Three Things You Need to Know - September 18, 2017

New York City is being invaded. By diplomats.

It’s UN week.

There are 193 member states of the United Nations, and the chaos and confusion they bring to the streets of New York City is an unintentional metaphor for what’s going on inside their organization.

Does anyone have confidence in the UN anymore? Did we ever? Billions of dollars pour into this international organization and yet they rank near dead last in every category they lead.

Have you ever been to a UN refugee camp? They’re awful. People just sit there waiting to die. Among aid agencies, the UN is ranked near the worst in the world.

Fraud, corruption and mismanagement follow the UN wherever they go.

UN peacekeepers caused a cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010.

Their employees have been accused of sexual exploitation in over 10 countries. On top of all that, UN personnel cannot be sued in national courts, arrested, or prosecuted for their actions.

President Trump has been a vocal critic of the UN. Today, he’s meeting with representatives of 120 other member states that have had enough. They’re pushing for long-overdue reform, but two nations are curiously missing. Both Russia and China are refusing to attend.

Why is that? Why wouldn’t 2 of the 5 permanent members of the UN security council be interested in reforming this dumpster fire we call the UN?

Follow the money. The United States cuts an $8 billion check to the UN every year. We supply nearly a quarter of the entire UN budget. And they say we aren’t exceptional.

Of course, China and Russia want the status quo. Look at what they get in return. The UN provides them a check on US power through their security council veto, it costs them little money in return, and they make us pay disproportionately for it!

The time for bankrolling corrupt, failing and all-powerful international organizations is over. The time for reform is now.

What is your protest strategy?

Broken glass littered the sidewalk.

The debris was evidence of what had occurred hours earlier --- chaos.

Shop and restaurant owners in University City outside St. Louis woke up early to sweep the glass from the broken windows of their businesses.

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

It’s a colossal failure of our nation that more of our citizens don’t understand that this is not what we do here. Rioting, looting, destruction, chaos --- that’s the way they do things in totalitarian countries, socialist countries, under-developed countries. That chaos is what a lot of immigrants come here to get away from.

If you want to protest something that you had nothing to with and don’t understand all the details, go ahead. That’s your call. Just do it in a peaceful manner. Remember Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. --- their protest strategy was never violent. They knew riots would not work.

The moment you smash a window of a small business, messing 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 a felon.

Medicare for all?

When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

And the bespectacled Bernie Sanders wants to lead the country into a massive pit.

The independent senator from Vermont --- who calls himself a “democratic socialist” has proposed a Medicare for all, single-payer health care system.

The plan would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a huge expansion of Medicare --- large enough to open the government-run program to all Americans.

This proposal is no longer just a dream of the far left --- it enjoys the support of 16 Democrat senators.

A list that includes Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kristen Gillibrand and Kamala Harris.

If this list sounds familiar --- it’s because these are names being tossed around as possible candidates for president in 2020.

It sounds great, but there’s a big problem with Bernie’s proposal --- it’s lacking in details.

Specifically, how to pay for it.

But Bernie already knows this:

You want to guarantee that all people have access to health care as you do in Canada. But I think what we understand is that unless we change the funding system and the control mechanism in this country to do that --- for example, if we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody. Give everybody a Medicaid card --- we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation.

That was Bernie in 1987. He’s avoiding the details --- because he’s well aware of the costs.

They’re astronomical.

When the blind lead the blind --- both shall fall into the ditch.

Democrats follow Bernie at their own peril.


This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

Watch the video clip below to hear Levin expose the lies and misinformation in Biden's speech and explain why he believes the true message is absolutely chilling for the future of our nation:

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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