March to Socialism - socialist bikes

VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism.

GLENN: Oh, socialism -- I learned this from kids -- socialism is great. What's wrong with socialism? It's fantastic. It will work. You're right. I mean, France is socialist. Well, today's march to socialism is a preview of the things to come. About a year and a half ago when Paris embarked on a mission to make the city more green. Wow, just like Obama's doing today. Well, they deployed a massive fleet of bikes for everybody to ride. Remember they got bikes, put them all over the city. It was going to be the same thing that most green initiatives claim, they would save the taxpayers millions of dollars and everything is going to be sugar fairies and lollipops and there will be big butterflies in the sky. Well, you're going to find this hard to believe, but that green program is now actually costing the taxpayers more money and the company that Paris is using, you know, to provide the bikes, they need a bailout now because they can't afford the expenses associated with the program. What expenses? They bought the bikes. They put them there for free. People just used them and they just returned them and it's great. Nobody has to use a car. There's no expenses there. Well, the popular bicycle rental scheme in Paris that has transformed travel in the city has run into problems -- this according to the newspaper -- run into problems just 18 months after its successful launch. Successful launch, they might want to look that up. I don't know exactly how you would call a year and a half before a collapse as successful, but let's go with it.

Remi Pheulpin, the bike's company's director general, says that the current contract is just unsustainable. It's simple: All the receipts go to the city and all of the expenses are ours. What are the expenses, you might ask? Well, the quote more than anticipated vandalism and theft. What do you think "More than anticipated" would be? I mean, 10% as opposed to 5%? 20% of the bikes instead of 10%? No, uh-uh, no. Actually they've had to replace nearly all of the original fleet. There were 20,000 bicycles at the beginning that cost 400 Euros to replace. That's $515. 7800 of the bikes have been stolen. They just vanished. 11,600 of the bikes have been vandalized. They have been hung from lamp posts, dumped in the river, torched, broken into pieces. Some have turned up in Eastern Europe and Africa. The new phrase in renting and using the Velib program -- I guess that translates to bicycle freedom, or free bicycle -- apparently most users use the latter of the two translations, they are using them now to make YouTube videos. They popped up all over showing people riding them in the subway system, on BMX courses, down large flights of steps in the city. Since the scheme's launch, nearly all of the bicycles have been replaced at the cost of 400 Euros. That's 19,400 bikes needed to be replaced out of the original 20,000 bikes. It's weird, and this is what I don't understand because this is so not socialist. It's weird to think that people treat property they own differently than socialist bikes left on the street for everyone just to share. It's almost like a capitalist principle there.

Well, the capitalists are taking charge there in Paris. They have agreed to pay towards the cost of replacing the stolen or trashed bikes, but it's refusing to bail out the company. I'm trying, I'm trying to -- oh, no, no. No, no, this makes sense. I was trying to figure it out. I had to go to a capitalist example, you know. I was looking at congress. That's exactly the way capitalists now do it. They change the original agreement to give them more money, which is totally different than a bailout.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon, on the Glenn Beck program.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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