Huckaboom

GLENN BECK PROGRAM


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GLENN: Mike Huckabee, I don't even -- I mean, I don't even know what's going on here. First of all, my problem with Mike Huckabee is -- there's a couple of things. One, it's the same kind of problem that I think I have with Mitt Romney but at least Mitt Romney will be square with you. My problem with Mitt Romney is I think there are a lot of people who get themselves wrapped up into the gospel and they find themselves at a place where they think government should be the big babysitter, that government should, you know, play Jesus and that's the last place I would want government, and I don't mean in the churches. I mean I don't want our government helping people, that it's for us to do. It is exactly what our founding fathers talked about and thank God I heard it for the first time I really heard it clearly from Mitt Romney last week that without religion, freedom cannot exist and without freedom, religion cannot exist. They must coexist with each other and it's exactly what our founding fathers said. We must be a religious and moral people. They didn't just say a moral people and a spiritual people. They said a religious and moral people. Why? Well, because as Mike Huckabee pointed out yesterday, and I think this is a great point, he says -- let me see here. He says that government doesn't have the answer. I'm often asked, quote, why taxes are so high and government is so big. It's because the faith we have in local churches have become so small. If we've been doing what we should have, giving a dime from every dollar to help the widows, the orphans and the poor, we wouldn't now be giving 50 cents of every dollar to a government that's doing what we should have been doing all along.

That's exactly right. Unfortunately I don't think he believes it. He says, I didn't get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn't have the answer. The real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives. He says government doesn't have the answer but its arrogance makes it act as though it does. But yet he doesn't -- I mean, he really hasn't met a tax increase that he doesn't like. He wants to create that bigger government.

Here's another story, Mike Huckabee again, that makes me question. What I'm afraid of Mike Huckabee on is that this guy's compassion is misplaced. This guy is a preacher first. Well, you know what? God bless you, but there is something, there is something to be said. I don't want a preacher in office. I want a guy who understands the laws and you know what? I'll take -- you can put Jesus Christ in office because Jesus Christ will understand that there are penalties for crimes. He will also have compassion, but he will also say, give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and I don't think the Lord is going to be saying to anybody anytime soon, "You know what, forget about that compassion thing. Walk over that homeless person. Give your money to the government. Pay higher taxes, let the government..." he's not going to say that. He's going to say get personally involved. And if you are personally involved, then you don't have to pay for all the services. That's the way it's supposed to work. But some of these people that get so wrapped up in the gospel principles of compassion get so very lost because they think you feel compassionate on April 15th. Well, I got news for you. I never have felt that on April 15th. In fact, it makes me less compassionate and I think it makes the government, the whole country less compassionate because what you do is when you see a problem, instead of getting involved yourself, you say, why hasn't the government fixed this? Do you know what I pay in taxes? Why is this person out there? And you get pissed off.

Now, there's a name that if you don't know yet, you will. His name is Glen Green. This guy is somebody who took Chinese martial arts sticks and took an 18-year-old woman and damn near beat her to death. Now, while she's clinging to life because he beat her so brutally, while she's clinging to life, what does he do? He rapes her. Then after he's done raping her, he then takes her and dumps her body in a bayou and her hand is reaching up as if pleading for help. That's how they find the body. The guy goes to jail. Mike Huckabee goes and pushes for parole with this guy. He pushes for parole, the guy gets released, he kills again. Now, so far Mike Huckabee hasn't answered on why he wanted that parole, why he made that decision. I'd like to hear that answer because I know that he met with his good friend, another preacher, a preacher of the guy who was in jail and that's when he said, you know what, maybe we should really -- misplaced compassion. Let's live the principles of forgiveness. Excuse me! Not without punishment and not blindly.

I think the Republicans are -- and I would like to talk, and I've been saying for a while I've got questions for Mike Huckabee. I'd like to have them answered. He again was on this Spanish debate last night talking about his compassion for illegal immigrants. You know what? I've got compassion as well: Get the hell out of my country. Now go fix your own country. Don't screw mine up. I've got enough problems over here to deal with. I don't need other people coming in and causing more problems in my country. We're not going to be able to help anybody if we're bankrupt but see, that's the one thing liberals don't understand. They think you can just keep taking money from the rich and then they will continue to be rich, and the poor will be rich. It doesn't work that way. You continue to take money from the rich. They can't invest. They can't spend any money and so what happens when you take the money from the rich? They are all of a sudden poor and now who's going to build anything? Who's going to start new businesses? You know, let me tell you something I have not said before on the air. A lot of my money is no longer in dollars. I don't invest in American companies. I have a few. I don't invest in any one particular company because I never want anybody to say, oh, look, he's trying to -- I don't invest in one company. I'm invested in funds. But most of my money is out of this country right now and you can say that that's un-American. You can say that all you want because you know what? When I considered it, I thought to myself, jeez, is that un-American? And you know what I decided? It's not un-American. If this country is field goal to be flushed down the toilet and we're going to be made a socialist country, it is going to fail and somebody who actually believes in the Constitution, somebody who actually believes in freedom, somebody who actually has some money should probably protect that money because somebody's going to need to come back in and rebuild this country. We're going to need some people who actually believe in freedom and the Constitution and the free market system and you know what? I ain't having all my money flushed down the toilet. How am I going to create a single job if my money is gone?

We are in for trouble because they keep penalizing the people who create jobs. And as they continue to penalize, the value of the dollar goes overseas. You've got Iran today taking their money out of the dollar. Now, this is no surprise. They are an enemy. But you don't want a lot of dominoes falling. They won't sell any oil to anybody now unless you buy without using the dollar. Well, that's a problem, huh? You start having a couple of countries do that and your dollar is worthless. Countries hold the U.S. dollar instead of gold. Why do you think gold is -- what is it now? $850 an ounce? Why do you think it's going up? Because they know that nothing is of real value. If the United States dollar is falling, there is no real value. You've got to find something that has intrinsic value. It used to be the dollar. It doesn't anymore. It doesn't have intrinsic value.

I need somebody that understands -- as President of the United States, I need somebody that understands the Constitution, I need somebody who understands the problem that we're facing, and Mike Huckabee does understand the problem we're facing. Mike Huckabee understands that we're on the verge of losing our constitutional Republic. He knows that, and I like him for it, and I have liked him for his honesty and integrity but I have always had a question of his misplaced compassion and I'd liked to hear him respond to that. I have also, I have a real problem with him actually saying, "Well, I don't know if I wouldn't vote for a Mormon." How dare you. How dare you. You're a leader. Your theology is going to stop you from voting for somebody who is a good man? Mike, that's beneath you. Now, if you have a problem, you come out and say it. If you say no, I cannot vote for a Mormon because of their theology, then say it. Are you telling me you haven't made up your mind? You don't know? Bullcrap. You're playing politics and that is beneath you. Maybe it's not. My impression of you, Mike Huckabee, is that you are a decent man. That's not the kind of game a decent man plays. Don't turn into a smarmy politician because that's not what America needs. Say what you mean and mean what you say. You're going to vote for a Mormon or not vote for a Mormon? That doesn't mean you are going to vote for Mitt Romney over you. I get it.

Are Mormons Christians or not? No problem if you say no. Fine. I disagree with you. No problem. Kind of an insult to anybody like me who, you didn't know me before, Mike, and I got to tell you something. Nothing could have changed me except for the power of Jesus. That's it. Nothing could have changed me. I'm fundamentally different. So I mean, it's kind of a slam, you know, to all the work that he's been doing on me, quite honestly, but I understand. You don't see it that way, that's fine. We live in America. But don't play the games. I'm tired of game playing, tired of them.

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IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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