Freedom and Hope vs. Tyranny and Hate

The voters have spoken. Last night, Indiana chose Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Ted Cruz, the most constitutional candidate we could have ever hoped for has officially suspended his campaign.

Let me start with a quote that I have underneath my signature when I email people. It's a quote from Walt Disney. "Around here, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, doing new things, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

Every few generations, America gets to make a clear choice. And we will either choose liberty or we'll choose government. And that's where we find ourselves right now. That's what this election is really all about: Freedom and hope versus tyranny and hate.

I really firmly believe and always have that America is about hope and not anger. That Americans want freedom and not intolerance. That we will in the end embrace brotherhood and not hatred. I always believe and still believe that Americans don't point fingers at race or religion and blame them for our problems.

In America, we have always chosen to rise up and see our problems as opportunities. It's what we're always about. That's what we were found on: Build a better mousetrap and people will beat a path to your door. In America, our hope is not based on any single candidate, any single man, but in the belief that we, as a people, always achieve the unimaginable in the moments of the greatest doubt.

In America, our hope is not based around any single candidate. Our hope is not based on the strength of a government, but in the might of the people, to reclaim their rights and reclaim the nation. That's what we're voting for now. That's what we're deciding right now. At our core, are we the courageous people? Are we the people that we have always been, a people who will light the way and dare the world to hope one more time?

Every few generations, Americans get to or have to make that choice. Will we choose liberty, or will we choose government?

This election, make no mistake, the Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton, who brings a prescription of bigger government and more federal control. Higher taxes, more debt. More central bank manipulation of our markets. More free stuff for everyone, or at least everyone who is unwilling to work, at least everyone who doesn't pay any taxes or is here illegally.

As the Democrats, every day, become the party of socialism, Hillary is promising a $15 minimum wage, a lifetime of unemployment insurance, and free health care if people's jobs get shipped overseas for some unknown reason. She promises an expansion of an already bankrupt Social Security system. She promises more federal money for public schools, a bailout for student loan debt, expanding Obamacare to 12 million illegal immigrants, but she's not done there.

Welfare isn't just for people. She also promises to continue Obama's programs of corporate welfare and cronyism, with hundreds of billions of dollars, your dollars going to fund green energy schemes and companies, while driving the coal and oil industries out of business.

And how is she going to pay for all of this? Well, the same way they've all paid for it over the years: Higher taxes and broken promises, through massive deficits, and ballooning federal debt, higher taxes on small business owners and entrepreneurs, as the rich get richer.

But don't worry, Hillary doesn't just promise to expand the welfare state. No, no. She is also the warmonger-in-chief. She'll also ensure that America will continue to be the world's foremost warfare state. Her record on this is very clear. I know that seems strange, doesn't it? That seems strange, a Democrat. But she has supported or directed using the U.S. military to intervene in every circumstance and at every turn, killing thousands of innocent civilians along the way. Led by her policies, America is now active in 160 countries worldwide. I believe we have military operations in more countries than ever before in our -- in our country's history.

Under her watch, we eliminated Gadhafi. We turned Libya into a hotbed for civil war and jihadist insurgency. Never mind the thousands of innocent Libyans that died because as the president just admitted, we didn't have a plan in Libya. At the same time, we meddled in Syria, arming jihadists there to overthrow the government. Those same jihadis became ISIS. Those same jihadis that we armed became ISIS, murdering and beheading thousands, and they're still advancing on the Christians in Iraq and Syria today. But we're expected to forget all of that.

Because now as a candidate, candidate Clinton claims she is the person that has the plan that will wipe out the very same terror group that she helped create. Her policies and this president's policies have killed tens of thousands of civilians, and over a million more have fled into Europe, creating the greatest refugee crisis in modern history, bankrupting the EU, turning the prosperous and free nations into breeding grounds of terror cells, turning peaceful countries like Sweden into the rape capital of the world.

She brings equal parts of the welfare state and the warfare state. And that will be responsible for the murder of thousands of innocents around the world, standing by while our policies result in the rape and pickle of our allies in Europe and the destruction of our own culture and economy back home.

Is that the legacy that America wants? Is that the direction we want to go?

I believe Americans simply want to live by our principles of freedom, true equal justice under the law and the opportunity to achieve something, to make the world a better place.

And that brings me to the Republican Party --- the party of Lincoln, the party of the civil rights movement, the party of smaller government, the party of Reagan, the party of the Constitution. If that is the Republican Party, then the Republican Party must stand for smaller government, one that actually embraces the Constitution, one who is actually for civil rights. We must understand that an all-powerful president dictating what companies are allowed to do, where they're allowed to move, how they're allowed to operate isn't the solution.

A president who dictates terms --- to our allies, to our country, to our companies or to individual Americans --- is not the solution. A president whose only plan for reining in Washington's spending is universal health care and dictating price controls to drug companies is not the solution. That is the problem. It's called progressivism.

If the problems we face have been caused by big government then the solution cannot be an even bigger government. If we believe that crony capitalism and corruption in Washington is the problem then we must not be the party of corrupt crony capitalists. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, he said no problem will be solved with the same kind of thinking that created it.

We have to be consistent. That's the biggest thing: consistency. If it was wrong for President Obama to dictate stuff then it must also always be wrong for a Republican president.

I need to remind America today that a dictator, that your dictator, is still a dictator. The Republican Party needs to send a different message to Washington. The message is the time of big government is over. You had your chance for the last 100 years, and it has failed every single time.

We need D.C. to stop making Washington's way the American way. That's backwards. We need our leaders to recognize very simply that the best thing government can do for its people is to get the hell out of the way so the American people can create jobs, so the American people can expand their businesses, pursue their aspirations, all unhindered by the clowns in Washington.

If the Republican Party is actually going to lead in this next American century then it must never pander to groups. We need to send to Washington a leader who will stand for the truth, one that will stand for American principles. And those principles have to be deeply embedded in them, in their gut, that you could wake them up in the dead of the night, and they know, they know the answer that we know in our heart is right. We need to send a leader to Washington who will not change their values just to win votes.

We need to send to Washington a leader that believes who they are is more important than the address of where they work. We need to send to Washington a leader who knows that how they win may be more important than the victory itself.

This is a tall task. We are in this together. And we have to keep working. We're divided. And a house divided against itself cannot stand. But we're divided because of people. I still believe in the principles of America. And this country has never been about one man. It has always been about her people and her principles.

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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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