Glenn Beck: The Government Is Buying You Off



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Here's the one thing: You're being lied to. No, no, actually, you're being bought off. You'll see exactly what I mean in a minute. But first I want to talk about something my critics have said about me: that I’m an angry populist. Really? I love this.

I've been saying the same things for two years, and most of the time the ideas were extremely unpopular and I’ve just been called crazy. But now that I’m being proved right, I’m a populist. That's why today I’m going to do the oh-so-populist thing and argue for the AIG executives to get their $165 million in bonuses. Why? Because it's part of a valid contract — you know — that needs to be honored under the rule of law. And, yes, even for an angry populist like me, our laws still matter. Sometimes.

Especially those written by Chris Dodd. Isn't it weird that he's leading the charge against the bonuses? If the government didn't want executives to get bonuses, then they shouldn't have written a law that said bonuses were valid if signed before February 11 of this year. Or — and call me crazy — better yet, they shouldn't have given AIG all the bailouts in the first place, because without them the company would have gone into Chapter 11 or been liquidated, which is what should've happened in the first place.

Do you hear anyone complaining about bonuses and private jets and the big exotic parties for all the Lehman Brothers executives? Nope, because we let them fail. I think that this is all really just another distraction. AIG’s bonus structure was widely reported over a year ago, so the government knew about it. They're only outraged right now because they're playing the role of an angry populist. They're not going to ever mention it outright, but our government senses a growing disenfranchisement.

Just like you have, they have seen different things that all add up. They see our ratings, they see the thousands of people at tea parties, and they also see the polls. They know that, according to Rasmussen, 42 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s policies.

So let me bring you back to the one thing: You're being bought off. It's just like in that awful movie "Waterworld." Do you remember that with Kevin Costner? Oh, he’s trying to forget but let me remind you. This scene?

Everybody was really upset. Everyone was screaming. What do they do? He offers them Smeat and cigarettes. Now I don’t have any Smeat but I did get some cigarettes.

Washington is screaming about bonuses. Why, why is that? Why are they screaming about this? What is the point? Why is Barack Obama on Jay Leno on Thursday night? Cigarettes. Who would like some cigarettes? America, here’s your cigarettes. Take them and just be quiet for a while.

What do you think? Send your comments to: glennbeck@foxnews.com

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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