Glenn Beck: Rooting out progressives

Mike Lee for US Senate

GLENN: So I talked to a guy named Mike Lee from Utah last week. He is running for Bob Bennett's seat in Utah, which... (applause)

PAT: God bless you, Mike.

GLENN: I may vote for a mouse over Bob Bennett.

PAT: Oh, man.

GLENN: But so he's running for Bob Bennett's seat and I was going over the news today and I saw that

PAT: It's not Bob Bennett's seat. It's the people's seat.

GLENN: The people's seat, yes. So anyway, I saw that illegals now in Arizona are saying, that's fine, we'll just leave Arizona and we'll go to Utah. Mike Lee is now in Utah. Mike, welcome to the program.

LEE: Thank you, Glenn. It's good to be with you.

GLENN: When I talked to you last week, we talked about the Constitution and I wanted to know what you knew about the Constitution, and you told me what?

LEE: I told you, well, it's the law of the land and it's what protects our liberty by setting limits on federal power and that national governments become abusive of power whenever their power is unlimited. That's why it's important to recognize those limits. If those limits disappear when members of congress stop reading it and instead point across the street to the Supreme Court and say, "They said we could get away with it, they said we could regulate just about anything we want."

GLENN: You said, and I really liked this line, you said to me that just because they said so doesn't mean it's so. Explain.

LEE: Well, one of the powers that congress has is the authority to regulate interstate commerce. And since about 1942, Supreme Court has said that congress can regulate just about any activity that measured in the aggregate substantially affects interstate commerce, replicated across every state, that's legalese for they can regulate anything they want. Now, the problem is every senator and every congressman has to take an oath to the Constitution. In my mind that means more than simply an oath to doing whatever you can get away with in court. That means you are taking an oath to the words themselves. But just because the Supreme Court says you can do it doesn't necessarily mean it's constitutional because not every entry to the Constitution, not every excess of power under the Constitution can be remedied in court or will be. There are limits to what the Courts practically can or will do.

GLENN: Well, I mean, and the Court doesn't have a history of being wrong in any place big, Jim Crow. I mean, the Jim Crow laws went through the Supreme Court.

LEE: Exactly. And if people at every level of government, in every department of government would simply think through what they're doing and saying, regardless of what the courts will put up with as far as excesses of power under the Constitution, what is it that I'm supposed to be doing in order to make the constitutional system work?

GLENN: Okay. So let me ask you now, let me go to Arizona because you're going to see an influx of illegal immigrants into Utah now. I mean, it's in the Arizona papers and everything today. They're just saying, well, we'll just go. Is what Arizona is doing in your opinion, is it constitutional?

LEE: Well, let me put it this way. It is entirely understandable what Arizona's doing. Arizona's been put in a terrible position by a federal government that has been so busy bailing out failing banks and failing automobile companies and trying to nationalize our healthcare system, trying to require us to buy a specific type of insurance policy that we may not want to buy under penalty of federal law that it has stopped doing the few things that it is authorized to do, that it is supposed to do like immigration. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 gives that power to congress. And so, you know, government

GLENN: But wouldn't that make this then unconstitutional because if that is a federal law, how is the state taking that?

LEE: Well, there's nothing in the Constitution that affirmatively prohibits the states from doing anything related to immigration. The constitution gives congress the power to establish uniform laws governing naturalization. It doesn't prohibit the states from doing anything that might relate to that and so I

GLENN: So in other words, to enforce it.

LEE: Yeah, to enforce it or to take matters into their own hands when the federal government's not doing its job.

GLENN: Here's the I mean, I thought the court ruling of the Constitution is not a suicide packet makes sense on the state level. I mean, these states are being asked to commit suicide. They cannot afford the services that they are having to provide to illegal aliens, A; B, their citizens are now being killed. Arizona has the second highest kidnapping rate in the world. The Constitution is not a suicide packet.

LEE: Indeed. I would agree. This is the perfect example of the observation I often make which is that governments are like teenagers. They get into trouble the most when they stop doing the few things that they are supposed to do. When they stop doing their chores, stop doing their homework, they stop focusing on those few powers that have been given to them, that's when they get into trouble.


LEE: They are focused on other things.

GLENN: Mike, what would you do? Would you vote for amnesty?

LEE: Heavens no. You don't want to reward those people who have been breaking the law or else you'll just encourage a whole new wave of law breakers.

GLENN: But why the hate?

LEE: You know, it's not hate, Glenn. It's love. It's love for those who have come here the right way and it's love for the process and for the system that has made America great. We want immigrants to continue coming to this country and we want those immigrants to come here through the front door.

GLENN: I would go a step

LEE: The right way.

GLENN: I would just go a step further. It is love for the Mexicans and anybody else that is trying to escape corruption and blight by making sure that our system doesn't turn into their system, but

LEE: Precisely.

GLENN: So how are the poll numbers with you?

LEE: Well, the poll numbers are great. We're very confident. There is a Salt Lake Tribune poll that was just released that shows me with 37% of the vote and shows Senator Bennett at about 16%.

PAT: He's actually running third in the race, isn't he?

LEE: Correct.

PAT: Which is fantastic.

GLENN: So make, let me ask you a question. Are you familiar how I feel about progressives?

LEE: I have a pretty good idea, yes.

GLENN: And Woodrow Wilson?

LEE: Yes.

GLENN: You know, Utah has played a really nasty role in the history of our country when it comes to really bad decisions. We had the Smoot Hawley Act which really was the reason that brought on the Great Depression, Smoot Hawley from Utah. We have Harry Reid. So do I need more?

LEE: Pretty much for Harry Reid, it was Nevada who elected Harry Reid.

GLENN: Yeah, but still.

PAT: Bob Bennett.

GLENN: You have Bob Bennett. You have a guy who looked me in the eye, a guy who looked me in the eye and said, "You know what, Cass Sunstein, he told me that this was all academic stuff. I mean, I looked him in the eye, Glenn, and Cass Sunstein, that's all academic." Cass Sunstein's going to be the most dangerous man in America when it all is said and done. Are you going to, are you going to keep your soul? Are you going to can you go to Washington and keep your soul and not be part of the problem?

LEE: Yes. Yes, I can, Glenn, and I will. And what will enable me to do that is that I'll focus on principles that don't change because they are not supposed to change. You know, the winds of political change are all around us. They are as ubiquitous as they are unmistakable. But there are some things that are supposed to change not at all, not ever, and those things are embodied in our Constitution. Now, you can change it, but it is by design very difficult to change because it's not supposed to.

GLENN: But what do you say to the people? Because freshmen come in and they say, look, man, you just need to play by the rules here on this one, we just need you to do this one because if not, you are going to be blocked out and you are going to get the robocalls and the unions are going to come after you and you are just not going to be able to survive; you just need to make this one happen. What do you say?

LEE: Well, I'm willing to play by the rules but I'm going to play by a different set of rules than they are going to prescribe for me. I'm going to play by a 223 year old's rule book that we all have taken an oath to support, and everyone in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives has taken an oath to support. And if we look to those words, they will tell us what it is that we're supposed to be doing and, more importantly, what it is that we're not supposed to be doing. The Constitution is a list of thou shalt nots to the government. It is more of a power remover than it is a power giver, and it needs to be read and understood as such. The more that principle catches on, that principle which has not changed from the beginning of our republic, the more we will be able to restore the greatness of our country.

GLENN: Well, that's what the president has a problem with the Constitution. He says it's a charter of negative liberties and it should be a charter of positive liberties.

LEE: Yeah, and he misses the boat because he's missing the fact that government acts only at the expense of individual liberty. Every time government acts, it diminishes individual liberty to that very same degree. Now, sometimes that's worth it as when the government protects us from attack from outside the United States, for example, or when it protects our property, but we have to take that balancing test every single time government acts. And when it's the federal government acting, we have to make sure that not only is government acting to protect and preserve life, liberty and property, but it has to be doing so in a way that's consistent with congress' decidedly limited powers granted by the Constitution.

GLENN: I have to ask you this question. Are you a 9/11 Truther?

LEE: No.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: You don't think that George Bush, Dick Cheney got in their frogmen outfits and swam across the East River and then got into the World Trade Center and dynamited the place?

LEE: No, I don't.

PAT: Why are you asking these trick questions?

GLENN: I know, I

PAT: Are you a shill for Bob Bennett?


PAT: Is that what you are?

GLENN: I just was hoping to trip him up on that very complex

PAT: Are you a shill for

GLENN: Does steel melt? Mike, does steel melt?

LEE: I believe steel melts.

GLENN: Notice the pause there. He was calculating.

PAT: He was thinking.

GLENN: He was calculating. Mike

LEE: I don't know that I've ever personally melted steel but, you know, I've watched it happen.

GLENN: Yeah, you've seen it happen in the big huge pots?

LEE: Yeah.

GLENN: Because Rosie O'Donnell says it doesn't melt but that's a different story. Mike, thank you very much. When's the election? Next Tuesday?

LEE: Well, the Utah state convention

PAT: The convention is coming up.

LEE: is on May 8th, a week from Saturday.

GLENN: Okay.

PAT: Now, you need 60% of the delegates to win this thing and end it, right? But other than that, it will go to the primary in June, is it?

LEE: Yes, that's right.

GLENN: Best of luck.

LEE: Thank you very much.

GLENN: Thanks, Mike. You bet, bye bye.

LEE: Bye.

Last week, Glenn published his updated "Preparedness Quiz" to see how prepared his audience is for a big crisis—and the results are in! Thankfully, not very many of you are "Toast." In fact, most of you could survive a big disaster, and even some of you could survive a nuclear apocalypse—not very many could say that!

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1.7% of Glenn's audience is TOAST! Thankfully, that's very few of you. 

There is little chance you'd survive repairing your kitchen table, not to mention enduring a massive economic crisis or natural disaster. With no money, food, or supplies stocked up, you will have to rely on the altruism of your more-prepared friends and family. But then again, if you can't even navigate to their house without your phone, you may still be TOAST.

13.8% of Glenn's audience could survive a little disaster. 

Congrats on having some of your finances set aside for emergencies... and some useful tools and skills tucked away in case of an emergency. You could potentially endure a "little disaster" of financial hardship. However, if you want to survive a massive financial crisis or natural disaster, you're going to have to start stockpiling some more money and supplies.

68.9% of Glenn's audience could survive a big disaster. 

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14.7% of Glenn's audience could survive a nuclear apocalypse. 

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On Monday, Biden exercised his veto powers for the first time to strike down a bill that would ban states from taking ESG into consideration when investing state pension funds. In his veto message, Biden said:

Retirement plan fiduciaries should be able to consider any factor that maximizes financial returns for retirees across the country. That's not controversial — that's common sense.

At the risk of using the loaded word "gaslit," it continues to be the operative word in describing the policies coming out of the Biden White House. It is painfully obvious that ESG itself inhibits investors from "maximizing financial returns." That was never ESG's goal in the first place. Yet Biden said the opposite.

ESG aims to incentivize investors to make "socially conscious" (a.k.a woke) investments, even if they are at odds with the greatest return on investment. It has enabled state governments and investment firms to use their monopoly over the investment space to force companies to choose between adopting their woke ESG standards and losing critical investment. Isn't there a word for that? Extortion? Or modern-day politics?

ESG enables state governments to force companies to choose between adopting their woke ESG standards and losing critical investment.

That is the sole reason why Republicans brought the bill to his desk in the first place: As Glenn said, "ESG poses a clear and present danger to the American way of life, the soul of our nation and every sector of our economy. ESG was never about ROI. It was always about pushing a leftist agenda.

And Biden knows this.

Why would he want to give up something that enables his political party and corporate elites to control and manipulate the political affiliations of their people? Who would want to give up that power? Biden certainly doesn't.

And he didn't.

Instead, he boldly asserts the exact opposite: that ESG itself "maximizes financial returns," relying on the divided American people to debate the policy into oblivion, while he gets exactly what he wants: the retention of power over the American consumer. Dare I say again that "gaslit" is the operative word here?

If one thing is clear, it is that we cannot rely on the federal government to act in the best interests of the American people. However, in this critical moment, the state governments are stepping up to do what the federal government refuses to: protecting the rights of the American consumer.

In a joint resolution led by Florida Governor Ron Desantis, 19 states have pledged “to protect individuals from the ESG movement" at the state level. This is critical.

We cannot rely on the federal government to act in the best interests of the American people.

Florida leads Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming in signing the historic policy agreement among all 19 states, pledging to ban ESG practices within their jurisdictions.

The anti-ESG alliance calls ESG what it is:

A direct threat to the American economy, individual economic freedom, and our way of life, putting investment decisions in the hands of the woke mob to bypass the ballot box and inject political ideology into investment decisions, corporate governance, and the everyday economy.

This alliance takes aim at two specific practices used by left-leaning states to force companies to adopt ESG-approved practices.

First, the alliance promises to protect "taxpayers from ESG influences across state systems."

While other states are using YOUR taxpayer dollars to fund pro-ESG corporations, these states pledge to BAN this practice to ensure "that only financial factors are considered to maximize the return on investment."

The chief factor behind any investment should be determining whether that investment yields the maximum return on their investment. However, many states are using YOUR taxpayer-funded pension and retirement funds to invest in ESG-approved businesses. This not only forces businesses to consider adopting ESG standards in hopes of obtaining investment. Moreover, states are using YOUR taxpayer dollars to fund them! Would you want your government to invest your hard-earned money for partisan purposes?

The anti-ESG alliance is taking the politics out of investment and putting consumer power back in the hands of the American people. These state governments pledged to make investment decisions based solely on maximizing the return on investment, not in using your taxpayer dollars to fund their political agendas.

Second, the alliance promises to protect "citizens from ESG influences in the financial sector."

ESG standards force businesses to consider the political leanings of their customer base. For example, Discover announced they will begin tracking its customers' gun-related purchases. One of the leaders behind this push is Amalgamated Bank, which boasts on their website that their institution "supports sustainable organizations, progressive causes, and social justice." Amalgamated Bank CEO Priscilla Sims Brown said:

We all have to do our part to stop gun violence and it sometimes starts with illegal purchases of guns and ammunition The new code will allow us to fully comply with our duty to report suspicious activity and illegal gun sales to authorities without blocking or impeding legal gun sales.

This virtue signaling at the cost of your privacy is earning both Discover and Amalgamated ESG brownie points.

There are countless stories of Americans, like YOU, getting locked out of their bank accounts, dropped as clients, tracked and targeted, all because their personal political beliefs don't align with big corporations' ESG goals. Their individual privacy and dignity as a consumer aren't worth the risk of lowering the company's ESG score.

That's why the anti-ESG alliance is pledging to protect the residents in their states from this corrupt ESG exploitation. The alliance promised to ban "so-called social Credit Scores' in banking and lending practices aimed to prevent citizens from obtaining financial services like loans, lines of credit, and bank accounts."

They also promised to stop "financial institutions from discriminating against customers for their religious, political, or social beliefs, such as owning a firearm, securing the border, or increasing our energy independence."

In short, they have targeted the political extortion hidden behind the virtuous ESG veil to protect citizens from being discriminated against based on political affiliation.

It's time to step up.

Biden may have struck down the effort to restore the freedom of the American consumer at the federal level. However, these states are taking it upon themselves to do what they ought: to ban practices that threaten the freedoms and privacy of their citizens.

If your state did not joining the anti-ESG alliance, it's time to demand that they step up and do their job to protect you and the rest of your fellow citizens from corrupt ESG practices. As Glenn said, "The conservative movement is best when it moves in unison." We must act and unison and push our states to protect our economic freedom and our way of life.

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Editor's Note: Arizona House Bill HB2770 has since been shut down! AZ Rep. Rachel Jones tweeted that the AZ Freedom Caucus shut down the bill before it could reach the board. It is encouraging to see states stepping to protect the American people from getting one step closer to a Central Bank Digital Currency. Hopefully, Arizona will be a precedent for the other states!

On today's radio broadcast, Glenn warned about dangerous Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) language being smuggled into routine legislation in REPUBLICAN-led states. This is unacceptable, and as Glenn said, we can't let this legislation pass as it now stands.

The legislation being used to smuggle in this CBDC language is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a routine piece of legislation passed on the state level that helps standardize commercial and business transactions. However, a new round of UCCs being deliberated RIGHT NOW amongst a swath of Republican-led states anticipate the use of "electronic money." In a public letter sent to the Republican states currently deliberating this legislation, the Pro-Family Legislative Network said this can only refer to the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) under consideration and testing by the Federal Reserve. Biden's Executive Order 14067 issued in March of 2022 started the push for CBDC, and now these states, knowingly or unknowingly, are laying the legislative groundwork for making CBDC a reality.

There is absolutely no reason why Republican-led states should aid in laying the foundation for CBDC, yet 12 of them are deliberating it RIGHT NOW, with one UCC bill already on one GOP governor's desk! We have to act NOW to stop these UCCs in their tracks and demand our lawmakers amend the bills without the "electronic money" language.

If your state is listed below, contact your representative NOW to put an end to CBDC language.

1. North Dakota

North Dakota House Bill HB1082 passed BOTH chambers and is now sitting on Governor Burgum's desk. Burgun has 3 DAYS to veto this bill once it's placed on his desk—if not, it will pass automatically. If you are a North Dakota resident, it is absolutely CRUCIAL that you contact Governor Burgum's office NOW and demand that he veto this bill and re-introduce it without the "electronic money" language.

2. Arizona

Arizona House Bill HB2770 has been SHUT DOWN! See the above editor's note for more details.

Arizona House Bill HB2770 passed the House majority and minority caucuses. Arizona residents, contact your representative's office NOW so that they amend this bill without the "electronic money" language.

3. Arkansas

Arkansas House Bill HB1588 is in committee, and if passed, will head to the House floor. Though the bill is only in its beginning stages, it's important for Arkansas residents to stop this bill in its tracks and amend it without the "electronic money" language.

4. Missouri

Missouri House Bill HB1165 is also in its beginning stages in committee. That means it's important to contact your representative as soon as possible to amend it without the "electronic money" language.

5. Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Bill HB 2776 passed the House Committee and will go to a chamber vote soon. If passed, it will go to the Senate, then the governor's desk. If you are an Indiana resident, contact your representative's office NOW to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

6. Indiana

Indiana Senate Bill SB0486 passed the Senate and is headed to the House. Republicans control Indiana's executive office and BOTH chambers of the legislature. There is no excuse for this bill to pass. If you are an Indiana resident, it's vital you contact your representative NOW and demand they amend this bill without the "electronic money" language.

7. Kentucky

Kentucky Senate Bill SB64 passed the Senate and is now being deliberated in the House. If you live in Kentucky, contact your representative's office to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

8. Montana

Montana Senate Bill SB370 passed the Senate and was sent to the House on March 3rd. If you are a Montana resident, contact your representative's office NOW so that the bill doesn't without changing the "electronic money" language.

9. Nebraska

Nebraska's Legislative Bill LB94 passed committee and the first floor vote. As Nebraska only has one legislative chamber, this bill is dangerously close to passing the legislature and being sent to the governor's desk. If you are a Nebraska resident, contact your representative's office NOW and demand they amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

10. New Hampshire

New Hampshire House Bill HB584 is currently in House committee deliberations and has not yet reached the House floor. If you are a New Hampshire resident, contact your representative's office NOW to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

11. Tennessee

Tennessee House Bill HB0640 didn't successfully pass the House. However, it was deferred to a Senate committee and has now taken the form of Senate Bill SB0479, which is now in committee. This bill is still alive, and it's important for you, Tennessee residents, to stop it before it reaches the floor! Contact your representative to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

12. Texas

Texas House Bill HB5011 was filed and is ready to be taken up by committee. Fellow Texans, let's not let this bill progress any further! Contact your representative and demand they amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.