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GLENN: In today's New York Times, The Tea Party Movement Lights Fuse For Rebellion on Right.

STU: Seems like a balanced beginning, isn't it?

GLENN: Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government. She remembers her years working in federal housing programs watching government lift struggling families and job training and education. She beams at the memory of helping a Vietnamese woman get into junior college. But all of that was before the Great Recession and the bank bailouts, before Barack Obama took the White House by promising sweeping... change. And multiple fronts before her son lost his job and his house, Mrs. Stout said she woke to see Washington as a threat, a place where crisis is manipulated, even manufactured by both parties to grab power. She was happily retired. She had never been active politically. But last April she went to her first tea party rally, then to a meeting of the Sandpoint Tea Party Patriots. She did not know a soul, yet when they began electing board members, she stood up, swallowed hard and nominated herself for president. "I was like, did I really just do that?" She recalled. Then she went even further. Darkness is about to envelope her. Worried about hyperinflation, social unrest or even martial law, she and her tea party members joined a coalition, Friends for Liberty that includes representatives from Glenn Beck's 9/12 project, the John Birch Society, Oathkeepers, a new player in a resurgent militia movement. Militia movement?

When Friends of Liberty held its first public event, Mrs. Stout listened as Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff, brought 1400 people to their feet with a speech about confronting a despotic federal government. Mrs. Stout said she feels as though she had been handed a roadmap to rebellion. Members of her family said she's disappeared down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories! But Mrs. Stout said she's never felt so engaged. "I can't go on being the shy quiet me. I need to stand up!" It goes on and on and on and on and on, for twelve pages. Frequently led by political neophytes who prize independents and tell strikingly similar stories of having been awakened by the recession.

Look, we're getting together: Okay, all right, here's our story. When the recession hit, we started worrying about jobs. "Nobody's going to believe that." Shhh! If we all say it, they will have to believe it. "But how about some of us say we were awakened on September 11th?" That's good, that's good. Let's go there. Some of you do the September 11th and I think and then some of you say you woke up at the border and then others will say the recession! We'll be able to fake them all out! It will be great! And then we will take over the world.

PAT: You know why they believe that way? Because that's how they operate.

GLENN: It is.

PAT: That's how the left operates.

GLENN: This is often the point when tea party supporters say they began listening to Glenn Beck. With his guidance they explored... the Federalist Papers! They explored exposés on the Federal Reserve! Some of them even looked into the works of Ayn Rand! And then there were those that went to constitutional seminars. It's true! Many describe emerging from their research as if reborn into a new reality. Some have gone so far as to stock up on ammunition, gold, survival, food, crazy! In anticipation of the worst for others, though, the transformation seems to amount to trying a new ideological outfit on, embracing the rhetoric and buying the books. By the way, Arguing with Idiots available at bookstores everywhere. Tea party leaders say they know their complaints about shredded constitutional principles and excessive spending ring hollow to some oh, I know given their relative passive nature of mostly the Bush years. In sum, though, their main answer: Strict adherence to the Constitution, would comfort every card carrying ACLU member. Yes, yes, it would. But their vision of the federal government that is frequently at odds with one that both parties have constructed. Yes. Has nothing to do with the White House having a new approach and attacking harder those that oppose the White House.

STU: Those couldn't be connected. There's no way those two could possibly be.

PAT: That is what I hate about you! You take two plus two and you'll tell us it equals four.

STU: Yeah!

PAT: That's so ridiculous!

GLENN: I know.

PAT: Just say two plus two and leave it alone!

GLENN: That's why I said completely unrelated.

PAT: Thank you. Okay.

GLENN: Man, you are a conspiracy theorist.

Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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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.

Watch the video below:

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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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