Glenn Beck - Gore to 12 year olds: 'you know things older people don't know'

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GLENN: So how do they really do this? How did we even get here? How did we get to a point where socialism is okay? Where Marxism -- I had a guy sitting at my church. Now, my church isn't exactly like a lot of other churches. My church, as far as I understand it, has always been a faith that believes in the power of the individual. I came here and you came here for a reason and that is choice. We have choices to make and only by our choices can we define ourselves and our future eternally. When somebody else is making choices for you, well, that doesn't seem right. It seems to me a third of the angels were thrown out of the war in heaven, third of the angels lost it because somebody said, "I'm gonna make the choices for them and then they'll return to you, God, in all their glory. They'll just be able to give me the glory." Wasn't that the original fight? The original fight was -- and it was on the other side: "I'll take care of them. I'll make sure they all return safely." I'm sorry to get all biblical on you, but I happen to believe in it. And any time somebody is trying to tell me that they'll run my life, no thank you. For my own growth, for me to be the person I need to be, I need to make mistakes.

We're developing a system where there's two laws. There's the law for the government and the people who are too important and then there's a law for us. Two laws. Where have I heard that before? Oh, I remember. The people who used to run the former Soviet Union used to have their own lanes on the highway because they were important. They used to have their own stores that if you were a member of the party and you were important, you could go to a store where you could buy goods from foreign countries which the rest of Russia couldn't do. But see, they were too important. They needed those powers. You didn't, the average person, we couldn't allow everybody to do that. That's crazy. But these people, they're important. You don't understand what they have to do. Oh, the responsibility of the mother land is on their shoulders. Does any of this sound familiar? Why is this not being talked about in the average home? Why is this not being talked about in the streets? Why aren't more people standing up going, "Wait a minute! We are going down a road that is completely the opposite direction of our founding documents." I'll tell you why. Because no one in school is teaching this anymore. God bless you homeschoolers, man. God bless you homeschoolers. No one is being taught the words of our founding fathers. They are being taught that, you know this capitalism thing, that doesn't really work. I mean, it gets all greedy. I mean, Marxism isn't that bad. Marxism isn't that bad? Socialism isn't that bad? How did we lose our way? We lost it when we lost the schools. You lose the minds of the kids, and this is what has been happening for a very long time. Ah, who designed that? When did that happen? At the progressive movement that Hillary Clinton likes to tout, that very American early 20th century movement by the progressives, that's when it happened. That's when we lost this country. That's when all of education changed.

Now we have audio given to us by Andy. Andy Glenn is -- can we put Andy on? Andy?

ANDY: Yes, Glenn?

GLENN: You're from Ohio, if I'm not mistaken?

ANDY: Correct, Toledo Ohio actually, just outside Toledo.

GLENN: You called me right before the inauguration and you said your daughter, she was 12?

ANDY: Correct.

GLENN: She was going down to the inauguration and she had been invited to a speech given by Al Gore.

ANDY: Right.

GLENN: And it was on global warming.

ANDY: Well, it didn't give the topic, but you assumed it.

GLENN: What else is he going to talk about.

ANDY: Right.

GLENN: Okay. So given a speech by Al Gore. How many people attended this speech? How many kids?

ANDY: Altogether there were about 3,000 down there in Washington.

GLENN: About 3,000 kids. How did your daughter get invited?

ANDY: She was -- in fourth grade she was nominated by her teacher at that time to attend the Nat Youth Scholars program where the kids go to a university for a week in the summer and study sciences and then by being part of that program, she was able, she got an invitation to come back and attend the inauguration.

GLENN: Okay. So she's 12 years old.

ANDY: Correct.

GLENN: She's in the fourth grade. She's one of the best and the brightest in the school and so they invited all these kids to Washington to listen to Al Gore. America, you're going to hear some audio here. I'm going to take a break and you're going to hear some audio. Andy, when you heard this audio, what went through your mind?

ANDY: Glenn, I played it as soon as we got in the car and started after we picked her up, I was playing it on the way back to Toledo from Washington and I was furious when I was listening to that.

GLENN: Have you done anything about it besides call me?

ANDY: We've filed a formal complaint, not so much with the speech but with the whole experience that she had down in Washington with the organization. Definitely I've talked to her. We went through the speech. I talked to her beforehand. So at least she understands.

GLENN: But again I would imagine it was me. You feel pretty powerless. "Well, I did what I could. I filed a complaint and then what else do I do."

ANDY: Right. What else do I have to do? Call Al Gore?

GLENN: Exactly right. Exactly right. The machine is rolling. America, we're going to take a break and then we're going to come back and I'm going to play this. I want to point out that this has been done exactly this way before in history. Wait until you hear what Al Gore is teaching the best and the brightest, what he's asking children to do coming up in just a second.

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GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK is the phone number. All right. Andy is on the phone with us and Andy, you got this tape. I asked your daughter to go when she was going to this Al Gore speech, invited because she's 12 and really super smart, 3,000 kids. You gave her a tape and you said tape it?

ANDY: Correct. Because I knew, I just had the feeling that I would want to know what was being said.

GLENN: Okay. Here is the setup of -- I mean, you'll get a sense. We'll roll about a minute and a half of this. You are going to get a feeling of, "Oh, my gosh, look where he's going." Listen to the words of Al Gore.

GORE: But I'm thinking back now a long way to when I was your age and the civil rights movement --

GLENN: 12, by the way.

GORE: -- was unfolding. And we kids asked our parents and their generation, "Explain to me again why it's okay for the law to officially discriminate against people because of their skin color." And parents try to tell their kids the right thing, you know, usually. I do. And when our parents' generation couldn't answer that question, that's when the law started to change. There are --

GLENN: Okay, stop for a second. Stop for a second. You hear where he's going? "You know, my parents, they didn't know, either. They didn't know. They couldn't answer that question." Okay. Well, my parents could have answered that question and I think they did answer that question. I mean, I grew up in the Seattle area and we didn't have the race riots and everything else. I don't remember any of that stuff, but I do remember having conversations later in life when I was a little older and talking about it and my parents going there's no difference, there's no difference between us. So my parents answered that question. I think a lot of parents did. But apparently Al Gore's, apparently Al Gore was raised by racists because that's the only -- that's what I'm hearing here. But he's not really building to race, is he? That is, are we still having the race debate? Are our parents still saying that blacks are different than whites? Is that what he's building towards?

GORE: There are some things about our world that you know that older people don't know.

GLENN: Stop. "There are some things that..." you're 12! "There are some things that you know that older people don't know." That is -- and I'm just getting started. That is one of the most incredible things I have ever heard. "There are some things that you know that older people don't know." He is pitting the youth of this nation against their parents. We have a former vice president of the United States, a man who claims to have been President of the United States saying to the best and the brightest 12-year-olds that "You know better than your parents," that "You don't have to listen to your parents on things because they just don't know."

I'm trying to think where else this has been done. Soviet Russia, Nazi, Germany, Mussolini's Italy. In fact, the Nazis took an extra step. Not only did they indoctrinate the kids and tell them you're probably right, you know but your parents don't; in fact, here's the next step: Why don't you tell us what your parents are telling you. Are we having the new Hitler youth? Is that what this is? The new Hitler youth? I'm sorry, that's so politically incorrect. The new green guard. Man your station, 12-year-olds, your parents just don't know.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9.

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

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Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

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Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?