Glenn Beck: Rep. Kennedy goes berzerk



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GLENN: Let us begin with a Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island on the floor of the House of Representatives talking about, where's the press on the war?

KENNEDY: If anybody wants to know where citizen is, citizen is that there's one, two press people in this gallery. We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV, we're talking about war and peace, $3 billion, a thousand lives and no press! The press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that's the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country is despicable the national press corps right now.

GLENN: Patrick Kennedy.

PAT: His voice changed, he was so excited.

GLENN: Where's the press? Where's the press at? That's a good question, isn't it, Patrick? Where is the press? Where is the press? The press was all over the war. All over the war when it was George W. Bush, but now... nothing. Where is the press? Interesting. Maybe the press is doing all their homework on healthcare. Maybe they're just trying to expose all of the nonsense, all of the craft, all of the corruption, all the bribery in healthcare. No, no, they're not there, either. Where's the press! Play it again, please.

KENNEDY: If anybody wants to know where citizenism, citizenism is that there's one, two press people in this gallery. We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV, we're talking about war and peace, $3 billion, a thousand lives and no press? The press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that's the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country. It's despicable the national press corps right now.

PAT: Do you think he was drunk there?

GLENN: Jeez.

PAT: Seriously.

GLENN: No, that's other Kennedys. I think one of them has to be sober assaults. I think that may have been

PAT: To be the designated driver?

GLENN: Yeah, that may have been his moment to be sober. No, he was sober. He was just inflamed that there was no press there!

Now, the president actually spoke on this issue, did he not?

STU: On Iraq? Well, sort of. In because he actually, as crazy as he sounds there, as you point out, he has a good point. They really cared about it a lot when Bush was in office. But doesn't seem like the press or the president seem to think of it as a particularly high priority. In 2010

GLENN: What was hang on just a second. And I know this, it may seem like a rhetorical question, but it's not. What is the difference between the president and the press? Okay, I was kidding. It is a rhetorical question. There is no difference.

STU: In 2010 President Obama has mentioned the Iraq war just three times during formal speeches: Twice in a single sentence during back to back events in early February at the DNC and once in his state of the union address.

PAT: Where's the president! Where's the president, the Iraq war, people are dying! Where's the president?

GLENN: There's only one president!

PAT: And he's not here!

GLENN: He's not even talking about it! It's the greatest, most important thing of all time!

PAT: The president's unraveling about healthcare every day, 24/7!

GLENN: Can I tell you something? It's really, really, really interesting that when those members of the press, coincidentally I believe all of them worked at Fox, were saying where is the president on the war, he can't seem to make a decision, and we went on and on and on about it for four months, Patrick Kennedy wasn't even around talking about where's the president!

STU: It goes on here. The White House press corps hasn't asked the president about the Iraq war in months. The president was last asked about the conflict on December 7 during an Oval Office press

GLENN: That's the date that will live in infamy.

STU: Right, with the Turkish prime minister. But the question came from a Turkish reporter after an associated press reporter asked about the economy.

GLENN: There's only one Turkish reporter here!

STU: In fact, the last time a White House reporter asked about the Iraq war was June 26th, when NPR reporter asked an Iraq related question during a joint news conference with Obama and Merkel, according to records kept by CBS radio. That's pretty, pretty amazing. I mean

GLENN: That's going on a year?

STU: Yeah. Remember this was supposed to be the main issue of the campaign when the campaign was revving up.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: Of course it is. Until he completely went back on everything he promised! Where is a single campaign promise this man said he would keep! In the gallery there's no promises being kept! I mean

STU: How is your voice? Is it okay?

GLENN: It's okay.

STU: It made it through that?

GLENN: I can't do much more of Mr. Kennedy, but

STU: Pat can.

PAT: I could. I could scream all day like Pat Kennedy if I wanted to! I can still talk on the radio tomorrow!

STU: (Laughing). That's significant, though. It's a wartime president.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: And since June we haven't heard any press member ask him about it.

GLENN: No. Where's Cindy Sheehan! Why hasn't she camped out in front of the president's vacation property?

PAT: She's still at Crawford. I just read a story a couple of weeks ago. She was at Crawford.

STU: Oh, really? Because I thought she did

PAT: She was still protesting at Bush's house.

STU: Did she follow through the 2008 election?

GLENN: Does she understand how this system works?

PAT: Apparently not. Apparently not.

STU: Because at one point Bush was actually, he had two terms and then he ended that two terms and then President Obama took over.

PAT: I heard something about that.

STU: Yeah, yeah. So she should actually I thought I heard when he went on vacation, she actually did protesting where Obama went on vacation, too.

PAT: Somebody's got to get her a radio where she's more consistent. She should always be camped outside, I don't know, his Chicago residence maybe?

STU: Is it possible she just really likes Crawford at this point? She's been there a lot. It's a rural area.

GLENN: I think the people of Texas have embraced Cindy Sheehan.

STU: I think so.

GLENN: No, seriously, she blends.

STU: She's like the Stonehenge of Crawford now. Everyone drives by to look at her.

PAT: We don't know why it's there, but look. There's the Cindy Sheehan.

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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