Glenn Beck: The real Sarah Palin



GLENN: I talked to Sarah Palin before. I don't know Sarah Palin, but I feel as though I do. I've seen Sarah Palin in situations, you know, in the media where she was fearless. She took on the big dogs in her own state. She took on the oil companies. She took on the political machinery and she won. So where was that woman when she was in front of Katie Couric? Let me tell you something. I know, because I've played the game before. When you get on television and everybody is trying to play "Got you," at first you really care and you are so programmed on, "Okay, don't say this, don't say this, don't say this," and you can't be yourself. Well, that's what happened to Sarah Palin. She had a million people around her telling her exactly what she should and shouldn't say. And so she started to question absolutely everything that she, "Okay, wait a minute, I know that fact," but you hesitate. I know this because it's the way I am. You hesitate when you -- I bet you it's the way you are. I bet you if you've ever been at dinner with somebody who you think is really smart, you tend to be a little quieter or you hesitate, "Oh, gee, do I say this" because you just don't want to look stupid. And you know if you sat at that meal and you knew that person was intentionally trying to make you look stupid, it would be even worse. And if you had a bunch of people saying, okay, we really want you to be yourself but just listen, whatever you do, don't do this, don't say that, don't say that, I know you agree with that, but this is what John believes in, you've got to do this, you would never be able to do it. That's what happened to Sarah Palin. She is not who she was presented as and she was so encumbered by the machinery of the political process which she doesn't like. She's against the machinery. That's the problem with Washington is the machinery. Take the machinery away. Remove the machinery between me and the American people. That's what Sarah Palin believes. In my gut I felt that.

Dan's having a phone conversation with somebody and he looks down and he sees a phone number that he doesn't recognize. He looks at the voice mail. It's Sarah Palin. We saved -- Sarah Palin called us a couple of times and you know said, I just really want to -- Sarah Palin called to arrange time on the radio show and then the TV show it was too late because we were off the air at CNN.

DAN: Glenn, you've got to remember, too, that that never -- I mean, usually, you know, when we arrange these guests, you never talk to the actual person until they call in to go on the show.

GLENN: And Dan, correct me if I'm wrong. You don't even talk to those people. A handler calls those people, for those people. I'm the only one. A handler called: Dan, I've got John McCain on. Dan, I've got Mitt Romney on. Then they wait. When they hear me start to introduce, then they hand the phone over to that person and I'm the only one that talks to them.

DAN: So very, very, very rare that we actually, you know, get that type of a call.

GLENN: So here's the phone message that was left by Sarah Palin. Listen.

GOVERNOR PALIN: Hey, Dan, this is Sarah Palin. I wanted to give you a call and just try to hook up with you guys to hopefully get to share a few words with Glenn and I want to give you my husband Todd's phone number. It's area code [BLEEP]. Again Dan it’s Sarah Palin, and calling from the campaign trail. Getting on an airplane here shortly but just dying to talk to Glenn. Maybe the campaign's been too busy to hook up with you guys. So I'll do it myself and hopefully I'll talk to you guys soon. Bye.

GLENN: She picks up the phone and does it herself. Now, is this going rogue? Maybe, maybe not. The next morning I spoke to her off the air. She was getting onto another airplane. Phone rings. Sarah Palin. I said, "Sarah, listen, don't let that machinery trap you. You just keep going." She was in the position, and this is what happens with campaigns. They hire all these experts and they say, do this, don't do this, talk to this person, don't talk to this person. That's what all of these machines do. This woman doesn't do it that way. You wouldn't do it that way. That's the difference. That's the kind of person we need, not the machines. This woman gets it. Instinctively she gets it. I don't believe she was allowed to be anything more than just a stage puppet. I'm not convinced that John McCain actually -- and I have no information on this, just by watching how she was used, her appearance on SNL, everything else. She was boxed. She was boxed in. You watch this woman when it's her campaign. You watch this woman when she's doing it, and you watch how the media has already destroyed her and will in the coming days and then all the way along continue to try to discredit and destroy her. They know she's a threat because she doesn't use the machinery. She doesn't like the machinery. She doesn't want to talk to the machinery. She wants to talk to you. And that's the kind of person we need. We need people like you. We need to change -- this is the fundamental change that we need in America. On the global scale America has been that religious person that maybe goes to church on Christmas or goes to synagogue on Yom Kippur but that's it and yet is the one in the office that you look at and they're yapping about religious stuff and they are trying to preach to everybody about, you know, Jesus saves and everything else or, you know, use Jesus doesn't save or whatever it is, but they are the ones preaching to everybody and you're like, "What a hypocrite." I mean, they are not even living it. But maybe they go to church every Sunday but they are not living it. That's what America has become, and America started to become this in the 1930s -- well, no, I'm sorry. Let me take it back. Around the turn of the century. We started to become this arrogant nation, this nation that wanted to tell everybody starting with the League of Nations exactly what they were going to do. America in many ways was responsible for World War II because we told the rest of the world how they were going to end World War I. We took charge. We jammed it down everybody's throat. Then we went in and we liberated Europe and then we were arrogant enough to say you're going to use our money and we'll stay on the gold standard. But then after that we got off the gold standard and we're still arrogant enough saying, no, no, don't worry about it, we'll never debase the money and we'll be your buyers.

Well, we have been a country that says we believe in freedom and yet for oil we sleep with dictators all around the world. For oil we've done everything. We say we don't believe in torture but it was Bill Clinton that had rendition installed, where we'll have a CIA plane fly into the country, kidnap the person, deliver them to Egypt so Egypt can torture them. We either believe in torture or we don't believe in torture. We believe it's worth doing or we don't. If it's worth doing, don't do rendition. You stand up and say this is what we're doing. We as a nation are the churchgoer that defends their church but doesn't even know their theology anymore! Have you ever met those people? They couldn't tell you what the church actually believes. They are the -- we as a nation have become people that sit here and look and defend our church and say, "Yes, I'm a good whatever" but then they will sit here and say, "Yeah, but I don't believe in any of that stuff." That's the theology of the church! Reverend Wright, the theology is Marxism. "Well, I don't believe any of that stuff." Well, then why are you defending the church? That's the theology. It's -- what is it? A label, a meeting place just to hook up with people and have some drinks and have some laughs? Or do you believe in it? America has become the person that is jamming it down everybody's throat but they don't live it. We need to live it. The other thing is people are the same kind of -- are living it themselves. Conservatives are living it themselves. We say we believe in this, we say we're these people, the GOP has said they're conservatives but they don't even know what that means anymore. They don't even know what the Constitution says.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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