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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Glenn: Trump 'did EVERYTHING he needed to do' in 2024 campaign launch

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Donald Trump announced his second run for the White House this week. And while Glenn Beck said he thinks Trump "did everything he needed to do" in his announcement speech — he was disciplined, didn't pick fights, and stayed focused on what's ahead — he still has some advice for the former president.

Watch the video clip from "The Glenn Beck Program" above to find out what Glenn believes Trump absolutely must do in order to reach as many voters as possible before the 2024 election. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Glenn Beck has warned that one day, you'll wake up and not recognize your country anymore. Are you there yet?

Governments at every level have been weaponized against Americans. The FBI shows up in full tactical gear at the homes of pro-lifers, terrifying young children and grandmas for the "crime" of peacefully protesting abortion. The ATF surprises legal gun owners on their doorsteps, demanding to see their firearms. State governments are trying to sneak in laws that allow the sexual mutilation of children — without the parents’ consent.

When we become confused as to what the government can and cannot do, we become numb to tyranny and take it on the chin, as we did with the COVID-19 mandates. And when the state comes knocking, we don’t know how to deal with it because we haven’t lived in that kind of country since 1791. Glenn warns we’re on the same road as every empire that ended in collapse.

On tonight's special presentation, Glenn features the stories of every-day Americans who have experienced government tyranny firsthand:
  • A gun shop owner who encountered a bone-chilling inspection by the ATF.
  • A father fighting for the right to see his twins after objecting to his 3-year-old son going through gender transition.
  • A woman who had almost $1M seized from her bank accounts even though she and her husband were never charged with a crime.
  • A couple who had their home raided by the FBI over a case of mistaken identity.
  • An FBI agent who turned whistleblower after he became fed up with the abuses he saw over Jan. 6 raids.

But tyrants can only exist when the people they are trying to subjugate forget that there are fundamental rights granted not by the state but by a higher power. And we have the blueprint to stop tyranny dead in its tracks. The founders armed us with the tools — we just need to know how to wield them. So how do peaceful Americans stand up to tyranny that comes in the disguise of “law”? Glenn and a panel of legal experts, including Sen. Mike Lee, arm you with the answers so you'll know what to do when the government comes knocking on YOUR door next.

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CRYPTO CRASH: The REAL story behind Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX scandal

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The fall of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried has sent shock waves through the cryptocurrency world. But is this just another failed Ponzi scheme, or is there more to this story? On this episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn got a “Bitcoin for Dummies” guide from Marty Bent, who explained what actually happened with FTX, where he believes the markets will go from here, and whether this is connected at all to Bankman-Fried's massive donations to the Democrat Party.

Marty has devoted his career to safeguarding financial freedom from the tyranny of the government and elites — a major focus of his newsletter “Marty’s Bent” and podcasts, including “Tales from the Crypt.” He’s critical of the globalist vision for our financial future, which he sees as the result of a “progressive” movement to get rid of God.

On the podcast, Marty warned that the FTX scandal could make a convenient excuse for centralizing Bitcoin and ushering in more state control, mass surveillance, ESG, and social credit scores. In fact, he said, the Federal Reserve’s push for a digital dollar has already begun.

Watch the full podcast with Marty Bent below:

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Glenn once warned that one day you’d wake up and not recognize your country any more. Are you there yet?

Governments at every level have been weaponized against Americans. The FBI shows up in full tactical gear at the homes of pro-lifers, terrifying young children and grandmas for the "crime" of peacefully protesting abortion. The ATF surprises legal gun owners on their doorsteps, demanding to see their firearms. State governments are trying to sneak in laws that allow the sexual mutilation of children — without the parents’ consent.

When we become confused as to what the government can and cannot do, we become numb to tyranny and take it on the chin, as we did with the COVID-19 mandates. And when the state comes knocking, we don’t know how to deal with it because we haven’t lived in that kind of country since 1791. But tyrants can only exist when the people they are trying to subjugate forget that there are fundamental rights granted not by the state, but by a higher power. And we have the blueprint to stop tyranny dead in its tracks.

The founders armed us with the tools — we just need to know how to wield them.

So how do peaceful Americans stand up to tyranny that comes in the disguise of “law”? Glenn and a panel of legal experts including Sen. Mike Lee arm you with the answers — so you'll know what to do when the government comes knocking on YOUR door next …

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