Hollywood Conservative?



GLENN: There's also another book that has come out from Ben Stein. It's called The Real Stars and I talked to him just a bit about this, about this last night and, you know, he lives part time in Malibu. I don't know if you know who Ben Stein is. I mean, you know him if you hear him or you see him. You know, he's, "Bueller, Bueller," probably his most famous line. Really off the charts smart guy. Can he hear me now?

STEIN: I can hear you well.

GLENN: Oh, boy. I better continue to say nice things about you, Ben. How are you, sir?

STEIN: I'm great, how are you, Glenn?

GLENN: Very good. I just have to tell my producers because they didn't watch the show because they never do watch my show. But last night I thought it was just so funny. Tell the guys what you said to me last night when you got on the set, when you got on the set.

The Real Stars: In Today's America, Who Are the True Heroes?

by Ben Stein

STEIN: Well, I said when I first saw you on CNN Headline I thought, this guy is doing an incredibly good parody of a conservative but then I realized you were real and I was so excited. I was at the airport VIP lounge somewhere in a small city and I thought, my God, I could watch this guy for the rest of my life. He's fabulous.

GLENN: I mean, that's so funny that you would -- in the media you would just assume somebody's mocking a conservative.

STEIN: On CNN, absolutely I would assume someone's mocking. But you were the real McCoy and I am obsessed and addicted to your show now.

GLENN: Oh, thank you very much. So Ben, last night we didn't have a chance to talk about your book, The Real Stars. This comes from you living in Malibu.

STEIN: Right. I live in Malibu with a modest house that has a very good view but it's in a neighborhood where I live --

GLENN: Hold just a second. What's a modest house with an ocean view in Malibu go for?

STEIN: Maybe $2 million. So I lived there by Barbra Streisand and Emilio Estevez and Nick Nolte and people say to me all the time what's it like living near the stars and I always say to them, I don't live near the real stars. These people are actors and they are singers, they get paid a lot but they are not the real stars. The real stars are putting on battle dress uniform or wear body armor in Baghdad or Ramadi, Kirkuk and all over Afghanistan, they are risking their lives, they do it for $1500 a month plus $150 a month combat pay. They leave their wives and children behind and they risk everything for our freedom and they are the real stars. And my book is essays about those people. And every dime I make of it goes to a great organization called Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors which helps, it's TAPS.org which helps the families of those killed in the fight for freedom.

GLENN: That's fantastic. So do you ever watch the TV show Heroes?

STEIN: I think I have actually.

GLENN: Okay. There's this new character on this year that, she kills people. But when she does, it's like she's in excruciating pain and it's like black blood starts running out of her eyes. I think if I lived in Malibu, I think that's what I would look like all the time. I think it would be like black blood would be running out of my eyes.

STEIN: No, you wouldn't feel that way at all, believe me.

GLENN: Really?

STEIN: First I'll tell you why, because you rarely see the real stars. The real stars -- well, the real stars are up front, they are at Mugu Naval Air Station. You rarely see the TV stars and the movie stars. The big, big TV and movie stars rarely leave their compounds. If they do, they go to other parties given by other multimillionaires and billionaires. They don't at all associate with the ordinary citizen, with the exception of Martin Sheen who on the extreme left is an incredibly nice guy.

GLENN: Yeah, I have heard that about him and I --

STEIN: He is the nicest guy you would ever want to meet. I would give my right eye to have him become a good conservative because he is the nicest guy on the planet.

GLENN: Really? You know, that's nice to hear.

STEIN: He is a great, great guy. Can't -- Martin Sheen is a great guy beyond words. His son, Charlie.

GLENN: The opposite.

STEIN: But he's a great guy, too.

GLENN: Let me ask you this. What the heck happened to him? How do you go that far left?

STEIN: I don't know what happens to these people. I do not know what gets in their brain. Hollywood is just a far left town. It started out being dominated on the one side by very rich producers who are extremely conservative. All those guys like Jack Warner and they were big, big conservatives and right-wingers. The writers were all communists, and they sort of came to dominate the town and the sort of extreme left wing ethos and the extreme left wing view of the world which is, we're all just working stiffs struggling against the bosses. Even as they drive around in their Ferraris and Lamborghinis and Maseratis, that is still the dominating ethos of the town.

GLENN: So how did you get there because aren't you from the East?

STEIN: I am from Washington, D.C. and I like to say -- people say why are you Republican and I say, well, my parents and grandparents are Republican. So that's a good enough reason by itself. My sister's a Democrat. But anyway, I got there because I wanted to -- I was hired to be a consultant on a show by Norman Lear about a conservative columnist, a sort of symbolic or what should I say, sort of like Bill Buckley who falls in love with a character sort of like Jane Fonda, and I liked it there. I liked the climate. I liked being away from the humidity.

GLENN: California's great.

STEIN: So I stayed there.

GLENN: So Ben, let me talk to you because not a lot of people know that -- well, they do now. But I guess when you were on, you know, Ferris Bueller and making the run on just being a great character guy, a lot of people didn't know how unbelievably smart you are.

STEIN: I'm not that unbelievably smart. If I were unbelievably smart, I'd be called Glenn Beck.

GLENN: If you were unbelievably smart you might have a throwaway house that you visit from time to time looking at the ocean in Malibu. But anyway, that's a different story.

You are really, really tied in to the economy and you are a guy who believes we are, we are totally fine. You told me last night I think on the set during a commercial break, you're high on the stock market right now.

STEIN: Well, I wouldn't say I'm high on it moment by moment, Glenn. I believe in the long run it's an incredibly great investment. I think that we're in a state where the fear mongers on Wall Street and the fear mongers at MSNBC and CNBC are trying to scare us.

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. Ben, I've got to tell you something. You watch my show, right?

STEIN: Of course.

GLENN: So how can you say they are a fearmonger when I'm saying, they are not telling you the truth, this is how bad it is.

STEIN: Well, I'm not going to make a serious answer to that. You basically are very, very positive on America.


STEIN: And that's the sort of short answer to that question.

GLENN: I'm positive, I'm positive on the American people. I think the American people can do anything they set their mind to and, you know, I'm a guy who was worried about making rent eight years ago, and I just signed, just a God Bless America contract recently. If I can do it, I believe anybody can. Where do you see the real strengths and where do you see the negatives, Ben?

STEIN: The American worker is about the hardest worker in the world still. We have by far the most capital in the world. We have the most advanced industries in the world. I mean, people say, oh, China, China, China. China has one fifth the GDP of the United States with three times -- sorry, with four times the population. So basically the Chinese per capita income is 1/20th that of the United States. They are a poor country compared with us. We are a very, very rich country. We're getting rich rapidly, richer rapidly. The sky's the limit with this country.

GLENN: Okay. But -- I agree with you, but I was just talking to a guy who is a titan of a major industry and he said, Glenn, you can't tell me -- we were talking about fuel. He said, unleash the American people and ingenuity. You can't tell me that we can't solve this energy thing. We can. The problem is the government just keeps tying people down.

STEIN: It's the government and the environmentalists.

GLENN: Yeah.

STEIN: The environmentalists basically want to keep America as if it were all their backyard. They don't -- and their garden in their backyard. They don't understand you cannot have both energy independence and pristine conservation anywhere you want it.

GLENN: So are you worried at all, you know, if Hillary Clinton got in with just ginormous taxes and corporate taxes and taking the profits from --

STEIN: I'm not anywhere near as worried about her as I am about Barack Obama and Mr. Edwards, but I'm worried about all the Democrats. I do not want them running taxes up. I do not want them running up the white flag of surrender in Iraq. I do not want them about how long and kowtowing to the terrorists. I'm very worried about that. I'm very worried about their views that America is a dying force. I want a President who believes that it's always morning in America. I loved it when Ronald Reagan's campaign in '84 said it's morning in America. I think as long as we believe in the American people, it's always morning in America.

GLENN: Okay, Ben Stein, hang on just a second. Can you hold for just a second? We'll take a break and we'll be right back. I have to ask him if he sees a candidate that he likes out on the horizon.

(break transcript)

GLENN: Talking to an all around general, smart guy and conservative Ben Stein. Ben, I just wanted to ask you because I -- you know, there's two things that I just won't compromise on and I don't think any American should and that is you've got to have a President that will call evil by its name and not compromise with it, just shoot the bad guys in the head. And the second thing is you've got to have somebody that understands that socialism and any road to socialism is a bad idea.

STEIN: I couldn't agree more.

GLENN: Give me the number one candidate for Ben Stein, the guy you say, I like this guy but maybe this guy.

STEIN: I like Giuliani the most because he's the most electable. He has a down home style. I heard him giving a talk about foreign affairs. He said I'm not going to back down one inch in the face of Islamic terrorism. He dares call a spade a spade. You know, not once has any Democrat mentioned the word Islamic or Muslim in any debate.

GLENN: It's amazing.

STEIN: It's amazing. They are already appeasing the worst killers in the history, our world. It's breathtaking. I think it's time to say Mr. Giuliani, you've had experience dealing with terrorism, you kept the city together. Now keep the nation together as we prosecute the war on terrorism. If he can't win in the primaries, I think Romney is fine. He's a little too good looking for my taste but then so are you, Glenn. I also -- I think McCain is a genuine superstar hero. I just question whether his health is good enough. I love McCain. I contributed to him. I've contributed to Giuliani.

GLENN: Oh, man, and I thought you were smart. What are you doing? He's been wrong on so much.

STEIN: I disagree with him about campaign finance and about immigration.

GLENN: Oh, well, only those two things.

STEIN: I cannot take away from those years he spent in the Hanoi Hilton. I completely love him.

GLENN: Nobody can do that. I mean, the guy is a genuine hero but, jeez, campaign finance reform, kind of a huge mistake.

STEIN: I agree it was a disaster. I couldn't agree more. I agree he kisses up to the liberals and he is too friendly to Ted Kennedy but he is a genuine hero and I cannot but love him for that.

GLENN: Name of your book again, sir.

STEIN: The name of my book is the real stars who are the true heroes in America's world and it is homage to the men and women in America's uniform.

GLENN: It is really something you should pass on to your kids and give them perspective on who the real stars and real heroes are in our country. Ben Stein, it's always nice to have you on the program.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how "rabid partisanship" is causing President Joe Biden and his administration to make the political decisions directly responsible for the "absolute crisis at the border" — and it's getting worse every day.

Cruz described how the Biden administration is caving to the "hard left" agenda that supports open borders and views U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan or Nazis. He listed the Trump-era policies Biden has overturned, including halting construction of the border wall, re-instituting the failed policy of "catch and release," and ending the "Remain in Mexico" policy — "a big foreign policy victory of the Trump administration."

Cruz then sounded off on the left's unbelievable hypocrisy concerning the "kids in cages" narrative, and the Biden administration's "laughable" excuse for not allowing journalists access to border facilities.

"For four years of the Trump presidency, Democrats and the media talked every day about kids in cages. What they ignored is that Barack Obama built the cages. You and I both went to those cages during the Obama administration," Cruz told Glenn. "They utterly ignored that. And now, Joe Biden is making the cages bigger, and they're more full. And I'll tell you, it's truly a catastrophe. You take a facility, like the Donna facility in South Texas. It has a capacity of 250 people ... it currently has nearly 4,000."

"So, there's a reason why the Biden administration is trying to hide it. I'm flying down to the border tonight, and I'm bringing 18 senators down to the border to see firsthand what's happening. But the Biden administration is refusing to allow press to join us," Cruz continued.

"They won't allow reporters in and, Glenn, their justification is laughable on its face. They say, the reason why they won't allow reporters in is because reporters might have COVID. So one cameraman, a cameraman, and they say, 'No, too big of a COVID risk. We can't let the guy with the camera in.' It's because they want to hide the absolute disaster," he added. "You want to talk about COVID-19? Glenn, I'll give you a stunning statistic. Of the illegal immigrants that are being released in Arlington, Texas, they are testing positive for COVID-19 at a rate seven times higher than the U.S. population."

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Democrats want us to believe that guns are the threat, when it is their policies that are the real danger to people's lives. They don't care if you're a single mother living in a rough neighborhood. The Left isn't concerned with your protection and well-being. They want you disarmed, period.

They've concentrated the intelligence community, the FBI, and even the military on the false threat of hordes of white supremacists and domestic extremists living next door. This is about CONTROL, and this week gave the Left yet another crisis to help them seize it. But only if we let them.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) joins Glenn Beck on the Wednesday night TV special to discuss whether any legislation could prevent another mass shooting like we saw in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado.

South Carolina state Senator Tom Corbin (R) details his bill to protect citizens in his state from federal disarmament.

Finally, Glenn tells Americans what they can do at the local level to protect the sacred words "shall not be infringed."

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The Biden administration's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement just signed an $86.9 million contract "to provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled and are therefore placed in immigration proceedings for their removal from the United States," acting ICE Director Tae D. Johnson said in a statement earlier this week. "The $86.9 million contract provides 1,239 beds and other necessary services."

On a recent episode of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere couldn't help noticing that $86.9 million for 1,239 additional beds calculates out to … HOW much per bed?! (Hint: it's a LOT more than your $1,400 stimulus check.)

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) had a tense interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Monday over claims she "caved to the NCAA." Rather than signing a bill that would have banned transgender girls and women from competing against biological females in sports, Noem returned it to the legislature for "style and form" changes, arguing to Carlson the current version "wouldn't solve the problem."

Noem joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to defend her decision, saying conservatives must be "strategic" in the fight to defend Title IX, which is why she's formed national coalition to do just that.

"When have you ever known me to cave, Glenn? I didn't go through this whole last year, being the only one to keep my state open in the entire nation, to fight for what was right, and have everybody piling on, to cave on something like this," Noem asserted. "So, I'm trying to be smart and solve a problem. And I think a lot of times, we get bullied. We get bullied by the Left, but the Right can bully, too. And they're not looking at the facts. So in this situation, the coalition that I'm forming is to go after the NCAA. They have been bullying states for a long time with their policies by forcing us to allow men to participate in women's sports.

"I'm a small state. South Dakota is small," she continued. "We have to fight hard to even get any tournaments or games in the state of South Dakota. And I recognize the NCAA can come in and crush me, and can make an example out of me, and point to South Dakota and say, 'See, no other state better challenge us whatsoever.' So that's why I'm trying to be smart about this and build a coalition of athletes, of states, of governors, of attorneys generals, and show the NCAA that we're going to fight to make sure that only girls can play in girls' sports."

"We have to stand and up defend the rights that we have, and the federal law that we have in place, that women are women and only women should play in women's sports. And we can do that in a way that picks a fight — and fails — or we can do it in the smart way, and build momentum, so that we can actually win," Noem explained, adding that she's been fighting this issue "for years" now.

"If people would do their homework for once, and go back and look, [they would see that] years ago, I fought the USDA and the federal government when they were trying to force rodeos to let boys into girls' events and to make girls participate in boys' events. And I fought them alone. And got South Dakota to be able to still keep boys' and girls' events separated," she added. "So there there's no gray area for me on this. I've proven myself for years on this issue. And I'll continue to do this, regardless of who decides that they want to try to attack me and bully me."

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