Glenn Beck: Who said it?


The Obama National Anthem...

GLENN: Our new National Anthem and we bought it for a pair of Michelle Obama's earrings which, you know, under $600. What are you going to do with it? Write a song or buy some earrings? Welcome to the program. You know, I was just talking to Stu when we first did this and we actually couldn't get a professional singer in New York to record that. We couldn't get one in Philadelphia to record that, either. No professional singer would do it because they said we're not going to make fun of Obama; it's just not right to make fun of Obama. This is when he was a candidate. And we thought, "Oh, boy, are we in trouble." And I remember saying to Stu -- and Stu, do you remember this when we were kind of like, you know, hopefully he's going to get in. But I mean, he's got such spooky stuff, but -- and we get calls: "Oh, he's not a Marxist. This stuff is crazy. He's not going to do..." can you believe how far we've come if four weeks?

STU: I don't think we've ever said the sentence, hopefully he gets in and stopped there. There's a little bit more to that, just clarify.

GLENN: I mean, hopefully he gets in and none of this is going to happen.

STU: We all hoped for change.

GLENN: Yeah, from his, like, from his past, not his stated policies. I'd take his stated policies at this point.

STU: Well, he's one of the guys that if you listen to the words he says, they are not particularly horrible all the time.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: It's the policies that he tries to implement that are that bad. Like he's not saying these things overtly. He is trying to couch them --

GLENN: May I --

STU: What sounds like conservative values sometimes.

GLENN: You are such a hate monger and I don't know why. May I, may I share, in the effort to be fair.

STU: In the spirit of hopity changism?

GLENN: In the spirit of the fairness act, let me present the other side, okay?

STU: Sure.

GLENN: Because not everybody hates him. Not everybody -- and I don't hate him. I just think he's going to destroy us. I mean, I just -- but not everybody -- you know, hey, I'm crazy maybe. You know what I mean? I say he's a Marxist. That's crazy talk, right?

STU: Right.

GLENN: So let me just, let me give the other side. You tell me who said this. This is from a speech. It happened just at the end of last month: I was standing on the Washington mall on inauguration day alongside nearly two million other people and proudly watched the first African-American take the oath of office in our nation's history. That alone made the day deeply memorable and joyful and historic. But I couldn't help but think -- and I'm sure millions of others had the same thought -- that the transfer of power from Bush to President Obama not only tore down a barrier that once was thought near impenetrable but also signified the fading away of one era and the beginning of another.

So far, yeah, I think so. Who said it. Any idea?

It was not hard to think that on this cold day in our nation's capital that the worst of the past 30 years of right-wing extremist rule is behind us and that an era of progressive change is within reach, no longer an idle dream. Just look at the lay of the hand. A friend of labor and its allies sit in the White House. Larger Democratic majorities control congress. A feeling of renewal and hope is in the air. Public opinion polls show a high favorable rating among our new president and the labor and the people's movement that was so instrumental in the election's outcome after a short holiday pause is off and running. Meanwhile the Republican Party notwithstanding its efforts to distance himself from arguably the worst president in our history is on the defensive. Its grassroots constituency is dispirited and its governing philosophy of free markets and minimal government, fear and division and especially racist division has been discredited.

You know who it is yet? Any name? Know who it is, who might be saying that?

Given the situation, the Obama administration faces daunting challenges. Nevertheless the president in my view is off to a quick start. In less than two weeks he has issued an order to close Guantanamo and end torture, practices that stain our image, violate our Constitution and endangers our troops on the field. He signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill that would give much greater scope to workers' discrimination claims as well as a bill that would extend healthcare to millions of children. Who likes discrimination? Nobody. How about children? Who wants to see them, you know, die of malaria or whatever disease they may have that they don't have insurance for? Nobody.

He's released funds to clinics that serve women's healthcare needs in developing countries. He's expressed support for higher fuel efficiency standards for motor vehicles, something United Autoworkers union also supports. He opened up greatly needed dialogue with the Muslim and Arab world. He dispatched George Mitchell to the Middle East in hopes of mediating the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a conflict that cannot be solved by military means. The president met with military generals to map out withdrawal plans for Iraq. Of course, the Obama administration's immediate challenge will be to revive the economy and the overarching question is, from where will the economic recovery come from in the near term?

By the way, do you know who this is yet? Any idea who might be saying these words?

The only answer is through massive injections of money from the federal government into the economy, into the hands of people who will spend it. Lagging demand for goods and services is the problem. In this regard the president stimulus bill passed this week in the house should be welcomed and supported. Despite what Republicans say, it's a good bill that will ease the pain of this crisis, create jobs, begin to reinflate the economy. Some economists like Paul Krugman say it isn't enough, that a trillion dollars plus an additional infrastructure spending would be better. I'd agree with Krugman, but I'd also see the current bill as the first installment of the administration's recovery plan. In fact, Krugman may have the economics right but the politics are wrong.

Any idea? Who do you think it is, Stu? Any idea yet?

STU: No, I have no idea.

GLENN: It could be anybody really on the, you know, the Democratic -- could be Nancy Pelosi. Do you think?

STU: Yeah, could be.

GLENN: Could be?

Both economic stimulus and political economic restructuring are necessary if the U.S. economy is to have a chance of resuming developmental growth past that is robust sustainable, in a double sense, economically and environmentally.

Ah, got to be Nancy Pelosi. Now we're getting into the environment.

STU: Seems like it could be in the mainstream party.

GLENN: It favors the working class and its allies. So let's beat up on the rich a little bit. If this is the case the Obama coalition and the broad case that supports him will almost inevitably have to consider -- and they already are considering -- some of the following measures. So they are already -- so it must be somebody in the know because they know they are already considering these. Public ownership of the financial system and the elimination of a shadow banking system. Okay, well, I mean, we know that because they're talking about that. Public control of the Federal Reserve Bank. Countercrisis spending of a bigger size and scope to invigorate and sustain a full recovery and meet human needs, something that the new deal never accomplished. Strengthening of the union rights. Okay, they are doing all of these things. Trade agreements that will have at their core the protection and advancement of an international working class interest. Democratic public takeover of the energy complex. Well, they are kind of doing that, aren't they? I mean, we're talking about now the coal plants are going down, et cetera, et cetera? A readiness to consider the takeover of other basic industries whose future is problematic in private hands. We're talking about that with GM and Chrysler now. Turning education, child care and healthcare into no-profit zones. Aren't we really doing that? Aren't we doing that now as we give more universal healthcare and we're talking about free education, universal education all the way through college? Rerouting investment capital from unproductive investment, military, finance and so forth, to productive investment in a green economy and public infrastructure. We're doing that, aren't we? Changing the direction of our nation's foreign policy towards cooperation, disarmament and diplomacy. We're doing that. We're talking about dismantling, you know, the idea of having some sort of a missile shield. We're talking to everybody. Clinton was in Syria talking. A full scale assault on global warming -- we're doing that. And the last one is serious and sustained commitment to assisting the developing countries which are locked in poverty and misery. Well, that's a good thing that Gordon Brown is in town speaking to congress today because that's what he'd like to do as well.

We can disagree with the Obama administration without being disagreeable. Our tone should be respectful. We now not only have a friend but we have an advocate in the White House. Who's saying this, Stu?

STU: This is impossible. I mean, it could be anybody in the Democratic Party.

GLENN: Could be.

STU: Could be anybody, any politician on the left. I have no idea.

GLENN: Staring us in the face are immediate challenges. Finally -- this is what he says, we've got to do these things: We have to support the passage of the president's stimulus bill in the Senate. It passed. Second, we have to block any Republican efforts to derail the nomination of Hilda Solis, the nominee for the secretary of labor. That's already -- she's already been confirmed. This is the first round in the battle to pass the employee free choice act. So it's got to be somebody very pro union. Which will dramatically expand the right to join a union in this country. Third, we have to join others in resisting evictions and foreclosure, not to mention cutbacks and layoffs at the state and city level. Fourth, the wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan have got to be brought to a close. In any case we have our work cut out for us, but I think we can confidently say that change is coming and we will build a more perfect union. Yes, we can.

Could have been anybody, but unfortunately it was Samuel Webb, Sam Webb. He was speaking in Cleveland, Ohio January 31st, 2009. Who is Sam Webb? He is the national chairperson for the Communist Party of America. He may not be a Marxist. He may deny it. But you've got the Communist Party of America standing up. Go to communistpartyUSA.com or whatever it is. I bet it's a nonprofit organization. I bet they found a way around those taxes. Go and search for the website. I mean, it's the hammer, the sickle, it's all of it, it's all of it. And there's even programs for your youth. And they are all behind President Barack Obama.

A town in Sweden is under fire after denying requests to ring church bells in the 1990s and the 2000s but recently approving a mosque's request to conduct a weekly Islamic call to prayer.

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Authorities in the town of Vaxjo in southern Sweden have given the local mosque a one-year permit to recite the call to prayer every Friday for about four minutes. But Fr. Ingvar Fogelqvist of St. Michael's, the local Catholic church located about a mile from the mosque, says similar requests to ring church bells were denied.

On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this story and favorable bias toward the Muslim faith. The issue isn't that the Islamic call to prayer is allowed; it's that all religions are not being treated equally.

Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

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Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting

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For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.