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.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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