Glenn Beck: McCain pros & cons



GLENN: So I started to put together a pros and cons list but I don't even think, this isn't a good -- I mean, and this is how I make decisions. My dad taught me this when I was little: Make a pros and cons list. Dad, I don't want to -- "Make a pros and cons list." All right. So I just take a piece of paper and just line it down the center of pros and cons. But I don't -- I mean, I don't even know what the pros are. I don't know what the cons are. I mean, you know, I'm the con list. This is the kind of game I play. This is why I need outside help because the kind of game I play I'm like, on the con list he's old. On the pro list he's not as old as Senator Byrd. What?

STU: Him being old is not a pro or a con. That is just who he is. It doesn't --

GLENN: In four years, in four years from now he's going to be how old? 76?


STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Is he 72?

STU: He's 71 now.

GLENN: 71, okay, so he'll be 75, 76. And I'm not saying you can't be going strong. I just, I figured out why he had his mother on the campaign trail. Because his mom I think is like 150 years old and she's still going strong and just like, "What? So I was out picking up trucks yesterday. What!" You know, but does anybody remember, you know, Reagan in the last part. He started to get a little dicey there.

STU: I don't know. Man --

GLENN: I'll take dicey Reagan anytime, yes, I will. But he's not Reagan.

STU: But that has nothing to do with his age. It has nothing to do with his age. Reagan, you know, it comes down to what sort of President you're voting for. Reagan, whether he was old or young, would have been great.

GLENN: Could I just, can I make -- may I go through my pros and cons list? Do I go through my pro --

STU: Age in a bad con.

GLENN: Because it's on both sides.

STU: No, it's not.

GLENN: Yes, it is.

STU: You could say age and experience is a pro and a con.

GLENN: Fine, whatever. Gee, I was just trying to give an example of how you could balance it out on both sides. Fine, whatever, Stu.

Here's the actual pros and cons list. On the pros he -- and I believe him -- says that he will nominate conservative judges. But that's offset by, do you think he's going to have a chance of nominating a conservative judge and get it through the Senate? No. Not even. They're going to control the Senate, the Republicans won't even be able to filibuster. Nothing. There's nothing stopping this freight train to hell. So again, judges, pros and cons. He's going to nominate. But then he won't get that guy through. So he will have to compromise and get somebody that's, well, they're not really conservative. And we'll end up with, you know, some clown.

STU: Right. But that's in any Republican President right now. I don't think that's a legitimate con. That's a pro.

GLENN: He's consistently pro life. But I mean, does anybody think that we're going to, really, are we going to overturn Roe versus Wade? I don't see that as a campaign issue, you know? Maybe, you can tie that -- that becomes the judge issue. That becomes the judge issue. He's consistently pro Second Amendment. Amen to that. That one is a huge one for me. The Second Amendment -- you know what? I have to tell you this. I became a member of the NRA, a lifetime member, what, a year, year and a half ago? And I have to tell you, I don't think I've told you this yet. The NRA has had the opportunity to pull me aside several times. I've been -- you know, I've been with Wayne La Pierre and Chris Cox and all the people from the NRA, board members. You know, I've been in private conversations, I've been in, you know, smoke-filled rooms. It had all of these -- and not once have I heard the NRA say anything even close to, "We're really going to get those Democrats this time." Not even close. This organization, I have to tell you, is really truly about the Second Amendment. They don't care if it's a Republican or a Democrat. They really don't care. Whoever is going to protect the Second Amendment. I think this is one of the only organizations that I have seen that understands parties change all the time. It's about the issue, not the party. And I don't care about who's getting in power, whatever, it's the issue.

You know, I've adopted the NRA as one of my personal -- I think, I'm trying to think. It is the only charity that I will give a large sum of money to that is a private charity, that is outside of my church or whatever. You know I've said -- what did you say, Stu? Huntsman Cancer, I have given, I have given a lot of money to the Huntsman Cancer Center. I'm willing to -- I believe in the Second Amendment so much and I believe it is so critical to our survival. It is the last line of defense, the Second Amendment, and I believe this organization absolutely believes in it full fledge and I will, ever time, give an extraordinary sum of money to the NRA.

STU: This is the only issue-related charity I would say that you --

GLENN: Yeah, the Huntsman Cancer Center I've given a lot of money to and will continue to give a lot of money to because I trust them. You know what I mean? And I believe in what they're doing. But I'm trying to think of the -- I don't think I've ever joined a group except my church. I've never joined a group.

STU: Hostess fan club.

GLENN: What did you say?

STU: The Hostess fan club.

GLENN: That's not really group. That is more of a church.

STU: I'm sorry.

GLENN: All right. Jon McCain is Second Amendment and that is one reason why I would. That one could be "Push me over the top" because Obama is a nightmare for guns. Let's see what happens with the Supreme Court. And then I got down to, well, I've got the war in Iraq. He's absolutely right on that one.

Do we have the audio of Barack Obama? Listen how wrong Barack Obama is on the war. Now we have some distance. And remember when the surge, "Oh, everybody was against the surge. John McCain was alone on the surge, you know what, except for Condoleezza Rice. I think he should go for Condoleezza Rice. Do we know anything about Condoleezza Rice's politics?

STU: Well, she just -- the only thing you ever hear about Condoleezza Rice running for vice president is, I'm not running for vice president, forget it. That's what she says over and over and over and over again. Now, I don't know. A lot of politicians say that, but I believe her. She's been very specific. She's been talking about plans that she's going to do as soon as she gets out of this job. She's over -- it's not happening.

GLENN: She would be great. She would be great. I mean, assuming that her politics are stable. It's the kind of -- you know, it's the kind of thing with Colin Powell. Colin Powell was great but then you start looking at his politics and you're like, I don't know about that. But besides Condoleezza Rice, it was John McCain on the surge.

Here's what Obama said about the surge. And when was this from?

DAN: I believe it was January of '07.

GLENN: January of '07. Listen to what he -- just listen how wrong he was.

SENATOR OBAMA: We cannot impose a military solution on what has effectively become a civil war. And until we acknowledge that reality, we can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops. I don't know any expert on the region or any military officer that I've spoken to privately that believes that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground.

GLENN: Holy cow. Really? Then you're talking to the wrong advisors. I mean, once again that shows not only how wrong he was on the war or on the surge but that he's surrounding himself with advisors that don't get it. You didn't talk to a single person that thinks that this would make a difference, not one? Wow, I don't trust his advisors, I don't trust his spiritual advisors, I don't trust his military advisors. John McCain gets that.

Okay. So we have pro life, but what difference does that make at this point. The judges, but what difference is that going to make with the Senate? I'm just -- Stu, I'm just playing -- this is -- may I just be me, the way I think?

STU: You can be you, but you being you is screwing up the whole concept of this. You're making excuses. Well, yes. I mean, pro life, are they going to overturn -- is he going to single-handedly overturn --

GLENN: What I'm doing here is -- what I'm doing here is asking for a pros and con list, convince me that I should vote for this guy. I don't think I should vote for this guy. I've never been a vote for this person because, at least he's not this person. I believe vote for something, not against something. I want to be for something. You know, this is what we talked about last night. We started rehearsing for the stage show that's in Atlanta and we changed the second half because the second half was really almost a parody of everything you've seen and I decided last night it's not going to be. It will have some comedy stuff in it, but I want you to finally hear the things that you've been dying to hear. I want you to finally -- I think everybody feels so alone. You know what the answers are. You know. You're questioning now why you're even a conservative. Because you don't even know what it stands for anymore. Because you have no example of what a conservative is. You, your friends. Nobody's articulating it. I want to be for something. And I don't have anybody I can be for. You don't win elections in America being against. You win for being for something. So convince me to be for him. So you got the Iraq -- you've got the -- he's not afraid to use force. In this climate he will use force. He's not going to be bullied around or conned by Ahmadinejad. 

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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