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GLENN: This is, you know, this is an amazing day in American history and I will tell you that ‑‑ I'll be real honest with you.  I went through the same thing you are probably feeling today and that is, you've got to be kidding me.  You probably are feeling a little bit like I did over the weekend because I knew this was ‑‑ I knew this was coming over the, you know, oh, last few days, and I think most Americans did that they were not going to ‑‑ but we held out hope ‑‑ they were not going to stop.  This proves everything that we said on this program to be right and accurate.  I said after Scott Brown, they will triangulate if they're politicians.  If they are radical revolutionaries, they will press forward and they will step on the gas.  And Saul Alinsky tells them do everything you must do to win. The ends justify the means.  I told you that, that if they are politicians, they will slow down.  If they are revolutionaries, they will speed up.  And that's exactly what they've done.  Led by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  Rahm Emanuel wanted to slow down. The radical revolutionaries said "Go."  Well, I have news for them.  Thank you.  Thank you for proving me right.  Thank you for proving me right in a way that Americans now from coast to coast understand because they've seen it.


 


They call this a historic moment, and it is.  Because never in my life did I dream that this would happen in our country, that no matter what it took, bribery, corruption, collusion, threats, arm‑twisting, no matter what it took, they'd ram it through.  This is historic. What happened last night will be remembered as a black spot on this nation's history for all time.  It is a turning point.  It will ‑‑ it does not ‑‑ you tell me how it fits next to the moon landing.  You tell me how this fits anywhere near the people who would not get up from the counter.  You tell me.  You tell me how this is civil rights.  You tell me how this has honor or integrity.  It doesn't.  The fruit of this tree is extraordinarily evil.  The fruit of this tree is corrupt and poison.  This has nothing to do with our founders.  Nancy Pelosi couldn't even get it right last night.  She's like, "And this and the declaration of... it's... pursuit of happiness and now we can all be... healthier when we're pursuing our happiness."  Shut up, you!  But I want to thank them, I want to thank them from the core of my being because I will tell you I have heard from some powerful, powerful Democrats who have said, I can't, I ‑‑ I mean, what happened?  I will tell you what happened.  Exactly what I told you would happen when you put Michael Moore and his cottage cheese ass right next to Jimmy Carter.  You think, I said, you think you are using these radical socialist, communist progressives, but they are using you, and they will eat you.  You think he got that big by eating Cheetos?  He's eating the party.  The Democratic Party is dead.  As my grandparents and as you knew it and as many Democrats knew, it is dead.  There is no place in the Democratic Party.  You want to talk about a big tent:  Unless you went along with Nancy Pelosi, you are out and you will be destroyed.  That was the message.  There is no ‑‑ there's not even a, there's not one chair in the tent.  The Democratic Party is the progressive Socialist Party, period.  If you are a Democrat, you better get while you can.  Or you will be remembered.  You will be remembered as an enemy of the republic.  The progressives are an enemy to the Constitution.  Look it up.  No matter what they tell you now, just like Barack Obama said, "Oh, I've been clear in the past.  I'm not for universal healthcare."  Yes, he is.  Yes, he is.  And in five years you will see.  Because that's all we'll have.


 


I've got an amazing quote from Al Sharpton to play for you about socialism.  I have to thank the progressives for being true to who they are.  And now it is time for Americans to be true to who they are.  And it's happening.  May I just give just the opening, healthcare reform and the radicalization of Betsy and Robbie.  Tonight the House of Representatives passed historic legislation with President Obama's healthcare package and some pundits are saying the battle for healthcare is over.  But far from being over, writes the Huffington Post.  I'm afraid a deeply partisan battle, dare I say a war, is only beginning because of the manner in which this victory was won.  I say this because two friends of mine, Betsy and Robbie, formerly apolitical friends who have been radicalized by the experience of the last 15 months and if they are any indication of the mood of the country I believe they are, the Democratic Party is in for a political wake‑up call of historic proportions in November.


 


No, I got news for ya, and I want to thank the progressives.  Thank you, Jesus, for this miracle.  Because this is not a message that is just going to go to the Democratic Party.  Oh, no, my friends.  This is going to be a message that is going to go to the progressives of any party.  John McCain, Lindsey Graham, get the hell out of the way.  Get your hands off of the Constitution, my friend, because we're coming.  We're coming and we are coming ‑‑ see, you know what?  The people who have won, the people who have all of this, they are the people that have been looking for the handouts.  They are the people who are saying, "Oh, I can't do it on my own."  Look out, brother, because America's about to roll up her sleeves.  We're rolling up our sleeves.  The people who actually work our ass off for a living, we got nothing else better to do now than save our country.  Oh, sure, we have our families, we have our jobs, we have our business.  But you know what?  There seems to be an enemy of our family, our jobs, our schools, our business, our healthcare, our country.  So you know what?  We're going to put everything else on hold and we're going to do some old‑fashioned ass‑kicking come November.  So bring it on, progressives.  Bring it on!  Because you've just woken a sleeping giant. And while all of your buddies, all of your army is standing in line going, "I'd like more, please, please help me out, please, I'd like more, I don't have enough, I can't do it on our own," oh, we can.  We can do it as individuals, we can do it as a group.  We believe in the power of the individual.  We believe in the power of entrepreneurial spirit.  We believe in the power of our own mind!  We believe we can kick your ass down the street!  You need somebody else.  We don't.  Your bucket's about to have a hole in it and you ain't gonna buy no beer.  'Cause we ain't gonna pay for it very, very soon.


 

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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