What made Glenn want to hang himself?



Operation Porchlight

GLENN: We're bailing out states. California is now today starting to issue IOUs. I don't know about you, but I think they're good for it. New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona. States on the edge. Arizona may fold tomorrow. Indiana's not far behind. New Jersey, well, New Jersey, they are turning things around because they have Operation Porchlight. Stu, I'm serious. I need somebody to teach me how to make a noose. I need rope and I need somebody to teach me how to make a noose. If I could learn how to make a noose, I may kill myself.

STU: The government won't need to ask for volunteers on this one.

GLENN: They won't.

STU: They will be flooding the ‑‑

GLENN: Send me a noose. Send me a noose so I can hang myself. What?

STU: I don't want that we want nooses sent.

GLENN: You don't want a noose sent?

STU: I don't know, I just don't know that we would want nooses sent. I don't ‑‑ it doesn't strike me ‑‑ I mean, I haven't thought it through because you just brought it up.

GLENN: Right.

STU: But it doesn't strike me as something we should do and it's one of those things that, like, with the cap and trade ‑‑

GLENN: What, you think a noose is going to go off?

STU: Think of cap and trade ‑‑

GLENN: If I had a whole bunch of nooses, for every color, every occasion, I could go, I don't know, I'm wearing a blue shirt today, give me the blue noose. And I could just hang myself with a blue noose.

STU: Like, for example ‑‑

GLENN: You want to go out fashionable.

STU: That's true. You've got to match your outfits. You've got to accessorize but you figure there's ‑‑ like yesterday we had people calling sand they called their representatives about the cap and trade bill. And they said, well, I haven't read the whole bill yet, so I'm not sure where I'm going to come down. This is the thing, I haven't thought this through fully yet ‑‑

GLENN: Send me a noose right now. Don't think it through. Send me a noose. We're going to get into all nice colors, I'd like it in different kinds of rope. Enough that I can just ‑‑ enough that I can get my feet up off the ground. That's all I need. That's all I need. Send a noose.

STU: Going to have to be ‑‑

GLENN: To the Glenn Beck program.



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STU: ‑‑ strong rope.

So Project Porchlight: Change within reach. This is what's hanging now on doorknobs all across the State of New Jersey. It's a little box. "Change a bulb and save. A CFL bulb uses up to 75 less energy than old‑fashioned bulbs. Save up to $30 in energy costs. Every light bulb change means less pollution, lower cost and reduced demand for electricity which means healthier, cleaner air, environmental and public health benefits. Be the light in your community. This lamp contains Mercury." Swear to you that's what it says. And "being a light in your community" is smaller than "This lamp contains Mercury." So what it is is it's a ‑‑ this is with tax dollars. By the way, this government money ‑‑

STU: Because this comes from, what, the New Jersey Board of ‑‑

GLENN: This comes from NJcleanenergy.com, the New Jersey board of public utilities.

STU: Government entity. Because that's what the ‑‑ the overall organization is like a charity it seems like and then the ‑‑

GLENN: Oh, no. Wait a minute. You are not saying that this is a public/private partnership, do you?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Is this like ‑‑ this isn't like ACORN, which is a public, you know ‑‑ I mean a private, you know, group, just a community organization that's getting federal dollars to be able to go door to door and do things? That's fantastic.

STU: No way.

GLENN: How much, how much money are we saving in New Jersey by spending money on these light bulbs? Think of the money we're saving. This ‑‑ you know what? You know what I did this weekend? This weekend ‑‑ no, it was two weekends ago, I changed all of the fluorescent light bulbs on my front porch.

STU: You actually changed to fluorescent light bulbs?

GLENN: No, I changed from fluorescent light bulbs. I bought a smart house and then it had dumb lights in it and so I took the dumb lights out and I put the incandescent lights in.

STU: You actually went out ‑‑ because I know how work‑averse you are.

GLENN: Oh, no.

STU: You went outside.

GLENN: I did.

STU: You are outside‑averse as well.

GLENN: And I dropped one of the Mercury‑filled light bulbs and I just swept it off the porch and buried it right there by the well water.

STU: You didn't use a vacuum cleaner, did you?

GLENN: No, uh‑uh.

STU: Okay, good. Because that would kill 25 people in Bangladesh.

GLENN: I know. So why I do that. But no, I took the light ‑‑ they were all working and I couldn't take them anymore. I was tired of coming home. I had to change a couple of incandescent light bulbs because they burn out faster, use more energy, not as efficient, don't last as long. And so I had to change them, and I actually did the right thing. You know every night, you know, when I tuck my kids in, I have them give me a seal hug which, they put their arms around me and then they kind of clap their arms, you know, on my back and they go arrr, arrr, arrr, arrr. That's a seal otter. And then every night I say to them, who eats baby seals? And then they say, polar bearies. And then I, you know, I am teaching them that polar bears are bears! And they eat baby seals! Every night I do that.

STU: Right. Because most children in America right now, if they saw a polar bear, would go to hug it, then they die.

GLENN: My kids, they know polar bears will eat you and they will eat baby seals. You can't save both. So now my son is a little older now. He's 5, or about to be. So I decided it was time for some man work and I decided to teach him about the porch lights and so I said, we're going to go change the porch lights. And he said, okay. I turn the porch lights on, middle of the day, and I opened up the porch lights which, by the way, were killing a lot of bugs because I opened up the little lantern thing. A lot of bugs had died from those lights.

STU: Where's PETA.

GLENN: Where's PETA on the light bulbs? I have no idea. So I took the dead insect, the animal graveyard, and I swept that into the bushes right where I later swept in the broken Mercury bulb and I gave my son the package of light bulbs and all the light bulbs were on, but you can take fluorescent light bulbs out because they don't get hot. And my son's ‑‑ I said, these are the bad light bulbs and he said, but Daddy, they work. And I said, yes, they do. But see the way they're shaped? That's the shape of a bad light bulb. See the new ones? And he said, yes. And I said, what do they look like? And he said round. And I said, yes; what do these look like? And he said, like squiggly lines. And I said yes, like rope, and bad things can happen with rope. And so I took the fluorescent light bulbs out and I said, now, give me the good light bulb. And I put the incandescent light bulb in there. And then I told him to be very, very careful with these bad light bulbs because if you drop one, everyone might die.&nbs p; He cried a little bit after I dropped one because I said, we're immune from that; only the Earth is going to get very sick. That was my Project Porchlight. That's what I did with my spare time and my son.

STU: And he didn't cry when you said the Earth was going to get sick?

GLENN: Nope.

STU: He is your son.

GLENN: Nope. I said, the Earth will heal itself because the Earth is big, bigger than us. It would swallow us up and eat us if we would really be bad to it, and we're not ‑‑ is it swallowing us up and eating us? "No, Daddy." That's right. But who can swallow us and eat us? "Polar bears?" Yes.

STU: That story actually has more science in it than the climate bill.

GLENN: Well, there you go. So Stu, can you give me the ‑‑ did you do a two‑minute investigation on the light bulb?

STU: Yes, two‑minute investigation, Glenn.

GLENN: This is when Stu just does two minutes, just, I only give him two minutes to do the work. He's got to do a quick two‑minute investigation, see if he can find out more than what anybody in the press has found out. Here's our two‑minute investigation, Project Porchlight.

STU: Right. On the box it explains to everyone that if everyone in America changed just one incandescent light bulb to an energy‑star qualified CFL like this one in this fancy box with the rubber band, the reduction in pollution would be like taking 800,000 cars off American roads. And you might ask yourself, why would they express it like it's 800,000 cars? Why not give us some actual representation instead of some crazy number, 800,000 cars? What does that even mean? Well, there's a reason for that. Now remember, we're talking about 100% of people, 100% going along with this program, 100%.

GLENN: So would that mean about 300 million light bulbs?

STU: Well, it would be I guess probably per household. So it's probably less than that. But it's 100% playing along with this. If you remember, about 94% of people believe we landed on the moon. So you realize how difficult that would be to do. But let's just say magically we're able to do it anyway. 800,000 cars. Well, there's over 205 million cars in America, which means that if everyone did this, you'd save 0.4%, 0.4% of the emissions that come from cars in America.

GLENN: Wow. 0.4.

STU: 0.4% of the emissions that come from cars in America. Now remember, though, that cars are only about 20% of America's emissions. So now we're down to 0.08% of America's emissions. But remember America is only about 20% of global emissions. Remember this is a global problem, Glenn.

GLENN: Right.

STU: Think locally but act locally or something like that. Something like that. So now we're down to, the reason they say 800,000 cars in case you are wondering is because the other way they could say it is 0.016% of global emissions. If every household in America did what they are asking you for. By the way, that would be ‑‑

GLENN: That would what?

STU: I just can't, I can't believe in America, just in America you are talking ‑‑

GLENN: Give me the light bulb.

STU: I can't.

GLENN: Give me the light bulb. I would like you to do another two minutes.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I'd like you to find out how much money New Jersey or the federal government is giving to Project Porchlight.

STU: Usually they don't put those things in a two‑minute access. There's a reason why they don't advertise that part of it on the front page.

GLENN: I'd like to find out onechange.org. I'd like to find out, simple actions matter. How about some transparency? I would love to know exactly how much money the State of New Jersey is giving to some community group to hand out light bulbs for free. Remember, who eats baby seals.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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