

Did I get this right, Matt, I mean, about the change of CPAC?

MATT: As in most things, you get it right, Glenn. And you are going to close out the conference, which is going to be on March 5th. Saturday, March 5th, right near Ronald Reagan Airport. And you got the theme right too: Our time is now. Which is based off of Reagan's very first public event after he was elected president.

GLENN: So tell me, Matt, why the change? Because CPAC was headed in a very progressive, less conservative kind of direction. And it was really disappointing to watch.

Why the change? What's happened?

MATT: You know, sometimes people have disagreements, and sometimes there are people that make bad choices. But one thing that's happened is the conservative world with conservative organizations in Washington, Glenn, is that we're really old. A lot of times we start off by saying, "We're the oldest conservative group." And we are. We were started by William F. Buckley, right after Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election of 1964.

And over time, it gets hard for organizations to find relevance. And I think there are times for those -- just like old corporations, we see them, you know, making mistakes as well. And I think what we have decided to do is to say, "Look, we have to be true to our original mission, and we have to be authentically conservative." And I think if we do that, the market, which are voters and activists across the country, will respond.

And that's what we're seeing. They're responding to the fact that we're saying -- you know, we're not we're not going to be nasty about it. But we're going to stand up for our principles, and we're going to stand up for our country. And CPAC has to reflect that because, you know, we're watching our country transform before our eyes.

GLENN: Let me ask you this: Usually I don't know -- usually I know pretty much the answer before I would ask, but I have no idea how you're going to answer this one. How much of a role does your father-in-law play in your conservative views?

MATT: Oh, that's a really kind question. My father-in-law is a hero of mine. My father-in-law grew up in Cuba. He was like a lot of people. He didn't have a lot of -- he didn't have a lot of wealth. But there was a entrepreneurial class in Cuba at that time before Castro. He started up little businesses. He was an accountant. They had a pawn shop. And one by one, there was a knock on the door and the keys were literally taken from his hands, each one of his businesses, and finally his home. And when that happened, he said to himself and he said to his family, "Enough is enough." And he was a young man at this point. And he said, "We have to do something to stop Castro." And he actually organized with friends and associates a -- you know, they were freedom fighters. And they pulled together. And they actually tried to HEP effasinate Castro with a bazooka.

And, Glenn, they actually got the bazooka, because in freedom-loving places, there were always firearms available for good purposes. They got the bazooka, but they had an insurgent inside them who tattled on them. And many of them were assassinated. Many of them died in prison. His cellmate was assassinated in prison. And this feisty guy got out of prison, took on Castro, and is still alive to this day and is absolutely disgusted and appalled at Washington -- what the country he now loves, America, is doing in embracing the Castros. It's just another example of what Obama is doing to try -- to try to destroy the underpinnings of our country.

GLENN: I will tell you this: I think -- this is one of the reasons why I trust Ted Cruz so much because I know his dad. And, you know, his dad had a similar story: He was marching to his execution, and thought, "It is all -- it's all over." Got to America and really understood what Castro was doing. And worked against Castro here. And raised his son to be who Ted Cruz is. And I find it interesting that it is the Cuban-Americans that are starting to rise to the top. And I think many of them were raised for this time in particular. Because their fathers or their mothers experienced it and can see it, unlike anybody else.

And I know this is your father-in-law. That's why I asked the question. I mean, how much has he influenced you on where you're headed now and what you see coming our way?

MATT: Well, let me tell you, when I his beautiful daughter, my wife Mercedes, who is named after the Virgin of HEP Mercedes because he prayed to her. He said -- he's not an overly religious man, Glenn. That's actually something my wife and I work on him on.

But, you know, he did believe that if he prayed, maybe he would get released from jail. And he prayed to the Virgin of Mercedes. And when he was released, he named his daughter Mercedes. And, you know, it is -- it's a beautiful story.

I do think that these people are -- these people who fled tyranny understand it better than those of us who have read about it in our history books. And on our first date, we both asked each other questions.

The most thing that I was worried about my future wife might be is a Miami Hurricanes fan because I've been fighting Irishmen from Notre Dame, and I was very worried that I couldn't possibly get through Saturday afternoons if she was a Miami Hurricane fan.

And her question for me, Glenn, was -- this had just happened at the end of the Clinton administration. She said, "Elliot HEP Gonzalez, send them back or keep them?" And I said without a hesitation, "Keep them." And you never return a boy back to the commies. That's one thing that's knit in all of our souls.

And that got that first date off to the right start, I'll tell you that much.

GLENN: You know, you just openly talk about God here. I'm in South Carolina. I got in the car. I just did an event early this morning. And I got into the car and I said to my team, "You know what's really nice, in Texas and in the Carolinas, it's like -- there's a few places in the country it's like this, but it's certainly not like this in the North. And the North, I have to kind of watch my words because you can't speak the language of God. You just can't say, 'Look, read your Scriptures. You know what it says. You know where we are.' Because that just puts you into a freak zone."

MATT: That's right.

GLENN: The culture has decayed. And without organizations -- this is why it was so sad when I just saw CPAC and other organizations kind of saying, "Well, you know, conservatives, we're more establishment." The culture is decaying. And if we don't grab on to the roots of our culture, we're doomed.

MATT: We're doomed. And I drive my four kids to school every morning. My five girls, I drive four of them to school every morning. You know, I'm a news guy, so I'm listening to what's happening on the news. You know, Glenn, when you have young kids, you really can't listen to the news anymore. I have to lower that volume almost every morning because really all the news is concerned with is gender confusion and bathrooms and things that are -- you know, you scratch your head.

With everything that's going on in the world, our focus as a country is really on all the wrong things. And it's a sad thing for kids. And I'm completely where you are, in terms of how dire the situation is, but I continue to be hopeful. And that's why we have this Ronald Reagan quote as our theme for our CPAC conference.

You know, we're in the thickest of the fight. And if we stand shoulder to shoulder, we can save our country. And our country is worth saving still.

And I think it's Biblical. You know, whenever you have good people still, it's worth saving. And there are wonderful people out there, and we need to band together. And we need to grow our numbers. And in a democracy, we need to convince others to stand with us. And CPAC, I think, is a very important moment in this presidential campaign to do that.

GLENN: You don't have a problem with me speaking my mind because I'm going to let it all hang out.

MATT: You know, Glenn, if I did have a problem with that, would I be successful in trying to edit you?

GLENN: Okay. Good. No, you wouldn't. No, you wouldn't.

I'm thrilled and honored that you would ask as you reset CPAC, and I can't wait. So we'll see you there.

MATT: You're going to close us down. But you're going to close us down by lifting us up. And the stakes are high.

GLENN: Thank you very much, I appreciate it, man. There it is. Something that I would never thought would happen, I'm going to be closing down -- in a positive way, I'm going to be closing down CPAC. Because there was a while there, I might want to close down CPAC. But that's a different story.

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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