Glenn Beck: Congress takes notice

GLENN: Is it just me that wants -- I just, I want a leader. That's all I want, I just want a leader. It will all be done with a leader. You know what? We just have to lead ourself. We just have to demand it ourself. Just done with them. Aren't you don't with the people in Washington? Every time you walk up to a gas tank and you have to fill it in -- hang on. George Bush is like, can you take this? High oil prices at the root of high gas prices, families are looking to Washington for a response. Basic law of supply and demand is behind the gas price. That's what Bush is saying so far. Let's see what he's -- just bring it up live. What, is he -- what's he saying now?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Paying the price at the pump for this. Congress must face a hard reality. Unless members are willing to accept gas prices at today's painful levels or even higher, our nation must produce more oil and we must start now. So this morning I ask Democratic congressional leaders to move forward with four steps to expand American oil and gasoline production. First, we should expand American oil production by increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf, or OCS. Experts believe that the OCS could produce about 18 billion barrels of oil. That would be enough to match America's current oil production for almost 10 years.

GLENN: That's what we talked about yesterday.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Problem is that congress has restricted access to keep parts of the OCS since the early 1980s. Since then advances in technology have made it possible to conduct oil exploration in the OCS that is out of sight, protects coral reefs and habitats and protects against oil spills. With these advances and a dramatic increase in oil prices, congressional restrictions on OCS exploration have become outdated and counterproductive.

GLENN: By the way, the 420 cubic feet, 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is there and I thought natural gas was a clean energy. Are we worried about that washing up on shore as well? That's in the OCS. Go ahead. Some more.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Republicans in congress have proposed several promising bills that would lift the legislative ban on oil exploration in the OCS.

GLENN: This is what we did yesterday. They postponed it today.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Calling on the House and the Senate to pass good legislation as soon as possible. This legislation should give the states the option of opening up OCS resources off their shores.

GLENN: Stop just a second. This bill that we talked about yesterday, this has been delayed now in congress. Pelosi pulled it off the roster. It was supposed to be voted on today. They pulled it off because they don't know what to do now because public opinion is saying -- 67% say drill. 67% of Americans say this. And you were calling yesterday and they don't know what to do. They know their head's going to be handed to them. So they've delayed this bill. You need to call them again today and say, do it, vote on it, now, put it back on the roster. They are doing fancy footwork until they can figure out what to do.

The Democrats are screwed. They can't go into the Outer Continental Shelf. They can't. Are you kidding me? Al Gore? He can support this? He can't support this. And this is what the President is doing and this is what is unfortunate here is he is -- he has the way to do it. It's called an executive order. He can do it. You know, they're going to go crazy, but that's fine. Bring that fight on every single day of the week. When people are paying for this, bring it on. And you know what? If congress doesn't do it, he should do it. He should do it in the next 60 days. If they don't do it, rescind those through executive order, make that the number one priority in all of the debates. Let Barack Obama and all of the Democrats stand against drilling for more oil when America's paying $4 and $5 a gallon gas, or astronomical rates to heat their house come November. You let that happen. Bush, I'm telling you, get if front of the cameras and stop with this four-step plan. Do one. "I'm signing an executive order. We're drilling. We're going into ANWR and we're going offshore," period. Here are the points on the map, and bring it out. Do a Ross Perot. Show the points where India and Venezuela and China and Vietnam are all drilling off our coasts. Show them on a map and say, why aren't we doing it? Why aren't we buying the leases? Why are we doing this to ourselves? We are bringing this on ourselves. The rest of the world isn't waiting for us to join them. We're leading the way in stupidity. The rest of the world won't follow. Why is that? We won't drill in ANWR and yet Russia is trying to get the mineral rights of the North Pole? Come on. What are we doing? That's what he should do.

All right, let's hear Step 2.

PRESIDENT BUSH: New leasing revenues and assure that our environment is protected. There's also an executive prohibition on exploration.

GLENN: Are you going to rescind it?

PRESIDENT BUSH: When congress lifts the legislative ban, illicit the executive prohibition.

GLENN: Stop. Why are you doing that? Why are you doing that? Joe, you're a political animal. Why is he doing that? Why is he waiting to lift the ban of the executive -- lead the way! Lead the way. Why would you say that? "When you do it, I'll do it." No, I'll do it. Now get your butt in gear and vote, today. Go ahead, Dan.

PRESIDENT BUSH: We should expand oil production by tapping into the extraordinary potential of oil shale. Oil shale is the type of rock that can produce oil when exposed to heat or other process. One major deposit, the Green River Basin of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming --

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Is it a coincidence that Bush has been against these things and now when these two bills have come up and we've asked you -- and I'm not saying it's us alone, but we have asked you, call and tell them to open up the oil shale and call them and tell them to open up the offshore drilling, that once the American people get their butts in gear and call, all of a sudden we start to see something. Now, I don't believe they are actually going to do anything. Isn't it interesting when all of a sudden, all of a sudden that's just brushed off to the side by congress and they've got their butt in a wringer. And George Bush all of a sudden comes out and says, let's go. The only thing I'd like is for you to call the White House and say, hey, why not lift it now. Lift your executive ban right now.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Has the equivalent of about 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil. That's more than three times larger than the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia, and it can be fully recovered. And if it can be fully recovered, it would be equal to more than a century's worth of currently projected oil imports. For many years the high cost of extracting oil from shale exceeded the benefit, but today the calculus is changing. Companies have invested in technology to make oil shale production more affordable and efficient, and while the cost of extracting oil from shale is still more than the cost of traditional production, it's also less than the current market price of oil.

GLENN: Okay, stop for a second. I've got to take a break, but let me just leave you this. He is going to go on and he's going to talk about drilling up ANWR, that we should open up ANWR and also coal-to-oil technology. Let me just, let me just put this in perspective. This is how the country becomes disenfranchised. You are not as important as the government is. That's quite a statement. You are not as important as the government. Why would I say something like that? Because two years ago I told you then the government was doing experimental flights to make sure that their coal-to-liquid gasification fuel was working in our military jets. Our Pentagon has built coal gasification and coal-to-oil plants to be able to fully maintain our military. This is one of the best pieces of news I've heard for our strategic defense, yet it's good enough for the military but it's not good enough for you: We've got to keep the military running, but the rest of the country we can worry about polar bears. You know what? If it's good enough for the people, it's good enough for the military. That's the way it should be. Coal gasification and coal-to-oil should have been the priority for America. At the same time you make it the priority for the Pentagon, but that's not the way they do it. They build their coal gasification plants, they just leave it out there so they can run but you can't. It's time to demand that we have our economic security as well.

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.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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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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