Glenn Beck: Does Congress Matter?




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The paradigm is changing.

Just a few short months ago you felt alone. You felt your voice didn't matter. The frustration led you to act, to demand (many for the first time) that your voice be heard.

Look how far you've come. Politicians were ignoring you, now they fear you. And that's a healthy "we will vote you out" fear, because we are awake and watching and will call those out who are not "protecting and defending" the Constitution of the United States.

Because, the purpose of a just government is to prevent plunder, not facilitate it. Anyone who stands in against corruption in the Beltway, we will stand with you — even if you've been part of the problem in the past. If you help clean it up, America loves repentance.

This amazing country had 56 founders — 56 brave, good, decent human beings. That's all it took, why should it be any different today to take the country back? That's all I'm looking for: 56 brave men and women out of the 535 in Congress today. Fifty-six "re-founders" to stand up to the corruption and the special interests in your own party. Stand up to what Washington, D.C. has become.

You aren't going to get any publicity from this. This isn't something where you can just latch on to the tea party movement or the 9/12 Project movement. You need to demonstrate it. We'll keep you anonymous so we can help weed out the weasels, like those who don't pay their taxes like Charlie Rangel or those who support corrupt organizations like ACORN and John Murtha's airport.

You don't know about John Murtha's airport? It's beautiful — according to published reports it's got a $7 million air traffic control tower, a $14 million hangar and an $18 million state-of-the-art runway.

It's got everything a modern airport should be equipped with — now, if they only had planes flying there. It has three flights a day and one guess where all three of the flights go to: Washington, D.C.

Thanks to Murtha, the airport has received over $150 million in taxpayer funding and then another $800,000 in stimulus money to repave an "alternate runway."

Now, for comparison: The airport in Barrow, Alaska (320 miles north of the Arctic Circle) handled 37,000 passengers last year; Murtha's airport handled 6,700.

There was a vote today to cut off all federal funding to this waste of taxpayer money. I'm tired of hearing we are the richest country in the world; how can we not afford to help? If down your street, the person with the biggest house and the Cadillac, that goes on vacations and has the best clothing, etc., if they suddenly have their house repossessed and their cars taken away — are they the richest people in the neighborhood or just the people who spent the most money?

We aren't the richest nation in the world. We just spent the most money.

But there is no more money. If you understand that, wouldn't it be a no-brainer to not spend $20 million a year on an airport only one dirt-bag uses to go to Washington, D.C., for his dirt-bag deals?

Apparently not to these people.

All I am asking for is 56 people to help us weed them out — fifty-six.

And it's not like the corruption is that hard to find:

— Maxine Waters' husband was on the board of a bank that received $12 million in bailout funding, just three months after Waters helped arrange a meeting between officials at the bank and Treasury Department representatives

— Charlie Rangel has "forgotten" to pay taxes on more money ($2.4 million) than most Americans earn in a lifetime

— John Conyers had personal aides working on his wife's election campaign — you remember Monica Conyers? She was convicted back in June on federal bribery charges in a sludge-hauling scandal. Are we that low on citizens, we can't find people who haven't been to jail?

— You know about his airport, but did you know that John Murtha is also linked to a lobbying firm that's been raided twice by the FBI?

— Tim Geithner couldn't figure out TurboTax and failed to pay taxes — now he's our treasury secretary!

And then you have the outright lies coming from the White House with the cap-and-trade energy bill. We want to thank our friend Chris Horner at CEI — let me show you a document from the U.S. Treasury Department and I want you to take a look at the date.

March 9, 2009

OK? Remember that date — got it?

Look at the document — right there it says "a cap and trade program could generate federal receipts on the order of $100 to $200 billion annually." That is the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent or $1,761 a year, per household.

OK, that was in March. Now, fast forward to April 24, 2009 when Henry Waxman (who you may remember from the Waxman-Markley energy bill) said this:

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REP. HENRY WAXMAN, D-CALIF.: The cost of the bill that Mr. Markey and I proposed, this analysis says, will cost the average American family less than 40 cents per day

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Forty cents a day? If you look at the Treasury's estimates — Waxman is only underestimating the cost by 1,200 percent.

Now, let's fast forward a little and listen to President Obama's estimate on June 25, 2009:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: In a decade the price to the average American will be about the same as a postage stamp per day.

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He too underestimated the cost by about 1,200 percent — but he was a little more careful, because he said "in a decade from now" and, he said "about the cost of a stamp." That's one expensive stamp.

I have a question: What did the president of the United States tell the people in Congress? Did he tell them about the higher estimates (that we now know he knew about?) Or did they just keep it secret and hide it from them and the American people?

I want to show you something I said a few weeks ago — I was talking directly to Democrats and telling them to wake up because you are being bypassed. Look at all the "czars" — they don't answer to anyone. If the president has a bunch of drinking buddies he wants to put in as special advisers and they don't have muscle — fine, whatever.

But if they have power, then it's a real problem.

Woodrow Wilson, a progressive just like this president, talked about ways to get things done without going around Congress. Guess what, guys? That's what this progressive president is doing — he's going right on around you.

When are you going to wake up?

Here's what I said on June 30, 2009:

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GLENN BECK: Senator, I have to tell you, I think — I think Congress is overplaying their hand. And more importantly, I think they are being outplayed and outmaneuvered. I think they are making themselves irrelevant to a massive new federal framework that Obama seems to be erecting in all kinds of — with all kinds of "czars" and everything else.

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I've been asking questions and I have another one for you, Congress: Are you becoming irrelevant? I mean, you aren't even writing or reading the major bills being pushed, are you are being told by the powers that be how to vote — as John Conyers said about ACORN.

What are you doing, exactly?

I'm not sitting on the sidelines while America is "transformed" like the rest of the fringe media.

I kind of like what our original Founders set up, unlike others who we will get to in the next few minutes.

And if you are in Congress and watching, I encourage you to join the fifty-six. You know what's happening better than any of us — wake up! Help us take clean up the country in our country — the special favors, the special interest. It belongs to we the people (Republican, Democrat and independent).

We can solve any crisis, any problem — health care, energy, anything — once we have honest brokers at the table who aren't beholden to any special interest.

By thw way, we've already have our first of the 56 — they are now working on your behalf to root out the corruption in their own party.

I'm waiting for that next call. Will it be you? I hope so.

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

Watch the video below to hear more from Jason Whitlock:

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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