Newsweek: Obama = God

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GLENN: I was in my office this morning and I was talking to the TV people about, I want to start looking at all of these czars. Who are these people? And somebody said in the meeting, Glenn, weren't you boring us to death with Philip Dru: Administrator? I said, yeah, you mean that novel that Woodrow Wilson and he said, yeah. I mean, I just remember sitting in meetings and you going on and on and on about that book and dying, clawing each other's eyes out just to get out of the room with you. Isn't this exactly what was in it? And it dawned on me, yes! I have to go back and look it up but there was this one chapter in it where this is Woodrow Wilson, the progressive movement. The idea is that the president is really just an administrator and he appoints other administrators. He appoints somebody to oversee all of the court system. He invoices somebody to oversee the car industry. He appoints somebody over food. He appoints somebody over, you know, hat making, everything. Well, that's what Barack Obama is doing. And they can rewrite the laws. In the book, in the novel they can rewrite the laws because they know better and they're not involved. They can just see what's fair and what's right for the entire country. Do we happen to have Dan, do we have the audio for the editor of Newsweek talking about Barack Obama? Do we have that audio? Could we play that, please? This is from, I don't know, Let's Play Hardball with Chris Matthews, and this is the editor of Newsweek. Listen to this.

VOICE: Well, we were the good guys in 1984. Hasn't felt that way in recent years. We're seen too often as a bad guys. And he is a very different job from Reagan was all about America, and he talked about it. Obama is, we are above that now. We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something. I mean, in a way Obama's standing above the country, above the world. He's sort of God.


VOICE: He's going to bring all different sides together.

GLENN: Did you hear that? And Chris Matthews, "Yeah, yeah." He's above the world. He's above America. He's above the world. Obama is almost God. Could you play that again? That is the editor of Newsweek magazine. Tell me that we're not headed towards a fascist state. As Newt Gingrich said last night at this Republican fundraiser: I am not a citizen of the world! Now, you can get all flowery if you want, but I'm not a citizen of the world. I'm a citizen of the United States of America, and I'm proud of that. That doesn't mean that I denigrate other countries. That doesn't mean I hate other countries or anything else. I'm proud of what we have here. There is a difference in America! America has made a difference! Our system has made a difference. I'm not a citizen of the world. Obama is above America? Excuse me? Should we all bow down and genuflect? Should we all start praying to him? Above America? Well, I think somebody has forgotten who's the master and who the servant is. This editor of Newsweek, what's his name? Do we know?

DAN: Looks like Evan Thomas.

GLENN: This guy, I mean, this is a progressive dream. This is the way you want to know why we don't care about the Constitution anymore? Because they're above it! That's old news. You want to know why they want empathy? Because empathy can go above the law. It is 180 degrees in the other direction from our founding. We are a respecter of laws, not of men.

You know the latest poll number's coming out of Iran. The latest poll numbers in Iran, we were at I think 34% popularity but since Obama has come in the last few months, we're now at 29% popularity. Now, that could be for a myriad of factors. I don't know. But just the surface look at that, my gut tells me we have been more popular in Iran than any other place in the Middle East. Ask yourself this question why. I contend it's because we're not popular in Egypt because the government of Egypt pulls people off the street and tortures them, kills them. They just disappear. There's no rule of law there. That's a rule of men. Same with Saudi Arabia. And what do we do? We go in and we kiss their feet. I'm sorry. We bow to them. I don't know if we've actually ever kissed their feet. We hold their hands in the rose garden and this president bows to them. Well, I would hate us, too. What do you stand for, America? You are in with them? We've never been in bed with Iran. I contend that our poll numbers are going down in Iran because, again, we're just doing what's convenient for us. We don't stand for anything. So the people who have been taking it on the chin for us, the people who have been saying, "Yeah, no America, thank God there's America." Now they are saying, hey, you know what, maybe we can sit down. They stoned people to death for being gay. We sit down at the table with them? Do we stand for anything? Do we stand for anything? Do we stand for laws? We haven't for a long time. My problem with George W. Bush, the reason why I said you can impeach George Bush, if you would look into the border, but nobody wants to do that because both sides are in bed with big business. We don't follow the rule of the law on our own border. We don't follow rule of law with the IRS. Yet you are. You have to. You have to. If you are a big enough business, you don't have to. If you are too important to, you know, you can figure out this whole financial matter. Well, you don't have to. Don't worry about it. If you are well connected, "Well, that's not us. It never has been us." And yet that's what we're turning into. This case in front of the Supreme Court is critically important because it is pushback on there is a rule of law in this country, and one of the things you need to watch is if there isn't a rule of law. Watch the money rush away from America. It's the one thing we've always had going for us.

In the past week, independent rapper Tom MacDonald's new song "Fake Woke" soared to No. 1 on iTunes and has now earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Tom's lyrics call out cancel culture and the "fake woke" Americans who support it. Watch his music video here.

Tom joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to discuss why he's speaking out against woke culture, the responses he's gotten, and his fear for the industry moving forward if "opinions become illegal."

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The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro argues that even liberals are becoming too scared to speak out in defense of anyone who dares to disagree with the "woke left" — even if their own freedoms are on the line — and he has experienced it firsthand.

Case in point, hundreds of Politico staffers were enraged and horrified last month after Ben was invited to guest-write the site's "Playbook" political newsletter. Apparently, giving a voice to even one conservative is way too extreme for our modern media.

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Ben shed new light on the Politico Playbook blow-up and explained why he believes this will become the new normal in the Democratic Party.

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Economist and bestselling author Harry Dent has called the past few economic crashes eerily accurately — and he's now predicting a major "super-bubble" crash will happen by June of this year. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to talk about what he believes is coming soon for our financial markets.

Harry said the federal reserve and central banks have taken over free market capitalism. "[Central banks] set interest rates. They drive bonds up and interest rates down. They drive stocks up continually... [and] run the economy like a machine," He explained. "And this is what has created this great bubble. And a great disconnect."

Harry said he expects that when the "already ordained" next crash happens, the "entire role of central banks will be questioned." But will this be enough to break the hold of big banks, big companies, and the likes of the Federal Reserve on the economy?

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In the clip below, Dent gives his suggestions on what can you do to prepare:

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The nation is currently facing some of the most challenging times in history. Pandemics, corruption, rising socialism and an implosion of trust on all levels, just to name a few.

While it's true tyranny is creeping over our country, it doesn't have to be an inevitability. But what can anyone do? The odds seem so daunting and the trials so trying, it may be hard to feel like you have anything to offer to the fight. But there are a couple of things you can work on to be able to join the cause and contribute in meaningful ways.

These lessons are often learned on the sporting field in our youth and the skills learned and character traits built, often pop up later in life. For one American hero, the lessons learned on the sporting field were only the beginning.

Jake Bequette was fortunate enough to have his hard work pay off and played football collegiately at the University of Arkansas and even went on to win a Super Bowl with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Bequette retired at the age of 26 but not to a retirement community in Del Boca Vista. No, Jake felt the call to join the Army Rangers and the 101st Airborne Division and the lessons he learned are lessons everyone should learn for the times we are now facing.

Bequette shared a few things he learned on the field of competition and the field of battle that will benefit anyone greatly as we fight to stave off the reeducation camps and poverty that will surely ensue.


You won't catch Jake passing mask mandates and then having a fancy dinner at French Laundry. He believes accountability for our actions is truly transformational.

"One of the foundations of a strong sports team or a strong platoon in the Army is accountability at all levels," Bequette said. "That's from the leaders of the organization down to the lowest private. You have to take ownership of your actions, you can't make excuses. If something's wrong in your profession, in your life, in your circumstances, you have to take ownership of that. You can't shift the blame to someone else, you can't look for someone else to bail you out... you have to take the reins and ask yourself; 'How am I going to take control and improve my situation, my life — TODAY.'"

One of the foundations of a strong sports team or a strong platoon in the Army is accountability at all levels.

When you feel those promptings to make changes, listen and follow through. Holding yourself accountable is just as important as holding our public officials accountable.

Intellectual Courage

Cancel culture has even the toughest talkers checking their Twitter feeds to make sure they haven't done or said anything to anyone that could ever be considered even slightly hateful or offensive. But silence in the face of this evil really is evil itself.

"So many people today are rightfully afraid to speak their mind. It's a tragedy of our national discourse that in a country like America that has always prided itself on free speech, that people feel like they can't speak their mind for fear of retribution. A true leader is someone who stands up for people who can't always speak for themselves," Bequette said.

"We have too many people today who are too afraid to stand up. We need people to stand up and lead and show people it's ok to speak your mind but we also need people all over to realize your not going to receive laurels for speaking the truth. But that doesn't mean the truth should be hidden or shouldn't be said."

If this seems like a big ask, start small. Share your thoughts and feelings and solutions to a spouse or close friend and don't be afraid to have difficult conversations.

Tough Times Bring Blessings

It's easy to complain and think the world is crashing down when the world actually is crashing down. But even with the monumental challenges we are facing, there have been and will continue to be blessings we could never have received without facing this opposition.

"When I went into the Army, the goal from the beginning was always to graduate from US Army Ranger School. It's a 62-day course if you go straight through and I had a really strong group of young lieutenants who I went through the Infantry Officers course with before Ranger School and we all share that common goal, that common purpose. And we entered Ranger School with 350 people and by the end, there were only 75 that made it straight through," Bequette said.

"To go through it with those young men who I had trained with for months before Ranger School and we all set that goal individually and collectively and we all had the attitude of you either return with your field or on it. To graduate on that rainy October day with all my good friends and comrades, we all cleared that goal together — that was one of the proudest moments of my life. In my company, in my platoon, we're going to set high goals and set them publically and we're going to do everything in our power to achieve them."

Standing up at this time is not easy. There will be throngs of people ready to pronounce you finished with even the slightest misstep. But if we tackle the challenge together, America can achieve the same type of comradery and unity and a sense of a fight well fought.

But it doesn't take becoming an Army Ranger or playing in the NFL to develop the skills needed to meet the task at hand.

But it doesn't take becoming an Army Ranger or playing in the NFL to develop the skills needed to meet the task at hand.

"Not everyone is going to be able to be on a football team or go to US Army Ranger School but that doesn't mean you can't set high goals for your family, for your career, your spiritual life. We can all have that same mentality whatever our circumstances might be," Bequette said.

Super Bowl Prediction

Any guesses on who he's picking to win the Big Game Sunday? If you know anything about the two teams playing, you know exactly who he's going with.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't rooting for Tom Brady. He was such a great teammate, obviously an amazingly talented football player, the greatest quarterback of all-time but I think he's a very underrated leader. If that's even possible," Bequette said.

"He leads by example. He's one of the hardest working guys day in and day out and Tom has tremendous courage. Tom Brady is totally unafraid of holding his teammates accountable. It struck me immediately when I first saw him on the practice field. He is an encourager, he's naturally a very friendly teammate but if you're not meeting his expectations or the expectations of the team, he is totally unafraid to let you hear about it publically. To me, that is the hallmark of a good leader."

It's no surprise but Jake puts into practice what he preaches. He just picked the oldest quarterback to ever play in the Super Bowl over the top rising star and league MVP as well as Glenn's neighbor, Patrick Mahomes. Kudos on the courage but will they be celebrating with Metamucil instead of Champagne if the Buccaneers pull of the upset?