Lions for Lambs

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. Stop the music. There's something very important to say. I'm a supporter of what's going on in the Middle East, I've been a supporter of our troops, I've been a supporter of the whole kit and caboodle and I have to tell you that . . . change of policy on the program. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm completely diametrically opposed to everything that's going on in the Middle East. I think we were wrong. And what happened to me was I went to see that new Robert Redford movie this new weekend. My gosh, it just makes so much sense! I'm so glad that so many of us did that -- I'm lying to you. I didn't go see it -- so many of us went to see it -- I'm lying. Nobody went to see it -- and we could have a change of heart because when Hollywood is right, Hollywood is right. It's really kind of redundant to say Hollywood, when Hollywood is right. I mean, they're always right.

How much -- did anybody do just like a little happy dance when you heard at the movie, they adjusted the profits to $8 million? Here's a movie with Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Tom Cruise, all kinds of special effects. $6.5 million? Are you kidding me? I mean, I'm sure like the fruit on the Robert Redford rider costs more than that. $6.5 million.

Now, they came out before the weekend actually launched and they're like, we're predicting this is going to be kind of a slow weekend for our movie, you know, but worst-case scenario will be $8 million. They didn't even make the worst-case scenario. (Laughing.) Makes me happy. Makes me happy in so many ways. Makes me happy that Hollywood is losing money. Makes me happy that America is the place that I think it is, that, you know, we don't need to be lectured to by Hollywood, that on -- think of this. On Veterans' Day weekend they release, you know, an antiwar movie. Makes me happy that we're not that country. Makes me sad about Tom Cruise because I read some Hollywood reporter because I just, I couldn't -- I mean, who couldn't gloat? It was. It was gloat fest. It was (laughing evilly). I mean, I had a little private gloat fest. And I read this Hollywood report, and try this on for size. UA MGM's Lions For Lambs placed 4th but the question Hollywood is asking today, what sank the movie? Hollywood is asking that question? What sank the movie? Hey, Dan? I know you are not a Hollywood Mogul, but you are a thinker. What sank the movie?

DAN: Maybe it was just -- maybe there were just a lot of other big TV events going on that people wanted to watch at home or something. NFL weekend?

GLENN: Hey, Stu, I know you are not a Hollywood Mogul but what sank the movie?

STU: Well, it was up against Titanic and Superman 2 and Superman 3 and Spider-Man 2 and 3 were out at the same -- none of those were out, none of them were out?

GLENN: It could be that it was than the anti-Iraq war movie. Now, that's not to say that everybody in the country is pro Iraq war. Nobody wants to look at it. Nobody wants to watch it. Nobody wants to -- nobody wants to see the actual war on television. Nobody wants an update on the war! Nobody wants to hear about it, and they certainly don't want to be lectured by Hollywood on what evil people we are. How's that for a starter? The question that Hollywood is asking today is, what sank the movie? Its star Tom Cruise or its controversial Iraq war subject matter?

You're kidding me, right? You think it might be Tom Cruise? "From the exit polling this reporter would have to say the latter because attendance for the film..." listen to this. "Because attendance for the film was split straight down political lines already sharply drawn in this country. It was stronger on both coasts than the middle of the country. It played better in blue states than red states, and it appealed to older, more upscale and educated audience, or what is frequently termed by pundits, the elites." You've got to be -- listen to that. First of all, the audience was split right down the center? Well, that wouldn't explain why there's eight people at each theater. I mean, unless the Democratic party now only has about eight people. It's not split right down the center. And I love the -- I love the whole thing on "the elites": Oh, they're very educated, upscale, very educated. Really? Very educated. And leans left. Well, I would imagine that the very educated, the elites that lean left are the ones that also attended Al Gore's movie and believe 100% in global warming and yet, they are the ones who are living on the coasts. That's weird. You're educated, you believe in global warming, and you live on the coast. That seems like the smart people live in the center of the country and those who believe in 21-foot waves that are living on the coast are dumb as a box of rocks. I actually feel bad for Tom Cruise. They're thinking about blaming this one on Tom Cruise. Tom, Tom, let me tell you something. You could have been on screen with the little electric, you know, handlebar things where you're like, I'm feeling kind of negative right now. Aliens could have come down and started preaching scientology through you halfway through this movie and it couldn't have done worse at the box office. It had nothing to do with scientology, nothing. What's his -- Stu, what's the guy's name that was the founder of scientology?

STU: L. Ron Hubbard.

GLENN: Okay. L. Ron Hubbard's dead body could have been on Oprah's couch in the middle of the movie and Tom Cruise could have been jumping up and down on L. Ron Hubbard's body saying, this is a new way to start the heart; we all believe this is a new way to start the heart; he's in so much love that I have to jump up and down on his chest and his heart will start and then he will make out with Oprah" and it couldn't have done worse. Am I wrong? I know you're not a movie Mogul, America, but you are a thinker. Tom, believe me, the scientology stuff doesn't piss America off nearly like the left leaning, you know, let's all wear a Che T-shirt, go over to China, get some sneakers made by slaves because they're great and Hugo Chavez is coming over to talk about how we can all screw America. Believe me, Scientologists look normal. You practically fit into a red state trailer park if you're just a Scientologist. Of course, we probably wouldn't understand you at the trailer park, Tom, because if you live on the coast, we're all too dumb to understand you people. We can't handle differences. "Wait a minute. He's kind of short. Is he an elf? It is around Christmastime." 

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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