Glenn Beck: Am I Purging the GOP?




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For every action there is a reaction and a consequence.

Republicans who promised Americans Ronald Reagan and gave us John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Arlen Specter — hmm, one of these things is not like the others — have woken a sleeping giant and are only just starting to find out the consequences of trying to make the "tent" bigger, open to all those Democrat-lite candidates and progressives and we're seeing that in the NY-23 special election.

Look, I don't really care about local politics that much, but I am watching this one — not because Doug Hoffman is so electric that he's set the nation on fire with excitement. I don't know much about him, but here's what he said on my radio program today:

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DOUG HOFFMAN, CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I think I've shown to the voters of the 23rd district that I stand up for what I believe in and I'm not persuaded by the party bosses. That's the way I intend to be as a congressman and I'm going to represent the people of this district and the people of this district are going to be my boss.

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He's promising to be a conservative and he's taken the lead in the polls. I think this race is shining the light on what's to come, but the GOP continues not to get it. They are taking their political advice from The New York Times.

Now, you can learn a lot reading The New York Times, like the most current locations of our troops in the field or the life-saving "classified" intelligence tactics the CIA employs.

But this weekend I learned something else from the Times: Sarah Palin and I are just like Stalin.

Sarah's connection is obvious: She can see Russia from her window and her last name ends with "alin." But what's my connection, you ask? Well, here's what Frank Rich said:

"It is they [Beck and Palin] who are re-enacting Stalinism in full purge mode. They drove out Arlen Specter and now want to 'melt Snowe'…. The battle for upstate New York confirms just how swiftly the right has devolved into a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama."

We're eating "our own"? Arlen Specter is one of us? Really? The guy whose views and party blow with the political winds? The guy who cares more about the ethics of NFL coaches than the massive debt America is compiling?

And Olympia Snowe, the "conservative" who is playing ball on health care just to get some attention and power? And The New York "Republican" candidate who's pro choice, pro-stimulus, undecided on the public option and who accepted past endorsements from ACORN and the Working Families Party (the political arm of ACORN)?

If that's "eating our own" then yes, I am stuffing my face. And I'm bigger than New Jersey's Chris Christie — plenty of room in the belly; there's a lot more eating to do.

Here's the latest update on "our own" candidate in the NY-23 special election: The GOP's "chosen one" Dede Scozzafava decided "for the good of the Republican Party" to drop out of the race.

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DEDE SCOZZAFAVA, FORMER REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: It's clear that the campaign is lagging, we've had a struggle with finances and it was time today, I think, to do the right thing which is to release the Republican County Chairs, they've stood beside me this entire time and let them do what's best for the Republican Party. In addition to that I think it's important to release my supporters and allow them to make a choice on who they might want to represent on the election on Tuesday.

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Then, mere hours later, this selfless martyr who wants nothing but the best for the Republican Party, came out and endorsed the Democrat: "It is in this spirit that I am writing to let you know I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same."

Gee, what a shocker. Why would she go and do that? Because there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats! Look at their views: Exactly the same. It's what we were presented with last November with McCain. It's what we get with Lindsey Graham and Arnold Schwarzenegger — they're all progressives.

Yet The New York Times and all these other so-called conservatives in the media say it's me and Sarah Palin who are "destroying" the party.

They keep using that word. To quote "The Princess Bride":

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WALLACE SHAWN AS VIZZINI: That would be inconceivable.

As I told you it would be absolutely, totally and in all other ways inconceivable.

Inconceivable!

Inconceivable!

Inconceivable!

MANDY PATINKIN AS INIGO MONTOYA: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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I'm saying the party needs to return to principle and stop with the political games. Return to smaller government, not expand it. Get rid of special interest and corruption, not continue it.

I'm not destroying the party; I don't care about the party. And I don't think many in America do either. Can we just do what's right: Hold people accountable! If that means the party is destroyed — by holding them accountable — then they should be destroyed.

This is one area where I'm OK being pro-choice, but right now we have no options: I can either vote for the progressive or the Marxist progressive.

Right now, because both the Republicans and the Democrats have already decided who to pledge allegiance to. Hint: It's not you, but special interest and corruption.

But we want something different and we don't care about making your stupid tent more inclusive.

Can I ask a question? How come it's always conservatives who have to be more accepting? I don't hear Nancy Pelosi reaching out to me. It seems always one direction. Does anyone think Nancy Pelosi is reasonable and reaching out? What about Barack Obama?

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.

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I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking.

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But our tent needs to get bigger? And, by the way, if becoming a demagogue or ideologically pure hurts your party, explain Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi? They are the biggest ideologues out there.

It's the progressives who are kicking America's butt — the Republicans and Democrats. Look, I don't care what God you believe in, I don't care what you eat, I don't care what car you drive, just leave a freedom or two for my grandkids, OK?

Right now the polls show the people in New York think the conservative Hoffman is their guy: After Scozzafava dropped out, he shot up to a 5 to 17 point lead. And this isn't some crazy conservative district: The people there have a more negative opinion of Republicans than Democrats; they have a slightly negative overall opinion of Sarah Palin (and she, quite publicly, endorsed Hoffman); this is a district that voted for Barack Obama — when they had the option of a moderate Republican and a liberal Democrat, they voted for the liberal Democrat.

But just a year later, when faced with the choice of another liberal Democrat, another "moderate Republican" and a conservative, they're choosing the conservative. They ran the "moderate" right out of the race.

Hoffman may still lose, but the paradigm is changing. This isn't a message to the Republicans. This is a message to all those in Washington who aren't listening to the people. Hoffman wins or loses, it doesn't matter. If the political parties don't hold themselves accountable, don't stop the out of control spending then those who love me, those who hate me, those who love Sarah Palin and those who would like to put her in a cave with a grizzly bear, will vote you all out. Because we still have this cute little idea that "we the people" are in charge, not SEIU.

The party is over.

In the 1990s I was on the radio warning people about bin Laden, not because I was some super smart genius, I just listened to his words. He said he was going to do it and I believed him. But that wasn't the top priority in America, we were dealing with fat interns and the definition of "is" and I, like the rest of America, went to sleep on the terrorist threat.

On 9/11 we experienced a feeling we've never had before; when the buildings fell, our markets and our economy came falling down with them. Suddenly, we realized that our country isn't the unsinkable ship; we came to understand this Republic is fragile.

Here we are, over a decade later, on the air again, warning you that America can't sustain our government's massive ambitions. The system will collapse if they continue down this path. Ten years ago, I could have shouted every single day about Usama bin Laden and his wacky, crazy threats to kill Americans in New York and no one would have been willing to stand in line two hours while some security officer made grandma take off her shoes.

Today, things are different. America is changing. We're not letting you get away with it anymore. Look, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Shame on me.

Conservatives are awake; 912ers are willing to do the hard things. They are taking time out of their busy lives, taking time away from family, they are attending town halls, they are calling their representatives and they are reading 2,000-page health care bills.

The 912ers are willing to stand in line and take off our shoes. But we are done trusting the people who ran Social Security into the ground and who have grossly mismanaged Medicaid to the tune of $60 billion in fraud.

Thanks, but no thanks.

We're going in a different direction and you politicians who think you are going to ride the wave of this 912 movement and continue with the same old stuff? Look out, because for you not only are 912ers willing to take off their shoes, they are willing to take off their boots and put it where the sun doesn't shine.

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BlazeTV host Mark Levin said his new book, "American Marxism," provides proof that we're not just facing a coming Marxist revolution — it's already here.

Many Americans remain unconvinced, believing recent moves from the far left and the Democratic Party are just passing phases. But this is not a "fad," Levin told Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday.

"This isn't progressivism, or social activism, or democratic socialism. This is Marxism. Now, it may not be Marxism in every particular. But it's an Americanized form of Marxism," Levin explained.

"You need to pay attention to what's taking place ... You've seen it with your own two eyes. You saw the riots all summer long. You saw Black Lives Matter, which is headed by an openly proud Marxist. You see Antifa, which is a Marxist anarchist organization. You see the media, that you have been watching and reading, endorse every single one of these movements," he added.

"People have been brainwashed, or ... haven't been paying attention. They view this as a passing fad," Levin went on to say. "It's not. We all need to wake up to this. And if we have little differences, moderate Democrats, Libertarians and so forth, you better put them aside right now. Because we have a common enemy. I say enemy, not opponent. Not adversary. Enemy. And we need to be focused on defeating that enemy, rather than fighting among ourselves."

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Electric vehicles are the wave of the future. They are so much better for the environment. At least that's what we have been told, but is this correct?

On his TV special, Glenn Beck explained how electric vehicles (EVs) might not actually be the environmental solution we've been led to believe. In fact, they may not be a solution at all.

Glenn shared a recent article from LiveScience that reported:

A 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the entire life cycle of an EV's emissions, from mining the metals required for the batteries to producing the electricity needed to power them, and then compared this with the average emissions of a gas-powered vehicle. The team found that when electric vehicles are charged with coal-powered electricity, they're actually worse for the environment than conventional gasoline cars.

He next shared an article from The Greenage, which stated:

The Union of Concerned Scientists has calculated that manufacturing a mid-sized EV with an 84-mile range results in about 15 percent more emissions than manufacturing an equivalent gasoline vehicle. For larger, longer-range EVs that travel more than 250 miles per charge, the manufacturing emissions can be as much as 68 percent higher.

Noting how electric vehicles and other fossil-fuel alternatives require the use of mined minerals like lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, and nickel, among others, Glenn quoted an International Energy Agency report that warned reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement "would mean a quadrupling of mineral requirements for clean energy technologies by 2040. An even faster transition, to hit net-zero globally by 2050, would require six times more mineral inputs in 2040 than today."

"Can [you] predict which country is the world leader in processing the minerals needed for these batteries? Right, China," Glenn stated. "The average EV requires over 200 kilograms of minerals. The average gas vehicle requires 40 kilograms of minerals, mostly copper. A single EV has 22 pounds of lithium in it ... yet another way that the green reset of American energy is putting us all at the mercy of Communist China."

"Oh, and remember during the Obama administration when the world was gonna end' over fracking?" Glenn asked. "Well, the Institute for Energy Research now says, and I quote, 'Mining and processing of lithium, however, turns out to be far more environmentally harmful than what turned out to be the unfounded issues with fracking.'"

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We've heard a lot about the 1776 Commission over the past several months. From the mainstream media, you've heard lies and slander: It was a racist panel put together by President Trump to peddle a whitewashed version of American history.

In reality, the 1776 Commission was established by President Trump in the fall of 2020 with the purpose of promoting "patriotic education." Not to mandate it, not to propose legislation – simply to PROMOTE it. The media and academia lost their minds over this now controversial idea that we should teach young Americans to appreciate the nation they've inherited. And predictably, just hours after Biden took the oath of office, he signed an executive order to dissolve the 1776 Commission, calling the commission's report "offensive and counterfactual."

Glenn Beck presents the 1776 Commission's report in its entirety, because unlike the media and President Biden who want to hide it from you, Glenn wants you to seek the truth and celebrate Independence Day with pride.

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I am an Irishman and in 2006, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend Independence Day in America. It was a magical experience I will never forget and one I am desperate to repeat.

Everything about the day was magical. I can remember every little detail: seeing the pure joy on people's faces when they saw family members, not seen since Christmas; enjoying burgers and hot dogs being grilled to perfection in the mid-afternoon; jumping on a boat and witnessing an awe-inspiring fireworks display with the feel of a cold beverage in my hand; coming ashore and sitting around an open fire, toasting marshmallows.

As fun as these activities were, they are NOT what made the day magical.

The day was and is made magical remembering WHAT Americans are celebrating: being thankful for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the idea of America which improved EVERY aspect of our world.

I would be honored if you would allow me to share five pivotal points from the Declaration, explaining how they started America on the path to becoming an exceptional nation, and how you can learn from the founders' example today.

1 The Layout

Take a look around society today, and you will notice a prevalent theme. The majority of people are angry, upset, and frustrated. They love to highlight the parts of society they view as a problem and tear it down. This requires zero talent. Even newborn babies with no verbal skills and very little knowledge of the outside world will let you know when they are unhappy by crying for a clean diaper, food or attention.

History is filled with people complaining and starting wars because they feel they have been wronged and sought a future "free from their oppressor".

Thomas Jefferson and your founders were different. Before mentioning any issues with the King (they waited 1338 words), they first explained their vision and how America would be different from other nations. They boldly declared that all men were created equal and have a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change. This includes famous speeches by John F. Kennedy declaring, "We will go to the moon by the end of this decade," or the great Martin Luther King Jr. telling everyone how he "had a dream."

LESSON: Tell the world what you stand for -- not what you stand against!

2 Role of Government

I have spent over seven years with The Blaze, promoting your founding principles and explaining how America is unique and different to every other nation in the world. Every principle, policy, plan and idea can be traced back to one core principle: How we view government and its role in society.

On the surface of history, it is very easy to believe that our world is very different and would provide many different answers to this simple question.

Just look at our world today and you see many different power structures. England retains a monarch. European countries, like mine, are democracies. Iran is a theocratic-controlled country. Russia is an oligarchy. Inside those countries, you will notice differences in ideologies between communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism and even conservatism.

YES, they all look very different. However, if you look deeper into those countries, you will notice they all view government the exact same.

Government is a central agency that possesses the power to be the moral arbiters of society, the ability to be the great equalizer and most importantly they are the provider of rights.

Does this mean every government uses this power every day?

NO.

Clearly, there are governments around the world who are more open to freedom and view government as the last resort. However, every country believes government always has that power and there are situations when government must take control for the "greater good".

If you doubt this, look at the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Even countries that love to talk about freedom and identify as freedom-loving, removed their citizens' rights in the name of public safety. You witnessed everything from governments shutting down businesses, banning you from traveling more than three miles from your home, limiting the number of people you could have to visit your own house and enforcing you to wear a mask.

How could they do this? Because government is the power structure of all these countries and providers of rights. Any government that has the power to confer can also rescind them under the right circumstances.

Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government.

The idea of America is different. Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government. You can see this by reviewing the structure of the Constitution, but that foundation was started in the Declaration of Independence when they spoke about the Law of Nature and Nature's God, which highlights ALL rights come from God. You are born with these rights and it is the government's sole responsibility to ensure these rights are never taken away.

3 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Take a step back and look at the public discourse today. You will notice the majority of people love to talk about their rights. My friends on the right love to talk about their right to free speech and guns. My friends on the left love to talk about their right to healthcare and abortions. When was the last time you saw anyone online talk about their duty and responsibilities? It's not a very popular topic.

Your founders were not dumb men.

Their genius was understanding the laws of nature and basic first principles. They researched world history -- from the great empires of the past to senates that were supposed to last forever, examining why they failed. While there are countless reasons for each, understanding one concept is critical. When freedom becomes all about rights and forgets about responsibilities, it creates a vacuum. Historically, the government always fills that vacuum. This creates a prime opportunity for a tyrant to come to power and solve a public need and always ends the same way - gaining more power and stripping you of your individual rights.

Your founders feared this vacuum and warned against it TWICE in the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. They spoke about your right to alter and abolish your government, instituting new safeguards. Then they spoke about your right, and duty, to throw off the government and provide new guards.

LESSON: Freedom without responsibility will always lead to tyranny.

4 RACIST FOUNDERS

As an outsider, nothing annoys me more than the constant attacks on your founders and their brilliance. Were they perfect? NOPE. Should they be worshipped like Idols? NOPE. Are there things we can improve upon? Yes. For example, it's 2021; why does the post office need to be included in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution?

Despite their flaws, they provided America with a great platform on which to build. If America is to survive and prosper, the IGNORANT attacks that America's founders were old racist white men with wooden teeth must stop. Why? Because it is a LIE!!!

I could write at length about this issue alone, but I will provide two simple facts.

Firstly, please close your eyes and imagine an actual racist (no, not your typical Donald Trump supporter). Imagine how they look, how they sound, what words they use and everything down to what aftershave they wear. Got that vision? Good. Now try imagining that vile, disgusting racist say the following:

ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL!

Did your vision say those words? Do you think people like David Duke would say them, let alone sign their name to a statement declaring this as a self-evident principle for the world to see?

Answer: NO!

The second fact requires you to have a reading of history before America. Thomas Jefferson could have very easily left these five powerful words out entirely or just use the accepted language of the day from the Magma Carta which stated:

"All FREE men are created equal."

If Jefferson and the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?

If ...the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?

5 FORGOTTEN FOUNDERS

If you look at culture and politics today, you will notice a common theme where everyone just wants to win, regardless of the cost. Society tells us winning is everything, and there is no room for failure. Is this true? Can society progress really progress without failure and sacrificing everything they have for the greater good?

American history is so vast and deep that it can be straightforward to focus on the great and famous leaders who survived like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Franklin.

This particular weekend, I would like to briefly highlight three patriots who took the ultimate risk by signing the Declaration of Independence. They lost everything, and are sadly forgotten by many who teach history.

JOHN HART: John was a widowed farmer in New Jersey with 12 kids. He was rich, well-known in society, and employed many. When he signed the Declaration, troops attacked his farm with orders to execute him in Hopewell. He fled and eventually died in hiding.

FRANCES LEWIS: Frank was involved in international business and made a fortune on the mercantile exchange. Like John, he was rich, powerful and employed many. When he signed, he returned to find armed troops at his home, taking possession of it. They arrested his wife, starved and mistreated her and although she was later released, she soon passed away due to the horrific treatment.

RICHARD STOCKTON: Richard was a wealthy lawyer who studied at Princeton. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court and had the respect of his peers. After signing, he was locked up, starved, tortured, and robbed of his possessions. His treatment was so bad that his final days were spent living on the charity of friends.

These brave men could have chosen a much easier road in life. They could have ignored the calls for Independence, paid any additional taxes to the King and still lived a great life. They had everything you would deem desirable in society -- money, earthly possessions, name recognition, and respect.

...these men... risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

When they signed the Declaration of Independence, the only thing they could gain was an opportunity for absolute freedom. This ideal was so powerful that these men, and countless others, risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

LESSON: Pursuing a higher aspiration is more important than winning.

Personal Request:

It is popular for Americans to say "Happy 4th" or "Happy 4th of July."

PLEASE STOP SAYING IT!

After reading this, realize how important and significant your founders to America and the world. It is disrespectful to them, their memory, their sacrifice, and everything they fought for. After all, would you go up to a Christian and say "Happy 25th?"

NOPE.

May I wish you and your exceptional nation a very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

If you enjoyed this column, I released a special on The Blaze this week where I did a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence with KrisAnne Hall. You can listen for free on Apple or Spotify or The Blaze.