Glenn Beck: DNC takes a gas holiday

GLENN: Now, here's one of the most incredible stories I have read today and I've read a lot of incredible stories.  Wait until I get to the John Edwards story.

I've read a lot of incredible stories today.  Here's one from the DNC host committee in Denver, tanking up at city gas pumps to avoid paying the $0.40 a gallon in combined Federal and State gas taxes.  Let me repeat that.  The DNC would like to save money for their convention and so they have decided that they're going to buy it from the State gas pumps.  You know where the police officers and State troopers and everybody else, you know, the snow removal trucks, where they gas up.  The DNC has struck a deal that they can gas their cars up during the convention and they've already started this, to avoid the $0.40 a gallon gas tax.  From the same people who said the gas tax won't make any difference, the gas tax means nothing.  I mean, is there economists that have approved this, because this is fantastic.  The gas tax doesn't make a difference.  Now, I'm sure they'll counter with saying, we're buying so much gas, which makes sense, because now when you think about it, you realize that they did suspend the gas tax for all the trucking companies ‑‑ oops.  No, no.  They didn't do that.  But they did cut it for small business people because small business people are ‑‑ um, no, no, they didn't do that, either.  This is the same party that wanted to temporarily suspend the Federal portion of the gas tax, 18.4 cents a gallon for the summer, remember, because it doesn't really add up to very much.  That's what they ‑‑ that's what they said when they were against suspending the Federal gas tax, but I think this goes even further.  They also say that the republicans are doing it at the GOP convention.  Well, do you know what?  Two wrongs don't make a right.  The GOP at this point says that they're not doing that.  They can show you the gas bills where they're, you know, buying it at private pumps.  They're not doing that.  If they are, they're just as big a scum bags as you are.  You've got to be kidding me.  They're doing it.  She started it!  I don't care who started it.  I don't care who else is doing it.  You're doing it and we'll look into the GOP.  If they're doing it, they're just as arrogant as you are.

Now, here's the interesting thing, as well, because, boy, there's just a little ways to go on this one, it's interesting that the DNC has decided to cut the private sector out of it.  Instead of pouring money into the economy and helping people who are running gas stations, going and helping people at the ‑‑ you know, because sometimes you go in and you might buy a bottled water at the same time you're filling up at the gas tank because that's the only food you can afford.  No, no, no.  Instead of doing that, they're giving the money to the State government.  They're buying the gas from the State.  So, let's cut out any kind of private industry.  You've got to be kidding me.  But, wait.  There's more.  They also say ‑‑ this is their excuse this morning ‑‑ we're only doing this ‑‑ I want to quote this.  "We're only doing this so we know that the gas is not tainted.  We are using this as a safety and security measure."  Excuse me?  Excuse me?  Who the hell do you think you are?  Nobody knows you.  You're standing next to a gas pump.  Nobody knows who you are.  You're using it as a safety and security measure?  What?  Operatives are going to go in and put sugar in the tanks where they think you might go buy your gas?  Here's an idea.  Don't buy your gas at the same gas station.  Spread the wealth around.  What do you think of that one?  What do you mean?  You know what they should do?  They should just nationalize all of the oil companies.  That way they know for sure that the oil coming out of those oil companies is safe for them and then they could just nationalize all of the refineries.  That way they know all of the refined oil in the gas would be safe for them.  Oh, no.  Here's what they could do:  They could also nationalize all of the pumps.  That way they know that everything pumped into their car would be safe.  No.  But somebody could steal their credit card.  Maybe they should nationalize American Express and Visa.  While you're at it, why don't we just nationalize all the banks?  I mean, we're almost there, anyway.  They're too large to fail.  These people are insane and out of control!  The arrogance is just ‑‑ I mean, I can't ‑‑ two things.  I can't take it anymore and part of the thing I can't take anymore is that these guys continue to do it over and over and over again, insulting and injuring us over and over and over again and, yet, nobody in the media is really going to pay attention to this.  This isn't going to be a big deal because half of the country ‑‑ no, I wouldn't say that ‑‑ 20 percent of this country is asleep.  They don't care.  Whatever!  Oh, they're all like that!  While the other half just continually is reinjured over and over and over and over again.  It's a ticking time bomb, man, when you think that you can go and get away with skipping the Federal and State gas tax because, well, you're a politician, you're a political party, and, yet, you let the people suffer, let them eat cake.  Is there no cake?  Unbelievable."

You know, I found somebody the other day that somebody brought to my attention.  I want to introduce her.  Her name is Sarah Steelman.  I'm got to go this with republicans and the democrats.  I'm going to search these people out.  I am so tired of the weasels.  I'm so tired of people saying, oh, no, our party is innocent.  It's them.  No, it's not.  It's both of you.  So, I want to look for the politicians that are doing the right thing and I don't care what political party they're in.  Right now this woman, Sarah Steelman, she is the Missouri State treasurer and she's running for the governor of Missouri, but the ‑‑ and she's running at a Republican, but the RNC ‑‑ no, they don't want her in.  The republicans have endorsed the opposition.  It's a primary for the governor.  It's a Congressman.  Now, I don't know anything about the Congressman and I know he's done pork spending and everything else, but what's interesting to me is that the party doesn't endorse her.  That's fine.  They've got to pick a side but listen and see if approximate you think this might have played a role on why she has not been endorsed by the Republican party.  This is the reason why she should be endorsed.  One, she's the State treasurer.  She has attempted to strip all of the State similarities through their pension through legislation.  She says you shouldn't get a lifetime pension for that.  You served.  Bye bye.  Move on.  She enacted the sunshine law requiring politicians to be more open in their activities.  She has been after the earmarks in the pork spending ‑‑ you've got to love this one.  As the State treasurer, she stopped a payment on a $70,000 secret settlement check that the Republican State government cut to settle a sexual harassment suit.  She said, you want to settle this thing, fine.  But it's the people's money.  You can't just brush this one under.  It's $70,000.  I'm not going to sign any check that you are ‑‑ that is a secret.  You tell the people how you're spending their money.  She also announced that the State would no longer provide below market interest rates for ethanol plants that had State officials or their relatives among primary investors.  Think of that.  That's crazy.  She's attacked ethanol waste.  She wants more drilling.  She wants to build a refinery.  She says I don't want to build a refinery just anywhere.  I want to build it in our own state.  Build it in my backyard.  We need the energy.  I love this woman.  Do we have her on the phone?  We have her at 9:30?

This is the kind of politician I want, one that will say, here's the facts.  We've got to drill.  We've got to build more refineries.  I'm not covering up for you because, I'm in your party.  You don't even me.  You don't cover up.  I work for the anywhere, not for the RNC.  I work for the party, not for the DNC.  Somebody ‑‑ why did this story in the DNC in Colorado, why did this story come out not from a Democrat?  Is there no Democrat involved that says, this is crazy!  Was there nobody involved that said that?  Is there anybody that sees hypocrisy here?

To me, I just ‑‑ I just can't imagine what it's going to take for the American people to finally say, "excuse me?"  Stu, do you think anybody is going to pay attention to the gas tax in Colorado?  Here's my prediction:  It's going to be right down partisan lines.  They're going to say, oh, well, that's republicans do it, too, without absolutely no fact and if it is, I'll the be the one saying those reps cans are doing it out, let's kick them both out.  They'll deflect it and so the argument will be about which party is better instead of, my gosh, this is unethical and hypocritical and wrong.  Do you think anybody will have that discussion on television?"

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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