Glenn Beck: Caller argues for Obama


GLENN: All right, let me go to Brandon. He's in Kansas listening to us on KZRG. Brandon, you said that you want a guy who doesn't have Washington experience and no experience as a governor because you want to get -- and break the cycle of our politicians. And I agree with you on that. I like the idea that a guy is not beholden to a party, et cetera, et cetera, and he's just a regular schmo. However, when I pointed out how big the United States is, you would -- and that you're a shareholder in the United States, as a business, the size of the economy, you told me that you would never put a guy up with absolutely no experience of running a business as the CEO of Exxon. They can have all the advisors they want. Why would you put someone in, what is the experience that Barack Obama has that makes you say, okay, he doesn't have Washington experience, which I count as a good thing, but he has this experience. What has he done in his life that shows you he has the experience of running something big?

CALLER: Well, I feel like he has almost like it's that he has done is that I feel like how smart, how I feel how smart he is.

GLENN: Okay. So wait a minute. Hang on just a second. Wait, wait. Wait, wait. Brandon, I'm not going to let you just roll off a bunch of stuff. Let's take it one line at a time. Okay. You just say that it is because he's so smart, not what he's done in his life but just that he's so smart. Do I understand that first sentence right?

CALLER: Sure.

GLENN: Okay. Tell me, why couldn't -- why wouldn't you hire somebody who's really, really smart to run Exxon with absolutely no business experience?

CALLER: You would hire someone extremely smart with Exxon.

GLENN: With no business -- so as a shareholder --

CALLER: But you wouldn't do that as business --

GLENN: Wait, wait. As a shareholder you would be fine to have somebody with no business experience running ExxonMobil if he's smart? You would make a case and campaign for that guy if you were a major shareholder in Exxon?

CALLER: I don't know if you forgot but we're talking about running for President, not running for ExxonMobil.

GLENN: I'm telling you -- you tell me the difference, Brandon, between running the largest economy in the world, you tell me the difference between running a company that is big but nowhere near the size in employees, in benefits, in impact as ExxonMobil. So you're right, we are talking about running the United States and not ExxonMobil. The United States is much more complex, much bigger, has a much bigger impact not only on taxpayers, the shareholders, but the entire world. So you are right.

CALLER: And how many -- if you're CEO of ExxonMobil, you better run that by yourself. If you're President of the United States, you've got to have the judgment to pick, to pick people to help you to pick sound advisors. How many advisors does George Bush have in his White House? You're able to pick the brilliant, the most -- the smartest and most brilliant advisors at that particular subject to help you, help with your decisions to run the country. And I --

GLENN: Okay, I just want to make sure. So you're disagreeing -- so you're disagreeing with your first idea that you would not hire someone to run your company that had no experience. You said that you'd never do that if it was a big company but you're now telling me that that premise was wrong because you would; you'd just let him hire really good advisors.

CALLER: No. For a company, a company. I'm talking about the presidency, not a company.

GLENN: Does anybody -- hang on. Is it just me? What is it that you don't understand that a company is smaller than the United States government? You will not allow someone with no experience to run something that is smaller and doesn't have the impact on every human's life on the planet but you will accept a lower standard for the United States President. I don't understand that, Brandon.

CALLER: The only experience that counts is someone who has run ExxonMobil?

GLENN: No, Brandon --

CALLER: I mean, it's just --

GLENN: Are you this stupid? I use ExxonMobil because it's the largest corporation out. There you could use Wal-Mart. You could use Sears. You could use, you know, a Citigroup. You could use any large corporation. The size of the United States government dwarves all of the biggest corporations on the country combined. It is a bigger project. I mean, give me the experience of Barack Obama running anything, anything. Tell me where he's got experience running anything.

CALLER: Can I say one thing?

GLENN: Can you answer the question?

CALLER: Oh, experience, experience running, running anything. No, I don't know that he has ran anything. I don't know that he has been a CEO of any company.

GLENN: No, he's never -- hang on just a second. It's not that he's just not been a CEO.

CALLER: Okay.

GLENN: He's done -- he's not run anything. He has no experience being the CEO of anything but yet you're willing to do that. What this is akin to is if I said to you, would you want somebody who's never driven a car running NASCAR? And you'd say, of course not. But you're willing to put them on a highway where they affect the average everyday citizen, all of them. You're willing to just say, no, they can get on the highway. You know, if they have no experience, you wouldn't let them in the car when they can do giant damage. You would at least say, let me see a little bit of their driving experience. The man has none and you're okay with that.

CALLER: I'm not -- I am okay with the person who would first ask an American to graduate at the top of his --

GLENN: Oh, okay, so it's race.

CALLER: Harvard Law Review, I don't know if I got that exactly right. But very first, he's really smart. And I'm tired of our senators and our governors having a monopoly on the experience needed to run for President. In my personal opinion is that we should put, you know, one of our own and one of our own American citizens in there, really smart, someone that we would want to teach us a college class instead of somebody I'd rather drink a beer with in college like we have right now with Bush.

GLENN: I got it. I got it. So Brandon, what we've got here is some -- an African-American that ran the Harvard Law Review -- so somebody who's a lawyer, and a lawyer, that's important. An African-American that was the first to run the Harvard Law Review. Also someone who could be a professor -- see Woodrow Wilson -- and somebody also that you could have a beer with. Well, sounds like the qualifications that make sense. I think anyone historically speaking would look back at this time and this conversation and say, "You know what, Brandon knew how to pick em. He really had his priorities in order and he understands the history of lawyers, professors, and people you can have a beer with." That's bringing a stick to a gun fight, for the love of Pete. If you are a college student and you're for Obama, I'd sure love to hear from ya. I'd love to hear a great case on why you should vote for Barack Obama.

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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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.

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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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