Glenn Beck: You Can't Count on Washington to Wake Up


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I've got to start with The New York Times. Maybe it's just me, but when The Times comes out and basically confirms everything I've been talking about over the past few years — the things that I have been made fun of in The New York Times — you'd think there would be a little bit more of a reaction in the news and on the Hill.

But then again, you'd also think, with all the Harvard degrees we have walking around Washington, we'd get a little more "out of the box" thinking. Something a little different than the usual solutions we are presented with: Big government and tax hikes.

Wow, thank goodness we made sure to elect deep intellectuals. What would we ever do without the fresh new thinking of entitlement programs and taking more money from the people?

The No. 1 thing I get asked is: What can we do about it?

We know calling our elected officials doesn't work, because they are more worried about what special interests like the SEIU and ACORN think about them. They are more concerned with securing votes than what is actually good for America. Take Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana.

She was "on the fence" about the Senate's health care bill. She ended up voting for it. What changed her mind? Was it some amazing cost-cutting maneuver? Was it a guarantee that no one would ever get a boo-boo again?


It was reported on Friday that her vote was sold in a $100 million bribe. Yes, in the health care bill — a bill about health and care and covering people on health-related issues — Senator Landrieu was assured that her state, Louisiana, would get at least $100 million in aid:


SEN. MARY LANDRIEU, D-LA.: I am not going to be defensive about asking for help in this situation. And it is not a $100 million fix, it's a $300 million fix.


Oh, wait, sorry — my bad there. It was $300 million. She went on to point out there is bipartisan support for this money in Louisiana — including the Republican governor. Wow, no way. The Republican in Louisiana was for it? The bipartisan cup spilleth over with support!

I guess shame is dead in Louisiana too.

We've known shame has been dead in Washington; they brush off blatant corruption without even blinking

So we shouldn't be the least bit surprised that these same shameless politicians don't care about reading the bills they try and jam down our throats:

The American people — even though the media ignores your voice — are fed up with this stuff. Read the damn bill. How hard is that, Mr. Conyers? Especially since you are a lawyer.

We need to try something different. Can't your Ivy League brain grasp the idea that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, General Motors, Chrysler, Citigroup, Bank of America are not too big to fail? Let the system — the free market system — work.

When will someone in Washington peek their greasy little heads out of the box you are trapping us in and say: "Hey, that $12 trillion debt — we can't pay that off even if we took the combined profits of all Fortune 500 companies for the next 145 years, not including the interest. This doesn't look sustainable. Maybe we should stop spending?"

Oh, stop scaring people, Glenn! America can't fail... because it's America!

Well, I can finally say to you: Don't take my word for it. Again, take it from The New York Times.

Here's Monday's headline: "Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government"

It begins on a pleasant note: "Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and interest rates that are sure to climb back to normal as soon as the Federal Reserve decides that the emergency has passed."

So, how does even a slight raise in interest rates affect you? As the Times explains, even raising interest rates just 1 percentage point raise would cost taxpayers an extra $80 billion this year or: "Equal to the combined budgets of the Department of Energy and the Department of Education."

And what about that $12 trillion debt?

"The White House estimates that the government's tab for servicing the $12 trillion debt will top $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. Other forecasters say the figure could be much higher."

Two things on this: Maybe one of the other forecasters — who just happened to be me — wrote, in "Common Sense," a book that has been on The New York Times own best sellers list for 23 straight weeks — wrote: "By 2019, our annual interest payments on the national debt will balloon to a projected $806 billion!"

If you want the news, stop reading The Times, because they are a little behind the times.

That interest payment is the equivalent of one TARP bill per year just to service the debt. The Times also explains that an additional $500 billion a year in interest expense payments would total more than: "the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

But here is another little tidbit The Times discovered only today: "The competing demands could deepen political battles over the size and role of government, the trade-offs between taxes and spending, the choices between helping older generations versus younger ones, and the bottom-line questions about who should ultimately shoulder the burden."

Let me translate that for you: Rationing and death panels.

The New York Times is just discovering all of this today. But for anyone who watches my program on a nightly basis, let me show you what I said on August 6:


GLENN BECK: I want to make it very, very clear: What these people are talking about is how to ration in the case of an emergency. They define that as a shortage — a shortage of kidneys, hospital beds or flu vaccines — a shortage.

But what we have to remember is universal health care creates another shortage: A shortage of money. And when we are out of money, these people will begin making the rules governing your health care.


The New York Times wonders why they are losing readers. It's because reading their paper is like entering a time machine or reading the news in your rearview mirror. They didn't even bother to jump on the ACORN story, which came complete with corruption, hookers and pimps.

So, while The New York Times has on page A1 that the deficit is crippling and the interest on the debt is insurmountable the minute the Fed starts raising the interest rates, we are still talking about health care. The latest Fox News poll (17-18 Nov. 2009) asks: "Based on what you know about the health care reform legislation being considered right now, do you favor or oppose the plan?" The results: In favor: 35 percent; opposed: 51 percent.

You have to ask why. The answers have already been given — I'm sure The Times will report the answer sometime in February. But here they are:

They need the framework to be able to control you and to ration everything; from electricity to health care to welfare to housing. They need that structure for when this starts to collapse.

The second thing is they need every dime they can squeeze, because they have lied to us and they are about to be trapped in those lies.

That's also the reason why Sarah Palin sold 300,000 books in a week. People are looking for anyone who is not like what we have come to know in Washington.

That's why, when I went on a book tour, over 25,000 people showed up. The New York Times (shockingly) did a story on this Sunday, but they and the rest of the media didn't quote how many people were there. You wouldn't want to tell the truth.

Because they are busy fundamentally transforming this country. It's the culmination of everything progressives have dreamed of for the last 100 years. That's why, despite the obvious unsustainable path and the hoards of people desperate for something else — something out of the box — the people are being ignored. Because they don't care about you.

We must not wait for a leader anymore. The people must lead and the leader will follow.

I announced this weekend that I'm going to have educational conventions around the country this coming year. We'll learn everything from community organizing, history, finance — because you have to know the truth and know what you are facing.

You can get all those details at

Then, on August 28, 2010, I want to meet you at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Surprise, surprise, the government wants to make it almost impossible to stage events or rallies at the site, which means this will probably be the last large gathering there.

But we are going to educate ourselves so we have teeth — so they fear us more than SEIU and their 2.2 million members. We are much bigger than that. We'll educate ourselves and show ourselves — as Republicans, Democrats and independents — in a united front. Standing before the man who taught us "united we; stand divided we fall." All Americans, just looking for someone with the honesty and integrity and the willingness to do the right thing, like Abraham Lincoln.

Because if we are going to save the country, we have to be ahead of the game — which counts all the writers of The New York Times out: They are probably busy contemplating if they should report on the Monica Lewinsky scandal or not.

But we have to be ahead of it and we have to be willing to think out of the box. Because there's a box they are creating for us: It suspiciously looks like a coffin.

Everyone stood around as the Republicans were driving nails into our coffin, saying "look how much money they are spending! Look at all the corruption!" So we kicked him out. And we turned to the Democrats, who coincidentally, had the same exact box. And he started doing the same thing, only faster. Both parties are both spending us into oblivion; one just gets us to the final destination more quickly.

I don't know if this means the end of the two-party system, but I do know it means the end of our country if we keep playing this game. When someone starts to wake up, grabs the crowbar and starts taking out the nails — I will follow them.

But we can no longer count on the people in Washington to wake up. It's really going to fall on your shoulders.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.