Glenn Beck: Keepers of the flame



Congressman Michele Bachmann

GLENN: I want to introduce you to somebody I just met the other day, Congressman Michele Bachmann. She is from Minnesota. And normally -- I believe I just said within the last two weeks that we should secede from Minnesota, but that's only because of Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. What are people thinking?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Hey, it's not over yet. We have this in court right now, and Norm Coleman may yet pull this out. If we get a judge who will lawfully apply the Constitution, equal protection under the law, then we will see Norm Coleman prevail.

GLENN: You know, here's the thing, congresswoman. We have got to change the system to where if you're too stupid to vote, we don't have a court try to figure out -- or individuals try to figure out what you voted for. If you're too stupid to fill in a little bubble, you've disenfranchised yourself. You're too stupid to vote.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, we have a situation in Minnesota where we had votes counted, Glenn, that were date stamped November 2nd. We had votes where they were run through a machine twice they were counted. 28 precincts there were more votes than voters. We have some real irregularities. We had votes that were counted on election night if they favored Al Franken, votes counted with the recount if they favored Al Franken. So it was flip a coin: Heads, Al Franken wins, tails, Norm Coleman loses. So if we get actual equal protection under the law, then we'll be fine. We just need to have the law applied equally and fairly in all the counties and then we'll get a just result.

GLENN: Congresswoman, you said to me that there are a few of you in Washington, in congress, that are like minded, that are just fighting the fight to keep the flame alive.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: There are. There are. I would say there are probably 30 keepers of the flame over here, and I fully believe you don't need to even have a majority but you need to have a critical mass. I don't know if we're quite a critical mass, but if you have enough like minded people, the main thing we can do right now is be foreign correspondents reporting to you from enemy lines. That's really what we're doing right now because I think the American people would have their breath taken away if they saw the amount of freedom and money that will be taken away from them in the next few months, and they need to pay attention to you, they need to tune in to your new television show on Fox because they are going to hear it in too many venues what is actually happening here in D.C. and that's what I want to partner with you today, let you know the reality of what's happening here.

GLENN: Let me ask you this real quick question, then I want to get to some of the realities of what's happening. Please tell me that there are some common sense Democrats that are part of that 30 or 40.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, I hope so. There are new Democrats here that I haven't met yet and I will be quite blunt with you. I'm not trying to be partisan. There are very, very few Democrats who are gutsy enough to not vote with Nancy Pelosi. This woman rules with a titanium fist, a very tight ship, and she just threatened the, quote, conservative Democrats that if they don't vote for this stimulus plan that she will take away from them their one-week recess that they have to be back in their district in February. So it's kind of like --

GLENN: It's like second grade.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: It is like second grade. It's like the teacher says, "Students, class, you won't be going out for recess if you don't do what I'm telling you to do." That's exactly what she announced last week and so --

GLENN: All right. Hang on -- okay. Hang on just a second. So America, what you should hear from this is if you voted for a conservative Democrat and your person won and got in, you must get on the phone and shore them up.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Without a doubt, yeah.

GLENN: Please.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah.

GLENN: Please, you don't have to come home. We understand you stay in touch with us through radio or television or Internet or whatever, just stay in touch with us. You don't have to come home. Stay there. Do the right thing. Do the hard thing. Buck the system. That's what we sent you to do.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: We need to send a big negatory on this next so-called stimulus plan. It's not stimulus. It will actually kill our economy because again, remember your listeners need to know, Glenn, we don't have this money. We didn't have the last $700 billion that we sent out the door. We had to go and borrow that from countries that don't like us very much. It's just like if you take a loan out to buy a house, a loan for let's say $100,000. You don't pay back $100,000 to the bank. You pay over $200,000 back by the time you pay interest. It's the same thing. And with the mother of all ironies, Glenn, is that the young people that voted for Obama are the ones who are voluntarily putting on the shackles and chains. They will have to pay all this back. And literally, I'm not kidding, I'm a former federal tax lawyer, the young generation could potentially be looking at tax rates of 70 and 80% in their future if we go down the road that Barack Obama --! and remember, Democrats control every lever of power now in Washington. Republicans have virtually no power. So if we go down this road, they will be looking at tax rates of 70 and 80%. That's reality.

GLENN: All right. Now, I have to -- let me play truth squad with you here just a little bit. Everything here is true except the Republicans were going down this same damn road anyway.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No kidding. No kidding. It was embarrassing and that's why we lost and we deserve to lose because the biggest strategic blunder of '08 is that our nominee, John McCain, jumped on board with the bailout.

GLENN: Exactly right.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And also some of the Republican leadership here in the congress. That was the biggest strategic blunder. I was against the bailout from the get-go and was very vocal here in our conference against it and probably got into trouble for it. But it was the wrong thing at the wrong time, and I'll continue to be a voice for fiscal conservativism.

GLENN: All right. So what happens -- because this is what everybody says to me: Glenn, you are just going to let everything fail? I mean, the system will need to be reboot. You are going to just, you are just going to look families in the eye and say, "Sorry, you don't have a job anymore?"

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No, what we need is real prosperity and real stimulus, and it's actually not that difficult to do. We have the second highest corporate tax rate in the world in the United States. It's at 35%. We should drastically cut the business tax rate and we should drastically cut the capital gains tax. What capital gains does, that's when you take your private money and you invest it and then when you reap the benefit of that, the gain, government wants a piece of that action. If we drastically lower capital gains, drastically lower the corporate tax rate, we will actually increase revenue to the government tremendously because we'll jump start our economic powerhouse. We could turn our economy around within about 12 to 15 months if we dramatically lower tax rates. That's true stimulus. All through the 1930s we adopted this dramatic influx of government monies, which is actually your money, and I'll tell you what after nearly a decade of dramatic ! government intervention, Henry Morgenthau who was the treasury secretary in 1939 said we have never spent more money in the history of the United States from the government to pump money into the economy. And he said, it didn't work. We can't go down this road. So we've done this before. We did it under FDR, we adopted the strategy under LBJ, under Jimmy Carter. We know it doesn't work. What works is Calvin Coolidge, JFK, Ronald Reagan: Cut taxes dramatically. That's true stimulus.

GLENN: All right. Let me ask you a real quick question, then I want to move to something else because you are a tax attorney. So I want to talk about the new treasury secretary with you but first I want to ask you this: Doesn't it seem to make common sense if you want to cut the tax rates, what you are doing is you are inviting people to invest in America, invest in American companies because they can keep more of their money, the companies can grow and keep more of their money, et cetera, et cetera, especially when -- I have not heard anybody talk about this, and I think this is colossal news. Spain, Ireland, Italy, and there's another big one that is about to be downgraded in their credit scores by Moody's. If that happens, it will crush the Euro, the Euro will spiral out of control which will -- people will rush to the dollar because they are going to look for something, which will make it harder for us to be able to export any goods beca! use they won't be able to afford it because their dollar is worth so much. Wouldn't it be the right time to cut our corporate tax rates and help businesses along through tax policies? Because people, when they're looking for a place to shelter their money from overseas, will invest in American companies?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: You are exactly right. Because right now I was up in New York -- that's where I met you a couple of days ago when I was meeting with some investors up there. And I asked them, tell me the best formula. That's what they told me. There are very few places that people know where to go to have a safe haven for their dollar. If we dramatically cut the corporate tax rate and cut also the capital gains rate, people will see this as a long-term investment. That's why Obama's plan of redistribution of wealth -- because let's face it, that's what this is. He wants to -- his so-called tax cuts are basically welfare checks that will be written to the 40% of Americans who pay no taxes in this country. You can't give tax cuts to people who don't pay taxes. So if we cut taxes on the means of introducing more prosperity into the United States, that will allow people to have jobs and also increases.

GLENN: We used to call the bailouts corporate welfare. Now the TARP program, Obama wants to change the name of it because it's been Sullied, I don't think it ever had a good name, except corporate welfare. I'm not sure if he wants to change it back to corporate welfare. But the designer, the architect of the TARP program is possibly going to be our treasury secretary. I've seen that he didn't pay his income tax properly in an unbelievable fashion. I've seen the arrogance after he --

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And this is why he was the Federal Reserve chair in New York. That's what's really rich about this.

GLENN: It's really amazing. Could this have been an honest mistake from a genius in the financial market? Could you make this series of mistakes?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: A person can always make mistakes, but let's face it. When he's in a position of being the federal reserve chair from New York, you would think if you are not watching your own finances, you would have an accountant who was. This was simple paying of his self-employment taxes. He didn't pay his Social Security tax. He didn't pay his Medicare tax. Glenn, I just want to say this: The double standard that we saw during the last election with the media, present company excepted, is continuing with this appointment. Trust me, if this was a Republican administration, you would have a constant drumbeat against this fellow. This treasury secretary nominee is arguably one of the most important appointments of the Obama administration.

GLENN: It is.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: He will be observing and he will be over over a trillion dollars potentially of new spending. He will also run IRS, the very organization that's auditing your listeners, and he didn't even follow his own law. You have to have someone running the agency who observes the rule of law. Not only did he not pay his taxes, he only just paid them in November when he thought he was going to get appointed to this job, and he has problems with household help that he hired. This guy is replete with problems. And if it wasn't the Obama administration, this guy would have been run out of town. He wouldn't be allowed to be nominated. And really Obama needs to withdraw his nomination.

GLENN: Okay. Michele, I thank you very much for being on -- I'm sorry, Congresswoman Bachmann.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Michele, Glenn.

GLENN: It's nice to have you here. And I would like to know for the Republicans and Democrats, the people who are in there fighting an honest fight -- and I also have to thank you. I hate fluorescent light bulbs. I hate them. It is the Bain of my existence.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, you and me both, baby.

GLENN: You were the one who wrote up the light bulb freedom of choice act.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah, freedom of choice.

GLENN: I thought everybody was pro choice. I don't want fluorescent light bulbs!

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: They are horrible. Nancy Pelosi snuck into my office one night and replaced all my incandescents with these terrible pigtail looking light bulbs. It's the worst lights. They either don't work well or they -- they're terrible.

GLENN: I was in the oval office and I actually -- the President was standing there talking and I just kind of looked down into the lamp. They are fluorescents in there. If he wasn't the President of the United States, I would have had a tantrum. All right, thanks a lot. I appreciate it, Congresswoman.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: We'll stay in touch. Thanks, Glenn.

Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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Imagine sometime next year, getting called before HUWAC – the House Un-Woke Activities Committee.

"Are you or have you ever been a member of the un-woke?"

Something like that is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Last week, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, now a UC Berkeley professor, tweeted this:

Since the 1970s, there have been dozens of "Truth Commissions" around the world like the kind Robert Reich wants in America. Most of these have been set up in Africa and Latin America. Usually it happens in countries after a civil war, or where there's been a regime change – a dictator is finally overthrown, and a commission is set up to address atrocities that happened under the dictator. Or, as in the commissions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, atrocities under communism. Or, in the most famous example, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission addressed the decades of apartheid that ravaged that nation.

These commissions usually conclude with an official final report. These commissions and reports have served as a means of governments trying to close a dark chapter of their country's history, or provide emotional catharsis, as a way to generally move on. Sometimes it kind of works for people, most of the time it leaves people clamoring for more justice.

Here's how one professor described truth commissions in an article in The Conversation last year. He wrote:

The goal of a truth commission… is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record. Truth commissions also officially recognize victims and perpetrators in an effort to move beyond the painful past… Some have been used cynically as tools for governments to legitimize themselves by pretending they have dealt with painful history when they have only kicked the can down the road.

See, this is the problem with a lot of "Truth" commissions – they are inherently political. Even if you trust your government and give them all the benefit of the doubt in the world that their Truth commission is trying to do the right thing, it is ALWAYS going to be political. Because these truth commissions are never set up by those who have LOST power in government. They're always established by those who have WON power.

The Deputy Executive Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice says one of the main points in these Truth commissions is that "the victims become protagonists."

A Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility.

So, who are the victims in Robert Reich's America? People like him, members of the far-Left who had to endure the atrocities of four years of a president with different political ideas. What an injustice. I mean, the left's suffering during the Trump administration is almost on the level of apartheid or genocide – so we totally need a Truth commission.

There have been lots of calls for the U.S. to have its own Truth and Reconciliation commission, especially around racial injustice.

This past June, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced legislation to establish the " United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."

Ibram X. Kendi – the high priest of anti-racism, and author of Target's current favorite book " Antiracist Baby" – proposes a Constitutional anti-racism amendment. This amendment would:

establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for pre-clearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

If you think that is far-fetched, you haven't been paying attention to the Left's growing radicalism. In a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, a Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility. And of course, such a DOA would never stop at policing government.

We're in a dangerous, precarious moment in our history. Given the events of 2020, should Democrats gain the White House, the Senate, and the House, how many commissions will be in our future? They will suddenly have plenty of political capital to drag the nation through years of commission hearings.

And the Left's form of justice is never satisfied. You think it will stop at a T&R commission on race? MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted this month about the need for a commission to deal with Americans who are skeptical about wearing masks:

Or what about a Truth commission on religion? I mean, look at those reckless churches spreading Covid this year. Or this would be a big one – a T&R commission on climate change deniers.

The Left is highly selective when it comes to truth. That's why they are the very last group you want in charge of anything with "Truth and Reconciliation" in the title.

This is one of the most incredibly frustrating things about the Left in America today. The Left insists there is no such thing as absolute truth, while simultaneously insisting there are certain approved truths that are undeniable.

So, you can't question "Science" – even though that's pretty much what every great scientist in history did.

You can't question racism as the explanation for all of existence – because, well, just because.

You can't question third-party "Fact-checkers" – because the powers that be, mainly Big Tech right now, have decided they are the Truth referees and you have to trust what they say because they're using certified external fact-checkers. They just forgot to tell you that they actually fund these third-party fact-checkers. It's like if McDonald's told you to trust third-party health inspectors that they were paying for.

The Left thinks it has a monopoly on Truth. They're the enlightened ones, because they've had the correct instruction, they're privy to the actual facts. It's psychotic arrogance. If you don't buy what they're selling, even if you're just skeptical of it, it's because you either don't have the facts, you willingly deny the facts, or you're simply incapable of grasping the truth because you're blinded by your raging racism problem. It's most likely the racism problem.

The Left never learns from its own preaching. For the past 60-plus years they've decried the House Un-American Activities Committee for trying to root out communists, getting people canceled, ruining Hollywood careers, etcetera. But a HUAC-type committee is precisely what Robert Reich is describing and many on the Left want. It's not enough for Trump to be voted out of office. Americans who helped put him there must be punished. They don't want reconciliation, they want retribution. Because the Left doesn't simply loathe Donald Trump, the Left loathes YOU.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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This is a moment "Cynical Theories" author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come. The liberal mathematician and host of the "New Discourses Podcast" recently came out as "unhappily" voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn't "Trump versus Biden." It's Trump versus a "movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation." Lindsay warned that if it isn't stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

"A lot of people don't understand what's happening with the election we have right now," he said. "They think it's a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And at the surface level, of course, it is. We're voting for each candidate to be duly put into the office of president. But that's not what we really have going on. We have, in Donald Trump, a man who's going to govern as we've all seen — the way he feels like he's going to govern. And we have in Joe Biden, a man captured by a movement that wants to tear apart the American society at its very foundation."

Lindsay noted the popular leftist narratives that call to "abolish anything they don't like," which now includes the U.S. Constitution. He added that "this is the movement that is controlling the Democratic Party."

"It is my belief, that there has been a largely effective kind of silent coup of the Democratic Party, that's turned it completely under the control of this movement. And that's what we're going to be electing with Joe Biden. So I can't do it," he said.

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