Sheriff Clarke: Taking Shoes Off at Airports Is Stupid and Hypocritical

Filling in for Glenn on Friday on The Glenn Beck Program, Sheriff David Clarke shared some observations on the current drama with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), how we got to this point and the hypocrisies of "Big Brother."

"How did we get to this TSA thing? And as you recall, this is the result of a 9/11 commission that was formed by Congress to come up with recommendations to prevent another 9/11-type event," Clarke said. "So they created this new bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security. It is now, I believe, the biggest agency in Washington, D.C. ...Bureaucracies are like trains. They move on tracks. And they only move forward or backward."

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This time backward means the formation of the TSA. On the heels of 9/11, there was no way President Bush could have vetoed the TSA politically, but even he was against it --- and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

"So initially, remember, you couldn't take water [on airplanes]. You couldn't take nail files...all this nonsense. Eighty-year-old woman who likes to knit can't take knitting needles on the airplane. But that wasn't enough," Clarke said.

This is where the hypocrisy comes roaring onto the scene.

"Take your shoes off. After the guy who tried...a shoe bomb. Then we had the underwear bomber, but they don't make us take our underwear off," Clarke said. "Well, a guy tried to board a plane with a bomb in his underwear, why don't you make us take our underwear off? 'Well, that would be a little too far.' Yeah, so is taking shoes off. So now you have to strip at the airport, to board an airliner."

Things have gone far enough for Sheriff Clarke.

"Folks, this is intrusive, and it's humiliating," Clarke said. "Take your shoes off. We're going to look at you naked. We're going to pat you down, kids down, senior citizens down --- and they never stop."

Not only is it humiliating, it's ineffective and some countries are abandoning the practice.

"Israel has never done that. Ben Gurion Airport," Clarke said. "I asked, how come you guys don't make people take your shoes off? He goes, 'Well, it's because it's just not effective.' And he was a little sheepish. He didn't want to say, because it's stupid. But that's what I say: It's stupid."

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Featured Image: People wait in a security line operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport on May 24, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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