Glenn Beck: Game On, Progressives





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For the first time in our nation's history a game-changing bill was passed without bipartisan support. Take a look at all the Republicans the Democrats were able to peel away.

This weekend marks the beginning of real bipartisanship, but not the kind you are used to. This vote on health care was the end of the Democratic Party as we know it. Let's look at what really happened here.

Republicans were unified against this and they successfully convinced the overwhelming majority in America to oppose it as well. So where was the real fight? The socialist progressives couldn't convince the run-of-the-mill Democrats to go along with this bill; hence all of the arm-twisting and the pressure and the bribes.

The Democrats, who over the years have beat back the progressive machine and slowed down their radical agenda, have finally been toppled and forced to submit. Here's a list of Democrats who voted for this bill.

And this list shows the people who voted yes after originally opposing the bill. Sear these names in memory because they sold their souls for this vote.

Now, I know the White House expects me to be bitter, but I'm not. Today I'm actually feeling thankful. Remember, last week we told you that no matter what happens, health care is only a battle (albeit a big battle) in a much larger war. If you think this is over, gang, I've got news for you: Wait until you see what's coming on immigration.

But I'm thankful that the progressive party has stepped out of the shadows and showed Americans who they really are: Ruthless, morally bankrupt, "ends justifies the means" Saul Alinsky-ites who will do anything (even devour their own) to get what they want.

The progressive party has consumed the Democratic Party and don't allow them to tell you otherwise.

When Democrats lost big elections in Virginia and New Jersey followed by the biggest shocker of all — Massachusetts — I told you the path the Democrats took from then on would be telling:

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GLENN BECK: Here is what you have to watch for: Not only is the republic at stake, but you will know the health of it by seeing what happens right now. If the Democrats lose this fight inside of their own party starting tomorrow, to triangulate, to slow down "the machine" built by the progressives, well we will see whether they turn their progressive machine against the republic or if they will moderate, regroup and blend back into the background again as they have done so many times before.

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Look at the last couple of months since those elections. In the face of losing the Senate seat of the iconic figure for universal health care and losing the support of an entire country, this bill was still jammed down Americans' throats. Just enough spineless weasels were convinced to go along with it.

Hmm, who do you think has emerged? Let me give you a hint: Not regular Democrats. No, the California hippie, Marxist, communist, socialist progressives with flowers in the barrels of guns, sitting around smoking dope and talking about how they can destroy the evil American empire — they are the ones who have declared themselves king.

So, I'm thankful because there is a long war ahead and America can now clearly see what they are up against. Everything we told you they would do they have done. I know Washington is a corrupt place, but never in my life did I ever think I would see the kind of corruption, backroom deals, bribes and out and out scum-baggery that happened to get this health care vote through.

Progressives call it one of America's biggest moments in history. Let's do a little compare and contrast:

George Washington with a depleted, starving army of men, who were about to wage a dangerous mission against a superior opponent, crossing the Delaware River, only there because they mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Compare that to Nancy Pelosi arrogantly marching across Washington to pass the bill with a giant gavel.

Is there anything in common there? I'll wait.... Nothing? OK.

How about Abraham Lincoln, who in the middle of America's darkest days during the Civil War, gave perhaps the most famous speech in history — a speech that managed to unite citizens around how great the promise of America truly is? But here's Nancy Pelosi. Who bragged no money was exchanged for votes (which isn't even true). The parallels are striking, no?

There's no comparison. What happened this weekend was nothing short of an assault. And to compare this bill with the other great defining moments in American history is a disgrace.

You want honor? George Washington. Abraham Lincoln. The Greatest Generation. The bravery displayed at Iwo Jima (a battle where one in three soldiers would die) was commonplace.

Our astronauts, risking everything to push American innovation, exploration and imagination to the edge. Civil rights activists, who stood up to seemingly insurmountable injustice. First responders and everyday citizens like Todd Beamer, who stared evil in its face and said, not on my watch. Not in America! Let's roll.

These people have honor.

They say this bill is historic and that Sunday was a historic day. I think they're exactly right. But you know what other days were historic? Pearl Harbor; Neville Chamberlain meeting with Hitler; Jimmy Carter's presidency, and, of course, the Hindenburg in flames.

Being historic isn't always good. This was an historic accomplishment, all right: historically corrupt, historically partisan and a historic insult to our Constitution. It will be remembered as a black spot on this nation for all time.

I've been reading e-mails and tweets and everything else. I know you are feeling defeated today. I know you feel like tossing in the towel and you are probably asking how in the world I can be thankful. But I am because the mask is off. Progressives have completely exposed themselves and the country is rallying like never before.

We've showed you who the progressives are: They are 1960s radicals who sat around conspiring how to take America down — Andy Stern, Bill Ayers, Robert Creamer. You know the players. They hate America as most Americans understand it. They want to "fundamentally transform it" into some European utopia where everything is "free." And they've led us to this point. But who is their army?

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KEN ROGULSKI, WJR RADIO HOST: Why are you here?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: To get some money.

ROGULSKI: What kind of money?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Obama money.

ROGULSKI: Where's it coming from?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Obama.

ROGULSKI: And where did Obama get it?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I don't know, his stash. I don't know. I don't know where he got it from, but he giving it to us, to help us.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: And we love him.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: We love him. That's why we voted for him!

UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN: Obama! Obama! Obama!

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That's who is on their side: The "what's in it for me?" people. And they are being led by a president on a mission to make people ever dependent on the federal government. Even though Nancy Pelosi tried to claim that Democrats were honoring the true freedom fighters — the Founders — this weekend:

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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: We will honor the vows of our Founders, who in the Declaration of Independence said that we are "endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This legislation will lead to healthier lives, more liberty to pursue hopes and dreams and happiness for the American people. This is an American proposal that honors the traditions of our country.

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No, Nancy, government regulations don't honor the Founders or lead to healthy lives. And the majority of Americans get this.

Which leads me to who is on our side; I showed you their army; who is our army? First of all, we don't have a leader — at least not one alive. Our side is led by the Constitution and these guys.

Our army doesn't sit around whining or settle for whatever the government will give them. When our side gets knocked down, they pick themselves up by the bootstraps and get back at it again. We're the people that won World War II; that invented the light bulb; that tamed the West and crossed the Rockies. There wasn't anyone on the wagon trains who said, "I need someone to carry me and my stuff!" That person died on the side of the road — scratch that, they died on the prairie where there were no roads.

Our side isn't afraid of failure because we know it only makes us stronger and wiser. Our side is filled with people who started with nothing but $50 and a dream and now are successful or even run companies of their own.

Our army is honest; good; trustworthy; hardworking and innovative. Our side has the real job creators.

You want to vilify the evil insurance companies? You want to confiscate wealth and make everyone even? That's fine. You do that. We'll have nothing else better to do than to save our country. And I'll take our side of entrepreneurs, the people working their tails off for a living and the people who believe in the power of the individual. I'll take them over the "can I have more, please?' crowd any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

I told you this was a battle in the war. They may have one victory, but we've only begun to fight. The sleeping giant has awoken. Game on. We'll see you at the polls in November, progressives.

Their own people will divide themselves because eventually you are going to run out of "Obama cash." But our side isn't motivated by the cash. We are motivated by the truth: the American dream. And that never runs out.

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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."

Enjoy this clip from the full episode below:

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