Reaction to the Tea Parties

The People and Their Enemies

By

Andrew Klavan


      If the tax day tea party protests accomplished nothing else, they did this:  they tore the mask off the mainstream news media and revealed the media’s naked hostility to the ideals of our founding fathers.  For years, those of us who hold to those ideals have felt that the news media were biased against us.  Now we see we were wrong.  They’re not biased.  They’re openly on the attack.

      Saying the media are biased is like saying the British were biased against the colonial forces at Bunker Hill.  It’s as if one minute man turned to another and said, “I think those redcoats are shooting at us because they lack objectivity.”

      I think they’re shooting at us because they’re trying to kill us.

      Never was this more clear to me than on Friday, the first of May, when I had the pleasure of participating in an extraordinary hour of television:  Glenn’s live and free-wheeling discussion with a studio-full of regular folks who had turned out on tax day to protest the recent unprecedented expansion of government and the cost that they and their children are going to have to pay for it.

      These were the very people columnist Paul Krugman called “crazy,” in the pages of the New York Times; the people Susan Rosegen of CNN labeled “offensive,” and that actress Janeane Garafolo called “racist,” on MSNBC.  As for the rest of the mainstream media, well, they tried to ignore them at first and, when their sheer numbers made that impossible, they tried to mock them with the sort of low jokes you usually expect to hear in a middle school locker room or on The Daily Show.

      And yet when Glenn gave them a fair chance to speak for themselves, what did these crazy offensive racists want to talk about?  Their businesses.  Their families.  The constitution.  The founders.  And they wanted to try to answer Glenn’s question:  what is the media missing about them?

      “The media is missing, first of all, objectivity,” said a woman named Nicole, as her fellow tea-partyers burst into applause.  “I think that is the biggest thing that they’re missing…  All of us who attended the tea parties were all ethnicities, all political backgrounds, all income ranges, and we were all there because we’re all frustrated.”

      Then there was Kathy, who had given CNN’s shameful Rosegen a piece of her mind at the tea party in Chicago.  She told Glenn:  “They don’t understand anything, and I mean anything—the media.  They absolutely only talk to each other, so they are living in this bubble.  And the only thing they know is the ideas of the people that they hang out with in the big cities all over.”

      But as I listened to these two well-spoken and intelligent ladies—as I listened to all the people in the studio that day—I was not convinced the media were missing anything.  I think the media understand exactly who these people are—and I think they oppose them and I think they fear them and I think they want to shut them down.

      The mainstream news media are populated by elites who support government by the elites, for the elites.  Their idea of government is an idea as old as Pharoah:  the idea of a mighty state collecting the riches of the populace and redistributing them as it deems virtuous and just.

      The people in Glenn’s studio have a different idea.  It’s a newer, more radical—you might even say revolutionary idea.  It’s the idea that the people can govern themselves, can choose for themselves how to spend their time and their money.  It’s the idea that each person can decide for himself where virtue lies, guided by his God, not his president.  It’s the idea that the constitution sets the rules and the government has to act within its boundaries, leaving the people free.

      The media—and every other lover of the almighty state—hate that revolutionary idea.  They hate it enough to slander and mock the protesters who turned out on tax day to support it.  But despite the media’s best efforts, the protesters turned out again in Glenn’s studio to explain themselves.  And I believe they are going to turn out again and again.  Because they’re the people, and the country belongs to them. 

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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?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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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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