Glenn Beck: Big bad Wal-Mart

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GLENN: I just have to laugh every time I hear -- and it's up on the Drudge Report today -- that Wal-Mart has shown an increase of 10%. And I laugh because I think to myself, "Wait a minute, the evil Wal-Mart? No. Wait a minute, I thought they were the ones who were destroying America." Now all of a sudden everybody's starting to go and shop at Wal-Mart. They are seeing an increase of 10% from people who are like, "Yeah, I don't think Macy's is really the place for me right now; I think I better go to Wal-Mart. They come in and they actually help save. Why? Because they've got value. What a crazy idea, huh? And here they come in and they're riding in and people are coming to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart wouldn't be here, by the way, if they would have done all the things that the people who tried to destroy them wanted them to do. And now they come in and they have a big increase. I'm wondering if anyone in Washington -- let me think about who could possibly say this. Well, I can't think of a single soul. Somebody might say, these people in Wal-Mart are making too much profit. While everybody else is falling apart, we've got to take half their profits. Did that sound like my Barney Frank? Gosh, I'm sorry. There seems to be no Great Depression at Wal-Mart. Other companies are talking about the worst periods in their history. Wal-Mart has increased its sales by 7.5%, increased earnings almost 10% last year. "That's the evil kind of profit I was talking about." How are they doing this in this economy and what could we possibly learn from Wal-Mart? Well, maybe America is finally starting to wake up from the, oh, who is that? Paris Hilton, and their -- was I just thinking out loud? I'm sorry. Maybe America is starting to think to themselves, "Gee, I don't know. I think there's more to life than little dogs and purses." I mean, it's just me. People are starting to look for value because America's starting to struggle. You know what I really regret on this program is that people have -- I mean, look. Dire times are coming today. I don't mean just prepared for them like, go for your guns. I mean, you need to be prepared for them spiritually. You need to be prepared for them. You need to know who you are. You need to know what you believe in. You need to America is. You need to know what our values are, what made us great. And it was freedom. It was capitalism. It was being fair. It was being a good person. It was saying what you meant and meaning what you said. It was a cowboy contract. It was looking a man in the eye and shaking hands and saying, my word is as good as any contract that you could get. We need to be able to fall back on those people. We need to become those people again.

But the thing I regret on this program is as I delivered these messages, as I say, "Hey, tough times are coming," all the people here for some reason is, "It's the apocalypse; Jesus is coming; run for your lives; the entire country's going to burn to the ground." I don't believe any of that -- well, I do believe Jesus is coming and the "Run for your life" part, but I don't believe that the country's going to burn to the ground. I think we're going to have tough times. But I mean, let's look at the toughest times in American history. The Civil War. Yes, did cities burn to the ground? Yep. Did commerce still happen? Did people still have families? Did people still have food and homes? Did they struggle? Yes. Did they die? Yes. But did we survive? Yes. And that's -- when I say dark, dark times are coming, look at the worst time in American history, the Civil War. That was a dark time. But life still went on. And so when I say look out, here comes the economy, something that we've never faced before, you are still going to have to go out and buy stuff. You are just going to have to be careful to get your money's worth. Things are still going to happen.

You know, I was talking to somebody the other day about the state of the bookstores right now. They are having 30% drops in sales of books. I know, great time to release a book, isn't it? My timing's always great. But what they found is that people are still buying books but they are only going out and they are buying that one book, the book that they thought, this is a book I have to have. They are not going into a bookstore and they are not buying three, four books, you know? Sometimes you go into a bookstore and you are like, okay, that's the book you want but you're like, oh, but this one looks really good. That's not happening now. They buy the book they want and then they move on. Luckily for me my childhood was screwed up enough that it's being -- it's now being purchased in book form by people who can't seem to turn their head from a fatal car accident.

But why is Wal-Mart succeeding? Why is Wal-Mart succeeding while others fail? It's easy. They didn't do all the things the government is telling us we now need to do. They didn't overspend, they didn't organize with labor. They don't have giant labor problems. They pay their workers fairly but they are not locked into long-term union deals with gigantic benefits that make the stores impossible to run at a profit. They haven't been pressured, you know, they haven't caved to the pressure of the hundreds of politicians and activists. They have been -- think about Wal-Mart. They have been attacked by entire cities. "There will be no Wal-Mart in our town." That's fine. Even Jeremiah Wright is out to boycott Wal-Mart. But they stayed true to their sensibilities.

You know, we always talk about running our government like a business. I think Wal-Mart is one of the only businesses that runs themselves like a business today. Everybody else is running their business like a government. You've got to give people good value. You've got to give people a good price. And when politicians kick them out of a city, they will build a store right across the border and it will be packed. Why? Because people want and now really need the services that they provide. Along with that, they are fair with their employees. They offer them opportunities to move up with the company. You work your butt off at Wal-Mart, you move up in the chain. You don't work your butt off, hey, get the hell out of my store. They reward people who have made them the company that they are today. Isn't that the way we all should be running our business? Isn't that the way we should be running our country? Congress, you haven't performed; get the hell out of my office. Why are we wasting the lights? I mean, have you seen the electricity bill? Let's turn the lights off at the capitol. We'd get a lot more done.

For whatever reason Wal-Mart is vilified. Despite the fact that it gives people who don't have a ton of money a chance to save money on things they need. Despite the fact that they've saved Americans over a billion dollars on prescription drugs by charging only $10 for three months of medication, $10. Saved America a billion dollars on prescription drugs because they felt it was the right thing to do. But do they get recognized for it? Despite that they put up medical clinics in their stores, provided medical services to tens of thousands of people with no insurance at a low cost and yet, they are the enemy, and I predict that Wal-Mart and other stores like it will be made the enemy even more by big business, by big labor, by the United States government. They will say, "Why is Wal-Mart a, why do they have a 10% profit?" Which, by the way, is two percentage points higher than big oil and 85 percentage points lower than hedge funds. Hmmm. I wonder which firm makes it through the end of this storm: Wal-Mart or hedge funds? Wal-Mart and your family, if your family is built on values like Wal-Mart, if your business is built on values, if you have done the wrong things in the past, stop it right now. Just change today and you'll not only survive but you'll thrive because those American values, American values will always win in the end. Politicians will come and go. American values won't.

Chances are, you've noticed that many large companies have decided to become woke activists, despite the fact that alienating half your customer base is a terrible business strategy.

This woke shift isn't being driven by the usual market forces. It's the Great Reset's ESG score system at work, Glenn Beck said on "GlennTV." Under the “environmental, social, and governance” score system, companies will no longer make decisions based on what you, the consumer, want. Now, it's all about what those in power deem society should want. And it's not just businesses that are affected, he explained.

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11 things you can do to help stop the Great Reset

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The foundation of the American way of life is freedom from tyranny, which can only exist in a nation that defends the rights, powers, and property of individuals and families. Over the past two centuries, the greatest threats to liberty have come from governments, both foreign and domestic. And from the beaches of Normandy to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Americans have repeatedly conquered the challenges placed before them by those seeking to extinguish or limit individual rights.

However, over the past few years, a new, potentially catastrophic danger has emerged, but not primarily from the halls of Congress or state capitols. This threat to freedom has largely emanated from the board rooms of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful corporations, large financial institutions, central banks, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Economic Forum.

In an attempt to secure vast amounts of wealth and influence over society, corporate CEOs, bankers, and investors, working closely with key government officials, have launched a unified effort to impose environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards on most of the industrialized global economy. ESG standards are also referred to as “sustainable investment” or “stakeholder capitalism.” According to a report by KPMG, thousands of companies, located in more than 50 countries, already have ESG systems in place, including 82 percent of large companies in the United States.

ESG standards are designed to create a “great reset of capitalism” and to “revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions.” ESG supporters plan to enact these radical changes by using ESG schemes to alter how businesses and investments are evaluated, so that instead of focusing on the quality of goods and services, profits, and other traditional economic metrics, companies — including financial institutions — are evaluated largely on their commitment to social justice and environmental causes and then assigned scores so that companies can be compared, rewarded, or potentially punished.

Supporters of the movement for a Great Reset also plan on using technology to limit free speech and privacy rights, and they support creating vast new government programs that are designed to transform the Western economy via the Green New Deal, European Green Deal, a federal jobs guarantee, and basic income programs.

Together, the proposals that make up the Great Reset represent the most serious threat to freedom in the West since the fall of the Soviet Union and perhaps since World War II. But there is hope. We can stop the Great Reset, but only if we act quickly and with great conviction.

Below are 11 steps you can take to push back against the Great Reset. These steps represent a powerful bottom-up, grassroots approach to the Great Reset’s top-down plan to remake the world. Although many of these steps won’t be easy for everyone to take, they are essential for ensuring that our children and grandchildren will grow up in a world that protects the rights of individuals and empowers families, rather than wealthy special interests, financial institutions, and large corporations.

1. Live Not by Lies: The time for remaining quiet is over. When you hear or see something that you know to be false, speak up. Be kind, generous, and compassionate, but do not, under any circumstances, allow lies to infect your life. Further, do not support organizations, publications, politicians, schools, or any other institutions that regularly promote false claims.

2. Buy Local: The reason the Great Reset is so powerful is because so many of us have become totally dependent on large multinational corporations. They can be easily manipulated in a way that small, local businesses cannot. Learn to buy local, whenever possible, even if it means spending more money on your purchases. Yes, big corporations offer conveniences and low prices that many small businesses can’t compete with, but those benefits come with a great cost: your freedom.

3. Bank Local: Big financial institutions and banks are driving much of the Great Reset movement. They have started to use their incredible wealth and power to alter society by financing only those businesses who agree to the terms of the Great Reset. This problem is going to get worse, so it’s important to find local banks and credit unions you can trust and who refuse to utilize ESG scores and other discriminatory schemes.

4. Support Local Farms: If you live in an area that has local farms and farmer’s markets, consider buying as many of your groceries as possible from farmers. In the future, food production and distribution are going to change dramatically. It’s important that you support local farmers and build relationships with individuals who can provide you with the goods you need in a time of crisis. One of our main goals must be to make local communities as self-sufficient as possible, and that cannot happen unless we support local farms.

5. Be Vocal: After starting to shop and bank locally, be sure to tell big financial institutions and corporations why they have lost your business. They need to know that their decisions have serious consequences.

6. Run for Local Government: Local and state governments will soon be our most important defense against the Great Reset. Consider running for your local school board, zoning board, or even for a state legislative office. If you don’t feel qualified for these positions, find someone who shares your values and help them run for office. If we don’t have control of our local governments, we won’t be able to halt the Great Reset.

7. Demand That Your State Pass Laws Against ESG Scores: In America, states have a tremendous amount of power to slow the Great Reset and protect their citizens from abuses by large corporations, banks, and international institutions. They can do this by passing laws that make the use of ESG metrics and other, similar systems by financial institutions illegal, when used as a precondition for banking services, financing, investment, etc. ESG scores are, by definition, discriminatory and should be made illegal by state lawmakers who care about protecting their citizens’ rights.

8. Make Responsible Spending a Key Issue for Politicians: In recent years, politicians on the ideological left and right have totally abandoned responsible fiscal policy in favor of vast money printing and loose monetary policies. The many trillions of dollars that have been “printed” in recent years put our economy at risk and are being used to fuel the Great Reset. Without these trillions of dollars of printed money, it would be exceptionally difficult for governments and financial institutions to buy off corporations.

9. Organize Anti-Great Reset Groups: No matter where you live, there are Americans in your community who do not support the Great Reset — Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike. Find like-minded neighbors and organize a local, peaceful resistance. Find people you can trust and agree to support one another when times get tough. Now, more than ever, we need to develop dependable communities.

10. Buy Property and Diversify: Property ownership is going to become increasingly more difficult in the months and years to come. It’s important that you work with a qualified financial adviser to help you figure out the best way to buy property and diversify your investments. Buying hard assets, including real estate and precious metals, could be a good way for you to protect against the Great Reset and a possible financial collapse. If you already own property, resist selling it to large corporations and financial institutions, whenever possible. (This is not financial advice, and I’m not a financial adviser. Talk to an expert you trust before taking action!)

11. Make the Great Reset a Litmus Test for Politicians: Before supporting politicians, find out if they know what the Great Reset is and what they plan to do to stop it. If they aren’t familiar with the Great Reset or don’t have a plan to halt it, then demand that they learn about the Great Reset and develop a proposal to prevent it. Political leaders who refuse to take the Great Reset seriously do not deserve your support. This is the key issue of our generation.

Scott Quiner was transferred over the weekend to a hospital in Texas after doctors in Minnesota threated to terminate life support measures as he battled severe complications from COVID-19. Scott's wife, Anne Quiner, appealed to the courts for a restraining order to prevent the hospital from pulling the plug as she sought a new facility to provide medical care for her husband. Scott was unvaccinated when he tested positive for COVID-19 in late October, 2021.

Anne and her attorney Marjorie Holsten joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Thursday to describe their frantic efforts to halt the hospital's decision to turn off Scott's life support — allegedly because he was unvaccinated — and just how difficult it was to get him the medical treatment he needed.

"It was absolutely stunning," Holsten told Glenn. "[Anne] came in and she has this order, I saw the screenshot from the [online medical] chart that said [Scott] is basically scheduled for execution at noon the following day."

According to Holsten, the Minnesota hospital responded to her appeal for a restraining order by claiming that the "position" to keep Scott alive "is not supported by medical science or Minnesota law. As a result, Mercy will ask the court to issue an order that Mercy has the authority to discontinue Mr. Quiner's ventilator and proceed with his medical care plan."

"The 'medical care plan' was the plan to discontinue the ventilator at noon, which leads to death very shortly. So that was at 10 o'clock, but then at 11 o'clock, before the 12 o'clock execution, the judge did, in fact, sign an order saying the hospital is restrained from pulling the plug," she added.

Anne told Glenn that doctors in Texas were shocked by Scott's condition after he arrived from the Minnesota hospital. Not only had he been given dangerous drugs, he was also found to be “severely malnourished."

"The doctor [in Texas] spent two hours with Scott and when he came back out, he said, 'I don't know how he even made it, how he even survived that other hospital ... but I will do everything I can to try to save his life,'" Anne explained.

"And the doctor [in Texas] said Scott was the most undernourished patient he has ever seen," Holsten added.

"Glenn, we are first bringing this battle to the court of public opinion," Holsten continued. "What we are showing the world is that Scott was near death because of the protocols used in that [Minnesota] hospital, but now he is recovering. He is getting better.... Now, we're not planning a funeral, we're planning for his release."

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The Great Reset is not just an elitist idea — it’s not even a socialist utopian concept. It’s a real-world fascist threat to every American from Wall Street to Main Street. It’s happening now in policies and cultural shifts big and small, obvious and subtle, from environmental promises to corporations going woke. But the mainstream media, global elites, and politicians brushed off the Great Reset as “nothing to see here.” Another myth they push: “The World Economic Forum is just a conference for elites who have no REAL power.”

Glenn Beck first exposed the Great Reset almost two years ago, and the globalist cries of "conspiracy theorist" soon followed. They said he believed the WEF was a “master cabal calling the shots from some evil underground lair.” But Glenn Beck never said that. Instead, he uncovered the true intentions of global leaders in finance and politics by simply highlighting their own words.

This week, the same global elites are doubling down on their agenda at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda virtual event. But still, the global elites — like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — are trying to downplay the WEF’s influence to stop people like us from interfering with their plans. The oligarchy will prosper in the new world order they’ve designed. You will not.

So Glenn unveils a master chalkboard based on his best-selling new book to outline the threats from globalists and why we must stop their agenda if we hope to keep the precious freedoms we still have.

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