Glenn Beck: 'The Chicago Way' Comes to Washington




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Has anyone noticed the amount of beatdowns going on lately?

The Obama administration is on the front page of The Washington Post in an unprecedented beatdown: An "anonymous" administration official (classy) threw Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds directly under the bus, basically blaming him for the poor campaign in Virginia, to shield Obama in case of a loss.

And that's just the latest one today. It's been relentless this week. It is the Chicago way. If you don't know what that is, let me show you with a scene from "The Untouchables":

(BEGIN 'THE UNTOUCHABLES' VIDEO CLIP)

SEAN CONNERY AS JIM MALONE: You said you wanted to know how to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying, what are you prepared to do?

KEVIN COSTNER AS ELIOT NESS: Everything within the law.

MALONE: And then what are you prepared to do? If you open the ball on these people, Mr. Ness, you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they won't give up the fight until one of you is dead.

NESS: I want to get Capone. I don't know how to get him.

MALONE: You wanna get Capone? Here's how you get him: He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way! That's how you get Capone!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

That's the Chicago way and now we have it in Washington with Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama.

What was it that Obama promised on the campaign trail? Oh yeah, a "new kind of politics." America didn't think the "new" politics would be even worse than the "old" politics.

Agree with the administration? Fantastic. Dare to stand in the way of "reform"? Uh-oh.

No longer is it a gentlemen's disagreement that can be debated. No, you are going to play ball or get a beatdown.

The Chamber of Commerce found out first hand. The White House didn't seem to have a problem with them when they were on board with the bailouts, the takeover of GM and, of course, the stimulus package. Obama even whispered sweet, "I love small businesses," in their ear:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Over the past decade and a half, America's small businesses have created 65 percent of all new jobs in this country. And more than half of all Americans working in the private sector are either employed by a small business or own one — more than half. These companies are the engine of job growth in America. They fuel our prosperity. And that's why they must be at the forefront of our recovery.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

He loves them! America couldn't live without them! And he loves the Chamber, that represents three million businesses (95 percent of which are small business). But, when the Chamber came out against the disastrous climate change cap-and-trade bill and had the gall to oppose universal health care, the president got out his bat:

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OBAMA: They are very good at this because that is how business has been done in Washington for a very long time. In fact, over the past 10 years alone, the Chamber has spent nearly half a billion dollars on lobbying — half a billion dollars.

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What happened? I thought he loved small business? He did until they stop playing for the "team." What once was the president's "open door of ideas" with the Chamber, has turned into a White House battle with the big evil power with millions of dollars to keep your health care expensive.

But who needs the Chamber anyway? What do they know about health care reform? Let's talk to our doctors — they know best what to do on health care; they are on the frontlines. The president loves and respects our doctors — well, I should say "used to" respect. The American Medical Association came out and said it wouldn't support a government-run plan. Now how do you feel about those doctors?

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OBAMA: You come in and you've got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats — the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, you know what, I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out.

OBAMA: If that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 — immediately the surgeon is reimbursed.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

That sounds bad. Ripping out tonsils and amputations just to make an extra buck? Sounds like someone isn't playing "for the team." But everyone who agrees with us, join us for a photo-op:

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OBAMA: I am thrilled to have all of you here today and you look very spiffy in your coats.

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How about the Humana Corporation, who had the gall to send out a mailing for seniors that talked about the $500 billion Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the Baucus version of the health care bill. Were they suggesting that it would lead to service cuts? What a crazy concept. There's no way that government-run health care could lead to service cuts — like it is in Massachusetts under their universal health system.

But ignore all that! You are in the way of reform! Time for the Health and Human Services secretary to pick up the bat and investigate Humana for trying to scare seniors.

It's what people used to call "a difference of opinion." Let me boil it down: In the beginning of our country we used to call it freedom of speech. Now we call it, "time to use the baseball bat."

And how about those insurance companies? When they were working for reform, everything was just peachy:

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OBAMA: In recent months we've heard every side of every argument from both sides of the aisle. And rightly so. Health insurance reform is a complex and critical issue that deserves a vigorous national debate. And we've had one. The approach that is emerging includes the best ideas from Republicans and Democrats, from people across the political spectrum. In fact, what's remarkable is not that we've had this spirited debate about health insurance reform, but the unprecedented consensus that has come together behind.

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Unanimous consent! And then the insurance industry had to go and screw it all up. America's health insurance plans came out and said that the current plans would, in some ways, make things worse. Uh-oh... not a good idea:

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OBAMA: Whenever we have tried to reform the system, the insurance companies have done everything in their considerable power to stop us.

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Now they are a powerful enemy who are out to do nothing but stop reform. Why would they want to stop reform? According to the president, insurance companies are only one thing:

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OBAMA: What I will not abide are those who would bend the truth or break it to score political points and stop our progress as a country. And what we all must oppose are the same old cynical Washington games that have been played for decades, even as our problems have grown and our challenges have mounted.

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Just another greedy bunch of profiteers who aren't being truthful. Time for the bat! This time, Obama threatened to strip the insurance industry of its longstanding exemption from federal anti-trust laws.

I'm starting to see a pattern here: If you don't agree with this administration, they don't just accept it and continue the debate, no, they just try and shut you down.

We've seen this here at Fox News. We used to be part of the debate:

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OBAMA: I think it's fair to say that I don't always get my most favorable coverage on Fox, but I think that's how democracy is supposed to work. You know, we're not all supposed to be in lockstep here.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

That's how democracy is supposed to work! We love democracy — it's the best! Unless, of course, democracy is getting in the way of reform. Then you'll hear from David and Rahm:

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RAHM EMANUEL, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: The way to look at it — the way we — the president looks at it and we look at it, is it's not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.

DAVID AXELROD, SENIOR OBAMA ADVISER: They're 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.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

Forget about that democracy stuff — just kidding. Did I say lockstep? I meant goose-step! Fox is no longer a news organization and all you other news organizations? Listen up: You shouldn't treat them as a news organization either.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the White House took it a step further and tried the heavy-handed tactic of excluding Fox from the press pool on Thursday. That shocking move prompted a reaction from the press that had even me standing up and cheering.

The president sounds open-minded:

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OBAMA: I will be there to listen. My door is always open

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He just wants to listen to everyone, well, except you tea party people. You had to stand in the way of reform and the president rejects that:

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OBAMA: Don't, don't, don't accuse me of having a socialist mop

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And by now, you know what happens when you don't play for the team, right? Let me show you, again, the Chicago way, in another clip from "The Untouchables":

(BEGIN 'THE UNTOUCHABLES' VIDEO CLIP)

ROBERT DE NIRO AS AL CAPONE: A man stands alone at the plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the field, what? Part of a team.

HOODS: Teamwork.

CAPONE: I get nowhere unless the team wins.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Think of the people around the table not as mobsters, but as people playing ball with the administration. Chamber of Commerce; insurance industry; Creigh Deeds; Humana; doctors; small businesses — you can all sit around like those losers at the table and wonder which ones are going to be whacked.

Or you can stand up and say enough! But I warn you, that means people will get whacked. Again, another clip from "The Untouchables":

(BEGIN 'THE UNTOUCHABLES' VIDEO CLIP)

SEAN CONNERY AS JIM MALONE: What are you prepared to do?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

That's the question we have to ask ourselves? Who are we? The one that sits around the table or the one who's asked themselves: What are you willing to do?

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'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.

Science did it again. It only took 270 million years, but this week, scientists finally solved the mystery that has kept the world up at night. We finally know where octopuses come from: outer space. That explains why they look like the aliens in just about every alien movie ever made.

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It turns out octopuses were aliens that evolved on another planet. Scientists haven't determined which one yet, but they've definitely narrowed it down to one of the planets in one of the galaxies. Hundreds of millions of years ago (give or take a hundred), these evolved octopus aliens arrived on Earth in the form of cryopreserved eggs. Now, this part is just speculation, but it's possible their alien planet was on the verge of destruction, so Mom and Dad Octopus self-sacrificially placed Junior in one of these cryopreserved eggs and blasted him off the planet to save their kind.

This alien-octopus research, co-authored by a group of 33 scientists, was published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal. I'm sure you keep that on your nightstand like I do.

Anyway, these scientists say octopuses evolved very rapidly over 270 million years. Which sounds slow, but in evolutionary terms, 270 million years is like light speed. And the only explanation for their breakneck evolution is that they're aliens. The report says, “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes — more than is present in Homo sapiens."

Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

They mention that the octopus' large brain, sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to change color and shape all point to its alien nature. Octopuses developed those capabilities rather suddenly in evolution, whereas we're still trying to figure out the TV remote.

These biological enhancements are so far ahead of regular evolution that the octopuses must have either time-traveled from the future, or “more realistically" according to scientists, crash-landed on earth in those cryopreserved egg thingies. The report says the eggs arrived here in “icy bolides." I had to look up what a “bolide" is, and turns out it's a fancy word for a meteor.

So, to recap: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race of octopuses packed their sperm-bank samples in some meteors and shot them toward Earth. Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

President Trump's approval rating is rising, and Democrats — hilariously — can't seem to figure out what's going on. A few months ago Democrats enjoyed a sixteen point lead over Republicans, but now — according to CNN's recent national survey — that lead is down to just THREE points. National data from Reuters shows it as being even worse.

The Democratic advantage moving towards the halfway mark into 2018 shows that Republicans are only ONE point behind. The president's public approval rating is rising, and Democrats are nervously looking at each other like… “umm guys, what are we doing wrong here?"

I'm going to give Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi a little hint. We know that the Left has enjoyed a “special relationship" with the media, but they might want to have a sit down with their propaganda machine. The mainstream media is completely out of control, and Americans are sick of it. We're DONE with the media.

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Look what has been going on just this week. The president called MS-13 gang members animals, but that's not the story the media jumped on. They thought it was more clickable to say that Trump was calling all immigrants animals instead. In the Middle East, the media rushed to vilify Israel instead of Hamas. They chose to defend a terror organization rather than one of our oldest allies.

Think about that. The media is so anti-Trump that they've chosen a violent street gang AND A GLOBAL TERROR ORGANIZATION as their torch-bearing heroes. Come on, Democrats. Are you seriously baffled why the American people are turning their backs on you?

Still not enough evidence? Here's the New York Times just yesterday. Charles Blow wrote a piece called "A Blue Wave of Moral Restoration" where he tried to make the case that the president and Republicans were the enemy, but — fear not — Democrat morality was here to save the day.

Here are some of these cases Blow tries to make for why Trump is unfit to be President:

No person who treats women the way Trump does and brags on tape about sexually assaulting them should be president.

Ok, fine. You can make that argument if you want to, but why weren't you making this same argument for Bill Clinton? Never mind, I actually know the reason. Because you were too busy trying to bury the Juanita Broaddrick story.

Let's move on:

No person who has demonstrated himself to be a pathological liar should be president.

Do the words, “You can keep your doctor" mean anything to the New York Times or Charles Blow? I might have saved the best for last:

No person enveloped by a cloud of corruption should be president.

I can only think of three words for a response to this: Hillary Frigging Clinton.

Try displaying a little consistency.

If the media really wants Donald Trump gone and the Democrats to take over, they might want to try displaying a little consistency. But hey, maybe that's just too much to ask.

How about starting with not glorifying terrorist organizations and murderous street gangs. Could we at least begin there?

If not… good luck in the midterms.

In the weeks following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the mainstream media was quick to criticize the president's pro-Israel stance and make dire predictions of violent backlash in the Middle East. Fast forward to this week's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the simultaneous Palestinian “protests" in Gaza.

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Predictably, the mainstream media chastised Israel for what they called “state-sanctioned terrorism" when the IDF stepped in to protect their country from so-called peaceful Palestinian protesters. Hamas leaders later admitted that at least 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed in the clashes were Hamas terrorists.

“In our post-modern media age, there is no truth and nobody even seems to be looking for it …. This is shamefully clear in the media especially this week with their coverage of the conflict between the border of Israel and the Gaza strip," said Glenn on today's show. He added, “The main media narrative this week is about how the IDF is just killing innocent protesters, while Hamas officials have confirmed on TV that 50 of the 62 people killed were working for Hamas."

The mainstream media views the Palestinians as the oppressed people who just want to share the land and peacefully coexist with the people of Israel. “They can't seem to comprehend that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one side is actively trying to destroy the other," surmised Glenn.

Watch the video above to hear Glenn debunk the “peaceful Palestinian protest" fallacy.