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.


 

The House approved a new aid package for Ukraine of nearly $40 billion, which will increase the total U.S. funding for Ukraine's war efforts to a whopping $58 BILLION since March, if the package passes in the Senate. Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before Congress that the Biden administration is considering diverting resources away from an already-struggling VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to deal with the border crisis.

"I am not making this up -- this will [make] your head explode," Glenn Beck said in the radio program Thursday. "They are going to divert costs; the Biden administration is taking money from the VA. Now already, our veterans get seconds, and we are [considering] diverting VA funding, and doctors, and nurses, away from our vets and to the migrants at the border, so we can take money that we don't have, $58 billion, and send it to Ukraine. What the hell is wrong with us?"

"Now, some Republican lawmakers are attempting to fight this," he added. "But, most people haven't even heard of this. This is how the atrocities at the border go unchecked. Biden sweeps it all under a rug. The mainstream media covers it up. And, meanwhile, people suffer and die. And in this case, it's not only the people on the border, but it is also our veterans in VA hospitals."

Glenn went on to detail the unreported deadly consequences of Biden’s border policies which have led to enough fentanyl to kill millions of Americans pouring across the border and terrorists having found easy paths into our country.

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Corruption, greed, and death. This is what the Left’s border policy is REALLY about, not the humanitarian effort they claim it is.

On tonight's episode of "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposes the groups benefitting from the border chaos under the Biden administration. A leftist money supply flows to NGOs on the border that are now taking the roles that the government should be filling with immigration and helping immigrants to flood into the U.S. Glenn asks: Why is the U.N. funding the flow of migrants to our border and subverting Congress? Why are former Biden staffers working for “non-profits” that are now getting exclusive, HIGHLY irregular multimillion-dollar border contracts? Worse than that, the consequences of Biden’s border policy have now turned deadly. National Guard members at the border are dying, fentanyl from China pours across the border, and terrorists have found an easy path to enter our country.

Finally, Glenn asks Texas Rep. Chip Roy if it’s time to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas for his negligence that is costing American lives.

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I can no longer relate to the modern pro-choice woman. I don’t want to shout my abortion. I want to pretend it never happened. Up until the SCOTUS leak, I had done a pretty good job of burying my 20-year secret. But the Roe v. Wade information earthquake triggered an eruption. I can no longer pretend to be ambivalent or leave it to blue-check pro-lifers to speak for me. My days of repeating the “safe, legal, and rare” mantra like a good, GenX libertarian feminist are over.

Some pro-abortion activists call their life-ending procedure “self-care,” like they just booked a hot stone massage or a facial at a spa. This is a polite euphemism many women tell themselves – not because we are cold-blooded killers, but because it’s how we survive. We HAVE to lie in order to justify what is actually taking place. Denial is a protective coating, a barrier from the truth. Remember, any woman born after Roe v. Wade has been programmed to believe that abortion is a natural-born right. “It’s legal; therefore it must not be evil. This is a medical procedure. Women do it every day.” Planned Parenthood has a nice way of describing abortion on its website: “A doctor uses a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.” “Gently take the tissue out.” Benign euphemisms that wrap our hearts and minds in a suffocating cocoon. Benign euphemisms to keep us in line.

I was raised in the Bible Belt and to believe that sex before marriage was the gravest of sins. You’d be better off robbing a store by pistol than to be caught fornicating with a boy. And yet I did fornicate with a boy. No boy I’d ever be proud to bring around to my parents. I never gave him the option to talk me out of it. I just demanded he pay half for the procedure and never speak of it again. I told myself it would be easier to survive the hidden shame of the abortion than wear the shame of my sin on my belly for the next nine months.

...the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job.

I took the so-called “easy” way out at six weeks along and swallowed a pill I got from some abortionist who gave me the creeps. He was no medical saint like the one portrayed in “The Cider House Rules,” nobly saving women from coat-hanger abortions. The doctor in my story made a quick buck at the expense of terrified “good girls.” Years later I would learn he kept aborted fetuses in buckets and was under investigation for shady medical practices. I couldn’t leave his clinic fast enough, but at least I wouldn’t have to miss work or skip my college classes. I could finish my degree and still make my parents proud. How convenient. But the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job. Now I had to see a real obstetrician, get an ultrasound, and deal with the aftermath.

This doctor’s office was nicer. It had bright lights and pink walls. Although my doctor was professional, I still felt the quiet judgment in her voice. I refused to look at the image of my tortured fetus on the screen. I knew what it would mean if I did – my feminist career ambitions would lose the battle to my soul if I looked at that baby. The doctor told me the fetus was still viable but likely mentally damaged. The “kinder” thing to do would be to finish the job at an in-clinic abortion. End the fetus’ suffering and end my own self-torture. I woke up from anesthesia to learn the abortion was complete. It’s over so quickly, but the internal conflict hangs. And hangs.

You find weird ways to cope. Not long after, I discovered an abandoned robin’s egg, still perfectly intact. I wrapped it in a sock and carried it with me for over a decade. If I couldn’t do right by my own child, maybe I could keep this unhatched egg safe. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that the bird egg was dead, and I got therapy. He was a good New York psychologist. Secular, liberal, tolerant. He helped me to forgive myself, but I always knew who I really needed to ask for forgiveness …

It’s easy for a young woman with all those stockpiled eggs in her ovaries to be pro-choice. She can toss away the miracle of life like a rotten banana or a bruised apple because it is easily replaced. It wasn’t until I was forced to confront the mortality of my own fertility that I felt the full force of my regret.

But I do not write this letter to achieve redemption or to be the new face of the pro-life movement. You will not see me pleading with women outside an abortion clinic. You will not see me protesting with a cutesy, homemade sign at the March for Life. You will not see me sparring on Twitter, confronting baby-killers with cold, hard facts. For now, you will not even know my name. I suppose this is not very brave, but my story is not complete and God’s work in me is in an active state. Mine is a modest mission: Maybe if I’m honest about my own wounds, I can help other women like me to heal. Maybe I can love the terrified, knocked-up woman in the Bible Belt who believes the best worst lies our society has ever told, better than any conservative talk show host ever could.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound. It’s naive to think we will fix this mess for the unborn overnight and deprogram men and women plugged into 50 years of slick, well-packaged lies. Slavery was legal in the U.S. for over 200 years before we fought a war to end it. And it was another 100 years before we ended state-sanctioned racism.

When it comes to the issue of defending innocent life, I know it’s hard to be patient. This is a clear battle of good vs. evil for many on the right, but you need allies like me – the former “safe, legal, and rare” pro-choicers who are afraid to come out of the shadows. Afraid to become a political prop in the culture wars, but willing to do the quiet missionary work in our back yards.

I hope for the day future progressives look back in horror at today’s progressives fighting to keep abortion on demand. I hope for the day the New York Times publishes the pro-life version of the 1619 Project. Maybe they’ll call it the “1973 Project,” “whose mission is to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of abortion and the contribution of the pro-life movement at the very center of our national narrative.”

Until that day, I want to help these women to be braver than me. To see beyond their impossible tomorrow. If I had allowed someone the chance to help me be brave, I might not have had the same successful career, but I would have a 20-year-old son or daughter in whom to invest this unexplained overflow in my heart.

Dear EV drivers: Think you're safe from soaring gas prices? Think again.

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Diesel fuel prices have surged to record levels, adding to already record-high inflation in the U.S. But most Americans don't drive cars that run on diesel, and many have turned to electric vehicles (EVs) to avoid the ever-increasing pain at the pump. So, how would diesel supply shortages — and the resulting sky-high prices — affect you or your budget?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck explained why every American should be concerned about the rising cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is the fuel that powers the economy," Glenn began. "How does that work? Well, let's start over in China. You want something from China, you have to put it onto a big boat, a slow boat from China, and that's powered by diesel.

"Then, it gets to our docks," he continued. "You know all of those big cranes and everything else that take that crap off of the ship and then put it on the ground? Run by diesel. And then the forklifts that come and pick it up and then bring it over to the train, those run on diesel. And then the train, those engines, they run on diesel. And then the trucks that get it halfway across the country from the train where they're picked up again by the forklifts, run by diesel. Then they're put into another truck, also run by diesel."

"I sure hope all the people bragging about their electric cars as gas prices skyrocket have a backup plan for their food too. Because as diesel prices go crazy, so does the price of EVERYTHING," Glenn posted on Twitter.

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