Glenn's common sense principles


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GLENN: I think that's where most Americans are. They are so frustrated, they can't take it anymore and they think, you know what, I'm the only one that cares, and you're not. You just don't see you on television. You just don't see you in congress. You don't see you in the White House. You didn't see what George Bush, you don't see what Barack Obama. Where are you in the picture? And nobody's listening to you. Thousands and thousands of Americans called the capitol and said, "Do not put Geithner in." Calls were overwhelming from what I'm being told, but yet they did. Where are you? Where is your voice? Where are your values? And these are universal values: Don't put liars in. Don't put somebody who's cheated on -- where are the Democrats that are disagreeing with that? I mean the normal ones, not the, again, not the 15% of Republicans and Democrats that will just vote for these clowns no matter what they do. Not those people. The 70% of us that know you can't just have a guy run the IRS that just cheated on his income tax and got away with it. What?

So a previous caller, Ed, said to me, "I'm just, I'm giving up and I'm just going to be happy in my life." Well, I asked him, I said, give me a couple of weeks to prove that you're not alone. I don't know how to do it yet, but I will. I am going to find a way to prove that you're not alone and then I'm going to give you -- hang on. I think I just figured out how to do it. Hang on. I just have to write it -- I'll remember it. I think all I have to do is prove that you're not alone. Then I'm going to ask you to please, please don't change the world by getting involved in some big national, whatever, just change your life. Just know who you are. And that's what I want to talk to you about here. Knowing who you are, knowing what you believe in. Most people don't know what they believe in because they are not willing to do the hard work. For instance, abortion, why do most people not look at pictures of an abortion? Why does no one want to actually think about -- I mean, everybody has the same reaction when you talk about partial birth abortion? "Okay, okay, okay, okay." Right, it is offensive. It is so offensive that nobody wants to talk about it. But by not talking about it, you don't think about it. And by not thinking about it, it becomes abstract. And when it's abstract, then anything is possible. When I say to you, "Let's really think about the bailout for the banks," you've already put $300 million-plus into these two banks, Bank of America and CitiBank. They're going to fall, gang, they are going to fall, or they're going to be nationalized. That's going to put you on the hook, you are already on the hook, since October, for $7.6 trillion. These banks fall, they're going to need cash, $4 trillion. Don't think abstractly. Answer the question where do you get the money. No place.

So let's repin ourselves to principles that most of us agree on. I gave a couple of these yesterday. America is great because America is good. This is why we believe in America. We believe in America. We're not waving the flag. The flag has become grotesque to me, it really has. It really has. I'm a flag collector. I have a flag right here that somebody gave me just about two months ago. I wept when I got it. The flag means something to me. But to too many people it's just an image. It's not an image. Our country is not an image. It's real. Why do I love it so much? Why do you love it so much? Because it's good! It is a force for good, but it hasn't been. It's become distorted. It's become grotesque. Why? Because it has unhinged from reality and principles. We're good. But wait a minute. We're good but yet we buy our oil and we are in bed with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and brutal dictators? We created Osama Bin Laden. We helped him. We helped Saddam Hussein to pin Iran in. We created the monster. That's not good. That's not good. That's being selfish, self-centered. "We need what we need. We'll do whatever we have to do." That's not good. Why do we believe in America? Because she's good. And when we restore the goodness of America, she'll be great again. We believe our rights are given to each of us by god and can't be taken away. And if you say, "Oh, I don't believe in that," well, then who do you get your rights from? Think of this logically. Who gives you the right? What gives you the right? It's not what gives me the right. It's who gives me the right. He's the same person that gave you the right. We are all endowed by our creator with certain I will alienable rights, inalienable meaning they cannot be taken from you. They cannot be transferred. They are yours, permanently, always, and they were given to you at birth. If you don't believe that, then you have to answer the question, who gives you the right. That means if it's not god given equally to each of us, then somebody has to be the printer of rights and the one who hands them out. Who is that exactly?

Another one I gave yesterday, Reagan's 11th commandment was wrong. He said thou shalt not criticize a Republican. I'm sorry. President Reagan who I love dearly, you're wrong. Stand up and go after these Republicans. Take the beam out of your own eye. I don't care what anybody else is doing. What are we doing?

The government is only as smart and as good and as honest as we are. I learned this principle because I was pro choice for much of my life. I was pro legalize everything for much of my -- I was as socially liberal as you could possibly get. Why? Because I wanted the options on the table just in case. Being real with you. Now I am libertarian. I believe you have the right to all of these things, but it doesn't come from -- it doesn't come from a place of, "I just keep the options on the table." It comes from a place, "Be responsible." When all of us are responsible human beings, we could legalize heroin because we wouldn't do it. And those of us who wanted to destroy themselves with it, that is their choice. I will encourage them not to, I will help them personally any way I can, but if they insist on destroying themselves, well, then that's their choice.

The government is only as smart and as good and as honest as her people. Samuel Adams said while the people are virtuous, they cannot be subdued. But when they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. Samuel Adams, the beer guy, had it down! If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. Virtue and knowledge will be their great security. Are we a virtuous country? Sincerely are we a virtuous country? I know there's a lot of people trying, but even in our own life do we not envy -- it's not greed that we should be concerned about. It's envy. That's what's going on here, envy. I want what they have. That's what leads to socialism. I want what they have.

Stu, will you remind me tomorrow? I want to play that music from the 1940s. I did on vacation, I did this weird learning experiment with myself. I know, I'm weird. But I only listened to the Forties channel for a day on XM, and I did it because I wanted to listen to the lyrics from the 1940s and see who we were. I learned something profound, I think, and I'll play that -- I'll do that tomorrow.

Another principle that we need to dig up, resurrect, and this is all common sense: That which we tolerate we deserve. I hate to say this because it's going to be so misunderstood by so many people. By putting Timothy Geithner in yesterday, we deserve what we get from him. By us not really truly rising up -- oh, we called, a lot of us called, but by the country not really, truly rising up and saying "Excuse me?" We get what we deserve. We are willing to tolerate this so then we will reap the consequences of that toleration.

Do you know why Blagojevich is on? He's on TV tonight with me and he's going to have an interview I think he's not going to get anywhere else. Do you know why he's doing this? Why is he going on this big tour right now? Why is he everywhere? To create enough doubt in everybody's head to have them say, "Well, now, wait a minute. Well, now wait a minute. Hang on just a second. To get you to the point to where you say -- because you are already their most likely, "I don't really care, I think the guy is a scumbag." But then when you start to say, "Well, now, wait a minute. Hang on, are the other guys just as bad. Are the other people bad, too?" Instead of saying, "Maybe we should look into the other guys as well," we say, "You know what, they're both black hats, they're all like this," and you stop caring and you stop paying attention. And so what happens? They win. Instead of stopping -- for instance, Caroline Kennedy and Governor Paterson, what's the story on that? Was Caroline Kennedy, is she sleeping with the publisher of the New York Times? Did she cheat on her income tax? Did she hire a nanny that was an illegal alien? Or... did the governor make all of that up? There's only one of two answers here. It's not like, "No, the real answer is space aliens came and took them all up and these are alien lizard people." That's not the third answer.

But have you noticed we've just, we've been willing to have both of them tainted. The governor is bad and Caroline Kennedy is bad. Just depends on who you were talking to. That won't work. We must not tolerate it.

Another principle of common sense: No one is above the law and justice is blind. Justice is blind. It is not a respecter of persons. Their position, their power, their intelligence, how much they're needed. If they broke the law, they go to jail. Now, that doesn't mean there aren't extenuating circumstances that we need to look at and say, "Okay, now wait a minute, hang on." As much as I hate using the example "He was abused as a child," sometimes you put that into a factor. But to a reasonable common sense way. And no one is above the law. And maybe we learned that lesson when Nixon resigned and Ford pardoned him: It's better for the country that we pardon him. Maybe it's not. Maybe it's better for the country if we have a president sitting in jail. If it's not political, if it's true, maybe it's better for the country to learn the lesson, "Yeah, the president can go to jail."

The government works for me, not for them, not for special interests. They are my employee. Common sense principle: Government doesn't exist to guarantee the equality of results, and no one is too big to fail. Personal property rights are essential to liberty, and the free market is the best way to protect that right. And there are words that can be said that are anti-American, but saying them is not un-American.

If we just lived on these principles, "Government doesn't exist to guarantee the equality of results and no one's too big to fail," how would that change your kids' softball games? And you would that change little league? How would that change conversations where you hear parents screaming at the coaches or the coaches are screaming at each other? No one's too big to fail here. The kid can fail. The kid stinks on ice. There's no guarantee that you are all going to get a trophy. But see, we haven't taught that to our kids and so we don't get it in our government because we don't enforce it in our own home.

Blagojevich is in trouble with me because I had to spank my son and take away his train because he lied. This just happened on Sunday. It tore me up inside. I love laying on the floor playing with his train. I get, "Oh, Daddy, can we play with the train?" We go down and we play with the train. I love it. I took his train away because he lied. Why did I do that? Why was it so essential that I do that? Because we live in a culture where there are no consequences on lying, and the only defect that will really truly destroy the family is a lack of trust.

The media went nuts after President Donald Trump said "Two Corinthians". But apparently, nobody cares when Joe Biden called the authors of Biblical Psalms "palmists" — twice.

During a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday, Biden said, "I'm sure we can, we can pros-claim [sic] a palmist, with a palmist who wrote these following words, 'The lord is my strength and my shield and with my song, I give thanks to him.'"

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere pondered whether Biden actually meant to quote a fortune teller instead of a psalmist, but ultimately decided the former vice president likely had no idea what he was reading.

They also discussed the hairline fractures Biden suffered in his right foot on Saturday while playing his dog, and Glenn tossed out a few headlines he thought might work just a little too well.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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