Glenn Beck: Will it pass? Steve King


Congressman Steve King

GLENN: We have Congressman Steve King who is from Iowa, who said what some would say is pretty controversial stuff. I think he's accurate. Congressman, how are you, sir?


 


 King: I'm doing okay this morning. I have a fair amount of anxiety about what's happening to our liberty in America this week, Glenn, but other than that, I'm healthy.


 


 GLENN: Where are you calling from now? Washington?


 


 King: I'm in my office in Washington


 


 GLENN: Okay. Do you think this is going to pass this week?


 


 CALLER: I think that this is a jump ball. It has the advantages to Pelosi. She's 6, 5 and we're 5, 6 right now, but we can take this away. It's not a hopeless cause at all. You know, to they would say leave me in the dust to go to a sports met tore for, but I would say it's about we're fourth and goal from the 1 yard line and we need to dig in and take these people on. We can beat them, Glenn.


 


 GLENN: How?


 


 King: We can beat them in we fill this capital city full of patriotic Americans. In tens of thousands for into this city again, like they have numerous times before, pack this capital, jam this capital, surround this place, don't let anybody in or anybody out, they will have to capitulate. They'll have to tip over that and just say we just who despise


 


 GLENN: When do they have to do this?


 


 King: We have to this and


 


 GLENN: But when? When?


 


 PAT: Like, tomorrow?


 


 King: It needs to be on Saturday at noon. If it could start today, that would be great. It needs to reach its crescendo at Saturday at noon and we need to keep that filled up and we'll know by Saturday the timing of the vote. We'll be able to bring our forces to bear then, too.


 


 PAT: So, for sure they won't be voting on this today or tomorrow? We know that for sure?


 


 King: We understand that anything could happen with this speaker, but they seem to be committed to the 72 hour rule of file the bill and then 72 hours before they would bring it to a vote. So, that means they can't vote before Sunday if they follow that rule and it looks like we'll have a debate on Saturday, perhaps, and then again a vote on Sunday. So, we have some we have some applications out for a permit to have a huge press conference and we're asking for that permit now. The timing is noon on Saturday and everybody that can come to this city makes a difference. They just cannot see the whites of our eyes and have the will to do this to the American people. They have to commit political suicide to vote for it, anyway, but still, they have to face their constituents the rest of their lives. I don't think they can do that. That's the one thing we can do to kill it at this point.


 


 GLENN: Does it make a difference I've said people go to your local congressional district office and stand and sit down and refuse to leave the office, as well. Does it make a difference to have people locally, as well?


 


 King: Yes, it does. It really makes a difference. And the district offices some of those offices like mine, it's not going to make any difference. There's nothing in the world that could cause me to vote for this bill but with every everybody, with a number of


 


 GLENN: Hang on just a second. Steve? You're telling me for sure there won't be one single republican that votes for this?


 


 King: That's right. I am


 


 GLENN: I would like to say to the Republican party, thank you. Okay.


 


 King: Thank you for saying that, Glenn. I really appreciate that.


 


 GLENN: You're welcome. Thank you for doing that. Okay. So, now, if people just come, they're not going to be kicked off, though, or I mean, you're going to have the permits and everything to do it? I mean


 


 King: We've just asked for the permits. So, I can't say that we have them right now, but they have to also have a reasonable reason to refuse those permits. Furthermore, I expect we will get them and furthermore, people have a right to walk on the capital grounds. It's American property. It's a nationally owned property and when the offices are open, which I'm not sure about how that will actually be on Saturday, if we're in session, he believe the offices will be open, but people can go into the congressional offices, the hallways are public property, they still have to go through the metal detector and they have to behave that respectful way, but they can still go into the offices, they can walk into the offices of the members of Congress that they want to influence. If they're asked to leave, they actually should leave because the member controls the space in his office and should, but if this capital is full of people and we do that huge press conference, as we did before on the 5th of November, out on the west side of the capital, we had between 10 and 50,000 people poured in there that day and, of course, the /# 12 rally that took place, that was the greatest number of people I think since well, certainly since the presidential inauguration and that just makes so much difference, seeing the faces, stacking the people up here. If they can go to the district offices, I would say do that if you can't get to Washington, but people can here's the call. Drop your plows and your hammers and get on a plane or a bus or drive your pickup truck. Come into Washington DC, fill this city up. They intend to vote on the sabbath, during lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God.


 


 GLENN: Steve, can I you're a religious man?


 


 King: Yes.


 


 GLENN: Thank you for pointing this out. I thought of this this the other day because I've been saying faith, hope, and charity. Faith has been perverted and our hope they're trying to sell this hope that we'll have faith in the Government, that they'll be chair able and I thought, they're going to vote for this damn thing on a Sunday, which is the sabbath, during lent. You couldn't have said it better. Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity that it is a this is an affront to God and I honestly I don't think that anybody's like, yes, and now what we'll do is we'll vote on the sabbath, but he think that it is absolutely appropriate that these people are trying to put the nail in the coffin on our country on a Sunday, something our founders would have never, ever, ever done, out of respect for God.


 


 King: That's right. And they our founders and the Congress them self went to church in this very same capital building, with formal services for the first 60 years that the capital was up.


 


 GLENN: Just so you know, America started by Thomas Jefferson. You know, the Godless Heath /THAPB, started by Thomas Jefferson.


 


 King: And then Thomas Jefferson, if you go to his monument here in Washington, you will see on the four quotes of the panels that are there, two of them reference God. This is a nation that's founded on Judeo Christian principles and our rights do come from God and our founders knew it and understood he the and they put it in the declaration and here we're at this time, these rights and I use the word liberty rather than freedom because the left has perverted the word freedom to and do it with your tax dollars. Liberty is a different thing. Liberty is bridled by morality and faith and religion and that's what's made this country so great.


 


 GLENN: Steve, have you talked to the Democrats that are pro life? Are they, are they hard fast in this or are they going to be talked out of it?


 


 King: Well, again, they say there are. We have Stupak but the other 11 names are not public and one could speculate and I hear that a half a dozen or so have been outed, so to speak but you can't hold people to their word if you don't know who they are. They can slide away from us at the last minute like Dennis Kucinich did on the other side of this equation and I don't think their convictions lie as deep as they do on the other side of the aisle. I am a member of the bipartisan pro life caucus. When we close that door and there's no staff or press in the room, the debate goes to don't score a note for Nancy Pelosi, don't tell us that that's not you know, that it's not a pro life vote but even voting for Nancy Pelosi enables the anti life agenda and enables the socialized medicine agenda, enables cap and tax. It enables all of that. So, I don't want to help them to impose it upon America.


 


 GLENN: You know, I sense we're talking to Congressman Steve King from Iowa, one of the good guys. Does anybody in America you know let me start here. A year and a half ago, I've been saying this for awhile. I've been under Bush, I, in fact, warned President Bush, sir, don't you realize what the American penal are feeling? They believe betrayed. You cannot continue to tell them one thing appeared then do another and it not make sense and I've been saying that to every Congressman and senator for probably five years. We're sewing the seeds of real discontent. About a year, year and a half ago I started reading up on the Civil War because I was worried what we were headed towards and I read I can't remember the Congressman or senator that was involved, but the senator had said that slavery was an abottom nation and it was a /HOR Democrat /STPH FPL and a Congressman came in and took a cain and darn near beat that senator to death on the in the well of the Senate. It was shocking at the time and when I read that, he thought, oh, we've got a long way to go before tensions are that high. Tensions in this country, they're not that high; but, Steve, can you tell me, do people in Congress understand that they are ripping the country apart? We are headed for very, very bad things if people aren't careful?


 


 King: You know, I don't know if they do. I don't know how they can hole up and go into their private meetings in these secret formerly smoke filled rooms and with the guards on the outside of the door and put these things up and keep it a secret, all at the same time they're posturing themselves as we're going to do it on CSPAN and it will be open and in the public. I don't know if they know. They're in their own echo chamber we need to not let them go home where they're exposed to the public and their constituents. That's why she's planning this vote on Sunday, because if they go home, they have to face their constituents and if they face their constituents, they're going to have a lot better idea on what's going on and I'm that they are down playing the rallies and the outportion of patriotism that's taking place across this country and diminishing it by calling it Astroturf. This is real. I know you're right on this. My finger is on this pulse, too. My question is: If they ram this through and they decide that the Federal Government is has a here's an argument, Glenn. This is my argument and I have made it publicly a few times, but in 1973, when Roe versus Wade was first a decision of the Supreme Court, ever since then, people over on that side of the philosophical line having making the argument that the Federal Government has no business telling a woman what she can or can't do with her body but today the same people are making the argument that the Federal Government has every business to tell everybody in America what they can or can't do with their body.


 


 GLENN: How have we never met?


 


 King: I don't know why that was, Glenn.


 


 GLENN: How is it we have never met or spoken? I love you. Please


 


 King: I watch you a lot, Glenn, and sometimes I hear my words come out of your mouth and we've never met.


 


 GLENN: Oh, my gosh. I'm going to do research on you today and please don't dirt out to be a dirt bag. You're not a dirt bag, are you?


 


 King: You are going to find that I lack compassion. But other than that, I'll be okay.


 


 GLENN: All right. Now, listen. Congressman, can you hold for a second? I'm going to take a break but I want to just follow up. Do you have a second?


 


 KING: I do. I have as long as you need, Glenn.


 


 GLENN: Hold for a second and I also want to see if see if we can put the Congressman on television tonight, because we have a couple of things we're covering and this will be one of them. Congressman Steve King from Iowa, back in a second.


 


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 GLENN: Congressman Steve King is with us from Iowa and we were just talking about this off the air. I think it's Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, you know, this one brush with him, and Jim DeMint that I think are I mean, I don't know why I don't know Steve King, how we never brushed up against each other here. I mean, I don't mean to sound like


 


 PAT: In a nontickle, nongroping way, right?


 


 GLENN: So, Congressman King is calling for a gathering of as many Americans as possible Saturday at noon. We'll give you more information on that, but you said that this is Prague 1989. We've got about two minutes. Can you explain that?


 


 KING: Well, I did. When we had the beginnings of the revolution, I mean, they lived under communism, of course, on the east side of the iron curtain and when the Berlin Wall came down November 9th of '89 and we saw freedom echo across Eastern Europe and head toward the Pacific Ocean, and in Czechoslovakia and Prague, people came to the town square and they just stood there and they held up their keys and shook their keys and the rattle of those keys was the rattle of the breath of liberty emerging in Czechoslovakia and there were so many of them and they came in such great numbers that in the end the communist government fell and freedom prevailed in Czechoslovakia and it prevails today. They did so peacefully, they did so because they answered the call and the rally. They filled their capital up and there was no way to maintain that government with all those people there that were asking to be represented, that the will of the people needed to be represented in the Czech government and it is today.


 


 GLENN: I will tell you, Steve, that I think you're right. I will tell you that I think if people would do that and there were, you know, a million people in Washington, it would make a difference and I don't think you're picking Prague as an example or a communist country for you know, out of the air, because it's just one example. I think


 


 KING: Glenn, it just inspired me to see that on television because that love of liberty that lives in the heart of every person came together in Prague.

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

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