Glenn interviews Texas Gov Rick Perry




Video: Gov. Rick Perry reaffirms support of states rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

GOVERNOR PERRY: Howdy. Good morning?

GLENN: How are things?

GOVERNOR PERRY: I hope you're in San Antonio, Texas.

GLENN: I am in San Antonio.

GOVERNOR PERRY: God bless you.

GLENN: I got off at the plane last night and I arrived at the hotel and I first ‑‑ I got out of the car and it was such a great welcome. This older couple was walking down the street and they just stopped and they looked across the street and they looked at me and the woman put her hand on her ‑‑ by her eyes and she said, Glenn Beck? And I said, yes. And she said, well, it's about time you get down to Texas.

GOVERNOR PERRY: (Laughing). You can just feel the spirit of independence coming out of the ground in San Antonio, can't you?

GLENN: Yeah, you really can. You know, are you concerned at all, sir, about the way these tea parties are being portrayed in the media that these are extremists, that Department of Homeland Security came out and said that the people that believe in constitutional government and smaller government, et cetera, et cetera are somehow or another extremists?

GOVERNOR PERRY: I'm concerned that there's someone in the federal government that's more interested in politicizing these in an inappropriate way than recognizing what this is as just the citizens of our country are coming together in a peaceful manner to express their discontent with the federal government's audacity and overreaching and forcing us to accept things against the Constitution, I might add. And for me, Glenn, this is a great opportunity for the masses out there who may have never taken the opportunity to look at the Constitution or know what's in there to really understand what a great document this is and that it's just as important and just as real today as it was 200‑plus years ago when it was written.

When you look at that Tenth Amendment and it clearly states that the federal government was created by the states as an agent for them, not the other way around. And that's a powerful message and so we got pushed to the cliff, if you will, in Texas, and I think in a lot of other states and we said no more. We're not going to stand up and allow the federal government to force these programs upon us. As a matter of fact, there is a U.S. Supreme Court case in New York versus the United States where congress has clearly shown or stated that congress cannot commandeer the legislative and regulatory process of the states. That's the message coming out today. People are standing up and saying, you know what, we believe in the Constitution, we're going to stand up for it. Hey, Washington, pay attention. You ought to, too.

GLENN: Governor, I tell you I read your comments yesterday and I was thrilled to see them. I was wondering who would be the first governor to stand up and be very, very clear on this and you are one of the first and it was good to see. I will tell you that there have been so many bad politicians that will just, will spew something out of a focus group or they will ride the coattails of a movement. Everybody said they were an agent of change last election. How do the people in Texas know that you actually mean this, that you're tired of Washington telling the states how to run their lives?

GOVERNOR PERRY: Yeah, I think I've been here long enough and I've got a consistent enough record of standing up and telling Washington, whether it was an administration that belonged to the same party as myself, I stood up and was pretty vocal about Washington's abysmal lack of effort to secure our southern border. We told the Homeland Security director before Napolitano often about here's how you secure the border of the State of Texas, time after time, and we got no response. We were still very vocal against what they were not doing, if you will, and being proactive. As a matter of fact, we spend $55 million a year, Texans' taxpayer dollars to defend our border now because Mexico and drug cartels and the pressure from that, and Washington was doing nothing. So I think I've got a pretty good record here of standing up against Washington D.C., when they're wrong. When they are right, I say God bless you, you are doing it right.

GLENN: Governor, I've only got about a minute left. So I just want ‑‑ explain to the people of America why the Alamo is so important for this whole battle. In a minute.

GOVERNOR PERRY: Man, I tell you what, when individuals will put their lives on the line for liberty, when liberty means something that is so powerful that they are willing to give up their lives for it, that is an overpowering message and that's exactly what happened in 1836, those 183 individuals led by Crockett and Travis and Bowie. That he stood up and said, you know what, Mexico, you didn't live up to your Constitution of 1824, you're not letting us live in the type of freedom of religion, et cetera, and we're not going to take it anymore. And those individuals sent a message that has now lived for 100‑plus years and I will suggest to you will live for hundreds of years into the future, a powerful message of liberty and freedom and independence.

GLENN: Thanks, governor.

Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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