Glenn Beck: When Did Our 'Problems' Become 'Emergencies'?




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Wednesday of course is Obama's 100th day as president. He is celebrating in Missouri with a "town hall" and his third prime-time address — something that I'm sure pleases the broadcast networks, who have to once again pre-empt hit shows in favor of Obama highlighting his accomplishments.

But here's the one thing about these first 100 days that you're not going to hear the president talk about: Almost all of his accomplishments have been done in the red lights of an emergency.

In an emergency everything has to be done right now. No time to think, just react — quick, go-go-go!

Look at the economy, for instance. Yes, the president did "inherit" TARP from the Bush administration, but man, they took that ball and ran with it. Tim Geithner had to be confirmed fast and all $787 billion of the 1,073 page "stimulus bill" had to be passed immediately, without time to even read it — because it was an "emergency."

Then we moved to a "housing emergency." Obama called for another $75 billion in government TARP money to save the housing sector — because it was in "crisis."

And the "car emergency": With the same lame excuse as the Bush administration — the Big Three were too big to fail — so we handed over billions in financial aid.

The "banking emergency" continued and we are waiting for the results of stress tests. Meantime, the Obama budget sees the need for another $250 billion for banks this year.

Now, it's the "swine flu emergency." We suddenly forgot about all the important questions we had about Kathleen Sebelius and confirmed her as the new Health and Human Services secretary on Tuesday. Why? Because, according to Chris Dodd, "We find ourselves in the midst of a global crisis."

Don't think, just react — go-go-go!

The problem is that action without thought results in unintended consequences: AIG executives find angry mobs outside their homes; TARP money disappears into thin air; the CEO of GM is fired by our own president and now he appears to be hunting for the chief of Citigroup.

Did anyone wake up the day after they bailed out the car companies and say "Phew, glad that's over?" No, because these decisions were made in the light of emergency.

So to start thinking clearly, we need remove the emergency. Take a deep breath and see the "emergencies" for what they really are: problems.

Every president and every generation has had to face them and they always will. But when every problem is looked at as a crisis, we soon find that we end up trading one set of problems for another that could've been avoided had we thought things through.

Remember in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" when Indiana Jones was running from a giant boulder, only to find himself face to face with 100 poison darts?

We were running from the big boulder of crisis and emergency and fear and we bailed out companies that were too big to fail. So five years from now when GM is pandering to the government and churning out cars that no one wants and the company still can't turn a profit, isn't that the poison dart that we could have avoided?

Pause: relax and think.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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