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I told you last week about Van Jones getting the NAACP Image Award. Here's how he closed his speech:

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VAN JONES, FORMER WHITE HOUSE GREEN JOBS 'CZAR': To my fellow countryman, Mr. Glenn Beck. I see you and I love you, brother. I love you and you cannot do anything about it. I love you and you cannot do anything about it. Let's be one country. Let's be one country. Let's get the job done.

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The implication here is that I don't love him. Well, I'm sorry you misunderstood, Van — I love you too. This is like an episode of "Barney & Friends" — we all love each other. But I'm not sure why he is making this personal; I never made it personal about him. I never called for his resignation. I didn't want him to quit; I wanted him to keep talking.

I am one of those "old school" people who think the First Amendment applies to everyone — even 9/11 Truthers and communists. When I disagree with someone, I don't try to have them silenced; that's what they do in communist countries. In fact, when everyone was expecting me to gloat and celebrate over Jones' resignation — which, by the way, he did at midnight over Labor Day Weekend — my first day back from the long holiday here's what I said:

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GLENN BECK: I didn't ask for Van Jones to resign. If Americans want the version of America that Van Jones sees, well that's fine, but we need to have a discussion. It can't be done under the cover of darkness. There needs to be questions and answers.

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His resignation didn't further the dialogue. No one answered any of the real questions. And America needs answers — especially when there are those in the highest offices in the land who are trying to fundamentally transform this country.

Van Jones has a very different idea of what America should be. He's a self-avowed communist. He was a member of STORM — a radical group that wanted to overthrow the government. He's trying to transform America under the guise of "green jobs" to transform America into a red state and move away from capitalism. So we can talk all day long about how much we love each other, but his agenda was in the cover of darkness until we shed light on it.

But the question was never about his agenda, it was about the president's agenda.

See, my agenda is wide open: I'm for the truth; I believe in smaller government and lower taxes. When you are out in the open, you have the courage of your convictions. But it seems this administration has used people like Van Jones to cloak their convictions in "green."

So let's talk about that "one country" Jones mentioned. I'm all for that. But it can only be one country — not two. And there is a battle over what the country should look like. I happen to think it's a republic, but progressives think it's something else. And unfortunately, they aren't presenting the true progressive agenda to the public because they know it's a losing battle.

Take Van Jones. Here's what we know:

He's a communist revolutionary: In 1994 he started STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement). The group held study groups on theories of Marx and Lenin and had hopes of a "socialist utopia"

He defended a cop killer in 1999 when, as a San Francisco civil rights lawyer, he helped coordinate a protest march on behalf of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal

He believes the free market is dead

He was a 9/11 Truther, listed as a signer of the 9/11 Truth Commission petition that called for an inquiry into evidence that government officials were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks

In January, 2008, Van Jones said that white polluters are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities

He wants a green economy to replace a system of oppression and exploitation

What I wanted to know is: Does the president believe these things? Is he OK with these things? Well, that question was just answered.

I had my suspicions he did when I saw this clip from Valerie Jarrett:

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VALERIE JARRETT, WHITE HOUSE SENIOR ADVISER: Van Jones, we were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We have been watching him really — he's not that old — for as long as he's been active out in Oakland and all of the ways that he has... the creative ideas that he has. So now we have captured that and we have all of that energy and enthusiasm in the White House.

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It's taken us from then all the way until now and an NAACP award, but we finally have the answer. Here's what Van Jones said while out on his rehab tour during an interview with Suzanne Malveaux:

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JONES: I was fully candid, I mean, about my past, about the ideas that I explored.

I was a mid-level White House staffer.

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So they knew exactly who he was. And I don't care if he was a mid-level staffer or not, if the vetting process turned up a candidate who thought convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal was worthy of excusing, extolling and painting into a hero, I wouldn't want that person taking out the garbage, let alone being "mid-level."

But now it's clear — yes, the White House knew Jones was a communist.

So we don't need to know anything else about Van Jones — case closed. We got it — he's a radical who has latched onto the green movement. I hope he has a great green life creating lots of pretend jobs building solar panels and wind-turbines. God bless him on his quest to get everyone to fill their car tires to the proper air pressure.

But this doesn't mean the problem is solved. Have you noticed, while on this rehab tour, no one is asking Van Jones if he is still a communist? No one will ask him if he has rejected communism and rejected Marxism and if he now believes in the free market system. Because he has said in the past that the free market system doesn't work. Let me give it to you in his own words:

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JONES: How is that capitalism working for you?

QUESTIONER: What?

JONES: How is that capitalism working for you?

QUESTIONER: What?

JONES: How is that capitalism working for you this year?

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Jones has no problem mocking a free market supporter on stage, but when he knows the cameras are on, he's a little more careful. The bottom line is he wants to progress away from capitalism. I don't want to misquote Van Jones — because we are BFFs — so here's his own words:

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JONES: Right now we're saying that we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to some kind of eco-capitalism where, you know, at least we're not fast-tracking the destruction of the whole planet. Will that be enough? No, it won't be enough. We want to go beyond the systems of exploitation and oppression altogether. But, that's a process.

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"A process." It's a process on the way to an extreme goal: Complete revolution through the green movement. It's just a vehicle to him. Progress — baby steps. Progress implies you are moving forward. But progressing to what? Total government.

Van Jones is just a piece of the puzzle. He's just one small witness in a large case. You see, it's not personal, it never has been. It's about the president's agenda. I'd like to ask him which of these things he believes.

The president was the most progressive, far-left senator in the Senate — even further left than Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist. He had a communist childhood mentor; sought out Marxist professors at college; went to a Marxist church for 20 years; told Joe the Plumber it's good to spread the wealth; is having the government take over banks, car companies, and now we find out this weekend that he knowingly hired a communist revolutionary. He put a man who does not believe in the free market system, yet somehow we are supposed to believe he can build green jobs in a free market system?

The president also appointed Ron Bloom to build our manufacturing base:

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RON BLOOM, WHITE HOUSE MANUFACTURING 'CZAR': We know that the free market is nonsense.

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So we have two people now hired by the president to create jobs and they don't believe in the free market. What jobs? Government jobs — baby steps to total government.

We're going to show you about Andy Stern in a minute— he's another chief adviser and architect for the president. He said this:

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ANDY STERN, PRESIDENT OF SEIU: There are opportunities in America to share better in the wealth, to rebalance the power. And unions and the government are part of the solution.

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Do you honestly believe you could assemble a more hostile team to the free market system if you tried?

Back to the question we were asking: Van Jones said he was vetted and it was a rigorous process. Now we have the evidence we only had a hunch on before.

So I again issue the question to the White House: Mr. President, what is it you truly believe? Will you denounce radical communism, Marxism, socialism and progressivism? Will you tell me the turning point? Will you tell me the turning point in your life, where you left the Marxist crowd and said "Boy that was stupid." No one seems to ask the president about that. And you know what, I would have thought it was laughable to ask that a couple of years ago. But good gosh don't you wonder?

I just want the debate out in the open. No more "nudging" and trying to use behavioral science to get Americans to accept progressivism. And I think they are close to taking the mask off. I think they are dying to just let it out.

Again, we don't need to know any more about Van Jones. And Van, I love you too. I'll be sending you a Valentine's card next year. But know this: My problem has never been with you. I know who you are. My question has always been about the president's agenda.

So the question now goes to the president: What does he truly believe and what is his real agenda?

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The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

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