Glenn at the NRA


Glenn speaks at the 2008 NRA's Member Banquet...

GLENN:  From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America.  Hello, you sick twisted freak.  You know, I was actually at my daughter's prom on -- it was fantastic.  I was at my daughter's prom on Friday so I didn't get to see Mike Huckabee's speech at the NRA convention.  Mike, you really probably should stay away from the gun and presidential candidate jokes.  Just a safety tip, just a safety tip.  But then I went to the NRA, and I was -- I spoke on Saturday night.  Just, what a great crowd.  What a great group of people out of the NRA.  But I run into -- I've been texting Marcus Luttrell because Marcus was supposed to come with me to my daughter's prom.  Now, if you don't know who Marcus Luttrell is, he's the author of Lone Survivor.  He and his Navy SEAL team, there were four of them, they fought off 400 Al-Qaeda members by themselves and he's the lone survivor.  Kind of a tough guy.

I tried to get him on the phone this morning but he's giving a lecture some place.  So he can't tell the story himself, but we'll have him later on to retell the story, but I've been texting him and I couldn't get a hold of him and I'm like, Marcus, come on, man, you've got to help me; my daughter is going out to her prom; I need to scare the living bat crap out of the guy dating her!  And nothing.

So there I am at the NRA and I'm having a conversation with somebody and all of a sudden across the room I see Marcus walk in and he makes eye contact with me.  And then he just puts his head down.  So I make a beeline over to Marcus and I said, where have you been, man?  He said, well, sir, now -- you know, Marcus, if you've ever heard him on the program, he's the most kind, humble, quiet Texan you can imagine.  Agree, Stu?  Is that a great way to -- right?

STU:  Yeah, definitely.

GLENN:  Humble, he's a seal.  He's a Navy SEAL and he's not Jesse Ventura, "I'm going to rip your heart out."  He said, "Well, sir--" I said, "Marcus, where are you?"  He said, "Well, sir, my mama doesn't know this yet, but I've been in jail."  And I said, what?  He said, "Well, I came up to Manhattan.  I was in Manhattan and one thing led to another and I ended up in jail."  I said, "What the -- what did you do?"  "Well, sir, I was just minding my own business."  He said, "There I was," and he stayed at this -- I don't know.  I don't know how to describe it -- hip kind of hotel here in Manhattan where nothing but troublemakers hang out at.  You know the type.  So Marcus is like, "I'm just staying at this hotel and, you know, they have a bar downstairs and so I went down to that bar."  He said, "Have you ever been to that hotel?  That's a weird hotel."  I said, yes.  He said, "So I'm standing there at that -- I'm standing there in the hotel and I decide to go down to the bar."  And he said, "I'm just, I'm wearing my cowboy boots and wearing my jeans and I got a shirt on and back of the shirt is a Texas state flag."  He said, "I'm just standing there at the bar and I'm talking to this woman.  She's very nice.  We're just having a nice conversation and pretty soon a guy comes up and he slaps me on the back.  He pokes me in the back and he said, 'Your murdering President is from the state that you have the flag on.'"  He said, "So I under turned around and I looked at him."  He said, "It was this little scrawny guy, he's wearing a polo shirt, he's got the collar flipped up and wearing some kind of weird tie around his polo shirt."  He said, "He's got skinny jeans and stupid shoes and said he's wearing sunglasses in the bar at night."  He said, "This guy was just pissing me off just looking at him.  To add insult to injury," he said, "I could barely understand him."  Said, "I couldn't understand him.  He was from some place else.  He was a tourist."  And he said, "I just turned to him and I said, 'Yes, sir, that's who the President -- that's where the President is from.'"  Then he turned around.  He said, "I started talking to the girl again.  Pretty soon the guy pokes me in the back again."

Now, when I'm hearing this story, I'm thinking, you're the dumbest SOB on the planet.  You are poking a guy the size of Marcus Luttrell in the back and calling on trouble.

STU:  Yeah, and not to mention that he's wearing a Texas flag.

GLENN:  Yes.

STU:  You're, like, trying to insult him.

GLENN:  Yes.

STU:  Not a good idea.

GLENN:  Yes.  And he pokes him in the back and says, "Are all Texans nothing but murdering thugs?"  Now he's -- now he's not only insulting the President and Texas but he's calling all Texans murdering thugs, and he's saying it to a man who held off 400 Al-Qaeda members single-handedly for two days.  He turned around and he said, "You know what?  There's two things you don't do.  You don't make fun of my mama and you don't make fun of the great State of Texas.  You hear me?"  He said, then I turned around again.  He said, I started talking to this girl.  Third time.  He said the guy was just saying -- he didn't even tell me -- saying some of the worst stuff about Bush, about Texas, about the war, he said, and then he poked him in the back again, third time.  Marcus said, "Glenn, there's really only two ways to get a man's attention and that is to catch him on fire or beat the hell out of him."  I said, you didn't set him on fire, did you?  He said, "No."  He said before he knew it, though, he was outside that bar with mice hands around his neck and I was beating the snot out of him on the sidewalk.  Police came and Marcus was -- so Marcus was in jail.  And I said, you know, Marcus, this story could end a lot of ways.  With you being in jail I could have been very disappointed in you but for some reason a guy with sunglasses at night and a flipped up polo shirt making fun of you, the President and Texas, I'm strangely okay with you beating the snot out of him on the sidewalks in Manhattan.  Was it worth it?  He said, "Well, yes, sir."

STU:  That's fan -- I can tell you this.  It's the absolute best outcome for the guy who was poking him.  The fact that it just ends with Marcus in jail, like, that's the best.

GLENN:  He was dead serious, too.  He was dead serious.  He said, there's really only two ways to get a man's attention.  You either catch him on fire or you beat the snot out of him.  Who will thinks catch him on fire is an option?  (Laughing).  He was at the NRA convention and they were talking about some, you know, .50-caliber sharpshooting rifle and a .50-caliber sharpshooting rifle, that's a big rifle and our military uses it and Marcus has used it, and the president of the company that makes this .50-caliber rifle says, "You know -- "and he sees Marcus there and he was sitting there listening in the audience to the guy.  He said, you know, Marcus Luttrell is here.  He said, Marcus, military uses this weapon.  What do you think of it?  Have you ever used it?  Marcus again:  "Well, sir, yes, I have.  637 -- 1637 yards I shot a man's throat out.  There was not really much left.  So I think it's a good piece of machinery.  Sits down.  There was like, (clearing throat).  Okay, Marcus, those are stories that really you should --

STU:  That's not really dinnertime material.

GLENN:  That's not -- I know the Second Amendment's not about sportsmen and hunting, but the NRA convention is.  You know what I mean?  When they're talking -- when he's up there talking about, "You know this .50-caliber rifle, this is a great, you can get a shot --" I don't think we really need to talk about taking a man's throat out at 1600 yards.  Maybe it's just me.

STU:  It is amazing how pro Second Amendment people come when it's other people fighting for their freedom overseas.  It's amazing how all of a sudden everyone's like, "Oh, yeah, they can have guns, no problem about it when they're defending me."

GLENN:  I would buy a .50-caliber sniper rifle, absolutely.  Sure.

STU:  It will do the job.

GLENN:  It will do the job.  For deer.  It will do the job.  You know what, it was just an incredible weekend, man.  That's the first time I've ever been to the NRA convention and they asked me to speak and I tried out some of the -- I tried out some of the material for the Unelectable speech.  You know our tour, it's politically incorrect.  I hammer the Republicans, I hammer the -- I call McCain, Obama and Hillary Larry, Curly and Mo, the Three Stooges, and went into their policies and hammered all of them and hammered both sides, and there were senators and everybody else sitting in the audience and I don't know.  I don't think it's -- I mean, it's politically incorrect, but I don't -- I think people are so starved for the truth that they'll pretty much go anywhere.  They'll pretty much go anywhere.

STU:  Well, I had to ask you because I actually had a friend who was there and I got an e-mail from them with notes because I wanted notes on your speech hoping, of course, for flubs, trip-ups.

GLENN:  Oh, you know what?  I keep leaving -- because everybody I talk to said that you had e-mailed them or talked to them.  You were looking for -- I mean, you really thought I was going to get up and --

STU:  Well --

GLENN:  I mean, there was one person that came up to me and said, Stu wants verbatim everything you say about Ted Kennedy.  I'm like, I'm not going to make fun of Ted -- he was just rushed to the hospital.

STU:  I just was warning you.  I just wanted to make sure.  Because I mean, you know, Ted Kennedy jokes are fine 99% of the time.

GLENN:  Sure.

STU:  But the day he goes to the hospital.

GLENN:  The day he goes to the hospital, you think that's over the edge, Stu?

STU:  Not really the timing.  I was just reminding you.  This is what he said.  He said your speech included six standing ovations.

GLENN:  Yes.  That it was the biggest crowd they've ever had, the biggest convention they've ever had, the biggest -- it doubled last year's convention, the size-wise.

STU:  Not the convention.  The dinner.

GLENN:  The dinner that I spoke at.

STU:  And at the end they gave you a gun.

GLENN:  They did and it was a little awkward.

STU:  The gun?

GLENN:  They gave me the Charlton Heston rifle, the cold dead hands, that thing.

STU:  Really?

GLENN:  Yeah.  It's beautiful, absolutely beautiful.  They took it away from me right away.  They let me hold it for, like, five minutes.  And they're like, we'll box it and ship it to you.  And I'm like, but I haven't even seen it.  We'll box it and ship it to you.

STU:  Can it take someone's throat out at 1600 yards?

GLENN:  No, no.  I didn't know what to say when they handed -- because they played because they did this big tribute to Charlton Heston, you know, and at the end with his, you know, you take it out of my cold, dead hands.  And then, you know, they give it -- you know, "Here."  And I'm like -- all I could think of is, "They didn't take it out of his cold, dead hands, did they?  I mean, that's not --" I didn't ask but I'm pretty sure they didn't.

STU:  Probably a different one.

GLENN:  I'm pretty sure it's a different one.  What do you say?  You know, I had to walk up to the microphone and say something, cold dead -- you can't say anything.  What do you do?  You stand there with a gun?  I didn't know what to say.

STU:  You can't follow that.

GLENN:  No.  So I just walked up to the microphone with nothing to say and I went, "Thank you.  I'm glad I now have a gun to go varmint hunting with."  I mean, I didn't know what to say.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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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.

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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

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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