Glenn Beck: 97% Arlen



Pennsylvania's own Arlen Specter

GLENN: Okay, here's Arlen Specter. Now, how did Arlen Specter used to vote, Stu?

STU: Well

GLENN: Oh, he's got it right here.

STU: I've got it right here. Arlen Specter was, as you remember him and frustrating to conservatives, a Republican that tended to vote with Democrats more often than Republicans.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Which was our problem with him initially.

GLENN: But it wasn't like overwhelming. It was just on key issues if I'm not mistaken.

STU: These are taken on the contentious votes. So not, you know, the sort of

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: You know, the votes that don't mean anything.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: These are the contentious votes. Now, this is while he was a Republican before this year, before an important Quinnipiac poll would show him behind in the primary, the Republican primary. So his normal voting was 58%. With the Democrats, he's a Republican, voting with the Democrats 58% of the time.

GLENN: Now do we have the audio of how he said, "I'm not going to change." Do we have that audio?

STU: Yes, we do.

GLENN: Go ahead. Play the audio here.

VOICE: I will not be changing my own personal independence or my own approach to individual issues. I will not be leaving an automatic 60th vote. I know some of the media stories since my statement was released this morning are taking a look at the 60th vote and I will not be an automatic 60th vote. And I will illustrate that by my position on employees choice, also known as card check. I think it is a bad deal and I'm opposed to it and would not vote to

GLENN: Okay, so what he's saying here I think we got it. What he's saying here is he's not going to be a 60th vote.

PAT: He is not going to be an automatic vote.

GLENN: He won't be an automatic vote. He is not going to change didn't he say he is not going to change the way he votes?

PAT: Not going to change the way I vote.

GLENN: Or he is not going to change his viewpoints.

PAT: None of my viewpoints.

GLENN: Don't count him in.

PAT: I am the same maverick, which I have always been. My friend, John McCain says.

GLENN: All right.

STU: So follow this time line. The beginning of the year he's voting 58% with the Democrats as a Republican.

GLENN: 58%, 58% as a Republican.

PAT: That sounds about right, 58%.

STU: But then he gets Pat Toomey is going to enter the race, there is a big poll that comes out where he is 12 points behind Toomey. So he is a Republican now having a challenge from the right. In fact, a lot more Republican. He goes from 58% agreeing with the Democrats down to 16%.

PAT: That's absolute coincidence, absolute coincidence. It just happened to be better Republican.

STU: Exactly. Thank you, Arlen. So then he makes this speech saying he's not going to just all of a sudden change and become a

GLENN: 68 to 16 in the other direction.

STU: Right.

GLENN: But then when the polls don't change, he decides to jump ship.

STU: Right. And he decides to become a Democrat. So he goes from 16% voting with the Democrats to 69%.

PAT: Another flabbergasting coincidence. There's liable to be some Democratic bills that came along that I happen to be in favor of. That's all that is.

GLENN: That's all that is.

PAT: Conspiracy theory, helicopter, oh, my God.

GLENN: No, there's no helicopter. Those are the polls shifting so fast.

STU: But, of course, that's not the end of the story.

GLENN: No.

STU: Because Arlen Specter goes over to the Democratic Party and now he's being challenged from the left. Someone supposedly more liberal than him.

GLENN: So he goes more left.

STU: So he goes even more left. So he goes from 69% voting with the Democrats now to 97%.

PAT: What did I tell you? I said I wasn't going to be automatic.

GLENN: (Laughing).

PAT: That's not automatic, is it?

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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