Glenn's debate reaction

GLENN: I kept going back. I couldn't do it. I couldn't do it.

So where do you want to start?

STU: Honestly I'd like to start with what movies are coming out. That's what I want to start with. But I guess we can start with the debate.

GLENN: You want to start with the debate? Here it is. Let me go to Dan, our in-house Republican. Dan, tell me about how excited you are for the John McCain lever pull that you've got.

DAN: Wasn't our best night last night?

GLENN: Wasn't your best night last night? Was it even a Republican night last night?

DAN: I did not, I did not really notice too much of a conservative out there on the stage at all.

GLENN: I didn't even notice what I would call a Republican.

STU: I was thinking like, imagine if they had a debate. Now, just picture this, okay?

GLENN: Okay.

STU: You have a debate. It's for the presidency of the United States.

GLENN: Got it.

STU: And what you have is you have two candidates.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: One that represents the left side of the argument.

GLENN: Uh-huh.


STU: And the other one would represent the right side of the argument. So you'd have two different opinions.

GLENN: No.

STU: And they would be going back and forth. "I think lower taxes, I think higher taxes." And you could fight about which one, left or right, which way should we go. I mean, it's kind of boring the way they do it now with both on the left.

GLENN: No. Look, we've already said what the destination is. We're going to hell! How big is the hand basket? That's great. "I want a smaller hand basket. I'd like a bigger hand basket." That was fantastic. I don't think I've ever been more proud of our presidential candidates than I was last night, with the way they were going back and forth: "Yeah, well, he did that. No, no, no, he did this. Well, yeah? Well, let me tell you what you did. Oh, yeah? Well, we got cameras in your bedroom." I loved it when John McCain stepped to the mic and he said, "My friends..." and he says "My friends" one more time, my head is going to explode. I'm not your friend, John. "My friends, what I believe we should do, my friends, because I have a plan. I have a plan. I know how to make a plan. I made a plan. I've made plans before. I know how to correct the problem. I know what the problem is, my friends, and I can do it because we're Americans and we're great and we can do it, my friends, because I've done it before. We can do it again, see?" That part was entertaining and not driving me crazy. But really what put me over into the fun zone was, "My friends, I'm calling on nationalizing all of our mortgages, my friends." Nationalizing the mortgages! "But I'm going to cut down on the... did you see the size of that slide projector that Barack Obama wanted?" I'll give you every slide projector on planet Earth! Please don't nationalize the mortgages! "Because we've got to cut back. What we have to do is we have to cut back. That's why I'm going to say no more toothbrushes. Healthcare will no longer include any kind of toothbrush." Toothbrush? "See, Barack Obama, he wants a healthcare system that includes toothbrushes and everything else. You know, get everything for free. And I say, okay, that's good, we'll do everything for free, but I think we should cut back, and we can't spend that much. So we're not going to pay for your toothbrush, my friends, because I know exactly what -- I've made these plans before." Really? Where do you read those plans? "How to destroy the U.S."?

STU: I thought that was a really funny moment. This is the comedy court, wasn't it, now that you mention it. That was hilarious.

GLENN: Actually it was. It was Tom Arnold and Sinbad. You're right. I could have been watching the debate or the comedy club. I don't know.

STU: You don't know which one was which. Because I was watching -- I thought it was the debate but it might have been the comedy because the comedy part of the portion program was when the guy who's supposed to be on the right was talking about nationalizing mortgages and then the guy on the left comes back in a hilarious moment and he says he's proposing a net spending cut. It was hilarious. What a great moment for comedy.

GLENN: You know, America, we're being lied to. We're being lied to. John McCain gave you Sarah Palin. So shut up, conservatives. I gave you Palin; isn't that enough? No, no, it's really not, John. It's not really. I mean, it's good. It gives me hope. It does, it gives me hope that there's somebody out there that gets it, there's somebody out there that -- and we're going to know right where she is: Alaska. So we can tap her in four years. Sarah, I'm begging you please do your work, please use the next four years. Go to -- what school do we send her to? How to -- you know, just study 1980 to 1989 to show how Ronald Reagan helped collapse the Soviet Union because you in Alaska are going to have to figure out how to collapse what will become the new Soviet Union, the United States of America. I'm just sayin'. But the good news is it's going to be very, very weak because there's really not going to be much left, but that's a different story.

It's not enough for Sarah Palin. These guys -- both candidates are lying to us. "My friends, I've got a plan." You don't have a plan, John. Where's your plan? Where's your plan? Your plan includes -- who do you think should be the next secretary of treasury? Let me just say this. I'm a recovering alcoholic, former deejay with no formal education, and the last two weeks I've been thinking, who should the next secretary of treasury be because Paulson's almost out of there. Who should it be. I wonder if we could get Deputy Dawg to be in there. I've been wondering that. "So tell me, Senator McCain, who would you like to have as the next secretary of the treasury?" "My friends, how about the guy who likes that guy?" That's your answer? The guy who likes that guy! Well, everybody knows his name. Well, everybody knows the name of Ray Crock, too. Maybe we can dig him up. You know, he's the guy who did McDonald's. Wouldn't it be great? Maybe I could run around in a clown suit. Maybe we could have Secretary of State Ronald McDonald, we could live in Happyland. How about that? That's your plan? "My friends, I've been to Happyland before, the Hamburglar, I'll make sure he stays behind bars." Oh, my gosh.

STU: Didn't he at one point say -- again we're railing on McCain because we were hoping for something from McCain. Obama was terrible, too. But the bottom line is like at some point didn't he say that the most important qualification --

GLENN: The people know him.

STU: That people know him and can relate to him?

GLENN: No, really --

STU: As I was saying first of all, we relate to a lot of people. A lot of them aren't qualified. But I don't think I should ever even hear from the treasury secretary. Like, I have no reason in my life to have to listen and relate to the treasury secretary. Honestly in all seriousness, we should never know who the guy is. The guy's supposed to do his gig and take care of things. He shouldn't be relating to us. He shouldn't be justifying things to us. He should just be doing his job. That's not an elected position. You've got to follow these guys and you've got to make sure that they -- but this is not a guy that I want to hear from every day.

GLENN: Can I ask what the deal is with eBay? What is the deal with John McCain and eBay? "You know she sold her plane on eBay." Did you hear how he said, what's her name, Meg somebody?

STU: Meg Whitman.

GLENN: Meg Whitman? You know she did something that -- it was like Paul Harvey all of a sudden. "I've got -- let me tell you about Meg Whitman, Meg Whitman, somebody I'm thinking about as the secretary of treasury. She just created something that maybe many of you might have used before, a little something called... eBay." I mean, that's what it was!

STU: And now you know the rest of the --

GLENN: I mean, did you hear how he even told the story? "You know, you might have heard a little company that she ran, eBay." You're like, the eBay person! Whoa, now I feel good! At least we know how we're going to sell all the mortgages that we just bought!

STU: I mean, Meg Whitman's great, don't get me wrong. I think she's fantastic but it's like, I don't know, is she the -- I have no idea if she's qualified to be treasury secretary. She's a great businesswoman. How do you not know what the exact answer is? Hasn't he been asked this before?

GLENN: I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. So look, look. Here's where this program is going. Do we need a bigger hand basket or a smaller hand basket? Here's where this program is going to go for the next few weeks. I can't -- I mean, I just can't do the John McCain thing. I can't do it. I know I keep going back and forth and back and forth and I bet I'm a lot like you.

Look, Barack Obama, Barack Obama -- I said this morning, Stu said -- because we were on computer back and forth the whole time. We were chatting back and forth, "My friends."

STU: I just had to copy and paste, just kept pasting my friends every third word.

GLENN: So Stu came in and said, how about that debate. And I said, Stu, look, last night I saw the guy that is going to be responsible for the destruction of America as we know it. I just wasn't sure because there were times I thought he was black and other times I thought he was white. I don't know which one it was! Barack Obama is a Marxist. Barack Obama is as dirty as you possibly can get. He's from Chicago politics. This guy, he's in bed with ACORN, they're like quote/unquote family, the Jeremiah Wright thing. Make no mistake about it, make no mistake about it. America, we have been warned over and over and over again. This guy is going to take us to places we've never, ever been before. Bad, bad things coming our way.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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