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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.

GLENN: Yes.

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?

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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