Glenn Beck: Speech Isn't Dangerous, It's Essential

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Out of all the things the Founders could have tackled first, they chose freedom of speech.

There's a reason it's number one and I don't think it's because it won a coin toss against "excessive bail." The Founders knew it was hands-down the most important right to protect, because they came from a place that didn't have it. You couldn't freely choose or express your religion or speak out against the government without watching your back.

We've got a special hour coming up on the Black Robe Regiment — Revolutionary War-era local pastors who rallied their congregations after the "shot heard round the world" when the British killed 18 churchgoing Americans at Lexington Green. The pattern continued: Ministers and pastors rallied citizens to the cause.

These were men and women of faith who knew what was at stake. They also knew man would be individually judged by their actions and that the choices they made could affect their salvation. This weighed on these men of faith as they were faced with a decision.

Ben Franklin said we're all going to face God's judgment some day. "What is serving God? 'Tis doing good to man." What can you do better for man than protect his freedom?

That's why it's number one: The First Amendment offers the biggest slice of freedom:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

The Founders fled an ideology that believed societies, in order to function, must have uniformity of religion and it was the duty of government to impose it — even using force — to save souls. If you dared be a non-conformist you could be executed. Now, you can be a Wiccan or you can follow that nut down in Miami who thinks he's Jesus. Go for it. The government can't throw you to the lions.

• "Or abridging the freedom of speech"

This isn't in there so porn stars can "express" themselves. The Founders came from a system that permeated the entire world. The average schlub had no say. You needed to be a duke, an earl or king or wear a fancy wig to have a say. The First Amendment not only gave the schlub a seat at the table, the schlub is at the head of the table.

• "Or of the press"

Ah, the press! The Founders knew that power corrupts. That's why the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, much to President Obama's chagrin. It says what they can't do to you, rather than what they will do to you. And that's a good thing, by the way, Mr. President. The press — in the off-chance that government became too bloated, too powerful — could be the outside force to hold government accountable.

• "Or the right of the people peaceably to assemble"

Could you imagine America today if there was no Tea Party movement? The president has no roadblocks — nothing standing in his way. He could pass whatever he wants. The only thing even slowing him down are the peaceful assemblies of the Tea Parties. I know they are very scary to the left.

• "And to petition the government for a redress of grievances"

Huh? Is that, like, people from PETA are allowed to get signatures? Here's what it means: You have the right to ask the government, what the hell are you doing? That's your right. With every right there's an implied responsibility. Their responsibility is to answer.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention, 81-year-old Ben Franklin was on his way out when someone asked him well, what do we have? A republic or a monarchy? Franklin responded: "A republic... if you can keep it."

No one ever said this was going to be easy. In fact, the Founders didn't think this would last very long and Franklin's response seems to indicate that's what the sentiment in the room was. That was Day One. We are now on Day 81,299 of the American experiment. But somewhere during those 80,000 days, we started to take for granted the gift we were given.

We've dropped the ball. The press has dropped the ball. The enemy is not Republicans or Democrats; the enemy is big government. The Founders have been proven right time and time again: When government gets too big or out of control, it fails.

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Yeah, yeah — but what about those people waving their scary snake signs and waving their loaded guns around everywhere? Even you would admit that's dangerous!

Umm, no. Because unlike those idiots overseas who fire their guns in the air to celebrate, we understand that the bullets actually come back down to Earth. The press is quick to point out when someone is packing, but they never seem to notice the obvious contradiction staring them right between the eyes: This is supposed to be a crowd of angry, out-of-control, anti-government mobsters. But not one shot fired? There hasn't even been a good old fashion pistol whipping!

Nothing has happened except people exercised their right to peacefully assemble and speak out.

Yet we have a former president tell us, on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, that speech is dangerous. No, it's not — it's essential. Timothy McVeigh was a certifiable nutcase and what he did isn't protected by anything. What I do, what Rush does, what the Tea Parties are doing — that is protected. The problem is, we forget our own history — and so it can be used against us. Monday was the anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, but it was also the anniversary of something else: Waco.

In his distorted mind, Timothy McVeigh committed his inexcusable act because he was angry at an out-of-control government that could kill women and children, all in the name of protecting women and children. I'm not arguing whether going into Waco compound was the right move or whatever — you decide that for yourself. But why I bring it up, why it's important, is because the former president who is out there condemning the Tea Parties and saying the next Timothy McVeigh is being raised up from the Tea Party movement, is the same president who issued the order to go into the compound. A decision that ended horribly.

Clinton blames the Oklahoma City bombing on people like Rush Limbaugh for questioning the government acting recklessly, resulting in the deaths of women and children. For the first time, in my recollection, we're being told by a former president — and we are expected to believe — that words are more dangerous than action. That the words about how the government acted recklessly, were more dangerous than the 5,000-pound bomb McVeigh actually set off.

Their defense is that speech caused McVeigh, not action by the government. The truth? Only one thing caused this: McVeigh's own insanity. Not Clinton. Not Reno. Not Rush. I blame Timothy McVeigh. But by getting you to argue, it brings us off the point of the real issue: out-of-control government.

David Koresh? Nutjob. McVeigh? Nutjob. Little to do with the story at this point. They are both dead.

What journalists should be doing is exercising their right, responsibility and duty. You have the violence of the G20 protests. It was the left who got violent at the health care town halls. Code Pink shut down a Karl Rove book signing because of threats. Ann Coulter was forced not to speak because the left threatened the event.

No one seems to be afraid of the left. Why? The constant media drumbeat is to watch out for those soccer moms with their strollers and those grandparents with lethal dentures — they may strike at any moment.

The good news is, history is a pattern — it repeats itself. These were some of the things that were said about what Martin Luther King was doing: A headline in the Tuscaloosa News: "Washington Fears Violence in March" or this quote from a 1967 article: "By preaching civil disobedience over the years, Dr. King may unwittingly have helped pave the road to violence."

So you are in good company, Tea Partiers. Standing up peacefully to a government you feel is grabbing too much power and is out of control is the answer.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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