Glenn Beck: Two Views on the Road to Recovery





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America, let's be honest: Isn't there a part of you that would much rather be talking about "American Idol," "24," baseball or cheesecake — anything else besides this what we talk about every night? But we've got Marxist revolutionaries fundamentally transforming and attacking the republic and moving us towards a global community.

I hope and pray that I'm completely wrong, but if I am, it's the most extravagant case of bad luck circumstances in the history of mankind. You have two options right now and you have to decide which one you believe — because both of them can't be right or even partially right. And only one of them can be clandestine, dangerous and radical.

Scenario Number One: America and the world are on the road to recovery! And spending trillions of dollars we don't have and more taxes is the way out of it

Scenario Number Two: We aren't on the road to recovery. There is real, grave economic trouble ahead and radicals are looking to take advantage of (and even cause) economic collapse

I believe the latter is true. Have you noticed that the media and the tweets and the bloggers never take apart the facts our program present? They usually only call names. That is perhaps because if you see how right we've been on a few things, you'd have to consider that what I'm suggesting to fix our country is not radical, hateful or racist. They are the principles and the values we know to be true:

Thrift

Humility

Charity

Moderation

Hard work

Honor

So, here's your choice:

Thrift vs. spend

Humility vs. arrogance

Charity vs. redistribution of wealth

Moderation vs. excess

Hard work vs. entitlement

Honor vs. corruption

If you haven't yet decided which scenario is true and who is telling you the truth, let me give you the two sides. On one side you have this guy:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: This morning we received additional signs that the worst might be behind us —

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Everything's peachy. Or you have what we've been telling you:

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GLENN BECK RADIO PROGRAM, SEPTEMBER 13, 2007: Punish these businesses through the economy, not through government but through the economy, let these businesses fail and entrepreneurs will step to the plate. And we're going to have a tough few years here, but we're going to get back together and we'll be stronger because of it. That's the American way to do it. But she's not going to do that. If, God forbid, something happens, it's just going to have a massive program after massive program. But by the time this election rolls around a year from now, we will be in recession. This economy is going to start slowing down and start coming down.

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When I made that prediction, the Dow was just over 13,000 — a year later, it closed at 8,451. I also warned about the massive big government programs coming:

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GLENN BECK RADIO PROGRAM, JANUARY 16, 2008: They are all going to start talking about things like that. Well, why don't we just make housing a universal right? Soviet Union did it. Well, they can't afford their health care. Well, why don't we just make health care a universal right? Why don't we just make food a universal right? Why don't we just start nationalizing some companies? I'm telling you, gang, if the economy gets bad enough and the wrong people are in, those are the kinds of policies that will be coming our way.

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Just about a year later, Obama signed his $789 billion stimulus package and this past March, Obama signed his health care reform bill into law. Here's one more:

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GLENN BECK RADIO PROGRAM, JULY 26, 2007: I'm telling you, I really, truly believe we're going to have universal health care and I don't think you're going to be able to do anything to stop it and here's why. You've got these giant global corporations that are so in debt from, you know, their promises they made for the unions. You know, the autoworkers just, my gosh, $100 billion in unfunded promises on taking care — people retiring to 55 and living until 80 or 90. How are you going to pay for that? You can't. The auto industry in America, let's be honest, it's not going to be able — it will collapse.

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Two years later, General Motors filed for bankruptcy — a move once viewed as unthinkable.

Now here's the latest news on this — and tell me if you've heard this on another network or from the administration or if you've only heard it here on this program: The euro is collapsing. Investors are abandoning the euro.

Both France and Germany have reportedly threatened to pull out of the euro if no solutions to the crisis are found

The president of the European Central Bank warned that Europe was facing "severe tensions" and that the markets were "fragile"

Obama adviser Paul Volcker warned of the "potential disintegration" of the euro and he added: "Clearly, I think we have to say that the euro failed and fell into a trap that was evident at the beginning."

What happens if the euro folds? Bond values of the weaker European nations (Spain, Greece, Portugal) will plummet; financial institutions will take a bath and it will ripple through the global market. France and Germany will be affected heavily because they hold vast amounts of bonds from Spain, Greece and Portugal. And America is deeply intertwined with the banking institutions of France and Germany.

Why do you think Obama was on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Out of sheer love for Germans and Greeks? Because it matters to us as well. So you've got massive trouble to the global economy coming. This doesn't just stop at Greece. We're on our way there; Arnold Schwarzenegger came out and said California's situation is just like Greece.

We've got SEIU intimidating bank executives by showing up at their homes and on their private property and Citigroup's top economist says that "the public finances in the majority of advanced industrial countries are in a worse state today than at any time since the industrial revolution."

Merkel said over the weekend that with the rescue package "we have done nothing more than to buy time until we have brought order to these competitive differences and to the budget deficits of individual euro countries."

Buying time for what, exactly?

The worst is not behind us. This is a trillion-dollar stall tactic.

It'd be like if your car broke down and it would cost double the value of the car to save it. Would you do it? Of course not. Unless, the dealer promised you a trade in a few weeks down the road. That's what they are doing — except they haven't told you what the trade in will be. I'll spare you the suspense: It's going to be a Yugo. A global socialist vehicle that's nothing like what we have. It's coming and quickly.

America, by my count, this is your third warning. That people are buying time to prepare. Are you preparing? Because it's going to come down to these two choices: Who do you believe? As John Nicols, co-founder of the radical Marxist group Free Press said: "Hungry people fighting over food don't usually make real sound decisions."

So you have to make yours now. Do you know enough to be able to defend liberty? Are you strong enough? You are the last line of defense.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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