You Can Take the Organizer Out of Chicago, But...



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President Obama's new health care plan rolled out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. HHS Secretary Sebelius talked about creating a government health insurance plan to compete with private insurers and "leveling the playing field" between them.

Government health care: great, they are coming to save you.

But here's the one thing no one else is going to say: We have elected a former community organizer as our president who is helping to orchestrate a power grab of industry, energy, health care and taxes — he wants to control it.

Let me explain through two stories in the news right now:

First community organizers — what do they do? Take the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — better known as ACORN — for example. ACORN says they are, "committed to social and economic justice" and they "those who have historically been locked out become powerful players in our democratic system."

Remember, President Obama say he wants his Supreme Court nominee to have empathy and understand social justice.

Anyway, what they neglect to mention is that one technique for accomplishing those things is fraud. ACORN is facing fraud charges in Nevada. Another way is intimidation. How many times has Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson threatened to bring their groups to the streets to "bring to justice" anyone they perceive as a threat? Who organized the bus tours of the homes AIG executives so they could protest and scare their children?

To groups like ACORN, it's not really about helping "those who have been locked out." It is about helping those who help them. This is a power grab. They work to get the people into office that can continue to feed them — and it's a great strategy. They've reportedly received $53 million in federal funds since 1994.

So, now we've elected a community organizer to the White House, what do you expect him to do? Well, you can take the organizer out of Chicago, but you can't take the Chicago out of the organizer. By including ACORN and groups like them in the stimulus package, we've guaranteed them billions of dollars to buy more votes for the party.

Just as this is seed money for Democratic votes, the auto bailout will help the party flourish for years to come.

First take a look at Obama's "car czar," Steve Rattner. A top Democratic fundraiser, he served as finance chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2006 — during which the DNC raised approximately $600 million.

Since 2000, Rattner has personally given over a quarter of a million dollars to Democratic candidates and organizations. So it is safe to say the guy knows how to play the game. And, as any Democratic fundraiser knows, the auto unions are huge contributors. In the last election the United Auto Workers donated over $2 million to Democrats — that's 99 percent of their contributions. Since 1990, the UAW gave over $25 million to Democrats — that's 99 percent of all contributions.

So how would unions make out with fundraiser-turned-"car czar" Rattner orchestrating the money? Take a wild guess.

Let's look at Chrysler for example.

In the proposed bankruptcy deal, the banks first in line would get $2 billion — about 29 cents on the dollar. Cerberus Daimler owed $2 billion — they would get zero. Taxpayers owed $4.3 billion, it's not certain what they will get. But the unions owed $10.6 billion would get 43 cents on the dollar and an equity stake — the best deal, by far, of anyone.

The Democrats know the unions need to be rebuilt, re-strengthened and revitalized. They need the union donations and community organizers to keep them in office.

The auto unions need the Democrats in office to get their money and maybe more members — that number has been dropping from 1.5 million members 30 years ago to about 430,000 today.

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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?

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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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