Glenn Beck: Obama Excuses Wearing Thin




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GLENN: From high above Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. My name is Glenn Beck. Have you heard the news, my friend? President Obama has inherited an economic mess from the Bush administration. This is from an article entitled Obama Excuses Wearing Thin from the Chicago Sun Times. You say you've hardly heard this news? But it's been the message sounded over and over by the White House. Top Obama advisor David Axelrod said on one of the many Sunday news shows, quote, he walked in the door, we had the worst economy since the Great Depression. In San Francisco this is what Barack Obama was saying.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm busy and Nancy's busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess.

GLENN: That's right. In San Francisco.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We don't want somebody sitting back saying you are not holding the mop the right way.

GLENN: He talked about being busy with our mop. White House heavy hitter Rahm Emanuel used the "worst economy since the Great Depression" line on the public TV news shows on Sunday. The Chicago Sun Times says that you'd think it was October 2008, the final month in the Obama presidential candidacy, rather than October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. Yet, the Obama White House is in full fledged campaign mode because it needs to mask the shortcomings of the Obama presidency. Take, for example, says the Chicago Sun Times, all the talk of inheriting the worst economy since the 1930s crisis.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: My administration inherited a deficit of over $1 trillion but because we also inherited the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression...

GLENN: Okay. Got it? The most profound economic crisis since the Great Depression. That came into response to the news that the federal deficit hit $1.4 trillion.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We are going through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

GLENN: Got it.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We've lost now 3.6 million jobs, but what's perhaps even more disturbing is that almost half of that job loss has taken place over the last three months.

GLENN: Yet just a few months ago the Obama camp was signing the stimulus package and they were singing a different tune. Because it was under criticism for the $787 billion stimulus package that had bulldozed through congress on the grounds that massive spending was needed to keep the unemployment rate from breaching 8%. When joblessness hit 9.5% in June, vice president Joe Biden said?

BIDEN: The truth is we and everyone else misfigured the economy. The figures we worked off in January were the consensus figures of most of the blue chip indexes out there.

GLENN: So they inherited the worst economy and the worst economic situation since the Great Depression. And the economy turned out to be worse than they thought. Which is it? Can anyone answer that question? It can't be both. The Chicago suns times says unless your brain is completely addled by the Obama charisma. Obama is still popular but polls show that the public is losing faith in his policies. We'll give you those polls from CNN here in a few minutes. Another indicator was Saturday Night Live, a skit lampooning Obama for the major accomplishments of his administration, Jack and Squat.

VOICE: Looking at this list I'm seeing two big accomplishments: Jack and Squat.

GLENN: Now, if the honeymoon is ending with the American voter, it isn't for the obsequious elements of the mainstream media. CNN prostrated itself fact checking the Jack and Squat skit from Saturday Night Live.

VOICE: The best improvements from the war in Afghanistan, is it better? No, I think it's actually worse.

VOICE: But is there any truth to this?

VOICE: They got some things wrong. For example

VOICE: Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact.com, a nonpartisan fact checking website that rates statements of officials says SNL missed some of the marks on some of its claims. For instance, Afghanistan.

VOICE: I think SNL tended to kind of gloss over what is a fair amount of progress by this administration about sending two additional brigades to Afghanistan. We rated that a promise kept.

GLENN: That is unbelievable.

PAT: This just in. MSNBC has just fact checked last night's SpongeBob SquarePants episode.

GLENN: I mean, when have you ever seen that done?

STU: Crabby patties are not that expensive, and they need to make sure that the people know it.

PAT: Nor do they taste that good frankly.

STU: They are okay.

PAT: Sometimes they are stale.

GLENN: Chicago Sun Times continues: But that's harmless compared to the virulent campaign against Obama critics carried out by the denizens of MSNBC. It's Obama acolytes seek to demonize opponents of Obama's policies by focusing on most marginal corners of rightwing politics like, for example, the Birthers who deny that Obama is a natural born citizen. The larger scheme is to imply that Obama critics are racists.

VOICE: Janine Garofalo, good to see you.

GAROFALO: Thank you, there is nothing more interesting than seeing a bunch of racists become confused and angry at a speech they are not quite certain what to think. It sounds right to them and then it doesn't make sense which, let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats. It's not about bashing taxes. They have no idea what the Boston tea party is about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism state up.

GLENN: You don't even know what the Boston tea party is really all about. That's the backdrop to the story of Rush Limbaugh, getting booted from a group bidding to buy the St. Louis rams. He was smeared on CNN and MSNBC with false accusations of making two racist comments. He is an abrasive critic of Obama; so he must be racist, or so goes the leftwing story line, writes the Chicago Sun Times. They continue: I wouldn't defend everything Limbaugh has ever said, but lies were used to blacklist him from professional football for his political views. Recently an MSNBC personality accused the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of lobbying for policies that amount to being treasonous to this country.

VOICE: Tom, that's irrelevant. That's irrelevant. If I set up a business where I can speculate

TOM: I'm not exactly sure the point you want to make.

VOICE: Let me finish. If I set up a business where I can speculate with your money, Tom, where I can go to your account and you're every taxpayer in America and the more I speculate with, the more I make, of course I'm going to speculate until the thing blows up. So unless the government and people like you that lobby to the exemptions that allow banks to do that get out of the way, we will never have fair play again in this country and we'll have job creation by virtue of taxpayer theft, which is ultimately destructive, and I would argue treasonous to this country.

GLENN: Did he say job creation through taxpayer funds?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And that's treasonous. Do I have that right? Job creation through taxpayer funds.

PAT: So the stimulus would have

GLENN: Don't think it through.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: Remember how writing in the Chicago Sun Times, remember how liberals roared in outrage at any hint of their patriotism being questioned for criticizing the Iraq war. Well, it is the left that doesn't shy from attacking the patriotism of those it dislikes. Recall the repulsive moveon.org General Betrayus ad against Iraqi commander General David Petraeus. Recent opposition to Chicago's Olympic bid was cast as sign of lack of patriotism among Obama critics. An MSNBC blast against the chamber appears to dovetail with what the Politico newspaper reports is a White House and Democratic effort to marginalize the business organization that echoes the administration assault on Fox News. It says Fox isn't a news organization.

VOICE: It's not so much a conflict with Fox News but unlike, I suppose, the way to look at it and the way the president looks at it, we look as it is it's not a news organization so much as it has a perspective. And that's a different take. And more importantly is not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led and following Fox.

VOICE: I don't you know, I'm not concerned. Mr. Murdock has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money. All the only argument Anita was making is that they are not really a news station, if you watch even it's not just their commentators but a lot of their news programming, it's really not news. It's pushing a point of view and the bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way and we are not going to treat them that way. We're going to appear on their shows, we're going to participate but understanding that they represent a point of view.

GLENN: The White House is trying to dictate who's a news organization. Democrats are out to gut the Chamber of Commerce. Obama media allies damning Americans as racist, unpatriotic and now treasonous. Is this the America Obama promised when he campaigned to end the cynical and divisive politics of the past? That's in the Chicago Sun Times. Would you explain to me the story about the Obama administration now in bed with Media Matters on Fox News? Do you have that, Pat?

PAT: Yeah. Let's see.

STU: You said now embedded? Like as if there was another state of being?

PAT: Here's what moveon.org just sent out. Dear moveon member: All year Fox has worked 24/7 to block President Obama's agenda, repeating lies about death panels, promoting tea party protests and whipping up fake political scandals. Now President Obama is fighting back. The White House

GLENN: Hold on. Hold on just a second. What are the fake political scandals? And if it was so fake, shouldn't Van Jones sue the White House? He was forced to resign I'm sorry. No, he hasn't. He decided to resign. Should he have resigned over a fake political scandal? How about the NEA? Is that fake? This is quite the charge. I'd sure like an answer to that. Shouldn't you sue me if these charges are false? I mean, shouldn't you at least come out and make the charge? I mean, don't you have a right to face your accusers in this country? See, I will clearly, if we got it wrong and we have our researchers, I mean, I can show you all the paperwork that we've done. We have not done it to just higgledy piggledy run and smear somebody. We haven't done that. There's may I show you the board in the other room on the things that I could say but haven't? Because we don't have them verified? I mean, I got a list a mile long. If I were being irresponsible, I'd go with that list.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.