Glenn Beck: When Politicians Yell 'Fire!'




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A congressman I knew almost nothing about just a few days ago, is the focus of a national firestorm. Why? Because during President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on health care last week, after the president said that illegal aliens would not be covered, Rep. Joe Wilson said two words: "You lie."

For his part, Wilson apologized. The president accepted. Aren't those the two parties who were directly involved? Like two grown ups, they solved the problem.

So, why are we still talking about it?

As I said last week, I understand Wilson's frustration, but I didn't agree with the way in which he expressed it. And you know what? Neither did he — that's why he apologized. But now, even after the apology, the charges are not that Wilson was out of line, the charges are that he's a racist.

It's so ridiculous in America in 2009, in fact, that we a former president, who says if you are opposed to the president's health care you're a racist.

What's worse: liar, hypocrite or racist? We should ask Joe Wilson — who is now, by some bizarre definition, a bigot. But before we ask him, maybe we should ask ourselves: When did an accusation of someone telling a lie, have anything to do with the color of your skin?

The president himself denied that. So, again, why are we wasting time with this? Because, white people are stirring this up. People like Maureen Dowd and Jimmy Carter want to make this about black and white.

To give you an idea of some truly vicious and nasty accusations from American history, let's revisit the 1800 election presidential campaign between former best friends: Thomas Jefferson and the incumbent John Adams.

Of Jefferson it was said that he wanted to murder his opponents and burn churches. He was a "robber"; he "hated the Constitution" and always had and had pledged to subvert it. He was accused of "whoring" and many other truly ugly things.

Adams was called a "tyrant"; unpatriotic; a "repulsive pedant"; "gross hypocrite" in his private life; one of the most "egregious fools upon the continent." John Adams was also called a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."

Now, these were Founding Fathers — two of the greatest men this country has ever known. And we're getting this worked up over: "you lie"? By the way, Jefferson and Adams later moved past their differences and for the final 10 years of their lives, renewed their friendship, before dying an hour apart on the 50th anniversary of the nation they helped found.

In a country as large as America, it would be a miracle if there weren't individuals that see life and politics through the prism of color — and of course there is real prejudice. But the vast majority of Americans don't judge people by the color their skin. They are too busy working hard, raising a family, worried about their jobs and their future and the future of their country.

Let's remember what happened here: Barack Obama said there were myths surrounding his health care bill and everyone needed to know that no illegals would receive health care:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would ensure illegal immigrants. This too is false. The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.

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Obama wasn't necessarily lying when he said this — apparently the health care bill will prevent illegal aliens from receiving federal money for subsidies. But we do know that the official research arm for Congress, the Congressional Research Service, also said: "H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on non-citzens — whether legally or illegally present or in the United States temporarily or permanently."

It's not like Wilson is saying he doesn't know the facts about the bill and making rash judgments. He's looked at it closely and he believes the effects are clear — as does the CRS.

So, is it more likely that Joe Wilson believed the president was misrepresenting the health care facts on illegal aliens or is it more logical to believe that Joe Wilson just doesn't like African-Americans?

If Joe Wilson would have surrounded himself with blatant racists, if he went to a church with a racist minister, if his policies were based on race and racial justice — maybe you could make that case being made.

It's like someone yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. If there's a fire, then we must know about it. When there isn't one, we should know about that too.

So let's look at the person yelling "fire." It's not President Obama. After this incident Wilson apologized, Obama accepted and they moved on. But there are clearly people trying to make two rights into a wrong.

We must ask if there's an attempt to distract us from the issues, because too often the false accusations stop us from looking for real answers and from having an honest debate. They prevent us from focusing on the corruption and what really is happening in government.

Even Barney Frank admitted that he and his colleagues should focus on other more pressing matters. Well, Barney Frank and I finally agree: Mr. Frank, how about you focus on you and your colleagues and the surrounding political corruption.

It's something that all Republicans and Democrats, white and black, have in common: focus on corruption. I don't care about the color of your skin, I want to look at the content of your character.

So let's take a look. We could start with Charlie Rangel: How does someone who spends most of his life in public service amass such wealth that he can forget about $2.4 million and not declare it on his taxes; am I a racist for asking this question?

How do you do a full investigation into a mortgage scandal on Chris Dodd when you don't even subpoena the mortgage records involving the sweetheart deal from the bank? Chris Dodd says he didn't know about receiving any sweetheart deal — would I be a racist if I said to white guy Chris Dodd, "you lie"?

This is ridiculous. There's no credibility. It's almost like saying if a Harvard professor was arrested and the president said he didn't have all the facts but publicly proclaimed that the police acted stupidly.

I'm sorry, we have bigger fish to fry: Steroids in baseball, the NFL Patriots cheating scandal. Congress should spend its time looking into those treasonous sports scandals. Why isn't lacrosse bigger in America? Is it because the Huron Indians first introduced it to North Americans? Clear-cut racism.

Instead of looking at the race-based reasons for why Joe Wilson shouted "you lie" (because it would be crazy to think that a politician would actually lie to you), let's try looking at what these politicians are actually doing. It's not supposed to be about what sound-bite you can work to your advantage to save your dying health care bill.

It's supposed to be about the truth.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" to explain how mail-in ballots are typically disqualified during recounts at a far higher rate than in-person, Election Day ballots, and why this is "good news" for President Donald Trump's legal battle over the election.

"One of the things that gives the greatest cause for optimism is, this election ... there's a pretty marked disparity in terms of how the votes were distributed. On Election Day, with in-person voting, Donald Trump won a significant majority of the votes cast on in-person voting on Election Day. Of mail-in voting, Joe Biden won a significant majority of the votes cast early on mail-in voting," Cruz explained.

"Now, here's the good news: If you look historically to recounts, if you look historically to election litigation, the votes cast in person on Election Day tend to stand. It's sort of hard to screw that up. Those votes are generally legal, and they're not set aside. Mail-in votes historically have a much higher rate of rejection … when they're examined, there are a whole series of legal requirements that vary state by state, but mail-in votes consistently have a higher rate of rejection, which suggests that as these votes begin being examined and subjected to scrutiny, that you're going to see Joe Biden's vote tallies go down. That's a good thing," he added. "The challenge is, for President Trump to prevail, he's got to run the table. He's got to win, not just in one state but in several states. That makes it a lot harder to prevail in the litigation. I hope that he does so, but it is a real challenge and we shouldn't try to convince ourselves otherwise."

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Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is perhaps even more disgusted with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for his coronavirus response than BlazeTV's Stu Burguiere (read what Stu has to say on the subject here), and for a good reason.

She lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York's nursing homes after Gov. Cuomo's infamous nursing home mandate, which Cuomo has since had scrubbed from the state's website and blamed everyone from the New York Post to nursing care workers to (every leftist's favorite scapegoat) President Donald Trump.

Janice joined Glenn and Stu on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to ask why mainstream media is not holding Gov. Cuomo — who recently published a book about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic — accountable?

"I'm vocal because I have not seen the mainstream media ask these questions or demand accountability of their leaders. [Cuomo] really has been ruling with an iron fist, and every time he does get asked a question, he blames everybody else except the person that signed that order," Janice said.

"In my mind, he's profiting off the over 30 thousand New Yorkers, including my in-laws, that died by publishing a book on 'leadership' of New York," she added. "His order has helped kill thousands of relatives of New York state. And this is not political, Glenn. This is not about Republican or Democrat. My in-laws were registered Democrats. This is not about politics. This is about accountability for something that went wrong, and it's because of your [Cuomo's] leadership that we're put into this situation."

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As America grows divided and afraid to disagree with the Democrats' woke plan for America, Megyn Kelly is ready to fight back for the truth. For nearly two decades, she navigated the volatile and broken world of the media. But as America leans on independent voices more than ever, she's breaking new ground with "The Megyn Kelly Show."

She joined the latest Glenn Beck Podcast to break down what's coming next after the election: Black Lives Matter is mainstream, leftists are making lists of Trump supporters, and the Hunter Biden scandal is on the back burner.

Megyn and Glenn reminisce about their cable news days (including her infamous run-in with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump) and to look into the chaotic and shady world of journalism and the growing entitlement it's bred. For example, many conservatives have been shocked by how Fox News handled the election.

Megyn defended Fox News, saying she believes Fox News' mission "is a good one," but also didn't hold back on hosts like Neil Cavuto, who cut off a White House briefing to fact check it — something she never would have done, even while covering President Obama.

Megyn also shared this insightful takeaway from her time at NBC: "Jane Fonda was an ass."

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Glenn Beck has had enough of exposing scandal after scandal, just to have everyone look the other way: Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's emails, Joe and Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine and China … the list goes on, but no consequences are paid. Now, the media have called the election for Joe Biden and insist no one can question it. But for many of the more than 71 million people who voted for President Trump, our search for the truth isn't over yet.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn called out the left's long list of alleged corruption that has gone unchecked and stressed that Donald Trump's legal team must be allowed to go through the process of investigating the multiple allegations of election fraud to ensure our voting systems are fair.

"I don't know about you, but I'm tired. I am worn out. I am fed up!" Glenn said during his opening monologue. "I've had enough. I am tired of exposing corruption, doing our homework, even going overseas and having documents translated to make sure they're exactly right, [and] presenting the evidence ... except, once we expose it, nothing happens. Nobody goes to jail. Nobody pays for a damn thing any more!"

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