Glenn Beck: Your Rights Are Slipping Away

I've got a question for you: How much do you really value your freedom of speech?

Oh, Glenn! Will you stop with your fear mongering? Free speech will never go away. America practically invented free speech!

If you don't think it can happen here, well, you just don't know history.

Woodrow Wilson imprisoned thousands of Americans for speaking out against the United States involvement in World War I. He also dictated the news coverage. And, when his policies weren't popular, he dispatched goon squads — kind of the SEIU of their day.

So don't tell me it can't happen; it already has.

Here's the next question: How far do you let things go before you — or better yet, your neighbor who doesn't agree with you — gets up off the couch and says, "I don't agree with him, but he has a right to say it!"

Florida urologist Jack Cassell reached his tipping point when Obamacare passed. He posted a sign on the door at his office that read: "If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your health care begin right now. Not in four years."

For expressing — as permitted under the First Amendment — his frustration with a bill that he truly believes will destroy the health care system and in turn harm the quality of care his patients receive, Dr. Cassell has got a congressman slapping complaints against him with the Department of Health.

Alan Grayson is filing the complaint — he's the moron who said that all Republicans want sick people to die:

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REP. ALAN GRAYSON, D-FL.: The Republican health care plan is this: die quickly! That's right, the Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.

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Grayson has also suggested that Cassell is — you guessed it — a racist for turning away patients who supported Obama. Listen to this stellar logic:

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GRAYSON: What he is doing is no different from saying I will not treat a black person, I will not treat a Catholic.

Where he lives in Mount Dora, which is in my district, many, many of the Democrats who live in Mount Dora happen to be African-Americans. So by saying that he will not treat somebody who supported Obama, he's saying that he's not going to treat a large number of African-Americans in this community.

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The sign couldn't possibly have anything to do — nothing whatsoever — with the government taking the first step towards a single-payer system; a system that will leave Canadians everywhere weeping because they'll no longer be able to flee to America for health care? No, this doctor must be a racist. I bet he even wears a white coat. Elementary, my dear Grayson.

Of course, no one is bothering to look at the actual facts in the case. Cassell isn't actually turning anybody away. He's not screening by political views. Here's what he said: "I'm not turning anybody away, that would be unethical. But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

All he's doing is making a political statement. The one person the newspapers found who is upset about it says she "felt like" she wouldn't be treated. Not she "wasn't treated" or was "denied treatment." She just "felt" that way.

I'm not a lawyer, but I have watched a lot of "Perry Mason" and I don't think this argument would hold up in court. Maybe I missed the episode where Paul gave a wink so Perry could make the guy say, "I didn't do it, but I felt like I was going to." You either did or you didn't.

This doctor is standing up against something he feels will destroy his business; standing up for what he thinks is right; standing up for what he thinks is best for his patients. And Congress finds this appalling and wants this guy's license stripped away.

Isn't this the quintessential reason freedom of speech exists: To allow people to speak up against government without fear of things like losing their business?

Isn't this why the Founders were fleeing England? Yes and no. It became about political speech, but originally it was about religious speech. Being able to disagree, religiously, with what the king thought. I have news for you: You're about to lose both political and religious free speech. Do you really think the Founders made the First Amendment so porn stars could express themselves?

I wonder how the left would enjoy this new anti-free speech government under different control? Say Ronald Reagan comes back to life and becomes president in 2012. The speaker of the house is New Gingrich. Karl Rove is chief of staff. Jesus is Senate majority leader. Dick Cheney is special adviser on evil-related activities. Donald Rumsfeld is press secretary.

Now how do you like the system you've created? Where the right to disagree with the president or his policies is gone and speaking out will result in losing your business or your license or at the very least being publicly attacked? How do you like it now, when the evil Karl Rove is in power? Suddenly it doesn't sound so utopian, does it? That's why freedom of speech — whether you agree or disagree with the president — is of paramount importance.

Who is this administration building into the enemies that have to be silenced? Who in the media is making a difference today? Who is actually challenging the president and asking him something other than who he picked to win in his NCAA bracket? Let's see — there's a few:

• Fox News

Brett Baier is practically the only journalist to actually challenge the president. Is he really the only reporter in America who could come up with tough questions for the president? Seems like it. Is this the only network that has noticed the government's sudden proclivity for taking over entire industries — like the student loan industry — so they can "cut out the middleman" who was taking in evil profits? Seems like it.

But this administration responds to Fox News by saying we are not really a news organization and opinion shows like mine are in trouble with the president by name — listen to what he says here:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck —

HARRY SMITH, CBS NEWS: It's beyond that.

OBAMA: It's pretty apparent and it's troublesome.

But, you know, keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out.

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Vitriol? Since when is saying "you're a socialist; look at your policies" hateful? That sounds like political speech. I know, look at this "hate speech" from Newsweek. That's not derogatory; it's an idea.

Chris Matthews didn't go after the word "socialist." His problem is that the word "regime" is being used to describe Obama and that he "never heard" that kind of language when Bush was president.

Really? The New York Times referred to the "Bush regime" 16 times; The Washington Post referred to the "Bush regime" 24 times; MSNBC did it 8 times and Chris Matthews himself, did it once.

• Talk radio

Talk radio is giving a voice to many Americans who feel like government isn't listening to them. Several senators have talked about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. And then the president comes out and says this last week about being called a socialist:

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OBAMA: That's not the vast majority of Americans. The truth is some of these comments when you actually ask, well this is based on what? This notion that Obama's a socialist, nobody can really give you a good answer.

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I can, Mr. President. In fact, I want to present you with a really good answer, but it's going to be a full hour and we have to pick and choose.

• The Tea Parties

They've been mocked and attacked from the beginning; called "tea baggers" and racists; they've been called violent and extreme — despite any actual evidence.

The latest attack was when Nancy Pelosi and then members of the Black Caucus unnecessarily strolled directly through the "Kill the Bill" rally on March 20: They claimed the N-word was shouted 15 times and congressmen were spat on. Despite cameras rolling all over the place — both media and individual — there is zero proof that even one racial word was said and there is also no proof or evidence of any spitting. But it sure makes one great story, doesn't it? Andrew Breitbart has offered to donate $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if anyone with actual evidence comes forward. So far there have been no takers.

• The Drudge Report

Last month, in the heat of the health care battle, the administration tried to ban staffers from viewing DrudgeReport.com because of unspecified "virus activity" associated with the site. I go to Drudge every day — never had a computer problem. The "warning" turned out to have "no factual basis."

And now it's the FCC with net neutrality. Coming up next I'm going to show you how the government is going after free speech on the Internet. The radical left lobbying group Free Press has the ear of the president and you'll be quite amazed with their grassroots campaign to control the Internet. And you'll never guess who they are using as their poster boy of who should be silenced.

By the way, I've noticed an interesting trend this week on all of these "grassroots" boycotts. Let's see: First there was the one from Obama's former green jobs czar Van Jones and his front group. Then there was Obama's spiritual adviser Jim Wallis. Oh and SEIU, Andy Stern's union and Obama's best union buddy — the most frequent visitor to the White House.

So three men that advise or have advised the president want you to boycott me. Sounds pretty "grassroots," doesn't it?

Gang, your neighbors need to understand that the free ride our grandparents left us is over. Our rights are slipping away. They are trying to squelch free speech through mockery, intimidation, intimidation of advertisers, the Internet — anyway they can.

I go back to the question: When do your neighbors decide enough is enough? I guess when they realize that the only kind of speech that needs protection is the kind of speech that people don't like — especially people who have power. We just have to figure out a way to appeal to their better and bigger American nature, rather than their smaller, Republican or Democrat nature.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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