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GLENN: So here's Richard Blumenthal last night on the program. I started with AIG gave Chris Dodd all kinds of money. AIG executives said, hey, we've got to give him, because he's probably going to be the head of the banking committee and he's very powerful, so give, give, give. And they all gave. And I wondered if Richard Blumenthal was going to go after another resident in his state that took money from out of state. You know, not just the AIG executives but Christopher Dodd. And here's what happened.

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GLENN: Are you going to demand that Chris Dodd returns this money?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, Chris Dodd is returning the money on his own. I think he probably regrets having taken it.

GLENN: Right. If he didn't, would you demand it? If he didn't, I mean

BLUMENTHAL: I would ask him to do it. I think it's appropriate that he do it.

GLENN: Right.

BLUMENTHAL: The other question is why did congress approve all of these bonuses, which the entire congress did, not just one senator.

GLENN: Sure.

BLUMENTHAL: And why did the Federal Reserve

GLENN: Are you asking for

BLUMENTHAL: Why isn't it taking action.

GLENN: Are you going after Chris Dodd for writing that in?

BLUMENTHAL: I have asked that the Federal Reserve block these bonuses which I think

GLENN: Stop for a second.

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GLENN: You must see this. Can we post this or put this in the newsletter today? You have to see this video because this is where he starts to look like a deer in the headlights. Did you see it last night, Stu?

STU: Yes, I did.

GLENN: Okay. When I asked him, did you ask, he knew, uh oh, uh oh, and he paused. So when you're hearing the pauses, just put the big lights, you know, the big headlight eyes in there like... every time you hear a pause, just have that face in your mind like, "Oh, crap." So go ahead. I asked him about Chris Dodd and if he was going to go after. Go ahead.

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GLENN: I'm asking you about congress. I'm asking you about Chris Dodd because he lives in the great state of Connecticut. Are you going after him?

BLUMENTHAL: We don't have the power to investigate, nor does any attorney general, a federal official.

GLENN: Well, nobody's he's a resident in your state.

BLUMENTHAL: That's an issue for the congress.

GLENN: Wait a minute. He is a resident in your state.

BLUMENTHAL: He is a resident in the state but he is a federal official.

GLENN: Oh.

BLUMENTHAL: And no attorney general has the jurisdiction.

GLENN: Because it's in Washington, you can do anything about it. Kind of like if there's an AIG contract in New York, you really don't have any place?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, the AIG bonuses were paid in Connecticut and that's why we have demanded that they be repaid.

GLENN: Stop for a second. Stop for a second.

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GLENN: Now, listen to what he's saying. What he's saying is, I can't go after Christopher Dodd and ask him, even though he took money from AIG. It didn't go to Washington. It went to Chris Dodd's headquarters in Connecticut. So the money crossed state lines and came into Connecticut. He can't, he can't go after him because he doesn't have jurisdiction. He can't do anything on a federal, on a federal case against a federal, you know, representative, okay? He can't do it. He doesn't have jurisdiction. He would like to, but he can't.

Okay. When I say about the AIG, just like the AIG, "Well, no, that was paid in Connecticut." No. The checks were issued in New York. The contract is New York, but the money came across state lines, kind of like the AIG money. In fact, it's coming from the same source. Isn't that weird? It's coming from the same source and coming across state lines, but you don't have jurisdiction there but you somehow or another do? What is the law that applies here to one and not the other?

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GLENN: Now, the one thing I was going through the interviews with you and nobody's asked this question and I'm just dying to know and I know you'll have the answer. What law did the AIG executives break when they took those bonuses that were mandated by a legal contract?

BLUMENTHAL: The AIG executives did not themselves break a contract.

GLENN: So then why were you going after them?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, we're not going after them.

GLENN: You were.

BLUMENTHAL: Going after the bonuses.

GLENN: It's their bonuses.

BLUMENTHAL: We were going after the

GLENN: No, their bonuses.

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GLENN: What he's trying to do now is, we weren't going after people, we were going after the money, we were going after the bonuses. Oh, I'm sorry, did you yell at the check? "Don't cash yourself!" Is that what you were doing? You weren't yelling at the checks.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Who had the bonus? The people did. No, we weren't going after the people; we were going after the bonuses. "You're obscene, you little dirty $165,000 check! You should be ashamed of yourself!" By the way, you who are holding the check, I love you. You're spot on. "You're a dirt bag, you little piece of paper! Look! Look at the way you're dressed, you little check!" Yeah, yeah, that's exactly what he was doing.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: So he's not going after the people. He's going after the bonuses.

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GLENN: They are their bonuses. They earned that money. What right, what law did they break that gave you the ability in Connecticut to go after those bonuses?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, let's take it one step at a time. The money they received came from us, the taxpayers.

GLENN: Oh, I know how this works. I'm asking you, sir. You're the attorney general. I'm asking you for the law that they broke that gave you the ability. Are you not the defender of the law in Connecticut?

BLUMENTHAL: The law that they broke

GLENN: Yes.

BLUMENTHAL: is the law that requires that they serve the public interests, that bonuses that they

GLENN: What law is that? Wait, wait, what law is that, sir? You're the chief law enforcement officer. What law say that again? I don't recognize that law. It sounds like a good policy. It sounds like a good rule of thumb but I'm not sure I recognize that law. Could you give that to me again?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, you know, again these funds belong to us, the taxpayer.

GLENN: No, no, sir, look, you know what you've done? You know what you've done? You have you are an insult to George Washington, sir. George Washington made it very clear that we are a respecter of laws, not of men. For your own political gain you have decided to go after these people at AIG because it is a popular thing. And while I may agree with you that it is obscene, I would like to know, sir, not what's right as a rule of thumb, not what makes us feel good. You, sir, are to protect people and to stand for the law in Connecticut. So again I ask you, sir, what law gave you the right to go after them, what law did they break?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, I think you're wrong in the basic premise. We're not going after any individual. We're asking the United States

GLENN: You as the attorney general

BLUMENTHAL: Let me finish. You have to let me finish if you want to know what law I'm talking about. We're asking the United States of America, our federal government to ask that this money be returned or pursue it because they were undeserving of it. Now, I'm not enforcing the law

GLENN: They are undeserving of it?

BLUMENTHAL: against them. They are not deserving this money.

GLENN: What right do you have to say the people that worked for $1 a year

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop, stop.

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GLENN: How dare you. This just makes my blood boil. How dare you. There is a contract. There is a contract. Just as I have a contract with my mortgage company and I am required by law. And if I don't honor my contract with my mortgage company, these weasels will send the sheriff out to kick me and my family out of the house. "Well, they didn't deserve it. These banking people, they didn't deserve to have my mortgage. They aren't very good. Look how much trouble they're in." No, I have a contract and so I honor that contract because if we don't honor the contracts, then all of society breaks down. They didn't deserve it. I'm sorry. It's in the contract.

Most of these people were working and this didn't come out in the press. Most of these people were working for $1 a year. They stayed on because they were begged by the government, "Please help us. Please help us. We don't even understand how to unwind these things. Please help us." The dirtbags that caused it, most of them are gone. For some reason or another we're not seeing anybody grabbing them. Nobody in the media, nobody in congress. They're busy talking to the executives, Liddy, who was their pick! They are busy talking to him who's also working for a dollar so they can accuse the other people they begged to stay on who were also working for a dollar. And all they said was could we please just get our pay in bonuses?

Now, people don't understand bonuses on Wall Street. Neither do I. I get it; fine. But most people, because of what congress did in the 1990s with Bill Clinton and said these salaries are too high, what they did was make everybody stop making big salaries. So they make small salaries and then they get paid in bonuses at the end of the year. I've never lived in a place where when I bought my house, I live because of New York and Connecticut, it's all banking. It's all financial. It's all of this stuff. And when I went to get my loan for my house, they said, how would you like your payments. And I said, as small as possible. And they said, no, how would you like them structured; when do you want to pay them. And I said, oh, I don't know, honey. On the 16th? When do you think? And I said, what are our options here? Because he looked at me like I was a foreign life form. And he said, well, a lot of people pay it once a year. I said, what? He said, yeah, a lot of people, because their pay structure, they make a very small salary during the week or during the year and then they make all of their money at the end of the year and so they get one lump sum payment at the end of the year. I said, you've got to be kidding me. He said, no. It's a different world.

So you may look at $160,000 and say that's an outrage. Well, $160,000 if you're making a dollar the rest of the year doesn't even qualify for being rich under Barack Obama! You're not even in the millionaire tax which starts at 300 grand, which isn't a millionaire. Just like to point that out! Drives me crazy the duplicity of these people.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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