Glenn Beck: Flirting with socialism


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GLENN: I've told you before that I am against the bailouts because I'm a capitalist. I think if you were so stupid to give people without identification, if you were so stupid to give people without verifying their income $10, you're too stupid to be a global bank. I think you should fail. If you actually thought it would be better to open up branches in other markets and the only way you could do that was to play the game that the government was trying to play with you by accusing you of being racist for not asking for identification, you're not worthy of being a global leader in finance because I think you need to have some credibility. However, with all of this being said, I told you for the last how long, that this was coming. And you know what? Most people saw pieces of it but they didn't see how bad it was going to get. Everybody, who didn't really? Do you have a single friend that didn't say, "Wait a minute, they're giving you a 125% mortgage? Mao does that work? And you don't have to have any money down? You didn't have to have any identification? And wait a minute. You also don't pay on the principal for four years? You're kidding me, right? Who didn't see that as stupid besides the money changers who I believe Jesus threw out of the Temple and the government? Who didn't see that? You saw it and I saw it. What most people didn't see, because you're busy with your life, mainly trying to carve a little place out for yourself and for your family and you have to work harder than ever because of oh, I remember the Government! You're so busy, you don't have time to know what the LIBOR is? You know what the LIBOR is? Oh, jeez. Do you know what the M3 rating is for money supply? Please.

STU: Is the LIBOR the half lion, half tiger thing?

GLENN: Exactly, that's exactly right. Nobody has time to understand these things. And these clowns who are, you know, "Well, I'm wearing my tweed jacket right now. So I'm smarter than you." They're so trapped in their own bullcrap, they tried to tell you that these things, they didn't have to make common sense. "You don't understand the financial system. It's all set up in such a way that it can't possibly collapse. You don't know all the safeguards. There's too much money out there. There's too much money at stake. I mean, people know (laughing). You just don't understand." That's the way they treat you. And so you're busy, you don't look into the stuff that I can't tell you how many nights I've had two hours of sleep trying to learn what this crap means just to get to the end of it and go it's crap! And so most people just don't see it coming because you're busy and because the people in, oh, I don't know oh, I remember now the Government... are lying to you. And now we have our back up against the wall.

We are facing I don't care what the President said last night. "It could be a bad recession." Bad recession? I'll take a bad recession. We've had bad recessions before. We don't need a program that is twice the size of the prescription drug program for a bad recession. Bullcrap! You are trying to avoid the Great Depression. That's what you're trying to avoid. If you want to ask us for $700 billion which, of course, is the maximum that would ever... there's going to be a huge profit on $700 do you know how much money we're going to make? Excuse me? I've tried that with my wife. "Honey, do you know how much money we're going to make? We don't have to go to the movies. We just get a big screen TV. We just rent movies. Look at the price of tickets. Do you know how much money we're going to save?" I've even tried it this way. "Honey, they're on sale. They're normally, you know, $2,000. Now it's on sale. We can get it for $1299. Do you know how much money..." do you know what my wife says to me? "No, we're not saving money. We're spending $1200." Actually I would say $1200. I round down at 99. She looks at $1299 as $1300. She's a realist! I'm the politician in our relationship. A mere $700 billion. Okay, it's almost a trillion. Mark my words, it will be over $2 trillion. $700 billion ain't gonna do squat. It's not going to do squat. And now the politicians, as George Bush said last night, "Well, we can make a profit. We can make a profit." Really? Wow. You guys are so good at making good business decisions. You guys can I tell you something? I've seen all four of your books, all four of your books. They're all in the red! You guys are geniuses at making profits, yeah. Let's take it out of the private sector, give it right to you guys because you know what to do with money!

Don't talk to me about profits." We're gonna be able to make a profit." Really? Last night George Bush says we're going to be able to make profits. You know what the compromise is? Well, the compromise is that's right, the American people need to be helped out by this. So any profit that we get needs to go into a lockbox... where we can then take those profits and give them to the poor, to and I'm not kidding you help them finance their first home. You've got to be kidding me.

Is anybody else feeling like this? Is there anybody else? Anybody else thinking, "Hmmm, wait a minute, this isn't really good for me." Anybody else run a small business? Have you tried to get a loan? You can't get a loan. Why is that? Because everybody is hoarding it. They tell you not to hoard your money. "Oh, don't worry, don't worry, don't worry. The FDIC is there. You don't have to go get your money. Don't worry about it. Don't get your money. You don't need your money. Don't hoard your money. Don't do that." Do you know why they're doing that? Because they can't have you take out the money because the banks are hoarding the money. The banks. Go try to get a loan. Can't. Wait a minute, I'm going to go out of business if I can't get a loan. "Why can't I get a loan?" "Just not enough money right now." "Why isn't there enough money?" "Because we normally have $2 billion on hand just in case there's a run on the bank and right now we have... (mumbling)." "I'm sorry. What was that?" "We just, we only have... (mumbling)." "So wait a minute. There's lots of money in the vault then?" (Mumbling).

See, as we talked yesterday, I'm a guy who doesn't flirt with socialism. I don't want to flirt with socialism but unfortunately I see the bottom. I don't know why but on certain things I can see over the horizon and I think it's because most people aren't looking there. Jeez, you've got a responsibility, for the love of Pete. You're running the country! Mainly into the ground, but you're running the country! Can you guys not see over the horizon? Or are you just surrounded by so many people in tweed suits? You know what, there's two kinds of people. There are the kinds of people that go to college and they're just like, yeah, he's got a tweed suit. Do you see that tie? It's got like a, you know, Ivy League shield on it and stuff. It's like got a coat of arms there on his tie. He must be smart. I shouldn't question him when he says things that are nonsensical. There's two kinds of people. The people that go, "Oh, well, he's smarter than I am. So I should just shut up and take what he says." And then the other people that say, "Hang on a minute, that doesn't make sense." "Well, that's because you don't understand. I've got a degree." "I don't care about your degree. Explain this again until it makes sense." "Well, it's very complex." "Break it down." "No, just..." "Break it down. Go ahead." Have we forgot that Warren Buffett who, by the way, said that this is the Pearl Harbor of the economy. That was good. Have we forgotten what Warren Buffett said during the time in our nation's history where people were buying pets.com, when people were buying Enron, which is suspiciously like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac except much, much, much, much, much larger. When everybody was buying and what did he say? If you don't know what the company does, you shouldn't be buying it. If you can't explain it, then it's too good to be true.

Nobody can really understand, nobody can ever explain the economy and how all of these magic things can happen with the magic beans and all of a sudden then there's this big beanstalk and you've got beans for the rest of your life and you can climb up and there's a goose that lays golden eggs there in the castle and it's great. You just have to get away from the giant, but now we've got that one all figured out.

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

Enjoy this clip from the full episode below:

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