Glenn Beck: America fails the Founders quiz



The American Revolution Center commissioned the first national survey to assess adult knowledge of the American Revolution. The results show that an alarming 83 percent of Americans failed a basic test on knowledge of the American Revolution and the principles that have united all Americans. Click here to see the results...

GLENN: Let me share with you the state of America, a new poll that has come out from the American Revolution Center. Do I have that right, Stu? I mean, Pat?

PAT: Yeah, American Revolution Center.

GLENN: Okay, good. I had never heard of it quite honestly before, the American Revolution center. And they contacted the 9/12 project and I got this on my desk this morning and I read it and I was fascinated by it. There's a couple of things that are just, you know, that are stories, that are questions about the American Revolution. We'll get to here in a second to find out how much do people know about the founding of our country. But I found this more relevant, more concerning on the surface, a quicker death, if you will. If I asked you, do you find this right to be essential, important but not essential or not that important, how would you answer? Let's see where you are. The right to a fair trial. Essential? Important but not essential, or not important at all? How would you answer?

PAT: Did anybody say not essential?

GLENN: Not that important was 1%. Important, the right to a fair trial, important but not essential. 14%.

PAT: So that's 15% between the two.

GLENN: Yeah. 15% are like, fair trial, you get one, you don't get one, whatever. Shoot them in the head; don't shoot them in the head. The right to practice the religion of your choice.

PAT: Same three.

GLENN: Is it essential, important but not essential, not that important. 2% say, no, not that important. 18% say important but not essential. 80% say it is. The right to privacy: Essential? 76%. The right to privacy: Important but not essential, 22%. Not important, 2. 20, almost 25%, a quarter say you don't really have a right to privacy. The right to speak freely about whatever you want. This is what I like to call the right to free speech. The right to speak freely about whatever you want. Essential? Well, 2% say not that important. 28% say important but not essential. And only 70% say it is essential. The right to practice no religion, that's what I like to call freedom of religion because atheism is a set of ideas that guides your life. There is no god. You have a right to practice it and you must retain that right to be an atheist. 66% say it's essential to protect the right of people to say there is no god. Only 66%. The right to assemble, march, protest, or petition the government. Think of this. How important is it to be able to petition the government? To be able to collect signatures and say, hey, knock it off. How important is it for you to be able to assemble in your town square? Do you think that right is essential in America? 6% say no. 29%... and 65% say it is essential. How does a country survive when only 65% say the right to assemble is essential. Only 70% say a right to speak freely is essential.

STU: I mean, that's basically saying that the right to speak freely and assemble is about as common as the view of we don't like the current healthcare proposal. I mean, that's like, there's like that debate going on in this society over the freedom to assemble?

GLENN: That is amazing. Try this one on for size. Remember, right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The pursuit of happiness, what is that? What was it originally? Originally they changed it to take away power or future arguments from the South. It was originally life, liberty and property. The right to have your property not searched or seized. So in other words, the government can't come in and just say, I'm taking your property. The government can't come in and just say, I'm going to search it. Whoa, whoa, whoa, what right do you have? Only 59% think that that's a right. They can come in and search your property if they want to. They are the government. Only 59% think that that's essential. The right to own firearms, 19% say that's not important. 35% say it's important but not essential. Only 45% believe that you have a right to bear arms and it's essential to being a free nation.

Now let me give you some good news here if there is some. The right to own firearms? Last time they took the survey it was 33%. Now it's 45. The right to have your property searched or seized? That's actually down from the last survey. It was 60%. Now it's 59. The right to assemble and march and protest and petition the government. It was the last time 56%. Now it's 65. The right to practice no religion is steady at 66%. The right to speak freely is actually down from 72% to only 70 now. The right to privacy has gone from 78% to 76. The right to practice your religion of choice has gone from 81% to 80. And the right to a fair trial has gone from 86% to 84. Good news on the right to bear arms and the right to assemble. Pretty much bad news every place else. How does that happen to a nation? Well, I'll give you the theory that the American Revolution center has come up with. Because it's the rest of the survey. I think it's a pretty tough survey myself. There are a couple of questions there that I didn't know and I'm reading the founding fathers all the time. And a lot of people will say it doesn't matter if you know this kind of stuff. It obviously does because I do think that they are directly related to right to a fair trial? What? That's essential but not that important. The right to free speech and assemble?


 

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

Use code BECK to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

Image source: BlazeTV video screen save

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

youtu.be


Use code BECK to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

Watch the video below for more details:

Use code BECK to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.