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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Glenn Beck: Here's how YOU can fix the Great Reset's housing crisis

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How's the housing market looking these days? Because under Build Back Better (aka the Great Reset), investors are grabbing up homes at a record pace.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn discussed a recent Redfin News report, which shows that almost one in five homes sold in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2021 was purchased by an investment firm, and many are paying tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price.

"Think of that, one in every five homes that are sold are going to a big investment firm," Glenn said. "Investors bought more than 90,000 homes, totaling more than $63 billion, representing 18% of all homes sold in the quarter. The numbers broke all records."

"The same factors have pushed more Americans to rent, which also creates opportunities for investors, because investors typically turn the homes they purchase into rentals," he continued. "And now they can charge higher rents. Rent for single-family homes surged by more than 10% in the 12 months, through September. The fastest annual rent inflation in 16 years."

"And nearly 77% purchased were bought in an all-cash transaction," Glenn added. "That's not your average person. These investment firms, like BlackRock, are going in and buying entire neighborhoods. They are the people that come in, and say, 'I'll give you $70,000 over the asking price.' ... Now, why would investment firms think they will just be able to make money paying $70,000 over the asking price? What is it that they know, that you don't know? Could they know, as the Great Reset states, that by 2030, you will own nothing and you'll like it?"

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn offer his thoughts on how you can solve the Great Reset's housing crisis:

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On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck exposes the radical plan to flip the United States from capitalism to socialism and into a lawless nation. It's an old strategy that mirrors a communist Cold War playbook. The goal now, as it was then, is this: How do they get a revolution without all that civil war stuff? It’s a five-step plan, and we're deep into several of the main steps RIGHT NOW.

Our justice system has been infiltrated by woke leftists, and something called "the progressive prosecutor movement" is methodically transforming Main Street USA into Main Street Gotham City. We can see it all over the country in places like San Francisco, with the Waukesha massacre as a terrifying glimpse into more of what's coming. And the media? They're currently running interference in one of the largest misinformation operations in history.

It’s happening at the city, state, AND federal levels. And President Trump might be one of the biggest victims of them all, a fact that even Trump critic Joe Rogan has realized on the Russia collusion hoax: “No one is being held accountable!” That ends now, as Glenn calls on Americans to push back on the lies that keep us divided in a cold civil war.

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A "one-world government" is being formed right now and it’s called the Great Reset, Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. And now, rebuild plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral hint at the formation of a global church, too.

In this clip, Glenn detailed plans for the iconic, 850-year-old church’s "woke" renovations that sound more like a 'politically correct Disneyland' complete with a "discovery trail," "emotional spaces," and 14 themed chapels.

"Notre Dame is now being built back better as a 'woke theme park' dedicated to environmentalism and social justice," Glenn explained.

"There will be several different chapels within, [for example] a chapel for social justice, and then chapel for environmental justice," he continued. "Which leads me to this point. The 'one-world government' is being formed, right now. One-world government. It is being formed and it's called The Great Reset."

Glenn went on to predict that one of the first steps in the direction of a one-world government will be a push for a global religion.

"I think we're seeing the first church now being dedicated to the new global religion — and it is social justice, environmental justice, and all this gobbledygook. We all know, it's not just wrong, it is dangerous. That's the first church, the cathedral of Notre Dame, in France, is the first global church. Mark my words. Christian, Jews, Muslims ... this global church will bring darkness unlike you've ever seen."

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The Omicron COVID-19 variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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