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.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.