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GLENN: Let's go to Raj in Philadelphia, hello, Raj.

CALLER: How in the world does being a progressive, a reactionary, a person who reacts to the climate of their times, how in the world does that make you antifreedom when most every social and political battle that took place in this country and was one was spearheaded by progressive and progressive organizations and groups? How does that make you antifreedom?

GLENN: Explain early as Hillary Clinton calls it, early 20th Century American progressivism. What does it believe?

CALLER: I'm not sure. I don't want to get into trying to explain it. I'm not too familiar with it.

GLENN: Explain progressive. Explain progressivism as understand it.

CALLER: How will you answer my question with a question?

GLENN: I cannot answer your question, sir, if I don't know how you define progressivism.

CALLER: I'll let you know. I look at progressivism as reactionaries.

GLENN: What does that mean?

CALLER: A person who reacts and changes along with the climate of our times. People who are willing to move forward and get things done according to the climate of our times. There were years centuries ago when homosexuals were not being looked as they are looked at now in our country. But because progressives, because this happened to be whatever you call it, this is just a trend, a culture of part of our culture of this country of homosexuals getting their rights and doing the things they want to do, we, progressives, are those who went to fight for laws and freedoms for homosexuals to be able to do the things that they are able to do now that they weren't able to do 40 or 50, 60 years ago in this country. Do you understand that?

GLENN: First of all, yeah, you don't have to talk down to me, Raj. First of all, I never heard reactionary ‑‑

CALLER: I'm just not as articulate as you are, that's all, Glenn.

GLENN: First of all, I've never heard the word reactionary used as a positive before. And I can understand why you now don't understand progressivism as anything other than freedom because you have one part of it actually right. The one part that you do understand, unfortunately you don't apparently know the history or you've chosen to dismiss it because you didn't include it, and that's the important part, the one part that you do have is the evolutionary idea of the progressive movement. The progressive movement really grew out of the same time that Darwinism did. That's why the progressive movement were the ones that came up with ‑‑ what do you call it? Eugenics. Because they have this idea that man progresses. Man changes. Man evolves. And so the best idea, the eugenics came from the progressive idea of evolution, came from the idea of we can make a better society by not allowing those people that are not as whole, not as people, not a quality of life, inferior in some way or another, including African‑Americans, those were included in the early 20th Century American progressives. What they decided to do is either not let them mate or ex terminate. That's what it turned into over in Europe when it left our shores. Promoted by doctors, it left our shores and became "let's ex terminate those and we can have a master race." That was a progressive idea.

The other way that they took evolutionary ideas is they said "there is no truth. It evolves. So we hold these truths to be self‑evident, the early 20th Century progressives said" those truths were self‑evident then. But there is no self‑evident now that relates back then. All truth is up to the individual in his time period. There is no self‑truth.

So you have that part down. You have the "let's just evolve." but what you don't have down is the idea that there is no God. There is nature's God and nature's laws do not exist. There is the idea that the progressives have ‑‑ and that is: God doesn't exist, therefore the state must exist. The state is the one that gives you the rights. It tells you ‑‑ it, you, man, is not born with rights given or endowed unto him by his creator. He is not born with rights. The state issues those rights and the state can take those rights away at any time if it is deemed in the self‑interest for the collective. That's the part you're missing is you want to look at the collective as a happy thing. But if the collective is run by people that don't necessarily agree with you, well, then you're out. What would happen, Raj, if you didn't like the new truth?

CALLER: But that is not really considered the new truth. That's someone else's understanding of what they want to consider the new truth.

GLENN: Let's just say, Raj, let's just say, because the Republicans have been progressives, as well. George Bush is a progressive.

CALLER: Right.

GLENN: You agree with that, Raj?

CALLER: Yeah.

GLENN: Did you agree with George Bush in all of his truths?

CALLER: No.

GLENN: So the stronger the government gets, Raj, under a progressive, the stronger it gets, the more rights it takes from the people that they don't agree with. That's why you don't want to get into bed with progressives, on Republicans or Democrats, because you have the rights; they don't see it that way. The state does for the good of the collective. But if you happen to be on the opposing side, well then you've just lost everything. So if you didn't like George Bush and you thought he was taking away freedoms, then you should understand the progressive movement.

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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