Glenn Beck: How can you make a difference?


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GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick freak and welcome to Stephanie in Oklahoma City. Hi, instead of, what's up?

CALLER: Hey, good morning. How are you?

GLENN: I'm very good.

CALLER: I was calling. I have so many different emotions watching everything that's happening to our nation right now.

GLENN: I was going to say, name some of them.

CALLER: Oh, just the economy, the lack of -- I see no character or morality or honesty. Those things don't seem to matter anymore. Integrity doesn't seem to matter.

GLENN: We told them that it didn't. We told -- we said that your personal life doesn't matter. We said that what you do doesn't matter. As long as you just deliver the --

CALLER: It does to me.

GLENN: I know it does, but now we're seeing the consequence of that.

CALLER: Right. And I think the thing that just, you know, breaks my heart more is I have two beautiful boys and I'm self-employed. My husband and I both run our own businesses and I just feel like everything that we work for is so much at risk right now.

GLENN: Sure.

CALLER: And for our future. I think what I wanted to know, get your perspective on is what can I do or how can I start to make a difference. I feel almost helpless. But I feel like I'm not willing to see this country fall apart.

GLENN: I will tell you that, Stephanie, to be quite honest with you this is what I spent most of my weekend reflecting on and pondering on, what is it that people can do because the -- I'm reading up on the Weimar Republic, which is the republic that preceded Hitler and it had hyperinflation and it was bad and the key to that destruction, the key to that whole thing ushering in Hitler was when the average person felt that it didn't matter what they did, it didn't matter if they played by the rules, it didn't matter if they had saved their money and done the right things. It didn't matter. Once that happened, the whole thing fell apart entirely. I urge people to read up on the Weimar Republic because we're making many of the same mistakes. And so I have spent the weekend trying to come up with things that I think will matter. But a lot of people will read them because, you know, I think what they want to do is say, "Okay, how do I protect my, how do I protect my investment or what do I invest in or whatever." I'm not the guy to go to for that. I'm the guy to go to and say what is the big picture and what is really important. And you need to look at -- you need to break everything down and look into, how do I protect my family, what am I willing to do to protect my family. What do I do with my finances. But not what do I do with my finances and where do I invest but am I -- do I understand work ethic. My sister called me over the weekend. She's 50 years old. And her husband has passed away a couple of years ago and she's been living on the edge and, you know, financially and she said, "Glenn, I don't have anything. What happens? What happens to me?" And I said, honey, you know what? You are probably in one of the better positions because you're willing to do any job. You're willing to go out and, you know, work in the fields if you have to. There's no job beneath you. And so she will feel an impact, sure, just as every American will. But if you are the good employee, if you are the one who will bust your butt. When unemployment starts to rise, companies generally don't fire the good employees. They fire the bad ones. And it's time for everybody to be a good employee. Bust your butt. Make sure -- as I tell my family, as I tell my kids -- I told my daughter, I said, we live in a very nice town that has a lot of people that work on Wall Street. These people are the people that go to Harvard and Stamford and Princeton and there will be those who are willing now to work at a grocery store or a car dealership or, you know, behind the counter at Starbucks because they need something rolling in. Well, if you've got the 14-year-old kid or the 28-year-old kid who is a total loser and just doesn't care and it's like, whatever, it's Starbucks, man, as a manager of Starbucks, I'm going to fire that guy and replace him with a guy who went to Harvard who's humble enough to be able to do that job and care because he wants to set his life straight.

So one of the things is just do what you're already doing, it sounds like, Stephanie. But then because you have children -- and I know how you feel. I really do. For the first time in my life -- I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking to myself, my gosh, I cannot believe this is real. This is it. I mean, this is -- where we -- this is happening in our lifetime and it's not a joke. It's not hyped for the election. It's not -- this is real. And most people don't realize it yet and when they do, they will be thinking the same things. And the biggest thing that you can do is -- and I know this sounds hokey. Teach your children the Constitution. Teach your children about this country. Teach your children the truth about who we are because somebody needs to teach it. Somebody needs to pass it on. Your children must know who we are and what we stand for as a country because our congress and our President has already lost it. We are -- and most people don't understand this, but as God as my witness, overnight we have become the country of France. We are no longer the country we were four weeks ago. We are already France. And if we come out the other side in any shape, you know, whatsoever that is recognizable, when we get there, what we will recognize is that we have the power, the clout, the economic muscle of France because we have been socialized, and we've got to be able to teach our children on the other side values. What are we? Who are we? Who have we always been and who do we want to be tomorrow? Stephanie?

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: Doesn't help you.

CALLER: Well, it does. I just, I just want to know how to change our government, too.

GLENN: Well, you will know that and that will automatically happen when we reconnect with the values of the Constitution. You go out and you find a libertarian. You go out and find a remember can libertarian. You go find a progressive libertarian, any libertarian and you vote for them. You vote for somebody who has an understanding of smaller government. I don't care what party they're there. It's not like just something they adopt for change. I mean rooted in less government. And you do everything you can. You want to talk about not wasting money? Here's dollars well spent. Invest in those campaigns that will actually change the way Washington is done. When you find those people, you invest them.

You know, if I can get -- well, you are from Oklahoma City. So I'll get all spooky religious with you. It says in the scriptures, seek those people out. It doesn't say, "Hey, just vote for them." It says seek them out. So let's seek those people out that are going to do something and then support them. And I don't mean, yeah, you got my vote. I mean if you can afford it, if you can do it, campaign for them. Go out and go door to door. Tell people. Explain to people what's going on. Do your best. It's time for a generation of Americans to learn the truth about their country. Teach the truth about their country to their children and stand up for the truth.

CALLER: Absolutely. Absolutely.

GLENN: Thanks a lot, Stephanie.

It's not as easy as it used to be for billion-dollar entertainment empires like The Walt Disney Company. It would be more streamlined for Disney to produce its major motion pictures in its own backyard. After all, abortion in California is readily available, as well as a protected, cherished right. And since abortion access is critical for movie production, right up there with lighting equipment and craft services, you would think California would be the common-sense choice for location shooting. Alas, even billion-dollar studios must pinch pennies these days. So, in recent years, Disney, among other major Hollywood studios, has been farming out production to backwater Southern lands like Georgia, and even Louisiana. Those states offer more generous tax breaks than Disney's native California. As a result, Georgia for example, played host to much of the shooting for the recent worldwide box office smash Avengers: Endgame.

But now it looks like it's Georgia's endgame. The state recently passed what is known as a "heartbeat" bill – a vicious, anti-woman law that would try to make pregnant women allow their babies to be born and actually live. It's a bridge too far for a major studio like Disney, which was largely built on creating family entertainment. How can Disney possibly go about making quality movies, often aimed at children, without access to unfettered abortion? It's unconscionable. Lack of abortion access makes it nearly impossible to shoot movies. So, what's a major studio to do? Disney might have considered migrating its business to Louisiana, but that state too has now signed a heartbeat bill into law. It's utter madness.

These monstrous anti-abortion bills, coupled with having to live under President Trump, has led Disney to seek a new home for its legendary movie magic. Last week, Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, announced that all future Disney movies will now be filmed on location in the Sub-Saharan African nation of Wakanda.

"Disney and Wakanda are a match made in heaven," Iger told reporters. "Wakanda was, until recently, a secret kingdom, much like our own Magic Kingdom. With this new partnership, we'll not only get to continue our legacy of making movies that parents and children everywhere enjoy together, but we'll get to do so in a safe space that reveres abortion as much as we do."

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion.

As home to the most advanced technology in the world – and with the planet's highest per-capita concentration of wokeness – Wakanda offers women painless, hassle-free abortion on demand. As the Wakandan health ministry website explains, the complete absence of any white-patriarchal-Judeo-Christian influence allows women in Wakanda to have complete control of their own bodies (with the exception of females who are still fetuses). As winner of the U.N.'s 2018 Golden Forceps award (the U.N.'s highest abortion honor) Wakanda continues its glowing record on abortion. That makes it an ideal location for Disney's next round of live-action remakes of its own animated movies in which the company plans to remove all male characters.

Iger says he hopes to convince Wakandan leadership to share their top-secret vibranium-based abortion procedure technology so that American women can enjoy the same convenient, spa-like abortion treatment that Wakandan women have enjoyed for years.

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion. Disney plans to boycott and/or retaliate against the other 51 African nations, as well as any U.S. states, that restrict abortion. Specific plans are being kept under wraps, but sources say Disney's potential retaliation may include beaming Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the offending territories on a continuous, indefinite loop.

When asked how Wakanda's futuristic capital city and distinctly African landscape would be able to double for American movie locations, Iger said, "I guess America will just have to look more like Wakanda from now on."

One potential wrinkle for the Left-leaning studio is the fact that Wakanda has an impenetrable border wall-shield-thing designed to keep out foreign invaders as well as illegal immigrants. Iger said he understands Wakanda's policy of exclusivity, adding, "After all, not everyone gets into Disneyland. You have to have a ticket to get in. Anyone is welcome, but you have to go through the process of getting a ticket." When one reporter pointed out that Iger's answer sounded like the conservative argument for legal immigration under the rule of law, Iger insisted that the reporter was "a moronic fascist."

What if the unthinkable happens and Florida also enacts its own "heartbeat" law? That would be problematic since Walt Disney World is located in Florida. Iger responded that Disney would "cross that bridge if we get to it" but that the most likely scenario would entail "dismantling Disney World piece-by-piece and relocating it to the actual happiest place on earth – Wakanda." As for whether Disney would ever open character-themed abortion clinics inside its theme parks, Iger remained coy, but said, "Well, it is the place where dreams come true."

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice.

When pressed about the cost of ramping up production in a secretive African kingdom that has no existing moviemaking infrastructure (which could easily end up being much more expensive than simply shooting in California) Iger said, "You can't put a price tag on abortion freedom. Wakanda Forever and Abortion Forever!"

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice. And that will be welcome relief to traditional families all over the world who keep the Walt Disney Company in business.

*Disclaimer: The preceding story is a parody. Bob Iger did not actually say any of the quotes in the story. Neither is Wakanda an actual nation on planet Earth.

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One of these times I'm going to go on vacation, and I'm just not going to come back. I learn so much on a farm.

You want to know how things work, go spend a summer on a farm. You're having problems with your son or daughter, go spend a summer on a farm.

My son changed. Over two weeks.

Getting him out of bed, getting him to do anything, is like insane. He's a 15-year-old kid. Going all through the normal 15-year-old boy stuff. Getting him on the farm, where he was getting up and actually accomplishing stuff, having to build or mend fences, was amazing. And it changed him.

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Our society does not allow our kids to grow up, ever. I am convinced that our 15-year-olds could be fixing all kinds of stuff. Could be actually really making an impact in a positive way in our society. And what's wrong with our society is, we have gotten away from how things actually work. We're living in this theoretical world. When you're out on a farm, there's no theory here. If it rains, the crops will grow. If it rains too much, the crops won't grow.

If there's no sun, they won't grow. If there's too much sun, they'll shrivel up and die. There's no theory. We were out mending fences. Now, when I say the phrase to you, mending fences, what does that mean? When you think of mending fences, you think of, what?

Coming together. Bringing people together. Repairing arguments.

I've never mended a fence before until I started stringing a fence and I was like, "I ain't doing this anymore! Where is it broken? Can't we just tie a piece of barbed wire together?"

Let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

That's called mending fences.

And why do you mend fences? So your animals don't get out and start to graze on somebody else's land. When your fence goes down, your cow is now on somebody else's land. And your cow is now eating their food.

We look at the phrase, mending fences as saying, hey. You know, we were both wrong. Mending fences has nothing to do with that.

Mending fences means build a wall. My neighbors and I, we're going to get along fine, as long as my cows don't go and steal their food, or their cows don't come over and steal my cow's food.

We're perfectly neighborly with each other, until one of us needs to mend a fence, because, dude, you got to mend that, because your cows keep coming over and eating my food.

You know what we need to do with Mexico? Mend fences.

Now, that's a phrase. You hear build a wall. That's horrible.

No, no, no. We need to mend fences.

In a farming community, that means putting up an electric fence. That means putting up barbed wire.

So the cows — because the cows will — they'll stick their head through barbed wire. And they'll eat the grass close to the road. Or eat the grass close to the other side of the fence. And they'll get their heads in between those fences. And they can't get out sometimes. Because the grass is always greener on the other side. You look at these damn cows and say turn around, cow — there's plenty of stuff over here.

No. They want the grass on the other side of the fence.

So you mend it.

And if it's really bad, you do what we do. We had to put an electric fence up. Now, imagine putting an electric fence up. That seems pretty radical and expensive.

Does it really work? Does it shock them? What does that feel like to a cow?

The cows hit it once, and then they don't hit it again. They can actually hear the buzz of the electric fence. There's a warning. Don't do it. Don't do it. They hear the current and they hit it once and they're like, "I'm not going to do that again."

So you mend fences, which means, keep your stuff on your side. I like you. We're good neighbors. You keep your stuff on your side and I'll keep my stuff on my side and we'll get together at the town hall and we'll see each other at the grocery store. Because we're good neighbors. But what stops us from fighting is knowing that there is a fence there.

This is my stuff. That's your stuff. But we can still trade and we'll help each other. But let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

You can have a tough fence. It could be a giant wall. It could be an electric fence. But you need one. And that's how you come together.

The side that's having the problem, mends the fence.

The following is part of an ongoing experiment by Glenn Beck program heartthrob, Stu Burguiere, to begin watching Game of Thrones in its final season, without any previous context. Other than highlights shown in commercials, Stu has never seen a second of Game of Thrones, and has never read a word about its characters or plot lines.

PREVIOUSLY on Game of Thrones: it seems like all the people who hated each other but then started working together, now hate each other again.

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS THIS WEEK!

- I think I missed last week's episode, but it's possible the opening credits have just been playing since last week, and I joined at the right time
- Uncle Fester is writing a letter
- Angry Elf is still alive
- Uncle Fester and John Snow(?) are saying their queen doesn't want to eat and shouldn't be left alone
- John Snow doesn't want to be king?
- Queen Blondie has a nice open air balcony with a sweet view
- Angry Elf apparently needs to ask Queen Blondie's permission before doing things, she must have a higher rank
- Uncle Fester burns his letter and hides his ring
- Uncle Fester brought to the beach at night
- Queen Blondie's name is Denarys! (or similar!)
- Uncle Fester sentenced to death by dragon fire breath
- There is some hidden truth about John Snow (maybe he's transitioned?)
- Queen Blondie and John Snow make out because the time immediately after burning a man to death is very romantic
- If some city rings bells, Queen Blondie will stop the attack
- "Next time you fail me, will be the last time you fail me" says Queen Blondie to Angry Elf
- Not a lot of smiling going on in this region
- Angry Elf tries to tell Obi Wan Kenobi a secret, which is difficult because of their height difference
- Frumpy Girl wants to kill Sercy?
- Someone known as the "Stupidest Lannister" is in prison
- Stupid Lannister gets freed by Angry Elf, going to do something to stop a lot of innocent people from dying
- "Tens of thousands of innocent people for one not so innocent dwarf. Seems like a fair trade"
- Angry Elf gives emotional speech to Stupid Lannister who was the only person around who was nice to him as a kid. A little middle school drama.
- Stupid Lannister has gold hand
- Doors to break into castle has disturbing amount of space between them
- 2 big armies stare each other down. At this point, it's important to note that I don't know why they're fighting or who they are
- Queen Love Child of Mick Jagger and Robin Wright makes an appearance
- Dragon versus old times wooden boats proving to be a bit of a mismatch
- Seems like instead of making lots of crossbows, these people should put their resources into dragon development and recruiting
- Dragon proves that my concern about the space between the doors was misplaced
- Unclear why they even bother to send an army when they have the dragon
- Queen Blondie is riding a dragon again. She should spend time making a saddle to make it easier
- Bells in the city ring, which is supposed to stop an attack—even though it's kind of already happened
- My interpretation is the people in the city surrendered, but Queen Blondie kept attacking, killing lots of people for no reason
- This horrifies John Snow and Angry Elf. Queen Blondie has gone dark… not with the hair, but with her murderous tendencies
- Considering all the stabbing and beheading, the dragons flame might be the preferable way to die
- Stupid Lannister is fighting with the lead singer of Coldplay,who apparently swam to safety following near direct hit from dragon
- Stupid Lannister gets himself stabbed
- Queen Mick Jagger/Robin Wright finally figures out she's going to lose and leaves her fancy tower
- Coldplay Lead Singer gets stabbed too. Stupid Lannister's name is possibly Jim Lannister?
- Frumpy Girl contemplates getting revenge on someone, maybe the Queen. Then thanks tall guy named Sandor or maybe Sandle
- Sandle's brother is a guard for the Queen. He kills the Queen's assistant so he can fight Sandle
- Big guard guy looks like Darth Vader without his helmet
- Stupid Lannister has connection Mick Jagger/Robin Wright Queen. She's in a very desperate place, similar to Robin Wright when she married Sean Penn
- Giant Darth Vader without his helmet gets stabbed with long sword, seems to enjoy it
- Again, since the dragon has done all the work, why did they send all these important people into this city?
- Frumpy Girl getting trampled, keeps getting saved at last second, indicating she's an important character
- Giant helmet-free Darth Vader gets stabbed a dozen times or so without dying, so his brother, now without eyes, tackles him off the side of the castle, probably killing them both
- Very dusty with the buildings all collapsing around them. Feels like there could be some fertile ground for the mesothelioma lawyers of the time
- Stupid Lannister and Mick Jagger/Robin Wright Queen escaping in underground tunnel
- Underground tunnel is no longer a tunnel
- Frumpy Girl really mourning lady who helped her up in previous scene
- Everyone is charred, but a horse inexplicably totally fine
- Again, Frumpy must be a big character for all of these nice coincidences to happen to her