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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The Biden administration wants to fundamentally change our economy and they've made some truly game-changing moves in recent days, but you won't hear anyone in the mainstream media talking about it. If you want to know what the government doesn't want you to notice, pay attention to what the White House releases on Friday afternoons.

Last Friday afternoon — when fewer people would notice — the administration announced a new "comprehensive, government-wide strategy" to overhaul our nation's economy and protect us all from the "financial risks of climate change."

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck reviewed Biden's new climate finance report and explained why he believes the administration's plans to fundamentally change the economy is "the most dangerous movement in the world right now."

Glenn started out by playing a video clip of White House press secretary Jen Psaki telling reporters, "The President wants to make fundamental change in our economy, and he feels coming out of the pandemic is exactly the time to do that" during a press briefing last week.

"That's interesting because what she just said is the exact language, almost a quote, from the people over at the Great Reset, the World Economic Forum," Glenn said of Psaki's statement.

"This is the most dangerous movement in the world right now. It is a direct shot, by a railgun, at liberty. And when I started talking about this, about a year and a half ago, the system went into overdrive to call it a conspiracy. ... This is how they shut people down. They isolate and alienate you by calling the opposition conspiracy theorists. Everything is a conspiracy. Well, there are some conspiracies out there. But you need to know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact."

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On the morning of Aug. 15, Asma was a free woman in Kabul. She wore Western clothes. Traveled safely alone. Attended college in a neighboring country with the money her parents had saved. By that evening, her entire world had changed.

For the first time in her life, Asma was confronted with the reality of the Taliban. The horror stories she heard growing up were no longer the nightmare of her parents' generation. They were hers, too. Faced with the impossible decision to stay with her family and risk imminent torture or death, she chose to live, and take on the Taliban face-to-face.

Asma's bravery also led to the rescue of over 150 Afghan college women. She tells Glenn she was willing to die before she let the Taliban take her or the other women. But she didn't do it alone. Her sister Azada, helplessly watching the horror unfold from the U.S., quickly turned to her father's contact list. What follows is a miracle evacuation story that ends with a sisters' reunion and hope for a new future. These brave Afghan sisters have a message for those in their home country still trapped, for the leaders of this country, and for the men and women in uniform (and their families) who may believe the American sacrifices for Afghanistan were in vain.

Finally, a note about the other heroes in the rescue story. The movement of the seven buses of college women into the Kabul airport was a chain with about 8-10 links. Had any one of those links not been present or broken, the young women would not have made it into the airport for evacuation, and three young women taken by the Taliban would not have been recovered.

Glenn and his team would like to give a special thanks to Francisco from Arcis International, Wade and Jim from Commercial Task Force, Blaine from E3 Ranch Foundation, Michael and his crew from Kam Air, No One Left Behind, Samaritan's Purse, and Charmaine, Chris, Geno, John, Lori, Rob, Rudy & the Ground Team from The Nazarene Fund.

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There's been a lot of talk about the idea of a (peaceful) "national divorce" as the Left continues to abandon everything that made America what it is. Well, this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" is all for that divorce. Michael Malice is the author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and host of the podcast "Your Welcome." He joined Glenn to talk about how an anarchist would peacefully take on America's greatest challenges — with a smile.

"My rights are not up for discussion," Malice told Glenn. He explained why his version of America will save America, and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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