The Door of Disconnect Between Logic and Emotion

The Context

A longtime listener from Ohio --- Pat --- called in to Glenn's radio program Monday to discuss why he is supporting Donald Trump for president. Glenn was fascinated by the psychology of what was going on --- that Pat would support someone who stands for the polar opposite of what he does, even in the face of logic and reason.

Psychology experts Dan Korem and Bob Hamp joined Glenn Wednesday night on TV and the guys discussed what they'd learned on radio Thursday.

Yeah, But...

The first half of the equation of why someone might support Donald Trump makes a lot of sense. Whether it’s a fear of increasing terrorism, a failed banking system in 2008 or the loss of a job, many Americans are feeling the pain of the Obama years in one way or another.

Pat in Ohio was no exception. He lost everything in the crash of 2008 and that’s where he was coming from.

"He was terrified," Glenn said. "And he was so beaten down, and he was, you know, 'I lost everything in the crash of 2008. I'm afraid. This guy is going to take care of us.' Then we went through all the things that he strongly disagrees with Donald Trump on and he kept saying, 'Yeah, but.'"

What is it that can make us so blind to logic that we shrug and say, "Yeah, but?"

The Door of Disconnect

When pushed into a place of pain or fear, people tend to act emotionally rather than rationally --- and that’s where the disconnect happens.

"The door of disconnect is the door between left brain and right brain," Glenn said. "Your reason is leading you to a place of such fear that you close a door and you say, 'I'm not going there.' And you find somebody that is talking to your passion and saying to you, 'I will take care of you.' And you put all of your support there."

The fascinating thing is how this leads some people to defend people or ideas they would otherwise have no part of.

Defending the Indefensible

We have all been there, whether we are trying to talk sense into someone or on defense. You might even know you are wrong --- but in the moment, it doesn’t matter. For some reason, you shut down and do what feels safe.

"You bar that door of intellectual facts and intellectual arguments and you say, 'I'm not going there. This guy is going to save us. You're wrong.' And you attack the person who is trying to come to you with facts," Glenn said. "So there's no way to win with facts. There's no way to break that door down."

Common Sense Bottom Line

This is all well and good, but what now? We have diagnosed the problem, but is there a way to change the dynamic?

Asking the right questions is a step in the right direction, and now that Glenn is onto the scent, you had better believe the quest will only intensify.

"I have absolutely no idea, but we better figure it out really soon," Glenn said.

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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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