Are We on the Brink of a Charles Sumner Moment and Civil War?

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) crashed the sit-in pillow party orchestrated by House Democrats, offering up a dose of reality. The Dems continue to blame guns for the terrorist attack in Orlando, refusing to name the real culprit --- radical Islam.

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Gohmert bravely confronted them with the truth, yelling "Radical Islam killed these people!" pointing to posters with photos of gun violence victims.

Things are reaching a fever pitch that Glenn has warned about for years.

"Who saw Louie Gohmert on the floor of the House yesterday and thought to themselves, 'Oh, my gosh, this is what Glenn Beck has been talking about is coming and the warning of that's right before we break apart?'" Glenn asked. "We are on the brink of civil war. We are on the brink of breaking apart."

Co-host Pat Gray agreed.

"We're on the brink of a Charles Sumner moment, where he got beaten with a cane over the expansion of slavery in the country," Pat said.

For those unfamiliar with this story from American history, Charles Sumner was a senator from Massachusetts who, as part of the Radical Republicans, fought to end slavery. His speeches admonishing slavery infuriated pro-slavery senators --- both Democrats and moderate Republicans. In 1856, Representative Preston Brooks, a democrat from South Carolina, beat Sumner severely on the head with a cane. Sumner, who became blinded by his own blood, staggered up the aisle of the senate chamber before collapsing and lapsing into unconsciousness. Brooks continued beating a motionless Sumner until his cane broke. Several other senators attempted to help Sumner, but were blocked by fellow South Carolinian, Laurence Keitt, who brandished a pistol and shouted, "Let them be!"

Glenn fears we're headed in the same direction.

"Mark my words. It will be someone like Ted Cruz or Louie Gohmert that gets the cane to the head. It will be a self-righteous progressive that will beat a liberty person almost to death. That's what happened in the 1800s," Glenn said.

During the mayhem yesterday when Gohmert bravely spoke the truth, another voice boomed out, trying to drown out the opposition.

Why do you want to let terrorists buy a gun? Why do you want to protect terrorists from buying a gun? Why do you want to let terrorists buy a gun? Why do you want to let terrorists buy a gun?

"Does this make any sense? Does this make any sense at all? You've got the Democrats saying, 'Why would you want a terrorist to buy a gun? Why would you want a terrorist to buy a gun' The same people who cannot bring themselves to even identify terrorists," Glenn said.

As always, Democrats want it both ways to suit their agenda of the moment.

"They're the same people who would not say anything about Fort Hood. This is a game, guys. You're watching a play. Why do you want terrorists to buy guns? That's not the position of the left. Terrorists don't exist," Glenn said.

Had Democrats done their job and allowed the FBI to flag Mateen as a terrorist and place him on a watch list, had they not dismissed red flags raised by American citizens, including the owner of a gun shop, Omar Mateen would have never purchased a gun legally. Political correctness enforced by Democrats failed the American people and citizens at an Orlando nightclub, allowing a radicalized terrorist to kill 49 innocent people and wound scores more.

"Here's the problem: If he would have been on the terror watch list and if they were investigating him, if people had made these charges, they couldn't really go in and look at his computer. Yes, they can. It's called the NSA. I thought that's what we were doing. I thought that's what they were doing illegally against the Constitution. See, none of this makes sense. They are not fighting for life. And they are not fighting for civil rights.

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Featured Image: US Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference June 10, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Photo Credit: MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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