Glenn Beck: Have Our Leaders Abandoned Common Sense?





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I know progressives have tried to tell you otherwise, but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to lead America. A degree from Harvard or Yale is not a pre-requisite for president. There are only two essential traits all leaders need: Integrity and some good-old fashioned common sense. You need to be able to look at a problem, see what works and go with it.

We seem to have completely abandoned anything remotely close to common sense.

Today we're going to try and simplify things. What would your grandparents say? The news today must have them spinning in their graves.

Stock markets around the world took a dive last week and again on Monday. The Asian stock market tumbled by the most it has in 14 months. Why? I mean, we all heard the great news from the president about how unemployment went from 9.9 percent to 9.7 percent and that the economy is getting "stronger every day":

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: This report is a sign that our economy is getting stronger by the day.

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OK sure, 95 percent of the jobs "created" in that report were temporary government census jobs. And we now have more census workers — 564,000 — than in the following industries:

Oil and gas extraction (about 165,000 workers)

Electronic and appliance stores (about 480,000)

Air transportation (about 456,000)

Rail transportation (about 216,000)

Utilities (about 557,000)

And sure, because we have hired so many workers, the cost of counting Americans is skyrocketing. The 2000 Census cost $4.5 billion. The 2010 Census is set to cost up to $14.5 billion.

What are we spending the extra $10 billion on?

And sure, of the jobs added last month, roughly 96 percent were census workers — temporary positions — but other than that, what's the big deal? Does anyone think spending $14.5 billion on temp census workers is good for the country in the long run?

What would your grandparents say? Probably something that made a lot more sense than these clowns are saying today.

We've told you Europe is falling apart. Over the weekend, we find out that Hungary looks like it's next to go the way of Greece. The euro is at a new four-year low. Iran is selling off their euros. And Eurozone nations announced they are setting up a $1 trillion bailout fund to "soothe"' market jitters. How is this soothing? They don't have the money.

America's wealthiest state, Connecticut, just had their credit rating reduced from AA-plus to AA, as they prepare to borrow $956 million to close a budget gap — after borrowing money last year to cover a deficit of $947.6 million. President Obama is about to push our national debt higher than U.S. gross domestic product: Meaning we could take everything we make and sell in this country for an entire year and not pay for the small debt we owe.

Something else was happening in Europe: There was another Bilderberg meeting. I don't know much about these people — I know about the Build-a-Bear people and they're brainwashing our kids with teddy bears. If they're half as evil as he teddy bear people, look out.

My critics right now are saying, Oh boy, here goes that conspiracy nut Glenn Beck again, he thinks the Bilderbergs are taking over. Please, I don't believe in any of that nonsense — my critics just want to paint me into a kook. Besides, you don't need a conspiracy site to know what these supposedly elite and powerful people were "secretly" meeting about. They weren't talking about their golf handicaps; they're talking about the economic shape of the world. They're asking if the euro will survive. They're wondering if America will survive. What will the world look like a year from now?

Here's the not-so-secret that most people don't know: America's economy is based on spending. No matter who the president is — pick your favorite one — they most likely will never say the economy is in trouble, because they know that 70 percent of our economy is based on spending. The world economy stops if you stop spending. That's why Obama can look you in the eye and with a straight face say it was a good thing that we spend $14.5 billion on the Census.

Again I ask: What would your grandparents say to that logic? They'd say we spent too much; it's broken and we can't fix it with more spending. Time to take your lumps and move on. And then they'd smack you with a shovel for being so stupid.

Why is Greece in trouble? After joining the supposed economic safe haven of the Eurozone, did they build useful infrastructure? Did they free up people to create a brighter tomorrow? No, they thought it would be great to have people retiring at fifty; give everyone free health care, free this and free that; increase government handouts and create nothing except debt.

The sad part is two Australian comedians made more sense out of the dire situation than anyone in the press so far.

Where do they get the money? They don't.

The politicians and the uber-elites are playing a game. They're in bed with the world labor unions. They've spent us into oblivion while all the time telling us it's OK. It's not. Here's the fun part. Government will raise taxes on you. When you say no, the labor unions — who are in bed with government — will start civil unrest, which government will blame on you. This is the endgame and the only loser is you.

This is from the World Socialist website:

"In recent days, a number of media commentaries have predicted a similar eruption of social unrest of revolutionary dimensions as a direct result of the worsening economic crisis. These warnings are accompanied by dire predictions that Europe will suffer the return of nationalist tensions, the emergence of fascist movements and even war.

"Writing in the Financial Times May 24, for example, historian Simon Schama stated, 'Far be it for me to make a dicey situation dicier but you can't smell the sulfur in the air right now and not think we might be on the threshold of an age of rage... in Europe and America there is a distinct possibility of a long hot summer of social umbrage."

"In The Observer of May 30, Will Hutton, its former editor... declares, 'The future of Europe is in the balance. the potential disintegration of the euro will be a first-order economic and political disaster.... What will emerge will be a Europe closer to the 1930s. Fearful, stagnant and prey to vicious racist and nationalist ideologies.'

"Deutsche Welle writes that these warnings are 'Closer today than at any other time since this current financial crisis-the worst since 1929-began... The deep anger brewing in these countries is fermenting worldwide against the same institutions, the same people, and the failure of global capitalism'

"Deutsche Welle concludes with comments by Marie-Hélène Caillol... 'This crisis is directly connected to the end of the world order as we know it since 1945 — and even earlier since the European colonization process. Therefore, the whole global fabric centered on the U.S. for 60 years is slowly collapsing, generating turmoil of all sorts.'

"When she was asked where all the social unrest ends, she answered: 'War. It's as simple and as horrifying as that.'"

There are forces trying to make you believe everything is OK and that more government and more spending is the way to go. There are forces who want to gain more international power and control. And then there's you.

Our Founders had faith in you. I have faith in you. Have faith in yourself and the principles our parents and grandparents had that made this country great. And have faith in God. It's pretty simple, really.

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com