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.

 

Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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