Glenn Beck: Who's the extremist?


Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government


by Glenn Beck

GLENN: It is good to be back, where we can talk some sanity. I'm curious. Granted, I've been down for a couple of days, but has anybody heard anybody over at the White House label Nidal Malik Hasan the terrorist who killed 13 and wounded 30 more at Fort Hood an extremist? Have you heard that label come from anyone, anyone, at the White House, an extremist? I heard him referred as a shooter, a gunman. I know he's been called troubled, harassed. I know that he had a bumper sticker scraped off of his car. Oh, no, not a bumper sticker. Where is my gun? I know he didn't want to be deployed. His cousin called him a good America a good American. I'm hate to think of the good Americans that are on that list of shooting 13 people and still, you know, falling on the list of good there's one. I have yet to hear him be called by anybody, either by the White House or the king of the extremist label, Frank Rich of the New York Times, an extremist. Have you heard it?

It's interesting, isn't it? I mean, because if there was anyone lately who could be labeled an extremist, you would think that it might be somebody who spoke of Islamic jihad to his fellow soldiers and then acted on those feelings by picking up a weapon and killing his fellow soldiers with it. I mean, it seems pretty clear cut in the extremist realm. But, instead, it is you, it is the tea party goer, it is you that quote Thomas Jefferson, you that say, where is the honor of George Washington, you that can quote Ben Franklin saying, you want to get people out of poverty? Make them uncomfortable in their poverty. You, you are the one labeled as an extremist. And that's because you clearly, I mean, you spoke fondly of small government and picked up a sign much that's pretty scary stuff. You and your kids with little, you know, sprinkles made the signs. I mean, you're indoctrinating your children. Of course a you're an extremist. Sarah Palin is extremist. She fought for this overhaul, ran for Vice President, espousing principles. She didn't follow the conventional wisdom of what she should do, according to what they say she should do. She's an extremist. She's out of control. I'm an extremist. I dare expose what no one else will, that there are anti free market officials now, Marxists, socialist, self proclaimed communists in and around the White House. I think I'm an extremist because I think that is probably not a good idea, but Nidal Malik Hasan, oh, he just he was picked upon, he was misunderstood, he was quiet, he was a good American. He just snapped. That's my favorite from the President. He just snapped. Murdered 13 Americans in his snapping. He talked openly about his feelings before acting on them. Did he hear Nancy Pelosi's speech? She said we should watch the language because people might get shot. She's seen it before, you know, of course, not from anyone like Nidal Malik Hasan. No, no, no. The tea party people. You should watch their language. There's consequences to language unless you're a Nidal Malik Hasan. Then, then there's no consequence. No, you just snapped. Why did he snap? I don't know. I don't care, really. He murdered Americans in cold blood. What do you say we don't care about how he snapped or why. It was an act of bald face extreme terrorism. He's an extremist. He's a terrorist. He should be tried, tried fairly, quickly, and if he is found guilty, executed. Done. I'm sorry. Is that too extreme? Good heavens, America. Look what they're doing to us. Look how far the discussion has shifted.

You're seeing it, hearing it everywhere now. Anyone and everyone who effectively stands in the way of the progressive agenda is a fudged mentalist, an extremist, anybody who is against the fundamental transformation of America, well, you're a danger. We don't call Nidal Malik Hasan a Muslim extremist, a terrorist. No, we call him a gunman, a gunman, a man with a gun because the gun was the bad part. Frank Rich and the rest of the Obama mentions of the New York Times, which, by the way, we should start taking bets on how soon they go out of business or no. I'm sorry how soon before they are taken over by the United States government because they are too big to fail. They will gladly too the bidding of this administration because they're too big to fail. They will act as a propaganda arm of the White House. They will act as the propaganda arm of this nation's enemies abroad, rich and the rest of continue to oblige in print and the patrols at MSNBC will eagerly spew the company line on television, you're extreme, he's extreme, they're dangerous, they're hate. Outrageous, frightening. Did you see that sign? Meanwhile, the truly hateful, frightening dangers go unobstructed, along their merry way, because they're just being picked on. He had a bumper sticker scraped off his bumper, you know. George Washington used to call this the battle field of ideas. When did words and ideas replace fists and bullets as tools of violence? No one at the White House or the New York Times has referred to the beat downs issued by SEIU members recently as violent or extreme. We just had another one over the weekend. If I had another appendix, it might burst, too, from the lack of coverage. The SEIU thugs thought on videotape beating down an African American tea party goer. That guy in St. Louis hasn't even been charged. Is it extreme? Is it an extremist to beat someone down because they disagree with you on health care? No, no, apparently not, huh uh. No, no. Standing up against this health care reform, that's extreme and dangerous and on the wrong side of history. The terrorist murderer who shot the Army recruiter dead in Arkansas last wasn't even discussed in the media, let alone called an extremist, but you, me, well so, as long as that's our new reality, I'd like to make a list of demands with you, my fellow extremists. If we are a danger to this country, well, then let's be a danger to this country. Let's go ahead and make a list of our extremist demands because, oh, my, they are extreme. I'm going to start with the toughest one. This is going to put me in the kook territory. Oh, look out. I demand that this government stop spending money that they don't have. Yes, I know. I'm an extremist. I'm a crazy. I'm a radical. I'm a danger to this country by saying, what do you say you don't spend the money that you don't have? Stop spending my grandchildren's money and I'm going to be so I'm going to show you that I've been rooted in extremism for so long, I've been saying that for 10 years. Yeah. Here's another extremist thought. This is crazy. This is crazy. Look out. Somebody call the Department of Homeland Security well, don't bother them now because they found out from Janet Napolitano that working to, quote they're working on several programs now to make sure that there's no anti Muslim violence perpetrated as a result of this shooting. So, Department of Homeland Security is really quite busy working on that anti Muslim violence that we see so much of every day. I mean, Nidal had a bumper sticker scratched off his car. Did you know that? Somebody just write this down and when the Department of Homeland Security gets around to extremists like me, you just remind them that here's another one of my demands. Tell us how you're going to pay for a trillion dollar health care plan. In fact, since we have to pay for it three years before it even starts, what do you say you kick in the savings three years before it starts, before we sign on, you show me for three years you can save the money that you're promising us you're going to save and find. Meanwhile, I'll sit over and eat me Lucky Charms.

Here's another extremist demand. You listen to the people. After all, you work for the people. This used to be a country of laws and not of men. Now we see it's a country of companies, special interests, idea logs. Laws? Excuse me? How about you listen to the people? 35 percent of the American people want this. Would you ever go to war with a 35 percent approval rating? Would you ever do it? Here's another extremist demand. Get rid of the corruption before you spend another dime. Why, why would I why would I, as an extremist, find it reasonable to people who are so riddled with corruption, the guy who writes the tax code can't even figure out how to pay his own taxes? Then says, oh, well, that was just over oversight. So, he amends his taxes. Oh. And, gosh, after he turns that in and it's found that he missed another what was it? Million and a half dollars? Well, that's just another oversight. How many oversights before we start emptying out the prisoners the prisons in our country, making room for all the people in Washington that belong behind bars? I know that's extreme. It's extreme. It is. Return to the principles embedded by our radical extremist founding fathers and you know another thing about this extremist thing? I can't understand it. We're either extremists or we're just involved in the politics of the past. The old, tired politics, the ones that have been tried and tried and tried and continue to fail. Well, you can't be extremist if you don't want to make any changes. How could you possibly be extremist? I mean, I'm sorry, I'm going to go for radical, a radical change in my treatment? Yes, yes. He's advocating radical changes for his treatment. We're going to treat him exactly the same as we've been treating him the whole time. Woe! So, I'm either part of the politics of the past or I'm a radical, but if you want to say that I'm a radical, you better check out the radicals that I subscribe to, the radicals that I read, not Saul Alinsky, not Stalin, not Mao. I look to the radicals of the 1700's, from the period of, currently referred to as the period of enlightenment. You know, those radicals, the radicals of the enlightenment, the radicals that brought us out of the dark ages, those radicals. How could those radicals, 225 years old, how could those radicals possibly, possibly be radicals today? They're 230 years old, these ideas. Unless they haven't been employed for about 100 years. See, these ideas that our founders have, I write it in the first paragraph, I believe, of Common Sense, the fastest way to be deemed a radical in today's society is to quote our founding fathers. How is that possible, if those are just the politics of the past? They're only radical because you haven't heard them for awhile. This country hasn't been living by those words or those ideas. Oh, they're extreme. Let me quote one of those extreme tests, if you want to help the poor, help them feel uncomfortable in their poverty. Well, that extremist was Ben Franklin, from the age of enlightenment. Why did he hate the poor so? Our extremist radical founders all knew that government programs were not the answer to poverty. They led to poverty. Making people comfortable in their poverty is not the answer to get them out of poverty. It is the answer for government officials who gain power by making sure that poverty stricken become permanently dependent upon them. Hello, Detroit! I'm sorry. Is that too extreme for you? It used to be called common sense. It used to be called the truth.

Here's the problem: No matter how much we expose the anti free market, big government takeover that's happening right now, they just keep going because there's not enough Americans aware yet. There was some sort of measurement done by I don't know who recently on the impact of this program. They measured somehow I don't know how all this works, but they somebody measured the footprint of TV and radio and books and everything else. They did some sort of estimate on the Glenn Beck footprint. It is around 30 million people a month supportedly supposedly 30 million people check out the radio, TV shows, at least in whole or in part every single month. Again, I have no idea how this was done. But why understand anything anymore? It's all magic, pixie fairy dust that makes things happen, but let's just say that that's accurate, for the sake of argument. That would still only be 10 percent of this nation, 10 percent. Is hearing this message. I don't know where the tipping point is, but I'm going as hard and as fast as I possibly can. Unfortunately, so is America's adversaries. I know that websites like the Huffington Post put things, you know, on the Internet. Well, you know what? My friend, it is time that you do the same. It is time for you to mobilize. It is time for you to realize that you are an extremist. Um. You're Ben Franklin. You know, he was printing extremist material on a printing press. Oh, yeah. Samuel Adams did the same thing. They used a little something called the newspaper, when the newspapers were against the government, because they knew the government was full of corrupt officials. At the White House the New York Times and the rest of the media, they'll paint you as a kook, as an extremist. I don't care. I'll stand with those revolutionaries, Thomas Paine, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson. It's time we moved past the nonsense. I'm trying, but for the most part, I feel pretty alone in the media and I need your help to get the message out. You don't have to credit me. You can watch or not listen or not subscribe or not steal my material. I don't really care. Repackage it. Find the ways to get this message out. Find the ways. We're doing the work for you. We're giving you the material. We're making sure it's accurate. Repackage it. Find the way to reach out to your friends. Some copyrights do apply. Void where prohibited. Not valid in Hawaii. See dealer for details. Spread the message. Again, I don't know how the survey was done back then, but I've read that the American revolution turned on 20 percent of the citizens back then, 20 percent. Gang, just with this show, we're halfway there. Fortify, know what's real, spread the word, surround yourself with like minded people. Call a terrorist a terrorist. I personally wouldn't tear a bumper sticker off somebody's car, but I also don't think if somebody did, it doesn't mean you pick up a gun and shoot 13 people.

Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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