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GLENN: Do we have the audio of Barack Obama and the speech that he gave on Memorial Day. And then he started answering some questions and as we told you yesterday, he talked about his uncle? Was it his uncle or was it his grandfather that he originally said helped liberate the Auschwitz death camp. As we told you yesterday, got kind of a problem with that one because Auschwitz was in Poland and the Soviets liberated the -- you know, yesterday for a while I thought, you know, an Obama family member could have been fighting for the red army. I'm not sure, but it could have happened. You would think that a guy who is Harvard educated and Columbia educated would know that Auschwitz was liberated by the red army, but apparently, apparently not.

Now, they came out yesterday afternoon with a statement. I don't know. Has anybody seen the media coverage on this one? I love it. Only the GOP is worried about this. I think, I think anybody who is arguing that this says nothing is wrong. I think anyone who says, "Oh, see, he's lying; he's got all the..." is also wrong. And as it turns out, his great-uncle went and liberated a smaller camp associated with Buchenwald. That is, you know, another concentration camp. I don't know about you, but concentration camps, I mean, Auschwitz is the king of concentration camps. No doubt about it. When you think of concentration camp, you think it's definitely Auschwitz. You think that's got to be the worst of all of the concentration camps. However, they're all pretty bad, you know? They all pretty much are places I don't want to walk into, especially if you didn't know what was coming, and that is exactly what Barack Obama's great-uncle did. He walked in, as part of his crew, his troops -- see if I have the -- it will 89th infantry division. It was the unit that was among those who liberated the camp. His great-uncle's name was Charlie Payne. I wouldn't want to walk into that and I can't imagine that you got over it. I can't imagine that you could ever, ever forget it.

Now, here's what it does say, that Barack Obama didn't remember that it was his great-uncle. Go ahead. Play the audio, please.

SENATOR OBAMA: I had a uncle who was one of the -- who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps, and the story in our family was that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and he didn't leave the house for six months, all right? Now, obviously something had really affected him deeply, but at that time there just weren't the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain.

GLENN: Okay. The story is that he went up into his attic and didn't leave the house for six months, and obviously something affected him deeply. Mr. Obama, is what you got out of the stories of the Nazi concentration camp in your family, is what you got out of that story that there should be government funding for our soldiers? Is that really the main message that you got? Because I grew up in a family that went through the Great Depression and anybody who did, I have to tell you my wife says, why do you save the bacon fat? "What?" Why do you do this? Why do you -- I cover the bacon fat and I put it in the refrigerator because I don't use it like my grandmother used to. She used to keep it up over the stove. She would keep all of the fat that she would -- I got that from my grandparents. It was drilled into my head. Why do you think I am such a freak on watching the economy, making sure that you're prepared, making sure that I'm prepared. I'm getting that from my grandparents. Don't ever be so arrogant that you think it can't happen to you because that's what the country thought back in 1929, and we lived through the Great Depression, I mean over and over and over again. The Great Depression made an impact on me because of my grandparents. I learned lessons because of the Great Depression, and anybody who is my age, if you are 45 years old or older, you know it, too.

So are you telling me, Mr. Obama, that the lesson in your family that you learned from somebody who walked, was one of the first to walk into a concentration camp and liberate these people is we should have more funding to be able to heal our soldiers and their mental wounds? You know what, if you are a longtime listener to this program, you know what a big supporter I am of the troops. I have two relatives currently serving. I worry about them, we pray for them twice a day. I mean, they are always on my mind. You know that I raise money for the USO. You know I do everything I can to make sure that we have the right facilities. I have personally sent over reinforced helmets to soldiers I don't even know because my nephew said, lost a helmet, had to get one, it's not as good. I send it over. Somebody else needed a helmet; I sent it over. I care. And I want to make sure, because the reason why I care, the reason why I say let's not destroy our troops, the first reason -- and you know this if you were listening after September 11th, I worked with a guy who was a Vietnam vet and it did amazing things to him and turned him upside down. I want to make sure we treat our troops with respect. I want to make sure that we treat what they do with respect when they come back here, and I want to make sure that they have the best healthcare and medical care and mental healthcare. But with all of that being said, I'm sorry. I don't compare what our troops have done today and what they have experienced, the horror of war, which I hope I never know myself, but I just don't believe it to be the same as walking into a death camp. I can't believe that that's the same kind of thing. But maybe it's just me. Maybe it's just me that sees, wait a minute, you had a great-uncle. The first group of Americans to walk in and witness a death camp. He lived in the attic for six months, and the message you get from that is, A, more government money to take care of our troops, which, okay. Really? And B, the other message you got is we should sit down and talk to Ahmadinejad.

Now, by the way, he's now saying, no, he won't talk to President Tom. He'll talk to the real leaders of Iran. The real leaders are crazy nut job clerics! They all say that Jews need to be run into the sea. I think, just like my lard sandwich conversations with my grandparents, just like saving the bacon fat over the stove, I can't stop doing it, I can't stop thinking about it because of what was drilled into my head. I would think that if you had a great-uncle that liberated one of the death camps, one of the lessons that you would get is you do not appease dictators. Two, you listen to people and take people at their word when they say they are going to wipe somebody off the face of the Earth, you take them at their word because they meant it. And three, gee, I think I've heard of people trying to run the Jews into the sea before. Oh, yeah, it was a story of my great-uncle. They weren't running them into the sea. They were pushing them into ovens. But in the meantime somehow or another you have that experience an yet you have an advisor that's currently talking to Hamas. I'm telling you something does not smell right. Something is not right. Maybe I'm taking it all out of whack. Maybe I've got it all wrong. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. I don't think so.

I have to tell you I think that there are too many things out here that people are just not paying attention to.

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.

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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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