Glenn Beck: Let Detroit go bankrupt



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GLENN: I think that's making fun of me. I'm not really -- hello, you sick twisted freak. From sunshiny, just sunshine and lollipops, the capital of happiness, Manhattan, New York. From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. Third most listened to show in all of America. Mitt Romney says let Detroit go bankrupt. Don't you think it would be great if he would have shown up, I mean earlier. You know what I mean? You know, I wonder when he was running if he would have actually said those words. I wonder if anyone would have said those words when you had to actually then get the votes of Michigan. You know what I mean? Can anybody actually tell the truth anymore? Very, very alarming how few people can actually tell the truth. Mitt Romney is telling the truth when he says let the big three go down. Let them go bankrupt. That is -- let me tell you something. General Motors you know is a sponsor of my program. I'm an ambassador of General Motors. I believe in the General Motors product. I believe in the people of General Motors. I have driven their hydrogen car. I believe in the future of General Motors, but you know what I don't believe in? Socialism, nationalized industries. And I know that all these big Three will say, well, we're just getting a bailout. Let me tell you what happened in the 1970s of another car company. It was called British Leland Motors. In fact, they are the people that made the really cool Mini? You know who makes the Mini now, right? The German car company, BMW. The Mini was a great car. Came from Leland Motors, Great Britain. What happened to it? Well, it got bogged down and got lost in big unions and socialist practices of their government, became just lumbering giant that just couldn't get out of its own way. So they asked for a bailout and they got a bailout. The government said, we'll lose too many jobs; we've got to have this industry, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, and they failed them out and -- oh, did I -- I'm sorry. Did I forget to -- no, I think I did tell you. You know that cool Mini Cooper? Made in Germany by BMW. It's not a problem to go and get and declare bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is healthy. It's not a failure. It stops you from being a loser. What is a loser? A loser is somebody who gives up or a loser is somebody who just keeps trying the same thing over and over and over again and everybody's screaming at them saying, stop! And they are just such a loser, they just keep banging their head against the wall doing exactly the same thing, even if they know that it can't be done. And that's what -- what? Now? I'm sorry. I'm sorry. We have to pause for a message.

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GLENN: Okay. So Mitt Romney is now coming out and saying let them go bankrupt because we all know -- look, what's the problem, guys? What is the problem with General Motors and Ford and Chrysler? Is it a problem for quality? Is it? Have you driven -- I mean, this is -- I've driven GM cars for the last, I don't even know, eight years, and I've driven them because I chose to drive them. I was an ambassador now for the last 18 months of General Motors. When they called up and said, would you do General Motors commercial? I said, yeah, I've got -- my cars in my garage are General Motors. I believe in them.

It's not quality. So what is it? Is it management? You know what, I have to tell you I sat at the table with the management of General Motors and I -- let's just say I poked them in the chest a few times. I'm really not somebody who tries to be popular. And I said, "Come on, guys, come on, how much technology have you guys buried? What's hidden in the basement?" And whew. Hydrogen, hydrogen, the fuel cell, you want to know about the hydrogen car? Yeah, we've been able to do the hydrogen car since the 1960s. I said, "Huh? What?" They said, haven't been able to do the fuel cell but we did the hydrogen car in the 1960s. We had that technology available. But you know what, Glenn? We can retool one time and we need some leadership in Washington, somebody in Washington that will say, "Hey, guys, this is the direction that we're going and, by the way, we're not going to screw you or let the environmentalists screw you, you know, five years down the road. We're not going to do to the car company what we've done to the nuclear power companies which, oh, by the way, that's the cleanest energy on Earth. We're not going to do that to you." That's what they've been begging for.

So it's now the government who is mandating all kinds of stuff: Make sure it's this, make sure it's that, it's got to be this. The only thing they haven't said is Mark sure it's only one color.

Is it the workers? Nope. I know American workers. American workers can create anything, but it is labor-related. It's the damn unions. It's the people who have said -- I mean, I couldn't believe it. I actually heard some of these people say on television just the last couple of days, they are saying, "Yeah, well, you know what, and they've got all of these pensions. I mean, what's going to happen to all of these pensions." Who thought they were going to get these pensions? Who actually thought you could continue to hit an industry and have them pay $78 an hour when your competitor is paying $48 an hour and the average American is making $24 an hour? You want to talk about hit the rich, hit the unions.

They get all of these benefits and these packages and you can't fire them and you can't do anything and you can't -- they've got to have this health coverage and this kind of pension plan and it can start at this age. There's no way a company can survive. But here's the good news, gang. The unions have gained their strength. Even FDR said that he didn't like unions in the government. He didn't think that government should have union involvement there. That would just be wrong. Again what's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander. And so the unions now are going to be able to open up and we're going to have a government that is unionized, strong government unions. That's fantastic. Think of all the blessings that are going to come from that.

So being a loser means that you stop trying or that you don't believe that you can do it or that you just keep doing the same thing over and over and over again and you just refuse to listen. That's a loser. Failures only make us stronger. Can you imagine if Edison -- he failed 6,000 times -- if he would have just, every time he failed, kept saying, I need more money, I need to borrow money from the government, I can do it, I can do it, I can do it, but then didn't change the filaments that he was trying out, just kept doing it the same way. He didn't. Bailouts aren't going to work. Bailouts are only going to lead us to a bigger hole, in your pocket.

This is what I talked about, when we first got into this bailout system and we have just opened this up for Henry Paulson. And whoever the next treasury secretary is. They can just do whatever they want. There's no oversight here. And they have taken $700 billion and turned that into a $5 trillion promise, $5 trillion. Since we started talking about the bailouts, that's what they've done. And there's no oversight. Do you know what they've promised? They've spent your money. When I started saying at the very beginning of this is they are not going to stop. And if they don't, there's not going to be anything left. The idea is to have something left to restart. Well, that's what a bankruptcy does. A bankruptcy puts it into protection so you can start renegotiating all of those outlandish contracts. Do you know how cheap it is to live in Detroit?

Look, this is going to cause pain but so does surgery. Would you ever, would you ever advise any of your friends who had cancer and they were damn near terminal. If they don't act now, they would be terminal. Would you ever say to them, "No, you don't want to have your breasts removed. That will be painful and then the scars and everything would..." are you kidding me? Go in and have your breasts removed! Go in and have your leg removed! You're going to die if you don't. There's pain. There's going to be pain. But it's only the pain that honestly should have been coming a long time ago. We have continued to build bubbles. How is it we've never heard of bubbles before until the Fed started to just keep manipulating these bubbles. We had, first it was the dot-com bubble. Then that burst. And then, of course, then we had the housing bubble and then that burst. We have right now another bubble. It is called the money bubble. We are creating a bubble. We are just creating money and just spending money and thinking that it's going to last forever. Did we not learn from pets.com! It doesn't last! What congress is suggesting is the pets.com of money!

I so believe in General Motors, I so believe in the people of Detroit, I so believe in the product that they have that I want to see them last. I'm not against them. I'm a spokesperson for them. But I can't -- because I want them to last, I'm sorry, I have to be the doctor who is removed from the situation that says, "I'm sorry, guys, you don't have a choice. You're going to have to have that removed, but you'll make it and it will be okay. This is going to hurt a lot and it's going to hurt you more than it hurts me, but in the end it's the right thing to do." And in this particular case the doctor can say, "And in the end we'll both be better off because of it." It's not experimental surgery. Bankruptcy works. Experimental surgery, you know, that newfangled thing that has absolutely no evidence of it working, no evidence -- hang on. What? Again? Hang on. We have to break for this commercial message.

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GLENN: I don't think the garment thing is really what I was going -- anyway, the experimental surgery, if you were facing life and death and you had something that had been tested over and over and over and over again and it works; or something else that has been tried over and over and over again, especially in the recent, you're in a hospital and like this is being tried on everybody and there's absolutely no sign that it has worked, not even once has changed the situation, they all seem to be getting sicker, would you go to the hospital and go, "Yeah, I'm going to try that experimental." You take the damn bankruptcy because you know it works. It's going to cause pain but it's going to work. Our -- again? Another sponsor.

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GLENN: Today is the day we find out at 5:30. I'll let you know tomorrow. Today is the day that Stephen King may have to look just behind him and go, I feel the hot breath of Satan's mentally challenged younger brother who actually believes that the troops can read. That's right, Stephen, we're coming for you. We are, the Children of the -- well, not the corn but the children of the people who live in the part of the country that grow all the corn.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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