Americans Are Turning to Themselves


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Here's the one thing: The paradigm is about to change — in fact, I've got evidence that it may already be starting.

First, take Charlie Rangel — the perfect example of sleazy government. He's the head of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, yet he has allegedly failed to pay some taxes and is also part of an open ethics investigation.

Watch what happened when a citizen, not a journalist, approached with some questions:

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JASON MATTERA, HOTAIR.COM: Hey, Congressman Rangel.

REP. CHARLIE RANGEL, D-N.Y.: Yes?

MATTERA: Jason Mattera.

RANGEL: How are you?

MATTERA: I'm from Brooklyn, New York.

RANGEL: Good to see you. Welcome to the nation's capital.

MATTERA: Great to meet you, sir.

RANGEL: What are you doing in Brooklyn?

MATTERA: Well, I'm here just enjoying my time in the Capitol. You know I was wondering, with Americans struggling to pay their bills, losing their jobs, why the hell do you drive a taxpayer-subsidized Cadillac? Use four rent-controlled apartments below market rate and fail to pay taxes on rental properties?

You write the tax code.

RANGEL: Why don't you mind your goddamned business?

MATTERA: No, I'm serious. Why are you such a disgrace?

Hey, I have my tax returns. Can you write "Rangel ruled" just so I will be can free from other penalties?

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OK, granted, that may have been a little uncomfortable because Rangel was ambushed. But the bigger issue is that we now have citizens doing the job that the media just won't do.

Remember when the media was known as the "fourth branch of government" because they actually served as a check against the government's power? Ah, the good old days. Now we actually need to have citizens roaming the halls of Congress to ask questions the media should've been asking months ago!

Since the year started, the mainstream media Web sites — ABC, CBS and NBC — didn't cover the Rangel controversy once, even though there was a vote to try to strip him of his chairmanship last month. For comparison, those same sites covered "Octomom" dozens of times; NBC alone had 30 references to her.

The next piece of evidence I have comes from Texas, where a guy wrote a letter to the IRS, listing all the taxes he's already paid and saying they shouldn't be surprised if he comes up a little short on Tax Day this year.

To be fair, Ed Barnett wrote the letter as a satire; he will pay his taxes and won't end up going to jail over this.

But soon someone will do time to demonstrate what a lot of us are feeling: If the Charlie Rangels and Tim Geithners of the country don't have to pay their taxes, why should I?

And if they can't figure out the tax code, then maybe it's too complex and we should streamline it with a fair tax.

What both these stories show is that when the people can't trust the government they turn to the media. And if the media continues to fail them as well, they do what Americans have been doing for hundreds of years now: They turn to themselves. And the paradigm changes.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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