Glenn Beck: Character Does Matter




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There are a lot more important things going on in the world than the mating habits of Governor Sanford, but we've got to start with him because here's the one thing tonight: Character does matter.

On Wednesday, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford tearfully admitted he had been unfaithful to his wife, Jenny, for about a year with a woman from Argentina. He apologized. And you know, I'd like to take this chance to apologize as well.

You see, even though I've been saying "throw the bums out," I secretly had this crazy belief that 0.0000002 percent of politicians are actually decent human beings.

Well. I was wrong — completely, totally, utterly, wrong: There are zero.

I'm so tired of this. Is it really too much to ask that we have one decent person in office? I should have known it when, just a few days earlier on this very program, I asked Senator Jim DeMint if he could vouch for Sanford's character. Here's what he said:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: Can you vouch for his character that he is what he seems to be?

SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C.: He always has been up front with me but, you know, who knows? I don't know if we can vouch for each other's character. But he's a good friend of mine and obviously I hope he's OK.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

When one politician won't lie about another politician, you know bad things are about to happen. It's unbelievable; yet another in the long list of dirtbag politicians: Ensign, John "Cheat on My Cancerous Wife" Edwards, Spitzer, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, Vitter, Foley, McGreevy, Clinton, Condit.

For the love of Pete, they should create a Fidelity Monument in D.C. because apparently it's quite an accomplishment to serve and be faithful.

One decent person — that's all I want —- one! One politician who doesn't hold up morality with one hand while undoing the zipper with the other.

I don't care what you do in your personal life as long as it's not deceitful. How do I trust you if you are lying to your loved ones?

And conservatives, don't give me the "But Glenn, he's good on fiscal policy" argument.

In the '90s, I believed character mattered. I wanted President Clinton out because he lied to the American people and because he was a dirtbag. Governor Sanford, you voted to impeach Clinton and said he should step aside, citing the need for "moral legitimacy."

I wonder, do you still feel the same way today? I know I do.

Stop asking me to trust you — I don't. I've never really trusted politicians, but given the incredible stupidity lately — combined with Governor Sanford's mess — I really, really don't trust politicians.

Let's put morality aside for a minute: Argentina? Couldn't you have picked someone who lived in, say, Charleston? I'm not a philanderer, but I am a thinker: That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Didn't you think your wife might catch on to the international phone calls or to the sudden increase in weekend getaways to... Argentina?

I don't know where to begin with the stupidity on this one. Let's start here: These things are all over the place, but I was off Wednesday and Sanford's e-mails are so good:

"You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty... I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines, or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night's light — but hey, that would be going into sexual details... and unlike you, I would never do that."

He even gets it in the last line: Character matters.

It's not a question of who is morally superior or inferior, it's about being a man or woman with common decency and honor.

We have bigger fish to fry. This one's cooked and done.

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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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