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GLENN: All right. I want to play a little bit of something that I predicted a little while ago and this is important for you to understand in conjunction with the warning that I gave to the tea parties a little while ago. I was driving in this morning and I'm listening to Fox News and I hear this happen on the air.

VOICE: Are more and more voters making their voices heard by moving away from the progressive label and aligning themselves with another word that starts with a P, the populist view. A recent Rasmussen poll finds that 65% of the American public hold mainstream or populist views. That is a rise from 55% just last year. Joining us nor for a fair and balanced debate we have Miles Rapoport, president of Demos, a progressive think tank which President Obama was a founding board member of and ‑‑

GLENN: Barack Obama was a founding board member of this progressive, and they are moving more towards populist. Now, listen to this bridge that they are starting.

VOICE: Saw a moment ago, Deneen Borelli, fellow of Project 21 and a Fox News contributor. Good morning. Miles, let's start with you. You say that there are some things that populists and progressives have in common.

RAPOPORT: I'd say there are two men features and that is, one, a real concern for the problems of ordinary citizens and trying to make sure that people who have been losing ground for 30 years, you know, are the center of public debate. And populist ‑‑ and also secondly the kind of resistance to the dominance of wealthy special interests. That's what has characterized populism for a hundred years.

PAT: Oh, that's characterized progressivism for 100 years, class warfare. That's not populism.

GLENN: Well, populism also has included, hey, the rich and blah, blah‑blah. But it's not ‑‑ they are shadowing. What populism does not ‑‑ and at least right now does not reflect at all is gigantic government. It doesn't reflect that at all.

PAT: That is not mainstream, no.

GLENN: This is exactly the road block the progressives moved into at the turn of the century. They were blocked by 1920. From 1900 to 1920 it was a huge time for the progressives and they came right out, we're all progressives now, we're all socialists now. And it was this big movement until people saw the policies and went, these people are out of their mind; we want nothing to do with it. So they went undercover, became liberals. They've destroyed the word liberal now. Nobody wants to be a liberal, not even Hillary Clinton: No, I'm a progressive. Because people forgot what it was. Now they've reminded us through their policies. Nobody's reading history on the progressive movement in the early 20th century. You are. This audience is. But most people aren't. But they are seeing the policies. It was a populist movement early on in, you know, 1900 to about 1915 and then people figured it out and they went, no, no, no. And the populist movement was away from progressives. And it's the same thing now. Sure, they care about the little people and they care about special interests and closed door meetings. What do you think President Obama is doing right now? You don't think they are having closed door meetings with special interests? That's exactly what the tea party's about. They are wondering about the little person. I've got two stories for you I'm going to share with you. Two stories on the school systems. One came from a watchdog. You better watch what is going into your kids' schools. Because Organizing For America, the Obama administration organizing for Obama, they have put flyers out, "Hey, have your kids become a community organizer with us." Intern for Obama. Wait until you see what the requirements are for reading. You watch yourself. And then the other is how we are, how we are now changing the Child Left Behind act to help unions. To be able to control the schools more. I mean, it is nothing to do with populism at all. They are completely misreading it. Wait, there's more. I've got to give you the latest on what this guy said about the tea party movement. We'll do that, next.

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GLENN: This is really good. We've got a $3 trillion budget being announced today by the president and only $1.56 trillion of that is deficit.

PAT: That's pretty good.

GLENN: But that's it. That's it. Only about half of it is on credit cards. Nooooo, problem. No problem.

All right, let me go back to the, real quick to this progressive point. This is a guy who is part of this think tank, this progressive think tank that one of the founding members was Barack Obama and he's talking about, you know, the progressives and the populists, we've got a lot in common. Really? Do you? And here's what he says about the tea partygoers.

VOICE: Okay, Deneen, what do you make of, because suddenly you look at the tea parties, you look at the town halls, you look at Scott Brown who doesn't fit cleanly into his party's designation of the entire agenda. People do like the idea of, I'm going to follow the crowd rather than I'm going to follow the party.

VOICE: Well, here's the thing. You know, people can call themselves whatever it is they want to call themselves for the day. But the fact of the matter is the American people have awakened. They are ‑‑

VOICE: Miles, do you think it's a strategic error that a number of progressives have painted the tea party people as just crackpots from the rightwing?

RAPOPORT: Well, I think there's something fundamentally flawed about the tea party populism and that is that you need an active government to sort of counterbalance watt street, the big banks. And I think that's the ‑‑ when the tea party aims its Eyre at the government and hamstrings it from fighting back for ordinary people, I think that's a fundamental mistake that differentiates them. They are not populists.

VOICE: Wait. But they are ordinary people who are fighting back against the government.

VOICE: They are fighting back against the government but if you look at populism, it is asking government to fight back with the big special interests. So if you Wall Street reform, if you see ‑‑

GLENN: Hang on just a second. So how do these people cast me as a populist then? If that's what the progressives believe populism is, big government, if that's what they believe it is, well, then how do they cast that my way?

STU: Right. Because you were a populist six months ago.

GLENN: Yeah. And that was their slam on me.

STU: Right. It was used as an attack because I remember I wrote something about that. I was so annoyed at it because it seemed like such a ridiculous attack against you because we were supposed to be the evil elite crushing all the little people up until that point.

GLENN: Right.

STU: Then they were attacked that we were populist. Now it's a good thing. These people can't even get the definitions of their own words straight.

GLENN: These people are going to change everything.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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