Glenn Beck: What Changed Dennis Kucinich's Mind?





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Wednesday, for the first time ever, people actually cared about something Dennis Kucinich said or did. Actually, I take that back: This is the second time. The first time was when he was mayor of Cleveland and the citizens there were like what are you doing? They cared then.

But earlier on Wednesday, Kucinich announced his decision on Obama's health care plan. He had been against it — a firm no — because the plan did not contain a single-payer system. Kucinich is a progressive and he's out in the open. Here's what he had been saying about the plan:

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REP. DENNIS KUCINICH, D-OHIO: Anytime I can support the president, I'd like to. I just — except on this bill, I signed a commitment with 77 other members of Congress, saying that if there was not robust public option in the health care bill, that was presented to the House, I wouldn't vote for it. I kept my word.

If you don't have a public option, the insurance companies have a license to just steal money from people.

I wish that they brought that public option back — I supported it in committee. And absent of a robust public option, I don't know what there is for my constituents.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

Got that? He believes there is absolutely no reason to vote for this bill without the public option. It would take an Earth-shattering, chill-you-to-the-bone moment to change his mind. Something like this experience:

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TIM RUSSERT, MODERATOR: Did you see a UFO?

KUCINICH: Uh, I did. And the rest of the account — it was an unidentified flying object, OK?

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Maybe that's why President Obama decided to do more than call Dennis Kucinich to change his mind on health care. He invited him aboard Air Force One to chat about it. Maybe it was an abduction. Whatever it was Congressman Kucinich left Air Force One a different man than when he boarded.

Here's Dennis Kucinich on Wednesday:

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KUCINICH: I've decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.

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Wait, I thought there was nothing in it for his constituents? So why would he change? There are three possible answers:

He was told if he votes for health care, they'll tell him what's in Area 51

They opened the cargo door of Air Force One mid-flight and "negotiated"

The president assured him this was just a starting point; that we'd get to universal health care eventually.

I know, right now some bloggers are saying, Oh, Glenn that's crazy. President Obama's plan doesn't have a public option, you right-wing religious zealot, Jesus-hating fear monger.

OK, then how do you explain this:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: It is my belief that not just politically but also economically, it's better for us to start getting a system in place — a universal health care system signed into law by the end of my first term as president and build off that system to further — to make it more rational — by the way, Canada did not start off immediately with a single-payer system. They had a similar transition step.

Transitioning a system is a very difficult and costly and lengthy enterprise. It's not like you could turn on a switch and you go from one system to another.

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That sounds an awful lot like the end goal is government-run health care. As the president said, it's what they did in Canada. I'm not a betting man, but I would be willing to wager that the conversation aboard Air Force One sounded very similar to that last sound clip of Obama: Don't worry, Dennis. We will get there.

It's the only explanation that makes any sense and it's right in line with what many powerful progressives (including Obama) are preaching: Just get your foot in the door and we'll build from there. It's their own words.

Here's audio from the George Soros' Tides Foundation:

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JACOB HACKER: Someone once said to me this is a Trojan horse for single payer. And I said, well it's not a Trojan horse, right? It's just right there! I'm telling you: We're going to get there — over time, slowly.

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And from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky:

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REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY, D-ILL.: And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who then argued against the public health insurance option, saying it wouldn’t let private insurance compete. That a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and lead to single-payer.

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My single-payer friends, he was right. The man was right.

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And Tom Harkin:

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SEN. TOM HARKIN, D-IOWA: As I said before, this bill is not complete. I've used the analogy of a starter home in which we can add additions and enhancements as we go into the future. But like every right that we've ever passed the American people, we revisit it later on to enhance and build on those rights and we will do that here surely.

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I mean, how many examples, America, do you need to realize that it doesn't matter what passes, it's just a foot in the door. As if you needed more evidence, Nancy Pelosi was quoted saying: "We won that fight and once we kick through this door, there'll be more legislation to follow."

Dennis, how did you miss all of this? Did you want to pass the bill the right way out in the open or something? Are you the only ethical Marxist around? Did you not read Saul Alinsky: The ends justify the means?

Seventy-three percent of Americans want Congress to scrap the bill and start over. America, I want you to understand what this bill is in no uncertain terms:

This will be, in the end a Canadian-style single-payer health care system. If anyone thinks that's good, count the number of hospitals on this side of the border that cater to Canadians. Ask Canadian politician Danny Williams who came over here for surgery because they didn't have any specialists

Speaking of that:

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, if this bill is passed nearly one third of physicians would quit practicing medicine

This is about power and money. The unions along with government will control your health care along with government, enforced through the IRS

You are going to pay for this without any benefits until 2014

Do you think that the government is actually going to take your money and put in a safe for two to four years and not touch it? That's the only reason why the bill doesn't cost more, because you don't get any benefits for four years — you're paying in, with nothing in return.

Let me show you a picture: These are the actual lock boxes. They just opened them to start cashing in the IOUs. There is no money in them. But between now and 2014 this money will be spent on everything else but health care. By that time the government will control every aspect of it.

This is why America doesn't want this bill. But that doesn't mean we don't want reform. There are millions who want health care reform. And let me be clear: I am one of them. But a public option — especially when it's crammed down America's throat in the cover of darkness — a Trojan horse that's not really a Trojan horse — is not the right kind of reform.

There are easy ways to actually make the current system — which, let me remind everyone, is the best system in the world bar none — better. Did you know that the top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical tests than the entire country of Canada or Sweden or Great Britain for the entire year? There's a reason world leaders and millions of others come here for health care.

Our system is better. But there are easy ways to make it even more superior to the utopian Canada or U.K. system (where 22-year-old hospital patients are dying of thirst).

Start with tort reform. They say they have it in the bill, but that is a Trojan horse as well. It actually punishes states that have already implemented liability reform. So, if you already have caps on liabilities, you are not eligible for funding grants.

Allow insurance across state lines. Instead of doing that, this bill caps premiums and allows any pre-existing condition to be covered. The guy next to me said that'd put the private insurers out of business — well, to quote Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky: He was right!

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A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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