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

by Glenn Beck

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PAT: I woke up at 4:00 in the morning with this in my head.

GLENN: Did you?

PAT: How I loathe you for this.

GLENN: Well, that's just all we're trying to do is just get the facts into the hands of the American people. So when your idiot friend comes up to you and says...

PAT: Hey, it's about time that the rich start paying their fair share. Raise their taxes!

GLENN: Then take this one? I'm not sure what you mean by your fair share, but if you'd read Page 191 of Arguing With Idiots, you might find that the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers are carrying the load for 39% of the bill. The top 20 pay over 86% of the bill. The poorest 20 pay less than 0. The poorest 20%, their tax rate is actually negative 2.9%.

PAT: Oh, of course you say that because you're knowingly omitting payroll taxes. Those target the poor!

GLENN: Well, you'd have to flip to Page 192, which is the next page in Arguing With Idiots, to see that even when you include payroll taxes and corporate taxes, the top 20% of taxpayers still pay over 72% of the bill.

PAT: Well, whatever. Even if they're paying a higher percentage of the taxes, that's only because the rates of the United States are so incredibly low.

GLENN: Oh, sorry, sorry. Our tax rate is 35%. The world average in 2003 was 31.2%. 35 here, 31.2 elsewhere. I think our rich pay more here. But that only tells half the story. The world average has been falling ever since 2003. Now our rate is 35% currently. The world average is less than 29%. Where do you think people are going to create jobs? If Obama gets his tax hike through, the U.S. will have a rate that is 11 points higher than the world average.

PAT: Oh, really? You know what is 1100 points higher than the average?

GLENN: Gee, let me think. My cholesterol?

PAT: No oh, wait. Yes. Yeah, that's right. Yeah.

GLENN: You know what's amazing to me is how many times you can argue these things and you can win every time if you just have the facts. I mean, the fact about the average rate around the world and hour rate.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: 11 points higher, what do you think's going to happen to the country. Do you know we're currently in the beginning of a trade war with China? That's real bright. What's it over? Tires. Do you know who makes the tires overseas in China? Many of them are American companies. So we're boycotting ourself really. I mean, it's crazy. Why is that happening? It's happening because it's too expensive here. We've got to make ourselves competitive. And the way to make ourselves competitive is not through unions read the chapter on unions. Not unions. It's not some governmental healthcare. It's by freeing people up. There's a story on what is this, the Washington Post today? Yeah, the Washington Post. You know what's offensive about Glenn Beck and Limbaugh and Palin is that they refuse to acknowledge their real intellectual forerunners, the anarchists of the late 19th century. The individual has greater worth than organized society. Yeah, the anarchist they are called our founders. They are called our founders. The individual is what matters. The individual has greater worth than organized society. While there is legitimate debate over the amount of control the government or states should have, it is necessary for people to be free. There needs to be organization. No kidding! It's called limited government. Look it up. The founders came up with it. Beck, Limbaugh and Palin brand of conservatism insists on no limit on the individual. That's not true. That's not true. There are limits. There were absolute limits. In case of reality and truth is what I deem it to be as in witnessed by Palin's Bridge to Nowhere, pseudorejection. Beck's attempt to show how current Democrats are the intellectual descendants of Naziism, socialism and communism as Limbaugh's Operation Chaos.

Well, they're not the descendants of Naziism, socialism and communism. They're a branch of that tree. That's what progressivism is.

PAT: Almost the antecedents.

GLENN: Yeah, they are.

PAT: Because Wilson, Wilson developed the propaganda that the Nazis used.

GLENN: Yeah. But the Nazis, they are the antecedents. But they are branches off of the Marxism tree and that's why progressivism came off, and they hated, they hated communists and Marxists.

PAT: And again that's not rank and file Democrats.

GLENN: No, no, no.

PAT: Their party has been co opted. We're talking about progress I was.

GLENN: Most people don't know. Most people, when you say "Are you a progressive?" They will say, yeah. What is a progressive? They don't know. "Well, I'm progressive. I'm progressive thinker. I'm..." what is it? What are the roots? When you look at the roots, when you read the founding documents, I encourage you to read the founding documents, the founding fathers, if you will, of the progressive movement in the early 20th century and then read the founding documents of our country. Read the words of our founders. If you read the founding words from, oh, what's his name, House? What was that no, Lippmann, Walter Lippmann. Oh, my gosh. And it's still being taught in schools. You read Walter Lippmann. I've read some pretty excruciating stuff. I have read some stuff. I've read about the twelfth Imam. This is the guy who I think could be construed as the Antichrist. The twelfth Imam, the one that today Ahmadinejad is going to say again you mark my words. He will say it again in front of the United Nations, "Oh, Allah, give me the strength to hasten the return of the promised one." The promised one is the twelfth Imam. I believe that is the Antichrist. It is it has all of the earmarks. I've read some pretty dark stuff. I have never closed a book, ever, and said I can't read this anymore; it's just wicked stuff. Walter Lippmann. Walter Lippmann, who was one of the guys who was instrumental at CBS. I think he was the head of CBS for a while, he's one of the guys who started the Council on Foreign Relations. He was one of the guys who did the Versailles treaty, he's one of the architects of Woodrow Wilson. He is just evil stuff. I couldn't read it anymore. It's so dark, it is such a depressing look at humanity where they are saying you'll never be able to get stupid people to vote; that's why we have to breed eugenics breed smarter people to weed out the riffraff. I couldn't read it anymore. And maybe it's because it was an American saying it. But I challenge you, you want to know before you call yourself a progressive, read the founding fathers of progressivism. Read them. If you agree with them, that's great.

You know, it's like Marxism. Remember that quote we got from Karl Marx we found, Pat, a couple of months ago where, what was the percentage? 20%?

PAT: I'm pretty sure it was 20.

GLENN: 20% where Karl Marx said you are going to have to with this you are going to have to kill about 20% of the population because you just have to do that. They are not going to go along with it.

PAT: I think he said eliminate.

GLENN: Eliminate, sorry, eliminate 20% of the population. I haven't seen that in the words of our founding fathers. I haven't seen that. I'm going to go with the guys who didn't say we had to eliminate 20%. I'm going to go with the guys who in the 20th century didn't say, yeah, we're going to have to breed our way to smarter people so they can get our progressive ideology. I'm just going to, I'm going to trust the American people to educate themselves and to do the right thing. I'm going to be more along the lines of Thomas Jefferson. The people are going to make a mistake. But that's why you can change the Constitution, just like the progressives. Remember it's the progressives that had a stop change in the Constitution. We were changing it all the time. We changed the Constitution for prohibition. Then we changed it back. The scars were left for us to see. We haven't changed it. Why are we changing the Constitution now? Because they know it's too difficult, you can't get people to do it. So what they did is they just changed the fundamental framework of this nation. That is the progressive idea. Started back in the early 20th century: Let's fundamentally transform America. And you are seeing the end game happening now.

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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