Glenn Beck: The Lies Politicians Tell





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I think about 1.9 seconds had elapsed after Scott Brown's Senate election victory before polls started popping up: "Brown 2012!"

I get it. They were excited. But the only thing most people knew about the guy was that he had an old pickup truck. Call me crazy, but I like to know a little more before I anoint someone a savior.

I have a sneaking suspicion Brown 2012 may have lost a little steam, after he voted for Harry Reid's stimulus — I'm sorry, "jobs" — bill.

Some Tea Party members woke up Tuesday morning and probably vomited a little in their mouths when they read the news. They thought, "We took him in. We helped him to victory. And now he does this?"

Brown is getting lots of heat, but why? Too many people just assumed he was a small government conservative. Brown never claimed to be a Tea Partier. In reality, he was, at best, a mixed bag in Massachusetts. He voted for lower state income taxes and against Democrats on taxes more than half the time, but he also opposed several efforts by governors to curb state spending. There wasn't a ton to go on, but after analysis of his voting record, Brown was said to be left of the left-most Republican in the Senate, Olympia Snowe.

So why all the shock and outrage after he votes for a spending bill? He's a progressive Republican. People feel they were lied to.

There are two kinds of lies:

The first is the kind we tell ourselves. We choose to believe that Scott Brown is a small government conservative, when most likely he is a progressive Republican like Snowe or John McCain. It's the same kind of lie just at the other end of the stick, for people who voted for Barack Obama. They convinced themselves he wouldn't be as bad as everyone was saying. He's a centrist. And now they are completely shocked that he'd actually continue to try and spend trillions of dollars we don't have. That's the first kind of lie.

The second kind is the boldfaced lie — no guilty eyes staring at the ground, it's straight in your face without a shred of remorse. This kind of lie is the real danger.

A couple of recent examples of this kind of lie:

Nancy Pelosi has a pretty good poker face. She originally claimed she was never briefed by the Bush administration on how they were using water boarding:

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: The CIA briefed me only once on enhanced interrogation techniques in September 2002 in my capacity as ranking member of the Intelligence Committee. I was informed then that the Department of Justice opinions had concluded that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques were legal. The only mention of waterboarding at that briefing was that it was not being employed.

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But there are new documents that led even Amnesty International to conclude that she must've known what was going on with waterboarding.

John Edwards was only a few votes away from being the president of the United States when rumors surfaced he was cheating on his cancer-strickened wife and fathered a lovechild, he responded:

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JOHN EDWARDS, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I have no idea what you're asking about. I've responded, consistently, to these tabloid allegations by saying I don't respond to these lies and you know that... and I stand by that.

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There's no hedging there. He's telling you like it is. And then that pesky DNA comes out and the statement changes: "I am Quinn's father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves... it was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."

How tender.

And then there's this example, which mysteriously has drawn a chorus of yawns from the media: President Obama, while on the campaign trail, was asked about his relationship with ACORN. Here's how he responded:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: My relationship to ACORN is pretty straightforward. When... it's probably 13 years ago, when I was still practicing law, I represented ACORN. And my partner in that representation was the U.S. Justice Department, in having Illinois implement what was called the Motor Voter Law.

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That sounds so straightforward: He's got nothing to do with them. It's no big deal. But I want you to know this wasn't an isolated incident. Here he is again, this time at a presidential debate:

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OBAMA: It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. The only involvement I've had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a Motor Voter Law.

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OK — got it? Nothing to do with ACORN. Now, in the very same election campaign — in a video clip uncovered during a House investigation by Congressman Issa — here's what Obama said when being interviewed by ACORN, about a year before he was elected:

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OBAMA:

When I ran Project Vote, voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it.

Once I was elected, there wasn't a campaign that ACORN worked on down in Springfield that I wasn't right there with you.

Since I've been in the United States Senate, I've been always a partner with ACORN as well.

I've been fighting with ACORN, along side ACORN, on issues you care about, my entire career.

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Did we somehow misunderstand him? Is there another definition of "is" that I missed in this statement? In the same campaign season, he says these two statements:

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OBAMA: And I definitely welcome ACORN's input. You don't have to ask me about that, I'm going to call you, even if you, if you didn't ask me.

OBAMA:: It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved.

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How do you make that work in your head and sleep at night? Here's the next question: How does the media sleep at night? Here is the president claiming he has nothing to do with a scandal-ridden organization, when in reality he's saying "I'll call you first"? On the very same day ACORN is in the news for dissolving nationally, the media has to go out of their way to miss this! Why are they silent?

Now, the question is: What do we do about it?

We have to stop the lies we tell ourselves. That first kind of lie:"Oh, he'll be different when he gets in office." No, judge someone by their past record and their actions and the people they surround themselves with — it does matter.

Now, the second lie is much tougher to stop. Look at some of the crazy things people believe:

That the Bush administration actually had the combined evil, audacity, competence and ability to blow up the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and then was able to cover their tracks. How do you get people to believe that kind of stuff? Things like George W. Bush put on a frogman suit and planted bombs on the levees in New Orleans. Or that the moon landing was staged in a studio in Hollywood. Or that government agencies are setting up prison camps and buying thousands of coffins outside Atlanta.

How is it possible to persuade someone to believe this stuff? It starts by looking America straight in the eye and saying: "This is what happened. End of story. Period."

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THEN-PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON: Because people have got to know whether or not their president's a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.

THEN-PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH: Read my lips. No new taxes.

THEN-PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: If you look at the peer-reviewed scientific literature, the debate is over.

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If the most powerful people on the planet can look you in the eyes and deceive you — some intentionally, some not — then people begin to wonder: What else are they capable of?

We know they are capable of continuing the charade on global warming, even though the "consensus" is currently imploding. The science is bogus — it's falling apart — but they are still telling us we will leave no planet for our kids if we don't act now on cap-and-trade. Spain is already proving it doesn't work. But people like Van Jones are here to tell you it does work. They are willing to bankrupt the world for a lie.

People think, if that's true, what else are they capable of? That's why we have to restore honor and truth to Washington.

But it starts with us. We can't expect it of them if we don't live it in our own lives. Telling the truth — it seems like such a simple thing, but it's not. Don't believe me? OK, how do you answer when a woman asks: "Does this dress make me look fat?" See? Not so easy.

But the Founders made it look easy. George Washington. Honest Abe Lincoln. YouTube wouldn't have scared them, because they said what they meant and meant what they said. They were men of honor. They had to be; there's no way people would have risked their lives, their fortunes, and their "sacred honor" to follow liars. It would never have worked.

Somewhere along the way that type of honor fizzled. The lies have piled up. The nickname "honest" isn't applied much anymore in D.C. And you can see it in the polls: 80 percent think Congress makes decisions based on self-interest or special interest; 86 percent think government is broken.

They've lost the trust.

When I was a kid, growing up you could get away with just about anything in my house except for lying. You did not want to lie in my house. I'll never forget the day my sister decided to play hooky.

My dad worked in the bakery all day so we never saw him in the light of day. My other sister and I were a little surprised when my dad picked us up and the sun was still out. He said, "Where's your sister? Be careful what you say. Remember, we tell the truth in this family." He made us both sit in the backseat. At this point, we knew bad things were about to go down. When we finally found my other sister, dad pulled up next to her: "So, how was school?" He kept asking and asking, letting her dig the hole deeper.

I think I got only like three spankings in my life. My sisters never got any — until that day. The belt made an appearance.

The first step is we have to stop lying to ourselves. That dress does make you look fat. Scott Brown's not the cure all for smaller government. And our economy and country can't be restored until all offices in Washington have restored honor.

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Here are 3 ways the 'Inflation Reduction Act' WILL impact you (Hint: NOT by reducing inflation)

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The Senate has passed President Joe Biden's $740 billion "Inflation Reduction Act" over the weekend, but the only way this deceptively-named bill will reduce inflation is by crushing your buying power. The massive spending bill includes the largest climate spending package ever passed and will allocate a whopping $80 billion to make the IRS bigger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined. And just wait until you see how the bill will affect our farmers.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck broke down three rather "terrifying" components of the 755-page bill and how they will impact you.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter had a shocking moment of clarity Sunday when he acknowledged what everyone but the liberal media has known since before the 2020 presidential election: President Joe Biden's son Hunter has been up to some seriously dubious dealings overseas, and his father was almost certainly involved despite his repeated claims to the contrary.

On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, Stelter spoke with first lady Jill Biden's former press secretary, Michael LaRosa, about whether Biden is likely to seek a second term in 2024.

“I hope he runs, and I know he’s going to run. I think he's planning to run ... I don't see why he wouldn't run,” LaRosa stammered.

"What about his son? What about Hunter?" Stelter cut in. “Hunter [is] under federal investigation, charges could be coming at any time. This is not just a right-wing media story. This is a real problem for the Bidens."

Unluckily for Stelter, "The Hill's" Joe Concha can remember all the way back to the fall of 2020:


On a recent episode of Glenn TV, Glenn Beck discussed the most recent findings in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Don't get distracted by the seemingly endless stream of scandalous photos and videos, Glenn warns, it's what's coming out about Hunter's overseas business dealings that should be all over the media, because Joe Biden is involved too.

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VOTE: You decide who gets a Badge of Merit (Round 3)

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The Purple Heart in George Washington's time was not given for being wounded. This award went to ordinary soldiers for doing something of merit—something that would find favor in the eyes of God. Washington knew they couldn't win if they weren't on God's side. And if they were on God's side, God would bless them.

I've been looking for people who deserve a George Washington badge of merit. Many of you have submitted nominations. Thank you for the love, respect, and consideration you have shown in doing so.

From your hundreds of nominations, we have narrowed it down to three finalists. Now, it's up to you to decide who gets this honor.

Here are this week's candidates:

1. Dana, the Mom to Many

Dana and her husband Brian run a nonprofit called Dogwood Ranch in southwest Missouri. According to their website:

Dogwood Ranch was created by family, for family. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to live the life for which they were created. Our mission is simple: to provide support for survivors of trauma as they journey towards wholeness. This includes creating a new heritage for foster children and youth who have been abused and neglected, by providing them with safe and healthy forever families. We are also committed to offering a place of belonging for foster teens through individualized transitional living services. Additionally, we offer specialized support through our equine assisted counseling program, which focuses on bringing restoration to foster youth and other at-risk populations, including our honored military veterans and their families. Through the operation of Dogwood Ranch, our desire is to allow those we serve a new way to experience life, family and true redemption. Everyone deserves a chance to find their way home.

According to her nominator, on top of their work at the ranch, they personally foster young girls and have had "over twenty foster girls they now call family."

Her nominator wrote:

They take the toughest cases that come up. On several occasions, I would reach out to see if she could go out, and she would say she couldn’t because they were on suicide watch that night. Young girls have tried to stab her, have stolen her car, and have come to call her Mom…She is an incredibly hard worker, no-nonsense, and full of life and joy. She is constantly making our community and our world a better place.

2. Francine, the Joyful Servant

Francine, who also goes by “Frannie,” and “Fran,” not only has multiple names, but wears multiple hats. At home, she is the mother of two boys with serious disabilities. At work, she is a caretaker for the elderly, and everywhere she goes, she is a ray of sunshine.

Her nominator entrusted her mother, who has since passed, to Francine's care at a nursing home. She said, whenever Francine was working, she would breathe a sigh of relief. She wrote:

While most of the aides looked at the work as just a paycheck, and some of them were actually cruel to the most needy patients, Fran treated each and every one of them like royalty. She saw each individual as unique and worthy of love and understanding. Every patient adored her, because they knew they were in good hands.

Her nominator wrote that she saw treatment of elderly patients that “made her skin crawl.” There was a woman at the nursing home with severe dementia who had become so antagonistic that other aides, to avoid feeding her by hand, would simply not feed her. When Fran was working, she made sure to sit with her while she ate. She even hosted “dinner parties” with multiple residents to ensure they were fed, and happy.

Her nominator wrote:

When Fran was on shift, people who needed help going to bed never had to wait long. Besides, they didn't mind waiting for FRANNIE. She always did everything with such love and care and class! Then, after a long eight hours (or sometimes a double shift!) she would go home to more of the same routine. And in spite of it all, she did it all with a smile on her face. I've never known anyone like her. She was a godsend to my mother. If it hadn't been for her, and a handful of others, Mom's time at the home would have been unbearable. This woman really does deserve an award.

3. Michael, the Godly Father

Michael was nominated by his three children for modeling how a true man of God lives, loves, and serves his community. After serving as a corpsman in the Vietnam War and then working as an elementary school teacher, his children say he was the “solid, and consistently Godly male role model” in his grandchildren’s life. His children wrote:

My father helped raise his grandkids when my sister was a single mom, even though he had already raised his own kids.

Michael shares the gospel in one-on-one Bible studies with young people who have just gotten out of jail. He raises donations for clothing, food, and blankets for the homeless. He meets weekly with young men for Bible studies, to mentor them, and help them mature into men of God.

Michael has taught true love to his children by the way he treats their mother–his wife of 42 years. They wrote:

He is a solid rock of unwavering love for her, which has had a huge impact on how my brother and I treat our own wives. Mike's steadfast love for our mother has taught us the meaning of loyalty, love, commitment, sacred covenant, compassion, honor, and what a true husband looks like.

Most importantly, they say their father "instilled in us an absolute love for our Creator and compassion for our fellow man. He is our number one role model showing us what a godly man is.”

Who do you think deserves a badge of merit? Cast your vote below.


'Really SCARY': The IRS just spent $700,000 on AMMO — and plans to add 87,000 new 'enforcement' agents

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The Democrats' wonderfully named "Inflation Reduction Act," which passed in the Senate on Sunday, includes a massive expansion of the IRS. President Joe Biden wants to hire 80,000 new agents, and of course, this is for totally non-nefarious reasons, like cracking down on all those evil billionaires committing tax fraud.

Financial expert and author of "The War on Small Business" Carol Roth joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain who she believes this expansion will really target.

"The Democrats like to pretend that they are the party of the middle and working class, and the Biden administration has continued to find ways to extract wealth from the middle and working class," Carol began. "We saw it in the American Rescue Plan, where they raised the reporting threshold for any sort of hobby site you might have ... down to $600. Now, and this was part of Build Back Better which we thought was dead but now is just coming back in pieces, and this piece has survived — $80 billion for the IRS. Half of that ... is going to hire 87, 000 agents for 'enforcement,' okay? We don't need 87, 000 agents to go after what was 800 or 900 billionaires ... so, who do you think they're coming after?" she added.

"They're going to come after you," Carol warned. "You should pay your taxes that are due, but that doesn't mean you're not going to get audited, and that doesn't mean you're not going to have to justify every single thing that you do and waste your time and money so they can try and extract a few more dollars from you."

Glenn mentioned that the IRS has recently purchased nearly $700,000 worth of guns and ammo to go along with these 87,000 new "enforcers."

"That is really frightening," Glenn said. "They're not going after the rich ... they're going to go after anyone who disagrees with them. And because it's now public-private partnerships, any business that doesn't agree with them."

"Yeah, this is really really scary," Carol agreed. "And the crazy thing is the number of people who gave feedback and said, 'Well, if you're not a tax cheat, what do you have to worry about?' You've hit the nail on the head, Glenn. The politicization of this is they're going to come after people, they're going to harass you, they're going to tie up your time, they're going to tie up your money, regardless of whether you have followed the rules or not."

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