Glenn Beck: Let them eat cake...


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GLENN: If I hear one more question or one more problem that is being solved supposedly by the people who created the problem, I think my head is going to pop. Barney Frank said yesterday afternoon that they've really got to tackle this AIG thing. Chuck Schumer said now that they are ready to tax all of these AIG bonuses away. America, when are your neighbors going to stand up? When are your neighbors going to stand up? We're not playing politics. You want to tax -- this is the most unpopular position anyone can have in America right now, to stand up for these AIG bonuses, and that should tell you something. When it's wildly unpopular in Washington, when it's wildly unpopular with Washington and with the American people, it's only absolutely right or absolutely wrong. In this case it's absolutely wrong. Why? Because has anyone applied a single principle to this? What are the principles we're trying to say? What we're trying to do right now is soothe the savage beast. We're trying to whip up outrage to channel the outrage and to channel it against these people at AIG. That's all we're trying to do, channel America's outrage to AIG. We're not trying to solve the problem. If we solve the problem the way Washington wants to solve the problem, and the Republicans and the Democrats are trying to outdo each other on this: "Oh, I can screw the American future much more than you can. Are you kidding me? We've been screwing Americans since 150 years ago. You guys are rookies." That's practically the debate we're having in Washington right now, which party can screw America's future more than the other one, and here's why. When it comes to the AIG bonuses, this was a contract. They're in contracts. Christopher Dodd -- listen carefully. Christopher Dodd wrote in the bailout bill that you could not violate contracts that were written and signed prior to certain date. It was February something or other. If it was signed before that period, you couldn't mess with the contracts. Christopher Dodd led the charge.

Let me just point out Christopher Dodd was the biggest recipient of AIG donations, by the way, for reelection. Christopher Dodd, the largest recipient of AIG donations for his reelection campaign. Barack Obama received a bonus of over $100,000 from AIG. His campaign also real high up on the list. In fact, it was number two, coming in at number two but still reaches for the stars, Barack Obama. So Christopher Dodd does everything he can to protect those guys in AIG and specifically writes into the contract that you cannot violate the contracts. Who's the first person to come out against these bonuses? You'll never guess. Christopher Dodd. Why? Because Christopher Dodd is now seeing his poll numbers shoot through the floor in Connecticut. He's being beaten now in a, you know, bogus poll of, "Hey, would you run against this guy? I think he was a child molester." The child molester is winning! He's not a child molester?

STU: You are speaking of course not specifically --

GLENN: I don't know who -- I just know he is losing in a poll to a guy who --

STU: Worse than a child molester. A Republican! Can you imagine?

GLENN: Oh, I can't. In Connecticut? No, I can't. All right, so look, here's the thing. The only reason why Christopher Dodd led this campaign is because he wants his power. First he wanted his money; he got his money. Now he wants his power. They want their cake and they want to eat it, too. I say let him eat cake. Does this thing end in the guillotine? So now Christopher Dodd was the one who put this in the contract. We have to honor that because it's in a contract that we must -- that we wrote, that Christopher Dodd wrote, it must be honored if it was signed before this date. So there's no way out, unless you violate the contract that we signed, that we drafted as we the people with a good, steady hand of Christopher Dodd. I don't know which hand he wrote it with because I know he had his hand in AIG's pocket at some point. I don't know if he had both hands on the desk while he was writing it.

So now here's the principle. Here's the principle that you have to ask yourself. For instance, let me make this out of -- take this out of the AIG thing. Double jeopardy. Double jeopardy sucks, doesn't it? Do you know that O.J. Simpson tried for the murder of Nicole Simpson which he had nothing to do -- you know and I know. Innocent? Hmmm, really? If O.J. Simpson came out of the courtroom and they tried him for murder of his wife and then he walked out, "Boy, you guys got this wrong. Woo-hoo, I killed her." We couldn't get him for murder. It's double jeopardy. Now, why is double jeopardy -- that's wrong, isn't it? He could say that? No. Because once you're acquitted of a crime, it stops the government from keeping you in the court system over and over and over again. It stops from an abuse of power.

Okay. So as much as it would suck, we have it there because our founders knew you don't trust an out-of-control government. You don't give them that kind of power. They got a shot, you better make it, make it a good case. If you blow it, sucks to be you. It's not something that I would feel good about with O.J. Simpson or a child molester or anybody else. It's not something that would make you feel good, but you uphold that principle because it is important. How are these AIG bonuses important? These people are the ones who caused a lot of this problem. That's what they'll tell you. Well, some of these people at AIG are. Some of them, a majority of them are not. Some of the parts of AIG are actually profitable. But you know what? None of that matters. They have a contract. You want to break a contract, then you file Chapter 11. You let the company fail. If the government can just break a contract, well, then how do you know you're safe? It's their contract with AIG that they would have to break first! They would have to break two contracts, the one they made with AIG that Christopher Dodd wrote and then they would have to break the contracts that AIG broke. They have to break two contracts. "Well, if I can't trust the United States government and their contract, why should I trust their money. Why should I trust the treasury. Why should I trust the Fed. I know I can't trust Washington and congress and the White House. I haven't been able to trust them for years." Why should you trust the contract that you have with your boss? Why should the unions be able to trust their contract? We know that answer. Because they're in the right political party, because they happen to be in favor. But let's flip this around, Democrats. Let's say you get Ronald Reagan in there. Are you going to break that contract? Are you going to be all for breaking contracts whenever you decide that it's okay, whenever the people are for it? We are not a respecter of men. We are a respecter of laws. That's the principle. Do we believe in law anymore in this country? Apparently not. Because if you are an illegal alien, well, then you've got other things going on. And gosh, why are you -- why do you hate them so much? I don't! I happen to love the law. But they've made law so complex, you can't even follow it anymore! You can't follow anything. 80,000 pages from the IRS. Follow it. Do your best. Follow it. 80,000 pages. How do you even know what to do? All you need to know is you do the politically correct thing and you're going to be okay. That's not America.

 

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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