Glenn Beck: Tiger Woods' Message for CPAC and America





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On Saturday, I've been honored to give the keynote at CPAC. It's this big yearly event for conservatives. Previous speakers include Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney — Ronald Reagan spoke at it like a billion times.

And now me.

Wow, things are really going downhill aren't they? I guess a lot of people "weren't available" and they're like, all right, fine. Ask the marshmallow man.

I figured they'd have found a Plan B by now and cancelled me, but they haven't. So I've got a dilemma: I don't really know what I'm going to say yet. Seriously, I'm just not sure on what the exact message should be.

A comment from Dick Cheney Thursday at CPAC caught my attention. And I love Dick Cheney — he's an incredibly smart and honorable man. But he said something that jumped out at me:

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FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: I think 2010 is going to be a phenomenal year for the conservative cause and I think Barack Obama is a one-term president.

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In a way, that bothered me. Yes, it's going to be a good year for conservative politicians, but it's not going to be a good year for the country. And not solely because of President Obama and the Democrats. It's been everyone.

Has electing so-called conservatives in the past really helped us?

After seven years, George W. Bush was in line to be the first president since World War II to increase federal government employment faster than private sector employment. I read a Reason magazine article that gave some of the following stats:

In 2005, the average federal worker earned $59,864 a year; the average private sector worker earned $40,505

Today, the average private sector salary is $40,331; but government salaries are up to $71,206 and they are set to increase again this year to $75,419

So pardon me if I don't get a thrill up my leg just because Scott Brown won in Massachusetts. I don't know Scott Brown, maybe he will be the next James Madison. But why should I give him the benefit of the doubt? What past evidence suggests that the "R" next to a politician's name means things will get better?

The progressive idea of a big, bloated government has infected both parties. In a survey, 80 percent said "the main thing that influences what members of Congress do in office" is either "personal self-interest" or "special interests."

But it's not just Congress; state governments are doing it too. There are 21 states who currently have under-funded pensions and entitlements. And, even if you're in a "safe zone," it doesn't mean you're safe.

In 10 years, California's annual pension contributions have gone from $320 million to $7.3 billion. Meanwhile the state is crumbling around it.

Let's say you went spending crazy and went completely bankrupt. You lose the house, the car, the family, but you say, "Hey, I'm still paying for the boat. That thing is rock solid." Well, I got news for you: You're going to lose the boat eventually.

But it's not just the states. It's you and me. There's no such thing as a free lunch, but somewhere along the line in the last 70-80 years we've been convinced there is one. And we've also been convinced we are entitled to that free lunch.

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Take Tiger Woods' apology. He came out and gave what I thought was a heartfelt apology. But he said something I think is what the president should be telling every American:

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TIGER WOODS, PROFESSIONAL GOLFER: I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have far — I didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself.

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Isn't this exactly what our politicians have done? And exactly how entitled we have become? Politicians don't think the rules apply to them. They only think about getting themselves re-elected. They've run through the boundaries of the Constitution.

And what about us? We think we are entitled: This is America! We deserve it! But, just like Tiger said, we were wrong. It's got to stop. And it starts with us. And that's what the president needs to tell the American people.

Washington needs to stop the spending, yes, but you have to make sacrifices too. I just mentioned the pensions. In what world does it make sense to continue to promise funding a system where this routinely happens.

Also in that Reason article — this will make your eyes bleed — in California, state workers often play the "3 for 50" game. When you turn 50, you are eligible for 3 percent of your final year salary, multiplied by the number of years you've worked. Pretty sweet. So if you work 30 years and retire at 50, that's 90 percent of your final salary. And, as if that's not enough, many times the unions work it so huge raises come in your last year and you can find extra work and apply that total to your pension.

It's madness.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is trying to battle bloated pensions right now. Listen to this example from his out-of-control state:

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GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: One state retiree, 49 years old, paid over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 toward his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life and nearly half a million dollars for health care benefits: A total of $3.8m on a $124,000 investment. Is that fair?

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You pay $124,000 into the system and get $3.8 million out of the system? Forget about "fair," how is that sustainable? It can't last.

But it starts at home. Are you willing to have your own sweet pension deal go away? Because if you are not, guess what? Someone else isn't either. And the problem will persist. Sure, the politicians allowed this system to get set up, but we keep playing their game and voting the same guys in on both sides. We haven't been able to reconnect with common sense.

You must be willing to stand up and say it's been a great ride, but the ride is over. So far we haven't been able to do that — just like Tiger, we feel entitled. So and so got his, why shouldn't I get mine?

Why do you think Oprah Winfrey built that big school for kids in Africa and not here? She was asked that very question and said that in South Africa, "there is this — sort of desperate yearning to know better and do better that you just don't have in the United States. You don't have it because the opportunity's always been there."

We expect it. We assume big government will be there for us every step of the way.

Well, I hate to be the Friday buzz-kill, but it's not always going to be there. America has been recklessly spending in the last few decades and it's catching up to us rapidly.

Now, we've got a choice to make: Do we choose the fundamentally transform America to a Marxist, spread the wealth, cradle to grave nanny state? Where no one gets a boo-boo? And, as we have seen in country after country, is only sustainable through the barrel of a gun? Or do we come to our senses and realize that spending and taxing kills business? And stop with the pensions that literally pay out 30 times what we put into them!

Look, the Founders designed a country that has created more prosperity, peace and overall goodwill than any other nation in the history of the world. But we became complacent. Progressives have steered us off course and those progressive mistakes are about to catch up with us. The party is over. It's time to do the right thing so our children may not be able to have a party, but at least they can still have some cake.

You have to be willing to make sacrifices of your own.

No more palaces for schools. Haven't you ever seen "Little House on the Prairie"? Or Spanky and "Our Gang"? We didn't always have everything handed to us on a silver platter. Remember how they lived? You can do it without big government.

Yes, you might have to take your parents in. But since when has that become a burden? Think about your mom and dad. They cared for you. They changed your diapers. They fed you. They raised you. But, you won't take them in now that they are frail and old? I know they may smell weird and suck on Werther's Originals all day, but they are your parents.

I visited a friend recently. He was taking care of his mom. I saw the pain in his eyes, as he watches his mom getting older. But I also saw the gratitude in his mom's eyes. No government program can ever replace that. Sure, they can prop you up and pay for some things and make life just a little bit easier. But easier isn't always better.

The greatest American generation isn't called great because it was easy. Our grandparents didn't eat lard sandwiches, ration food or win World War II because it was easy, fun, free or even fair. They did it because it had to be done.

America as we know it is either going to be restored or fundamentally transformed. One of those two options ends in real freedom. But only the one that takes hard work and sacrifice is worth doing.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

Watch the video clip below to hear Stewart explain:

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

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You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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