Glenn's 4th of July party


Glenn Beck's Common Sense


Now available in book stores nationwide...

GLENN: This weekend I'm having our annual Fourth of July picnic at my house and we invite friends and then all of the, you know, all of the staff members. We have kind of a company picnic on Fourth of July. Fourth of July in my family's always been an important day. This year and really the inspiration for this was my neighbors who have called the I'm not kidding you have called the police because there was a plastic grocery bag in their yard and they claimed to the police that we were throwing the plastic grocery bag into their yard.

STU: Who calls the police over a bag?

GLENN: I have no idea. Our crazy neighbors. And, you know, they didn't even I mean, the police are like, "Did you throw the bag?" I just looked at her like, are you out of your mind? Yeah, that's the thing I have to do in my spare time is go and throw a plastic grocery bag into their yard. Yeah, that's what I'm doing, yes, yes.

STU: That's just such a motivator to just, one day they wake up and their entire lawn is plastic bags.

GLENN: It has occurred to me. Don't get me wrong, officer, it has occurred to me, but it wouldn't be let me confess. I did think about and I really did think about planting bamboo in my backyard because you can't stop bamboo. And it would be tragic if they had a huge bamboo problem, but it would have taken me seven years to get the laughs and I'm like, "Seven years, I might be dead. I want to enjoy this. Let me go get a plastic grocery bag."

So anyway, the genesis of this idea was I just wanted people with very loud guns in my backyard at some point just firing in their general direction. And I'm just being real honest with you. So I had to I started there and then I back tracked, "Okay, how could I get a lot of guns in my backyard legally to be firing." And then I thought, 21 gun salute. How could I get a 21 gun salute? I know. Retire a flag. Now, I collect flags and a lot of my collection is just the flags that we fly in our flagpole and they just get really weathered fast. I don't ever remember changing flags. We had a flagpole growing up and I don't ever remember getting a new flag, but we had to have because I'm they're horrible. Within like eight months they are frayed and they look bad and, you know, the colors are faded, and I hate that. We tried to make it the entire year with this flag and then what I do is I've been folding them up and then putting them in a drawer and I'm like, I'm not going to burn this. How do you even burn it? Looked it up. Luckily I have because I've made good friends with the police because they're over at my house all the time it seems. But I made good friends with the police, and there is a police, I don't know, squadron or whatever it is that does this for the state. And so I promised them sandwiches and cookies and they're coming over to my house this Saturday and I think we're having the only Fourth of July party well, A, you know, before the Fourth of July, but the only Fourth of July party in the country where we're burning the flag.

STU: Glenn Beck celebrating the Fourth of July by burning flags.

GLENN: By burning flags. But it's like, it's a huge process. They're over at my house this morning practicing, rehearsing. We have to build like this little fire pit thing. It has to be a certain size. The fire has to be a certain size. It has to be a certain heat and there can be no flames. It just has to be really hot coals. So it has to burn down. It has to be on wood, and you fold the flag in a certain way so it's only the star field showing and then you have to lay it down onto the wood where it's just embers, and it burns. It's an amazing thing and so I mean, I have to think of something unique to do because nobody wants to come to my parties. They're like, oh, jeez, what is he doing?

STU: So you are like, you know how I can get people to come. I can just burn the flag.

GLENN: I just burn the flag and all my friends will but we sent out an invitation. Did you read the invitation?

STU: I never got one, but thank you.

GLENN: Oh, yeah, that's right. You are not coming. But I wrote an invitation that talks about, you know, the meaning of the flag and that this one has served our family for a year and it's time to retire it and so we'll be and we have to bury it afterwards, but we have a 21 gun salute which, I'm thinking maybe 42. I'm thinking a 42 gun salute. I'm just saying. And then we have a couple of people playing Taps and then after it burns, we shovel it into the ground, which you'll be doing, Stu.

STU: I didn't get an invitation.

GLENN: I know. Because you're going to be there with the shovel.

STU: I'm going to shovel after everyone leaves.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Sounds good. I think it's actually really interesting.

GLENN: I can't tell you how many people have RSVPed and everybody asks, can I bring my old flag? Because everybody has an old flag and don't know what to do with it.

STU: I think it's very possible I'm the big idiot here, but it seems so against what should happen. Like because they were talking about a flag burning amendment.

GLENN: I know.

STU: And now

GLENN: No, you've got to do it the right way. I mean, there's ways you are supposed to do it and it's very complex but there's ways you're supposed to do it. And then it is really, it should be very stirring and very moving. I will tell you this, and I can't go into details, but at the Stadium of Fire this year during the fireworks show I'm trying to think how I can say, what I can say they have been rehearsing and it is going to be something that will be absolutely breathtaking. The Stadium of Fire is in Provo, Utah, and it's the big stadium there and there's 70,000 people that go and I host it, and it's the biggest stadium fireworks show in the country for Fourth of July. The Jonas Brothers are there, and this fireworks show is like 40, 45 minutes, something like that. It's crazy. But they are doing something at the end that you will, I promise you, have never seen before. And it be stunning, absolutely stunning.

STU: The new Jonas Brothers single?

GLENN: No. They won't be playing at that time, but it will be stunning. Anyway, so

STU: This is big. I'm very excited for this party.

GLENN: Make sure oh, yeah. Nobody ever everybody always comes to my parties going, oh, jeez. Okay, now listen, listen. Your mother is in the hospital. Remember, she's in the hospital... "She's not in the hospital." She's in the hospital. We just say hi and we get the hell out of there.

STU: Your party is actually the only thing that reminds me of Fourth of July anymore. Like I Fourth of July always seemed to me as a summer thing. Like you do bring the patriotism back to the Fourth of July.

GLENN: Oh, we have a gigantic flag that we had on tour that is what? What is that? 100 feet? 75 feet? Something. I don't remember. It's just gigantic. And last year we hung it between two trees in our backyard, mainly just to make sure that the neighbors couldn't see in because we were getting together with all of our plastic bags to throw them into their backyard.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

RELATED: If Bruce was never a he and always a she, who won the men's Olympic gold in 1976?

Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?

These days, when Americans decide to be outraged about something, we really go all out.

This week's outrage is, of course, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration along the southern border. Specifically, people are upset over the part of the policy that separates children from their parents when the parents get arrested.

RELATED: Where were Rachel Maddow's tears for immigrant children in 2014?

Lost in all the outrage is that the President is being proactive about border security and is simply enforcing the law. Yes, we need to figure out a less clumsy, more compassionate way of enforcing the law, but children are not being flung into dungeons and fed maggots as the media would have you believe.

But having calm, reasonable debates about these things isn't the way it's done anymore. You have to make strong, sweeping announcements so the world knows how righteous your indignation is.

That's why yesterday, the governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut declared they are withholding or recalling their National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border until this policy of separating children from their parents is rescinded.

Adding to the media stunt nature of this entire "crisis," it turns out this defiant announcement from these five governors is mostly symbolic. Because two months ago, when President Trump called for 4,000 additional National Guard troops to help patrol the border, large numbers of troops were not requested from those five states. In fact, no troops were requested at all from Rhode Island. But that didn't stop Rhode Island's Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, from announcing she would refuse to send troops if she were asked. She called the family separation policy, "immoral, unjust and un-American."

There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York all used the word "inhumane" in their statements condemning the Trump administration policy. There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

In a totally unrelated coincidence, four of these five governors are running for re-election this year.

I've made my position clear — separating these children from their parents is a bad policy and we need to stop. We need to treat these immigrants with the kind of compassion we'd want for our own children. And I said the same thing in 2014 when no one cared about the border crisis.

If consistency could replace even just a sliver of the outrage in America, we would all be a lot better off.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

RELATED: These 3 things need to happen before we can fix our border problem

Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

RELATED: Want to cure millennials' financial woes? Reform the payroll tax.

That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.