Three Things You Need to Know - November 6, 2017

Time to mourn.

The worst-ever mass shooting in Texas occurred just before noon on Sunday. Evil, in the form of a gunman, invaded the modest worship service at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and murdered 26 people. Twenty-six people, ranging in age from five to seventy-two.

Horrific. Unimaginable. It is a time to weep and mourn today.

Unfortunately, because this is 2017 America with our political tribes and instant media, there won’t be a proper period of mourning before the clamor starts for laws to prevent this from ever happening again. In fact, the clamor has already started.

The reality that you probably won’t hear in those debates is that this is not a winnable fight. You cannot legislate the human heart. No amount of freedom or restriction can keep this from happening. That’s not a fatalistic view, for some reason it’s just the way of the world we find ourselves in. Evil definitely exists, so does good, and they’re constantly at war.

There are no easy answers here. Just about anything anyone could say after a tragedy like this sounds trite and inadequate. Sometimes there are no words – only a time to mourn, and to be present for the families of the victims.

If you were blessed to wake up this morning, you have a choice. How will you choose to live after you hear about 26 strangers murdered in south Texas? Will you choose to let it change your perspective? Will you choose to live with renewed purpose and diligence, to help someone in your life, to serve your community, to love your family better?

Or will you choose to ignore this tragedy and move on, just another far away news story that has no bearing on your life. That would be a terrible mistake. Between Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, if we aren’t shaken to our core by the reality that life is precious, and short, and that we need to live it well, then perhaps nothing will wake us up.

You’re stepping out into an angry, cynical, bitter world today. But you can choose to work against that grain. May God help each one of us to make that choice.

Rand Paul was attacked by his neighbor.

Not only is it unsafe for Republican Congressmen to play baseball, but now it’s apparently dangerous for them to mow their own lawns. Senator Rand Paul was cutting his grass on Friday when his neighbor tackled him from behind. Paul suffered several broken ribs and cuts on his nose and mouth.

Now granted, we don’t yet know what really started this attack. It’s very possible it was triggered by the Paul families overuse of bright colored garden gnomes, or maybe Paul was playing his music too loud the night before. Maybe it was a combination of both annoying garden gnomes AND loud music. Whatever the case, this neighbor snapped.

So what do we know about this neighbor? We know he’s a registered Democrat, hates President Trump and he follows postings by Occupy Democrats social media accounts. How do we know all this? Well, surprise surprise, just like the man who attacked the congressional baseball practice, he’s very active on Facebook. His page is full of anti-Trump and anti-Republican ramblings. He even posted an Occupy Democrats Noam Chomsky meme calling the Republican Party quote: “the most dangerous organization in world history.”

Not all are like this, but why are so many on the left these days so angry and willing to resort to violence? All the talk the past several months has been on the danger posed by the violent right, but we are seeing a rise in the violent left that harkens back to the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Yesterday’s Weather Underground and Students for a Democratic Society are today’s ANTIFA and all the other radical left groups taking to the streets the past year.

On Saturday, the left-wing “Refuse Fascism” group kicked off demonstrations in nearly two dozen cities. Their demand is the removal of President Trump and Vice President Pence. They claim to continue protesting in the streets until that happens. Although turnout was low, the action sounds eerily similar to the Days of Rage in 1969. John Jacobs, a leader in both the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and Weather Underground, stood on the rubble of a police statue they had just bombed in ‘69 and compared their protests to “the fight against fascism in World War 2.” Now doesn’t that rhetoric sound familiar?

Weather Underground turned into a full-on domestic terror group. In 1970, police found in one of their hideouts 57 sticks of dynamite and four completed bombs. In 1975 they bombed the headquarters of the US State Department in Washington DC. Is today’s radical left going in this same direction? They’re using the same rhetoric and following a similar playbook as before. The violent left is evolving and growing. People are getting angrier and angrier. Even in small suburban neighborhoods in Kentucky.

Did you hear about "Obama Con"?

Some people go to Comic Con. Some flock to music festivals or biker conventions. Whatever floats your boat. But for the serious citizen – those who actually care about hope and change and health-food-in-school-vending-machines and other really important stuff like that – for those citizens, there is only one gathering worth spending so much time, effort, and money to attend: Obama Con.

Okay, it’s not really called Obama Con, but it will be in time as its stature, self-importance, and cultural relevance blossoms. And it will. How could it not? America’s unofficial royal couple, Barack and Michelle, invented it. And you know their ideas are what’s best for you.

It’s actually called the Obama Foundation Summit and it happened in Chicago. You haven’t heard of it? Well, this was its inaugural year. Obama Con is the convention that America didn’t even know it needed. Plus, it gets Barack and Michelle back on stage and in front of the cameras – finally. We’ve barely seen them since they left the White House, well, other than the daily photos of them vacationing in the Mediterranean and on Martha’s Vineyard. Fortunately, Obama Con managed to drag those two back into the spotlight.

There are so many activities to choose from at Obama Con. It’s like summer camp, well, a summer camp run by New Age-socialist-hippies. Actually, maybe summer camp is a bad comparison because camp has potential dangers – bug bites, poison ivy. No dangers at Obama Con. It’s a safe space on steroids. One attendee called it the “sanity bubble.”

Feeling stressed and uptight by all the baskets of deplorables back home? Check out the morning meditation and yoga sessions.

Need help figuring out how to navigate the horrors of Trumpian America? Obama Con’s got you covered with sessions like “The Adventure of Civility” and “Who Narrates the World?”

Need to articulate your hopes somewhere other than social media? Write them with colored chalk on the giant blackboard labeled: “I hope _____.” Good luck trying to come up with something better than the person who wrote, “I hope – my nephews can escape toxic masculinity.”

There were also vital educational sessions, led by people like America’s preeminent historian, Lin Manuel Miranda.

But the biggest magic happens in the small, completely organic, totally unplanned moments when you’re sitting in a yoga pose or listening to the rapper Common give a life-changing talk on “art and activism,” when suddenly, Barack himself enters the room from the back. Actually, his aura enters first, alerting attendees to the presence of greatness. Then someone near the back glimpses him and squeals, and then a tidal wave of cheers rolls across the room and engulfs Barack. He beams, for the people still need him.

And for one blissful moment, you feel the hope-iest and change-iest you’ve ever felt, you forget the hellhole of Trump’s America that lurks outside the swank Marriott hotel, and for that moment all is right – make that Left – in the world.

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Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.