Three Things You Need to Know - September 8, 2017

Who Will Speak for the Voiceless?

"We firmly believe that every person has the right to live..."

Both Liberals and Conservatives can surely get behind a statement like that, right? It’s nice to hear something so unifying and inspiring.

It’s great to hear an organization take a stand like that. It’s also great to see organizations get awards for taking stands like that.

This week, that organization won the Lasker Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine.

Fortunately, the Lasker Award includes a $250,000 prize, because this year’s cash-strapped winner sure could use it. Well, the organization isn’t cash-strapped yet, but it fears it might be soon, with President Trump and a Republican Congress threatening to block it from receiving Medicaid reimbursements and everything.

It’s disgusting that politicians would try to withhold funds from an organization that provides "health services" to millions of people. The Award announcement says, "Although the organization is most famous for aiding women, it helps men as well."

If we’re being honest, that part of the Award announcement is a little misleading, because the organization is actually more famous for disposing of that pesky health issue of having a baby in the womb.

This year’s Lasker Award winner is Planned Parenthood.

But don’t worry --- the Award announcement says abortions are only three percent of the health services Planned Parenthood provides. Last year, that three percent only included 328,348 babies killed.

This week, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards emailed supporters expressing outrage over President Trump’s plan to end DACA. She writes, apparently without any sense of irony:

Here at Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely and without the threat of deportation or separation . . . We will never stop fighting for this vision.

And neither will we, Cecile, on behalf of the unborn. Because at least the DREAMers can speak up for themselves --- the 328,348 babies Planned Parenthood killed last year never had the chance.

Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

That "principle" was in action this week. Only 17 Senators voted "nay" yesterday on the idea of combining hurricane relief and raising the debt ceiling. 17 senators saw this for what it was: manipulating a crisis.

Did the 80 other Congressmen take no issue at all with using federal aid for Hurricane Harvey victims as leverage? It was ransom money --- bought and paid for --- to ensure the players on Capitol Hill get to play their little games in the months to come.

If you're in Washington and you're using the threat of hurricane relief money to further your agenda, you can keep your damn money --- every last cent.

We don’t need your help to take care of our own.

If there’s one thing Hurricane Harvey has taught us, it’s this: the American spirit is as strong as it’s ever been. We didn’t wait for you to come save us. We saved ourselves.

We didn’t beg for government money. While they were cutting backroom deals, we were opening up our wallets in droves.

JJ Watt took to Twitter and raised over $20 million, and it’s still climbing. Michael Dell gave $36 million of his own money. Over $16 million has been given from sports franchises. Hollywood has stepped up with over $10 million.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported that companies such as Bank of America, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Google, IBM, Shell and JPMorgan Chase have donated over $141 million, and that number is going up every day.

As of last night, Mercury One has raised over $2.1 million.

And these aren’t funds that go directly into some government agency treasury. This is cash going directly to the lives, families, homes and businesses that actually need it.

There's a lot of work to be done, and America has become a country that relies on federal help when disasters of this scale come along. But, that doesn't mean you have to take advantage of those in need. Never let a crisis go to waste?

Let's think differently. Let's think Texas.

To those in Washington playing your little games --- STAND ASIDE. WE GOT THIS.

Art of the Deal, Part 2

Maybe the Art of the Deal needs a sequel.

The chance to make a real positive difference.

It turns out the deal Trump cut with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to increase the debt ceiling for three months wasn’t the only deal he was working on.

Trump and Schumer also discussed developing a plan that would no longer require Congress to routinely raise the debt ceiling, effectively eliminating the federal limit on government borrowing.

First reaction: an irresponsible move of the highest order. And of course, that's completely true.

Second reaction: maybe, kind of, sort of, perhaps a unique opportunity.

Of course, the debt ceiling has become meaningless. It means nothing to these people.

What if a deal included:

  • Automatic spending cuts if the budget is upside down? Or maybe, call me crazy, they actually had to have a budget in the first place?
  • How about real tax reform?
  • Or a two-thirds supermajority to exceed budgeted spending levels?

The principle of this sort of deal would be to force Congress to prioritize its spending. Spend too much, your turtle tunnels are going away.

The only thing we've taken less seriously than our border is our debt ceiling. I like the fact that every so often, Washington has to squirm, feel the weight of their own failure, and figure out another debt ceiling increase.

The only way it should go away is if you can actually pass something meaningful to really restrain spending. Not continue this theater that is the debt ceiling.

If the president can pull that off, he'll sell a lot of copies of the Art of the Deal, Part 2.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

Watch the video clip below:


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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.