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.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.