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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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:


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