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GLENN: Let me go to Newt Gingrich. Newt, I haven't -- I'm sorry to say I've been busy doing my own homework today on the ins and outs of all of this stuff. I don't even know where you stand on this bailout bill. Please, dear God, tell me you're against it.

GINGRICH: I'm not sure if I were in the congress I could vote against it. I think -- I mean, if I was the deciding vote, I think a lot of people will vote against it, but I have been talking to people who I respect in the business community who genuinely believe we're on the edge of a meltdown of just historic proportions comparable to the 1920s.

GLENN: Okay. I agree with you on that. And Newt, I've been saying for a long time, this is coming. I believe even with this bailout, it is coming. Can you -- have you heard any of these experts guarantee or give you a good sense that this bailout will stop that from happening?

GINGRICH: No. Let me be clear. I'm about as unhappy as anybody you know. I think that Secretary Paulson ought to be fired. I think this bill has been improved significantly by McCain and by the House Republicans but it is still a bad bill. But I also believe if you have a Democratic congress that the odds are pretty good that none of the things you really need to get done are going to get done. What we ought to be doing is repealing Sarbanes-Oxley which has become a huge mess, we ought to be going to zero capital gains tax. We ought to be reducing the American corporate tax to match Irelands 12%. There are a lot of things we could be doing. We should be controlling spending. We should have an energy bill that is decisive in bringing home most of the $700 billion a year we're sending to foreign countries, many of them dictators opposed to us. I've written a recent book, Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less. We have a movie which illustrates the maddening reality that we have more than enough energy in the U.S. and that it is our political system and our government which is blocking us from developing our own energy. So I mean, if you are asking me how big do I think the changes need to be, beyond the capacity of any of these folks who are currently engaged. I think we the American people are going to have to rebel to such a degree that you may well have a third party by 2012 because I just think the sickness of watching the system and the degree to which the Bush administration has failed is historic.

GLENN: Here is the problem with the bill as I see it. It includes a provision that is bailing out the union pension funds, it's bailing out cities, it's bailing out states. It allows the treasury secretary to expand this in any direction he feels is necessary. It also goes -- I mean, it goes right to the heart of capitalism. And Newt, I have to tell ya I last week came out and said we are going to slam into the side of a mountain economically and we have to have a bill because it will at least take the plane down and land it in the trees. We're not talking about landing on the runway. We're talking about landing in the trees. But Newt -- 

GINGRICH: I think that's exactly right.

GLENN: But this bill, I can't support this bill.

GINGRICH: No.

GLENN: It is cutting the heart out of capitalism.

GINGRICH: Look, I don't think you should support this bill and I'm not advocating anybody support this bill. What I am saying is that under our constitutional system you occasionally get to moments when you get to choose between two really bad futures and you wish you had had better leaders and you wish they had gotten you to a choice of a good future, and the fact is this morning we're in a place where we don't have a choice of a good future. We can do nothing, which is what would happen if the bill goes down. And I think as long as Paulson is the treasury, his arrogance, his background as the chairman of Goldman Sachs makes it impossible to get to a good bill and I can't imagine a circumstance where Bush is going to fire him. So we as a country are trapped by a secretary of the treasury who is adamant about aggrandizing his personal talent. On the other hand you have liberal Democrats who frankly wanted a much worse bill. They wanted to give billions of dollars to left wing activists.

GLENN: ACORN. I know.

GINGRICH: So finally you get to the least bad bill. Notice I have not once used the word "Good." I have not used the word "Mediocre." This is the least bad bill. And the question is if you are prepared to take a gamble that all of the people who are knowledgeable who say that on a worldwide basis we're on the edge of a credit catastrophe which could well lead to a fundamental meltdown of the system. I had two friends over the weekend who are both extraordinarily wealthy, neither of whom cares about the market. They don't make their money in the market. Both of them said to me -- and both of them have -- one has 53 years in business and the other has over 40 years in business and they both said to me, "That is genuine crisis. This is not politics. This is not let's play games with the margin. If we don't send some signal to the world market, we're going to have a credit crunch of 1929 to 1932 proportions."

GLENN: Newt, I have to say to you, you're exactly right. I happened to be with a billionaire this weekend. I was doing a charity thing. This guy is a multibillionaire. Doesn't care about the stock market, either. I mean, he's 73 years old. Doesn't -- I mean, he's the same kind of guy you talked about. And I can't believe that your guy didn't tell you the same thing I did. Because that conversation happened with me, too. This is a genuine crisis. This is quite possibly the biggest crisis the country has ever faced. However, if you don't have the tools of capitalism, if you take this country and you fundamentally change what the treasury and the government is doing and can do, you may never pull yourself out because the market -- the signal that the market wants to see is that business is stable in America, and this congress and this treasury being hands-on, fingers in the pie, you never know when it could expand does not send them the message to the market that we're stable. Does it?

GINGRICH: No. But the notion of the American system which has been deeply driven by partisanship locks up, may send a signal of instability on a scale that you and I can't comprehend. And all I'm saying is -- 

GLENN: I don't think anybody can.

GINGRICH: Right. All I'm saying as a historian is having been speaker of the House, having been through these gut checks on 10 or 15 occasions, if I were a back venture, I would almost certainly vote no because this is disgusting. But if I were in leadership and having been in leadership and I looked at the down side risk, I would say I'm going to do everything I can to get rid of Paulson, I'm going to do everything I can to get an economic growth package, I'm going to do everything I can to get an energy independence package, but I am not this morning going to walk off and not have this pass because I'm not prepared to live for my two grandchildren with the consequences if, in fact, the system collapses. And while this may be an inadequate Band-Aid, it is a Band-Aid and it is a step. And we may have to come back and take four more steps before the election. I mean, nobody knows what the next two weeks are going to be like and the congress should not go home. The congress needs to understand that this is a real historic moment and we can't afford to hang around and pretend it's politics as usual.

GLENN: Do you fear for your country?

GINGRICH: Yes. Absolutely. I think anybody who believes in a free country and anybody who believes in the system that gradually emerged with the United States as the primary defender of the world market, of freedom around the world and of safety around the world, you have to look at where we are today, and we just did an entire workshop on Saturday called American Solutions. It's our second annual Solutions Day workshop and people can see it at Americansolutions.com. And I founded American Solutions because I don't think either party is up to what we have to do.

GLENN: No.

GINGRICH: I'm very, very worried about where we are.

GLENN: Is this bill going to pass?

GINGRICH: Probably -- yeah, I think it passes in the end for the reason the conversation you and I are having which is the last marginal member who could vote no is going to stand there and say to themselves am I prepared to take responsibility, even if it was a disgusting bandage. And I think they say I hate doing this, I'm going to help pass it and then I'm going to fight like crazy to clean up the corrupt arrogant system that has put us in this position.

GLENN: All right. Newt Gingrich, thank you very much, sir.

GINGRICH: Good talking to you, sir.

GLENN: You bet. Bye-bye. I feel exactly the same way he does but I cannot put diseased bandage back on. I can't look at the doctor who had -- who gave me the disease in the first place, to say put this disease bandage back on your leg. It's insanity. It's insanity. But that's why I said to you at the beginning of the program, please, you must make this decision. You must make this decision, and you must make this decision -- do not pick up the phone and say don't, don't pass this bill without understanding the ramifications of this. I believe we now are talking about it one way or another. We are talking about 1929. We are talking about the Great Depression and we are talking about the possibility of it being worse than that, a 1989 style Soviet collapse. This is the moment that Americans need to become the greatest generation of Americans. You must stand to the plate, for the future generations of Americans to exist. You must be involved.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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