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What Wisteria Can Teach Us About an Out-of-control Government

Wisteria adds profound beauty when planted --- but it's powerful root system will run amok if not tended regularly and properly. It can crack house foundations and strangle nearby trees and plants. The minute owners forget that wisteria is deadly and must be tended, it will choke everything else to death.

"We have a problem in our nation. And we have put these things in, that unless you pay attention, will choke the Constitution to death. And that's what's happening," Glenn said Monday on radio.

Enjoy the complimentary clip above or read the transcript below for details.

GLENN: Here's the story from the New Yorker. Tenaha -- is that right? Tenaha, Texas. Have you heard of it?

PAT: No.

GLENN: Tenaha, Texas. Couple passing through Tenaha, Texas. A bunch of cash to buy a used car. They were pulled over. Brought to the local police station and given a choice. Either they could sign a document handing the cash over to the town, or they could be charged, despite any -- despite lack of any evidence at all.

They would be charged with money laundering and child endangerment.

PAT: My gosh.

GLENN: Meaning that they would be immediately sent to jail and their children who had been riding in the backseat, taken from them. If they signed the document, there would be no charges at all.

PAT: So if you're driving through Texas or any city in America, especially a border state, and you have cash with you and you're going to use that cash for a used car. It doesn't matter what you're using it for.

JEFFY: Yeah, it doesn't matter what it's for.

PAT: My cash could be confiscated, and I could be threatened with my children being taken from me?

JEFFY: You might be doing something wrong with that money, Pat.

PAT: Well, prove it. If I am, prove it.

STU: That's supposed to be a fundamental tenet of our society.

PAT: If I'm doing something wrong, prove it.

GLENN: That's what makes us America.

PAT: Yes.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: That's what stops our police forces from being corrupt.

PAT: Wow, that's just --

GLENN: If they can just take it --

PAT: That is just as unconstitutional a thing as I've ever heard of.

GLENN: The couple would later learn this was something of a tradition in this county. There have been a raft of complaints from out of town drivers who claim they had been stopped and stripped of cash, valuables, and at least one case, an infant child without clear evidence.

STU: Hmm.

GLENN: I -- you know, I want to tell you an unrelated story here.

This weekend, I was standing outside -- it was beautiful in Texas. While the northeast was being hammered with snow and all of my relatives were out shoveling snow, I was shoveling the sunshine like crazy. I couldn't keep up with it.

PAT: It was 87 on Saturday.

STU: My kids went in the pool.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: It was just hammering with sunshine. Some -- I had to scrape the sunshine off my windshield.

JEFFY: Nobody ever hurt their back shoveling sunshine, Glenn.

GLENN: I had to not turn my car on for 20 minutes to let it heat up.

PAT: In fact, you had to have it cool down a little bit.

JEFFY: Right.

GLENN: Right. I was outside, and I was looking at the yard. And it was like spring. And I said to Tania, I said, "I want to plant some wisteria on the front fence."

PAT: You want to plant the stuff that shut down the Bluebell plants?

JEFFY: Yeah. Why would you?

GLENN: No, that's Listeria.

PAT: Oh, okay.

GLENN: This is wisteria. So she said, "Honey, if you don't maintain that stuff, it takes over everything."

So I start looking it up. And it's an amazing thing. When you read it, it says, "Plant it only a great distance from any other plant."

PAT: Hmm.

GLENN: Because it will latch on to it and it will choke it to death and kill it.

And if you -- unless you have a lawn that can be mowed in between, you should not plant this.

Now, if you look at the pictures of wisteria, it's beautiful. It's like grapevines. And they -- they twist, and they're gnarled, and they're beautiful.

And then they have big, huge -- almost like lilac trees. Big, beautiful flowers on them. And they grow and they crawl on everything. But they also -- the roots are so powerful that they go down and they can crack the foundation of your house. They can actually crack the foundation of your fence.

I mean, they are really powerful. The thing is, they're beautiful. They will do exactly what I want it to do to the fence. But you just must be on it all the time. You have to trim it back all the time.

The minute you take that for granted and you're like, "Eh, I'll get it to it later." It will literally choke a tree to death. Okay? We had a problem with at our house. We have this rod iron fence that I don't like and I think it's ugly. And it makes me feel like we live in a prison.

And I wanted to cover it. I wanted to beautify the front lawn. So I'm going to plan wisteria. But the minute we or the next owners of the house forget that that wisteria is also deadly to everything around it -- if you forget that, it will choke everything else to death.

We have a problem in our nation. And we have put these things in, that unless you pay attention, will choke the Constitution to death. And that's what's happening.

We put this -- we put something like this in because we happened to fight the drug cartels. But there's other things that are happening in our nation now. And it's being used because we never pruned it back.

It should have never been planted because the people who own this particular house don't pay attention to all of the stuff in their yard. They plant it, and they think it's going to be beautiful, and they like it because, "Oh, look, it will cover up that hole. And it will take care of that. And it will look beautiful."

And you didn't notice because you're a lazy gardener, that it's wrapped itself around all of the other things in the garden.

We have to take this stuff out by its roots. That fence might be ugly, but that fence protects the Constitution, and we've got to see that fence.

THE GLENN BECK PODCAST

The Dark Horses: From Campus Villains to Political Peacemakers | Ep 117

One day, Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying were biology professors at Evergreen State College. The next, they were "campus villains" who dared to speak out when the school told white people to take a "day of absence." Since then, they have become founding members of the "Intellectual Dark Web" and continued their fight for truth in a world gone woke. But with the world changing faster every day, and not necessarily in a good way, they were hit by a realization: Science and evolutionary biology haven't changed very much. Humans have. Bret and Heather join Glenn to break down where these changes are leading us, as they explore in-depth in their new book, "A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life." From climate change and capitalism to Afghanistan, our "apparently senile Commander-in-Chief," and the evolution of sex (among flowers), Bret and Heather make the case that the key to escaping the chaos is right in front of us, if we choose to listen.

RADIO

FEC's Twitter/Hunter Biden ruling was RIGHT? Conservative FEC Commissioner explains

Remember when Twitter blocked the New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story from being shared right before the 2020 election? The FEC ruled that Twitter did NOT violate election laws by doing so. But while many on the right questioned if this was the right call, Glenn has a talk with conservative FEC Commissioner Trey Trainor, who explains why he personally disagrees with Twitter's decision to block the story, but agrees with the FEC's final ruling: "Everybody on the right would have gotten a complaint filed against them immediately if we would have found that Twitter violated campaign finance rules."

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WATCH: Weaponizing Crisis: Exposing the Hidden Hand After January 6

First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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‘Both miraculous and horrendous’: Glenn Beck gives emotional update on Afghanistan rescue

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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To donate to these rescue efforts, visit NazareneFund.org or MercuryOne.org.

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