Glenn Beck: March to Socialism - science vs. ideology



Embryo: A Defense of Human Life


by Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism.

GLENN: That is right. We're actually, we're actually going to kind of go off the beaten path here. I mean, I know I like the sound of the boots and everything, but I want to go off the beaten path just a little bit. I want to bring in Professor Robert George and talk a little bit about the fixing science in her seat again, as Barack Obama stated during his inaugural address, putting science right back on the top of the food chain, which is always a spooky thing. Robert George is a professor at Princeton University and can comment a little bit on a couple of items, what's happening in Connecticut with the Catholic church and also stem cell research, the ban of federal money being lifted yesterday by Barack Obama. And Professor George, you actually say that this is much worse than what it appears on the surface. Why?

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Oh, yes, that's exactly right, Glenn. The expectation was, of course, because he promised to do it is that Barack Obama would lift President Bush's restrictions on the funding of embryo-destructive research in the case of embryos that were left over in in vitro fertilization, in clinics in a frozen state and would likely not be used by their parents for another pregnancy. The theory is that these embryos are likely to die anyway and therefore good use could be made of them. I never bought that argument, but that was the argument. An awful lot of people did buy it. But Obama went so much farther than that. What he did in his executive order yesterday was open the door to the creation of embryos, whether by cloning or by other technologies, specifically for research in which they would be killed, creating new human life. And all an embryo is, a human embryo is an early stage of life. You and I were once embryos as we were adolescents and children. It's just a stage of development. So this opens the door for human beings for research in which they are destroyed and that's just contrary to the basic principles not only of the Judeo-Christian moral tradition but of the American tradition that says each of us as human beings throughout our lives has dignity and worth and cannot be reduced to the mere status of an object or disposable research material.

GLENN: The guy who started embryonic stem cell research, I heard a quote from him yesterday, said if you haven't -- if this whole concept of research on embryos hasn't given you pause, then you haven't thought about it enough.

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Oh, yes, that's Jamie Thompson you are quoting who was the first person to isolate human embryonic stem cells. He is a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin. And he said that in explaining why he had done path-breaking work, very important pioneering work to create alternative sources of pluripotent stem cells, pluripotent just means like embryonic stem cells, cells that are able to be manipulated to become any sort of cell tissue so they would be very useful in regenerative medicine if all things work out. But Thompson was explaining why he went down another path and created a technology for which he's likely to win the Nobel Prize called induced pluripotent stem cells which can be created without using embryos or destroying embryos or killing embryos. So yes, even somebody like Thompson recognizes that there's a huge ethical issue here. But President Obama's just swept past it, just swept past it.

By the way, there was something I think very disturbing about the president's speech yesterday. He said that he was opposed to reproductive cloning, and a lot of people took that to mean that the president was against cloning in general. But he's not. In fact, he's not against cloning at all. He's in favor of using cloning technology to create new human embryos, human beings that would be destroyed in research. What he's opposed to is permitting those embryos to live. By reproductive cloning, he just means a ban on implantation once the cloning is complete, the human embryo is created and it's there. He wants them to be used in research and destroyed but not implanted. That's not opposition to cloning.

GLENN: I tell you, it's so disturbing. I'm getting a lot of heat today because yesterday on television I talked about this and I said, you know, it was the progressives and the scientists that brought us eugenics. The idea that science -- if evolution is true, then science should be able to help it along, and it was the guys in the white jackets. It was the scientists and the doctors that brought us the horrors of eugenics and it's because --

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Glenn, can I fill you in a little bit? Because you are absolutely right. Let me tell you a little bit of the history. It's fascinating. Those guys in white coats were not even during the Nazi period. These weren't guys working for the Nazis. This was years before the Nazis during the Weimar Republic.

GLENN: It was here.

PROFESSOR GEORGE: When progressive, as they were then called, doctors and lawyers and others, decided that there were some lives unworthy of life. And two scholars, a guy named Bending and a guy named Hoka (ph) who were not Nazis who were opposed to the Nazi federy and so forth, they saw them as really sort of lower class thugs. But these two guys, a law professor and a medical professor, wrote a book called Lebens unwürdig von Leben, life unworthy of life which was a roadmap for taking the life destroying the lives of retarded people, people regarded as inferior because of their low intelligence or physical impairment or so forth. That was the roadmap. It was before the Nazis. You are 100% right.

GLENN: And a lot of this stuff, I mean, started here originally, did it not? Didn't some of the original thinking --

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Well, it didn't just begin in Germany. It's certainly true that there was a strong eugenics here among the elite, among the progressive, the people who regarded themselves as the forward thinkers. Just the name, one figure from my own field of philosophy of law, Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great American jurist and philosopher and eventually Supreme Court justice who was with the program entirely of eugenics before the Nazis gave it a bad name. So it was here in America just as it was in Germany.

GLENN: So here's what I'm afraid of and, you know, call me crazy, but whenever you unplug from ethics and you put science at the top and then you surround it with a bunch of progressive elitists, that usually doesn't spell, you know, spell out anything that's good.

PROFESSOR GEORGE: It does not spell out the word human dignity, or the words human dignity. And that's what we should be concerned about. Another thing that was so disturbing, Glenn, about President Obama's remarks yesterday, he depicted this debate as a question of science against ethics. It's not a question of science against ethics. It's a question of whether we will have ethical science or unethical science. Of course, he doesn't use the term "Ethics" in his depiction. He accuses his opponents of doing politics or ideology. So it's science against politics or science against ideology. But the real question is are we going to do science in an ethically upright way that respects the dignity of all human beings, respects the fundamental worth, the basic human rights of all members of the human family. Are we going to adopt war or are we going to adopt the utilitarian ethic that decides killing some human beings or human beings in some stages of development in the hope to help others is okay. I know where I come out on that and it's certainly not on Barack Obama's side.

GLENN: Do you know the story of, what is it, I'm trying to remember his name, Baby Nos or Noch?

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Noah, Noah. In fact, I begin my book Embryo which I coauthored with Christopher Tollefsen who is a wonderful professor at University of South Carolina. That's not the biblical figure, not the person we have in mind although he's named for the biblical figure. Noah was a baby who was born 16 months after he was conceived. Now, you ask how could he have been born 16 months. Isn't human gestation nine months. Well, Noah was conceived by in-vitro fertilization. He was stored away as a tiny embryo in a clinic, in a frozen condition when Hurricane Katrina hit. And some rescuers, some guys in boats, policemen and firemen in boats, knowing that those embryos were stored away in the flood and that the electricity was going out and they would all die actually took risks to themselves to rescue those embryos, and one of those embryos was later implanted in his mother's womb, Noah, and he was brought to birth and he's a healthy baby boy today. Now, when everyone thinks of in vitro fertilization, there's a big controversy and difference of opinion on morals about in vitro at all. The reality shows that that baby, Noah, was the same human being 16 months before he was born as when he was born. We don't need to discard or throw away embryos. We certainly shouldn't create embryos in order to be killed in biomedical research. We should respect all human life. And by the way, Glenn, there are good alternatives. We don't need to do this to advance our scientific goals in biomedical science.

GLENN: All right. I want to take a quick break with you and I want to come back. There's something going on and I'm just assuming that you are aware of it, in Connecticut, where the state is trying to get in and cross the line of church and state and try to tell the Catholic church exactly how they can run their operation which, if I'm not mistaken, you know better than I do, I thought we had a constitutional amendment that would stop things like this but we'll talk about that here coming up in just a second.

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VOICE: And now another letter from Glenn Beck.

GLENN: Dear American people, babies are annoying. Yeah, I know. They're cute and everything, but they cry and they cry and cry and then they scream and cry some more and then they poop. But do you think maybe we could avoid the harvesting babies for their organs or stem cells or cloned bodies? I mean, am I missing something? Is there something really truly appealing about ripping out a baby's liver and the cells that I'm missing? Let me know. Love, Glenn.

VOICE: That was another wonderful letter from Glenn Beck.

GLENN: That's all I'm wondering. Okay, let me go back to Professor Robert George from Princeton University, one of the great conservative minds in America today. And I want to talk to you a little bit about what's happening in Connecticut. I am -- and maybe I'm overblowing this, but it concerns me that once government gets a foot in the door in any church, we're all in trouble. Can you explain what's happening in Connecticut,

PROFESSOR: George?

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Sure, and I can put it in context and I think make it perfectly understandable to your listeners. This is not a difficult case to fathom or understand. What you have are two Connecticut legislators. Let me name names. State senator Andrew McDonald and state representative Michael Lawlor who have introduced a bill that's basically a blatantly unconstitutional, anticonstitutional attack on the Catholic church. It's an effort to take control of the Catholic church away from the bishops and the clergy and place it into the hands of lay boards in each of the Catholic parishes or church communities. This is a grotesque intrusion of the state into the affairs of the church. It's a violation of the First Amendment. I do not see how it can possibly withstand constitutional scrutiny. I would say at most it would get two votes to uphold it on the Supreme Court. Even the liberal members of the court for the most part are going to see this as what it is, a blatant attack on the freedom of the church and a violation of the First Amendment.

GLENN: So for --

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Now for --

GLENN: Should we not worry about it then?

PROFESSOR GEORGE: Oh, yeah, you should worry about it. I'm going to put it in context and you'll see it's part of a larger project here on the cultural left. Why do you think these two guys have introduced this bill, why this attack on the Catholic church? Think about it in context. Any church that has opposed the redefinition of marriage; that is, to change marriage from being the conjugal union of man and woman, husband and wife to include same-sex marriage or perhaps other forms of sexual union, any church that has opposed that has come under attack by the proponents of redefinition of marriage. We've seen it with the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormon church, going all the way to invasions of church property and desecrations of churches. We've seen it in attacks against evangelical churches. And make no mistake about it: The two legislators who are responsible for this bill are doing it in the retaliation for the church's opposition to the redefinition of marriage. This is all about marriage, sexual morality and nothing else.

GLENN: Professor George, I've only got about 45 seconds. I don't know if you can answer this. Isn't the -- wasn't the death of the church and faith in Europe really when it became politicized, when the church first -- when the government first got their foot into the door, once you start doing that, and it seems to me that between this action, the reduction of charitable deductions for income tax, I mean, it seems to me that they're going to try to get their political correct agenda into everybody's churches.

PROFESSOR GEORGE: You know, Glenn, socialism is sometimes depicted as an attack on individual freedom and it is that, but that only tells part of the story. More centrally in a way is the attack of socialism on the institutions of civil society; that is, families, churches, other private associations, organizations such as the Boy Scout. What Father Richard John Neuhaus, the late Catholic priest theologian called the mediating structures, the authority structures that provide a buffer between the individual and the state, the state wants to remove them from the scene, weaken them so that there's a direct imposition on the individual. You see this in the communist countries. The first thing they do is weaken the church. They try to corrupt the church.

GLENN: Okay. Robert George, Princeton University, thank you very much. We'll talk again, sir. Bye-bye.

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Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


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Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


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-AND-

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Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


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At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


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This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


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It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.