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GLENN: All right, bye-bye. Looks like everything has been fixed. The economy is just fine, and how do we know? Because people are trampling each other to get a Playstation or a Wii. You know, when we can become a culture where we trample each other for a game for our kids, you know, a game where we can teach our kids how to be more callous and not really care about, you know, people's lives? I've got to trample somebody just to be able to get Grand Theft Auto. If I could just, if I could kill someone to get the game that can desensitize my kids to killing people, it would be the -- it's the circle of life, I'll tell you that right now. Doesn't get any better than that.

Did anybody else watch the news this weekend and think to themselves, what are we turning into? You know, I'm going to let everybody else give you the what, the where, the when and the how because that's all I hear on, I hear on the news, I turn on Fox, I turn on CNN, I turn on the networks and all I keep hearing is all of the details. One guy killed, pregnant woman taken to the hospital. He was trying -- the guy who was killed was trying to protect the pregnant woman. First they said she had a miscarriage, then they said no, baby's okay. I said we're on the road, we're in St. Louis today for the third show, the third performance of the Christmas Sweater and I got up this morning and I said to Joe the researcher, I said, "Joe, you let me know when they start blaming it on Wal-Mart or on the pregnant lady." And he just laughed and he handed me a piece of paper and he said, oh, it's already begun. Here they are, just some of the highlights of what people are saying now: This incident was avoidable. Where were the safety barriers? Where was security? How did store management not see dangerous numbers of customers barreling down on the store in such an unsafe manner? This isn't tragic. This rises to the level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-Mart.

Who could have said that? Oh, Bruce Both, the President of United Food and Commercial Workers union, New York's largest grocery store union. So the unions are blaming it on the evil Wal-Mart. Consumer advocates have said over the weekend, "The intent is to artificially create fervor for a product as well as media buzz about it. Most consumers blame retailers not only for causing such disasters but also contributing via lax concern to making those circumstances worse each year." Then here's my favorite, quote, this is a mom out at Wal-Mart: What was she doing in that environment in the first place? What would possess a mother to be like that to endanger not only herself but her baby? What's the matter with responsible parenting today?

What's the matter, you going shopping? Yeah, I know. Going shopping, you know, that's the same as going to the food market there in downtown Baghdad. Where is anyone that will say who the hell have we turned into? Where is anyone that will recognize that the only people responsible are the people that were standing there in line.

You know there's a phrase that Ronald Reagan said that has been bouncing around in my head for weeks now and I know I've shared it with you. The Ronald Reagan said if we lose liberty, at some point our children and grandchildren are going to come to us and say what was it that you valued over your freedom, Grandpa. Well, I'd like to ask you the same question: What is it we value over life. What is it that was so important that we had to push each other out of the way. And you know what? It's time to stop pointing the finger to other people. It's time to stop pointing the finger and saying, "Those people, I wasn't in that line. Those people." We're part of the culture. E Pluribus Unum. It works for good and for bad. E pluribus unum: From many, one. We're in this together, gang. What have we turned into? Who are we? While everybody else will tell you the what, the where, the why, the how, the when, I just want to concentrate today on who and a different kind of why. I mean, when we look at our life and we look at that Wii or that Playstation, why do we want it? Why? Why do we think we need it? Why do we think we need it so badly that we've got to go rush out of the store? Why do we allow ourselves in these corporations to not stand up and say, "You know what, guys, let's make a few more." "Well, that's not good for business."

The first Christmas show that we did in Pittsburgh, I won't give you the full story, but the people who were there, they will know the first story. The first Christmas show that we did in Pittsburgh, I stopped it at the very end. I stopped it and I stopped the orchestra and I had a frank one-on-one conversation with them. Well, I got backstage and the director came at me and said, "What were you thinking. What are you doing? You never do that. What are you doing? Don't ever, ever do that again." And then he looked at me and he realized I was the executive producer of the program and he said, "In my opinion." And he's a good guy. I love him. But he walked out the door and my daughter looked at me and said, "Dad, you do that every time. You follow your gut. That's why people respect you." Sometimes in business you've got to do the right thing. Not the popular thing, not the cheap thing, not the thing that -- you know what? Don't you just want to be treated with respect? Don't you -- and maybe this is another thing on who have we allowed ourselves to become. Wouldn't you rather do business with a company, wouldn't you rather -- for a company to come out and do an advertising slogan and say, "Look, you're not going to hear about the big long lines for the Wii, you are not going to hear about the big long lines for our cell phone because we're not going to artificially deflate them. We're going to make enough. We're going to have enough. We're not going to try to hype you. We're not going to try to get you to trample people. We're not going to try to -- we're not going to use people and take their day and have them stand in line, to create a line to create more hype. What we're going to do is respect you as a customer. We're going to say to you as a customer I respect you, I respect your time, I respect your money, I respect your loyalty. And you know whether or not? Not only do we make the best phone or the best game box or the best whatever, not only do we do that but we know how long you work, we know how hard you work, we know how stressful it is for you to go out and do your shopping anyway. We know that you and your wife or you and your husband lay in bed at night trying to make a list for the kids, trying to make a list and trying to get it all done before Christmas. Christmas has become so overcommercialized, Christmas has become so tough to do in the first place, we as a company are going to try to help you as a parent. We're not going to do this. We're going to make it the easiest it can be to buy our product."

Now, wouldn't you rather do business with a company like that? You win in the end. I told you a few weeks ago about Wal-Mart. Here's Wal-Mart standing up against the unions, standing up against everybody else, standing up and just doing the right thing, doing business the right way. Not getting flashy, not getting inflated. Treating their people right but not crazy, not like -- you know, not like the big three automakers where they just give away everything so in the end they destroy themselves and then nobody has a job. They try to do the right thing. And who is surviving? Who is it that is surviving in this economy? Wal-Mart. In the end you win. Going to be a lot of people that say no. You saying to your kids, "You know what, gang, Christmas ain't about the Xbox. Christmas isn't about Playstation or Wii," at least not spelled Wii. It's about we the family, and we don't need that. I don't want to hear about Wal-Mart. I don't want to hear about anything. I want to hear from the people who were standing in that line, what is it that was so important. Who have you allowed yourself to become? Who in this country of ours even has the moral authority anymore? She said to me yesterday, they said, Glenn, you know, you go to these church events. If your church didn't hand out and they just -- I said, you know what, the leader of my church, if somebody trampled themselves to get into a church event, the leader of my church would have raised his cane and said, "Who have you people become?" And he would have the moral authority so we would all stand there and look at each other in shame and say, "Oh, my gosh." But who can say that in this society anymore. We have chased shame out of the public square. There is no one that has the moral authority anymore to say to us as individuals, as people, as Americans, and say who have you allowed yourself to become. Shame on you. Who has that moral authority to say that? Gang, we need to find that moral authority because our founding fathers were right. If we don't police ourselves, somebody else has to do it.

The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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