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GLENN: From high above Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick freak. My name is Glenn Beck. I'm very glad you're here. There's a lot to cover today, indoctrination, the latest on ACORN. Let me start there. ACORN is extraordinarily powerful. I laid this out last night on television. The advisory council for ACORN. You have John Conyers now coming out. Remember he was the one that said the powers that be don't want me to investigate ACORN. You have John Conyers now, the powers that be apparently have talked to him again, rescinding his vote to stop all funds from ACORN. Barney Frank and John Conyers have sent a letter. They want an investigation into the two kids that made the videotape to see if they broke any laws, and they want an investigation in to see if the Constitution was violated when congress voted last week to cut off the funds to ACORN. This is when they're worried about the Constitution. They are no longer afraid of you. This week they're not afraid of you. This week they're afraid of ACORN and SEIU and the president of the United States, and the Coalition of Power do you have the statement of the coalition, the Coalition of Power that these community organizations... this is the most important clip that I think we have from the words and the mouth of Barack Obama. If you hear this clip and you understand what he's saying, you will understand where we are headed. Here it is.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop, stop. The Supreme Court, he's talking about how the founding fathers, the Constitution was flawed because we never got into the redistribution of wealth. And then the Supreme Court never got into redistribution of wealth. How can anyone claim they're not a Marxist when you want redistribution of wealth? That is Stu, Pat, is there anything more fundamental than the redistribution of wealth when it comes to Marxism?

STU: It's Marxism 101 right there.

GLENN: I mean, that's it. So he's not a Marxist, but the Supreme Court never looked into that to see if it was able to happen constitutionally. But then he goes on to say this, the fundamental flaw in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Listen.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: To that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers and the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted, and Warren court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.

GLENN: Stop. This is Cass Sunstein. Cass Sunstein and I believe John Holdren have come out recently and said we need a new Bill of Rights. We need a positive Bill of Rights, the things right now the Bill of Rights says we'll never as a federal government, we'll never take away your right to own a handgun, we'll never take away your right to stop search and seizure, we'll never take away your right to be able to not have to incriminate yourself or your et cetera, et cetera. But what they want is a new Bill of Rights that says does what the president is saying here, that is positive: You have a right to a job, you have a right to a house, you have a right all of these things. It's what the progressives tried under FDR. And make no mistake. This is what this president wants. Cass Sunstein, who is the regulatory czar, has spoken about this recently. It is what he wants as well. It is what the radicals want because once you change the Bill of Rights, once you and they've done it slowly but surely. With our grandparents they could not convince the American people that that should be done. So the progressives, step by step, let you believe that you have a right to healthcare. It's a right to healthcare. It's a right to have a job. It's a right to have Social Security so you can retire. It's a right to have a house.

How many times have you heard this now from ACORN: The American dream is the right to own a home. They're just making that right so you can have that right to own a home. That's not a right. It is to these people.

STU: You know, there are flashier quotes from Barack Obama that are news making, but that is you are right, that clearly defines his philosophy and what he wants to do, which is essentially to get over those initial constraints placed on us by the Constitution.

GLENN: He didn't say initial. He said essential. And essential restraints, he's right. Those are essential restraints... unless you want to destroy the Constitution and the republic and start, and fundamental transform America.

Now, this is the most important part because this is showing us how exactly he plans on doing it. Go ahead.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And that hasn't shifted, and one of the, I think the tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change.

GLENN: Got it? Got it? The fundamental problem with the civil rights movement is it dismissed the community organizing groups that could bring the coalitions of power, political and community organizing groups that could bring together the Coalition of Power that will bring about redistributive change. How does anyone else explain this? Help me out. How is this not a front page story? These are the president's own words. He is bringing together the Coalition of Power through these community organizing groups, organizing for America! And he has brought together this Coalition of Power, ACORN, SEIU, Tides Foundation. Give me some of the other ones that are out there. Basically all of the unions. The Coalition of Power, business through the Tides Foundation. They brought all of these businesses together. This is what's happening. And if you think that you're going to buy into this bull, that you're not going to get a tax increase, you're not going to get a tax increase. Please! You're going to have a set wage. This country

WILSON: Have a maximum wage. This country will go into redistributing of wealth. The redistribution of wealth, it's happening. It's coming.

PAT: If they are going to bring about a second Bill of Rights and, you know, I have the second Bill of Rights that FDR outlined. You have to. You have to have a maximum wage because you've got to take all the rest and give it to others.

GLENN: Okay.

PAT: To provide them a free home and a job and all of those things that they have a right to.

GLENN: Why did I say about six months ago that it was important to understand what happened under Woodrow Wilson? And I said at the time, it's important to understand this because we this time are England. Do you remember me saying this? That we are England, and China is the United States. It may not even be China. I'm not sure who the other side is. It may try to be a global power but I'm guessing that it's China. But we're England this time. It is important that you understand the progressive movement under Woodrow Wilson, and it is also important that you understand what happened beginning in World War I. I said at the time, World War I set the stage. America became the dominant force in the world during World War I but we just didn't know it. The world didn't know it until 1945. But in World War I when Woodrow Wilson was setting the stage, he dismantled the world's strongest Navy, England. He dismantled every single other country, every other force in World War I, and he did it through his financial policies. England and Europe was in trouble. They couldn't afford the war and so they were selling and we were buying. We were England. Headline: HSBC bids farewell to dollar's supremacy. The sun is setting on the U.S. dollar as the ultra loose monetary policy of the U.S. Federal Reserve forces China and other vibrant economies of the emerging world to forge a new global currency order. This according to a new report by HSBC. That's the headline.

Listen to this. Quote: The dollar looks awfully like the sterling after the first world war. Read history. We are repeating it. This doesn't end well if we don't stop it. The dollar is going to be destroyed. Once the dollar is destroyed, Stu, what did I say before the World Trade Center was attacked and we were talking about Digital Angel? By the way, have you heard the latest from the makers of Digital Angel, VeriChip?

STU: I have not.

GLENN: VeriChip is working with the United States government. They just did a new deal to track the swine flu digitally with new chips. We have called. We have I have called several different business people to verify that these things are happening and we're going to release this report next week. Several different places to verify that the business deals with the government and VeriChip are happening. They are happening. We have called five times to get a response from VeriChip. No response. They want absolutely no publicity on this. I don't know what's going on, but I know that VeriChip has just entered a deal with the United States government to be able to track the swine flu. VeriChip is the company that made Digital Angel. In the year 2000 I said you don't want the government in bed with this kind of technology. Not because I was worried about something in 2000 but I said do you remember the phrase? The phrase was if you introduce fear and hunger into this society, this society will accept any dictator. They will follow anyone, if you introduce fear and hunger. And you do not want this digital satellite tracking chip technology in the hands of our government. That was in 2000.

STU: Yeah, and that's a formula that's repeated itself throughout the world over and over and over again.

GLENN: Over and over and over.

STU: When fear and hunger are introduced, people will leave everything that they thought they had behind.

GLENN: It is why I have been saying you must know what you believe. You must know what you believe because, quite honestly, I will starve to death. Quite honestly I will fight to my last breath. I know what I believe. I didn't for a very long time. I still am a work in progress. I stim am learning every day.

I was reading Thomas Jefferson last night again. There is so much yet to learn, but I know what the basic truths are. You must find those truths. You must find them. You must make them the cornerstone of your life. Fear and hunger is coming. What we're doing with the Fed is intentionally destroying our dollar. It is going to be I don't know how long it will take. It may take two weeks, it may take two years, it may take outside you talked to deep throat with me, Pat. Do you remember what was his outside estimate?

PAT: Three, I think. Two to three.

GLENN: It's coming. It's coming. And you're seeing it now. It is the front page of the Drudge Report: New global currency. So what do you do? You unite. The thing that saves us every time, there is nothing I go back to what I said on September 11th. No force from the outside will ever destroy us. It will only be a force from the inside that rips us apart. We must unite. We must unite on the principles and the values that we know to be true. We must not sell our soul to the highest bidder. We must not sell our soul for a loaf of bread. We must not sell our soul because, well, I'll be able to keep my house. Lose your house. Save yourself. I know that we're not that different. You may not agree by say things, you may not agree with all of my philosophies, but we're not that different. If you have children, you don't care about you. You care about your children. And if you don't, well, then remember the day your child was born, how your life changed. It no longer was about you. It was about them. We must preserve the way of life for our children. They must they don't have to have money. They don't have to have stuff. They don't have to have iPods. They don't have to have anything. They have to have freedom and liberty.

Look, our founders crossed the mountains in wagons. Our founders created something unbelievable with candlelight. We could lose everything. It doesn't matter. As long as we have each other. Americans will always survive. Beyond that we will always thrive. We are the people that changed the world. We still are those people. It's a scary time. It's a scary time. But I believe we were all born at this time for a reason. We're the ones to bring us through it. We're the ones to set the table for the next generation. We're the ones to sweep up the mess. Many of us, including me, we made the mess. Clean up after ourself. Set things right. We can do it. But only if we have fierce determination. Only if he we don't concentrate on the things that divide us. When it comes down, we must speak the truth. And that may seem divisive to some people, it may seem like hate speech to some. It's only because they are refusing to look at the truth. The truth just is. We look at the truth and then we find the things that unite us and we stand together. And we'll make it through anything.

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.

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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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