Glenn Beck: It's Time for Tough Love




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It's time for America to experience some tough love, but instead we're being coddled. Think about it like parenting, but your kids in this case are our politicians.

Every day they're causing more trouble: underemployment is now at 15.6 percent, (by the way, that's the people who want jobs but have given up.) Our national debt is over $11 trillion and the people who can rescue us — the small business owners — are being told to redistribute their wealth instead of using it to create jobs.

Yet, we as parents sit back and basically laugh it off.

According to the latest FOX News Opinion Dynamics Poll only 42 percent of Americans are angry about the economy. Put down your abacus; that means that 58 percent of us are not angry that the government is running the money printing presses 24/7 and burying future generations in our selfish debt.

So now that our kids have realized that their parents are softies, they're going even further. Forget the small stuff — now it's time to fix the banks and the insurers and yes, even the auto industry.

But before we as parents hand the keys to the car over to our 7-year-old, shouldn't we at least figure out if they can really drive?

I mean, look at their track record:

In 1991, the lawmakers-only House bank had to be shut down, after House members bounced 8,300 bad checks worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — all of which were effectively, interest-free loans.

Then you have Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which cooked the books like Enron on steroids. Except, unlike Enron, who didn't cost us any direct money, this fraud will cost the taxpayers more than $240 billion, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

You know what happened to Ken Lay (he was convicted and died before serving his time); meanwhile, Fannie's Franklin Raines pocketed nearly $100 million.

(By the way, last week the government quietly announced $210 million in bonuses for Fannie and Freddie employees, $45 million more than we wanted to string up the evil AIG executives for.)

Or, how about the broken education system that they created? The average American 15-year-old is now worse at math and science than kids from all 30 members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development — except (ready for this?) Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Mexico. Congratulations, America. No disrespect to the Turks, but that's quite the company we're now keeping.

When are we going to learn? I have no idea. Maybe never. But there's a lesson in Russia.

They have one of the world's least efficient car factories, with each of their workers producing just a quarter of the vehicles that we do each day, often with hand-held wrenches. These aren't the kinds of cars you cruise for babes in. It's the same boxy car they've been making for 40 years. It makes a Volvo look sporty.

Yet, despite their lack of innovation or efficiency, their government keeps pumping billions of dollars of aid in, with no strings attached.

Why? That's easy: To prevent 3 percent of their workforce from rioting like we've seen in France, China, the Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

Which brings me right back to the coddling.

It may seem easier to ratchet down our anger than it is to stick to our founding principles, but doing that will only make our leaders think they can keep pushing us even farther.

They can't.

It's time to stop being the nice, ambivalent parent and instead start showing some tough-love. Even Mary Poppins told kids to take their medicine.

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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