Glenn Beck: Is Obama Taking Pointers From Hugo Chavez?


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Is it me or has anyone else noticed that Marxism has suddenly become "cool" in America? Che is just a T-shirt; Mao is a favorite philosopher or a hip purse; Stalin is someone with whom Oliver Stone can "empathize."

These people were all ruthless, cold-blooded killers.

Mark this down on your calendar: Friday, January 22 — you and your family are going to learn the true history of Che, Mao, Stalin, the killers of socialism and communism — part of our new year, new show.

We're going to set the record straight. And once you see it, more people will wonder what I'm wondering tonight: Why is it that nobody seems to be paying any attention to the similarities we're seeing between what Hugo Chavez has been doing in Venezuela and what's happening here?

When have Marxism and/or socialism ever led to prosperity? Have the moves we've made toward socialism helped? The jobless numbers came out on Friday: We're at 10 percent still. With the expected rush of December hiring for Christmas, we still lost jobs.

Ten percent 10 percent unemployment; 85,000 jobs lost in December; White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called it "disappointing" and added, "We are in a very tough economic environment."

That's weird, I thought the worst was behind us — to quote his boss. And it's actually much tougher than he knows or admits because his boss is wrong. The thing about job numbers, they come out the first Friday of every month but they don't really show the whole picture.

Eight-five thousand jobs lost for the month of December, but what they don't take into account is the group "not in the labor force." Who are these people? They are the ones who have given up or, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts it "Persons outside the labor force who want a job, including those who have stopped looking because they believe no jobs are available (discouraged workers)."

How many of those "discouraged workers" could be out there?

Well, the change from October to November was 326,000 people — 326,000 have given up. But the change from November to December: 843,000 people. But they don't count in the government's statistics as unemployed. They are just "discouraged workers" who don't have jobs.

But I want to show you what our old friend Hugo Chavez has been up to.

President Chavez, harried by recession and declining popularity, announced a major currency devaluation late Friday to shore-up government finances and stimulate economic growth before key elections this year. Let's take a look at some of the things Hugo Chavez has done up to this point:

May, 2007: Chavez takes control of oil projects part-owned by foreign private companies

May 28, 2007: Radio Caracas Television, the country's oldest private network and its most watched, goes off the air after Chavez refuses to renew its broadcasting license. He accuses the channel of causing "moral damage" and backing the coup against him in 2002

2009: Chavez begins a campaign of threats, fines and intimidation against the country's only remaining opposition TV station, Globovisión

July 31, 2008: Chavez announces nationalization of Banco Santander the local subsidiary of Banco de Venezuela. Then on November 20, the government took over four private banks

And Hugo Chavez moves to silence and discredit his critics:

June 2009: Police raid the home of Globovisión's president and ordered the station to pay $2.3 million for giving free airtime to anti-government groups during a 2002 oil strike

August 1, 2009: Chavez begins the shutdown of 34 radio stations

Now let me show you what has happened in the past year in the United States of America, under Barack Obama.

Remember: Chavez nationalized big oil; shut down the country's most-watched television network; threatened, fined and intimidated the only other opposition station; shutdown 34 radio stations; took over banks and tried to silence his critics. OK? Here's the past year in America — again, Chavez grabbed control of big oil, let me show you what Maxine Waters said:


REP. MAXINE WATERS, D-CALIF.: And guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing ... uh, um ... would be about, basically, taking over and the government running all of your companies.


Chavez intimidated, shut down or fined any media critical of his policies. Meanwhile, Obama's FCC diversity "czar," Mark Lloyd said this:


MARK LLOYD, FCC DIVERSITY 'CZAR': In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution — a democratic revolution. To begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela.


Lloyd also said this on the Fairness Doctrine:


LLOYD: What we are really saying is that the Fairness Doctrine is not enough.



And, according to Lloyd, commercial broadcast owners who do not comply with these regulations would be forced to pay a fine, the proceeds of which would "directly support local, regional, and national public broadcasting." PBS, funded by your tax dollars and soon fines on private broadcast companies? Lloyd estimates that the fines "would net between $100 million and $250 million" for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which in turn would, according to Lloyd and his colleagues, "cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner."

Chavez took over Venezuelan banks. In America, Barack Obama and the U.S. government executed a bailout of some of America's largest banks and the federal government now owns 35 percent of Bank of America's pro forma tangible equity. On December 14, Obama said this about our banking situation:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: With the help of the American government and the American taxpayer, our banks now have a greater obligation to the goal of a wider recovery, a more stable system and more broadly shared prosperity.


Chavez has worked overtime to silence his critics. On June 16 of last year, Obama mentioned his alleged "opposition":


OBAMA: I've got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration ...


That's a pretty big megaphone.


And when the White House said Fox News isn't a news organization, Obama had this to say:


OBAMA: And if media is operating basically as a talk radio format then that's one thing, and if it's operating as a news outlet that's another. But it's not something I'm losing sleep over.


And now, Chavez is devaluing the Venezuelan currency ... again. It is what we've been telling you since George W. Bush was in office: This president and the last president devalued our dollar and what happened in Venezuela is going to happen here if we don't stop spending money.

But more importantly, if you're going to control a people you must have them dependent on you. So what's the best way to do that? You can change the radio stations, you can control their energy supply, you can even make it so that they have to come to the government to do business. But the most effective way is to become the slave master and make them come to you for employment. How could you lose your job as president if the voter understands that by voting for your competitor — who wants to reduce the size of government — that would mean losing your job? The real power grab is getting them into your employ.

What happens when you compare America's "goods producing" category of jobs vs. government payrolls? From 1939, the public sector — the government — has been steadily growing and the private sector has been growing as well in fits and starts. But it keeps going up — up to about 1999/2000 when "goods producing" bounced around its peak.

Then what happened?

"Goods producing" fell off a cliff and toward the end of 2007, there were more government jobs than producing jobs in this country. And yes, it is not lost on me that most of this happened under Bush.

Now imagine what will happen under Obama. We used to make goods; now we make consumers. We buy "stuff" from other countries and, at this rate, we will all be doing it on government salaries. Which is interesting because if the government is creating government jobs and taxes are paying those jobs and those workers are paying taxes, that makes as much sense as feeding a hungry man his own feet — eventually you are going to run out.

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Chances are, you've noticed that many large companies have decided to become woke activists, despite the fact that alienating half your customer base is a terrible business strategy.

This woke shift isn't being driven by the usual market forces. It's the Great Reset's ESG score system at work, Glenn Beck said on "GlennTV." Under the “environmental, social, and governance” score system, companies will no longer make decisions based on what you, the consumer, want. Now, it's all about what those in power deem society should want. And it's not just businesses that are affected, he explained.

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11 things you can do to help stop the Great Reset

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The foundation of the American way of life is freedom from tyranny, which can only exist in a nation that defends the rights, powers, and property of individuals and families. Over the past two centuries, the greatest threats to liberty have come from governments, both foreign and domestic. And from the beaches of Normandy to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Americans have repeatedly conquered the challenges placed before them by those seeking to extinguish or limit individual rights.

However, over the past few years, a new, potentially catastrophic danger has emerged, but not primarily from the halls of Congress or state capitols. This threat to freedom has largely emanated from the board rooms of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful corporations, large financial institutions, central banks, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Economic Forum.

In an attempt to secure vast amounts of wealth and influence over society, corporate CEOs, bankers, and investors, working closely with key government officials, have launched a unified effort to impose environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards on most of the industrialized global economy. ESG standards are also referred to as “sustainable investment” or “stakeholder capitalism.” According to a report by KPMG, thousands of companies, located in more than 50 countries, already have ESG systems in place, including 82 percent of large companies in the United States.

ESG standards are designed to create a “great reset of capitalism” and to “revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions.” ESG supporters plan to enact these radical changes by using ESG schemes to alter how businesses and investments are evaluated, so that instead of focusing on the quality of goods and services, profits, and other traditional economic metrics, companies — including financial institutions — are evaluated largely on their commitment to social justice and environmental causes and then assigned scores so that companies can be compared, rewarded, or potentially punished.

Supporters of the movement for a Great Reset also plan on using technology to limit free speech and privacy rights, and they support creating vast new government programs that are designed to transform the Western economy via the Green New Deal, European Green Deal, a federal jobs guarantee, and basic income programs.

Together, the proposals that make up the Great Reset represent the most serious threat to freedom in the West since the fall of the Soviet Union and perhaps since World War II. But there is hope. We can stop the Great Reset, but only if we act quickly and with great conviction.

Below are 11 steps you can take to push back against the Great Reset. These steps represent a powerful bottom-up, grassroots approach to the Great Reset’s top-down plan to remake the world. Although many of these steps won’t be easy for everyone to take, they are essential for ensuring that our children and grandchildren will grow up in a world that protects the rights of individuals and empowers families, rather than wealthy special interests, financial institutions, and large corporations.

1. Live Not by Lies: The time for remaining quiet is over. When you hear or see something that you know to be false, speak up. Be kind, generous, and compassionate, but do not, under any circumstances, allow lies to infect your life. Further, do not support organizations, publications, politicians, schools, or any other institutions that regularly promote false claims.

2. Buy Local: The reason the Great Reset is so powerful is because so many of us have become totally dependent on large multinational corporations. They can be easily manipulated in a way that small, local businesses cannot. Learn to buy local, whenever possible, even if it means spending more money on your purchases. Yes, big corporations offer conveniences and low prices that many small businesses can’t compete with, but those benefits come with a great cost: your freedom.

3. Bank Local: Big financial institutions and banks are driving much of the Great Reset movement. They have started to use their incredible wealth and power to alter society by financing only those businesses who agree to the terms of the Great Reset. This problem is going to get worse, so it’s important to find local banks and credit unions you can trust and who refuse to utilize ESG scores and other discriminatory schemes.

4. Support Local Farms: If you live in an area that has local farms and farmer’s markets, consider buying as many of your groceries as possible from farmers. In the future, food production and distribution are going to change dramatically. It’s important that you support local farmers and build relationships with individuals who can provide you with the goods you need in a time of crisis. One of our main goals must be to make local communities as self-sufficient as possible, and that cannot happen unless we support local farms.

5. Be Vocal: After starting to shop and bank locally, be sure to tell big financial institutions and corporations why they have lost your business. They need to know that their decisions have serious consequences.

6. Run for Local Government: Local and state governments will soon be our most important defense against the Great Reset. Consider running for your local school board, zoning board, or even for a state legislative office. If you don’t feel qualified for these positions, find someone who shares your values and help them run for office. If we don’t have control of our local governments, we won’t be able to halt the Great Reset.

7. Demand That Your State Pass Laws Against ESG Scores: In America, states have a tremendous amount of power to slow the Great Reset and protect their citizens from abuses by large corporations, banks, and international institutions. They can do this by passing laws that make the use of ESG metrics and other, similar systems by financial institutions illegal, when used as a precondition for banking services, financing, investment, etc. ESG scores are, by definition, discriminatory and should be made illegal by state lawmakers who care about protecting their citizens’ rights.

8. Make Responsible Spending a Key Issue for Politicians: In recent years, politicians on the ideological left and right have totally abandoned responsible fiscal policy in favor of vast money printing and loose monetary policies. The many trillions of dollars that have been “printed” in recent years put our economy at risk and are being used to fuel the Great Reset. Without these trillions of dollars of printed money, it would be exceptionally difficult for governments and financial institutions to buy off corporations.

9. Organize Anti-Great Reset Groups: No matter where you live, there are Americans in your community who do not support the Great Reset — Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike. Find like-minded neighbors and organize a local, peaceful resistance. Find people you can trust and agree to support one another when times get tough. Now, more than ever, we need to develop dependable communities.

10. Buy Property and Diversify: Property ownership is going to become increasingly more difficult in the months and years to come. It’s important that you work with a qualified financial adviser to help you figure out the best way to buy property and diversify your investments. Buying hard assets, including real estate and precious metals, could be a good way for you to protect against the Great Reset and a possible financial collapse. If you already own property, resist selling it to large corporations and financial institutions, whenever possible. (This is not financial advice, and I’m not a financial adviser. Talk to an expert you trust before taking action!)

11. Make the Great Reset a Litmus Test for Politicians: Before supporting politicians, find out if they know what the Great Reset is and what they plan to do to stop it. If they aren’t familiar with the Great Reset or don’t have a plan to halt it, then demand that they learn about the Great Reset and develop a proposal to prevent it. Political leaders who refuse to take the Great Reset seriously do not deserve your support. This is the key issue of our generation.

Scott Quiner was transferred over the weekend to a hospital in Texas after doctors in Minnesota threated to terminate life support measures as he battled severe complications from COVID-19. Scott's wife, Anne Quiner, appealed to the courts for a restraining order to prevent the hospital from pulling the plug as she sought a new facility to provide medical care for her husband. Scott was unvaccinated when he tested positive for COVID-19 in late October, 2021.

Anne and her attorney Marjorie Holsten joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Thursday to describe their frantic efforts to halt the hospital's decision to turn off Scott's life support — allegedly because he was unvaccinated — and just how difficult it was to get him the medical treatment he needed.

"It was absolutely stunning," Holsten told Glenn. "[Anne] came in and she has this order, I saw the screenshot from the [online medical] chart that said [Scott] is basically scheduled for execution at noon the following day."

According to Holsten, the Minnesota hospital responded to her appeal for a restraining order by claiming that the "position" to keep Scott alive "is not supported by medical science or Minnesota law. As a result, Mercy will ask the court to issue an order that Mercy has the authority to discontinue Mr. Quiner's ventilator and proceed with his medical care plan."

"The 'medical care plan' was the plan to discontinue the ventilator at noon, which leads to death very shortly. So that was at 10 o'clock, but then at 11 o'clock, before the 12 o'clock execution, the judge did, in fact, sign an order saying the hospital is restrained from pulling the plug," she added.

Anne told Glenn that doctors in Texas were shocked by Scott's condition after he arrived from the Minnesota hospital. Not only had he been given dangerous drugs, he was also found to be “severely malnourished."

"The doctor [in Texas] spent two hours with Scott and when he came back out, he said, 'I don't know how he even made it, how he even survived that other hospital ... but I will do everything I can to try to save his life,'" Anne explained.

"And the doctor [in Texas] said Scott was the most undernourished patient he has ever seen," Holsten added.

"Glenn, we are first bringing this battle to the court of public opinion," Holsten continued. "What we are showing the world is that Scott was near death because of the protocols used in that [Minnesota] hospital, but now he is recovering. He is getting better.... Now, we're not planning a funeral, we're planning for his release."

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The Great Reset is not just an elitist idea — it’s not even a socialist utopian concept. It’s a real-world fascist threat to every American from Wall Street to Main Street. It’s happening now in policies and cultural shifts big and small, obvious and subtle, from environmental promises to corporations going woke. But the mainstream media, global elites, and politicians brushed off the Great Reset as “nothing to see here.” Another myth they push: “The World Economic Forum is just a conference for elites who have no REAL power.”

Glenn Beck first exposed the Great Reset almost two years ago, and the globalist cries of "conspiracy theorist" soon followed. They said he believed the WEF was a “master cabal calling the shots from some evil underground lair.” But Glenn Beck never said that. Instead, he uncovered the true intentions of global leaders in finance and politics by simply highlighting their own words.

This week, the same global elites are doubling down on their agenda at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda virtual event. But still, the global elites — like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — are trying to downplay the WEF’s influence to stop people like us from interfering with their plans. The oligarchy will prosper in the new world order they’ve designed. You will not.

So Glenn unveils a master chalkboard based on his best-selling new book to outline the threats from globalists and why we must stop their agenda if we hope to keep the precious freedoms we still have.

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