Glenn Reviews 'Dunkirk': It's a War Masterpiece

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Glenn was able to see Dunkirk this weekend and --- without giving too much away --- offered his thoughts on the war epic by Chris Nolan.

"This movie is, I think, a war masterpiece. I have never seen a movie where the closest you can get to this is Hitchcock," Glenn said.

Reviews of the movie describe the artistry and uniqueness of the film, noting how the imagery and musical score take center stage.

"There is really no story except are they going to get off the beach. The dialogue is not that important. The music starts with a ticking at the very beginning, and it never stops," Glenn said.

The renowned Hans Zimmer wrote the musical score for Dunkirk.

"It's brilliant the way it's done. Brilliant," Glenn said.

GLENN: This movie is I think a war masterpiece. I have never seen a movie where the closest you can get to this is Hitchcock. Where the score, the Hans Zimmer score -- Hans Zimmer was a cowriter of this film because the language -- the talking, the downloading in it.

PAT: There's not a ton of dialogue in it.

GLENN: Very little. There is really no story except are they going to get off the beach? The dialogue is not that important. The music starts with a ticking at the very beginning, and it never stops. And Hans Zimmer is a cowriter of this movie. He's not just the guy who did the music. I believe he's a cowriter of this movie. It's brilliant the way it's done. Brilliant.

PAT: I was surprised how many people never heard of Dunkirk.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

PAT: That blows me away.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: I mean, what has happened to our education system. My oldest said he never heard of it. I mean, that happened. How did you graduate? How did we let that slip through the cracks. You don't know Dunkirk?

GLENN: No. How many people won't know that the important -- some important dialogue. Again, I'm not wrecking anything. Some important dialogue in the movie is the speech of Winston Churchill. You know, we will storm the beaches. We will -- it becomes narration at one point.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And you don't really -- I mean, I'll bet you most people won't put together, oh, that's Winston Churchill's speech. Even though it said, said once.

PAT: Just the scale of those few days is unbelievable.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PAT: When you think that the British had 68,000 casualties and the French 290,000. That would shut the United States of America down. We would be out of the war. Okay. We're done. I mean, we don't have the stomach for that.

GLENN: No.

PAT: At all.

GLENN: Especially when you think about per capita.

PAT: It's unbelievable. Per capita in 1940.

GLENN: Yeah, and there was really some amazing things of real heroism. And then, you know, I happen to go with a guy who is Scottish, and I said to him, so he's in the -- I don't know -- the royal greeny wigs or whatever they call them over there.

JEFFY: Greeny wigs.

GLENN: He's actually an amazing guy. But he said -- I said how did you make that -- how did that feel? Does that feel like I guess American history would feel to me. Is that real, extra poignant to you? And he said it's funny because I was wondering how Americans would view this. And . . . heroism is heroism. It doesn't matter where it's from, and it was remarkable. There are times when, again, a movie with really no storyline and no lead characters and when you at one point in the movie -- and I won't say anything about it. But at one point in the movie, nothing is said, and you will start crying. You will just be so overwhelmed with heroism. It's a remarkable movie.

STU: It's one of those times too where you really can't complain about spoiler alerts because it just admits that you don't know anything about history. What war? Now you've ruined it.

GLENN: Dunkirk. Who knew they were on the beach. Oh, come on.

STU: It's a minor problem.

GLENN: I'm amazed too with them on the beach that long, Pat, it really comes through on divine province or how stupid and insane --

PAT: Hitler was.

GLENN: Hitler was. I mean, he stopped.

PAT: He did.

GLENN: He had them on the beach.

PAT: He told them to stop.

GLENN: And he stops and turns around. He could have wiped out all of the French and all of the English, and he could have conquered England. We would have been totally alone. Totally alone in the war.

STU: One of the miracles, the fact that we survived that at all was he was so convinced that he was brilliant.

GLENN: Yes, his arrogance.

STU: Every single vibe of his, every single movement of his, quote, unquote, gut, he acted on for so long, wounded up being one of the only ways we escaped, really, much, much worse than what happened.

GLENN: When you see this, and you really put into perspective what you know about history that that was it. I mean, that was the fleet. I mean, the reason why they didn't come over and save them was because they didn't want to get rid of the boats that they had. They knew if they go -- they send their Navy over to Dunkirk, and he sinks them, they're done. I mean, this -- it was this event that caused Churchill to finally call and say "I want you to know if you don't get involved now, any boat that is left, you will see on your shores, and it will have a swastika on it, not the flag of Great Britain. And that's the only reason why we got involved. I mean, it was dire.

PAT: Well, even then the invasion of the Japanese of Pearl Harbor.

GLENN: Yeah, but we started -- we sunk the British Navy. Most people don't know this. When we won World War I, we were so arrogant on the League of Nations, which didn't happen, that Woodrow Wilson --

PAT: Not for us, anyway.

GLENN: Yeah, for Woodrow Wilson, he said to the British, you need to scale back your Navy. Now, here's a country that has the -- at that time, the sun never sets on. So if you don't have a Navy, how are you going to defend your colonies? So he says to Wilson and Churchill, who happens to be I think the head of the Navy, secretary of Navy -- I don't know what they call them over there -- but he's like the secretary of Navy, and he says you gotta to sink half your fleet. They do it because they owe us so much money. They sink half their fleet. Then we humiliate the Germans. Don't even give them a chair at the table of the negotiations for peace. You needed a chair? Should have thought of that before started a war. So we humiliate them, and then in the 1930s when Germany is breaking all their treaties, and they're building ships, they're building subs, they're building planes, the Lufthansa growing beyond compression. The fastest growing industrial might in the world is happening in Germany. And Churchill says "We don't have a Navy, guys. Remember?" The reason why they had to come to us and say "We need ships. You need to sell us ships." Is because we sunk their Navy. We told them we'll keep the peace. We're going to sink the Navy, and the League of Nations will do it. And we were so arrogant that people in congress said don't build ships. No, the way to keep peace is not to have any warships. Finally after Dunkirk, it was FDR who said, "Okay. We're going to lend them and lease them to you. But we can't sell anything to you." And that was the beginning of us getting involved and actually saving the world.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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