Glenn Beck: Intellectual battle for America's soul

GLENN: All right. So I met the and for anybody who listens to this program and has listened for a long time, you have to understand that the way I do my research, and I'm at the very beginning of my research on some things that I'm working on, is I'm not coming to you with the way I believe it absolutely is. I'm at the beginning of my research, but I want to share with something that I found last night doing my research in the early progressive movement starting around the 1880s, and it was really coming from you know, we didn't have a Ph.D. program here in America. And what happened was all of our intellectuals went over to Germany at the time of Marx and Meche and everything else, and they went and they got their education over there and then they came back over here. So our intellectuals, while Europe was Germany, in fact, in the 1850s, German artist was painting the George Washington crossing the Delaware to try to inspire people over in Germany to have a revolution like the American Revolution. You have the Statue of Liberty being built over in France trying to convince the French to have an American Revolution, to be more like America. Our intellectuals here went over to Germany into their Tweed Suitville and listened to the ramblings of people who were saying, well, now, wait a minute, maybe Meche has a point, God is dead. Well, now, wait a minute here, let's look at Marx and Engels, they have got some really progressive thoughts here. And they brought that infection back here.

So while the people of Europe are struggling to break free and be more like us, we're now having our intellectuals go over there and come back here and say we should be more like the intellectuals of Europe. See what happened?

So it's called the Age of Reform, and we had all kinds of problems over here in the United States and it was because business and government like the railroads getting in bed with each other. The age of reform bloomed at the turn of the century but owned its heritage to the intellectuals of the 1880s reform movement. This is what I'm reading last night. The reformers embodied a world view. Listen to this. That saw a man as inherently perfectible. Only his environment, especially the roles cast on him by society, prevented him from obtaining that perfect state. So in other words, you could be perfect. You can be anything. But it's what society does about you or says about you that's stopping you. You see?

STU: This is why they are always trying to correct every historical ill.

GLENN: Level the playing field.

STU: Right, yeah.

GLENN: Whereas many of the intellectuals of the late 19th century came from mainstream Christian religions, few listen to this few, if any, trace their roots to the more fundamental doctrines of the Baptist or traditional Methodists. Instead they were the intellectual heirs of Emerson and Unitarianism but with a decidedly secular bent.

In other words, they went to church, but it was a Unitarian church and it was a secular Unitarian church. The reformer Jane Adams, for example, these are the seeds of the progressive movement. The reformer Jane Adams, for example, had a Quaker background. Quakers, what are Quakers? You know one thing about Quakers. What are they?

STU: Passivists?

GLENN: Okay. Antiwar. Had a Quaker background. Absorbed little Christianity. Quote, she said, Christ didn't help me in the least, end quote. After her father died she fell into a horrible depression. Adams gained no support from Christianity. "When I'm needing something more, I find myself approaching a crisis and I look weather wistfully to my friends for help." Henry Demarest Lloyd whose series in the Atlantic monthly in the 1880s made him the original muckraker. He was born to Dutch reform minister turned bookseller. Lloyd himself was religious, though well educated and you are going to see this over and over and over again though well educated at Columbia University. Columbia University was the head of the snake on the progressive unit. It is all of this nastiness comes right out of Columbia University. Like most of the early reformers, he had received a first class education. Let me say it again: Like most of the early reformers, he had received a first class education. Indeed, the reformers almost always came from families of wealthy means. They were people who seldom experienced hardship firsthand. Think of the famous progressives that we know about. Kennedys. I just had another one here. Who was this? Rockefellers.

PAT: Vanderbilts.

GLENN: Teresa Heinz. John Kerry.

PAT: Soros.

GLENN: Look at the, look at the people that are always defending. Look at the ones, look at the people in Hollywood. The uber wealthy. Mabel Dodge Luhan, the daughter of Buffalo banker attended all the best schools before coming to the conclusion that she could not trust her thoughts, only her senses. Lincoln Steffens' father was an affluent merchant who could afford to send his son to universities in Europe where he acquired a taste for expensive clothes and dabbled in philosophy. Upton Sinclair and Jack London proved exceptions to this rule. Sinclair's family came from wealth on his mother's side but Sinclair's father ruined former southern aristocrat had descended into alcoholism and supported the family by selling liquor, then hats. Unlike most of the other reformed intellectuals, Sinclair actually worked selling dime novels to put himself through... Columbia University, before turning out the muckrakers call to arms the Jungle. London, a socialist, adventurer, sailor, gold seeker and famous novelist whose Call of the Wild became a classic had grown up poor and had as a youth worked a wide range of jobs. More typical than any of these writers is Ida Tarbell, considered the original muckraker whose father Frank had a thriving oil tank building business, providing her with first class education, blah, blah blah. Another aspect of the social gospellers is worth mentioning here, that listen to this. Some two to three million fathers absent from the home because of the Civil War. Hundreds of thousands of fathers were dead, literally millions of young boys were raised in households of women only. Rather than learning masculine behavior, they had been raised by their mother who taught nurturing and caring. In the process turning to the ways of their mothers and took Christianity out of the home to save the world. It is not a stretch to suggest that the causality list of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville produced a feminized progressive world view among the emerging generation of reformers. Best known for his association with social Darwinism, Sumner's views were spent more complicated, blah, blah blah, embracing views of overpopulation. He expressed concern for the negative impact of charity and government policy, blah, blah blah, blah blah.

You are seeing the roots in all of it: Overpopulation. What was Cass Sunstein? Overpopulation. This was in the 1880s. In the 1980s progressives are still talking about overpopulation. When that doesn't become popular, what do they do? They talk about environmentalism. Teddy Roosevelt, environmentalism. Teddy Roosevelt goes into the national parks and he says you can't use any of these rivers, you can't divert these rivers, you can't use them for irrigation for your fields, and farmers lose their farms. People go hungry because environmental first it's overpopulation. Then it's save the planet, we're destroying the planet, to the expense of people. It just repeats itself over and over and over again. To the intellectuals that are overeducated, they look down on anybody who is undereducated. A lot of them are coming from Columbia University. A lot of them are godless. I mean, it's playing itself out over and over again. These people haven't changed. A lot of them are the people who have come from wealthy families or are wealthy now. And elite. How many times have you asked, why are these the ones who are so for it? The Kennedys. Why are the Kennedys, why were the Roosevelts? I mean, if you look at Teddy Roosevelt, you want to talk about a life of privilege, Teddy Roosevelt. The next one up in line was Woodrow Wilson. A life of privilege! Then the next one up? Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a life of privilege. Then the next one? The Kennedys. A life of privilege.

You ask yourself, how do these people, how do these people do it? What are they thinking? They enjoy the good life because you have to go back to de Tocqueville and democracy in America. Here's a French guy coming over here trying to study us, and how do we how is America doing this, what is happening here? And he finds the answer. But then the second part of the book is a warning. There are going to be those who become so wealthy, they are going to want an elite upper class and they are going to want to kick the door closed on everyone else. The path that they blazed, they are going to want to make sure that they protect it by kicking the door closed for everyone else. And that is exactly what's happening. Look at what they're doing now, the progressives, in Washington, D.C. They're kicking the door closed on opportunity for anyone who's not currently in the ruling class. Not currently in the moneyed class.

Look, I grew up poor. I happen to have some money now, but let me tell you something. I'm no different than you. If you're poor today, you can be rich tomorrow. It's America. That's the dream. And anybody who tries to tell you differently is a liar. Anybody who tries to tell you differently doesn't understand the principles of America or they're trying to kick the door closed so you don't go in because they have this stupid idea that there's not enough money or success for all of us. There is. You just have to do it. You just have to follow your heart. You have to follow your mind. You have to understand the American system. You have to believe it. Not everybody's going to get rich, but that's not everybody's dream. When did the American dream become, we're all going to be rich? When the progressives started changing history. The American dream was not that everybody would have a big house and two cars and everything else. That was FDR. The American dream was being able to pursue your hopes and your dreams. It is the pursuit of happiness that was the American dream. When we restore that, Americans will once again lead the world and once again there will be artists in Germany painting our founding fathers or the refounders of America. There will be people in France that say, look at them, we should build yet another statue to these, to this idea that these people have once again reinstated because it will change us. And at the same time once again there will be somebody that tries to kick the door closed so nobody else can get in.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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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

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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