Glenn Beck: Big & Rich


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GLENN: I just played this song just a few minutes ago and I want to hear just a bit of it again. And there's a reason for it.

(Music playing)

GLENN: John Rich from Big & Rich sent this to me. It's just been released nationwide and John is on the phone. Mr. John Rich, how are you, sir?

RICH: I'm good, Glenn, how are you doing?

GLENN: Oh, blood's shooting out of my eyes and thank god somebody else has enough blood left in their system to do something about it.

RICH: Let me tell you something. A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in my house in Nashville watching the news and I became so disgusted and outraged at what I was seeing that this bailout money was going to these guys who had run their companies into the ground and then here's this joker getting on his private jet and flying out of town laughing at me and every other taxpayer in the country, I mean laughing like it's some type -- like he really pulled a really cool trick, man. He got to run the company into the ground and still get his bonus and still take his private jet right back to wherever it was he came from. So I had two choices. I could throw my fist through the television or I could pick up a blank sheet of paper and a pencil and start writing a song. So I chose the latter of the two and I wrote that song, "Shutting Detroit Down.

GLENN: I have to tell you, John, I said to somebody just on Friday, I thank God every day I have this job because I feel like I have a voice. Most people don't have that to do. They can't go and do what I do. They can't do what I just did. And I just think there is a bubbling cauldron of trouble because people do feel it. This Chris Dodd thing or Charlie Rangel not paying his taxes or Timothy Geithner going to be running the IRS and yet he cheated on his taxes and they just said, "No problem." And now we have Tom Daschle not paying his taxes. How do you expect, do you think people to take this?

Last time I checked, when I don't pay my taxes, I got the IRS so far down my throat, that's all I can think about until we get straight. I've got friends that owed the IRS $300 or $400 that the IRS came after. It boggles my mind. It makes you wonder, well, who exactly is running the IRS and why exactly are they letting these particular people get away with such nonsense like that.

GLENN: We now know who's running the IRS, a guy who cheats on his taxes.

RICH: There you go.

GLENN: John, I don't know what you have planned this week. Can I get you to come into New York and perform this on the TV for us this week?

RICH: Possibly. I'm out here on the West Coast. Here's what happened, Glenn.

GLENN: What is -- wait, wait. What is wrong with you? You're where?

RICH: I'm on the West Coast.

GLENN: Again, why? Are you --

RICH: There's a lot of country radio stations, a lot of country music fans, there really are.

GLENN: Let me tell you, in every concert you give, you need to say, "By the way, I'm not saying you should move into the center of the country but I'm not not saying it, either."

RICH: Well, you know, here's the interesting trick because you are on radio and television, you get a lot of e-mails and stuff like that from people and hear what's going on. I'm actually on a tour bus. In the past five weeks, Glenn, I've hit over 70 cities from South Florida to New Hampshire all the way through the Mid-west, now on the West Coast playing this song Shutting Detroit Down for all these stations. So I actually see these people in person. It is unbelievable the amount of agony that these people are in out here and even more than that, I'm talking infuriated. I mean like people wanting a glue car march in Washington which I think is exactly what should happen. You want to call -- you think the Million Man March was a big deal? How about a blue car march on Washington? How about we put about 5 million farmers, schoolteachers, truckdrivers and autoworkers up in their backyard and see how they like it.

GLENN: I tell you, it is the same thing. I did 65 cities in the month of December and I felt the same -- I've never -- how long have you been touring in your life, John? How long have you been traveling around the country?

RICH: I turned 35 January 7th and I got on a tour bus when I was 19 years old for 16 years.

GLENN: Have you ever seen this country like it is today? I have never seen this country and the people of this country so angry with their own government. And it's not a Republican/Democrat thing. This is a politician/people thing.

RICH: This is an American thing. We are being absolutely laughed at, belittled, disrespected to such a degree, I'm telling you they don't even know -- that's why when I wrote in the song, I said here in the real world they're shutting Detroit down because they don't live in the real world.

GLENN: No.

RICH: Those people up there, passing the law to send billions and billions of dollars to people just going to mishandle it again, when's the last time they had to wonder what they were going to eat next week. When's the last time they had to decide, "Am I going to put gas in the car or food on the table." That is the decisions people are making every single day across this country. And then to turn on your television and see this jackass getting in his jet or spending one point some odd million dollars decorating his office with this $30,000 toilet, they should be taken out in the schoolyard and have their lights punched out as far as I'm concerned and this song is my way of doing that.

GLENN: Well, I love it, John, an we'll talk again. Let's see when we can get you in the studio to perform this.

GLENN: I'll be there as soon as I can, Glenn. I appreciate the opportunity. I love listening to you, man. You say it like it is.

GLENN: I appreciate it, John. John Rich, Shutting Detroit Down is the name of the song and it is right on the money.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck broke down today's inflation, explaining what it is and giving proof that those at the top — politicians and world elite — continue to take advantage of our declining economy to advance their own agenda. He also revealed how a recent decision by Citibank and powerful investment management company, BlackRock, not only puts the U.S. further behind but also allows for China to gain worldwide control.

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For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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