Glenn Beck: Ed in Connecticut


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GLENN: Let me go to Ed in New Haven listening to us on WELI. Hi, Ed.

CALLER: Glenn, no matter how this call ends, I just want you to know that I respect you more than anybody out there in the news media.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

CALLER: You changed my life in a positive way and I think in God's eyes that's one of the only things that really you can do.

GLENN: Wow, thank you very much.

CALLER: However, however.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: You got a letter yesterday or something about somebody saying they're going to tune out?

GLENN: Yes. They said that they were going to unplug because they felt too small, too insignificant and they couldn't make any difference and they were just getting angry and frustrated. So they were done.

CALLER: Well, I heard it and I thought, "Let me call in." I did exactly that the day after election day and have been firm about it up until even this day.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: And I thought I would call in and give my perspective if anyone was really interested on it because it's very amazing the feelings that I'm getting from doing this of guilt and also a feeling of half of me says I'm doing the right thing and the other half of me is really making me feel really guilty about it. The gamut of emotions. It's really a weird feeling.

GLENN: I gave up television and that included all -- this was during the Monica Lewinsky thing, all television news and everything and I just read the newspaper and kept to speed like that, and it was a wild experiment, absolutely wild. Changed my life, changed my attitude. But I understand what you're saying about guilt. Let me -- may I heap a little guilt on you?

CALLER: Sure.

GLENN: Quote from James Madison: A well instructed people alone can permanently be a free people. Another one from James Madison: If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

The unfortunate thing, Ed, is I really truly believe that is part of the design to get you to tune out, to get you to stop watching, to get you to stop paying attention, to get you to the point of frustration to where you throw up your hands and say, "I can't really even care anymore. I'm just going to conduct my own life." Because when you do that, then they have control over you because no one is standing guard anymore.

CALLER: Well, I understand that, but I think you ought to know one other thing.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: I really tuned out. Not a magazine, not a paper, nothing. I mean nothing. The only thing I had in the background is you and Rush as background music for major headlines. I didn't even know we went -- Israel, you know, was tossing bombs around with the Palestinians. I knew nothing about that until one day I saw a headline when I went to buy some gum. I really tuned out I think a little bit more than you think and --

GLENN: Oh, no, you just tuned out as much as most people do in America. They just, they get their news from Jon Stewart and watch American Idol. That's what most people do.

CALLER: You are right. I'm one of the zombies that I complained about for 20 years and I'm one of them now, but I can't bring myself back. Every time I try to turn the TV on and take a look, I got Mr. Lowery telling me, you know, I heard his benediction and I thought, hey, let me respect the presidency and at least listen to this, right? And then Lowery's telling me that white needs to embrace what's right. And I'm like, you know what, click. I went right back again. You know?

GLENN: Okay, here's -- Ed, I completely understand and this is something that I -- in fact, I just said the other day -- Stu, why was it we were talking about and I said -- remember if I said if I could just go live on a farm, I would be happy for about 10 minutes. Do you remember?

STU: Right. It's --

GLENN: What was it that we brought that up?

STU: I think it was actually moving to a farm and unplugging.

GLENN: I know, but what --

STU: There was a deeper --

GLENN: No, but there was a story or something that was making me think about it. And I remember saying that if I could go to a farm and unplug, I wondered if I would be happy or not. I could unplug, but knowing what I know, I would know that it was only a matter of time before I or my children's rights were completely gone. And so I could unplug for a little while and I might be happy, really happy for a little while, but I couldn't do it because I would be shirking my responsibility. And Ed, this is the place where all of us have to understand.

CALLER: I felt that way, Glenn.

GLENN: Freedom is a very delicate thing and if you are not standing guard, well, then you are truly not honoring the people. Was it easier to land on Omaha beach, was it easier to leave your home, watch it be burned to the ground during the Revolutionary War? Was it easier for those people to do those things? The answer is no. We're saying we don't even want to watch the news because we're frustrated. We just want to go back to our life. We are dishonoring those who went before us who actually died for this freedom that we now just say I want to unplug from.

CALLER: Yeah, but there's more going on, Glenn. My heart goes out to those people. Believe me, I cry just at the sight of those monuments and the thought of what those people did for me. The problem is today -- and I believe this. I believe that we're outnumbered now. I don't believe --

GLENN: We're not. We're not.

CALLER: I know you say is that and I knew you were going to get mad at me.

GLENN: We're not, damn it.

CALLER: I knew it.

GLENN: We're not outnumbered. We're not outnumbered.

CALLER: You look at the polls. Every --

GLENN: You know what, I -- here's the thing. Ed, you give me a month to prove this. I am going to find a way to prove this to you. You know what, Stu, I'm going to -- I'm going to give you -- Ed, you hang on the phone. I want to get a phone number from you, okay? Thank you for calling. And Ed, you are the probably -- you could be the most important caller that I have ever received in my career.

CALLER: Glenn, please remember the first sentence I said when I called on the phone.

GLENN: I understand, and I appreciate, Ed, that -- I just appreciate it. And you may be the most important person in my life because you may have changed and finally given me the impetus to actually find the way to prove it to you. So hang on just a second, Ed. Get his phone number, Dan. Make sure we know how to get a hold of him six ways to Sunday. Here's the thing. Most Americans feel this way, and I've been saying to you for the last couple of weeks, it's 15%, maybe 20% on each side, that, let's just be crazy and say there's 20% of the people, that it doesn't matter what the Republicans do. They will just vote for a Republican. It just doesn't matter. They will vote for a Republican, and there's maybe 20% on the other side that will just vote for a Democrat, and it doesn't matter. They're not tethered to any principles whatsoever. That leaves 60% of us that are. We are in the whole spectrum. There are people that vehemently disagree with me, but they are tethered to principles. Did anybody see the TV show last night? I actually have respect -- I can't believe I'm saying this -- for Dennis Kucinich. Dennis Kucinich was on last night and I'm like, I don't want to have Dennis Kucinich on. I mean, it's just going to be a yelling war; he's just going to be -- that's not what it was. In fact, it was very entertaining. It was actually very funny in a strange sort of way. And I said to him halfway, "Look, Dennis, I disagree with you 110%, but at least you actually believe in something." And let me tell you something: The majority of people do. They just don't know how to express it. They just haven't done the hard work of thinking it all the way through because everybody has made life too complex. Everybody's telling them you don't matter, you don't count, it doesn't make a difference what you say, you'll never understand it, don't worry, we'll take care of it. Most people have just, they're tired! They're tired. They're tired of fighting for what they --&nbs p;why are you so pissed at the Republicans? Seriously, why are you so pissed?

May I vocalize what I think you're thinking right now? Think about it, why are you pissed. I mean, not just disappointed. Pissed. I believe what you're thinking right now is the same thing, the reason why I'm pissed. Because I invested a lot of my time and my energy. I never went campaigning for anybody, I never put campaign signs out, I never made calls for anybody, but I defended these people. I would be at parties with people and people would come up and say, "Oh, your guy says... (mumbling)," and I defend them. I stood up for them when it wasn't easy to stand up. Many of us have been the pariahs of society, be called racist, bigot and everything else, and you do this? You have taken my time, my energy, my passion, the essence of who I am and what I believe in and you've done this? That's why I'm so pissed. How dare you. I believe in something. You don't. My gosh, you want to talk about -- you want to talk about election rape, there it is. I think many of us feel as though we have been raped, our time has been raped, our values have been raped. We have been in bed with a serial rapist. He'll sleep with anybody just for what satisfies him. That's why I'm angry. But see, there are more of us and there will soon be many Democrats if they are honest. If they really, truly believe in -- here's who you're not surrounded -- or here's who you're not feeling and you're not realizing is standing by you that you are surrounded by. Anyone who actually listened to their grandparents. Anybody who actually listened to their grandparents knows what this country is, knows who we are as Americans, wants deep inside of themselves, wants that to be true again. Why did we vote for change? We went like zombies to somebody saying change who didn't really define it because we know what that vision of America is. It's not socialist. It's an America that is good, is kind, is fair, is gentle. That's what we all learn from our grandparents, the same grandparents that stood up against socialism , who stood up against communism, who fought it! Who did far more than we will ever be asked to do, unless we don't stand up now. If you unplug, if you don't stand up, if you don't square your shoulders and say, "Damn it, I've got to do it again?" Do you think I really want to do this? Do you think I want to be this guy? Do you think I want to be the guy who is called crazy for two years, was told by almost every damn program director in my chain, "Shut up or we're going to cancel the show"? Do you think I want to be the guy that watched my ratings go down for two years because of what I was saying was coming in the perfect storm? Do you think I want to be the guy who gets calls from people in this industry that I respect, really truly respect and say, "Glenn, you're killing yourself. What are you doing? Stop doing this"? Do you think I want to do that? Do you think I get up every morning and say, "Gee, another fun day at the factory"? You think you've had enough of looking at it? Try doing it for your frickin' job!

So why do I do it? It's the same reason why I now do not say to a serviceman when I say "Thank you for your service" and they look me in the eye and say thank you for yours, I used to always say, "No, I have not served." You know what? This is my service. It is time for you to serve without a uniform. You are the protector of liberty. You are the protector of freedom! It is on your shoulders, not the military! It is on your shoulders! This is your country, damn it! This is my country, and it will stand for me to pass it on in a better condition to my children.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.