Glenn Beck: Healthcare and Massachusetts election

GLENN: The Senate race in Mass is Scott Brown 50, Martha Coakley 46. That is the Suffolk poll. Still within the margin of error.

PAT: There's a couple of other polls that show him with a much wider spread. Like one of them shows him 55 40. Another one shows him up by 9.

GLENN: You know what bothers me about this? Is that Barack Obama went up to Massachusetts anyway and then they are saying that the White House is building expectations that she's going to lose. I it doesn't feel right to me.

PAT: Yeah, it's

GLENN: Doesn't feel right to me.

PAT: It's weird.

GLENN: I don't trust these guys at all.

PAT: It's weird because the president stuck his neck out in both Virginia and New Jersey and got it chopped off. So

GLENN: But you know what?

PAT: Politically speaking.

GLENN: There is a, there is something to say for that. He's got to go up there and give them everything they got because if she doesn't win, here's somebody in trouble. And he's telling everybody in congress, "Hey, I'm going to be there for ya, don't worry, don't worry, you just go ahead and vote for healthcare and I'm going to be there." And then he doesn't go up for a close race like this? I mean, he really is in a

PAT: He's in a tough situation.

GLENN: He's in a lose lose situation here.

STU: Yeah. And from an agenda perspective, it doesn't this doesn't necessarily stop healthcare but it has a chance of stopping healthcare. This is the only

GLENN: When he goes up and campaigns in Ted Kennedy for Ted Kennedy's seat, as they like to call it, and he doesn't even mention healthcare. He didn't even mention it. He's stumping her? He doesn't mention healthcare.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: In Massachusetts.

GLENN: Hello. You see the latest Washington Post poll? The Washington Post is doing a story right now. Poll shows growing disappointment, polarization over Obama's performance. A year into his presidency President Obama faces polarized nation, soaring public assessments of his effort to change Washington, according to a Washington Post ABC News poll. Nearly half of all Americans say Obama is not delivering on his major campaign promises and a narrow majority have some or no confidence that he will make the right decisions for the country's future. A majority now have some or no confidence that he will make the right decision for the country's future. More than a third see the president as falling short of their expectations. About double the proportion saying so at the 100 day mark. 63% say the president has accomplished a great deal or a good amount. Now that portion has dropped to 47%. What it doesn't go into in this, in the news story from the Washington Post, the Washington Post didn't report that their own poll now shows most Americans want smaller government with fewer services. 58% say they favor a smaller government with fewer services and only 38% say they favor a larger government with more services. This is what they're up against. This is why they're jamming it through. The American people are not for any of this. But I you know, when you have the left going for Saul Alinsky and saying, hey, Saul Alinsky's right, Saul Alinsky is right. It doesn't matter. The ends justify the means, do whatever you have to do and then you have people like Ed Schultz getting on television and saying I'd cheat if I had I'd vote nine, ten times if I had to. They will. They will. This is the state where the Kennedys have been in charge for a very long time. Barney Frank. I mean, this is a mini Chicago. This has to be a blowout. For this to actually, for you to be able to count on it, there has to be a 10 point spread.

Susan, you are on the Glenn Beck program.

CALLER: Hello?

GLENN: Hi, Susan, go ahead.

CALLER: Hi, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good.

CALLER: Good. It was electric yesterday at the Scott Brown rally. There was so many people there that the police had to block off the street. And then he had to set up two satellite buildings to hold everyone that was there. It was just incredible. We were at the Crowne Plaza hotel ballroom and it was packed. You couldn't even move. And I don't even know what it was like in the main rally which was at Mechanic Hall in Worcester.

GLENN: Now, it is supposed to be, it is supposed to be lousy weather tomorrow, right?

CALLER: Tomorrow, for Tuesday? Cloudy. It snowed here last night. So, yeah, the weather's not the best. Doesn't matter. I'll be going.

GLENN: What are you feeling, what are you feeling on the ground with what's her name, Margaret, Martha?

CALLER: Martha.

CALLER: Marsha.

PAT: Marsha, that's what it is.

GLENN: Patrick Kennedy is giving a speech for her, introducing her, calls her the wrong name three times. That's beautiful.

CALLER: Well, they can't even spell Massachusetts right in their ad. So what do you expect?

GLENN: I know. What is the what are the supporters like for Marta?

CALLER: Well, when they were out there yesterday, there was probably 35 or 40 of them across the street from where we were and they were just standing there with signs. They weren't saying anything, they weren't talking back. They were just standing there like robots. It was nothing. We were electric. We were, you know, going for it and they just stood there. And I don't know anyone personally that's going to vote for her. Everyone is so upset about the healthcare. That they are going for him.

GLENN: Well, why is it they are all for the healthcare

CALLER: They are all for him stopping the healthcare.

GLENN: Oh, stopping healthcare.

CALLER: Yeah, they are voting to stop healthcare.

GLENN: Susan, do you believe him?

CALLER: You know, Glenn, he seems like he's a really good guy. My gut tells me that he's sincere. And that's the only thing I can go by. You know, I mean, politicians have lied to us so many times in our lives, what do you do? You just go by your gut feeling. And I get the gut feeling he's sincere. After the rally at Mechanics Hall which is where he was mainly speaking she came to each satellite and talked to each of us and told us thank you for coming out. And the look on his face when he walked into that ballroom was, he was blown away at how many people were there. Now, he's either a really great actor or he's very sincere. I don't know. I can only go by my gut.

GLENN: Well, it's, let's hope for the best, prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

CALLER: Hope for the best, exactly.

GLENN: Thanks a lot, Susan, I appreciate it. I'd like to you know, Stu, can you see if we can get a hold of Scott?

STU: Yeah, we've been efforting.

GLENN: You've been efforting the situation? I'd like to talk to him.

PAT: He at least knows that there's still terrorists in Afghanistan.

STU: That's always a positive.

GLENN: I can't believe that this race is this close.

PAT: Well, you have to remember, though, that she started out 19 or 23 points ahead of him.

STU: Yeah, he has no right being in this race.

PAT: He has, by all rates this should be over before it even started. And she won the Democratic nomination by 19 points. So she's got enormous name recognition. She had everything going for her. She had all the money, she had all the recognition, she has all the

GLENN: She had a great vacation.

PAT: She had a great vacation and apparently that's when he started making headway and then she started making statements like this.

VOICE: If the goal was and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believed that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists, we supported that, I supported that goal. They are gone. They are not there anymore.

PAT: And then to call Curt Schilling a Yankees fan as she did over the weekend. Curt Schilling is a Red Sox legend and brought them, you know, the world series title.

GLENN: That's like something I would say.

PAT: Yeah, it is.

GLENN: In what context did she say that?

STU: Is it a joke?

GLENN: He's a supporter of Scott Brown, right?

PAT: Yeah. She was being interviewed and Dan Rhea said, yeah, but she was mentioning that she had, I don't know, somebody on her side. And the guy counters with, yeah, but now Scott Brown has Curt Schilling, okay? To which Coakley said, yeah, another Yankee fan. The interviewer says, Schilling? She says, yes. And he says, Curt Schilling, a Yankee fan? She says, uh oh, no, all right, I'm wrong on I'm wrong.

STU: Oh, wow, yeah.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh. I was giving her the benefit of the doubt until, oh, no, wait, no, hang on, no. Not that Curt. I meant another one.

PAT: I meant Schilling from the Schilling the sauce, you know, the

GLENN: The other guy, fat guy.

PAT: You know.

GLENN: You look him up. He's in the phone book under Yankee fan.

PAT: I'm pretty sure. This is Schilling of the Bronx. The Schillings.

GLENN: And I love the fact that they have come out, "The Boston Globe" said that brown is not going to be attending any Mensa meetings at night.

STU: Of course.

GLENN: Well, of course not. They hold them during the day. Are they implying that she will?

STU: Of course. She's smart and he's dumb. D and R. I got it. That's how it works every single election.

GLENN: I can't I mean, how these people just don't see that the game is over. They just don't see that Americans are onto this. Oh, he's dumb? Oh. If you hadn't called half the population dumb, tea partygoers, you are calling half the population dumb. When you do that, they go, well, wait a minute here, I'm not dumb. And then they start to notice everybody else that's dumb and they realize, oh, only the people that agree with the elites are called smart. Oh! The game is over, gang.

In one of his first executive orders, President Joe Biden reversed the Trump administration's ban on critical race theory training within the federal government.

Christopher F. Rufo, director for the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, joined BlazeTV's Glenn Beck to discuss what this means moving forward and how you can help defend America's values in your local governments, businesses, and schools.

Rufo, whose research inspired former President Donald Trump's ban on critical race theory training in federal agencies last year, said he's gearing up for a classic David vs. Goliath underdog fight and taking this "Marxist takeover" to the courts, where he's optimistic it'll be ruled not only anti-American, but outright unlawful.

"We're going to wage decentralized, relentless, legal warfare against critical race theory in every American institution, and really flood the zone in the courts," Rufo said. "I think that when we get up, hopefully, to the Supreme Court, I'm confident that we'll win because this stuff is just so toxic, it's so divisive, it's so harmful. I have faith that at the end of the day, the folks within the judiciary — and even the court of public opinion — will be on our side."

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Remember when rooting for your favorite sports team felt patriotic? It's no secret that the sports world has become extremely leftist over the past few years and is now even preaching anti-American ideals in many ways.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn spoke with veteran sports journalist Jason Whitlock about where he believes this all started — and Whitlock tied it back to former President Barack Obama, Nike, and China.

Whitlock first talked about how professional football and baseball used to have a healthy rivalry over which was the most patriotic.

"The military fly-overs, the national anthem before the game, and all of that — the NFL tried to make you feel like the most patriotic thing you could do on a Sunday is go to church and watch football. It was a brilliant business strategy that catapulted football to where it's America's favorite pastime. ... It's something that I authentically believe in: Sports do teach the values that best exemplify America," he said.

"Then China and our competitors figured out, if you really want to influence American culture, you have to get into the sports world," he added.

Whitlock also told Glenn why he believes President Obama and Nike both played significant roles in moving left-wing political rhetoric into the world of sports.

"I'm not some super-harsh Barack Obama critic, but I'm just going to let the facts speak for themselves. Barack Obama intentionally partnered with ESPN because he wanted to speak to that sports audience," he said.

"It was a process of 'let's move left-wing stuff into the sports world,'" he added. "And Nike is a much bigger business, five to six times more lucrative than the NBA. Nike actually runs the NBA. The NBA is a marketing arm of Nike. Nike's relationship with China is the key to all of this."

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IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

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

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