Glenn Beck on the President of Georgia

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GLENN: A lot of people, lot of people will watch the Georgia thing and they have absolutely no idea what it's about, and a good reason for that. I mean, as part of the former Soviet Union and, you know, you're like, okay, I don't know about all the politics. I don't even know where all of these countries are over there. You know, the former Yugoslavia's, what, like 40 different countries now? I don't know. So most people will watch the Georgia thing and they will say, what is this even really all about? And we've told you before that this is about Putin flexing his muscles. This is about the energy grab and the power grab. This is about remember when everybody was saying, "We need a bipolar world." We're the only people on the planet that scream and protest in favor of bipolar. That's not good.


So everybody was saying we need a bipolar world. Well, we're getting a bipolar world. Georgia actually, however, should be on our map. It's a U.S. ally. They sent over 2,000 troops to Iraq. Its troop commitment of 2,000 puts them in the top five countries in terms of actual boots on the ground. Russia has been sending in peace keepers. They have been giving away citizenship to people in Georgia. Hey, you want to be a citizen of Russia? Here, sign up. And they have been giving away citizenship. So that way they have citizens there and they could send peace keepers to protect their citizens because Georgia was attacking their citizens. That would be like Saudi Arabia coming in and saying, "Who wants to be a citizen of Saudi Arabia?" This is a bad example because nobody would want to do that. This would be like us going into Montreal well, wouldn't work in Montreal. All right, just go with me. This would be like us going some place in Canada where there are no French people and saying, "Hey, who wants to be a United States citizen" and then giving them citizenship. And then those people, having our military advisors there to train a little U.S. military in Canada with our citizens. And then when Canada said, you know what, guys, I don't think so and started rounding up the people, then we would get on television and say, they are rounding up our citizens. They are shooting our citizens. That's how trumped up this is.

I'm going to tell you not only what this fight is about because it's really all about messages, but what's going to happen. But first I want you to get a taste of the president of Georgia. This is Mikheil Saakashvili. He is the president of Georgia. I was a fan of his how long ago was this, Stu, we started talking about Georgia. At least a couple of years ago, and a year ago I really started looking into him and I'm thinking, wow, what is going on with Georgia. And then they started dropping missiles on Georgia. And so I wanted to get the president of Georgia on. This is six months ago maybe? And I talked to him just about, just about Georgia and the things that he was doing because I thought this guy America needs to hear because we've lost a lot of what he has found.

Well, I had him on. As it turns out, if I'm not mistaken, I think somebody in the Georgian embassy is a fan or something like that. And so he came and did an interview and he liked it and I liked it and it was good for everybody and so when we called and said could we get an interview now with what's going on, they wouldn't grant that yesterday because yesterday he was under a Kevlar blanket because the bombing raids were coming in and he believes, I believe and most people believe, you know, at least on this side of the argument that they're targeting him. They want him out. And so he had a Kevlar he had Kevlar jackets piled on top of him, and he also was in a bunker. Tonight he has agreed to come on. I have agreed to give him a full hour if he wants it. I have no idea how much time I have with him. I believe that we have been told that we have at least 20 minutes with him. And they are trying to get more time on their side. They are trying to get more time, but they can't promise anything at this point. I can't even promise that I'll have a picture, a live picture to go with the audio because we don't know where he'll be. He may again be underground, but if it's safe enough, he will be at a TV studio and we will have the sound and the picture. And you need to hear this man.

In case you missed the interview with the president of Georgia that I did a few months back, we didn't talk about Russia. What we talked about were the principles of Georgia and what inspired him and what he has done to clean up one of the most corrupt places on planet Earth and how he did it. If you don't feel connected to the Georgia story yet, check your gut and tell me how you feel about the Georgia story and if you feel connected to it in about three and a half, four minutes. Here's the president of Georgia six months ago.

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GLENN: You were known for cleaning out government corruption. How did you do it, sir?

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: Well, it's certainly a pleasure for me to be on your program Glenn, sir. We were one of the most corrupt countries but no exception in any way in our part of the world and we needed to we were brought to the government not by special interest but by popular revolution. And we really basically had to deal with, you know, to really radical measures. First of all, the first thing we did a few years ago when I became president, we fired the entire police force of the country and that was one of the most corrupt police forces throughout the European continent. We fired more than 40,000 people. We recruited new people within several months. But here what the result is. You know, the previous police force had only 5% of population's trust and confidence according to the Gallup polls. Now we have more than 70. So police moved from being universally hated to being universally loved by the people and having support of the people. And there are other radical reforms which also applied. Cutting red tape, you know, cutting, downsizing the government functions, giving incentives to be honest as well as watching the people very carefully.

GLENN: I have to tell you I let me give you another quote here. Quote: The government is going to help you in the best way possible by doing nothing for you but by getting out of your way. I exaggerate, but you understand. Of course, we will provide the infrastructure and help get rid of corruption, but you have all succeeded by your own initiative and enterprise. So you should congratulate yourself." Sir, you sound like an American founding father, and we have lost that in our own country.

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: Well, in some way the people I mean, I'm not the only one. The people that came with me to govern my country are in a way founding fathers because we are making nation it's a nation nation but as a modern state, we are making it from scratch. And, of course, one of the main things is to develop people's initiative, to empower people. To give them a sense that they are the ones to build their own country. They shouldn't be looking at the government because in our case, more government is, the worse it is. We cut red tape. What's our resource? We don't have much of oil and gas. What's our resource in our part of the world? Our resource is having no red tape, having no corruption, having efficient government, small government because big government, as a rule means in our case corruption and inefficiency. I feel not only in our case. And basically empowering people, giving them initiative and basically encouraging initiative because after all, after so many years of communism, after so many years of connection, after so many years of cynicism and cynical rule, you need basically new mentality to tell people, well, we are our own, our government is there to help when it come. Most of the times we can help ourselves to build our own country. After all, when people don't give credit to some smart leaders or smart governments but say, okay, this is up to us, this is our country, we have to build it, you have get an entire new nation and that's exactly what we are seeing in my country of the world, in my part of the world. You are liberating by giving people more freedom. Freedom is the keyword. Encouraging initiative is the other thing. And having government that knows its place and doesn't want to play its hand can also be very efficient when it can to encourage freedom. It's something that really helps them get results.

GLENN: I have two questions for you. I have to get in. I have about a minute. Real quick, did you read any of our founding fathers or our founding documents when you

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: You know, I was very encouraged by the founding fathers' example, I have to tell you. I mean, I went to Columbia law school.

GLENN: Right. That doesn't necessarily that doesn't necessarily study American history the truth.

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: I remember those lessons at the very moment and I go back over and over and over again because one thing that America really exports to us is idealists. Is, you know, initiative, is believing in good spirits of the men and love mankind. But, of course, you have to work very hard at it. One thing that changed in my country is that we told the people, look, you have to work hard, but then you have to accept the rule of law. And if those two match together, you can do, perform just miracles. And Georgia has performed just miracles. We moved from being a failed state of being one of the top business destinations in the world with highest economic freedom, being the world's number one economic reformer, doing very well, being the number one fighter with corruption worldwide and being top destination for foreign investments from all over the region despite the economic problems worldwide and, you know, that's quite a remarkable success. And the main thing, people started to believe in institutions. People started to believe in democracy and democracy works. That's what the beauty does.

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GLENN: There you go. I don't think we need anymore. That is that is an interview I did with this man as I read more and more about him and I just, I saw some quotes in a newspaper that he had said and I thought, I have got to speak to this guy. And much to my surprise, he agreed to be on the program when he was in Washington. Much to my surprise again, he has agreed to be on the television show and we're trying to work it out for the radio show as well. So you can hear him and you can see him and you can judge the man on what he has to say about Russia and where are we, what's going on, what is this all about.

The media went nuts after President Donald Trump said "Two Corinthians". But apparently, nobody cares when Joe Biden called the authors of Biblical Psalms "palmists" — twice.

During a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday, Biden said, "I'm sure we can, we can pros-claim [sic] a palmist, with a palmist who wrote these following words, 'The lord is my strength and my shield and with my song, I give thanks to him.'"

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere pondered whether Biden actually meant to quote a fortune teller instead of a psalmist, but ultimately decided the former vice president likely had no idea what he was reading.

They also discussed the hairline fractures Biden suffered in his right foot on Saturday while playing his dog, and Glenn tossed out a few headlines he thought might work just a little too well.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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