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Thomas Jefferson said:

"Truth can stand by itself. Truth will do well enough if left to shift for herself. ...Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself ... she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them."

Why then, if truth is sufficient to herself and if free argument and debate are allowed, are we constantly told that "the debate is over"? What have they to fear of further debate? If I'm not telling the truth, why then do they attack this program and me so viciously? Lies, that are broadcast nightly, are easily stopped. There are laws; there are standards. Even if you think I'm wildly irresponsible, you have to know that News Corp., a company worth billions of dollars, is not going to risk everything on my irresponsibility.

Yet, the phone doesn't ring. Why? Because the truth is on my side.

Well, we're not playing their game any longer. While we continue to argue the facts, they just keep moving the ball down the field anyway. That's exactly what they've done with health care and the Democrat senators who jammed this down our throats, have the nerve to make statements that they've done the work of the American people. We didn't want their bill: 85 percent of us are happy with the health care we have. So while claiming that only the elite few had health care, the fact is, it was a precious few for whom they were working.

So, the pattern has been: We share the facts, then they make their claim, then the truth comes out, because they do something that refutes their claim.

All this week, we're going to close the case on the all the facts we laid out last year. And it's pretty easy to do. Let's start with Mark Lloyd:

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GLENN BECK, AUG. 28: This is disturbing. This man's name is Mark Lloyd. He actually lamented on the fact that non-state-run radio stations prevented the incredible revolution of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela:

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MARK LLOYD, FCC CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER: In Venezuela with Chavez really an incredible revolution, a democratic revolution ...

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BECK, SEPT. 22: It's not like he wanted to regulate who's allowed to have any kind of power, right?

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LLOYD: We have really, truly good white people in important positions and the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions and unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions, we will not change the problem. We're in a position where you have to — you have to say, who is going to step down so someone else can have power?

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When I pointed these out, the left went on attack. I could go on for an hour with their hysterical rantings, but let me just give you one — just in the interest of time — from Mark Lloyd himself, who claimed to simply be victim of a "right-wing smear campaign" not to mention "exaggerations and distortions" on his First Amendment remarks.

Now, granted, we have to get into the Way Back Machine and go all the way back to the book Lloyd wrote in 2006 to find what he actually wrote about freedom of speech — and frankly, I'm not even sure America was a country back then — but here's what he said:

"It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies ... the purpose of free speech is warped to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance."

It's interesting to note that Mark Lloyd also called what happened in Venezuela "democratic" — a "democratic revolution". Now, sadly, these facts are tricky — facts have often been referred to as "stubborn." And so they are. That's probably why it took so long for Lloyd get around to explaining himself, but finally here's how Mark Lloyd responded, in mid-December: "I am not at the FCC to remove anybody, whatever their color, from power. I am not a supporter of Hugo Chavez."

You're lying in one of your statements then: Either you think Chavez had an "incredible revolution" or he didn't. You either think some have to step down so others can have a chance or you don't.

They're asking you to pretend that one set of videotaped remarks just don't exist.

We also told you where Lloyd stands on the Fairness Doctrine:

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LLOYD: What we're really saying is that the Fairness Doctrine's not enough and that having a — having a sort of overarching rule that says, you know, broadcasters ought to be fair, ought to provide issues important to communities and that they ought to do it in a fair and balanced way is simply enough unless you put some teeth into that and put some hard structural rules in place that are going to result in fairness.

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But then Lloyd says he never wanted Fairness Doctrine: "I am not at the FCC to restore the Fairness Doctrine through the front door or the back door, or to carry out a secret plot funded by George Soros to get rid of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or any other conservative talk show host."

He's right; he's not going to restore it. He told us that it doesn't go far enough. He wants something possibly much worse. Maybe it's just me, but is it beyond a reasonable doubt to assume that it would be something that resembles Chavez's "incredible revolution"?

The facts are that Lloyd does believe in the revolution; he does want Venezuela's government-controlled media, here.

OK, so the Mark Lloyd stuff? We're not arguing it anymore, unless and until my phone rings with a reasonable explanation, case closed.

Last summer, during the health care debate, we told you that the administration's math just didn't add up. That it would be impossible to add 30 million people to the health care rolls, while at the same time, adding no additional doctors or nurses and not have rationing. Because some bureaucracy would have to decide who would receive rationed health care, the term "death panels" was applied.

Here is the fact: On August 6, 2009, I said this:

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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.

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Does that sound crazy?

Well, the left thought it did; attacking me, Sarah Palin and anyone else who dared suggest that health care would need to be rationed:

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KEITH OLBERMANN, MSNBC: There is no "death panel." There is no judgment based on societal productivity. There is no worthiness test.

JOSH LEVS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In the end, the lie of the year, by far, according to poltifact.com — there's our drum roll — was this: It was from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin saying seniors and the disabled would have to stand in front of Obama's death panel so that bureaucrats can decide whether they are worthy of health care.

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Then, the truth, finally discovered by The New York Times, in a front-page article about our mushrooming, unsustainable debt, said this: "The competing demands could deepen political battles over the size and role of the 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."

So, The New York Times says it, but SEIU named me "fear-monger of the year"? Are they?

We also discovered a very unusual situation with Obama's "cash for clunkers" campaign on Cars.gov:

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BECK: If you log on to this at your home ...

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, FOX NEWS: Right.

BECK: ... everything in your home is now theirs?

GUILFOYLE: Basically, and there's nothing you can do.

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JONAH GOLDBERG: Well, not your couch, just your computer.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, you may not like the language, it may be off-putting. But it's completely legal. They're well within their recourse to do so and it's very broad.

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Well, that brought out the bloggers.

Trueslant.com: "Beck's hysterical rantings have no basis in reality or fact and as usual the same dedicated collection of wing-nuts and conspiracy theorists have picked up the story as gospel truth ..."

Little Green Footballs: "Is there a point at which most reasonable people will start realizing that Glenn Beck is a raving freakazoid nut sandwich? What a disgrace; this is nothing but unjustifiable fear-mongering ..."

Blog For All: "Beck is an idiot who clearly hasn't done his research ... there's plenty of things to criticize about the (cash) for clunkers program ... but this isn't one of them."

I was a "conspiracy nut," "idiot," "insane," "hysterical" and a "Luddite" to name a few. For the uninitiated, Luddites were groups of workers in early 1800s England who organized to destroy machinery, fearing technology would replace workers. Yeah, that's me — a real technophobe. That's why I utilize every medium known to man.

Part of the rap from the left was that the Web site was set up only for dealers — which we made clear all along:

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BECK, JULY 31, 2009: The dealer goes to Cars.gov and then they hit "submit transaction"

BECK, AUG. 3, 2009: Tonight, an incredible update on the "cash for clunkers" disclaimer that forced car dealers to give the federal government their computers as federal property.

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The dealers' computers could be considered federal property when they logged on. We also warned that this could spread to all of us. Is this sort of government intrusion suddenly of no concern to the left? The same people who wailed and wept at every move George Bush made with the Patriot Act — something still in place under Barack Obama, by the way.

All was well, after the administration changed the warning the next day. They said it was simply "poorly worded." Really? You mean the White House lawyers are so bad, that they can't even properly word the disclaimer for a $2 billion program that was supposed to kick start the economy? Bush should've insisted that the Patriot Act was just "poorly worded" even though that program wasn't directed against American auto dealers, but Al Qaeda.

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Bill O'Reilly joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday to discuss a recent House Homeland Security Committee briefing on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which "national security experts" claimed "right-wing" groups pose a greater threat to the United States than groups like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

Glenn played two video clips from the briefing that showed Senior Fellow Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, Daniel Byman, and former National Intelligence Council Chair during the Obama administration, Christopher Kojm, in apparent agreement that "right-wing extremists" are a bigger threat to Americans today than "jihadists."

"I'm someone who has written extensively on both jihadist groups, but also right-wing, white supremacist groups," Byman says in the first video clip. "And in my mind, there's no question that today in the United States, the right-wing and white supremacist violence is a much greater risk."

"I agree with your assessment and those of my colleagues who have spoken already, there's little doubt that the domestic terrorist threat from white nationalists and right-wing extremist groups is greater than the jihadist threat today," Kojm states in the second clip.

"Who are those idiots?" O'Reilly exclaimed. "It's just unbelievable ... they're not even in the same universe. Yeah, there are bad neo-Nazi Americans running around, yeah, but there are very few of them. I mean, the jihadists are causing death and destruction, death and destruction all over the world. Not just in the United States. These people are so blatantly irresponsible and ignorant, it's just staggering."

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The Biden administration was recently caught lying about the White House dog, Major, and his history of biting Secret Service agents, according to newly released emails.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn argued that, if the current administration is willing to lie about something so meaningless to the American people, what else are they willing to lie about? For instance, the State Department claims that there are only about 200 American citizens left in Afghanistan who want to be evacuated. But Glenn has heard very different reports from people on the ground. Is it safe to assume they're currently lying to us about all kinds of things — from the "new and improved" Taliban, to the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan?

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Tonight on "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck outlines everything that led up to the chaos in Kabul in a blow-by-blow takedown that SHOULD lead to massive resignations within the Biden administration and top military brass. Americans died. Americans are – TO THIS DAY – still stranded, and it is ALL on President Joe Biden.

Glenn interviews The Nazarene Fund's Rudy Atallah who gives an update on the total rescue numbers and details the obstacles he's had to overcome with the State Department. He explains why he believes they are thwarting private sector rescue efforts and says the numbers of Americans begging to be rescued are in the thousands — not hundreds — and "will exceed any number that has come out of Jen Psaki's mouth." While The Nazarene Fund rescue efforts continue in a more perilous Afghanistan, Rudy reveals another terrifying obstacle: Chinese and Russians resources deployed to assist the Taliban in rounding up church leaders, women, journalists, and lawyers who put terrorists away.

Glenn also interviews Tim Kennedy, an Afghanistan war veteran and president of Sheepdog Response who partnered with SaveOurAllies.org to sneak past the Taliban and bring thousands to safety. He details the moment the bomb went off when he was on the ground at the Kabul airport and addresses the Taliban kill list. "They will kill babies, execute women, and cut your tongue out. That's just the G-rated stuff."

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray ripped into President Joe Biden's latest speech in which our commander in chief touted the Afghanistan withdrawal as an "extraordinary success" that was "designed to save American lives" — despite the loss of 13 of America's finest, our military equipment in the hands of our enemies, and scores of Americans and allies still trapped in Afghanistan.

"This was not a success by any stretch of the imagination and people need to be held accountable," Glenn asserted. "Because if this is allowed to stand, and these people are just allowed to continue on with no ramifications, you don't not want to see what our military will turn into. I am telling you now, we will become the darkest force ever, ever to walk the earth. With our technology, and our resources, with our fighting machines that soon can be run robotically, we will make the Nazis look like rookies ... this must not continue!"

Glenn then played a video clip from the speech in which President Biden claimed that the "Taliban has made public commitments, broadcast on television and radio across Afghanistan, on safe passage for anyone wanting to leave, including those who worked alongside Americans."

"Anyone who says, 'Oh, they're going to let them through their checkpoint,' doesn't know their ass from their elbow!" Glenn responded. "They have no idea what is going on, or they are lying. So, Mr. President, which one is it? Do you not really know what's going on? If so, the 25th Amendment should be invoked. If you do know what's going on, then you should be impeached for lying to the American people on such a grand scale, it's staggering!"

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