Glenn Beck talks with Bob Levy


Levy is senior fellow in constitutional studies and a member of the board of directors at the Cato Institute.

GLENN: Let's go to Bob Levy. He's with the Cato Institute. Bob, what do you think of this ruling today, Supreme Court?

LEVY: Well, I couldn't be more happy. We filed this case about five years ago on behalf of Mr. Keller and five other plaintiffs and the court, at least a majority put forth, and they finally recognize the Second Amendment secures the individual right.

GLENN: How fragile is this, Bob?

LEVY: It's not five members at all. Five members on the court are all it takes and that's what we got and Justice Scalia couldn't have been clearer. It's an individual right, it includes the right of self-defense and people in Washington D.C. can now go and apply to register handguns. D.C. law has prevented the registration of all functional firearms for all people, all owners at all times for all purposes and the Court said without any equivocation whatsoever this is impermissible, it violates the Second Amendment. That's good news for D.C. residents.

GLENN: What do you expect to come out of this? In the next year what do you think's going to happen? What is New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. look like? What does)

LEVY: Well, Washington has been resolved. Of course, there are going to be a lot of procedural things going on about changing the law and about registering handguns. The other cities are much more complicated because it has never been determined and is not determined by today's decision whether the Second Amendment applies to the states. So there will have to be litigation that fleshes that question out, and there will also have to be litigation that determines the scope of the right that's secured. So we know, for example, there's nothing wrong with keeping guns away from kids, keeping guns away from crazy people, keeping weapons of mass destruction away from terrorists. They don't have a Second Amendment right to that. So we'll have to find out exactly what are the rights that are permissibly regulated and which ones are impermissibly regulated. That's going to take more litigation.

GLENN: Because Washington D.C. is not a state, it's just a city, it may have different rights. For instance, the State of New York could say we're not going to issue any kind of carry permits, we're not going to issue permits for guns, and they can get away with that in New York City?

LEVY: Well, it's not so much that Washington D.C. is a city. It's that Washington D.C. is a federal enclave which is governed by federal law, whereas New York has its own set of laws which applies not only to the state but to cities within New York as well. So there will have to be additional litigation to determine whether states and cities outside of Washington, which is a federal state, whether states and cities elsewhere will be governed by the Second Amendment. I think the answer to that is yes and I think the Court will agree with me, but it has not yet been finally determined.

GLENN: All right. But if it does happen, that's actually not so horrible because you could always just move to a state that understood the Constitution. I mean, these states, some of these states are getting so far away from the Constitution. I mean, jeez, I don't even know how it's America anymore in some of these states. But you could find those states that would say you have an absolute right to own a gun. But then the whole thing kind of breaks down, doesn't it? You've got one --

LEVY: The states have been pretty good on this. 44 states do recognize an individual right under their state laws and state constitutions. 48 states allow concealed carry with various degrees of discretion. So it hasn't been so much the states. It's been the municipalities that are passing their own regulations under power that's delegated from the state. They are the ones like New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, they are the ones that are going to be challenged and they are the ones that have to get -- will down the road be overturned.

GLENN: Bob, thank you very much. Appreciate all your hard work.

LEVY: My pleasure, thank you.

GLENN: You bet. Bye-bye.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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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."

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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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