Putin's Plan: Blackmail or Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

Political science professor and author Dr. Paul Kengor joined The Glenn Beck Program on Wednesday to discuss his latest article for Conservative Review: Will Trump’s relationship with Russia be more like Obama or Reagan?

"I think, Paul, that we are at a point now where it is very possible we may be the Soviet Union 1990, and Putin may be playing the role of Thatcher or Ronald Reagan or Pope John Paul," Glenn suggested.

Putin's role, however, is not that of the good guy triumphing over evil. Rather, his manipulation is nefarious and includes a plan for either a Clinton or Trump presidency, regardless of the election's outcome. According to Dr. Kengor, the Russians see this as a ripe opportunity they haven't seen in decades.

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"In Trump, it's painfully clear, obviously clear to them right now, that if you simply praise the man or make him think that you like him, you can probably play him like a fiddle," Kengor said, calling the Russians "masters" of psychologically profiling foreign leaders.

And a Clinton White House, corrupt to the core, would be prone to blackmail.

"So, Paul, which one is worse?" Glenn asked.

"This is what we come down to, right? Ben Sasse said 'the great dumpster fire election of 2016.' You don't really have a good choice. You've got Trump with a horrible naiveté towards the Russians then you have Hillary Clinton with altogether different problems," Kangor said.

Unfortunately, neither Trump nor Clinton have the ace card held by Ronald Reagan that invoked fear in Soviet leaders: principles.

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Featured Image: L to R: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images); Kremlin.ru/Wikimedia Commons; Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The far left is tearing apart the social fabric of our country in the name of "progress." From its emphasis on government dependency, to the $15 minimum wage, to the embrace of Marxist Critical Race Theory in our schools, the Left is destroying our culture and way of life.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck spoke with Christopher Rufo, director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty, about the latest insane example of the Marxist lies destroying the minds of our kids: A New York school sent parents a "white identities" chart advocating for "white traitors" and "white abolitionists."

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There is an all-out assault on the social fabric of our country. The kids are NOT all right. In the name of "progress," we're destroying their minds with Marxist lies. In the name of "safety," we're destroying their souls by keeping them locked down.

On his Glenn TV special this week, Glenn Beck takes on the national suicide that the Left is committing by destroying our culture and way of life and how it's also leading to actual suicide of our kids. Experts on the front lines expose how the lies of critical race theory are crippling our children's future and provide tools for parents to fight back.

Finally, Glenn hears from a parent who tragically lost his teen son, who took his own life due to COVID isolation. He has a powerful message for parents, teachers, and politicians who he says are failing our kids.

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With as much gas and oil as Texas has — and not to mention its own power grid — why in the world is Texas experiencing such bad power outages?

Center for Industrial Progress president and founder Alex Epstein joined "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" to lay out what he's found.

Alex said he believes the "fundamental" problem is "the insistence on using unreliable wind and solar energy instead of reliable energy from coal, nuclear, and natural gas." And soon, it may not be just Texas, as President Joe Biden pushes for 100% dependency on green energy nationwide. THAT is the "real lesson of Texas," he warned.

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Disney actress Gina Carano was just the latest to be canceled for being vocally conservative — this time for making a Holocaust comparison. But on this week's episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," renowned Jewish historian Edwin Black explains how Gina's comparison wasn't exactly out of line: The second phase of the Holocaust, exclusion, "is like cancel culture."

Edwin Black is the son of Holocaust survivors and an investigative journalist with awards and best-selling books translated into 20 languages in nearly 200 countries. His book "IBM and the Holocaust" examines high tech's role in killing Jews during the Holocaust and what it can teach us about the dangers of Big Tech today.

Edwin has spent enough time in the media to see all of its warts (there are a lot). And he's speaking out about it and its role in ignoring history at our nation's peril. He told Glenn he believes our culture and our history are being erased. Our ideals are being censored and our values are being mocked.

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