Glenn Beck: Obama losing Jewish support?



David Goldman of First Things magazine

GLENN: We heard a story yesterday and I needed to find out more information about it. I couldn't believe it. It was an interview with David Goldman. He is the senior editor of First Things magazine, which is a great magazine, and he was taking part in a convention at Ariel University in Israel last week and he heard some interesting things from Jewish leaders in reference to President Obama. One guy said that he thought he was — that Obama was a psychopath — or sociopath.

PAT: Sociopath.

GLENN: Sociopath. And there is real anger and rage that is happening now in the Jewish community over Barack Obama. I wanted to get David Goldman's firsthand account here, and David is on with us now. Hello, David, how are you?

GOLDMAN: Hi, Glenn, thanks for inviting me.

GLENN: Tell us what you experienced.

GOLDMAN: Well, I talk to a lot of people in the Jewish community who have been major funders of the Democratic Party and in July 2008 as you know when Obama was running for president, many news stories came out showing that he had very close associations with people who were overtly anti Israel and Obama went out of his way to make assurances to the Jewish community that he would continue the kind of relationship that, say, Bill Clinton had had with Israel, which is reasonably friendly. Marty Peretz, the editor of the New Republic which reflects the Democratic liberal center said, I've been assured by Obama, he's okay, we can support him. And then when Obama tried to put Israel against the wall over apartments not in East Jerusalem but North Jerusalem which every peace agreement on draft had always assigned to Israel, the Jewish community realized that Obama had lied to them. So the term sociopath which in fact means a compulsive or indifferent liar is the term I've heard in a number of very big Jewish funders but this has become quite public, Glenn. In the Jerusalem Post yesterday, for example, the single largest funder of the Democratic Party is a media billionaire named Haim Saban. He's the guy who developed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He said the following of Obama, he said there are leftists, really left leftists, so far to the left there's not much space between them and the wall. So I think there's a crack up in the romance between the kind of centrist, liberal, pro Israel Democratic funder who liked Bill Clinton, liked Hillary Clinton and who thought they had a deal with Obama and Obama who turns out to be an extreme leftist on the Israeli issue.

GLENN: You know, have you heard the, have you heard the audio of William Holder defending — or no, no. Not William Holder. William Holden I'm thinking. Eric Holder is the Department of Justice attorney general, and he was testifying, when was this?

PAT: I think it was yesterday.

GLENN: Yesterday?

PAT: Yesterday, the day before.

GLENN: And he was asked about radical Islam. And listen to this answer.

CONGRESSMAN POE: In the case of all three attempts last year, the terrorist attempts one of which was successful, those individuals have had ties to radical Islam. Do you feel that these individuals might have been incited to take the actions that they did because of radical Islam?

HOLDER: Because of?

CONGRESSMAN POE: Radical Islam?

HOLDER: There are a variety of reasons why I think people have taken these actions. It's — one, I think you have to look at each individual case. I mean, we are in the process now of talking to Mr. Shahzad to try to understand what it is that drove him to take the action he —

CONGRESSMAN POE: But radical Islam could have been one of the reasons?

HOLDER: There are a variety of reasons why people —

CONGRESSMAN POE: But was radical Islam one of them?

HOLDER: There are a variety of reasons why people do these things. Some of them are potentially religious —

CONGRESSMAN POE: Okay. But all I'm asking is if you think among those variety of reasons radical Islam might have been one of the reasons that the individuals took the steps that they did.

HOLDER: You say radical Islam. I mean, I think those people who espouse a version of Islam that is not consistent.

CONGRESSMAN POE: Are you uncomfortable attributing any of their actions to radical Islam? It sounds like it.

HOLDER: No, I don't want to say anything negative about a religion that is not —

CONGRESSMAN POE: No, no, I'm not talking about a religion. I'm talking about radical Islam. I'm not talking about the general religion.

HOLDER: Right. And I'm saying that a person like Anwar Awlaki, for instance, who has a version of Islam that is not consistent with the teachings of it and espouses a radical version.

CONGRESSMAN POE: Begun could radical Islam have motivated these individuals to take the steps that they did?

HOLDER: I certainly think that it's possible that people who espouse a radical version of Islam have had an ability to have an impact on people like Mr. Shahzad.

CONGRESSMAN POE: Okay. And could it have been the case in one of these three instances?

HOLDER: Could that have been the case?

CONGRESSMAN POE: Yeah. Again could one of these three individuals have been incited by radical Islam? Apparently you feel that they could have been.

HOLDER: Well, I think potentially incited by people who have a view of Islam that is inconsistent with —

CONGRESSMAN POE: It's hard to get an answer yes or no, but let me go on to my next question. This has to do —

GLENN: Okay. I mean, I don't even know what to say to that. I don't even know what to say to that.

GOLDMAN: Glenn, I think the problem we have is that we have a president who has a profound personal sympathy for Islam and Islamic culture. He had a Muslim father, a Muslim stepfather, was raised for four years in Indonesia. If you read Dreams of my Father, he talks about the ordered and coherent lives of poor Muslims in Indonesia in contrast to the disordered and alienated lives of us poor stupid Americans, don't have this wonderful culture to draw on. This is all public record. And he's completely incapacitated the U.S. Government in dealing with an urgent threat to the United States. It's a real tragedy, of course.

GLENN: Well, here's the disconnect that I'm having a hard time with. I don't know how to get this across to people, and I was — I'm on Bill O'Reilly tonight and I taped it last night, and Bill and I had it out. I mean, Bill and I have never gone toe to toe and I about reached across the desk and slapped him across the face and said, what is wrong with you, man! Because he was talking about, you know, let's take and Mirandize people — or not Mirandize. The government want to Mirandize people now if they are U.S. citizens and they take them off the street because even our new Supreme Court justice nominee says even if they are suspected of financing terror, we can hold them indefinitely, hold them indefinitely without trial. But those words don't match with these words, where they won't even say the word Islamic radical. Something is wrong here. They are the first to go, let's cuddle and hold the Islamic radicals and find out what was wrong because they have such this great culture and we are just disturbing their culture. And yet now they are seemingly, seemingly caring about the Islamic radicals. He thinks it's just politics. I think this — when you look at all of the people around Barack Obama, there's a very, very deep rooted, I don't know, love or excuse for the activities that happen in some parts of the culture in the Middle East.

GOLDMAN: It's a profound personal sympathy with a cull fewer with which his father and stepfather were associated, in which he partly grew up which I think paralyzes the United States and has lost American lives. The Fort Hood killer was already identified as being in touch with radical Islamic groups and holding extreme jihadist opinions. Nobody would touch him because in the U.S. military at this point to say we've got to do something about a guy because he has extreme jihadist opinions is a guarantee for a career destruction.

GLENN: Well, now we have, now we have the United States government actually proposing medals for service personnel that exercise restraint on the field of action. I mean, personally I think you should give medals, and we have a caller here that wants to say get on and give medals to tea party members. I think they are right. I mean, you want to talk about restraint, how about that? They don't want to give medals to those guys but now we're handcuffing our troops in the most abhorrent of ways and say you are doing just doing your job and not being a cold blooded killer, you get a medal for that. That doesn't make any sense.

GOLDMAN: Glenn, I agree with you. I think the security threats to the United States would be much easier to deal with if we identified the problem by its true name. It's not that hard to track these people down. We know who the networks are. We know what the profile is. But to act on that profile would be considered ethnic profiling. We're not allowed to do it. So after Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot 51 colleagues at Fort Hood, the army chief of staff George Casey said, quote, it would be a greater tragedy if diversity became a casualty here. In other words, if the army wasn't able to promote to officer position pro jihadist Muslims. I'm not saying all Muslims are bad.

GLENN: Nobody is saying that.

GOLDMAN: Or that Islam is an evil religion but you have a radical Islamic strain which wants to kill us. And it's easy to track these people down if you identify the profile. Failing to do so is throwing away American lives and it's a scandal.

GLENN: Two questions. What you witnessed with the Jewish donors and in this meeting in Israel, are you hearing, you hearing one of two things or both of these, or none? One, that Jews are in trouble worldwide again globally. And two, that there is anything more than just a slight love for the culture because of his dad, is anybody suggesting at all that you are hearing that is credible that, you know, you are on the road of a Manchurian Candidate or something, that this guy is — has a hidden agenda?

GOLDMAN: Well, I described Obama in print two years ago as a third world anthropologist profiling us. In other words, somebody who didn't feel himself part of the United States, who was in many ways alienated from American values who as an outsider was very good at manipulating us. But the problem for a Manchurian candidate is who is the Manchuria? I think that the man holds opinions which are in many ways antithetical to what most Americans believe but it's very difficult to give the absence of a foreign power except maybe — he's not working for Al Qaeda obviously.

GLENN: It doesn't have to be.

GOLDMAN: Who is the — the problem in that is who is the Manchuria. But that's not what I'm hearing in the Jewish community.

GLENN: You are not? Okay.

GOLDMAN: What I'm hearing is that we made a deal with him, we gave him tons of money, he made us promises and he lied to us bold faced. So we're furious at him. And I think the result is the Democrats will get a lot less money from Jewish contributors in 2010 and 2012. It will help the Republicans. And there will be some people like Haim Saban, the more finish Power Rangers guy who's also given to Republicans, who will give to Republicans and not to Democrats. That's all that will happen.

GLENN: May I ask this? Are you hearing in the Jewish community yet any real concern? Because I mean, I see the signs. I mean, we're repeating history again all around the world. With what's happening in Germany now and everything else, is there any concern globally from the Jewish community that we are headed towards real, real trouble with this language of the bankers and everything else?

GOLDMAN: Absolutely, again. You have to remember there are many Jewish communities. We're enormously diverse. We're not centralized. I belong to an orthodox synagogue and we tend to be a lot more conservative than the secular or the reform. So there's not a single Jewish community.

GLENN: Sure.

GOLDMAN: But one important indication would be a man like Abraham Foxman who is the head of the Anti Defamation League, a very prominent Jewish leader. I know Abe Foxman. He is very bright but he is going to be buried with a lock of Eleanor Roosevelt's hair. He is the most liberal guy I know and there's no way to argue with him about it. He's a well intentioned man but I disagree with him because I'm a conservative and he's a liberal. But he's been attacking Obama in a tone that I've never heard from a Jewish leader before. Israel is under existential threat. If the Iranians get a new weapon, that puts Israel at risk. The Jewish communities in Europe are possibly not viable given the escalating level of Annie semitism. America's a great country and I don't believe that there will ever be serious anti Semitism in the United States of America. I love this country and I think that Jews are safer here in a sense than anywhere else in the world. But certainly Israel and many other Jewish communities are at great risk and a sense of deep concern, given the Obama administration's stance, certainly is spreading through I think almost every part of the Jewish community.

GLENN: God bless you, sir. God bless you.

GOLDMAN: God bless you.

GLENN: David Goldman from First Things magazine.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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