Glenn Beck: FDR or Obama?

GLENN: Okay. I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the presidency I will address them with candor and a decision which the present situation of our nation impels. This is the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. In every dark hour of our national life, the leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding to support the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

In such a spirit on my part and on yours, we face common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels. Taxes have risen. Our ability to pay has fallen. Government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income. The means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade. The withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side. The savings of so many years in thousands of families are gone. Most important, a host of unemployed new citizens now face the grim problem of existence. An equal great number toil with little return now. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment, yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because of the rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed. Through their own stubbornness, their own incompetence, they have admitted their failure and abdicated.

Practices of the unscrupulous money-changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.

Is this what you expected so far, Stu?

STU: Yeah, it sounds pretty much --

GLENN: I mean, he's taking down the -- he's taking down the Wall Streeters.

STU: Right.

GLENN: And business. He's telling us it's really a bad time.

STU: That's what you'd expect.

GLENN: People are -- yeah, it's what you'd expect. People are having a hard time, but we'll get past it.

True, they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit, they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision. And where there is no vision, the people shall perish. The money-changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may not restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of that restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of created effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase for profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister unto ourselves and to our fellow man.

Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride, of place and personal profit, and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and business and government which too often has been given the sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing.

Small wonder that confidence languishes, for thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.

Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This nation asks for action, and action now. Our greatest primary task will be to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the government itself, treating the task as we would treat an emergency of war. At the same time through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources.

Hand in hand we must frankly Wednesday the overbalance of population in our cities and by engaging on a national scale in a redistribution endeavor to provide a better use of the land best fitted for the land. It also can be helped by national planning for and supervision of all forms of transportation and communication and other utilities which have a definitely public character. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped merely by talking about it. We must act, and we must act quickly.

Finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work, we require two safeguards against the return of the evils of the older order. There must be strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments. There must be an end to speculation with other people's money. There must be a provision for an adequate but sound currency. If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence with each other, that we cannot merely take but we must give as well. That if we are willing to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline because without such discipline, no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline because it makes possible a leadership with aims at a larger good. This I propose to offer pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon all of us as a sacred obligation with a unity of duty, a vote only in a time of armed strife.

With this pledge taken, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Barack Obama's inaugural speech, or it could be -- it's actually what Franklin Roosevelt said in 1933. I cut one line out of the speech: So first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. But the rest of it was that. Couldn't this speech be given today? Isn't this the same language that we've heard from FDR about self-sacrifice? I was shocked when I read that we would be willing to submit our lives and property to such a discipline because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good. I'm not willing to submit my property to the government that aims at a larger good.

Okay. Actually this is President Obama's inaugural speech. Just cutting down to the middle: But the evil has come with good and much fine gold has been corroded with riches has come an excusable waste. We have squandered a great part of what we might have used. We have not stopped to conserve the exceeding bounty of nature without which nature our genius for enterprise would be worthless and impotent.

Meanwhile government went many deep secret things which for too long delayed to look into and scrutinize with candid fearless eyes. The great government we loved has too often been made use for private and selfish purposes, for those who have used it and had forgotten the people.

This, of course, is Barack Obama talking about cleaning up the government and also making sure that we save the planet. Or... it's part of the first inaugural address of Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson was the architect of, "Jeez, if we just could treat the planet in a crisis on the planet or something like that, the environment, like a war, we could use that." He's also the guy that got us into World War II. He's also the guy -- or World War I, and set up for World War II. He's also the guy that brought us the income tax. He's the real, first real progressive. He's the guy who said it's important to silence dissent because it's just too important now; our country is at stake.

I learned more this weekend about our country's history than I think I ever have in one sitting. What I did is I sat down and I read the speeches, the inaugural addresses, and I was curious why everyone was looking to Lincoln and comparing Obama to Lincoln instead of FDR. I'm fascinated by Woodrow Wilson because the genesis is there.

If you look at what has happened in this country, if you start with George Washington and just end with FDR -- my kids got up from a nap and so there was just no reason I stopped at FDR other than the kids were up now. So -- but if you just read those speeches, you'll see the history not through the eyes of historians but through the eyes of the Presidents and you'll see what's coming. You'll see the problems as they unfold over and over and over again. At first it was about expansion and foreign wars and do we get involved, and it was always "We don't get involved. We stay out of it. We don't want to get involved." And then as it started to build up towards the Civil War, you saw slavery: Is it state rights, is it not state rights. Can we have slavery, can we not. This is a stain on our country; what do we do? Solve it through the courts, solve it through the courts, solve it through the courts.

And then Abraham Lincoln was elected and he said in his first inaugural something that stunned me: I have no desire or intention, nor authority to change slavery. He wasn't going to do anything about slavery. So why did that happen then? What happened?

See, in Abraham Lincoln, before Abraham Lincoln came, there was a discussion. There was an argument about whether or not we should build railroads. Should the government be subsidizing railroads? Remember the Carnegies, the Vanderbilts, they needed to be subsidized. They needed help to be able to build these giant railroads, and it was in the common good. It was for the general welfare. It was to bring us together and help us expand. And there was a big argument over it: Should federal money be spent to subsidize railroads? Vanderbilt, Carnegie, they were getting rich. Why should the regular folk have to pay for that? Well, they can only do it if we help. And the Carnegies and the Mellons, all of these names, the Rockefellers got wealthier and wealthier and wealthier and more and more control.

Then there came a change. After the Civil War it was all about federal rights, and I noticed that in the speeches during the McKinley time, right before Roosevelt, the first Roosevelt, they started to talk about banking and they started talking about enterprise and businesses and big businesses. And then through Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, he started talking about we're a great nation and we need to get involved overseas and we have great responsibility to spread liberty. And then Wilson: We're going to have a federal bank, we need more taxes, we need to be able to stop the economy from changing like this. And all the way through. There was never a discussion in the first 75 years of this stuff in the inaugural addresses and yet the majority of everything in the 20th century is about business, is about global politics and global business and finance. There was a change. There was a change at the Civil War and change again at the turn of the century. And that change at the turn of the century is what we're dealing with today. The reason why FDR's speech could be given tomorrow is because the problem is the same.

Well, the businesses that went out in '29 are not the same businesses. So what remains that caused the problem in '08, caused the problem in the teens, caused the problem in '29, caused the problem now? The banks, the financial institutions, the government, the Fed. All the things that we're really not talking about today. Instead we're just talking about how capitalism has failed.

There’s an economic axis of evil taking shape right now, and the people in charge of our government are too stupid to acknowledge and deal with what’s happening. The U.S. dollar and the entire financial system are at stake, and, as Glenn Beck reveals on "Glenn TV" Wednesday, our enemies’ PUBLISHED plans to take the entire thing down.

While all of this is happening, our own leaders are making everything worse. We’ve got Nancy Pelosi risking an international incident, accelerating China’s plans to collapse us. And when Biden SHOULD be focusing on the security of our country, he’s instead preoccupied with controlling the weather with his Inflation "Reduction" Act.

Glenn exposes the TRUE numbers on what that bill will do to your family’s budget. Add to that, they’re more than doubling the IRS to make sure you feel the pain. And if you think they won’t come for you, look at what they just did to the former president of the United States. The DOJ and FBI just went after the political opponent of their boss, Joe Biden.

This is what they are focused on, and the threat to the dollar — and the entire financial system — isn’t even on their radar. Pain is coming for us, and they don’t care one bit.

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Speaking before signing the “PACT Act of 2022” on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden claimed that his wonderful economic plan "is working" and that somehow July’s annual inflation rate of 8.5% was actually “zero.”

“I just want to say a number: zero. Today we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July,” Biden said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dutifully echoed the president's not-at-all misleading claim:

The truth of the matter is that last month's inflation rate of 8.5% was a (small) step in the right direction, but only because it was lower than June's 41-year high of 9.1% — and the thing is, anyone who's graduated kindergarten knows it.

So, who do White House personnel think they're fooling? On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere broke down how the Biden administration came to this latest disingenuous conclusion about the economy, what the latest consumer price index actually shows, and why the inevitable Biden brag-fest will be unbearable.

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Glenn Beck: This is the ONLY endgame that makes sense for the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

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If you're celebrating this FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, you have no idea how much this changes things. We don't do this in America. At least, we didn't. But the left cannot have Donald Trump be president again. His "America First" platform goes against everything they've been working for. So, what's their endgame here? On the radio program, Glenn Beck said there's really only one endgame that makes sense — and it should scare us all.

"If you are not for the destruction of America, you better pay attention quickly. This is a massive move," Glenn said of the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"Who has credibility on this? ... The right will believe Donald Trump, but nobody on the left, so you're not going to change any minds there. Do you think the right will believe the New York Times? MSNBC? NBC? CBS? Do you think we're going to believe the New York Times — the people who have been carrying water for the Biden crimes? The Clinton crimes? And ... I'm talking about her server and having her own State Department people go into a skiff, which is the top secret room, completely sealed off, going in and getting documents, cutting off 'top secret,' and then emailing them to her on her private server. And nothing? And now you're going to try to convince me [that] this has nothing to do with January 6?" he added.

"Remember the [allegations about] bank servers, [Trump] was pinging a bank? Untrue. Carter Page is a Russian spy? Untrue. Donald Trump is a Russian spy? ... Untrue. Collusion with Russia? Untrue. Ukraine, the perfect phone call? Not true. Not true. Wasn't a perfect phone call. Was not impeachable. The pee tape dossier? None of that was true. Here's why they can't have [Trump] as president of the United States. They can't have him as president of the United States because we are headed towards a completely new, all redesigned, non-capitalist, nonconstitutional Great Reset," Glenn argued. "They cannot have him be president because he is America first."

Glenn warned Americans that our federal government is accumulating massive power, case in point the 87,000 new IRS agents. "Coupled with the [IRS agents] they already have ... that's almost the size of our National Guard. Do you feel comfortable with that? Democrats? You don't think there's a possibility ... that someone ... might come in at some point and weaponize the IRS?"

He also warned that the FBI's raid on Donald Trump’s home has implications that stretch far beyond simple dislike for the former president. So what are they hoping to accomplish?

"What is the endgame? You make him into a martyr by throwing him into jail or killing him ... so you make him stronger. That doesn't make sense, why would they want that?" Glenn asked. "So, what is their endgame? The only one that makes sense to me, is to stop him at any cost, then lunatics will take to the streets, and then [the Democrats] will have evidence that the [right is] more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine. Please, pray for your country."

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