Glenn Beck: $4 gas

GLENN: National average of gasoline now $4 a gallon for the first time in United States history, $4 a gallon. I'd like to thank the environmentalists. No, congratulations on that. Because you've made it such a pain in the butt to make a refinery or to drill for oil all for the sake of saving the plants and the animals, we're paying out the nose for gasoline. Awesome job. No, seriously. We have you to thank. And thank you. I love you more than life itself. I do. Now the rattlesnakes are free to roam, those grounds that nobody would walk on because they're full of rattlesnakes. God forbid we build a refinery there, start pumping out some much needed oil. No, no, no. Now you're free to go across that wasteland and stumble into a rattlesnake and you'll get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside because you know that you're willing to pay just as much for your car as you do for gas on a monthly basis, so that cute little slimy, slithery fella can live. Of course, that warm feeling, that might become it's more likely that it's just because the rattlesnake just ripped its fangs into your legs and the poisonous venom is now attacking your body but you'll probably be dead in 20 minutes or so but it will be a fast death. Mr. Rattlesnake was there. You can see him as you slowly close your eyes and say, it was all worth it. $4 a gallon. They say it could be as high as $5 a gallon. Gas DEET prom today say they are expecting oil by 2009 to be $250 a barrel. Yeah, yeah.

You know, here's the thing America needs to understand. You've got to start speaking up. You've got to take the stupid polar bear head off. If you are standing on a corner street right now saying save the polar bear, you need to get out of the polar bear suit and start speaking up. Right now people in Washington are not hearing you. The only ones, the only solutions that I'm hearing are the ones that are going to make it worse. Take the profits, that's what they're talking about today in congress, taking the profits from the oil companies. We've tried it before. It makes things much, much worse. They are talking about cap and trade, the EPA says it will increase the cost of gasoline $1.50 per gallon. What is it going to take for America to speak up? What's it going to take for America to grab a pitchfork? How about this? How about the rapidly approaching lifestyle of the Frenchy French men? Because that's where we're headed. I can't believe it. As everybody else is headed towards us, we're headed towards the French. The French have been paying high gas prices for years and look what it's done for them. No, seriously. They can drive mopeds instead of cars. When they do drive cars, it's Le car. That's so clever, isn't it? Seriously don't you wish General Motors would have thought of something and called it The Car? That just shows deep thinking. Well, it can only come from people who just, you know, don't understand the concept of a shower. I think the French, the only time that they get into a shower is when they are driving their mopeds and the rains. Is that really the lifestyle we want to live, really, the French lifestyle? Just like the French, we're all getting drunk all the time because of crappy lives, eating bread, not showering and riding mopeds everywhere. I mean, who doesn't want to get drunk after that? I mean, you wake up every morning going, geez, I'm French. Just like the French, our greatest achievement, because we're all jobless, drunk and have nothing better to do, we'll be throwing splotches of paint on a canvas and putting it in a giant building to look at which everyone has time to do because we're jobless, and the paintings look great because we're all drunk. And so just like the French will become angry, smelly, inferiority complex little socialist rodents.

I don't understand the socialist movement here in America, I don't. It's a sad but true fact that at least in the U.S. people are generally against socialism until it benefits them. And then all of a sudden they are like these social all of a sudden they are like, oh, no, Mao, love Mao, he's great. "Socialism, boy, that stinks. Boy, that's but I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance." It's amazing to me the idea of socialism is picking up steam here. People are actually starting to call themselves socialists, like that's a good thing. Look what socialism has done to every other country that has dabbled in it. Not only the healthcare systems, blow chunks. I mean, I was in reading in USA Today, the front page of the paper today talks about how police forces are cutting back on, you know, going around in their cruisers because they can't afford the gas. That's not good. What do you think's going to happen when they control healthcare? Not only do their healthcare systems suck but if it's a country that has dabbled in socialism, gas prices soar, huge unemployment rates, lastly, last importantly, miserable human beings to be around them. No, they are. They are just miserable human beings. Think about it.

Do you remember when you finally moved out on your own? I mean, even if your parents were great, wasn't it nice to taste freedom, start living your own life, live in your own apartment? Then once you were out on your own, you got out of your own way. I mean, if you desperately needed help, your parents, if you were lucky my weren't because they couldn't afford it. They were there for you. But my parents couldn't afford it. I wasn't that lucky. I had to make my own way and even if I was in trouble, they couldn't help me. I think the government should do the same thing. Get the heck out of my way. Help me if I absolutely, positively need it but not to make it easy.

Under socialism it's like having a parent that just won't let you go. Imagine your parent running your bank account. Imagine your parent saying, no, no, no, honey, that's not going to do it. Telling you where your money should go, telling you exactly what to eat at the time, telling you exactly what you need to do, what kind of car you drive, setting all kinds of limits: Make sure you're home at this time. How about if they still hadn't taken you off their healthcare plan or they were in charge of your retirement and you had no choice in the matter? Wouldn't that be sweet? No! You'd be miserable, just like the French... that smell.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.