Glenn Beck: Obama zombies

GLENN: Yes. Now, this is why you have to start watching the news. This is why you have to convince your friends and neighbors to pay attention. If you remember right, we were called crazy for when we pointed out, we had a listener call us and point out and play some Al Gore video or Al Gore audio. He snuck this audio recorder in with his daughter during Obama's inauguration, and Al Gore gave a speech where he said to the kids, your parents, they don't know, it's like the civil rights, they didn't know then. It's up to you to teach them, they're stuck in old think. And we told you, and we've been showing you the video and everybody dismisses it: No, it's not indoctrination, it's not indoctrination. Once they have your kids, what then? This is something that Woodrow Wilson, the Nazis, the Nazis learned their propaganda from the progressive movement in the United States. Go ahead. Blogs right now, tear it apart. And then go and read Joseph Goebbels' diaries. That's the source. So I know it's hard, I know it's really, really hard to claim that, well, there are no sources, except the guy who was the main guy for propaganda for Nazi Germany. They learned it from the progressives in America. Woodrow Wilson.

The other thing that they learned and now apparently we're taking from them is get the children. Get the children, make sure your children are empowered by the state. Make sure the children know your parents aren't that smart. This is where I mean, in the end, on the end of this scale. And remember, this is the end of the scale. It ended in the Hitler youth reporting on their parents. How do you get to the Hitler youth? How do you possibly start a culture like that? The state must stand between the parents and the children. And the state must tell the children, we know better than they do. Buckle up, gang. This one's going to be bumpy. From BarackObama.com. This isn't some crazy website. This isn't some disassociated website. BarackObama.com. Organizing for America. Now we're organizing your children.

Listen to this audio. We'll play the video for you on TV. We'll send this out in our newsletter today. Listen to this audio. These are children. Go ahead.

VOICE: It's extra important to advocate for your beliefs and your family will still love you even if they don't always agree with what you say.

GLENN: Is he about 17 maybe?

VOICE: I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My family is a traditional Korean family and we're first generation.

VOICE: Well, my family's not very political at all. It was always up to me and my brother explaining what was going on to my parents.

PAT: So they're stupid.

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. Great point, Pat.

PAT: They're too stupid.

GLENN: Hear that? It's always me, I always had to explain it to my parents. Now they go to a girl who's maybe, what, 14?

PAT: Yeah, maybe.

GLENN: Wearing braces. Listen to what she's saying.

VOICE: Voters or supporters, and when we all go out to dinner as my cousins and my aunts and uncles and my parents and my sister, politics always comes up because, you know, grownups.

VOICE: After 2004 I was furious and my parents didn't want to do anything. It was a little bit awkward. It's, you're telling your parents who have raised you, who have given you these talks.

PAT: But it's okay. It's okay for this guy to be telling his parents. They raised him. They're not smart enough.

GLENN: Excuse me. Hang on just a sec.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: It is okay for my kids. I have these discussions with my kids.

PAT: Sure.

GLENN: My kids, I encourage my kids to disagree with me.

PAT: But they're setting the parents up.

GLENN: I know.

PAT: As the dolts.

GLENN: Of course they are. There's a difference.

PAT: Like the Nickelodeon show sore something. Parents are so stupid.

GLENN: Right. The 14 year old girl has to teach her family about politics. Listen.

VOICE: They need to do something different.

VOICE: Lots of my friends' parents probably aren't going to vote because they are all really busy. So my friends and I all work really hard to get them to vote and register. So when my cousins and I have to talk to them about why we as the future generations really need Obama as the president, we start out easily and just start saying, oh, watch the debate. And then we'll say, well, we really think that what Obama or Biden said about energy is really important because we need to start fixing that now before it will be too late.

VOICE: It's more of like sitting down and having, it almost feels like a parent/child conversation except I'm the parent and they are the child.

GLENN: Stop! Do you hear it, America! Do you hear it? It's a parent/child relationship except we're the parent and they're the child! What president does this to a family? What president does this to get reelected? You want to talk about the solution? The solution is build up the family, repair the family. Help the family! What is this guy doing? He's telling the children, the president of the United States, the damn Messiah is telling them, "Go, tell your parents, they're stupid. They don't know. They're the children. They're the children."

Democrats, Republicans, independents, thinking Americans, you know this is wrong. It is getting worse and worse. Spookier and spookier. I mean, we had the hypnotized children singing, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama. That was, "Okay, well, that's just, okay, that's a teacher, that's a crazy teacher." This is at BarackObama.com, organizing for America. Yeah, we're going to have to have conversations with our parents and it's almost like we're going to have to be the parents and they are the teachers. A 14 year old girl in braces saying, I just start out small, I just talk to them and say, hey, so I watched the state of the union. Hey, so we really think energy, that policy that he said is really good.

This isn't education. This isn't about the American process. This isn't about civics. This is about Barack Obama and idol worship.

There's nothing else to say.

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley

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Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?

Zero.

How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?

Zero.

And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?

Zero.

Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?

These days, when Americans decide to be outraged about something, we really go all out.

This week's outrage is, of course, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration along the southern border. Specifically, people are upset over the part of the policy that separates children from their parents when the parents get arrested.

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Lost in all the outrage is that the President is being proactive about border security and is simply enforcing the law. Yes, we need to figure out a less clumsy, more compassionate way of enforcing the law, but children are not being flung into dungeons and fed maggots as the media would have you believe.

But having calm, reasonable debates about these things isn't the way it's done anymore. You have to make strong, sweeping announcements so the world knows how righteous your indignation is.

That's why yesterday, the governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut declared they are withholding or recalling their National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border until this policy of separating children from their parents is rescinded.

Adding to the media stunt nature of this entire "crisis," it turns out this defiant announcement from these five governors is mostly symbolic. Because two months ago, when President Trump called for 4,000 additional National Guard troops to help patrol the border, large numbers of troops were not requested from those five states. In fact, no troops were requested at all from Rhode Island. But that didn't stop Rhode Island's Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, from announcing she would refuse to send troops if she were asked. She called the family separation policy, "immoral, unjust and un-American."

There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York all used the word "inhumane" in their statements condemning the Trump administration policy. There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

In a totally unrelated coincidence, four of these five governors are running for re-election this year.

I've made my position clear — separating these children from their parents is a bad policy and we need to stop. We need to treat these immigrants with the kind of compassion we'd want for our own children. And I said the same thing in 2014 when no one cared about the border crisis.

If consistency could replace even just a sliver of the outrage in America, we would all be a lot better off.