Donald Trump Demonstrates Why Principles Actually Matter

Principles ground us. Principles are the anchor in the storm of passing fancies. Sadly, people without principles often don’t understand why they matter until it's too late.

From his studio replica of the Oval Office, Glenn pointed to artifacts around the room to help drive home the importance of keeping principles clearly in sight during The Glenn Beck Program Thursday.

Pointing to Native American items from the second Tea Party in early 1900’s, a Civil War drum, guns from World War II, photos of Ronald Reagan and a Norman Rockwell painting, Glenn talked about how each item is a reminder of important principles.

The Norman Rockwell painting of a Boy Scout with the Scout Oath written in the background serves as a reminder to Glenn to "do your best" to both God and country. It's a simple guideline, but one that's all to easy to lose site of.

Politics are messy. They always have been and always will be. Getting down in the mud might be Donald Trump’s go-to move but his rough couple of weeks provides us a chance to look beyond the candidate and to principles and values.

The Republican frontrunner said "there has to be some form of punishment" for women who receive abortions during an interview with Chris Matthews earlier this week.

In traditional Trump fashion, he quickly changed his position and walked back from the strong response only hours later.

Articulating Conservative Principles Takes Practice

Changing a position or a view is something we all do, but Glenn and co-host Stu Burguiere discussed just how intense of a process this was for Glenn years ago.

“Stu, I wouldn't say I would make a good one, but am I somewhat qualified --- not on all of it, but at least to help make decisions, somewhat qualified, maybe not to be president, but to stand in the room and to have solid advice for a president?” Glenn asked.

Without hesitating, Stu responded.

"Yeah. Absolutely. Because you've taken the time to think about these things and develop your belief system," Stu said.

Glenn continued to probe with another question.

“Okay. Correct. Would you say when you started working with me in, what, 1998, '96, that I would be qualified to stand and advise a president?" Glenn said.

Stu answered the obvious question, "No." It took Glenn, and as it does anybody, a long time of real introspection to get to that point.

"A decade, easy, of really wrestling," Glenn said. "And that's a decade of me doing this for a living, to where I was challenged every single day on my viewpoint."

Referring back to Donald Trump's interview, everything from his body language to his stalling techniques and his hesitancy to provide an answer all point to his unformulated opinion. He simply didn’t have a principle anchoring him to a point of view and he has not taken the time to truly understand the subject.

"There's no principle, and there's been no intellect curiosity," Glenn said. "When you hear him say this now, you can see there's been no intellectual change at all."

Trump has said himself he used to be pro-choice and is now pro-life, that is a huge change in perspective and would take some thinking if there had been a true change. His inability to articulate his stance is indicative of not only being prepared but a lack of true understanding.

Ben Carson Attempts to Explain the Abortion Fiasco

As one of Donald Trump’s top endorsers, Ben Carson was asked about this misstep. Carson's response proves that neither he nor Trump are tied to principles.

“Bear in mind I don't believe that he was warned that that question was coming," Carson said.

Needless to say, this explanation didn’t fly with co-host Pat Gray.

"What does that have to do with it? Like you're going to be warned, 'Hey, Vladimir Putin is going to say he wants you out of Eastern Europe right now. Every base has to go.' 'Well, I didn't know he was going to say that. So originally I said okay, but then I went and talked to people and now I say no.' It's too late, my friend," Pat said.

Carson’s endorsement of Trump was confusing at the time, but this response goes to show how the political process has swayed his principles. It also demonstrates why Glenn would not pull the lever for him.

"This is my problem with Ben Carson. I like Ben Carson. Ben Carson was a good man. He had his principles in order. But what did I always say about Ben Carson? He's not well read enough. He's not --- he hasn't been briefed enough and gone through the drills to know what a president needs to know at the drop of a hat," Glenn said.

Trump May Have Hit His High Water-Mark

Despite all of his antics, Trump hasn’t experienced many --- if any --- major stumbling blocks to his campaign. He has made insensitive and prejudicial remarks, flip-flopped and lied and spearheaded character assassination against anyone standing in his way.

His attacks on Megyn Kelly were one thing, but his latest attacks on Heidi Cruz and saying women should be punished for having abortions may just be what finally trips him up. Wisconsin will be an important testing ground.

The latest polls show Cruz moving up 21 points to 40 percent while Trump has stayed even at 30 percent --- and Kasich pulls up the rear with 21 percent.

"Ten points in Wisconsin, according to this latest poll. And why is that happening? I think it's because Trump has hit a high-water mark," Pat said.

It’s beginning to be more apparent to everyone just how little of a foundation Trump has and how little principles matter to him.

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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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