Glenn Beck: Franklin Defined Americanism





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If Ben Franklin were a politician today he'd be the poster child for the so-called "hatemongering conservatives."

Imagine for a moment what would happen to a politician — especially a conservative one — if they said this:

"I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth, I traveled much. I observed different countries that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves and, of course, became poorer. And on the contrary, the less that was done for them, the more they did for themselves and became richer."

Media Matters geeks dream of quotes like this. Today all it takes to be labeled a hatemonger is proposing a smaller budget increase than the other guy!

Yet here's Ben Franklin, advocating that less be done for the poor. Even if you agree, that probably sounds radical because we've been bombarded with the message that generosity is expanding government, extending welfare, raising the minimum wage, giving away free Internet, etc. But Franklin's ideas weren't radical, they were common sense. And they're the cure for us today.

No politician today would dare say something like that. But he's right: Big government never lifts anyone out of poverty. It creates slaves, increasingly dependent on the scraps government hands out. Uncle Sam can't "lift" you out of poverty, it's up to the individual.

I've met a lot of successful people and not one has ever told me: "If it weren't for this government, I'd never be where I am today." Ben Franklin discovered this in his own experience, yet somehow that lesson is never taught.

There's a lot missing in what's taught about our Founders like Franklin.

For example, did you know that Franklin, who so hated the poor, helped create the nation's first hospital? The Pennsylvania Assembly didn't want to do it and the idea was about to die when Franklin issued a challenge. He said if he could raise 2,000 pounds from private citizens (a near-impossible feat at the time) then the Assembly had to match the funds. The Assembly agreed, thinking they'd just hit the lottery by looking charitable, but not actually having to do anything.

Franklin got more than 2,000 pounds and the bill was signed into law May 11, 1751, to create a hospital as Franklin put it, "to care for the sick, poor and insane who were wandering the streets of Philadelphia."

What a hatemonger.

Franklin is also often lumped in with the "Founders were racist" claims. If he was a racist he wasn't really good at it, because he was the head of the Abolition Society, a group demanding an end to slavery. Classrooms don't teach that Franklin was an abolitionist — no, he was a white racist. Yet Woodrow Wilson is revered: 51 public schools are named after him. It should be zero considering as president he brought Jim Crow to Washington. He segregated not only the Army, but bathrooms, cafeterias, work areas. He justified it by saying that white government workers had to be protected from contagious diseases that he believed were being spread by blacks. While president of Princeton, he turned away black applicants because he felt their desire for education was "unwarranted."

We are going to look at the Benjamin Franklin you weren't taught about in school. Was he perfect? No, but Franklin proved that a private citizen could indeed effect change. Besides the hospital, he also started the first lending library and, after a massive fire ravaged the city of Philadelphia in 1730, he helped establish the first volunteer fire company.

When the government refused to act against the threat created from the French and Indian Wars, he printed "The Plain Truth" and went door-to-door organizing the first militia. In short order he had 10,000 in the militia. They nominated him to be colonel, but he declined the honor.

Benjamin Franklin practically defined Americanism: duty, innovation, personal responsibility, self-improvement. He was so rooted in common sense, that if he were alive today he'd probably be the grumpiest of grumpy old men and with good reason. Today we restore the history of one of the greatest Americans ever to live.

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Bill O'Reilly joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday to discuss a recent House Homeland Security Committee briefing on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which "national security experts" claimed "right-wing" groups pose a greater threat to the United States than groups like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

Glenn played two video clips from the briefing that showed Senior Fellow Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, Daniel Byman, and former National Intelligence Council Chair during the Obama administration, Christopher Kojm, in apparent agreement that "right-wing extremists" are a bigger threat to Americans today than "jihadists."

"I'm someone who has written extensively on both jihadist groups, but also right-wing, white supremacist groups," Byman says in the first video clip. "And in my mind, there's no question that today in the United States, the right-wing and white supremacist violence is a much greater risk."

"I agree with your assessment and those of my colleagues who have spoken already, there's little doubt that the domestic terrorist threat from white nationalists and right-wing extremist groups is greater than the jihadist threat today," Kojm states in the second clip.

"Who are those idiots?" O'Reilly exclaimed. "It's just unbelievable ... they're not even in the same universe. Yeah, there are bad neo-Nazi Americans running around, yeah, but there are very few of them. I mean, the jihadists are causing death and destruction, death and destruction all over the world. Not just in the United States. These people are so blatantly irresponsible and ignorant, it's just staggering."

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The Biden administration was recently caught lying about the White House dog, Major, and his history of biting Secret Service agents, according to newly released emails.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn argued that, if the current administration is willing to lie about something so meaningless to the American people, what else are they willing to lie about? For instance, the State Department claims that there are only about 200 American citizens left in Afghanistan who want to be evacuated. But Glenn has heard very different reports from people on the ground. Is it safe to assume they're currently lying to us about all kinds of things — from the "new and improved" Taliban, to the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan?

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Tonight on "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck outlines everything that led up to the chaos in Kabul in a blow-by-blow takedown that SHOULD lead to massive resignations within the Biden administration and top military brass. Americans died. Americans are – TO THIS DAY – still stranded, and it is ALL on President Joe Biden.

Glenn interviews The Nazarene Fund's Rudy Atallah who gives an update on the total rescue numbers and details the obstacles he's had to overcome with the State Department. He explains why he believes they are thwarting private sector rescue efforts and says the numbers of Americans begging to be rescued are in the thousands — not hundreds — and "will exceed any number that has come out of Jen Psaki's mouth." While The Nazarene Fund rescue efforts continue in a more perilous Afghanistan, Rudy reveals another terrifying obstacle: Chinese and Russians resources deployed to assist the Taliban in rounding up church leaders, women, journalists, and lawyers who put terrorists away.

Glenn also interviews Tim Kennedy, an Afghanistan war veteran and president of Sheepdog Response who partnered with SaveOurAllies.org to sneak past the Taliban and bring thousands to safety. He details the moment the bomb went off when he was on the ground at the Kabul airport and addresses the Taliban kill list. "They will kill babies, execute women, and cut your tongue out. That's just the G-rated stuff."

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray ripped into President Joe Biden's latest speech in which our commander in chief touted the Afghanistan withdrawal as an "extraordinary success" that was "designed to save American lives" — despite the loss of 13 of America's finest, our military equipment in the hands of our enemies, and scores of Americans and allies still trapped in Afghanistan.

"This was not a success by any stretch of the imagination and people need to be held accountable," Glenn asserted. "Because if this is allowed to stand, and these people are just allowed to continue on with no ramifications, you don't not want to see what our military will turn into. I am telling you now, we will become the darkest force ever, ever to walk the earth. With our technology, and our resources, with our fighting machines that soon can be run robotically, we will make the Nazis look like rookies ... this must not continue!"

Glenn then played a video clip from the speech in which President Biden claimed that the "Taliban has made public commitments, broadcast on television and radio across Afghanistan, on safe passage for anyone wanting to leave, including those who worked alongside Americans."

"Anyone who says, 'Oh, they're going to let them through their checkpoint,' doesn't know their ass from their elbow!" Glenn responded. "They have no idea what is going on, or they are lying. So, Mr. President, which one is it? Do you not really know what's going on? If so, the 25th Amendment should be invoked. If you do know what's going on, then you should be impeached for lying to the American people on such a grand scale, it's staggering!"

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