The Candidates on the Founders, Presidents and Amendments

It’s President’s Day 2016. And this election year, we’re bringing you a special edition of The Glenn Beck Program. Iowa and New Hampshire have now voiced their opinions in the primaries, but most of the country has yet to vote. Over the past several months, we have extended an offer to all of the presidential candidates to sit down and talk one-on-one in a long-form setting. Many of the candidates took us up on that offer; some did not.

We weren’t looking for gotcha questions, and we didn’t want sound bite answers. Anyone can do an interview where the politicians can give a polished and rehearsed answer. But we wanted to go in depth with the people who want to lead our country through, which will be no doubt, a very intense period in our nation’s history.

For those who participated, we discussed important issues, ranging from what to do about ISIS to Common Core to favorite Founding Fathers. It’s insightful and important even from those candidates out of the presidential race who could potentially be a vice presidential candidate.

Rand Paul:

    • Most Underrated President: Calvin Coolidge

    • You know, it's difficult because as a kid, I was always a huge Jefferson fan. I think Jefferson was probably the greatest of our Founding Fathers. I've come to like Madison a lot, you know, with the Bill of Rights and making sure how the Constitution was written. But I also think ultimately --- and I don't like. I'm not part of this glib, sort of New Age thing that, oh, we got to condemn them all for being slave owners. But it does make them imperfect. And I'm aware of that there were people --- you know, I loved William Lloyd HEP Garrison, an abolitionist, who even at the time when everybody thought slavery was okay stood up. The Adams --- you know, many conservatives, Libertarians, oh, they love Jefferson and don't like John Adams. I actually kind of appreciate the Adams for standing up against slavery in a time when it was accepted by everybody.

Ted Cruz:

    • Favorite Founder: James Madison, father of the Constitution

    • Favorite Amendment: I love the Tenth Amendment. I love the Second Amendment. But my favorite amendment is the first. Both free speech and religious liberty are foundational to every other liberty we have.

Ben Carson:

    • Favorite Founder: My favorite founder is going to be --- boy, that's a tough one --- between Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin. They were all just terrific people.

    • Most Underrated Founder: Probably in terms of his intellect and ability, James Madison

    • Favorite Amendment: Probably the First Amendment

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GLENN: One of the things we had fun with is talking to the candidates about their favorite founders and who they considered the most underunderrated president. Besides with another. Rand Paul. Most underrated president?

RAND: Coolidge.

GLENN: Good for you. That's the answer I've been looking for. Nobody has given that one.

In the Oval Office, there's a place where you're supposed to hang a picture of a president. It's right by the door in the Oval Office. Who is that picture going to be?

RAND: Does it have to be a president?

GLENN: It has to be a president. The tradition is --

RAND: If you're president, I'm thinking you can do whatever you want.

GLENN: Yeah, you can do whatever you want it's your room.

But generally you're trying to model -- you say, this is the guy I most identify with.

RAND: You know, it's difficult because as a kid, I was always a huge Jefferson fan. I think Jefferson was probably the greatest of our Founding Fathers. I've come to like Madison a lot, you know, with the Bill of Rights and making sure how the Constitution was written. But I also think ultimately -- and I don't like. I'm not part of this glib, sort of New Age thing that, oh, we got to condemn them all for being slave owners. But it does make them imperfect. And I'm aware of that there were people -- you know, I loved William Lloyd HEP Garrison, an abolitionist, who even at the time when everybody thought slavery was okay stood up. The Adams -- you know, many conservatives, Libertarians, oh, they love Jefferson and don't like John Adams. I actually kind of appreciate the Adams for standing up against slavery in a time when it was accepted by everybody.

GLENN: Sure.

RAND: I'll have to get back to you on that.

GLENN: You seem to jump to somebody that wasn't a president. Who was it?

RAND: Oh, you know, I was thinking thinking more of an economist. Either von Mises or Hayek as an economist.

GLENN: Wow.

RAND: I also am a fan of Friedman, as well. You know, the people who really talked about how important choice was for an individual, for prosperity, but also just for freedom itself.

GLENN: We also spoke to Ted Cruz who described his favorite founder and a possible change of face on US currency. Here's Ted.

TED: My answer is actually James Mazda. This is not as president, but for his role as father of the Constitution.

GLENN: You know, there's one space in the Oval Office. Right by the door. You have to hang a picture -- well, you don't have to. But tradition is you hang a picture of the president you're modeling yourself after. Who is that picture going to be?

TED: I haven't decided. But I will note in my office now, there's one picture that's 20 feet long, and that's a picture of Reagan in front of the Brandenburg Gate. So I would have to -- I would suspect the answer would be the same in the Oval Office, although it wouldn't be 20 feet long.

GLENN: Your favorite amendment.

TED: I love the Tenth Amendment. I love the Second Amendment. But my favorite amendment is the first. Both free speech and religious liberty are foundational to every other liberty we have.

GLENN: Favorite founder.

TED: Madison.

GLENN: Most underrated founder.

TED: Look. For underrated -- you know, Hamilton, there's this big move to throw him off the 10-dollar bill, which I think is terrible.

GLENN: I hate -- I hate Hamilton. He was their generation's progressive.

TED: He was a big government guy, but he played a critical part in strengthening the federal government. Coming from the Articles of Confederation, we needed a little bit more big government compared to an ineffective government.

GLENN: Yeah, he was --

TED: I'm glad Madison won the arguments. But I think Hamilton's role should not be erased.

GLENN: Sticking with the topic of immigration, Ben Carson weighed in during a rapid fire question and answer session.

The most underrated president in the United States, historically.

BEN: Historically?

GLENN: Historically.

BEN: That's -- that's a tough one. Probably -- probably John Adams.

GLENN: Worst president?

BEN: I think that's probably a toss up.

GLENN: You can give me more than one. This president not included.

BEN: I don't want to do it.

GLENN: Okay.

BEN: Only because I know there will be headlines the next day.

GLENN: Your favorite amendment?

BEN: Hmm. Probably the First Amendment.

GLENN: Your favorite founder?

BEN: My favorite founder is going to be -- boy, that's a tough one -- between Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin. They were all just terrific people.

GLENN: Most underrated founder?

BEN: Underrated, probably in terms of his intellect and ability, Madison.

Featured Image: Republican presidential candidates (R-L) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) participate in the Fox News - Google GOP Debate January 28, 2016 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Residents of Iowa will vote for the Republican nominee at the caucuses on February 1. Donald Trump, who is leading most polls in the state, decided not to participate in the debate. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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