11 Reasons Why America and Russia Can't Be Friends

In a perfect world, we'd love to believe everyone has our best interests at heart --- even the Russians. But, as we all know, politics ain't perfect. So when President Trump says, "Wouldn't it be nice to be friends with Russia? Wouldn't that be a good thing?" --- a healthy dose of skepticism makes sense.

While a Pollyanna-ish world in which the U.S. gets along with the Ruskies would be interesting, there are reasons why we aren't, we cannot and should not be pals.

1 | The Ideological Divide

No matter how amazing it would be to get along with every person and culture, there are legitimate bumps in the road. There couldn't be a wider ideological gap between communism and capitalism. One equates to total government control while the other represents individual freedom. When countries are built on divergent bedrock principles, there is a natural fork in the philosophical road.

2 | Free Speech Restrictions

Freedom of speech is a God-given right and a hallmark of American democracy. Our First Amendment rights guarantee the freedom to speak our minds without fear of retribution --- even when we say something against the government. The Kremlin cracks down hard on dissent. Those who speak up are often jailed, tortured or killed. Freedom of expression is sacred to Americans, and its repression is a huge stumbling block to a potential friendship with Russia. How can we trust a government that doesn't allow its own people to speak their minds?

3 | State-Sponsored Corruption

Some believe the U.S. isn't much better than the rest of the world when it comes to corruption. While it's not perfect, nothing comes close to the hope of achieving The American Dream. While equal results are not guaranteed, hard work and ingenuity can pay off big in America. Russia, on the other hand, has turned corruption into an art form. America's free market principles are in direct conflict with Russia's pay-to-play, government-controlled society.

4 | Ivan Drago

Okay, okay --- he's fictional --- but pop culture does matter. While Ronald Reagan battled Russia in real life with Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher to end the Cold War, Ivan Drago killed an Uncle Sam-clad Apollo Creed on the big screen. Thankfully (spoiler alert), American icon Rocky Balboa avenged Creed's death, kicking Drago to the curb and restoring American dominance in the world of make-believe boxing.

5 | Domestic Abuse Tolerance

Comparatively speaking, women enjoy unprecedented rights and equality in the United States. Not so in Mother Russia. Members of the State Duma just pushed a bill for Putin's signature that would decriminalize certain cases of domestic abuse. In the absence of broken bones or a concussion, abusers would be fined without criminal charges. In the United States, domestic violence remains a criminal offense.

6 | From Russia With Love 

Ever have a friend stay over and read your diary? Yeah, that's Russia. Let's face it, Russia is notorious for spying. The Cold War era may be long gone, but Russia still tries to steal whatever intel they can from us. Take Edward Snowden, for example. Oh wait, they already did.

7 | Alexsandr Dugin

Alexsandr Dugin is a name not everyone knows --- but they should. A far right fascist sowing seeds of chaos and revolution around the world, he is a key advisor to Putin and a very dangerous man. Dugin believes Hitler was on the right track, but didn’t go far enough. He allegedly advised Putin years ago of Russia’s inability to compete with the technological and economic might of the United States. So, they decided to create revolution using “asymmetrical” weapons like WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Additionally, the actions of Dugin and Russia in Western nations appear to be fomenting revolution in the streets, inevitably with Putin or someone like him to rise from the ashes and seize control.

8 | Miracle on Ice

In 1980, the Soviet hockey team was the hands down favorite to win gold at the Winter Olympics, having won six of the seven previous Winter Games. The team consisted primarily of seasoned, professional players. An all-amateur U.S. team posed little threat, especially one that was the youngest in U.S. history. In a stunning upset, the U.S. beat Russia in a dramatic final now called the Miracle on Ice. Not only was it one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, it was a cultural shift that had an immeasurable impact on the American psyche during the Cold War. It was one of America's greatest triumphs and the USSR's greatest defeats.

9 | Stirring the Pot

Russia is the friend that smiles to your face while causing problems behind your back. In the Middle East, Putin publicly proclaims to be anti-terrorism and anti-ISIS while backing the Assad regime and cozying up to Iran. In America, Putin denies allegations that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election despite evidence to the contrary. Chaos in America and chaos in the world seems to be exactly what Putin is after --- with Russia conveniently standing by to pick up the pieces.

10 | Nuclear Threat

According to the Federation of American Scientists, Russia possesses 7,300 total nuclear warheads, with 1,790 being operational. The U.S. has 1,750 active strategic nuclear warheads. The exact number of Russian nuclear warheads is a state secret and therefore a matter of guesswork. Despite attempts to reduce the nuclear arsenals of both countries, Russia refuses to alter the production of its tactical nuclear weapons. In 1992, the highest-ranking Russian intelligence defector Stanislav Lunev described alleged Soviet plans for using tactical nuclear weapons for sabotage against the United States in the event of war.

11 | Sub-par Cuisine

Say you're having a dinner party and invite all the countries in the world. What would Russia bring? Unless a commie Bond villain with a penchant for expensive caviar and vodka is on the guest list, you're probably going to get stuck with some borscht, fish pie and cold potato salad. Thank goodness you invited Italy.

Thanks, but no thanks, Russia. We'll pass on the food --- and the friendship --- for now.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

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