Glenn Beck: Does Congress read before voting?

GLENN: We're going to have to make sacrifices and choices now and so it's going to test the bands of social cohesion. We are in headed for trouble, but there's all kinds of and tonight on television I'm going this segment tonight on just the vice, the vice that is going to start squeezing all Americans, not left or right, all Americans. And so the pot is going to start to boil. It's going to get hotter and hotter and hotter and tensions are going to get rise higher and higher and higher. Got it? That's just the way it's going to be. One of those people in the vice is what's actually in this bill, what they've actually done. Here's one of them and Pat has the audio vault and explain set this up.

PAT: A reporter, a young guy walked into the halls of Congress, into the Capitol, and was walking down the hallway with Alan Grayson and was just introducing himself and being very friendly and talking about the health care bill and congratulating him on having such a big part of its passage. So, Grayson is warming up to him and starts to ask him about his favorite parts of the bill and the reporter asked Grayson what he liked best about it and Grayson starts telling him. And then he says, Well, what about these other provisions that are in the bill?



Why would Alan Grayson want to give your money over to Native American child molesters?

VOICE: What about the House, the house portion that provides funding for Native American child molesters and the Senate portion that provides

VOICE: (Inaudible.)

VOICE: that mandates no. This is the bill.

VOICE: It doesn't sound like it.

VOICE: This is in your bill that you voted for.

VOICE: Okay. Have a nice day.

VOICE: 1950 provides funding for Native American is this not in your bill? Do you not know what's in your own bill that you voted for?

GLENN: That is so great.

PAT: And then there's

VOICE: the Senate bill that says employers must mandate a break time for breast feeding. This is also in your bill.

VOICE: Get a life. What about getting a life?

GLENN: You're a Congressman, sir. Your life is to represent the people, not the Native American child molesters.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: And you notice they don't respond. They never do.

PAT: No.

GLENN: They never do.

PAT: And you notice was the response was, when he told him about the provision that is in the bill

GLENN: What? Are you crazy?

PAT: Are you a kook? Are you a kook for voting for this thing? I didn't put in it there. I didn't vote for it. You did.

GLENN: Can you that's video, right?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Not just audio?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Could you send that over to TV so we could show that video tonight? And let's put that in the free e mail newsletter today.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Because that is the kind of stuff you need. That shows you a couple of things. One, the kind of pressure that is coming your way, because look what's in the bill. Look what's in the bill. Two, look at what they've done. They don't even know what's in the bill.

PAT: No. Of course they don't.

GLENN: They didn't read it.

PAT: They have no idea.

GLENN: And why is it bad to now ask the questions of what's in the bill, because that's what we were told by Nancy Pelosi, you have to wait until the fog clears, we have to pass it and then you'll see what's in the bill. Okay. So, now we're seeing it. You still don't want to answer questions about it? We're seeing it now.

And then the last thing you have to learn about this is: What have they done? As soon as you do ask, because that's what Nancy Pelosi told us to do, Wait until it's passed and then you'll be able to see it. We see it, we read it, and then we ask and they call us a kook! I mean, I never you know, I never related and I still don't think we can relate, but I could never relate to the founders on the Declaration of Independence, on that big, long list where they said, We've tried and we've tried and we've tried and we've tried, we've begged you, we've begged you, we've told you, please don't do this. Then we appealed to the British people and said, Please. That's the only thing that we haven't done yet, I guess, is appeal to the good Democrats. I have, but we haven't appealed to the good Democrats and say, Help us, please, help us. Help us. You love the country as much as we do. You're not in with these radicals. You're not come on. You are not for giving money for child molesters in Native American communities. You're not for that! Help us, please, please.

And I have a great faith, because I've seen it, I've seen it, and that's why they have to paint us as violent, because they cannot let anybody on the left peel off. They can't let anybody from the Democrats peel off and come over here. They've got to pulverize their base, they've got to make us into haters and racists, because you've seen it. I have friends, I have strong democratic friends who have said, Glenn, I can't do it anymore. I can't do it. I mean, I have I don't want to give names. Hang on just a second.

Okay. Do you know who she is?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Okay. I just said to Pat the name of the person I'm talking about. Could you meet a stauncher liberal?

PAT: I don't think so.

Glenn: Okay.

PAT: I don't think so.

GLENN: This is a woman who, I mean, makes my head explode.

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Her husband came in this week and said, Glenn, I just want you to know, she can't do it anymore. She can't do it anymore. The lies, the corruption, what they're doing, she's not with it. That's incredible. That is incredible. When you have people who are lifelong Democrats and liberals who say, I can't stand with these people, we must reach out to those people, we must find our way to those people. We must find our way to the reasonable Democrats. It cannot be about politics. It must be about values and principles. It must be about honor an integrity. It must be about those things, and that's the exact opposite direction of where they're going. Where they were campaigning and they wanted to make it about hope, now they're making it about fear. That is a losing hand. In the end it is a losing hand, but if God is with us, who could stand against us? Churches, boy, oh, boy, do we need you. Boy, does America need churches. Our faiths must come together, they must come together. We need a Christian coalition, but I think and I don't speak for Christians, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think the Christian coalition was used by politics and politicians. I think the Christian coalition, the problem with that thing is it became about politics and about a party. This has to be about principles. We need a Christian coalition that is about principles and not parties. We must come together again. We must. We must come together as neighbors and friends and Americans and put our parties last and our principles first.

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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