Glenn Beck: Progressives are the lunatic fringe

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GLENN: The progressive movement is the lunatic fringe of the left. It is the home of everything that you despise. It is the home of income tax. It is the home of prohibition. It is the home of the Fed. What else can I give?


GLENN: Every single department, from the department of the interior to the FDA to the department, everything, all of this stuff is a progressive idea. The UN is also progressive. It is the idea that people cause the problem and if we could just get the little people to just stop, government could solve the problem. It is the idea that life is just too complex for the little people to understand. You want to read the most evil book I've ever read, I've read Mein Kampf. Evil? You bet. Scary? You bet. I want you to read the Phantom Public by Walter Lippmann. It is a book published I think in 1923. I have an original copy that I read, and it's the, it was the book that I put down. And I said to my wife, I can't read this stuff anymore, I just can't do it. I can't continue to read about the progressive movement because it's evil. Walter Lippmann worked for CBS. I think he ran CBS for a while. You want to talk about evil, people are just too stupid. We just need the media to teach them what to do. We'll just get with the political elites and the professors and then we'll have the media be taught by the political elite and then we'll just spoon feed it to the masses. That's the idea. And if the masses don't get it, there's got to be some genetic way we can engineer better citizens. I'm not making this up. That's really what they thought. Evil. This is the root of the progressive movement. So if you want to say that you're a progressive because it stands for progress, you're wrong. It's Marxist. It's as evil as Marx. And if you don't think Marx was evil, then you haven't done enough history. You've been listening to your professors. Marx said necessarily that 10% of the population would need to be liquidated for a revolution to be able to take hold. Well, the progressives thought that was just crazy, sure, that was nuts. That's why they're not Marxists. They're not socialists. They're not communists. I've been trying to figure out what the difference is. I had to go back and read their own arguments from the turn of the century. Their argument was that Marx called for a revolution. Communists wanted a revolution. Think of this. Put this into perspective of the 1960s. What were people clamoring for? These Marxists were revolutionaries and they said we're going to have a revolution. No, we're not, no.

Turn of the century? The progressives learned the same things that Cloward and Piven taught the Sixties revolutionaries. We'll have an evolution. It's where the Constitution went awry. It's a living document. It can just change as we go. Not by changing the Constitution the right way. Just by reinterpreting it. Just by looking at it, no longer looking at the Federalist Papers, no longer looking to the words of James Madison who made the notes during the Constitutional Convention, no longer looking at the original intent of the Constitution. Instead looking at case law. It was the progressive movement in the 1920s that cut off all looking back at original intent at Harvard University, a professor a progressive became the head of the law school and they said, you know what, start on case law. No longer original intent. Let's look at the evolving law. Evolution, not revolution. That's how we got here. But they are radicals that have put people in prison. Woodrow Wilson did, anybody who dissented. They are radicals that engage in propaganda. Walter Lippmann was part of that during Woodrow Wilson. Goebbels said he learned it from Wilson. They are people that have supported dictators. If they say they are not supporting dictators, "Oh, that's ridiculous. We don't support dictators." Look at their history. They supported Mussolini, they supported Hitler at the very beginning, they supported Stalin. Many of them still support Stalin. They are currently supporting Castro. They are currently supporting Chavez. If they support Chavez and Castro, why is it so unlikely that they supported Benito Mussolini? Same guy, different era. One's been exposed as a brutal killer. The others have yet to fully be exposed.

So it's the same thing over and over and over and over again with these people, and we cannot allow them to crawl under another rock and subvert the Constitution through evolution anymore. It is time to expose them. And either agree with them and say, yes, that's what America needs to be, a socialist progressive state. Or expose it and exterminate. Exterminate the thought of the progressive movement. Don't allow it to fester anymore. It doesn't mean that you have to chase it out of thought because I'm not somebody who says burn books. I'm not saying, I don't believe shut up and sit down. I don't believe that. I believe tell the truth. And sunlight is the best disinfectant. You don't need to run these people out. All you have to do is open up the curtains and expose them for who they are. It disinfects. It exterminates the ideas right there because then what did Hitler do? Why is it important that we remember the Holocaust? Why? Because if we remember, it doesn't allow it to grow again. That's why the theme of this show, as you just heard, is we will be the key; remember who we are.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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