If You Think You Can Scare Me Into Shutting Up, Here's Why You're Wrong

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from August 23, 2016.

I want to have a really open and frank discussion with you, because we are tearing each other apart.

Maybe some of it is justified, and maybe I played a role in dividing us. I am human. I'm a guy who tries to be better every day, but oftentimes fails.

The things being said about me right now don't matter to me. And I want to save you a lot of time. If you're one of those people thinking that I'm going to change my mind or that you're going to scare me into shutting up, I'm not that guy.

After a year of looking at this race --- and beyond that the last 15 years of studying revolutions, studying how things happen, studying history --- I expected a revolution to come from the left. I have laid out how revolutions happen over and over and over again. So I'm looking at things differently than just today. I'm looking at things historically and over the horizon, taking into account things that, maybe, others don't.

Now, you may disagree with everything I'm about to say, and that's fine. But I want you to understand where I'm coming from. I don't expect you to change your mind. In fact, I'm not trying to change your mind. I just want you to know why I'm doing what I feel I must do.

I Am Not Voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump

First of all, I don't hold anything against anyone who votes differently than me. Because, honestly, I'm not happy with how I'm going to vote. For the first time in my life, I am not going to vote for one of the two major candidates. I am not voting for Hillary Clinton, and I am not voting for Donald Trump. I don't know how I'm going to vote for president yet, but those two are not on the table.

Secondly, I see a lot of people saying, "I was a fan of Glenn Beck until he sold out." If you have listened to me and appreciated the show, what am I selling out? If you are a fan of this show, it's most likely because I've said what I believe. Many times, I've said what you believe. I have also said many things that no one believes. I don't pull any punches, and I'm the last guy to sell out.

You have always listened because I tell you what I believe is happening and what is coming. Many times, I have been wrong. But, many times, I have been right. And when I'm right, it is devastating.

A Pattern of Predictions

If you're a fan of this show, you know I've had a pattern of making correct predictions.

Osama bin Laden

In 1999, I was defending Bill Clinton's bombing of the aspirin factory because I started doing my homework on Osama bin Laden. At this point, only the intelligence community knew about Osama bin Laden. I got on the air, reading his words and warning about him. Callers said, "You're just trying to excuse this to help the Democrats win in 2000. You're just trying to cover up for Bill Clinton and take his name off the front pages with Monica Lewinsky." In a moment of frustration, I said, "There will be blood, bodies and buildings in the streets of New York, and it will have been done by Osama bin Laden. Will you be willing to admit that terror is coming at that point?"

Iraq

When I said something was wrong in Iraq, beginning in 2003 or 2004, I said we weren't fighting this to win. My audience said, "You're only trying to help the Democrats." I got a lot of complaints from a lot of stations, and a lot of people were very angry with me.

Economic Collapse

When I warned about a market collapse and a housing bubble in 2006, I was told even by some of my best friends, "You can't say this about the Republicans and what George Bush is doing. You'll kill yourself." In the fall of 2007, I said, "Don't listen to John McCain right now and all of the pundits who are saying that he's going to be strong on the war in Iraq." I said, "Come next fall, the economy will be all that people are talking about. Forget the war. It's going to be the economy." People said I was crazy, I was drinking, I had sold out. And, of course, I was only trying to help the Democrats get Barack Obama elected.

The Caliphate

When I warned about the caliphate, I was told every single day to shut up. I was told by Fox, "Shut up. Stop talking about that, and stop talking about Israel." Every single day. To the point where they came and took things off my set to get me to stop talking about it. I talked about it every day until it was my last. They said it made me look crazy. I said, "So be it."

The Strongman Cometh

There is a reason, a real reason, my family and I have 24-hour security. I have said from the day my security team started, "I am more worried about a crazy person on the right who thinks I have betrayed them than somebody on the left."

One controversy that everybody seems to have forgotten was what the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) did, what Fox News did. It was in all of the magazines at the time. It was all over the internet. Jon Stewart made fun of it. Stephen Colbert made fun of it. They always made fun of me talking about the Nazis, right? "Glenn Beck is talking about the Nazis!"

The ADL told Fox News to tell me to stop talking about the word "Nazis." I argued, "How can you not forget if you don't remember?" I continued talking about the Nazis and the Nazi threat. Here's what people missed in that: What I was talking about was that a strongman could come from the right or the left. I said specifically, "The right is already doing it in Europe, and if we forget that we are not Europe, the right will rise here and a strongman will come to the forefront, if -- and only if -- the left can wear us out, the left can make us feel beaten and that there is no other way out, and if the left continues to push the pendulum further and further left." You remember the pendulum show? That was the complaint from the ADL.

That is why I was talking about Nazis, because I predicted the rise of the Nazis. And later, Golden Dawn came and the far right in Spain, the far right in Germany, the far right in Austria, the far right now in France. It's happening. But it is also happening here, and you see it. We are farther behind, but the alt-right, the fascists and the white supremacists are on the rise. David Duke is running for Senate.

History shows us that a strongman always will and always does rise. Someone at the point of chaos that says, "I will restore order." Do you remember me warning about top-down, bottom-up and inside-out? What are people saying right now? What is Donald Trump saying? What was the point of his entire convention? "I will restore order. I am Mr. Law And Order. I will do it, and I am the only one who can do it."

What are people shouting for right now? What are your friends who are supporting him saying? They want somebody who will just take control and burn the system down. That's insanity.

I ask that you hear my words today. I've warned about top-down, bottom-up and inside-out. I believe that this is that moment. It is coming on the horizon very soon, and you're seeing the beginning of it right now.

Donald Trump

I believe that Donald Trump is the strongman that I did not think would come from the right, but the pendulum has swung back so far. That does not make him a Nazi or his supporters a Nazi, although some of his supporters are literal Nazis. The vast majority are not.

It does mean that I think he has the potential to be, at least, a South American strongman in the right conditions. So what are the "right" conditions?

1. No connection to the Founding and our Constitution

2. Global war

3. Domestic uprisings

4. Terror

5. Real economic hardship

When those conditions are met and the man in the oval office demands that it's my way or the highway, if that man is a bully and surrounds himself with like-minded bullies, if he has a historic pull towards a socialistic solution like nationalizing banks, huge bailouts and protectionism then the cause of concern should be our loudest discussion, but it is not.

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, told Slate magazine that he is not a nationalist, nor a populist. He called himself "a Leninist." That's not John Lennon, that's Vladimir Lenin. The reporter was so shocked, he said, "Explain that to me." And Bannon said, "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today's establishment." He included the Republican and Democrat parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.

Historically, you need chaos to have a strongman come into power. And a strongman always has certain attributes. He doesn't believe in things like individual rights and the Constitution. Generally, they are socialistic in their tendencies, that what is right for the individual doesn't matter. He's also somebody who demands his way, he's a bully. He surrounds himself with like-minded bullies, and usually the people he surrounds himself with are even worse than he is. And if those things are met, along with the conditions of war, domestic uprisings, terror and real economic hardship, a country -- any country -- is in real trouble. This is what we should be talking about right now: What does the world look like in four years after either one of these two?

People write to me. People call me. People have approached me in church, everywhere, saying, "Glenn, Glenn, I can't listen to you anymore." I understand. I really do. I wish that weren't true. I wish I had enough credibility over a 16-, 17-year history with you, that you saw that, yes, I have pissed you off in the past and I have said things that you really didn't want to hear, but in the end, you were glad you heard them. You were glad you had a warning.

I don't know what else to do. I don't know what you want me to do. I can only do what I feel I'm supposed to do, what I feel the Lord has commanded me to do, and that is, tell the truth. I don't think the Lord is commanding me to expose Donald Trump. I'm not saying that. I'm saying he has commanded me to do my own homework. He has commanded me to never compromise on what I truly believe. So I'm kind of stuck.

I'm really stuck because there is a warning in Ezekiel, that in those days there will be a watchman on the tower, at the gates. And that means all of us in our own way are watchmen on the gates, in your own life. And if you see trouble coming, you're supposed to warn the people. If you don't, the blood of everyone who could have heard the warning and could have done something, that blood is on our hands as the watchmen. If the people inside the gates decide not to listen to the watchmen, that's fine, that's up to them. But I have a responsibility to tell you. This is what my job is, as I see it.

Some people see their job as to make money, get advertisements, get ratings, et cetera, et cetera. I've never believed in somebody who is on the air -- read my first book -- who is into a cause. Unfortunately, I found God. And I have changed that opinion that I have to do what is right. I'm not just an entertainer.

Hillary Clinton

I beg anyone with eyes and ears to look and listen. Please don't make this about Clinton. I'm not voting for Clinton. I never will vote for Clinton. And I know who she is. I have railed about her for over 20 years. I know who she is.

I'm the one who exposed her running guns in Benghazi while she was still telling everybody in the press about the film. I'm very aware of who she is. I know how dangerous she is. I know what she believes. But don't let how dangerous she is or the false binary choice of our elections blind you to the other side of the equation.

If she wins, yes, we are going to be crippled with an outrageous Supreme Court where maybe Barack Obama is a Supreme Court justice. That's a real possibility with her. It is horrible the future under her. Perhaps it is worse than even you believe under her. I see the grave potential of an international globalist structure, because that's what an early 20th century progressive, as she describes herself and as outlined in my book Liars, that's what they wanted: United Nations, the League of Nations, or something like that. And we are headed to it.

But I would rather fight a globalist structure than fight each other internally. I don't know how we get through it. But I do know this: We survive if we hold on to each other. We survive. Many of us didn't think we'd make it this far with Barack Obama, but we survived. Horribly, but we survived.

Our Dunkirk Moment

Winston Churchill found himself with Dunkirk. Everybody said, "If you pull the army back, we lose all of Europe." He said, "If I don't pull them across the channel, we lose everything. We lose the entire army."

"Well, if you pull them out, we're never going to get it back."

He said, "Save what little you have to fight another day. This is lost."

This is our Dunkirk moment. If I'm right about Donald Trump, it will take a coup or a revolution to restore freedom to America.

The world is heading towards global war. Economic collapse is a near certainty. Domestic uprising is already happening and will continue to grow, as anger and hate on both sides is being fueled by those who are in control. And we all know how domestic terror isn't coming. Domestic terror is already here.

I warned of this very thing. I have told you, at the time, most of us would not see it. It's why I asked you to prepare spiritually. It is why I, even at Restoring Honor, I begged you, "Don't bring signs. Don't chant. Don't do any of those things." It's why in Birmingham, I said, "We've got to keep the structure of Martin Luther King."

"Why, Glenn?"

"I don't know, other than, I know it seems ridiculous now, but at some point, this audience is going need to have the discipline of standing alone and being beaten," I said.

We are here. And I've always believed that this audience is the only hope because you are the only audience that has truly been prepared for these things at this time. You have more information than most do because you have been with me and you have heard the warnings, you have seen it coming, you have learned history. You're not easily duped.

You are not who they say you are. I've said to you over the last ten years, "If you stay strong, if you don't get swept up in the anger or the cries of payback or the cry for somebody to just make it stop, you will be our Republic's last line of defense."

So what do I do? People are telling me, "At least just shut up." I can't. I can't.

You condemn me if I continue to warn, but God condemns me if I fail to warn. 24601: Who am I? Jean Valjean made exactly the same choice as I am, except in the play, it ends happy for him. Life is much more like the book, not the play.

If I'm wrong, I am the biggest fool, and I have been discredited. And I will be the first to apologize, and I will apologize if I have any listeners left at that time. But if I don't have any listeners left at that time, I make that as a fair trade for my credibility and my integrity.

As a guy who has lost everything, all I ever wanted was my integrity back. My integrity has been under attack over the last two years like nobody's business. It is the only thing I have of value, and I will do nothing knowingly myself to damage it. Integrity always comes with the highest of prices. It's why most are unwilling to ever pay for it.

I don't ask you to believe. I ask you to do what you've always done, and what I've always asked you to do.

Don't believe me. Do your own homework. Study how revolutions happen. Study what it means and who has said in the past, "I just want to burn the whole system down. I just want to smash the entire system." Ask what happens in times of trouble and in a country as divided as we are, when somebody comes in, who is an egomaniacal kind of guy and surrounds himself with that.

I'm not asking to you believe me. I'm asking you to do your homework and to just remember that old T-shirt somebody printed a long time ago that asked this question: What if this time, what if Glenn Beck is right?

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The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on subpoenas to compel Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on alleged censorship and bias across their platforms. But that all changed when Republican committee members "expressed reservation about the maneuver," Politico reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who chairs Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, was definitely not one of the committee members with cold feet. On the radio program Tuesday, he told Glenn Beck that he's fighting "vociferously" to ensure Dorsey and others testify before the November 3rd election.

"Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are both going to testify. They're are going to testify in person. They're going to testify before Election Day. That's what I think should happen," Cruz said. "That's what I'm fighting vociferously to happen. Right now, the companies are negotiating with the chairman's office to discuss terms to come voluntarily. I don't give a damn whether they come voluntarily or under subpoena. They need to testify in person and answer questions for the American people about why they are trying to steal this election, to suppress the free speech, and to censor the press."

The subpoenas would require Big Tech leaders to testify on the alleged "suppression and/or censorship" of two consecutive blockbuster stories from the New York Post. The first story was about emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's computer which are currently being investigated by the FBI, and the second was based on additional emails that allegedly showed communist China directly offering millions of dollars to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

"Big Tech stepped in, and they've done something they've never done before," Cruz explained. "We know that Big Tech has been censoring individual conservatives, trying to suppress conservative speech. But the step they took here is, they blocked if any individual user tried to share either of the New York Post stories, [they] were blocked ... Sharing a news story, from a major media outlet is part of democracy, part of free speech. And not only that, they blocked the New York Post itself. Right now, today, the New York Post is not being allowed to post its own damn stories on corruption. This is ridiculous. It's a threshold that's never been crossed before, of Silicon Valley oligarchs declaring the authority to determine what the press is allowed to report, and who is allowed to see it."

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If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.

2009

In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.

2010

Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?

2011

In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.

2013

By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.

2014

In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.

2015

In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.

2017

In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.

2018

In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.

2019

In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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