Glenn Beck: Union madness

Playing Glenn Beck on the Christmas Sweater Tour

GLENN: Can I tell you something? I don't know how people do business, I really don't. I don't know how people stay afloat. Have you been to one of the rehearsals yet with the union thing?

STU: No, no, not yet.

GLENN: Have you heard about them?

STU: I heard about them, though, disaster.

GLENN: We're in the middle of rehearsing the Christmas show and just in the middle of -- and that's when I noticed that my mom was, "All right, five-minute break." "Wait a minute, what?" We were in the middle -- yesterday was the first day we rehearsed with the orchestra and the orchestra and the guy who's watching the time for the orchestra is like one of the horn players. And right in the middle of one of the pieces. So I mean, I'm rehearsing, they are rehearsing, we're full-fledged, you know, in the piece on the storm and all of a sudden he stands up and says, time. And I'm like, time, what are you talking about? "Time, five minute break." It's been crazy. I don't know how anybody does any job. It's absolutely insane.

STU: Wouldn't you just be embarrassed to do that?

GLENN: To do that? Yeah. I mean, why don't you wait until the end of the -- you know, wait until the end of the scene or something. Do you have to have that five minute break there? And you know what? It was -- this is where I would have been embarrassed. There's a few union people that we were rehearsing with last week and we had to have them and we were paying them but they didn't have anything to do. Nothing. They had nothing to do. So we were paying them to sit there, and they didn't want to be there because they have nothing to do. Like, go shopping or something, go do something. But they had to be there because of the union. So we would be rehearsing and they would say, "Time, we need a break." And I'm like, you need a break? I'm the one up rehearsing. You're sitting in a chair. Why don't you work for five minutes. That would be a break from what you're doing.

STU: You are saying that they were doing nothing already.

GLENN: Doing nothing.

STU: And then they stopped you to take a break?

GLENN: Yeah, I had to stop performing because they had to take a break. And I said, you've got to be kidding me. You're sitting there. You're not doing anything. They said, union rules; got to take a break.

STU: You can't wait until a logical point to pause and then take seven minutes. Take seven, we'll give it to you.

GLENN: But wait, it wasn't even that, Stu. It was, they weren't doing anything. They were doing nothing. They were sitting there. And I'm like, "I'm the guy who's doing the job. I'm the guy working."

STU: So what do you do when you're doing nothing and you take a break? Do you start working or do you go to sleep?

GLENN: I think that they started working.

STU: Like you just start doing push-ups?

GLENN: No, they started -- they do paperwork, they started doing something over on the side of the stage. "All right, guys, guys, guys, whoa, whoa, whoa. You're 4 1/2 minutes into work. Sit down. Sit down."

STU: Right, it's because they're overtired. You get to the point where you get overtired from not doing anything.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: For too long.

GLENN: Last night it was -- because we had, for rehearsals here in New York, we had to rent an actual Broadway stage. That's cheap. And so we're renting this Broadway stage and all of these people are there. There are like 400 people there and it's like, "Okay, all I needed was a roll of scotch tape." "I know. This is the union that went to -- he had to go to the store. This union could actually handle the money and he could buy the tape. This guy over here, he can pull it out of the dispenser and this guy, he can just oversee to make sure all the OSHA rules are being followed with scotch tape." I mean, it's incredible. I don't know how business stays in business. I really don't. I've never had to deal with unions before. I hate them. I hate them.

Now, on the other side I did think we were in rehearsal and I did think how many times did people, they just don't care. You know, people were rehearsing until they were dead. You know, they're like, "I don't think I can go on anymore. Please, Mr. DeMille, I don't think I can go on anymore." "You will rehearse until we get it right!" "I've been here for 14 days. I haven't had a break. I haven't had any water at all."

STU: I mean, I get that, and you have to have some sort of law, but let's be honest about it.

GLENN: "And I'm 4 years old."

STU: There's no benefit for the guy running the show to make his people into sweat shop workers.

GLENN: That's the problem. All common sense is dead in America.

STU: I don't know. That stuff controls itself 99% of the time.

GLENN: Really?

STU: I understand in Malaysian sweat shops there's an issue here.

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. Hang on just a second. You're telling me that there's common sense left in America.

STU: I think there's common sense, yes.

GLENN: There's common sense left in America, after I told you the story, you know, on the common sense of I need to take a five-minute break. You haven't done anything!

STU: I didn't say there were common sense in unions.

GLENN: Well, there's common sense. Did I tell you the story about how the City of New York has told 22 churches to stop providing beds for the homeless because they have to do it five days a week or not at all? And so now they are going to be homeless out in the street shivering all night? No, no, you are right, Stu.

STU: No one said there was common sense in government.

GLENN: How about this one? How about this one? A little less I'm loving it could put a significant dent in the problem of childhood obesity, suggests a new study that attempts to measure the effects of TV fast food ads. A ban on TV fast food ads would reduce the number of obese young children by 18% and the number of obese older kids by 14%. You know, here's an idea. How about banning television entirely? Go out and play, fatso. What do you say about that? Hey, here's an idea. Does anybody have a kid in school that is actually engaged -- I am not making this up -- in cup stacking yet? I did this story about four years ago, maybe five years ago, and I made fun of it that dodgeball and everything else was, you know, too dangerous and so what was coming was competitive cup stacking. Do you remember this story? Competitive cup stacking. Joe, our head researcher on the program, he came in and he said, Glenn, you'll never guess what my daughter did at school yesterday in gym. And I said, what? I'm surprised she even has gym. He said, no, kids need exercise. She engage in competitive cup stacking. I know, it's crazy. Competitive? Why compete? I hope they all got trophies because there is no faster stacker than anyone else.

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police

Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:

As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.