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.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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