Chalkboard Lesson: Why Teddy Roosevelt Is America's New Founding Father

There's a reason our children are no longer taught about America's Founders in great detail. Their knowledge of American exceptionalism is cursory, at best. Today, our children's American history lessons begin with more focus around the 1900s.

Why would that be?

"Pat, you run a school," Glenn said on his radio program Wednesday. "How many articles have we seen in the last year where schools are now saying they don't need to teach American history prior to 1900?"

"A lot," came Pat's reply.

The reason for the shift mirrors the reason for some of America's biggest problems today: progressivism. Progressives controlling public schools have literally rewritten the history books.

"America as we know it starts with Theodore Roosevelt," Glenn said. "The new founding father is Theodore Roosevelt. It's not George Washington."

How do we ensure future generations understand and revere America's founding principles? Glenn took to the chalkboard to explain.

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

GLENN: We've talked a long time about the mushy middle in America. And that it's the mushy middle that is where the lion's share of people are.

If you look at the scale of statism that I've -- that I've put out here on the chalkboard, if you happen to be watching us on TV. But I'll try to talk you through it if you're just on radio.

The scale of control with the Articles of Confederation and anarchy on one side and, you know, ISIS, Nazi Germany, North Korea, Venezuela, on the other side, and then the Articles of Confederation is then moving towards statism, Constitution, then Andrew Jackson, then Lincoln, then the Fabian socialists, Theodore Roosevelt, the fed in 1913, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, George Bush, Obama. Where is the middle of that scale?

What's in the middle of that scale?

PAT: Teddy Roosevelt.

GLENN: Teddy Roosevelt. Okay. The new American century. Teddy Roosevelt. The progressive -- the beginning of the progressive.

Now, hear me out on this. I think we -- the middle here is here. That Theodore Roosevelt is the center. And you have the giant state of FDR, where remember it was price controls, it was giant trade barriers, it was control of the state over labor many times, it was massive control, unlike we have seen.

Theodore Roosevelt is the center. And what was Theodore Roosevelt? This is the way he was imaged.

We all love parks. We all love parks. And, you know what, the states can't really handle those parks and keep them like the government can. We all love parks. Let's take care of the environment. You know what, don't we all love babies? We all love babies. And we're all against alcoholism and drug abuse, we need to have the FDA so we know what's going into your baby. We know what's happening with drugs. And nobody is going to get, you know, addicted into cocaine. Coca-Cola is a gateway drug.

I believe the center of this country is Theodore Roosevelt. They are not our Founders. They're Theodore Roosevelt. And if they lean any way, they lean towards the scale of FDR. And they lean towards, "You know what, I'm losing my job. The government's got to do something." They may say they're against the fed, but the average people are not against the fed. They don't even know what the fed does. They want the fed to be able to control the money and make that money so I have more money at home. They don't even know how it works or what it does, but I want to make sure that I have enough money.

JEFFY: Just do whatever you do.

GLENN: Just do what you do, right? Not paying attention.

So the country is going to vote -- the parameters are the Roosevelts. Those are the bookends. Theodore Roosevelt, the beginning of progressivism, to FDR, heavy statism. That's where we'll vote. And we've just voted two people in the FDR category. Hillary Clinton is FDR. Trump could be Woodrow Wilson, where he silences people and throws them into jail if you have a differing opinion. He could be Woodrow Wilson. But she's probably FDR.

Where, Obama loaded it with radicals, revolutionaries, and Black Panthers and people who wanted to have violence in the streets. He loaded it with communists and Marxists. I don't believe Hillary Clinton is a Marxist. She's a statist. She's somebody who believes in what FDR did and reversing the Bill of Rights. But she's still just a statist. She's not a Marxist.

That leaves this entire 125 years prior to Theodore Roosevelt as worthless history, which is exactly what our schools are saying now.

Pat, you run a school. How many articles have we seen in the last year where schools are now saying they don't need to teach American history prior to 1900?

PAT: Yeah, a lot.

GLENN: Why? Because America as we know it starts with Theodore Roosevelt.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: The new founding father is Theodore Roosevelt. It's not George Washington. So now our path is, A, we cannot move. We cannot move. If we move, the first 125 years of our American history and all of those principles are gone forever. They are gone forever. So we must concentrate on our children, on teaching this. We must concentrate ourselves as broadcasters on teaching this, holding true to those constitutional values and being absolutely unwavering.

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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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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.