Glenn Beck: Best campaign ad ever?

Dale Peterson for Agriculture  Commissioner

GLENN: All right. Let me go to Dale Peterson. Dale Peterson is running for the Agriculture Commissioner in Alabama, and I only wanted to get him on because I don't know anything about agriculture, I don't know anything about you, Dale. I just think you have the best TV spot I have ever seen.

PETERSON: Well, you know, big guy, first of all, thanks for having me on here.

GLENN: Sure.

PETERSON: There was a little guy that did that ad. It's — his website's, Ladd Ehlinger, and he did a movie or two and the last one he did was, you know, I guess what you'd say, used you as the character on there. And it was good. And he based it based on you. So he's not a political type guy at all. And when we did this, we never knew that it would cause so much ruckus around the country.

GLENN: Well, I want to play it again. Dale, I want to play this ad. We played it about a half hour, but let me play the ad. Here it is.

PETERSON: Go ahead.

[Video] I'm Dale Peterson and I'm after the Republican nomination for Alabama agriculture commissioner. I've been a farmer, a businessman, a cop, a marine during Vietnam. So listen up. Alabama AG commissioner is one of the most powerful positions in Alabama. Responsible for $5 billion. Bet you didn't know that. You know why? Thugs and criminals. If they can keep you in the dark, they can do whatever they want with all that money. And they don't give a rip about Alabama. Here we are losing three family farms a day. Illegals bust in by the thousands and Alabama's unemployment's at an all time high. And what are my opponents doing about it? Stealing yard signs in the dark of night from my supporters. Norman Grace brags on his Facebook page about receiving contributions from industries he would regulate. Bragging about receiving illegal money on Facebook. Who on Earth would support such a dummy? And why? We're Republicans. We should be better than that. I'm Dale Peterson. I'll name names and take no prisoners. Give me the Republican nomination for ag commission and let's show Alabama we mean business.

GLENN: Dale, what kind of gun are you holding while you're doing that ad?

PETERSON: It's a 30.30 Winchester Model 94.

PAT: What kind of feedback have you gotten from Alabamans?

PETERSON: Basically positive. The only negative feedback I've gotten has been from outside of Alabama, and only the negatives comes from the ultra liberals. But let me back up. I did get a comment from a leftwing liberal out of California and he said that he may disagree with me in some matters but he agrees with me in this ad. And he sent me a donation. Unbelievable.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: From California.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: He's like, they are like, don't, don't let him do — I bought it for a long time. God help us all.

PETERSON: But, you know, I appreciate any donation I get because we're funding this out of our savings and I won't take private interest money or special interest money and things like — and I've been offered it. But, you know, that's what we're trying to fight, big guy. You know, we're trying to get these slugs and thugs and criminals out of government, and we have them down here like you wouldn't believe. I think we rank number two in the nation in political corruptness and every day —

GLENN: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute.


GLENN: Political corruption, you are number 2 in the country?

PETERSON: Yeah. Didn't you know that?

GLENN: No, I didn't. And I don't think I've ever had anybody call me big guy more than you ever in my entire life. Maybe combined.

PETERSON: (Laughing).

GLENN: I had no idea that — I mean, I would think New Jersey, New York, California.

PAT: Louisiana.

GLENN: Louisiana.

PAT: Chicago.

PETERSON: Louisiana's ahead of us. If it wasn't for them, we'd be right there at the top.

PAT: So you are number 2 after Louisiana? I would never have guessed it.

PETERSON: It's kind of arguably I heard someone the other day say we were number 4 but

PAT: I didn't know there was a corruption survey.

PETERSON: We fluctuate depending on who goes to the pokey, you know?

GLENN: So what is it you are trying to clean up? What kind of farm crime is there?

PETERSON: Well, I guess the same thing you are. We're trying to get the people who are killing our country and in my case our state out of the position of power, and if we can move them, we're — our congress now, our legislature and Senate is all Democrat, and it has been that way for 168 years. We have a chance this time to actually take the — take control of it. And I think we're going to do good.

GLENN: You know, between the EPA and Cass Sunstein, I mean, how are you — I mean, these guys are big time anti farm. Look what they are doing in California. I mean, it's incredible what these guys are doing.

PETERSON: Oh, it's worse than that. Look at Senate Bill 510, what they are doing there and what they are going to —

GLENN: What is it? I'm afraid to ask.

PETERSON: Well, you know, it's disguising it under the food security and food safety type of act and — where they have centralized control, the government.

GLENN: Right.

PETERSON: Centralized control over our food supply and that sort of thing. There won't be any need for a state agriculture commissioner. It will be —

GLENN: Federal.

PETERSON: Federal director for each state, something like that.

GLENN: I just saw —

PETERSON: Go ahead.

GLENN: I just saw, I was in a meeting and the TVs were on and I pointed up to one of the guys who was in the meeting to follow this story. There was a story, I just saw the banner, red meat dangerous, some meat okay. I'm like, oh, now we're going after meat now. Interesting.

PETERSON: Well, they have always gone, gone after meat because what will happen is — well, I guess you could look at it, they started — they're disguising it in vegetarians and that sort of thing and don't eat red meat and that. Now they are going after red meat not being safe. Red meat is safe. We've been eating it, I'm pushing 65 and I think I've eaten it for 65 years, you know, and I'm still doing okay, taking my vitamins every day.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PETERSON: So I don't see, I don't see anything wrong with it. But it is a systematic slicing and dicing of our constitutional rights. And if they can — there's one fella told me something, Glenn, one time. He says, those who control the food control you. And you think about that and the depths of it. And that's actually true. That's actually true. We've been the breadbasket of the world.

GLENN: Not anymore.

PETERSON: Forever. But now it is, it is just evaporating faster than you and I can talk about.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, best of luck to you, Dale, and just keep it —

PETERSON: I really appreciate that. I really appreciate the time here. I appreciate you for doing what you're doing for our country.

GLENN: Thank you, sir. I appreciate it. God bless you. You stay safe.

PETERSON: God bless you, too, big guy. Take care.

GLENN: Dale Peterson. Big guy.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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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:

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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.

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.


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

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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