Enough With the 'Listening Tours'



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Governor Sarah Palin has joined the National Council for a New America's panel of experts. The council is the GOP's re-branding effort; they launched their first event in a listening tour over the weekend. Hey Sarah, you don't need to listen. You need to start talking.

Here's the one thing that our politicians don't seem to understand — so I'll say it very slowy: Quit it with the "listening tours." We don't want made for TV town halls or events where you pretend to listen. We want you to actually listen.

The problem is politicians have "focus grouped" us to death. They think voters are consumers and they are the product, so they hire brand consultants to figure out new ways to "package the message."

Packaging the message is good business. In last year's election, political consulting was estimated to be a $10 billion-a-year industry.

And what do our leaders get for their money? Strategies like "targeting," where they're advised to focus on race, religion and economic classes of voters to deliver a more personalized message. Does it sound like they are selling detergent, burgers or soda? In some ways, they are.

Campaigns are starting to use "micro-targeting" — something the progressive think tank The New Politics Institute says uses tools that, "have guided commercial marketing for decades…." It helps campaigns, "shape and deliver messages to specific individuals and households by tracking and analyzing information on a person-by-person basis."

Politicians can't just speak from the gut; they have to see which words and phrases will sell, what is going to make you drool.

We lend our credibility, our time and our energy to these politicians with the belief they are authentic and they truly want what's best for us. In reality, they are used car salesmen conjuring up new ways to market their broken promises. I am tired of those who claim to listen, but are only doing it for the soundbites or to find a new "buzzword" they can regurgitate in a stump speech to make us buy their "brand."

So for any of you politicians who are actually listening, I've got some buzzwords of my own for you:

• Don't be a dirtbag


• Don't sleep with interns


• Enforce laws


• No corruption


• Pay taxes


• No sweetheart mortgage deals


• Fight to win, then go home


• Grow a spine


• Stop touring, start serving

I would like to have our leaders stop with the stupid listening tours or try this: At your next "town hall meeting," trade places with one of the people there. Give them the keys to your congressional office. Those people wouldn't pay for instincts, they'd rely on their own. They wouldn't micro-target a message, they'd say what they meant and mean what they said.

Once we have that, sign me up for the listening tour. Until then, the only thing these people will ever really pay attention to are the results of the next election.

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On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck and Pat Gray discussed a series of recent polls that suggest presidential nominee Joe Biden's expected lead may be slipping with traditionally Democratic voters.

A new poll conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows that two-thirds of Jewish voters still plan to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket in November. However, President Donald Trump's support within the Jewish community is also the highest among any Republican candidate in recent history.

In more bad news for Biden, a CNN poll (yes, CNN) released last month showed growing support for President Trump among black voters in swing states. Meanwhile, his support among Latino voters remains at roughly 33%.

"I don't think it's going to go the way the Democrats hope that it will," Glenn said of the election. "If you look at the groups that the Democrats have carefully fostered ... that's falling apart. If Donald Trump can grow that by 5%, and hurt the Democrats by 5% ... that alone could swing the election."

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We're being set up for a civil war. The Left is grooming us for an Eastern European-style revolution this election, and they're not even trying to hide it any more. The playbook for Mainstreet USA is the exact same that has been used in places like Ukraine, initiated by the same people in order to completely upend the American system.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck takes us through a tale of three chalkboards that will connect the dots: the Obama admin in Ukraine, the State Department's relationship with George Soros, Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots, the Great Reset, public school indoctrination, mail-in voting. It all points to something dangerous happening in November if we don't act now.

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The left has already determined that the wildfires raging across the West Coast were definitely caused by climate change and Big Tech is determined to silence anyone who dares suggest otherwise. Facebook even announced a sweeping policy on Saturday to remove posts that claim the fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.

But on his radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck revealed multiple arrest records for suspected arsonists in California, Oregon, and Washington — and several of those charged and arrested were also instigators in Black Lives Matter rallies, violent protests, and Antifa riots. He also called out the "news gods" in Big Tech, daring them to try to censor his video.

"I asked my staff, to see if there was any evidence [of arson] on the fires. And I don't mean evidence from Twitter. I mean evidence. Is there anybody who has been arrested for arson?" Glenn said. "Well, here they are. And YouTube and Facebook, go ahead. I want you to demonetize this clip. I want you to somehow or another say that we're lying. I want you to throttle this. Go ahead. Because then you're going to have to explain what we got wrong. And I happen to have all the documents right here. So my attorney is really ready for that throttling or demonetization. You say you're a protector of the truth? Great, here it is."

Glenn read off the first 10 arrest records, which combined allege the destruction of more than 120,000 acres and 700 structures, as well as tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.

"You want to tell us, PolitiFact, how you came to the conclusion ... that there was no arson in these fires?" Glenn asked. "Can you tell me how you came to that conclusion? Because your fact-check seems to be entirely false."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to share her unique perspective as a trusted adviser and confidante to President Donald Trump for two and a half years, which she also details in her new book, "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

Sarah described the unprecedented levels of corruption she saw firsthand during the Russia probe and shocking lengths to which Democratic leaders and the mainstream media would go to "take the president down."

Sarah said she often saw sides of Donald Trump that the media never covered. Recently, she went on the record denying the Atlantic's claims that the president mocked our military during a 2018 trip to France. She was on that trip, she told Glenn, and her account of what really happened paints a very different picture.

"The people who are making this outrageous charge are such cowards for doing so in an anonymous way. If you really believed this, and believed it was wrong, one, why did it take you so long? And, two, put your name on it the way the rest of us have," Sarah said.

"He didn't say those things. Not only was I there that day, Glenn, I spent two and a half years traveling all over the world with the president, watching him interact with men and women of our armed forces almost every single day during that two-and-a-half year period," she added.

"This is a person who loves America and loves the people who allow the rest of us to live in America, free, and have prosperity. And I got to see that a lot. I think it is shameful that people are trying to distort who he is and what he has done, particularly when it comes to the men and women in the military."

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