Glenn Beck: Arguing with Idiots - monopolies

Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

by Glenn Beck

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GLENN: Another way to sell our book, Arguing With Idiots. I was just showing it to the Insiders. I just got it. Comes out September 24th?

STU: 22nd.

GLENN: 22nd? My favorite part of the book is Page 301 to 325. The footnotes that we were just trying to figure, maybe they are 5, 6 font, maybe? They are just footnotes. I don't ever want to put you in a position to where you say, I got my facts from Glenn Beck. Oh, really? So you'll be able to say, no, I got my information from the New York Times, August 12th, 2005, Page 7. That's what I want you to be able to do and so this is really what ‑‑ this has taken us over a year to write and it is full color and it's very much like the inconvenient book except this one's on the Constitution. This one's on the Second Amendment. This one's on healthcare. This one is on the deficit. This one is on, should you buy a home or not, do you have a right to a home. All of the things that would stop small minds and big government, Arguing With Idiots. Because you are going to run ‑‑ you know what, you are going to run into your idiot friends and you are going to have conversations like when a friend comes up to you sand says...

PAT: Yeah, Mr. Beck, I guess you don't like healthcare reform for some unknown ‑‑ apparently you want the monopoly to continue, right? That's fine with you. You just continue with the monopoly.

GLENN: You must be talking about what HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said last week:

SEBELIUS: Let people choose an option in the new marketplace, and it's good to have competition for the private insurers who will inherit a lot of new customers. And without competition costs could skyrocket. In a monopoly system it's not a great way to hold down costs.

GLENN: Right, right. So the government needs to get involved in order for true competition to happen. That's an interesting ‑‑ I've never heard that argument before.

PAT: Of course I'm not surprised. You are so ignorant and so ill informed, so stupid. How else can there be any cost‑cutting competition?

GLENN: Well, let's see. Right now Aetna competes with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, they both compete with Humana. Of course there's Cigna, United, Assurant. Since when does the government have to throw its hat in the ring in order to not be a monopoly? Is there a monopoly right now in the fast food industry?

PAT: Yes. Yes, there is, Mr. Beck. Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Sonic and all the rest, they continue to overcharge because there's no single‑feeder option.

GLENN: Wait a minute.

PAT: There's no single‑feeder option in fast food right now.

GLENN: I did not know.

PAT: Plus, plus, not everyone, not everyone has access to fast food. Minority areas, for instance, are wildly underrepresented when it comes to fast food.

GLENN: Didn't know that.

PAT: Do you know ‑‑ and I know you don't care.


PAT: Do you know that some 93 million people had no fast food meals at all last year alone?

GLENN: And is that a bad thing?

PAT: Not for you, Mr. Quarter Pounder with bacon grease lard and doughnut icing. No, I'm sure there's so much special sauce coarsing through your veins if you took the breathalyzer test, you'd have had a .08% blood content in your Big Mac stream.

GLENN: Okay, here's the deal. It's not a monopoly. There are thousands of businesses that compete for your food dollars. Mano means one.

PAT: Yeah, as in the number of chins your chins have. Is that, Mr. Beck, not one of those companies delivers that food for free, do they, Mr. Cream Cheese Cheeks?

GLENN: Look, the government was in the food industry. They had something called the Senate cafeteria. It failed. One cafeteria for just 100 senators and they somehow or another couldn't make that work.

PAT: Well, you know what? If it weren't for the Bush tax cuts for the only the wealthiest 0000000000001% of Americans, there would be more senators who could afford lunch in their own cafeteria.

GLENN: I don't even know what that has to do with absolutely anything on healthcare.

PAT: And what about the weapons of mass destruction? Where are those? Why aren't you talking about that?

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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