Primary Stupidity

GLENN: It's a weird election cycle, you know? And you know why it is? This is the first time that there has been no incumbent running since 1928. A little while later in the program I'm going to give you the similarities between this election and 1928 and it will boggle your mind. But going back and looking and trying to find anything that fits this pattern, we had to go back to 1928. That's the last time there was no incumbent running. It's also weird because neither of the top two favorite candidates going in for the Republicans has finished first in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Just an ADD moment. It's also kind of weird because there aren't many true conservatives running, but that's a different story.

Rudy Giuliani is running at or near the top of most national polls for the Republicans, yet somehow or another he's an afterthought. Somehow or another people are like... Rudy Giuliani. And he's waiting for Florida and the other primaries. May prove to be a great strategy. When you see what's going on -- because John McCain, please, are you going to vote for John McCain? Has New Hampshire convinced you that, well, maybe we should give John McCain a second look? Are you going to vote for Mike Huckabee? Now, maybe you will, but I don't think, I don't think the rest of the country is going to vote for Mike Huckabee just like they didn't in New Hampshire. I thought where he finished in New Hampshire is where he would finish nationally. He will do better in the South but so will Fred Thompson. Rudy Giuliani will finish better in New York, California. I mean, the Rudy Giuliani strategy may prove to be brilliant because everybody else, by the time we get to the Super Tuesday, you're probably going to have Fred Thompson winning South Carolina, you'll have McCain winning New Hampshire, you'll have Huckabee winning Iowa and you'll have Romney probably winning in Michigan. Is he still at the top of the polls in Michigan? So there will be no clear winner and it will be time for Rudy Giuliani to swoop in and say, hey.

But let me ask you. If you are listening in Iowa or New Hampshire, why are you not voting for Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson, for that matter? These guys are doing well in national polls. Why? Is it because New Hampshire thinks that Fred Thompson is 1/11th as good of a President as the rest of the nation does? Is that what it is? Or is New Hampshire mad at him because, you know, he doesn't come to your cute little primary party often enough? Is it because these guys didn't stop by the local diner and have waffle and eggs with people enough? Is it because they didn't have a town hall meeting and didn't cry (crying.) Oh, you know what? I bet it's because they didn't call your house with one of those really cool recorded voice messages: "Hi, I'm Rudy Giuliani; I love Iowa, I love corn, I love cornfields. Please vote for me. A vote for me is a vote for corn and a vote for corn is a vote for Iowa. Remember on election day vote for Rudy Giuliani, the candidate of corn." Would that have helped?

Did John McCain not come to Iowa and show, you know, his pheasant hunting prowess enough? What is it? Why is he fourth in Iowa and first in New Hampshire? And for some reason we just can't accept that if a candidate doesn't campaign in a state, he shouldn't get any votes. Maybe in 1822 it was valid but I don't think you need to shake Mike Huckabee's hand to know where he stands on the issues. The information is everywhere. I need to meet Mike Huckabee to know?

You know what, I've met all of the candidates except for one. Mitt Romney. Never met the guy. Did I meet him? Oh, I just met -- yeah, you're right. I met him a couple of weeks ago. Met him a couple of weeks ago. But not like sit down and have him in my living room. I happened to be at one of his speeches and he walked by in the aisle and he's like, Glenn, how are you? Mitt, good, how are you? Good. We should talk sometime. Yeah, bye-bye.

You know, I understand that you guys in Iowa and New Hampshire get the royal treatment for a few weeks, you know, where Aunt Millie and Uncle Bob are having the candidates over for dinner. "Why don't you come over, Rudy Giuliani's going to be here." We're voting for the President of the United States of America. Not the nicest house guest award. What is up with that? And if you guys keep screwing around, we're seriously going to think about changing the system. I mean, John McCain? John McCain, where does that name ring a bell? Oh, McCain/Feingold, McCain/Kennedy. McCain/Kennedy, have you forgotten? McCain/Lieberman where he has said he will sign global treaties that will sign away our sovereignty over global warming! The guy voted against the Bush tax cuts. Yeah, not so much. I mean, unless this is the Green Party primary. Don't let the dinner visits and the town hall meetings go to your head. I thought better of you, Iowa. I really -- no, I did. You disappointed me. New Hampshire, I mean, I expect -- you tried to play this -- you know, you pulled this McCain thing once before. I mean, what's the deal? Does McCain have pictures of, like, you with Canada or something? I mean, what's with the McCain fascination? You keep this up, I'm telling you, I say we dissolve the Vermont/New Hampshire border, just make you part of Vermont. Yeah, you'll be only known for syrup. And not even your syrup. Their syrup. I'll leave the charge. What makes you so hotter than Vermont anyway? Seriously. Vermont, you should get pissed off about this. New Hampshire gets the royal treatment once every four years. What do you get? You are treated like a fatty at prom time. That's what's happening to you, Vermont, and it's New Hampshire's fault.

Don't you hate it when people divide us just for political reasons? I'm just sayin', Vermont, that's what New Hampshire's trying to do. I'm just -- no, I'm just, just being open with you.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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