Glenn talks to Joe the Plumber


Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream

GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK. Joe the plumber is on the phone. Joe, some of us have written three New York Times best selling times. Who do you think you are, just picking up a pen and writing some sort of drivel?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Mmm...

GLENN: Joe, you obviously have seen the New York Times review, haven't you?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Yeah, I saw that. I kind of laughed about it.

GLENN: Have you ever seen -- you should wear that as a -- I'd have T-shirts made with that review on it. Have you ever, have you ever read anything so full of hatred?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Unfortunately, yes. I have received a couple of letters and I've had some composed. I've seen a couple of letters out there. What amazed me is I haven't done anything of late. So why stir everything back up again. I understand the book and everything. Just, that wasn't news. I mean, just more or less this guy's opinion and he just wants to stir the pot, you know. I was a reporter (if I was a reporter in New York Times, I think I'd actually go for something a little bit more hard hitting myself.

GLENN: Well, I have to tell you it makes me want to go out and buy your book just to piss the New York Times off. What a bunch of snobs. First of all, who's the publisher? Who published your book?

JOE THE PLUMBER: PearlGate Publishing, a small company out of Austin, Texas.

GLENN: Oh, well, what do they know then. They don't know literature.

JOE THE PLUMBER: No, but they do know struggle and strife, you know, a small company trying to get into the publishing business. That's a pretty hard road to --

GLENN: They're not too big to fail. You know what I'm saying? This won't be a company that we'll have to bail out. I mean, nor would we, nor should we when so many great companies like the New York Times need to be bailed out.

Joe, tell me about the book.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Oh, essentially it goes through the 2008 election, you know, what transpired a little bit as far as me. It gives you an inside look. You know, I like to think I'm a little bit more educated than some out there in politics just because it's interesting to me that, you know, Washington talks about knowing your government and, you know, and actually keeping it in check and so I've always been interested in it, and getting the inside look, though, I honestly felt even more dirty after I had been on the campaign trail and seen some things that take place. It was scary, man.

GLENN: Like what?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Well, I spoke to John McCain pretty in-depth and, you know, I'll tease you here. A lot of liberals are going to love that passage. Right now I'm painted as the right-wing conservative nut, but I'm just an American wanting, you know, what every other American wants and that's, you know, honesty from our elected officials which, you know, has not happened in a very long time. So it's just a straight talk about John McCain, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, some other people I met along the way.

GLENN: Well, okay. Let's take them one by one. Tell me about John McCain, something that I don't know.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Well, something you don't know, actually it's probably stuff that you've already guessed and has already been painted in the different media spotlights. Just, well, you know, the bailouts. When I was on the bus with him, I asked him a lot of questions about the bailout because most Americans did not want that to happen, yet he voted for it. At the same time he's talking about how he's going to make somebody famous if they even think about putting pork in the bill? We all know how much pork was in the $700 billion bailout package. And why did he vote for it? And I asked him pretty direct questions and some of the answers you guys are going to receive, you know, they appalled me, absolutely. You know, I was angry. In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him.

GLENN: Really?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: Why didn't you get off the bus?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Honestly because the thought of Barack Obama becoming President scares me even more.

GLENN: Okay. Now, let me just -- 

JOE THE PLUMBER: I almost -- 

GLENN: Let me play devil's advocate here and let me play the New York Times, except I'll be fair. Isn't that part of the problem, Joe, that people will sell out their values because they will say, "No, well, I just don't want that; so I'll take this, I'll settle for this." Isn't that the problem with our system of government right now is we've settled for so long, we keep getting something that we don't want and it just gets worse and worse and worse.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Well, and that's exactly right. I mean, you know, hopefully I wasn't too big a proponent of that, this -- what do you call it -- tripping post, if you will. There isn't somebody. Neither campaign put out a -- no, I'm not going to speak for the Democrats but I mean, the Republicans didn't put out a candidate for us to really vote for. It's the lesser of two evils. When you get to that level, you've compromised your principles, you've compromised your values so often and you owe your soul to whatever special interest group or lobbyist has padded your campaign finances and everything else that you no longer are your own man. So you can no longer stand on your own feet because they've been cut out from underneath you years ago.

GLENN: What did you think of Sarah Palin?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Sarah Palin's absolutely the real deal. You know, I only got to spend a short amount of time with her but, you know, it was been asked if I felt any presence when I was with John McCain or Barack Obama. You know, with Sarah Palin, I don't want to say I felt a presence but she definitely had energy and she definitely went to work for American people, and it disgusts me on how often they try to bash her just for her sincerity. It's just, you know, she really wants to work for America and I mean, I wish people would listen to her and let them, and let her work for us. You know, she wants to serve us. She's not looking for power.

GLENN: Don't you think that people would listen to her but between the people in Washington that won't let go of power and the people in the media that also don't want to let go of power, they need to destroy her because she'll destroy their power structure.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Oh, their way of life, absolutely. I mean, she would curtail that. She would bring in, you know, common sense answers to -- you know, you were just talking about how you need to be a genius to run a system that, well, when you can't run it. I mean, you need to break it down, really scale it back and start over a little bit. Maybe back where our founding fathers are at. I mean, you know, for example, you know, Hillary Clinton, the whole deal with her as far as becoming Secretary of State. You know, it's kind of against -- well, it's not kind of. It's against the Constitution right now where it stands. But they're talking about getting around it. You know, seems like every time they want to do something, if something's in the way, they will get around it. What are we teaching our children? What are we teaching people, just even ourselves? You know, if something's in the way, we're going to get around it? It's there for a reason and I mean very good reasons. Our country's been the greatest country in the world for a very long time, yet these people think they're good enough or smart enough and they will get around it so that way they can serve? They don't want to serve. They just want that power is all it comes down to, Glenn.

GLENN: Well, I think you are right on the money. I will tell you this in talking to one of my guys who's deep in the Constitution, he's saying that she can't have two offices. That's the problem. She can't occupy the two offices and then two different branches, but it's kind of iffy on that. It's not really clear. And if she gets rid of her office, then it should be fine. But she couldn't be a senator and Secretary of State. That's the real problem there.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: You would still have a problem with that?

JOE THE PLUMBER: No, I wouldn't. You know, I have no problem with her being -- well, I don't want to say that. I mean, you know, will ultimately she become Secretary of State? I don't question that. It's just the fact that I believe I was watching Hannity and Colmes. You know, they had one of their guys on there saying that they will get around it and it will be okay. That's the problem I have is the fact that, you know, if the Constitution gets in the way, they will have a lawyer or judge get around it. Kind of like God in their country. Gosh, it's hard following them, we'll get around it. We'll just take this part of the Bible out because it's hard. They are always looking to get around something, you know? Life is not easy, and to be a good person you've got to work hard at it. And people just want to kind of get around it and, you know, it's just not -- that's not the moral fiber that this country was built on.

GLENN: Joe, you're just a regular guy. You just, you know, feel what you feel. You are hanging out with normal people, unlike our politicians. You listen to this program, if I'm not mistaken, right?

JOE THE PLUMBER: You are absolutely correct.

GLENN: Okay. What do you think is coming our way if things don't change in Washington? What do you think's -- where are we headed?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Well, I mean, you know, I'm not comparing anybody. You know, I don't want you to stir up a hornet's nest here but, you know, when Adolf Hitler had come to power, one of the first things he did was take guns away. You know, we're a country that doesn't really listen to history. Let me go that route. And so we seem to, our country repeating the mistakes that other countries have already made and they are bogged down in now and, you know, some of the things that our current elected President Obama is suggesting really goes down a socialist road and that's just -- 

GLENN: So but I want to ask you, because I see where we're headed. I mean, they are talking about nationalizing the car industry now.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Oh, Lord.

GLENN: I mean, you want that crappy car, what was it, the Zil or whatever it was that they made over in Russia, that's where we're headed. But what I want to ask you more is what do you feel from the average person? How is the average -- is the average American going to take a socialized state, a huge nationalized state or are they going to want to reset the Constitution?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Well, you know, it really depends on the other 2/3 of Americans that didn't vote, Glenn. They are so disenfranchised with the political system currently, they don't feel they have a voice or that their vote even counts. So they stay home on election day. It really depends on them people, if they are going to actually get off their duff and become educated and get involved. As of right now, yeah, everyone who has their hand out. So you know, I see a lot of people out there who would much rather let the state take care of them and screw everybody else. "I want to look out for me." It's no longer "I want to look out for my country, I want to look out for my neighbor," I want to look out for me and only me. Very selfish.

GLENN: Very quick, last question. Are you going to run for office?

JOE THE PLUMBER: I'm going to do my national watchdog group. Hopefully I have more of an impact in that process than congress. Congress would be one voice amongst many and that's going into the snake's den, so to speak. That would be real hard, Glenn. I'm not real sure about that.

GLENN: Strengthening your local community is the way to go. Joe the plumber, thank you very much. The name of the book is Fighting for the American Dream.

Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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