Glenn Beck: It's a Wonderful Life


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GLENN: You know, I was -- I want to do something really unconventional. May we -- could we have movie day? Do you remember, do you remember the day when the teacher would come in and say, "Okay." You'd see the movie projector in the hall or later, you know -- I didn't see this, but I -- kids tell me stories these days. They would see the television and the VCR and it would be pushed in and you think, "It's movie day." May I do movie day today? Let's kick back, you know. The teacher wants -- hey, the teacher wants a few minutes off. I want to play something for you and I want you to listen, and I want you to listen for the next few minutes and help me define who these people are and notice how accurate all of this is to our current situation. Go ahead. Start it.

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GLENN: I think he's like, oh, George, we're in a pickle, we're in a pickle. In case you don't recognize it, It's a Wonderful Life. Oh, we're in a pickle. Who is in a pickle? I think that Uncle Billy is the average person. "How does anything like this start? I don't know. They just called in my loan. I don't know, everything's changed. The world is falling apart. I don't know how it happened. It just happened overnight." That's the average person. And uncle Billy, if you remember, was very absentminded. He could never pay attention. In one part of the movie he helped cause the problem because he was careless with his money. So I think Uncle Billy is the average American.

VOICE: And then I got scared and closed the doors. I --

GLENN: Got scared. He gave them everything and then he got scared.

VOICE: The whole town's gone crazy. Hello? George, it's Potter. Hello? George?

VOICE: There is a rumor around town that you closed your doors; is that true? Oh, well, I'm very glad to hear that.

VOICE: George, are you all right? Do you need any police?

VOICE: Police? What for?

VOICE: Well, mobs get pretty ugly sometimes, you know. George, I am going all out to help in this crisis.

VOICE: Stop for a second. Ask yourself who's Mr. Potter?

VOICE: I have just guaranteed the bank sufficient funds to meet their needs. They will close up for a week and then reopen.

VOICE: Just took over the bank.

VOICE: I may lose a fortune, but I am willing to guarantee your people, too. Just tell them to bring their shares over here and I will pay 50 cents on the dollar.

VOICE: Oh, you never miss a trick, do you, Potter? Well, you're going to miss this one.

VOICE: If you close your doors before 6:00 p.m., you will never reopen.

GLENN: Stop. Who's Mr. Potter? Mr. Potter really didn't care about money, did he? I mean, sure, money was the easy way to go, but Mr. Potter seemed to have enough. Mr. Potter was about control, about manipulation, getting his way, being right. Mr. Potter came and said, "I'm here to help. I'm here to help you. I'll bail out your people. Oh, I will help your people. Just have them come over here. I'll give them the money." Who's Mr. Potter? Mr. Potter, I believe, are politicians. Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama, John McCain, George Bush. He is the politician in this story.

VOICE: Gosh, I wanted to be there.

VOICE: You can take this one off now.

GLENN: Now, if you remember at this scene, everybody in the town is standing there wanting their money.

VOICE: Just remember this thing isn't as black as it appeared.

GLENN: Stop. What do the sirens represent? I think the sirens represent the constant alarm now in the media. Without any perspective, without any definition of what's going on. I can't tell you how many people I have talked to in the media that haven't read the bailout bill, who can't tell you what the LIBOR is, who can't tell you -- look, I'm a recovering alcoholic. I just saw this one coming and I did my homework for the last two years. I'm a self-educated guy. I don't have the answers by any stretch of the imagination, but I care. I care about the country. And I know my responsibility. I'm not here to scare people. I'm here to do my job. I'm here to tell you so you don't freak out. But is that what the media is doing? The media thinks they are not freaking you out because, well, we don't have to have the show. We don't have to think about this long term. We don't have to look at the forest. We'll just show the tree. And look, the tree, the Dow is up. The Dow is up 65 points. Maybe it's working, it's okay. Should we investigate? Is now a time to buy? And then when anything goes wrong, there come the sirens. And what do the people do? They freak out.

VOICE: I have some news for you, folks. I just talked to old man Potter and he's guaranteed cash payments to the bank. The bank's going to reopen next week. But George, I've got my money here. If they guarantee this place.

VOICE: Well, no, Charlie, I didn't even ask them.

GLENN: Stop. Notice Mr. Potter guaranteed the money in the banks and so George tells the people that he's going to guarantee the money, so thing seems to be over. This is going to be over. But the guarantee doesn't mean anything. That's not enough. That's not enough. My money may not be safe here. Did he guarantee this one, too? Did he guarantee my business? Did he guarantee your business? How far does that guarantee stretch? Once the sirens pass, you can't talk people into, "Relax, it's been solved. Relax. Those who should fail will fail. He will take care of those people. But we're fine here."

VOICE: I didn't even ask them. We don't need Potter over here.

VOICE: I'll take mine now.

VOICE: No, but you're thinking this all wrong, as if I had the money back in the safe. The money's not here.

VOICE: Well, your money's in Joe's house. That's right next to yours. And Mrs. Maitland's house and 100 others. You are lending them to money to build and then they are going to pay it back to you as best they can. Now, what are you going to do? Foreclose on them?

VOICE: I've got $242 in here and $242 isn't going to break anybody.

GLENN: Stop just a second. Who is that? As much as Uncle Billy just is a sweet guy and just forgets and screwed up and wasn't paying attention, he's the average American. This guy I believe also is the average American, the one who is just looking out for himself, just as much as the politicians were. "I'm going to take my money. I don't care about anybody else. I have $242 and I want $242. That's just the way it is. I want my money." The one who doesn't understand how the system works and doesn't even care to listen how the system works. He doesn't care. He doesn't care if it does damage to others. His principle is me, me, me.

VOICE: Okay, Tom, all right. Here you are, you sign this. You'll get your money in 60 days.

VOICE: 60 days?

VOICE: That's what you agreed to when you bought your share.

VOICE: Did you get the money? I did. Old man patter will pay 50 cents on the share for every dollar you got. Cash.

VOICE: Well, what do you say?

VOICE: Well, Tom, you have to stick to your original agreement. Now, give us 60 days on this thing.

VOICE: Okay, Randall.

VOICE: Are you going to Potter --

GLENN: Stop. This again is the typical American. This is the other side. There's the stupid not paying attention, made honest mistakes and just screwed up, doesn't know what's going on, and panicking. There is the me, me, me. And then there's the American that is not going to play by rules. I'm sorry. All those -- I signed that? That was the agreement, 60 days? I don't give a flying crap what I signed. Sorry, times have changed. I want my money and I want it now. Again, it's about me, me, me. There is no honor here. There is no -- there is no attempt to do the right thing. It's all about me, I'm going to save me.

VOICE: Better to get half than nothing.

VOICE: Wait, wait. Now listen. Now listen to me. I beg of you not to do this thing. If Potter gets a hold of this building and loan, there will never be another decent house built in this town.

GLENN: Stop. Do you notice that the last thing before this speech is it's better to get half than nothing. Well, no, it's better to get all of it than nothing. It's better to get all of it than half. But because of panic, because in the moment he's willing to just give it away. I'm going to give away half of what I have instead of realizing, wait a minute, if I don't panic, if I don't do these things, I could have all of it. I could have all of it. And if you look back at history, that's what happened. The banks shut down, reset, and guaranteed your money. That's what happened. And then this speech:

VOICE: He's already got charge of the bank, he's got the bus line, he got the department stores and now he's after us. Why? Well, it's very simple. Because we're cutting in on his business. That's why.

GLENN: Stop. Who's Mr. Potter? Mr. Potter is the politician. Mr. Potter is the politician. He's already got the banks.

The next one was transportation. Have you noticed that we're not doing anything on energy? On transportation? Do you know why we're bailing out the big three? Do you know why all of a sudden I'm for that loan to the big three? I'm not for the big three, for their loans. Make it on your own. Stand up on your own two feet or don't do it at all. I'm for that. Do you know why? Because it's congress that is making them retool their plants for higher emission standards and higher miles per gallon because we need to save the globe. They are expecting private industry to put up with their laws, they are not going to cost anything, they are going to create jobs, new green jobs. Why are they doing that? So they can take transportation, they can take energy. They have already got the financial. Now they are coming for you, John McCain. I'm going to bail out every mortgage in America and now they are coming for you.

VOICE: Because they want you living in these slums and paying the kind of rent he decides. Joe, have you forgotten what he charged you for that broken down shack? Here, yeah, you know, you remember last year when things weren't going so well and you couldn't make your payments? Well, you didn't lose your house, did you? You think Potter would have let you keep it? Can't you understand what's happening here? Don't you see what's happening? Potter isn't selling. Potter's buying. And why? Because we're panicky and he's not. That's why. He is picking up some bargain. We can get through this thing all right. We've got to stick together, though. We've got to have faith in each other.

VOICE: But my husband hasn't worked in over a year and I need money.

GLENN: Stop. Again the average American. "I've lost my job. We'll make it if we stick together." Mr. Potter wants you to live in his slums. Have you forgotten what government housing is like? Anyone who's lived in a socialist country, tell me about your healthcare. Have you forgotten what that healthcare is like? Have you forgotten what it's like when you don't get your teeth fixed? Who is George Bailey? You are George Bailey. Remind everyone you know, it's a wonderful life.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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