Glenn Beck: America Must Stand for Freedom




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While the rest of the media is focused on the protests as a sign of a possible revolution in Iran, the one thing they're missing is that if Iran is truly looking for revolutionary change, they need some support..

I'll explain what I mean in a minute, but first to understand what's really going on in Iran, you need to understand their power structure:

1) Allah

2) Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Has ultimate authority in all matters of state, including nuclear policy.

3) Guardian Council: 12-man body, six senior clerics appointed by the supreme leader and six Islamic jurists. Vets aspiring candidates for presidential elections and must approve the election results.

4) Assembly of Experts: 88-member assembly. A clerical body that can sack the supreme leader, although it has never intervened in policy. People elect the assembly from a government-approved list.

5) President: Completely subordinate to supreme leader.

Merely changing presidents won't constitute a revolution, because the Guardian Council has to vet and clear all of the candidates.

For example, in the June 12 election, they disqualified 475 hopefuls — including 42 women — leaving just four candidates for people to choose from.

So why are people rallying in the streets for Mousavi — a man who's such a friend to the West that he started Iran's nuclear program?

It might be because two-out-of-three Iranians born after the 1979 Revolution feel like their votes were stolen and there's some good evidence to support that.

You may have seen reports that voter turnout in 80 to 170 cities exceeded 100 percent, but those estimates were way off. The Guardian Council says it happened in only about 50 cities, which means it only affects a meager 3 million votes.

More important is the way the government and its paramilitary groups have handled the protests, with beatings, shootings, arrests and more.

The image of a teenage girl shot and killed is becoming a symbol that is helping to chip away at not just the legitimacy of one election, but the government's entire claim of legitimacy and it has emboldened demonstrators to chants of "death to the ayatollah."

While some top clerics are blaming the West for these violent protests, which they say are creating anarchy, others wish that President Obama would give the Iranian people more support. Remember Obama's speech in Cairo last month? He said various rights we possess are "not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere."

"Support" doesn't have to mean sending in tanks and troops or dropping bombs. But where is Obama's public support for the Iranian people who are fighting for freedom?

International backing has proved to be the tipping point to freedom time and time again: In Georgia, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Panama, the Philippines, South Africa and Taiwan — just to name a few.

And remember Poland in 1989? It was Ronald Reagan calling out the "evil empire" and supporting the movement in Poland that eventually led to Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

On the other hand, a lack of support can prove to be the death knell for protesters, who come to feel the cause is already lost. That's what happened in Tiananmen Square 20 years ago this month and in Prague back in 1969.

The United States of America stands for freedom — period. That means we unabashedly support those who crave it. So while the Iranian people take to the streets to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for a chance at freedom, it's the silence from thousands of miles away in Washington that is most telling of all.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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