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Protesting Is American – Here’s Why the Chaos in St. Louis Is Not

What’s happening?

Last night was the third night of protests in St. Louis. People are protesting the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white police officer who was acquitted of murder after fatally shooting a black man. More than 80 people were arrested last night, according to local authorities.

How bad is the violence?

Peaceful protests dissolved into mayhem after nightfall, with rioters resorting to breaking flower pots and throwing the pieces. Police officers were attacked with chemicals and rocks, sustaining “minor or moderate injuries.”

Glenn’s take:

You have the right to protest and to have any opinion you want, but you don’t have the right to destroy property.

“The moment you smash a window of a small business and you mess up that owner’s effort and right to make a living, you forfeit your ability to be heard,” Glenn said.

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GLENN: Broken glass littered the sidewalk. HEP occurred hours earlier, even HEP chaos. Shop and restaurant owners inside universal -- or, University City, outside of St. Louis woke up to sweep the glass from their broken windows of their businesses again.

They were innocent victims of the violence that erupted after Jason Stockley was acquitted of murder Friday. Stockley, a white former police officer, shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man, during a 2011 car chase.

It's a colossal failure of our nation, that one more of our citizens, you know, doesn't understand that this is not the thing to do here.

I don't want to get into the -- the officer or the case because, quite honestly, I haven't been following it. And I wasn't on the jury.

If there's a problem in St. Louis, it needs to be fixed. But rioting and looting and destruction and chaos, that's the way they do things in totalitarian countries and socialist countries and underdeveloped countries. That's not the way we do things here.

It is that -- it is that very chaos that a lot of immigrants came here to get away from. If you want to protest something, you have every right -- and I'll stand for your right to do it.

You want to -- you want to stand up and protest something that, you know, you had nothing to do with, and you don't understand all the details as has been the case in other instances, go ahead. You have a right to do that too.

But you have a responsibility to do it in a peaceful manner. Remember Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King? They would not stand with you. Their protest strategy was never violent. They knew that riots in the end would not work.

And, by the way, Martin Luther King never wore a mask. Never. The bad guys, the enemies of his people, of all people, the Klan, they were the ones that wore the masks.

Let your face be seen. Bad guys wear masks. And certainly something worth protesting for, something worth living for, is something worth going to jail for. You'll be joining great ranks. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Bonhoeffer. But the moment you smash a window of a small business, and you mess up that owner's effort and right to make a living, you forfeit your ability to be heard. You're no longer a protester at that point. You're simply a felon.

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'They believe their job is to REMAKE your child': WSJ writer warns public schools may be LOST to woke trans activism

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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Is California ‘PURPOSEFULLY’ destroying this small business?

It seems like some politicians are purposefully trying to destroy the lives and dreams of certain Americans, specifically small business owners. Dave Foldes spoke to Glenn over six months ago after THIS audience raised thousands of dollars for his restaurant that refused to close: Cronies Sports Grill. Now, despite making progress in his administrative battle against LA, the city of Agoura Hills, California is coming for Cronies instead. And the reasoning is INSANE. But Foldes isn't giving up, and neither are his supporters. It's the ultimate David vs. Goliath showdown.

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Trans Activism Will End Your Parental Rights | Abigail Shrier | Ep 110

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it is incredibly dangerous. Just ask Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier. Her book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — just like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, Shrier argues it could end your parental rights for good. She is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy number one to the activists. Recently, the American Booksellers Association even called sending her book to others "a serious, violent incident." Abigail joins Glenn to lay out just how slippery this slope has proven to be and what we — conservatives and liberals — must do to protect our children.

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DEADLY Negligence: Exposing the REAL Origins & Coverup of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

Watch the full episode below:

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