Glenn Beck: White House spinning the impossible

GLENN: I want to talk to you a little bit about the spin that's coming now from the White House on healthcare. Let's go to Pat's

VOICE: Pat's audio vault.

GLENN: Pat's audio vault. Here's what happened over the weekend.

VOICE: What happened over the course of the weekend was there have been a series of phone calls and conversations to try to see what the climate is, what's the possible. But what the president is always going to do is try to push hard for the American people. He is not going to give up on that because of one election in Massachusetts. He's going to continue to work hard.

PAT: Just one election.

VOICE: We don't know what's going to happen. He is going to try to fight for absolutely as much as he can. Now, all the core principles that he set forth at the very beginning of the process...

AXELROD: They look at the polling in the Washington Post yesterday.

PAT: David Axelrod.

AXELROD: On the Massachusetts race, it's very clear people don't want us to walk away from healthcare. They want Brown to come and work with us and not be obstructionist.

GLENN: Where?

VOICE: And I suggest the Republican Party look at that poll. People were crying out for cooperation instead of obtructionism.

GLENN: Wow.

VOICE: Right now, Chris, we're working with leaders on Capitol Hill to try to figure out the best path forward. We don't know we don't know what that is quite yet but those discussions with happening right now to see whether or not we can get something done.

GLENN: I can't take it.

PAT: It's unbelievable. Okay, so they elected Scott Brown to go to Washington to not be an obstructionist when they had Martha Coakley who would have made sure there was no obstruction done. You don't they are not even making sense with their spin anymore.

GLENN: No, no. And they are going, they are going to move

PAT: That's how desperate they are.

GLENN: Here's what they're going to do. They are going to move now finally to jobs. But understand now that their jobs program, you've already seen it. Remember if you pass this stimulus bill, we will not go over 8% unemployment. We're now at 10. So you've already seen that. It doesn't work. And let's just, you know, let's just get this out on the table on why Brown had the victory. It was about healthcare. It was about the economy. It was about terrorism. It was about Obama. But it's also about incumbency. Coakley was part of the machine. That's the big key I think everybody needs to understand is the machine. That's why independents are coming out. That's why Obama won, because they thought he could break the machine. They didn't realize that he was the machine!

Here's what I want a candidate to say and do this fall. I want a candidate to look me in the eyes and really say what they mean and mean what they say. I want to be able to not hear any of the double speak, I don't want to hear any focus group. I want to know exactly what you believe. I want to know that you work for me and not the machine. I want you I want to know that you're an American that believes in the Constitution. Not some evolving progressive document but the Constitution as it's written. I'd like to hear you talk a little bit about James Madison. I'd like to hear you talk a little bit about the founding fathers. I want to know. I don't care if you're Republican, I don't care if you're a Democrat or an independent. I don't care. To me it's about the issues and what you actually believe. I don't even care if you meet with lobbyists as soon as long as you're willing to put all of those meetings up on YouTube. Yep, you know what, guys? Going to meet with you guys here. That's totally cool, just have this little camera behind me. I'm just going to put it up on YouTube because I mean, you represent me. Shouldn't I know what you're doing? Promise me that you're never going to lie. Because I'm promising myself if you do lie, I'm done. You lie on anything, I'm done with you, done. Promise me that you're not going to vote for any budget increase. I want a decrease. I don't even want a freeze. I want a decrease. I don't want tax increases, I don't want any pork. I don't care how minuscule this pork is. None. In fact, I want people that will work for free, until you get the deficit under control. And if you can't do that whole free thing, I understand that. I want you to cut your salary every single year that you run a deficit. I want you to tell me that terrorists are terrorists, not even enemy combatants. To me that doesn't even go far enough. You are going to treat them as terrorists, not as some police action and not as some bad guys that are just misunderstood and we need to sit down and have a chat with them. I don't care who contributes to your campaign as long as you don't know who they are as well. You keep those campaign lists away from you, forever. Tell me that only legal immigrants are going to enter our country, period. That's it. Legal. Not going to have any racist conversations with you because I don't think that I believe the American people are not racist. Oh, I believe there's maybe, what, 10, 20% of Americans that are racist? But that's not generally who they are. So I'm not going to have I mean, if you've demonstrated that you are a racist, you've got a little pointy hood, we should probably know about that. But if the charges about you being a racist are you just want legal immigrants? I don't have a problem with that. I need you to say only legal immigrants. I want somebody to say, whew, we're in for some tough times and here's why: Let me show you the deficit, let me show you the spending, let me show you the corruption. And then have a plan that includes me.

I want you to tell me that you're not going to go in and bargain for any, like, special favors. If it's wrong for the country, I don't care how right it is for your state. Tell me how many terms you are going to serve and then stick to it. I don't need you to be a golfer, I don't need you to be, you know, a hero. You know, I want you to be like my grandfather. He was a hero to me. He was a teacher, he was a mentor, he was an honest man. That's all I need you to be. Admit to me that you've made mistakes. There are going to be some more. But also admit to me that your big mistakes are in the past, that you've made mistakes maybe but you're not repeating them. You know what I mean? I don't care what you did 15 years ago, I really don't. I don't care what you did 10 years ago. I don't care what you did 5 years ago, although it is starting to be relevant. I really need to see the document Asian of what you've done and how you've changed if it's been five years. And then just remember this one thing. Words have meaning because words, as a man thinks, he becomes. Words have meaning. They have action. God spoke it and it became. Pharaoh let it be written, let it be said. Let it be written, let it be done. It's the same thing.

If you're weak, if you're unsure, if you're not sure what's important in life, if you're not willing to sacrifice your name, your reputation, really your life at this point, if you're not willing because that's really, I mean, you are dealing with those kinds of people. If you're not willing to say these things I believe and I will, I'll die for, then you are not the guy. And that's okay. Just get out of the way so we can find the guy. And just know that if that's the guy you are going in, have you ever, ever heard of anybody being a better man when they left Washington? If you are not that guy going in, you don't stand a chance of surviving. And coming out and getting home with your soul. That's probably a good reason for term limits for anybody who's reasonable. I probably shouldn't spend so much time there because I'll lose my soul eventually.

You've got to be the strong person going in. You have to know what you're up against. And if you are willing to fight it and you are willing to not be a part of the machine but dismantle the machine, man, you are going to have all kinds of support. You'll have all kinds of support. But just a warning. The minute you lie to us, you're done. I can handle even people who are lying if I know they're liars. For instance, I I mean, I knew that's what we were getting into with Barack Obama, didn't you? I mean, we knew we were getting into that. So I'm not so surprised. But if you're going to campaign as one of us, you know, me and you against the machine, and you become part of the Borg, oh, no, that's not going to go well, no.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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