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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?

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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