Glenn Beck: Spineless Specter


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GLENN: I want to talk to you a little bit about Arlen Specter and the bogus choice that we are being presented. The other thing I want to talk to you about is the swine flu, and I want to play the role of the three advisors if you were the president of the United States and ask you what would you do. But I think I want to start with Arlen Specter. This is so critical. I heard when I was listening to our flagship station here in New York City, WOR as I was driving in, I'm listening to Gambling. John Gambling is talking about Arlen Specter and he makes complete and the co hosts that were on with him, they were all talking and John says, no, the government doesn't need to get more or the Republicans don't need to move, you know, farther left. They just need to reestablish the principles that they have abandoned, they no longer stand for. And one of the co hosts said, you know what, John, I don't think most people are conservative. Because he said they are conservative and they were using, I think the wrong terms. And the co host said, John, you know what I think. Most people, they would just like some fiscal responsibility and then liberal freedom. And I was hoping that somebody would point this out and nobody did, but I think this is the typical conversation that is happening all around the country right now and it's frustrating to everybody involved because they were all right. Everybody that was in that conversation was right, but they're arguing because the terms no longer mean anything solid. They mean something different to everybody. I learned this a long time ago from my father actually. He said to me when we were having a conversation about God. He said, well, you know, Glenn, god has too many different meanings. It just, you can't really have a conversation about God with people because you will see god differently than I see God and we'll see God differently than somebody who is a Buddhist will see God. So God doesn't mean the same thing because of our upbringing, because of the culture that we grow up in, et cetera, et cetera. He said, you really want to be able to have a "Start from scratch" conversation about God, you need to call him first cause because nobody calls him first cause. But that's what he is. How did the Earth start, how did the universe, what was first cause. Now I can talk to somebody who doesn't believe in God, somebody who's deeply religious, somebody who sees God in a completely different way. I can talk to all of them, first cause. And I don't get caught up in all the petty arguments of, "Well, you just belong in some sort of being," you don't get caught up in it what we're talking about, what is the first thing that happened? What is first cause?

So let's have a first cause kind of conversation here about our political system. Everybody is caught in the trap of right, left, conservative, liberal and Democrat/Republican. Forget about that and I'll tell you why we have to forget about it. Because it has been so distorted and so it is my opinion. I don't have anything to back this up historically speaking yet, but I'm looking for it. It is my opinion that the progressive movement intentionally latched onto liberal because it took classic liberalism then out of the picture. And that is the problem with our system right now. That is the frustration. I contend most Americans are classic liberals. How many in this audience even know what a classic liberal is? In this audience we probably have the highest percentage. Any of talk radio have the highest percentage would know what a classic liberal is. The reason why most people don't know what a classic liberal is, is because of the progressive movement. It was distorted. The progressives distorted liberalism. Classic liberal basically is a libertarian. It is somebody who believes in personal responsibility. It is somebody who believes in the natural rights of man. It is somebody who believes in the self as the first cause or not first cause but the determining factor. It believes in small government. But the progressives latched onto that, and it was distorted. And when they did that and I don't know when they did it and I don't know who did it and I don't know how it came to be, but I will find the answer on that. I believe it was by design and here's why I believe it was by design. Because once you destroy the argument or destroy the place at the table of the classic liberal, of the libertarian, then you're only having a discussion between the same thing, just different paint color.

Let me describe it as this. I believe our system has become Kentucky Fried Chicken and Popeye's. Now, I personally like Popeye's. I like the service at Kentucky Fried Chicken. So there are times that I can't take the people just throwing the food at me and yelling at me. So I'm going to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken. But there are other times that I'm like, I don't like the chicken as much. It's better chicken at Popeye's. And this is the argument that we have. We have two choices between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Popeye's. What a lot of Americans want is a hamburger. Kentucky Fried Chicken, if you will, took the hamburger choice away. They started calling themselves Kentucky Fried Hamburgers and so now people are saying, you want a hamburger? Well, you should be over here having chicken. No, no, no, you're eating chicken, too. "No, I'm not. I'm eating a hamburger, and we make the best hamburgers ever." And then pretty soon Popeye says, "We're making hamburgers as well." No, that's chicken, too. That's just called a chicken tender. "Nope, it's a hamburger and ours is flame broiled." No, it's not. You put it in oil. This is clearly fried. "No, that's Kentucky Fried Chicken." No. Neither of you guys are serving hamburgers! I just want a hamburger, please. This is what's happening. We're arguing about chicken places. When the real moment of revelation is when America steps back and goes, "Wait a minute. My gosh, it is chicken. Soylent Green! It's chicken! As soon as somebody stands at the counter and says, "Where's the beef!" Then we'll be able to have an honest conversation in America about Arlen Specter. But you can't have an honest conversation about Arlen Specter because he is the quintessential example of chicken in both houses. He was serving people chicken who wanted steak, but they were convinced that it was either chicken or that, you don't really want steak. I mean, we can't we may not even eat. If we don't take this chicken, we may not ever eat. No, really, there is another choice. We can stop by the hamburger store on the way. "No, no, only chicken. We must have this chicken and pretend that it's beef." I don't think so. That's a waste of your food choice. You get to choose three times a day. "Chicken. Chicken and pretend that it's beef."

Here's what's happening. The chicken, if you will, is progressivism. It is big government, lots of spending, lots of control. And whether that control is how much you pollute, you know, carbon dioxide and the control is cap and trade or the control is how much or where you can get your healthcare and how much you pay into it, there's control and big government on the other side. And then over here with the other chicken place where they swear it's beef, they give you big, gigantic government in prescription drugs, they give you big gigantic government in the control of the, all of the defense and all of the control of how we fight our foreign policy but yet we never really win over here. We never really use everything we have, which is almost like the other chicken place, we don't really use everything we have. You have the big control of the, well, we've got to have all of these eavesdropping things, all of these different things that we've got to have, we've got to have for our security over here. Oh, no, we have to have all the controls on the banks because, well, we have to have all this security and then pretty soon the other chicken place is saying, yeah, we have to have all those controls on the banks for your security as well. And pretty soon they're both saying exactly the same thing. There hasn't been a change. There hasn't been a change. There's not going to be a change. You are going to continue to eat chicken. So let's reintroduce the hamburger joint because as we all know, America is not known for Kentucky Fried Chicken. While it's on the menu and it is a choice, that's not what made American fast food. What made American fast food and what changed the world was McDonald's. So let's talk about the glorious McDonald's for a second. McDonald's is libertarianism. McDonald's is our founding fathers. McDonald's is the Constitution. McDonald's is natural law and nature's god. It's not coincidence that they named I started the monologue with first cause. It's not a coincidence that the founders always talked about nature's god and the laws of nature because they said those are immovable. No matter how you see God, no matter what it is, doesn't matter if you're a Jew, Christian or a Muslim, nature's god. He endows everyone with certain inalienable rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was originally life, liberty and property. They changed it to not help slave states. Of course, we don't learn that anymore but we certainly don't learn about nature's god anymore. Progressives believe that God is inconsequential, he does not give you rights. Progressives do not believe in the natural laws of God, in nature's god, in nature's laws. They do not believe you are born with certain inalienable rights. This is where collectivism comes. Whatever is good for the collective, whatever is best for the state, whatever it is this person has to do to help everyone else, forced help. This is where universal healthcare comes from. You are un American if you don't do this. This is where if you're against the war, you're un American if you speak out against the war. It's the collective mindset.

The House approved a new aid package for Ukraine of nearly $40 billion, which will increase the total U.S. funding for Ukraine's war efforts to a whopping $58 BILLION since March, if the package passes in the Senate. Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before Congress that the Biden administration is considering diverting resources away from an already-struggling VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to deal with the border crisis.

"I am not making this up -- this will [make] your head explode," Glenn Beck said in the radio program Thursday. "They are going to divert costs; the Biden administration is taking money from the VA. Now already, our veterans get seconds, and we are [considering] diverting VA funding, and doctors, and nurses, away from our vets and to the migrants at the border, so we can take money that we don't have, $58 billion, and send it to Ukraine. What the hell is wrong with us?"

"Now, some Republican lawmakers are attempting to fight this," he added. "But, most people haven't even heard of this. This is how the atrocities at the border go unchecked. Biden sweeps it all under a rug. The mainstream media covers it up. And, meanwhile, people suffer and die. And in this case, it's not only the people on the border, but it is also our veterans in VA hospitals."

Glenn went on to detail the unreported deadly consequences of Biden’s border policies which have led to enough fentanyl to kill millions of Americans pouring across the border and terrorists having found easy paths into our country.

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Corruption, greed, and death. This is what the Left’s border policy is REALLY about, not the humanitarian effort they claim it is.

On tonight's episode of "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposes the groups benefitting from the border chaos under the Biden administration. A leftist money supply flows to NGOs on the border that are now taking the roles that the government should be filling with immigration and helping immigrants to flood into the U.S. Glenn asks: Why is the U.N. funding the flow of migrants to our border and subverting Congress? Why are former Biden staffers working for “non-profits” that are now getting exclusive, HIGHLY irregular multimillion-dollar border contracts? Worse than that, the consequences of Biden’s border policy have now turned deadly. National Guard members at the border are dying, fentanyl from China pours across the border, and terrorists have found an easy path to enter our country.

Finally, Glenn asks Texas Rep. Chip Roy if it’s time to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas for his negligence that is costing American lives.

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I can no longer relate to the modern pro-choice woman. I don’t want to shout my abortion. I want to pretend it never happened. Up until the SCOTUS leak, I had done a pretty good job of burying my 20-year secret. But the Roe v. Wade information earthquake triggered an eruption. I can no longer pretend to be ambivalent or leave it to blue-check pro-lifers to speak for me. My days of repeating the “safe, legal, and rare” mantra like a good, GenX libertarian feminist are over.

Some pro-abortion activists call their life-ending procedure “self-care,” like they just booked a hot stone massage or a facial at a spa. This is a polite euphemism many women tell themselves – not because we are cold-blooded killers, but because it’s how we survive. We HAVE to lie in order to justify what is actually taking place. Denial is a protective coating, a barrier from the truth. Remember, any woman born after Roe v. Wade has been programmed to believe that abortion is a natural-born right. “It’s legal; therefore it must not be evil. This is a medical procedure. Women do it every day.” Planned Parenthood has a nice way of describing abortion on its website: “A doctor uses a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.” “Gently take the tissue out.” Benign euphemisms that wrap our hearts and minds in a suffocating cocoon. Benign euphemisms to keep us in line.

I was raised in the Bible Belt and to believe that sex before marriage was the gravest of sins. You’d be better off robbing a store by pistol than to be caught fornicating with a boy. And yet I did fornicate with a boy. No boy I’d ever be proud to bring around to my parents. I never gave him the option to talk me out of it. I just demanded he pay half for the procedure and never speak of it again. I told myself it would be easier to survive the hidden shame of the abortion than wear the shame of my sin on my belly for the next nine months.

...the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job.

I took the so-called “easy” way out at six weeks along and swallowed a pill I got from some abortionist who gave me the creeps. He was no medical saint like the one portrayed in “The Cider House Rules,” nobly saving women from coat-hanger abortions. The doctor in my story made a quick buck at the expense of terrified “good girls.” Years later I would learn he kept aborted fetuses in buckets and was under investigation for shady medical practices. I couldn’t leave his clinic fast enough, but at least I wouldn’t have to miss work or skip my college classes. I could finish my degree and still make my parents proud. How convenient. But the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job. Now I had to see a real obstetrician, get an ultrasound, and deal with the aftermath.

This doctor’s office was nicer. It had bright lights and pink walls. Although my doctor was professional, I still felt the quiet judgment in her voice. I refused to look at the image of my tortured fetus on the screen. I knew what it would mean if I did – my feminist career ambitions would lose the battle to my soul if I looked at that baby. The doctor told me the fetus was still viable but likely mentally damaged. The “kinder” thing to do would be to finish the job at an in-clinic abortion. End the fetus’ suffering and end my own self-torture. I woke up from anesthesia to learn the abortion was complete. It’s over so quickly, but the internal conflict hangs. And hangs.

You find weird ways to cope. Not long after, I discovered an abandoned robin’s egg, still perfectly intact. I wrapped it in a sock and carried it with me for over a decade. If I couldn’t do right by my own child, maybe I could keep this unhatched egg safe. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that the bird egg was dead, and I got therapy. He was a good New York psychologist. Secular, liberal, tolerant. He helped me to forgive myself, but I always knew who I really needed to ask for forgiveness …

It’s easy for a young woman with all those stockpiled eggs in her ovaries to be pro-choice. She can toss away the miracle of life like a rotten banana or a bruised apple because it is easily replaced. It wasn’t until I was forced to confront the mortality of my own fertility that I felt the full force of my regret.

But I do not write this letter to achieve redemption or to be the new face of the pro-life movement. You will not see me pleading with women outside an abortion clinic. You will not see me protesting with a cutesy, homemade sign at the March for Life. You will not see me sparring on Twitter, confronting baby-killers with cold, hard facts. For now, you will not even know my name. I suppose this is not very brave, but my story is not complete and God’s work in me is in an active state. Mine is a modest mission: Maybe if I’m honest about my own wounds, I can help other women like me to heal. Maybe I can love the terrified, knocked-up woman in the Bible Belt who believes the best worst lies our society has ever told, better than any conservative talk show host ever could.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound. It’s naive to think we will fix this mess for the unborn overnight and deprogram men and women plugged into 50 years of slick, well-packaged lies. Slavery was legal in the U.S. for over 200 years before we fought a war to end it. And it was another 100 years before we ended state-sanctioned racism.

When it comes to the issue of defending innocent life, I know it’s hard to be patient. This is a clear battle of good vs. evil for many on the right, but you need allies like me – the former “safe, legal, and rare” pro-choicers who are afraid to come out of the shadows. Afraid to become a political prop in the culture wars, but willing to do the quiet missionary work in our back yards.

I hope for the day future progressives look back in horror at today’s progressives fighting to keep abortion on demand. I hope for the day the New York Times publishes the pro-life version of the 1619 Project. Maybe they’ll call it the “1973 Project,” “whose mission is to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of abortion and the contribution of the pro-life movement at the very center of our national narrative.”

Until that day, I want to help these women to be braver than me. To see beyond their impossible tomorrow. If I had allowed someone the chance to help me be brave, I might not have had the same successful career, but I would have a 20-year-old son or daughter in whom to invest this unexplained overflow in my heart.

Dear EV drivers: Think you're safe from soaring gas prices? Think again.

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Diesel fuel prices have surged to record levels, adding to already record-high inflation in the U.S. But most Americans don't drive cars that run on diesel, and many have turned to electric vehicles (EVs) to avoid the ever-increasing pain at the pump. So, how would diesel supply shortages — and the resulting sky-high prices — affect you or your budget?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck explained why every American should be concerned about the rising cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is the fuel that powers the economy," Glenn began. "How does that work? Well, let's start over in China. You want something from China, you have to put it onto a big boat, a slow boat from China, and that's powered by diesel.

"Then, it gets to our docks," he continued. "You know all of those big cranes and everything else that take that crap off of the ship and then put it on the ground? Run by diesel. And then the forklifts that come and pick it up and then bring it over to the train, those run on diesel. And then the train, those engines, they run on diesel. And then the trucks that get it halfway across the country from the train where they're picked up again by the forklifts, run by diesel. Then they're put into another truck, also run by diesel."

"I sure hope all the people bragging about their electric cars as gas prices skyrocket have a backup plan for their food too. Because as diesel prices go crazy, so does the price of EVERYTHING," Glenn posted on Twitter.

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