Glenn Beck: Barack Obama's Foundation





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Barack Obama has said that he's an ardent free market supporter:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market —

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He mocks those that call him a socialist. Just last week, in an interview, lovingly — almost reverently — conducted by CBS's Harry Smith, he said that people couldn't back up the "notion" that he's 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, for example, nobody can really give you a good answer.

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I'm sure he's right. No doubt there really is nothing to lead one to believe that Barack Obama might have any socialist or Marxist tendencies. Certainly, the mainstream media hasn't found a shred of evidence.

But I want to look at this in a different way, because the next argument will be: Well OK, so what if he is? Well, this is the man who says he's going to fundamentally transform America. He signs bills into law that no one has read.

Nancy Pelosi says we have to pass it to find out what's in it. And on Wednesday, we'll take a look at the specifics in this bill. They've passed it against our will; now we'll show you what's in it.

We know that our country needs to be restored; much of it is broken. When you have something of real value, you need to be careful about who you're hiring: Are they going to remodel, restore or tear down? What kind of contractor have we hired? Let's look at him and his political structure.

The first thing we have to check is the foundation. So, let's start with his parents. First of all, as President Obama would say, "let me be clear," I want you to know that I'm by no means attacking his family. In fact, I think after five minutes, you will feel like I now do: Really sorry for little Barack Obama — the boy, not the man — because of the tragedy of parents that seemingly placed radical politics over everything, including this cute little boy.

I am not one to talk. I grew up with a dad who worked all the time. I work all the time. A lot of us to this; we work long hours to support our families. But how many of us have been abandoned not by just one parent, but eventually both? So brace yourself as I introduce you to his tragic childhood.

Barack Obama, Sr., was a committed communist. And while he was only in Barack, Jr.'s life only until the age of two, his economic policies have a familiar ring. As a Harvard-educated economist and Nairobi bureaucrat, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., advised the pro-Western Kenyan government to "redistribute" income through higher taxes. He wrote about his distrust of a capitalist system while quoting Marx. When Barack, Jr., was two, his father left for good to seek his Harvard education, hardly ever returning to visit.

Of his mother, Obama said she was "the dominant figure in my formative years.... The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics." Stanley Ann Dunham was described by a friend as "a fellow traveler.... We were liberals before we knew what liberals were."

She may have been a practitioner of "critical theory" — Marx to the extreme. She was a supporter of Adlai Stevenson, the former Illinois governor and presidential candidate. During the late 1950s, Stevenson campaigned on an aggressive liberal agenda he dubbed the "New America." Dunham later left Hawaii to travel to Indonesia for a second time, later moving on to Pakistan. She too, left Barack, back in Hawaii with her parents.

Obama has portrayed his mother's parents as conservative Methodist and Baptists from Kansas. There's a problem with that. At some point they changed, because when they lived in Washington State, his mother's parents were members of the East Shore Unitarian Church, a left-leaning congregation in Bellevue, near Seattle.

The Chicago Tribune mentions a description of the Dunhams' chosen church as "The Little Red Church on the Hill." According to the church's own Web site, that name came from the "well-publicized debates and forums on such controversial subjects as the admission of 'Red China' to the United Nations." John Stenhouse, a local communist and former chairman of the Mercer Island School Board, once served as church president, possibly contributing to the "Red" label.

So to recap Barack Obama's childhood and formative years: His dad leaves him; his mom also, left him. His grandparents were called upon to continue to raise him throughout his high school years. I'm sure like most of us, Barack Obama has tender feelings for his grandparents and they may well have been fantastic people. But we're trying to discover who Barack Obama is, by looking into his foundation.

Obama's grandfather recognized that Barack had been abandoned by his mom and dad and Barack, according to his own book, was struggling with his racial identity. So, grandpa happened to know a poet living in Hawaii, who was a strong black male influence, who could mentor his grandson. And what happened? Who was this strong figure — this mentor — during his impressionable teen years? Obama only identified him as "Frank" in his memoir. It took some time, but a New Zealand researcher/blogger finally did uncover and publish that his "mentor" was indeed: Frank Marshall Davis, black poet and communist with an FBI file.

So, nothing to see here, right? Just move along. No wonder the mainstream media hasn't given an ounce of credibility to any claims of socialism. Amazingly, it would seem that Obama didn't have much opportunity to become anything but a radical, based on everyone in his life to this point.

Then Barack Obama went to college. Here's how he described the company he kept in school:

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OBAMA: To avoid being mistaken as such a sellout, I chose my friends carefully: The more politically active black students; the foreign students; the Chicanos; the Marxist professors...

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After college he joined a church born of Marxism; one that taught radical liberation theology and which was led by a Marxist pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Obama didn't just join, he stayed for 20 years. He and Michelle were married by Wright, his children were baptized by him. We've obviously hashed and rehashed all the Jeremiah Wright rantings, so we won't do that again here. But what no one has touched on is his new spiritual adviser, whom we'll get into later.

OK, that's his past. There must be all kinds of evidence that he's changed dramatically since his upbringing, right? After all, we started this segment with him proclaiming that he is an "ardent free market believer," so surely there's plenty of evidence that he fully supports businesses that drive the economy and employ millions of Americans by bringing in large profits?

As an ardent free market president, we'd expect to see him singing the praises of successful capitalists, celebrating titans of industry and generally encouraging the principles that have made America the beacon of opportunity for hundreds of millions of immigrants over the last 200 years.

The discussion of "is he a socialist," is as meaningless as the argument we had 10 years ago: Did he do that with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky? America knew the answer then and we know the answer now. The question we must ask is: Does it matter?

When you build a house, the first thing you do is pour a foundation and we've shown the foundation that was poured.

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Stop trying to be right and think of the children

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All the outrage this week has mainly focused on one thing: the evil Trump administration and its minions who delight in taking children from their illegal immigrant parents and throwing them all in dungeons. Separate dungeons, mind you.

That makes for a nice, easy storyline, but the reality is less convenient. Most Americans seem to agree that separating children from their parents — even if their parents entered the US illegally — is a bad thing. But what if that mom and dad you're trying to keep the kids with aren't really the kids' parents? Believe it or not, fraud happens.

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While there are plenty of heartbreaking stories of parents simply seeking a chance for a better life for their children in the US, there are also corrupt, abusive human traffickers who profit from the illegal immigration trade. And sorting all of this out is no easy task.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security said that since October 2017, more than 300 children have arrived at the border with adults claiming to be their parents who turned out not to be relatives. 90 of these fraud cases came from the Rio Grande Valley sector alone.

In 2017, DHS reported 46 causes of fraudulent family claims. But there have already been 191 fraud cases in 2018.

Shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed out this 315 percent increase, the New York Times was quick to give these family fraud cases "context" by noting they make up less than one percent of the total number of illegal immigrant families apprehended at the southern border. Their implication was that Nielsen was exaggerating the numbers. Even if the number of fraud cases at the border was only 0.001 percent, shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

This is the most infuriating part of this whole conversation this week (if you can call it a "conversation") — that both sides have an angle to defend. And while everyone's busy yelling and making their case, children are being abused.

What if we just tried, for two seconds, to love having mercy more than we love having to be right all the time?

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley

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Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?

Zero.

How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?

Zero.

And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?

Zero.

Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?