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Does anyone have a Zoloft?

President Obama's budget for Fiscal Year 2011 was unveiled on Monday. It's $3.8 trillion and the deficit is projected to shoot up to a record $1.6 trillion this year.

Now, if this were your budget — well, these are the kinds of numbers that have bankers looking for the nearest window. It's depressing! And the solutions are even more depressing, because they are proven failures.

The president said we'll double exports and pass a $100 billion second stimulus package (my bad: "jobs bill"). Brilliant. Why didn't I think to waive the magic export wand and summon the benevolent jobs fairy? We're all experiencing the results of the first stimulus and anyone with half a brain can see we don't have anything to export and even if we did unions and red tape would make it too costly.

And then I see the Obama Justice Department wants to investigate the college football playoff system. We're looking for a new place to try the hairy-back 9/11 terrorist guy and they are going after college football?

There's not enough Zoloft on Planet Earth to make me happy today because the real state of the union doesn't look that good:

UBS in Switzerland is on the verge of collapse after our government went on a fishing expedition (with, as I understand it, no evidence of wrongdoing) and demanded the bank hand over the account information on nearly 4,500 clients to U.S. tax authorities. The justice minister said if UBS loses its license in the U.S., the Swiss economy and the job market would suffer on a major scale. We are isolating ourselves and driving business away.

You have President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announcing that Iran will deliver a "harsh blow" to global arrogance on February 11. They are always threatening things, so who knows what he will actually do. But are we ready to handle it? What happens if he's not bluffing this time?

We were duped by a guy with a bomb in his underwear and we have a president who thinks his mere aura will overwhelm dictators like Ahmadinejad and cause them to see the light. Maybe it's just me, but I'm not brimming with confidence. I mean, Obama bowed to the mayor of Tampa, Florida. Does this guy have any clue what he is doing?

Everything is up in the air: our budget; our security.

You know the soundbite I've played for you over and over and over:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE BARACK OBAMA: We're just five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

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I'm not sure what that means exactly. There are a couple different ways you could take that. It could be wonderful transformation. Maybe Obama means he's giving America an "Extreme Makeover: Founders Edition" and he's going for maximum freedom. Could be that... or it could be that he thinks the old American system doesn't work and he wants to try something else? A government that will sneak in universal health care or, how did Nancy Pelosi put it?

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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF: We'll go through the gate. If the gate's closed, we'll go over the fence. The fence is too high, we'll pole vault in. If that doesn't work, we'll parachute in, but we're going to get health care reform passed for the American people, for their own personal health and economic security.

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Oh right, they'll "pole vault" it in there using "sidecar" legislation. While I didn't call it sidecar legislation, I told you for month: Don't allow anything pass because there are pieces of something they are building. Once again we see it coming through. And here they go: Doesn't work in one bill, so they'll break this health care bill up and pass it in different bills.

But since I don't know which fundamental transformation we are shooting for; since the president has said in the past that the Constitution is fundamentally flawed; since he's surrounded himself with out-and-out radicals — many socialist, some communist — isn't it reasonable to ponder the question: What kind of transformation we are changing to?

I've pondered that and I don't have an answer, but I've also pondered this: If you wanted to take control of the country, in an emergency situation, what would you need control of? Energy; manufacturing and industry; financial; media; military. And long-term education. I know that sounds crazy — and I hope it is — but you need to think out of the box.

If I would have asked you how fragile our freedoms are on September 10, 2001 you would have laughed at me for even asking. It only took one day to change that response. What about today? Are we becoming more or less free? Better yet: How secure and strong is our republic and your freedom?

If you've listened to me on radio the last five years, you've heard me explain the perfect storm theory. All of these stories I just told you fit into it. I hope it's wrong, but it keeps becoming more and more accurate. The theory is this: We'll be overwhelmed with financial, security, energy and political problems. And then there would be one blow: One emergency or crisis that will change the world as we know it and put our most sacred freedoms to the test as some will use the crisis to take them away.

Let's go through them one by one:

Industry: If you control labor, you control industry. Guess who controls labor? Say it with me: unions! Unions are becoming more and more powerful. They increasingly have a say over the average American. The No. 1 visitor to the White House is Andy Stern, president of SEIU. So, whose concerns do you think government will address first? Yours or the unions? I'll let Barack Obama answer that one:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: You will know who's on your side because I've been at this a long time... I've spent my entire adult life working with SEIU. I'm not a newcomer to this.

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Energy: We're being forced down the "green" path even though global warming rates dead last in a poll on issues and their importance; they are marching on with cap-and-trade. In fact the president put phantom profits in the budget from an energy policy that hasn't even passed yet. What do they know that you don't? I don't know, but I do know they don't want you to hurt Mother Earth, so they'll force you to "go green." How?

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.

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Education: Obama is trying to nationalize the student loan industry, which would complete the cradle-to-grave grip on our education system that's already loaded with anti-capitalist propaganda, progressive revisionist history and Obama indoctrination. And if you don't like what your public school is teaching, don't you dare argue for school vouchers. Then teachers would have to compete.

Financial sector and the banks: With all the bailouts — auto industry, TARP, Wall Street, the stimulus — the government now holds that as a gun over the head of those respective industries to demand "reform." That's a nice way of saying "government control": Capping salaries, taking windfall profits and even deciding which investments are risky and which aren't. Obama may say he does so "reluctantly," but it doesn't matter. When hard times hit, he has and will use big government.

Media and free speech: Any network who doesn't get a thrill up their leg when listening to the president is harshly declared to be "not a news network"; the "diversity czar" at the FCC says he'll remove white people from their posts and replace them with minorities; President Obama tried to intimidate TV pundits as an enemy to reform in the State of the Union address.

In normal times, it would be outrageous to think anyone in our government would want to fundamentally transform us to anything but a free society as our Constitution dictates. But you and I know we aren't living in normal times — the world is changing beneath our feet.

These changes, this grab of power, has been happening not just in this presidency but the last one as well. Where are the people on the left who were screaming about the Patriot Act? You were worried about Bush — as was I in the last four years — grabbing and abusing power. You were right; stand by your principles.

The reason you were right was not because a Republican was in power. And the reason I'm concerned now is not because a Democrat is in power now. We're concerned about the word "power."

If you are one of those people who say "it can never happen in America," I want you to remember some of the radicals the president has placed around himself and some of the things they've said:

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ANDY STERN, PRESIDENT OF SEIU: We're trying to use the power of persuasion and if that doesn't work, we're going to use the persuasion of power.

VAN JONES, FORMER WHITE HOUSE GREEN JOBS "CZAR": No, we're going to change the whole system. We're going to change the whole thing. We're not going to put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system.

RON BLOOM, WHITE HOUSE MANUFACTURING "CZAR": We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun.

RAHM EMANUEL, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.

STERN: We took names. We watched how they voted. We know where they live.

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These are the people advising the president. And you know about all his other influences: Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright. Is it that unthinkable in a time of crisis that someone might approach the president and say what the journalistic-revered progressive Walter Lippman said to FDR when things really went down: "The situation is critical, Franklin. You may have no alternative but to assume dictatorial powers."

FDR, thank goodness, made the right choice. He didn't turn into a dictator. But Americans knew how close we were to getting one. That's why less than two years after his death, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment to officially limit a president to two terms. Because whether or not Lippman said that, Americans could sense it.

I'm asking you: How secure do you think Americans freedoms are today?

The year before the Declaration of Independence was signed — July, 1775 — John Adams was away from his wife and wrote these words: "A constitution of government once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.