Glenn Beck: Still Think a Man's Home Is His Castle?

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Hello America and happy Thanksgiving!

I've been preparing for this holiday by eating non-stop for I'd say about six or eight months now; hence the chins.

Anyway, it's a great time of year because we are reminded that we've got a lot to be thankful for in this country and we often take even the simplest things for granted. Like our freedoms or even our homes. We don't realize how fragile our liberties really are. They could be snatched away at any given moment.

A man's home is his castle. A man's home is the shelter from the storm. It's been decorated by you, has your pictures. It is yours. Now the poorest of the poor don't have money to go against the big, evil, rich companies that want to take your homes. That's what the whole housing crisis is about: Keeping people in the houses; the home is sacred.

Unless you are the government and you see tax dollars on the horizon.

Take this story out of Brooklyn, New York. It's about families that want to keep their homes — they don't have any desire to move — but there are ton of tax dollars to be made. This isn't about the developer. This is about the government getting tax dollars and so they will crush anyone who stands in their way.

Real estate tycoon and owner of the New Jersey Nets, Bruce Ratner, wants to build a new home arena for his team on a $4.9 billion, 22-acre site in Brooklyn.

The homeowners don't want to sell and the Transit Authority has a rail yard there that they don't want to move. So what does the well-connected real estate tycoon do? He goes to the government. And voila: New York's Court of Appeals upheld the state's use of eminent domain for the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.

Let me tell you about the last time this happened. You may remember the name Suzette Kelo. She was a homeowner in New London, Connecticut.

Suzette was living the American dream. She had a home of her own until the progressive politicians there decided they were going to act on their own dream. They had a vision for the town. They wanted to revitalize it. They decided the town savior would be giant drug manufacturer Pfizer. So, they picked out some land. Great for Pfizer, bad for Suzette: Her home was in the line of fire. But she didn't want to move. So she fought.

The case made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 2005. The state used the "public use" argument under the Fifth Amendment. Now, you may be thinking, how is forcing people to sell their homes to a private drug company in any way public use? That's a good question. Here was their explanation: "If an economic project creates new jobs, increases tax revenues and revitalizes a depressed urban area then the project qualifies as public use."

That still doesn't make sense to me, but the court went along with it by a 5-4 count.

So, how is that "economic growth" doing in New London? Let's take a look at the progressive idea in action today: an empty lot.

Pfizer has left the building, everybody! Yes, all those people in New London were forced to sell their homes for the greater good. Now, I'm not a revitalization expert, but that doesn't look like an upgrade to me.

The court decision basically rendered the term "public use" in the Fifth Amendment meaningless and all we have to show for it is this beautiful empty dirt lot.

It was hailed as a victory by progressives: Helping many at the expense of a few. The Times called it a "setback to the 'property rights' movement" — as if property rights were bad? Pfizer is still keeping the land, by the way. They bought it cheap and they got huge tax breaks to move there. So they are content to let it sit, empty. So much for "creating jobs" and "tax revenue" and "revitalization."

This isn't America. This isn't what the pilgrims had in mind when they hopped into a boat and ventured out into the ocean. They were trying to get away from an intrusive government. Do you think they'd be happy about land grabs? Or money grabs —- like these two stories:

In California, the state this month has just implemented a 10 percent tax. Their excuse? They said it's not a tax and to think of it as a "forced, interest-free loan." Wow, what a great deal! Let me get this straight: I get to loan you money, I make nothing off of it and then I get IOUs at tax time? Where do I sign up?

Perhaps the most egregious abuse of power comes out of New York. They decided to spend over $2 billion to bail out the MTA. Where did $1.5 billion of that bailout come from? A retroactive payroll tax. Yes, they just invented a new tax bracket and went back in time to tax money that had already been taxed. I don't know about you, but where I'm from that is called theft. Stealing. Criminal.

Taking from some and giving to others is only a bi-product of the real goal of progressives: control. They believe you will always choose selfish interests over the collective interest. So, they feel it necessary to control you. Look at what they are doing in Massachusetts with their health care. They have a bill now that, under an emergency, would allow government to apply forced vaccinations. That's been done before, but in this bill you can go into a person's house and destroy unspecified things that the state feels should be destroyed.

Look, how about your property rights when they took over GM and Chrysler? If you were a bond holder, you just lost. They just took it from you. That was your money, your decision. And the government just took it and gave it to unions.

How about the banks: If you were a shareholder it didn't matter; you got screwed. They just took it.

Let me ask you this question: How is the little guy making out? Who is benefiting? Is it you or a private drug company like in New London? Is it you or the real estate tycoon in New York? Is it you or is it the politically well-connected?

Maybe it's just me, but I'm not really seeing the great benefit for the "little man."

Look at the cities with the most poverty. Progressives have been in control of the top 10 highest poverty cities 92 percent of the time since 1965. Last I checked they are lining the streets in Detroit at the mere rumor of "Obama cash" being handed out on the streets.

They are just taking our homes, because they can, for other private entities to use.

Pilgrims would be smacking us upside the head if they saw the direction we were headed. They fled their oppressive government in favor of sailing across a vast, largely unknown ocean in hopes of finding new land. For all they knew, they'd sail around forever just to get the hell away from a government that was too oppressive. They came here so they could have something. It's called freedom. We are stomping on them and everything they risked.

Did you know that the line "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" was originally going to be life, liberty and property? You know why it was changed? Because the South considered slaves to be property.

And so these "evil," "hateful" Founders changed it, to weaken the case of the slave-owner. But it was originally "life, liberty and property." You are losing your right on that. Let me show you how far we've come.

Here in New York there once was another area that was considered blight. And the wealthiest man in New York, John D. Rockefeller, lived a few blocks from this blight and he wanted it gone. So he decided to build some buildings. One guy wanted to sell, but he was holding them hostage for it. Another building was owned by a family who ran their own bar. The most powerful man in the country couldn't take the property from them in a blighted community. That's why there are two oddly Victorian-styled buildings in the Art Deco masterpiece of Rockefeller Plaza. It is a testament to life, liberty and property.

New London is a testament to the America we are building today.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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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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