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'Faithkeepers' Documentary Tells the Truth About Christian Genocide in the Middle East

Co-producers Roma Downey and Paula Kweskin joined Glenn on radio Tuesday with a timely message in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England. Their new project --- Faithkeepers --- is a documentary highlighting the genocide and violence against Christian people in the Middle East.

"Faithkeepers is a brand-new documentary film," Kweskin said. "And our goal is really to tell the story behind the headlines. As you mentioned, we get so overwhelmed with the horror that is coming out of the Middle East that we forget that there's men, women and children who are dealing with this reality every single day, Christians who are being persecuted for their faith, who are experiencing a genocide."

At a time when hope is fleeting, the message that we can stand up and be our brothers' keeper has never been more powerful and meaningful.

"All of the worst things in the world stopped because the West remembered who they were --- and we are people that have always followed God. The best way to serve God is to serve your fellow man. We truly are still the last great hope for the world and freedom. And if we don't remember who we are soon, the world can fall into profound darkness --- but it doesn't have to," Glenn said.

For more information about the documentary and how to get involved, visit Faithkeepers online.

Enjoy the complimentary clip or read the transcript for details.

GLENN: Coproducers of the new movie that opens up nationwide today called Faithkeepers, Roma Downey and Paula Kweskin.

Roma, Paula, welcome to the program.

ROMA: Good morning, Glenn.

GLENN: How are you?

ROMA: I'm grand. It's -- we're grand. Thank you. It's with heavy hearts every day that we open the newspapers and just hear what's going on around our world.

GLENN: What happened last night in Manchester, as you guys can testify -- and I'm so glad to have you on today -- because people need to realize that we are fighting against a people that -- that do not have anything close to our values, especially when it comes to children.

I believe -- I believe this arena was intentionally targeted to kill the children, to shock us and to horrify us.

ROMA: Well, from that point of view, it certainly succeeded. We are shocked and we are horrified and we are heartbroken this morning, as we start looking at the pictures coming out of Manchester. And our hearts and our prayers are -- are with the people of Manchester this day.

GLENN: So I watched your film yesterday from the Clarion Project called Faithkeepers. And it is -- I want to -- I guess I want to say it's stirring. It's not depressing. It is shocking. But it stirs you into -- into action, of at least at first recognizing what we're dealing with.

Paula, do you want to talk about a little bit what the movie is?

PAULA: Sure. So Faithkeepers is a brand-new documentary film, as you mentioned. And our goal is really to tell the story behind the headlines. As you mentioned, we get so overwhelmed with the horror that is coming out of the Middle East, that we forget that there's men, women, and children who are dealing with this reality every single day. Christians who are being persecuted for their faith, who are experiencing a genocide. And what we did was, we spoke to these individuals. We heard their stories of bravery and courage. And we're bringing those stories to Christians and Americans. And really trying to inspire them and have them stand up and be their brother's keeper.

GLENN: Yeah. It's truly amazing. And Roma, we've seen this. You've been involved, thank you so much, you and Mark, for being involved with the Nazarene Fund and Mercury One. But we've seen it firsthand. And the courage -- and you've captured it in this film, the courage of these -- some of them, you know, teenagers, that say, you know, every day we got a knock on the door. And if you want to explain that part of the movie, it's pretty powerful. It's how it opens up. And how there was no fear involved.

ROMA: Yes. Some of these stories that we have in this film are just chilling, Glenn, of the accounts that these Christian families went through, targeted because of their faith.

And, you know, those that we spoke to were the fortunate ones in that they were lucky enough to get away with their lives, when so many others did not.

And what we see -- what we were able to show in the film were not just the fear and the pressure on the lives of these people, but that there was a design at play to eliminate the footprint that they had ever been there. We see churches being destroyed. We see holy relics and holy books.

You know, this is the holy land. This is where our Christian religion started. And to see it just being erased over there is also very chilling.

GLENN: It's pretty amazing though the heroics that we have seen. We know firsthand -- and I don't want to give out too many details. But there was some very important Jewish relics in areas of the Middle East that ISIS was coming into. And the Christians gathered around and dug up all of these rel and I can say moved all these relics and buried them with GPS coordinates so you could go back and find them. But they would not leave another person's faith in the dust, to be destroyed and desecrated.

I mean, the people -- the people over there -- I don't know. They just -- I wish more of us were like -- were like them. I wish I was like them. The courage that they have is remarkable.

ROMA: Oh, I think it absolutely is remarkable. And the upsetting thing is that I'm sure that many of them feel forgotten by us over here. The enormity of this genocide that's occurring, we are a people that are half awake to the issues. And I remember as a little girl, Glenn, at school in Ireland reading -- it was part of our reading curriculum, reading the diary of Anne Frank. And I was just a child, and I was so upset by the book, of course. By the story. By my young understanding of the -- of the scale of what had happened.

And with the innocence of a child, I said, "Well, what was everybody else doing? Like, where was the world? Why was nobody else helping?" And I feel a little bit like that now. It's like, "Where are we? And what are we doing?" There's just so -- I think what has happened is so much fear has been generated. And certainly justified by events like last night in Manchester, that emotionally we start to close down to these bigger issues, I think.

This film, Faithkeepers, is really a way to let people see these stories, to feel these stories, to get to know, you know, one person at a time. We've told a number of personal stories in this film, to help an American audience really understand what's going on over there.

GLENN: So you've had to have -- and you've done a great job in this, balancing. You know, we have -- through the Nazarene Fund, we have moved a lot of people out of the Middle East. But we also started something called Operation Underground Railroad. And this is all about the slave trade that's happening all over the world.

And we really wrestle with, how do we get people to pay attention?

And the thing that I struggle with is, it's really easy for people to say, "Oh -- you know, in the case of slavery -- oh, all of our founders, they were rich, white slave owners, and they just didn't care.

Slavery right now is -- is four times the problem than it was over a 400-year period during the western slave trade. So it's much more prevalent. But people don't want to see it because it's overwhelming and they don't -- they just don't want to think about it because it's so horrible.

When you were making this film, how did you balance that in -- in getting people to see it, without shoving it in their face so they just can't look?

PAULA: Well, I think that the film does a good job of balancing that incredible resilient spirit. And so what inspired me through making the film was showing that even when there, it seems like all hope is lost, there are -- there are miracles that happen. There's the kindness of strangers. And there's just an incredible will to carry on. So there's one story in the film, where a woman was kidnapped and raped for being a Christian. And she was told that she needed to convert to Islam, which she refused to do. Then her husband was beheaded in front of her. And ironically, she escaped with her children to Syria.

But she never lost her faith. And I think that those stories are the ones that moved me. And I think that those are the stories that will move audiences, when they view the film.

GLENN: Roma Downey and Paula Kweskin.

Where is the movie being seen? Is it open everywhere today?

PAULA: We have a limited nationwide release at churches. And I would love to encourage all your listeners to go to faithkeepersmovie.com to continue to sign up for screenings. This is really a grassroots campaign. And the Clearing Project and Lightworkers have put so much into this, to make sure that people feel empowered to bring these stories back to their home communities. So faithkeepersmovie --

GLENN: Go ahead. Faithkeepersmovie.com?

PAULA: .com, correct.

GLENN: So if my church isn't one of the churches that is signed up for it, can I -- can I register to have my church? And does it cost my church anything to run it at the church?

PAULA: Absolutely. Absolutely, they can continue to sign up. We're going to be pushing for screenings throughout this summer. It's practically no cost. We're doing some tickets at $8 a pop. But we're really just wanting to open it up to as many churches and as many communities as possible. So it's not too late to sign up now for a screening for your own church or community center.

GLENN: I can't recommend this highly enough. We -- you know, the -- you know, the underground railroad -- slavery stopped -- all of the worst things in the world stopped because the West remembered who they were. And we are people that have always followed God. And the best way to serve God is to serve your fellow man. We truly are still the last great hope for the world and freedom. And if we don't remember who we are soon, the world can fall into profound darkness. But it doesn't have to.

And it will happen in the churches. So please, I -- I watched it yesterday. It is really good. It is something that everybody needs to see. Something that can wake your community up. And there are action steps as well. There are many ways that you can get involved and help save the Christians and the Yazidis and the women and children over there that are facing absolute horrors. This is -- this is the Holocaust of our time. And hopefully, we stop it before it gets any worse and travels. But we need to stop it now. Go to faithkeepersmovie.com. Faithkeepersmovie.com. And Roma and Paula, thank you so much. I appreciate it.

ROMA: Glenn, thank you so much for having us on. We really appreciate you.

GLENN: You bet. God bless.

ROMA: Thank you. God bless you.

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‘STUNNING’ statistics PROVE the church may be in DANGER

A recent report found that only 37 PERCENT of Christian pastors bring a ‘Biblical worldview’ with them to the pulpits. And, for Catholic priests, the numbers are even worse. Glenn breaks down these ‘STUNNING’ statistics which prove that the Christian church in America may be in BIG danger…

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GLENN: By the way, there's a couple of things hear. Only half of evangelical pastors hold a Biblical worldview.

Now, this might be a little shocking for people who go to church. A study released Tuesday builds on an other report from American World View inventory 2022, which shows that 37 percent of Christian pastors bring a Biblical worldview with them, to the pulpits.

Now, a Biblical worldview is -- do you -- does every person have a purpose and a calling is this

Do you have a purpose for being here? And can God call you to something? I'm asking you, Stu.

STU: Why are you asking me, without the echo in your voice?

GLENN: Because I don't want you to feel damned, immediately.

STU: Oh, okay.

GLENN: So do you feel the purpose in calling?

STU: Sure.

GLENN: Family and value of life. Those come from God.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Do you believe in God?

STU: This is a tough one. After the previous two, but yes.

GLENN: Do you believe in creation? I know this is weird. Creation and history?

STU: I believe in history. I just believe in --

GLENN: I believe in creation. Do you? I mean, intelligent design. I don't know how he creates.

STU: Yeah. I don't find that question to be as riveting as some do. I don't really care how he did it, honestly. But it's on him.

GLENN: It's like, oh, we got you there. So you're saying, dinosaurs aren't real?

STU: Yeah. I don't really -- I don't know all the details to it. It wasn't there. I will say, I don't know how an i Phone works exactly. But I'm glad the texts go through.

GLENN: But I don't believe in Steve Jobs. He never existed. That just, all of a sudden appeared on a beach somewhere.

STU: Right.

GLENN: Let's see. Do you believe in sin? Salvation and relationship with God?

Do you believe in behavior and relationships, the Bible, and its truth and morals?

STU: I think.

GLENN: Yeah. I think those are all pretty easy. Only 37 percent of pastors. Believe in that.

STU: Oh.

GLENN: I mean, you might want to put that on the front sign. You know what I mean?

Like, hey, come in. Try our doughnuts. And we don't really believe what you think we believe.

STU: Well, this happened to you. Right? When you were doing your church tour. Back in the day.

GLENN: Oh, back in the day. We went to every church. Every religion. Because my wife wouldn't marry me without a common religion.

And I'm like. I love God and everything. But religion, I --

STU: This is a long time ago. This was not you, at the time though.

You were not. This church tour happened, in what? I don't remember what year it was.

GLENN: '99.

STU: Wow, it was a long time ago.

GLENN: A long time ago.

STU: You were finding your way. Mainly because your wife wouldn't marry you if -- you're forced into it.

GLENN: Right. I was forced into it. And she didn't believe in premarital sex either. And I'm like, okay. Chickaboo. I said, what is it going to take? And she said, God. Here I am. I'm practically a god, look at me. No.

STU: A Greek god.

GLENN: A Greek god. She vomited. And then I went to church. So we tried everything. I mean, we -- I really liked a Jewish synagogue we went to. Except you couldn't eat a lot of good things that I liked. And I don't speak a word of Hebrew. But it was in and out on Saturday, and it was pretty good. I since learned there was more than that.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: But I went to this church. And it was. What do they call those churches? Congregational, right? The white churches on the greens.

Yeah. I think it's congregational churches. And they're non-denominational. And so I'm sitting there in the pew. And Tania and I were listening.

It's okay. It's church. And during it the sermon. The pastor said, now, you all know that I don't believe in God. But if there is a God, we should serve him.

And I'm like, hey, that doesn't make any sense at all. Okay?
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GLENN: And that should be on the front door, someplace. Before you go and sit down, you should just know, our pastor does not believe in God. But if there is a God, maybe we should serve him.
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GLENN: On only 30 percent of Christian pastors believe and have a Biblical worldview. I mean, if you're not talking about sin and, you know, how to be a better Christ-like person. And how do you -- 37. What are they teaching?

STU: Those are the questions. The specific questions asked. Certainly, there are differences among denominations. And various questions.

But these are pretty basic points.

GLENN: Are these eight categories. Eight categories. Purpose and calling. Family and value of life.

God, creation and history. Faith practices. Sin, salvation, and relationship with God. Human character. And nature. Lifestyle. Behavior and relationships.

Oh, and the Bible. Truth and morals.

STU: Yeah. I know there are obviously disagreements on some of the intricate matters of faith between denominations and pastors.

GLENN: Sure. But 37 percent.

STU: The only thing I would ask, who is the defining Biblical worldview there? And I would assume --

GLENN: The bible.

STU: If you're assuming broad categories like that, that's a stunning number.

GLENN: Stunning. Stunning number.

STU: To the point of, how is it possible?

GLENN: So 57 percent of pastors leading non-denominational and independent churches, held a Biblical worldview, a nationwide study in February. Conducted in February. Nondenominational and independent churches were more likely to subscribe to a Biblical worldview than evangelical churches. Perhaps most surprisingly 48 -- 48 percent of pastors of Baptist churches, widely viewed as the most enthusiastic about embracing the Bible. Held a Biblical worldview, 48 percent.

Pastors of Southern Baptist churches by contrast were far more likely. 78 percent, to have Biblical beliefs. The traditional black Protestant churches and Catholic priests, I'm sorry. Just -- wow. I just had to read this again.

Traditional black Protestant churches and Catholic priests, were found least likely to hold a Biblical view. With the incidence of Biblical worldview, measured in the single dingles. Black churches. 9 percent of pastors and Catholic priests. 6 percent.

STU: I feel like you ask atheists, if you have a Biblical worldview. You would have higher than 9 percent.

GLENN: I think I could give it to Penn Jillette. And he would be like, you know.

STU: At 14 percent. I'm at 14 percent.

GLENN: Yeah. That's crazy. In churches with an average of 100 or fewer within attending weekly services. 41 percent of the pastors had a Biblical worldview. Larger fellowships with 100 to 250 adults fared better, with 45 percent.

However, 14 percent of pastors leading mid-sized churches, between 250 and 600 people. 14 percent.

And 15 percent of pastors with congregations of more than 600 adults. That's crazy.

STU: Yeah. That's hard to understand how that's possible. Why would you be involved in this business, right?

I hate to call it a business. It's your life's work. It's your career. Right?

GLENN: It's like. You know what it means? It's my uncle who is the head of safety at Boeing for years, and he would never fly. He would never get on an airplane. And he would be like, uncle Dave, what is that? And he's like, if you fly, you have to fly a Boeing.

STU: If they can care about it a little.

GLENN: It is my uncle, who is the head of safety at bowing for years. Okay.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: And he would never fly. He would never get on an airplane.

STU: Right.

GLENN: And you would be like, uncle Dave. I don't. What is that? And he's like, if you fly, you have to fly a Boeing. But there's no reason, logically that that thing should be able to take off and fly. I don't know if you're the best for safety, you know.

I think that's -- my uncle Dave should have been a priest maybe.

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Glenn reads leftists’ CLUELESS reactions to SCOTUS decision

The far-left proved once again it’s members care very little about ‘peace.’ In fact, some reactions from leftist, blue checkmarks on Twitter show just how ANGRY they can be…especially when it comes to the Supreme Court preserving the Constitution and returning rights to the STATES. Glenn reads several of their reactions to SCOTUS' recent decision that further protects the Second Amendment...

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GLENN: Boy, I just wanted to go through some of the blue checkmark responses from yesterday. Because, gee. I just -- I just don't -- I just don't know what else to say. They were so right on target. Now, that's -- that's a joke. I didn't mean it. I didn't mean it actually target. You know, like Sarah Palin actually meant it. Alicia Sultan. Or Ashia, or whatever her name is. She says, God forbid. Listen, you're listening right now to a guy who is in the Radio Hall of Fame. I am so good at what I do. I don't even need to know how to pronounce names. I don't have to. They were like, this guy is like a radio god.

Yeah, but have you heard him?
Yeah, put him in the Hall of Fame.
Anyway, she said, God forbid, someone you love gets killed by gun violence. I second that. Second Amendment fetishizing will never bring that back, or a make that loss easier to bear. Yeah. I agree with that. I mean, hang on. Let me just take the ball out of my mouth here. I have this fetish thing with the Second Amendment. It is hot. Too many people believe that unfettered access to guns will never hurt someone they love, until it happens. Okay. I don't know what your point is really here. Marion Williams says. People will die because of this. And to be very clear, now, listen to this argument.
To be very clear. They're not doing this to protect the Second Amendment. They're doing it to protect the primacy of property rights.
Well, gosh, that's a good reason to do it too, I guess. Huh. I didn't even think of the property right part. But thanks for pointing that out, Marion. Neil Cattial says, it's going to be very weird if the Supreme Court ends a constitutional right to obtain an abortion next week. Saying it should be left to the states to decide, right after it imposed a constitutional right to conceal and carry firearms. Saying, it cannot be left to the states to decide.
Neil, here's what you're missing, dude.One is actually in the Constitution. It's called the Second Amendment. That tells the federal government, and the states exactly what they can and cannot do. What government cannot do. There is no right to abortion. I -- show it to me. Show it to me. When you can show it to me, I will change my argument. That, when it's not in -- I'll talk slowly for you, Neil.
When it's not in the Constitution, then, there's this part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It's -- it's -- just look for the number ten. Okay? And that says anything that's not specifically in the Constitution. That goes then to the states. Yeah. Look at you. You're going to read something.
Jill Flipuffock says -- says the kind of people who desperately want to carry concealed weapons in public, is based on a generalized interest in self-defense are precisely the kind of paranoid, insecure, violence, fetishizing people, who should not be able to carry a concealed weapon in public. Okay. So let me get this right.
If you want to carry one, you're the kind that shouldn't carry one. So, in other words, when -- this is right. Jill, my gosh, my whole world is changing. Thank you for this. Now I understand when Martin Luther King went in and said to the state officials, hey. I need to have a concealed carry permit. He's exactly the kind of guy, you Democrats didn't want to carry a gun.
Yes! Jill, thank you for that enlightenment. David Hogged says, you're entitled to your opinion. But not your own facts. And like your own facts, you're not entitled to your own history. That's exactly what the Supreme Court decision is. It's a reversal of 200 years of jurisprudence that will get Americans killed. David, David
Have you read a book? Come on. Do you know anything at all -- name three founders. Can you do it? Right now, think. Go. Can't do it, David. 200 years.
Our -- the only times -- the only times in our history, and you wouldn't know this. Because you bury all the left. Buries the Democratic history.
The only time that we have any kind of history, where we're taking guns away from people, is when the government is afraid of those people. When the government gets really, really racist. Okay? That's why the Indians, yeah. That's why they're living on reservations now. Because we took away their guns. Yeah. Yeah.
That's why after the Civil War. And before the Civil War, slaves could not have guns. Why?
Because they might defend themselves. And then, after they were freed, oh, my gosh, the Democrats freaked out. Those freed slaves, will have a way to protect themselves. And they got it done through all kinds of laws, kind of like what you're doing now.
Thank you, David for writing in. You're special. March for Our Lives. Blue checkmark said yesterday.
The court's decision is dangerous. And deadly. The unfairly nominated blatantly partisan justices put the Second Amendment over our lives. No. I -- I -- may I quote the Princess Bride? I do not think those words mean what you think they mean. Okay?
Second Amendment is there, to protect our lives. To protect our property. And to protect our freedom.
I just want to throw that one out. The blood of American people who die from needless gun violence will be on their corrupt hands.
Okay. Wahajit Ali (phonetic) said, let's have a bunch of black, brown, and Muslim folks carry large guns in predominantly white neighborhoods.
I know the Second Amendment advocates will say that's great and encourage it. Because American history proves otherwise. We might get gun control. But we would also get a lot of chalk outlines.(laughter)Mr. Ali, you are so funny.
See, what you fail to recognize is that all of the people that you say are racist, aren't racist.
There are racists in this country, a lot of them seem to come from the left. You know, like the socialist Klan members. Or the socialist Nazi members. You see what they have both in common?
Yeah. Democratic Party. Anyway, Mr. Alley, if someone wants to carry a gun. And they're a Muslim. I have absolutely no problem. You're brown, you're pink, you're polka dot. You have covid and you're not wearing a mask. Or you don't have covid, and you're wearing 20 masks. And you want to carry a gun. I'm totally fine with that. Now, if you get a bunch of people. And, again, I don't care what color they are. Marching down my neighborhood, with large guns. Yeah. I am going to call the police because that's unusual.
What are you doing? We're just marching with our guns. Why in my neighborhood at night?
None of your business. Does Kavanaugh live around here? See, there's a difference. There's a difference. Right-wingers can freak out about nullification or packing or whatever.
No one cares. You broke all the norms of decency, democracy, and fairness. Oh, my gosh. Oh, wait. Wait.
This is from David Atkins. He has a great solution. At the end of the day, California and New York are not going to let Wyoming and Idaho tell us how we have to live in a Mad Max gun climate hell.
Oh, my gosh. David, let's break some bread, baby. Let's come together. Yeah. All right. Let me do my best Marianne Williamson.
Yeah. Yeah. Because we can come together. What you just said is the point of the Tenth Amendment. California and New York, I don't want to live like them.
You don't want to live like us. So let's not. Let's not. However, there are ten big things. And I've heard they've added to these. But there are ten big things, that no government in the United States of America, can do. Now, you want to change that, let's change it. Because what's so crazy, is there's this thing called the amendment process. You want to change the Constitution, you don't -- what -- all norms of decency. Democracy and fairness. You don't break those.
You want to change those amendments. You can do it. All you have to do is go through the amendment process. And then if you say, everybody has to have a pig on their lap. You get the states to vote for that. Put it on the amendment. You have it. Now, probably there would be another amendment that comes later. That says, hey, the big in the lap thing is really, really, stupid, and I think America lost its mind temporarily. So we're going to scratch that one out. From here on out, no. Absolute must have a pig on your lap kind of loss. Okay?
But both of those would be done through the amendment process. That would be doing it the decent way, the fair way, and the Democratic way. But David, you are cute. When you think, you're cute. Tristan Schnell writes in, when American service members die oversees, their caskets are brought to Dover Air Force base to be displayed and mourned. No, they're not displayed. I don't know if you've noticed this. But we try not to display the dead. But when Americans die because of gun violence, their caskets should be brought to the steps of the Supreme Court. So the justices can see what they've done. Yeah.
Tristan, I like that. Why don't we take every baby that's been aborted, and put them in a bucket. I mean, we're going to need a big bucket. Because there's millions of those.
And let's dump them, on the front steps of the Supreme Court. So they can see what they've done. Wow!
I got to thank all the blue checkmarks. Because you've really turned me around.

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Why the Fed’s ‘MATH PROBLEM’ may result in MORE inflation

Yes, it’s possible for our economy to suffer from extremely high inflation while certain goods, products, and services experience DEFLATION as well, Carol Roth — a financial expert and author of ‘The War On Small Business’ — tells Glenn. The Fed actually is TRYING to deflate the economy, Roth explains. But while they’re saying one thing, the Fed’s current policy shows the exact opposite. And that ‘math problem,’ Roth says, is what could cause our economy to experience even more, ‘prolonged’ inflation. It’s a ‘dire situation,’ and there seems to be ZERO leadership willing to fix it…

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GLENN: Is it not possible to have super high inflation, on some products. And super low deflation. Prices that are -- that are crazy.

Because they -- nobody is buying them, in other categories. Is that possible to have both of those?

CAROL: Yeah. I think that the best analogy for that would be kind of the '70s. And something that looks for stagflation. Where the economy stagnates. And it stagnates, like you said, because all the money has been sucked up in a couple of categories. And there really is a lot to go around in other places. There's not a lot of investments being made, and what not. But we still end up having high inflation. And we are certainly, a lot of people feel like we're in that sort of stagflation, you know, arena, right now. And it can continue on the trajectory. But you have to remember in terms of deflation. I mean, that's what the Federal Reserve is trying to do. They are actively trying to deflate, you know, not just the bubbles and assets, but they're trying to deflate spending, to cool off the economy. That's why they're shutting off their balance sheets. That's why they're raising their interest rates. It's meant to cool off demand. And that's the math problem that I keep talking about. They keep saying, oh, the consumer. And businesses are going to save us from a recession. But at the same time, the policy is meant to do the exact opposite. The policy is meant to make it, so that people aren't able to spend in the same way. So those two objectives are at odds with each other. And so I do think, that we could end up in this prolonged period, like you said, where the inflation hasn't quite gotten under control. Especially since we have so many supply demand imbalances in our economy. We have a labor imbalance. We have a food imbalance. We have an energy imbalance. And we have a commodity imbalance. And that's not going to it be solved by any monetary policy. That requires real action. And we don't have leadership, that's willing to lead or frankly do anything.

GLENN: So we have -- as I see it, we're looking at a situation. Again, I'm going back. And please, correct me where my thinking is off. But I'm going back to the Great Depression. So people were afraid. They held on to their money. They spent what they had to, and what they could afford. But nothing else.

That caused the labor market to shoot out of control. To -- to about 25 percent unemployment. Because the factories were closing down. Because no one was buying anything, from the factories. Which then, in turn, made FDR say, we're going to build the Hoover damn, to give people jobs. But it was all the government money, which would have just caused more inflation, if I'm not mistaken. Had it not been for the -- and I hate to say it this way. But the saving grace of the Second World War. Right? Were we in a death spiral? I mean, the war was definitely a different kind of reset. And I think a lot of the logic that you're talking about makes sense. If consumer sentiment is really important. And it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, if people don't feel confident, they don't go out and spend. They're worried about their inflation. And being able to feed their family. And get to work. They aren't going to spend -- I think there are a couple of things that we have that are different. And it's not necessarily better for the average American. So I just want to be clear. That I'm on your side, and I'm not saying that it's better.

But because of this huge supply and demand imbalance. We have two jobs available for every person looking. The likelihood is that that probably contracts to be, you know, a better match, than having massive unemployment just because of that scenario is going on. And we also have a whole slew of Americans, who are doing -- you know, have done very well. They have been the beneficiaries of this giant wealth transfer from Main Street to Wall Street. So I think we're going to have a lot of, you know, different outcomes. You know, that inadequately, that's been driven by government policy. And that's never a good thing. Because, you know, the social unrest that comes with it. And rightfully so. Because, you know, these policies have really put the middle class. The working class. And in some cases, the lower class, at risk, to the benefit of the people on the inside. And so the numbers on average, may not show how dire the situation is. And so they'll be able to spend. And say, oh, everything is great. And the consumer is doing well, when people are really struggling. And, you know, that's going to be when we continue to just be furious. And, you know, demand something be done about that.

GLENN: Carol, thank you so much for everything that you do.

She's just issued a new paper. A new piece for TheBlaze. What the heck is going on in bitcoin. And you can find that at TheBlaze.com. TheBlaze.com. What is going on with bitcoin, by Carol Roth. Thanks, Carol. God bless.

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