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Stu's disclaimer - If your children are learning anything from Glenn, you are a terrible parent.

STU: I want to know if you are going to apologize for your television last night.

GLENN: What did I do on -- don't even -- if you are thinking about what I think you're thinking, don't even bring it up.

STU: No, I think I should bring it up because I think that -- well, first of all, there may have been --

GLENN: This might be a marriage thing, Stu. This might be -- you might be treading into territory -- are you talking about with Ben Stein?

STU: Yes, with Ben Stein.

GLENN: This might be something that you don't want to bring up because -- get in trouble last night. I was --

STU: Oh, you are saying that's going to make me not want to bring it up?

GLENN: No, no. Listen. We talked about cap and trade. Remember we talked about your wife with cap and trade and I did this whole bit about how, you know, you've got to put age limits on your women and you just, you cap them and then you trade them. And your wife just turned 30 and so we did this big deal. And my wife got a note from somebody that said, your husband, I can't believe -- make him sleep on the couch. She didn't listen to the show and so she didn't know and so I told her and we were at dinner last night. She said, what is this all about, this cap and trade thing and I told her and she just shook her head and looked at me and said, you are amazing. And I said, it's funny, cap and trade. She said, do I get to trade you? And I said, yeah. You trade me in for Michael Eisner.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: That didn't really make it much better, but she had a good sense of humor about it.

STU: By whose perspective.

GLENN: Yeah. So she -- what?

STU: Nothing.

GLENN: So she, you know, she has a good sense of humor and she knows me. Last night she's watching the television show and I'm sitting next to her and Ben Stein comes on and I said... and Ben Stein, we're talking about this new law in Sarasota County where they can -- where they're going to test you. You can't have smoked for at least a year. And if you smoke even at home, car, any time, you smoke, you can't work for the county. Now, here's where the problem is. The problem with this is universal healthcare, sorry, it's coming. If the government says I'm not going to give you a job and I'm not going to give you insurance if you smoke, well, what about all those poor uninsured people? What about those 43 million Americans that just won't be able to have health insurance? What about them? And by the way, the government is making money off of cigarette taxes. So they need smokers. They should be handing out cigarettes to children because they keep raising taxes and they keep saying, well, it's only because we don't want people to smoke. But they're making money on it.

So you've got the cigarette tax thing, you have universal healthcare. And what's next? Fast food? The BBC, there was a story in the BBC yesterday that said the obese are causing all of the world's ills. That was the headline. You're kidding me, right? Fat people? We eat too much, we -- takes more gas and fuel to bring our food to us because we eat more food. Costs more to drive us around because we're heavier. The obese are the cause of all the world's ills. So when does that happen? When universal -- I'm telling you it's all going to be tied into universal healthcare. It's coming.

So we did this, and Ben Stein, I called him before the show and I said, stop on the way and get a hamburger, will you? And he just laughed and he said, really? I said, yeah. And he said, I love doing your show. So we didn't even talk about -- nothing. So he starts eating -- at the beginning of the show he turns to the camera and he was going to start eating when we were talking because he did two segments. He was going to start eating while we were talking about oil. And he turned and I said, what are you doing? He said, I want to eat. And I said, eat on your own time. And so then he knew, oh, I guess I don't want to eat on this story. So then a half hour later he comes back and he had been -- I've been watching him in the monitor. He got a bag of -- I mean, he's just eating McDonald's. He's just watching the show being taped and he's just eating McDonald's. So we get on the next one and he starts to eat his McDonald's and little does he know I also went to McDonald's and I got a pack of cigarettes. And so we come back and he's eating and he's talking about how bad it is and then they come back to me on camera and I've got a cigarette in my hand and it's lit and I take a drag off the cigarette, which, I haven't had a cigarette in 20 years. Ughhh, I couldn't get the smell out of -- oh, it was just horrible.

So I'm sitting there on the couch and it was -- Stu, funny?

STU: It was very funny.

GLENN: Very funny. And we should put the clip up on the website.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: And so we're sitting there on the couch and I said, oh, this is funny. And Ben is just really, really funny and then they come back to me and I'm smoking a cigarette and coughing and he's talking seriously about whatever he was talking about. And he stops and he looks down at his monitor and he says, are you smoking a cigarette? And my wife, she turns to me and she said, what are you doing? And I said -- this is the moment -- I mean, every guy has had this moment where your wife -- where you think you're doing something funny and you realize, uh-oh, wife doesn't find this funny. Have you ever been in that situation?

STU: Of course. Then you try to find a way out.

GLENN: Yeah. And so I said -- she said, what are you doing? And all of -- right then I went, uh-oh. And so I said, "Comedy." She said, what? And I said, "It's comedy. I'm just doing something funny on TV." She said, "We don't smoke." And I said, "I know. But it's funny." And she said, "Oh, so it's just comedy smoking." And I said, "Yes." And she said, "We don't smoke." And I said, "I know, but I wasn't smoking. It was -- it's like I'm an actor. I'm just, I'm just, I'm pretending to smoke. I didn't..." this is the worst thing I should have said. "I didn't inhale."

STU: You did not say "I didn't inhale."

GLENN: "I didn't inhale." (Laughing). She said, "I thought that one didn't work for you." I said, "Honey, it was just comedy. It was just, it was just for comedy." She said, "We don't smoke!" And I said, "But look. See, I'm coughing. I'm not glamorizing it. It's not like you're looking at me going..." she said, "I can't believe you. I can't believe you." And she was so pissed at me. And she said, I can't believe you would -- and I just, I didn't know what to say. So I threw my friend under the bus.

STU: What do you mean?

GLENN: Well, we hired as a company our first Mormon.

STU: You did? You've broken the Mormon barrier on the program.

GLENN: I've broken the Mormon barrier.

STU: Congratulations.

GLENN: We've got like 40 employees. I finally hired one. Poke him with a stick. How does that feel, freak boy? So I said to Tania -- because he came down afterwards and he said, I'm watching your -- I'm watching the show. Were you smoking? And I said, "Yeah. It was funny, right?" And he went, "Yeah, it was funny, but you were smoking." And I said, "Yeah, but it was funny." That should have been the tip-off to me to not watch the show with my wife. Me, no, I don't get it yet. So I didn't know what to say. So she's like, "We don't smoke" and just went on and on and on and on. And I had nothing to say. So I said, "Joe said it was okay."

STU: What, are you 12?

GLENN: I was. I turned into a 12-year-old. I swear to you, I swear to you. My wife scares me. Because she's always right.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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