Arguing with Idiots



Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government


by Glenn Beck


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GLENN: That's right, comes out tomorrow, Arguing With Idiots. It may be have all of our books, well, our recent books, debuted at number one?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: This time it has stiff competition. Remember last year our first nonfiction book, Christmas Sweater, came out and we were concerned because Stephen King had put a book out and that was number one no, I'm sorry.

PAT: Who?

GLENN: We thought it was going to be number one. We beat Stephen King.

PAT: Who?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: Excuse me? Hmmm.

GLENN: But the Ted Kennedy book, the Ted Kennedy book is out now and it's a juggernaut.

STU: Stephen King, that guy from the Eighties.

PAT: Oh, okay. Wrote that thing about a spider or whatever?

GLENN: No, no, the guy who just hates the soldiers, that guy. Remember him?

PAT: I got you.

GLENN: Yeah, all right. So Ted Kennedy's book is a juggernaut. And that's who we're up in competition with.

PAT: Is it really?

GLENN: It is, it is.

PAT: I mean, where? Where is it? Like

GLENN: It's currently beating us on Amazon.com. Now, we're not ought until tomorrow.

PAT: Is he out?

GLENN: Yeah, he's out.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: And I saw an hour long interview with the Kennedys last night on Larry King.

PAT: Oh, that was good.

GLENN: You saw it?

PAT: I saw some of it.

GLENN: It was really good.

PAT: It was really, really, really good.

GLENN: And they are saying there's stuff in the book that even the kids didn't know about.

PAT: You just don't know about Ted Kennedy.

GLENN: No, you don't.

PAT: There's some stuff.

GLENN: No, you don't. Comes out tomorrow, available in bookstores everywhere.

PAT: What? The Kennedy book? What are we talking about now?

GLENN: Arguing With Idiots. So when your idiot friend says something like...

PAT: You know what would be nice?

GLENN: What?

PAT: If you could possibly find a way for one second to not hate the poor.

GLENN: So what?

PAT: That would be wonderful.

GLENN: To not

PAT: To not hate the poor. Why can't we just spend more money to win the war on poverty? Why?

PAT: Because it doesn't work.

PAT: What do you mean it doesn't work? You want to explain a little bit?

GLENN: Let's go into the book and let's just look it up here. Here it is: Just throwing money at the problem, not really a way to solve it. For example, in 1968, 13% of the population was poor, so we launched the war on poverty. We've increased spending on social programs now by 400%.

PAT: You see? That's what I'm talking about.

GLENN: Let me finish. It's on Page 7. Arguing With Idiots. After all the increased spending, by 1980, 400% increase on spending.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Poverty rate, still 13%. It's the same number, 13 and 13. Same number.

PAT: Yeah, I

GLENN: Of course, all the money had to come from somewhere. So all those evil rich people in businesses paid extra taxes to a program that we now know doesn't work. Instead of hiring more people and actually bringing people out of poverty.

PAT: Oh, I forgot how much of a friend of the poor you are. Jeez, what was I thinking? You're a regular bloated Mother Teresa, aren't you? All this from a guy who won't even support a hike in the minimum wage.

GLENN: Yeah, that's right. That is me. I am against the minimum wage hike.

PAT: Yeah, I know.

GLENN: Yeah, you know why?

PAT: Why? Why don't you tell me, Mother... Teresa.

GLENN: I don't think you were going to follow that with Teresa.

PAT: In bacon fat.

GLENN: Mother Teresa in bacon fat?

PAT: Bacon fat, yeah.

GLENN: Let me tell you why. Because the minimum wage guarantees higher unemployment and it's a terrible law, especially for the poor. Creating a minimum wage simply means anyone whose services are worth less than the minimum never gets a job. The only way they can get hired is if an employer feels like, you know, he's going to hire people and then also give charity.

PAT: Oh. Well, so minimum wage creates unemployment for the poor?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: I laugh at your ridiculous logic. (Laughing).

GLENN: That's the most ridiculous

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: That's the most ridiculous

PAT: Prove it.

GLENN: Okay. The minimum has gone up twice thanks to Nancy Pelosi in the last two years. Young people are the ones most affected by the minimum wage because they're just putting their experience and skill sets together. But how can they get experience when their skills aren't worth the minimum wage? The unemployment rate for those 16 to 24 is now higher, the unemployment rate for those age 16 to 24 now higher than any point since at least 1948. You are not even listening. I mean, how can you argue when you're you don't even have the facts. You won't even listen to the facts.

The teenaged unemployment rate mysteriously skyrocketed since the hikes were put into place, by around 8 points. Are you

PAT: I hear you.

GLENN: It's now around 24%, and 38% for African American teens.

PAT: Oh, that's right. I forgot you're all for full employment for African Americans. It's called indentured servitude, isn't it, Mr. Beck? You're an atrocity of a human being that also happens to be fat! A fat, fat, fatrocity. That's what you are. Fatrocity.

VOICE: Arguing With Idiots, available at bookstores tomorrow or order now at GlennBeck.com/bookczar.


 

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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