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British politician and Member of the European Parliament, representing South East England for the Conservative Party.

GLENN: Daniel Hannan is on from Europe how are you sir?

DANIEL: Glad to be here.

GLENN: First of all, I want to talk a little bit about a tea party, is it this weekend in England.

DANIEL: Tomorrow in Bryson. But obviously this being England, we'll be serving tea at it rather than dumping it into the channel.

GLENN: Yeah, it's like we shouldn't listen to those Americans.

DANIEL: Here's a funny thing, your listeners may find this weird. But we've got a pretty long history of tax revolts in this country, too. And your patriot leaders at Boston, they didn't just come up with these ideas in a vacuum. They were drawing very heavily on English political thought and the idea that.

GLENN: Now you're trying

DANIEL: That it should be only imposed by people you can vote for. We've got a worst problem than you now.

PAT: Listen to him how to spin this. It's all British thought.

GLENN: Just like a Brit to say and we were the ones who came up with your revolt. We were the ones that wanted you to break away. John Locke, blah, blah, blah.

DANIEL: I would argue that the taxpayer's revolt that began your revolution started on this side of the Atlantic. At the end of the war against the French we were paying 25 schillings in tax the average Englishman. The average American was paying six pence. It was because our parliament was reluctant to try and get that money from this population. But we started to impose all these new levies and stamp and tea duties on you guys. So on both sides of the Atlantic there was a pretty strong feeling that taxes were too high and were being imposed by people you really couldn't do anything about. So I think that's a pretty universal thing within the anglo tradition.

GLENN: Daniel, in the great American tradition, we're taking credit for it. It's ours.

DANIEL: Sure. You can take credit. I'm just saying your guys

GLENN: We were just trying to get away from any money that involved six pence.

DANIEL: Your patriot leaders, they saw themselves as free born Englishmen standing up for their rights, what they understood to be their rights, against what they saw a revolutionary court. In their eyes they were conservativists. Our countries moved more parallel than sometimes they realized. Because at the moment they were starting from a pretty similar place.

GLENN: How many people are you expecting to show up at the English this is the first time this has ever happened, a tea party, if you will, in England.

DANIEL: First time we've ever done it in this way. I don't huge it to be huge, honest. As I understand it as the case in the U.S. when they started in 2008 they began initially as a trickle. Then they became a flood. But I'm confident that they will grow. We have a government, this is the amazing thing, you're protesting with nothing like as much to protest as we have. We have a government that has taken a trillion pounds in additional taxation since they took office. More than we would have done if my party had been in power at the same rate. 111 tax rises since 1997. And this is unbelievable, with all these extra tax rises, we're running a deficit of 12.6% of GDP. We have the same deficit Greece has. Where has all the money gone? And that's something that you don't have to be kind of a strong conservative to have concerns about.

GLENN: In the EU, Daniel, because you are a member of the EU parliament, right?

DANIEL: Correct.

GLENN: How concerned are you about I mean this is a domino. Man, you've got Greece, Spain is in this mix. Portugal is in this mix. Ireland. All of Europe and the United Kingdom seems to be in real peril.

DANIEL: Well, we would be if we had joined the Euro. Thank heaven we kept the pound. Because, like I say, Greece's deficit is 12.7. Ours is 12.6%. The only thing that saved us from a Greece like collapse is the fact we were able to have a devaluation of our currency instead of having that devaluation in output and jobs. You guys wouldn't want to swap your problems for Europe, as severe as your problems are with the way things are going there. But I'll tell you another thing. We've got, when you say we're stealing your idea about the tea parties and stuff. The warcry of tax without representation doesn't really apply so much these days in the U.S. Yes, your taxes are too high and they're rising but at least they're set by people you can vote for. Increasingly, the European Union is starting to levy, if you like federal taxation, and so the protest of no taxation without representation is now much more relevant in Europe, because we feel that we have impulse being levied on us that we can't get rid of.

GLENN: What's going to happen to you see the hedge funds today. They're all coming out against the Euro. They're going to decimate the Euro. What do you think is going to happen to the European Union?

DANIEL: It's always tempting in journalism to say that there's going to be some massive immediate crisis. Often the worst thing is not to have the big blow up, but the slow grinding posit of not having the crisis. The tragedy here is not that Greece is going to leave the Euro, but that Greece can't leave the Euro. Greece will be condemned to stagnation and deflation and lack of growth for decades for years to come. And these are able, young Greek people unable to find work in Greece, they'll work as laborers in the Germany and the United Kingdom. That's the real tragedy.

GLENN: Are Europeans the type of people that will just put up with that? I don't see we just did an event here in America called CPAC. Here we have the youth of America going splitting off going progressive Marxists, but you also have the conservative movement, the right moving much more like our Founding Fathers and they're 20-25 years old. The youth I don't believe are going to put up with this type of non-sense. You have the invisible committee, you have the coming insurrection, the forces of actual communists in labor movements over in Europe. Do you really see that they're not going to plant unrest. How about this do you think that the Islamic extremist movement wouldn't kick up additional unrest when they see that Europe is right for the taking?

DANIEL: Well in both countries I think there is popular feeling that against big government and taxation. I mean if you did an opinion poll in the US or in the UK and said do you think your level of taxes too high too low or just about right, you'd get a similar answer in both cases. The difference is that you've got I think a more decentralized system, a system where people can express themselves more effectively through the ballot books. I mean, the Massachusetts result was a huge thing because your taxes are set by legislators, all of whom could find themselves in a Massachusetts type situation if they think, if they fall out with their voters. That's the difference. The decision makers are so remote that it's much harder to capitalize on a large majority of public opinion that is against additional taxation and additional regulation and additional borrowing because we have weaker systems of democratic accountability. That's the big challenge for an incoming conservative government here. We've got to devolve power, decentralize power, repatriate our revolution, go back to the British ideas which formed the constitution in Philadelphia but what we're forget in this country.

GLENN: That's what I'm asking you specifically, because there's no valve to relieve steam and pressure over there, here we do have elections. And we have been relieving the steam through tea parties and relieving the steam through elections. Because you don't have that, what stops a radical from starting on the left or the extreme right a neo Nazi movement to a communist movement and a movement towards a revolution there, or at least massive civil unrest?

DANIEL: I think we're some way from that. Obviously you do get those things when there's a complete breakdown of democracy when people feel they're completely unrepresented. I don't want to be misunderstood here. I'm not saying there are no elections in Europe. We have elections all the time. But it's just that the decision, the decisions are made by people who are not subject to those elections. We have those massive standing official dom, this nomenclature of bureaucrats who are not elected and make all the big decisions. Yeah, you're absolutely right. Justin said this in his inaugural address that democracy is the pressure valve. He didn't use the pressure valve because it's an an anachronism. But that's what we've got to get back to. Just to come back to what you started with when you said what am I doing having a tea party movement in Britain. If you had run an opinion poll in 1775 in Britain you would have found pretty much the same level of sympathy for the colonial grievances in Great Britain than North America. But the difference it was a much more restricted franchise in Britain. No way to assert itself in parliament, that's the real thing. You're lucky because you've got this system that allows laws and taxes to be passed only by the people that you vote for. I was against your stimulus package. I was against Bushes and Obama's and if I was a Congressman I would have voted against it. But at least the decision was taken by elected representatives who knew within a year or two they would have to go back and explain to their voters who are also the taxpayers. In the UK Gordon Brown decreed a much larger stimulus package in per capita terms with not so much parliament, in recesssive time. Not only was there a no vote, there wasn't even a debate about it. And this is something we've come through a Civil War to establish the principle that only parliament could raise taxes.

GLENN: Daniel Hannan is with us. And one last question. You keep saying that the tea party and it's about taxes and about taxes. That is, I think, one of the, you know, the misunderstandings of the tea parties here. It is about taxes, but more about the coming taxes that we know will have to be coming. There was a CNN poll today. The majority of Americans now feel our government is a threat to our rights. And that's really the basis of the tea party. It is a growing, out of control, all powerful government. Is it the taxes over in Europe, or is it the growing out of control scope and size of government?

DANIEL: It's both of those things. And more immediately than either of them it's the deficit that our argument is that we should close the deficit by reducing spending rather than by raising taxes. And it can be done. People sometimes say, you know, Hannan you're complaining about all this, the fact that we've got a 12.6% deficit that Gordon Brown has doubled the national debt how can you argue for tax rises. My favorite modern U.S. president was Ronald Reagan he was asked a similar question. When the deficit is so big how can you be talking about tax cuts he came out with one of my favorite Gipper lines in a crowded field. He said I'm not worried about the deficit. It's big enough to look after itself. You know what, in a funny way he was right because he made this calculated gamble if you cut taxes, revenues would go up, there would be growth in the economy. The government, over time, would get more money out of people because tax rates were lower and there were more incentives and the deficit would look after itself. And that's exactly what happened. And that's exactly what Margaret Thatcher succeeded doing at the same time in the 1980s in the United Kingdom. That's what we've got to rediscover. The idea that you get rid of this huge unfunded debt, not by raising more money from people, but by giving them more money to keep and spending less as a government.

GLENN: Daniel, may I give you a starting point for your speech tomorrow at your tax party, your tea party. If you will look up the depression, the American Depression of 1920 and look at what Calvin Coolidge and Harding did to solve it. Nobody in America even knows, the Depression in America in 1920 was bigger in some ways bigger in scope and deeper than the Depression of the 1930s, it was solved because they cut spending in half and they cut taxes from 74% to 25%. It is the answer. Daniel, thank you very much. And best of luck at your tea party over in Great Britain tomorrow.

DANIEL: Thank you.

 

The media went nuts after President Donald Trump said "Two Corinthians". But apparently, nobody cares when Joe Biden called the authors of Biblical Psalms "palmists" — twice.

During a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday, Biden said, "I'm sure we can, we can pros-claim [sic] a palmist, with a palmist who wrote these following words, 'The lord is my strength and my shield and with my song, I give thanks to him.'"

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere pondered whether Biden actually meant to quote a fortune teller instead of a psalmist, but ultimately decided the former vice president likely had no idea what he was reading.

They also discussed the hairline fractures Biden suffered in his right foot on Saturday while playing his dog, and Glenn tossed out a few headlines he thought might work just a little too well.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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