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Video: Stephanopoulos asks President Obama about ACORN

GLENN: By the way, Stephanopoulos actually asked the president about ACORN and if we may, if I can play ‑‑ he was on five different channels, none of them Fox, but he did get to that all important Univision interview. I mean, why would you, you know, why would you have an interview with the leader in cable news?

STU: Right. Well, the Fox one's coming up tonight obviously.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. That's right, I forgot.

STU: Yeah, you forgot about it because ‑‑

GLENN: I was only working on it last night. Pat, what time did we stop working on this? 11:00?

PAT: Yeah, around there.

GLENN: And you actually ‑‑

PAT: Well, I stopped around 12:30, 1:00.

GLENN: So I completely forgot we had the interview.

STU: That's weird you'd forget something like that.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It's the president.

GLENN: It's not stuff that we've worked on all weekend. Yeah, we've decided if he's not going to come to us, that's okay. We'll just take all of the interviews that he's done and we'll piece them together and try to figure out what exactly he means just by piecing together all of the audio that he has left as a trail for the last five years. What does he mean? I don't know. I don't know. But he's ‑‑

STU: We'll ask him tonight.

GLENN: We'll ask him. So Stephanopoulos asked him about ACORN. This is what the president said about ACORN.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: If you say something outrageous, you're there in a hot second.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But if some of your allies made it easier if you are handed some ammunition like ACORN, for example ‑‑

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, look. The ‑‑ you know, I think that are there folks in the Democratic camp or on the left who haven't, haven't always operated in ways that I'd appreciate? Absolutely.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Congress said they should cut off all funding for ACORN. Are you for that?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Is that true on the other side as well? Of course that's true.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Frankly it's not really something I followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: What I know is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserved to be ‑‑

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you are not committing the cutting off the federal funding?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to.

PAT: It's only corruption.

GLENN: It's only corruption.

PAT: It's only unbelievable corruption.

GLENN: It's only a group that is going to ‑‑

PAT: $8 1/2 billion.

GLENN: Had actually $8 1/2 billion, was something he put in for the census, no big deal. It doesn't affect ‑‑ it's not one of the more important things.

PAT: Not looking at it.

GLENN: By the way, he also didn't know anything about, that they were getting federal money. He didn't know that. He barely has anything to do with ACORN. Do you know that?

STU: He probably had never heard of the organization until that question.

GLENN: Well, he may have forgotten the speech that he gave in 2007 to ACORN leaders.

PAT: What? He was with ACORN?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: He was with them physically?

GLENN: Let me just give you the ‑‑

PAT: That's weird.

GLENN: I'll just give you the quote here.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: 2007 to ACORN. Do we have the audio of it? Can we ‑‑

PAT: It's from ‑‑ oh, yes. To, yes, the promise? Is that what you're talking about?

GLENN: The promise?

PAT: The promise.

GLENN: I don't even know the promise.

STU: He is not going to promise to an organization that he doesn't know exists.

PAT: Doesn't know anything about? You are right.

GLENN: I didn't know we had audio of the promise. What is the audio of the promise?

PAT: That they were going to shape his agenda?

GLENN: That's not ‑‑

PAT: Should we not go down that road again?

GLENN: Let's not go down the road of a promise.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But let me even say before I get inaugurated, during the transition we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda.

GLENN: Okay.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations.

GLENN: No, no, no, stop. I mean in 2007. The speech to ACORN leaders. When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November ‑‑ this is from an Organizing for America blog. So it has absolutely no credibility because it's from Obama's Organizing for America blog.

PAT: You can't, you can't trust a fringe blog like that.

STU: No, a rightwing source like that.

GLENN: When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. Senator Obama said, quote ‑‑ now remember this in the conversation that we just had with our listener who said, "Hey, don't dump this information on Friday. You know, you are showing all of the connections and everything." He said, quote: I came out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and a half years before I went to law school. That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize.

Now, hang on just a second. You're moving to Chicago, that's the reason you moved to Chicago, to organize? That's almost like, did he know about the community organizations there? How did he know about the community organizations there? Which community organizations did he know about in Chicago? Who told him about the community organizations in Chicago?

PAT: I wish someone would look into that.

GLENN: I do, too ‑‑ oh, we did, on Friday's show.

That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do.

Remember he's speaking to ACORN: The importance of it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official when I ran project vote registration drive in Illinois. ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.

STU: Is it the same ‑‑ could it have been another ACORN because, you know, like maybe ‑‑

GLENN: Oh, like Johnny ACORN? No, that's Johnny Appleseed. No, uh‑uh, I'm pretty sure it's the same, pretty sure it's the same idea.

STU: But he had no idea.

PAT: ACORN clothiers? Maybe he was speaking to a group of retail salespeople?

STU: That's a really good point.

PAT: I don't think so.

STU: Been working for retail clothes business for my entire career. That makes sense. I mean, that could be if his career was in sales clothing.

PAT: Doesn't remember it being like that, but ‑‑

GLENN: Try this, Dateline Washington: The liberal political organizing group ACORN faced internal chaos and allegations of financial mismanagement and fraud long before two conservatives embarrassed the group with undercover videos made at the field offices in Washington and across the country. Internal ACORN documents show an organization in turmoil as last year's presidential election approached. With the board torn over how to handle embezzlement by the founder's brother and a growing concern that donor money and pension funds had been plundered in the insider scheme. Minutes from the meeting of ACORN held in Los Angeles last summer reveal a group then on the brink of financial collapse. Quote: Currently we owe over $800,000 to the IRS, the minutes note. Haven't paid medical bills of over $300,000. We're essentially broke nationally, and a lot of offices are struggling. Some top ACORN officials tried to shield the scheme which involved Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Quote: Leadership has no faith in staff. Wade betrayed them. End quote, the minu tes said. The documents present a troubling picture of one of the nation's leading social justice advocacy groups with more than 400,000 members' offices in 75 cities and an expanding international presence. Sounds to me like it's nothing that we should worry about. I can understand why the president ‑‑

PAT: Glad it's not even on his radar.

GLENN: You know, he followed that with, you know, there are other things like Afghanistan. President Barack Obama is considering, is considering more forces in Afghanistan.

Let me give you this one. The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent confidential ‑‑ I don't know why we're reading about it on the radio then ‑‑ urgent confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight‑year conflict, quoting, will likely result in failure. General Stanley McChrystal says, quote: Failure to gain the initiative and reverse the insurgent momentum in the near term while Afghan security capacity matures, risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible. The president said that he is taking this under consideration. I just want to, I just ‑‑ hmmm. I just ‑‑ hmmm. You've got a guy who's in charge over there, you should either replace him or do what he says if he's saying that we're going to fail.

STU: Did he consult on this decision with either SEIU or ACORN?

GLENN: I don't know, we haven't ‑‑

PAT: I doubt he's ever heard of SEIU.

GLENN: He hasn't heard about it?

PAT: No, I'm sure not.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I spent my entire adult life working with SEIU.

GLENN: Uh‑oh.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm not a newcomer to this.

PAT: Gollee. Well, maybe ‑‑

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I didn't this summer discover SEIU. On the campaign trail, your agenda's been my agenda in the United States Senate.

GLENN: Oh, wow.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Before debating healthcare.

GLENN: Yeah.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members.

GLENN: Oh, well, that's good.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Before immigration debates took place in Washington.

GLENN: Wow.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I talked to Medina and SEIU members, before even the EFCA, I talked to SEIU.

GLENN: Oh, that is fantastic. So maybe he's on the phone with SEIU.

PAT: He's heard of them.

GLENN: And he's just trying to get their viewpoint on what he should do in the war.

STU: Maybe Andy Stern can run the war. He seems like the good guy.

GLENN: Don't count that out yet.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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