Glenn Beck: 8 years and counting

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GLENN: But first I want to say happy anniversary to two different things. First of all, today is what is it, the 14th anniversary of Fox News? I will tell you this, and I'm not just saying it because I work there. I'm saying it because I mean it and I think you know it to be true. Can you imagine what America would be like if we didn't have Fox News? And I know there are a lot of progressives going, "Yeah, I'll tell you, yeah, I can imagine it would be a utopia." Mmm hmmm, I'm sure it would be. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we didn't have somebody standing up and playing opposition. And I don't mean opposition to the Democrats. I mean opposition to corruption. Somebody who is standing up and doing what journalists supposedly are taught in school and that is be a skeptic, question everything. Be a watchdog. I really only see talk radio and Fox News being a watchdog I shouldn't say that. There are organizations like the Washington Examiner that are trying to do their best as well. They are doing some great things. Breitbart TV and, they are doing some great work. Is it their 13th anniversary or 14th?

STU: 13th. This would be, I guess the first day of their 14th year.

GLENN: And then there's one more anniversary. Today is the anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. I can't believe that we are... that we are sitting in the situation that we are now in Afghanistan. We all knew that the former Soviet Union, that Afghanistan was quicksand. It has been for everyone who has ever fought a war in Afghanistan. I know this I know it's not popular tote Carroll Quigley but if you've ever read Tragedy in Hope from the 1960s, you see this being played out. In Tragedy in Hope, the tragedy was war. The hope was we have come to a system now where we've tied the world together and we made each other so dependent economically that no one could ever have a real war anymore. He wrote this toward the beginning of the Vietnam War. He said you'll never see a war, an out and out war anymore like we used to. You'll only see draws. You'll only have one country go in and punish another one but it won't be a total punishment. It will drag on and then Peter out. Well, I don't know if Carroll Quigley was telling the truth or not, but I'll tell you that. It's strange that that seems to be the way all wars are fought now.

Can I ask you a question on, I just, I just wanted you to ask yourself this one question. Maybe make a list. You can probably do it in your head. What is it that you trust? You have to fatten that list up a little bit. Who do you trust? What do you trust? I trust our military commanders. They have never given me any reason to not. Every single person I've ever met in the military has been honorable. I mean, that doesn't mean we have our share of dirtbags. Every group in society has their share of dirtbags, but they seem to get it more than anybody else. I guess when you are forced to put your life on the line, you just get it. I trust God. I trust my faith, my church. My faith isn't in the man, I guess, or the men and the women. Even my co parishioners, if you will. It's in the values and principles. I trust my family, even though we've all made mistakes.

I guess what I'm getting to is I don't trust the people necessarily in my family all the time, and they can't always trust we just can't trust each other sometimes unless we have one thing. We can't trust our faith. We can't trust our churches unless it has one thing. We can't trust our military, we can't trust our judicial system. We can't trust our politicians. The only thing that we can trust is God. Why? Because he doesn't change. He keeps his word. He says what he means and he means what he says. It's pretty clear: Do these ten things or I will smite you. Doesn't get any clearer than that, does it? I will never abandon you. How true that is. No matter what we've done, he's still there if we turn around.

So what is the purpose of this on Afghanistan? Unless we know what our values and principles are, unless they're rooted in something quite honestly ancient, time tested, unless these are things that are immovable like God is immovable, unless they are eternal principles, we will continue to destroy ourselves. So if we want to fatten up our list of things that we can trust, we all need to change the way we live and anchor ourselves to a rock and not to sand. It seems to me the things that I trust are those things that are rooted in honor, respect, honesty, integrity, hard work. That's why the military has its problems, but we trust it because honor is above all. Sacrifice is above all. We may not trust our churches per se or the people in it because not everybody understands that. But the principles that our churches or our synagogues or our mosques are rooted in, should be, those universal principles. Our founders knew it. Our founders understood it. You know, Thomas Jefferson, he wanted the national symbol, the seal to be the pillar of fire, the one that the Lord sent and put between the Pharaoh and the chosen people. And yet somehow or another we're supposed to believe that our founders didn't understand God. Oh, they did. They did. And they understood his influence on a free people.

See, it would be really easy for the president to make the decision of what to do in the Oval Office if he was rooted on something bigger than politics. But it seems to me we're not rooted in now in the Oval Office on anything but special favors, graft and politics. We're trying to decide now how best he cannot hack off the people on the left while also not sticking out the people on the right or sticking out the people who are actually fighting the battle. He's trying to compromise and do the right thing for his constituents, the people who voted and put him into office while also doing the right thing for the soldiers on the ground. Well, I have news for you. When it comes to war, you cannot please everyone. You're going to make people really, really angry, probably on both sides of the aisle all the time because after all, what you're engaged in, in the end of the day what you're engaged in is killing people. And the idea is to kill people faster than they can kill your people. See, to me thou shalt not kill is kind of an important thing, but it's not it has loopholes to it. Thou shall not kill, unless they are trying to kill you. Well, they were trying to kill us. So let's kill them and kill them quickly and get it done with so we can move on to other things. Building, not destroying. So we can move on to other things. Helping up instead of killing. But when you're just trying to play politics with something or when you have to consider politics on the business of killing, you end up killing too many and unfortunately you end up killing too many on our side. It's immoral. You kill with the entire force of the United States of America. You kill with everything you've got. You send the best we have, with the best equipment and the best intelligence and you free them up to do what these professionals are trained to do, and you listen to the trained professionals and you send in the force of the United States of America. And when you're done, because you've taken the breath away from the enemy and they say dear God almighty, it's the very wrath of hell coming against us, don't piss the United States of America off. Don't ever cross a U.S. soldier! Don't ever stand in their way and be unjust to America and kill their people, when you've taken their breath away, then, then you can come home. But unless you're going to leave a people breathless, bring our people home because you're going to put them in harm's way and they are going to end up being dead. Stop the killing as fast as you can. It's immoral to do anything else. America, let your voice be heard. It is the anniversary of Afghanistan. Do you believe we're incapable of winning? Or do you believe we've been incapable because those in Washington have made us incapable? You decide.

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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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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