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?

PAT: UN?

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 FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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


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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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