The Overton Window

The Overton Window, coming Tuesday, June 15

GLENN: Kevin Balfe is, I don't even know what your title is. He runs our book division and has been a coauthor o the Christmas Sweater and the Overton Window. Kevin, would you say that I enjoyed writing the evil character a tad too much?

KEVIN: I would definitely say a tad too much. You had a little too much fun.

GLENN: It was a little enjoyable for me. I don't know, mainly because I know how these dirtbags think and I've read their words for so long here in the last few years, so much of them, and it was just — one of the characters in this, just evil. Just evil.

KEVIN: It's right out of your brain.

GLENN: I enjoyed it. A message to the left. All I'm doing is just moving the Overton Window a little bit. That's all I'm doing. Glenn Beck says he's evil. No, no, I think he's just a bad guy. If I just say I'm evil, can we reverse the Overton Window? Because that's what they are saying. So if I say I'm evil —

PAT: That's an interesting concept.

GLENN: I don't know exactly how this works.

PAT: We can try.

GLENN: The Overton Window is actually a real political concept that most people — it's used every day and most people don't even know what it is. Joe Lehman is here from the Mackinac Center and the Mackinac Center is the — this is — first of all, let me ask you. This is the home of the Overton Window, right?

LEHMAN: That's right, the Mackinac Center originated the whole idea.

GLENN: You guys aren't pissed at us, are you?

LEHMAN: Not by any stretch of the imagination.

GLENN: Right.

LEHMAN: There's nothing that Joe Overton would have like more than to know that one of his concepts was making it smack dab in the middle of the popular culture.

GLENN: I mean, it's amazing that people don't know what the Overton Window is because we use it instinctively, don't we?

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LEHMAN: That's right. And the beauty the Overton Window is it's something that everybody gets but it isn't intuitive. You have to be shown. And once you're shown, you say, a ha, I understand. It's like a map. You know that there's a way to get through the woods but then somebody shows you a map and it all makes sense.

GLENN: Now, I have a different understanding of the Overton Window and I'm glad you're here. I think, is Joe Overton was his name?

LEHMAN: Joe Overton.

GLENN: Joe. When Joe first did this, this is controlled really by the public, right? The window is moved by the public?

LEHMAN: Yeah. The great insight of the Overton Window is that it explains why politicians can't do anything they want to do whenever they want to do it. They are actually constrained by what the public will accept, and the public will accept options within a narrow range of opportunity. So if what a politician wants is outside the range, or if what you want is outside that range, then the window has to be moved.

GLENN: Explain it in real life. Take politics out of it.


GLENN: Explain it with like, you know, a curfew.

LEHMAN: Sure. Let's say that in real life curfew you've got two extremes. On one extreme you might have mom and dad say, "Stay out as long as you want. Stay overnight at your boyfriend's house, we don't care. You know, if you want to check in for some meals sometimes, that's okay." At the other extreme, you are a prisoner in your house, nobody can visit, you can't text anybody, that's it.

GLENN: Right.

LEHMAN: Now, in between are several ranges, and let's say that what you want to do is you want to be allowed to stay out until midnight instead of 10:00 but mom and dad and the people in the community, in other words, kind of the public has an idea that 10:00 is a reasonable curfew. If you want to shift that Overton Window to make midnight reasonable, you've got to make the case for it. You've got to make arguments. You've got to present the facts. That's what think tanks do.

Now, sometimes people use distortions to shift that window, but that's always wrong.

GLENN: No. Who would use distortions? Here's what I — here's how I see it being used. Let's use curfew. What I do is I say, "I want to be home by midnight. Mom and dad want me home by 10:00. Mom and dad, I'd like to stay out until 2:00 a.m." and they say, that's ridiculous. "No, but 10:00 is too — and 2:00, we have all these things going on." And before you know it, I've moved the Overton Window to an unreasonable place to where they can drag it back and say, okay, but this is really kind of more in the field of reason. It's — for instance, why is it that they were talking about fully funded abortions during the healthcare? That's so far out of the window of where America was. But those politicians drag it over there and say, "Argue this. We're going for fully funded abortions." By the time the window comes back, it's no longer where it was. It's now just away from that. And so you kind of go in between the two. Is this a correct understanding of it?

LEHMAN: Well, that's — sometimes there's a fine line between a negotiating technique and shifting the Overton Window. Now, if you are a negotiator and you want a million dollars for your contract, you may come in and say, we want a million and a half, all right? Just like you said with the curfew. And the other guy may start at half a million and you want to end up around a million. But if you want to shift — a lot of things can shift the window. One of the things that can shift the window is, well, how adamant is the party that wants that million and a half dollars? Or how adamant is Suzie when she says, I want to stay out until 2:00 a.m. because that can shift parents' thinking, too. You know, maybe it is more reasonable to allow a little later curfew because Suzie's really going to pitch a fit if we don't give it to her.

GLENN: So now show the window penalties. Is there a, I don't even know, an anti, or some sort of a negative effect to the Overton Window? Because I think what we've done, understanding the Overton Window the way you guys, you invented it. So understanding it this way, what Obama has done with healthcare is a violation of the Overton Window, right?

LEHMAN: It may be. Now, these things are clearer in history than they are in the present moment.

GLENN: But we have 60% of the people saying no. We have the rest of the world moving in the other direction. It seems like it's a violation. Is there any kind of historic payback for violating the Overton Window?

LEHMAN: Oh, yeah, absolutely. We have something that we call Overton's Revenge and if a politician moves too far outside that window and finds that he's all alone, he may suffer Overton's Revenge because the people won't support him or her. And time will tell if Obama has done that. You see, the president — it's a very rare politician that has the ability to shift that window by himself or by herself. Usually it's all kinds of things that shift the window. It's events, it's ideas, it's arguments, it's sometimes falsehoods. The gulf oil spill shifts the window on oil stuff. But you get a rare politician every so often who can shift that window by himself. Ronald Reagan was an example. The people moved toward him. He didn't just see a parade and jump in front of it. So if the president — if President Obama has really rammed the policy down the throats of people who don't want it, there will be political payback and we won't know that for a while.

GLENN: See, I don't think it's — with Obama it's not a politician. Pat, wouldn't you agree that it's not — they have orchestrated events. They orchestrated video, they orchestrated even the things like the — remember the health insurance company? What was the health insurance company that said, "We're going to have to raise our insurance premiums by..." what was it, like 50%? And then they used that and said, see, this big insurance company is going to have to raise by 50%. After it was passed, the insurance company came back and said, you know what? We were wrong on that. We're actually not going to have to raise anything. I mean, they have — it's not just Obama. It is this whole fleet, this team that is pushing the events and everything and shifting those windows. Have we ever seen any — this is — Goebbels was a guy who understood the Overton Window.

LEHMAN: Mmm hmmm.

GLENN: Right? Move it through propaganda?

LEHMAN: Sure, that's right. And that was using the observation of the Overton Window for bad purposes. Here's a policy that there was backlash on. Prohibition was a great example of the Overton Window shifting and being overshot. You had for decades organizations making the case for prohibition, private organizations. And eventually it becomes the law of the land. But here's the thing. Even though there was a strong social movement underlying prohibition, it didn't prove to be durable. The policy turned out to be more than what the people wanted, and that policy only lasted a decade. Prohibition was repealed. But the Overton Window has shifted with all kinds of social movements, the environmental movement, the union movement, the civil rights movement. It really does — the Overton Window doesn't care about right or wrong.

GLENN: Okay. What is the name of it? Is it Overton's revenge?

LEHMAN: Well, yes. We call it Overton's Revenge. You see, politicians, one of the things that makes politicians interesting people is they have this sense of how much they can do and still get reelected.

GLENN: I don't think that's an interesting trait. I think that's a dirt bag trait.

LEHMAN: (Laughing).

GLENN: Kevin, I think that's the name of the second book, Overton's Revenge.

KEVIN: I love that. There is one — when Joe was talking to me about this, though, there is one cool thing I thought where it provides a little bit of hope because think about the Second Amendment. Everything tells us, events, media, everything that we should be, you know, going more towards banning of all guns. And yet, you know, Columbine, Virginia, all these things, and yet look what's happening policy and public opinion wise. It's going the other way. And so just because this sort of false story is painted by the media or whoever else, as long as it's based on distortion and not what Americans truly believe, you always have an opportunity to make policy right.

GLENN: See, this is — this is so fascinating because this is the theory that I have on why — on the hope that I do have. I know how this story ends because I know who Americans are at their heart. At their heart they are not big government people. They are not — that's why they have to change our baseball games. Because they've got to train, you know. They have to change our history because if you know history, they're toast. If you haven't trained your kids to accept the participation trophy and don't keep score at games, they are toast. I know who Americans are at heart and that's why they will fail. It's just a matter of time. You watch the news? It doesn't match reality. Is that the Overton Window, too?

LEHMAN: Well, that's right. But the question is how long do we want to exist in a situation where the policies are outside the Overton Window. It might last for a year, it could last ten years. Sometimes political mistakes take a long time to fix.

GLENN: Depression was 20 years.

GLENN: Thank you very much. We'll talk to you again. Do you have a website yet?

LEHMAN: Please go to

GLENN: Why didn't we buy that? We could have sold it to these guys for a fortune.

LEHMAN: Well, right now the network of think tanks around the country that are advocating ideas for free markets and limited government are all tied in with that

GLENN: That's great, good, thank you very much.

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I want to talk to you about something that probably didn't make a lot of sense a long time ago. In fact, I can't tell you how many program directors and how many stations threatened to cancel. Or how many calls I got from the average listener saying; What the hell are you even talking about when I talked about, the leadership of Martin Luther King.

I have done everything I can — as much as I possibly can — to teach you about Martin Luther King and nonviolent protests. And I don't think there's anybody in the media who has talked about nonviolence longer and more in-depth on commercial airwaves than me. Preachers, certainly. But commercial airwaves — I don't think anybody has.

Now I think many are beginning to understand why I tried to lay that foundation. I have told you since September 11th that I have this feeling you are going to be the group of people that will, in the end, save the republic.

I've always believed that. I don't know how it's saved. It might just be preserved in our hearts, I don't know. But I believe it now.

I never wanted us to get to this point — everything I've done is to prevent us from getting here. But everybody is so politically tied to their side that no one will let their shields down and actually listen to one another.

And we're at that desperate point now.

You are equipped to save the republic because you at least hopefully have a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And you have at least a basic understanding of American history. More importantly, what makes this audience so phenomenal is that it is the most generous and service-minded audience of any show in America and perhaps the world.

That's part of what continues to be so frustrating about the Capitol invasion last week. Because you're being maligned.


I know who you are. This is the most peaceful, generous, loving, God-fearing, authentic and patriotic audience in America. And you are frustrated and you are tired of being hit in the face and being called bigot and everything else no matter what you do.

I've been called an anti-Semite just in the last 24 hours by everybody, unjustly.

I get it.

You are now being tainted by the actions of complete imbeciles who do not represent you and me. It's not fair. But that's the hand that we're being dealt and God is in charge and He is not surprised.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights. These are the hallmarks of regime, after regime, after Marxist regime on the ash heaps of history. Now China is still there because they've taken the so-called free market and took the capitalist system and they combined it with their Marxist utopia.

I don't know what's going to happen to the people over there. Especially seeing that our high-tech has joined them to weed out the dissidents. But it's not inevitable that we join them.

And it is going to require us to take a stand. Just not in the way that most people — especially if they're angry — think is most effective. Look at the ratings of BLM. 78 percent of Americans, at the beginning of the summer, thought that they were swell.

That number is in the low 20s now. Why? Because violence doesn't work.

I don't know if you saw the fellowship of the ring, but if you did, do you remember when Frodo said: "I don't want to do this!"

He's lamenting having to face down the evil and he's just one guy. I'll never forget it because it was right after 9/11, that the movie came out. I'll never forget Gandalf's reply. He said: "So do we all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what we're going to do with the time that is given us."

We can't decide what others are going to do. We can't control the dangerous Orwellian darkness that seems to be descending on America. All we can control is our response and strive to lead by example. If you know anyone in your sphere of influence who might be planning to attend one of these armed rallies in the coming days, beg them not to go. Do everything you can to stop them.

That's not a way to take a stand and it will not protect anything you hold dear and it will endanger the republic. It is what the other side wants.

So how do we take a stand?

The first thing I need you to do today is to help lower the temperature. It has been so hard for me not to respond to people on Twitter who have called me every name under the sun because I quoted the leading Holocaust historian last night on Tucker Carlson.

But see, that wasn't an attack on me, that was an attack on Tucker. If you can scare the guests from coming on to Tucker, you destroy Tucker. That's what they're doing.

Do not vent your anger on social media. At this point, it is probably just going to get your account shut down.

I want you to write this down and I want you to keep this in front of you.

Blessed are the peacemakers. For they will be called the children of God.

That means something today, much more than it did six months ago.

Blessed be the peacemakers.

Be a peacemaker.

And this is the hard part, you can't disconnect. Because things are moving too rapidly. You must stay plugged in.

But I want you to reach out to someone in kindness on social media. Encourage someone. Do not engage with the darkness. Be the light in the corner of your world.

You need to be a leader for what is to come.

And I know I'm asking you almost the impossible. I know you're angry and frustrated and it is gut-wrenching to feel that you're powerless to stop your nation from what you believe is sliding into the abyss.

You are not powerless. You are not voiceless.

I believe it too, with everything in me. I wish I was wrong. I hope that I am. I pray that I am. But know this: You are not powerless. You are not voiceless. You may be the only voice that anyone hears. Voices like mine will go away. I am trying to think of what I need to share with you before, God forbid, that ever happens. Because I cannot live with myself if I talked about something stupid politically and I find my voice silenced and then saying, I wish I would have said this or I wish I would have told them that.

You wield more power than you know. Not because of your voice or being able to call your congressman. You're more powerful than you know because you understand the real problem in America. The real problem in America is not political.

It is spiritual.

If you're like me when you get angry, you think that you are going to take on this challenge on your own — you are not being humble. You think you'll fix it. Everything that is happening to us is because we are an arrogant, out of control people.

We must humble ourselves. Please, you have the skill and the strength to endure the fiery darts that are going to come your way or already are. But this is a problem with our hearts.

You cannot reach someone's head without capturing their heart and no one is going to capture anyone's heart through violence.

Start in your own home and then reach out and if you're able, serve your neighbor. If you can, serve your local community. You must be a beacon of light in a very dark place. I'm going to ask you to do something you're really not going to like. And that's how I know things are from God. When I hear something or I think something and I'm like — oh crap, I don't want to do that — and you just know it it's right. You just know it's what God wants. And you're hoping that maybe you didn't hear it.

And it's so horrible. Because it's the last thing you want to do. But God is unlike many of our churches and preachers, He doesn't tell us what we want to hear. He doesn't have to pay for the church or get collection. Or be judged by how many people go.

Rise above the fray, with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

He'll say the same thing and he'll lose whole flocks. And they'll eventually start to go — oh wait, where is the Shepherd again?

But I have to tell you now some things that I want you to do. And they're not new. But I need you to hear me. I am asking you if you want to stand for the republic, I need you first to pray.

Pray like you've never prayed before. Pray for humility. Pray for guidance. Pray for peace. Pray for those people who you think you hate. Because you don't. Because hatred does not come from any good place.

Then I want you go out and serve someone in any way possible. On inauguration day especially, get your family and your children involved. Volunteer somewhere, take someone a meal. Do something to lift the spirits of hospital workers or your local police department.

Help a stranger mow a lawn, fix someone's car, pick up trash on the side of the highway. Do what you can do. But the most important thing is to do it with a sincere heart. And if someone asks you, why are you doing this? Just say, because I love my country.

Rise above the fray with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

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A pre-Inauguration Day plea: You wield MUCH more power than you know

Early Monday morning, Amazon Web Services removed social networking platform Parler from its cloud servers. This comes just after Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their app stores over the weekend.

"You can't find them on the internet anymore. They're gone," Glenn Beck said on his radio program Monday.

"This is something I warned you of four years ago ... because a profound technological change is coming," he continued. "I told you, at the time, high tech will need the government, and the government will need high tech. And they will work together to preserve their power and their position. This is what's happening, today."

Glenn said he believes the "far left" has been talking about breaking up companies like Parler for years, and that the Capitol riots provided the opportunity they needed.

"This is not the end of this. This is where the Left is starting," he warned. "Those who persist in standing for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to assemble, freedom to keep and bear arms, those people will be targeted for deletion. You will be hounded, boycotted, fired, ostracized, and de-platformed. And the louder and the more significant and effective your voice is, the bigger the target is on your back.

"But, let me say this: I will never stop standing for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to assemble, freedom to keep and bear arms, and all of the rest of the Bill of Rights. That is the American thing to do."

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Glenn Beck: This is the REAL Raphael Warnock and our new 'national religion'

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Multiple news outlets have called one of Georgia's Senate runoff elections for the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat who defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

So, on the radio show Wednesday, Glenn Beck looked into what this "radical preacher" has been saying in the past — and what he'll likely bring to the U.S. Senate in the future.

"Warnock is in one of the most influential and powerful stages of the country. And I use the word 'stage' intentionally," Glenn said. "It's the pulpit. He's the guy who says, if you voted for Donald Trump, well, you're a sinner."

Glenn introduced a video clip in which Warnock asserts:

If it is true that a man who has dominated the news and poisoned the discussion for months needs to repent, then it is doubly true that a nation that can produce such a man and make his vitriol go viral, needs to repent. I know, no matter what happens next month, more than a third of the nation that would go along with this, has reason to be afraid. America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness!

"So, (according to Warnock) you should be afraid," Glenn said. "Oh, and whiteness is evil. And, somehow or another, America has been worshiping whiteness ... see, critical race theory is now our new national religion."

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Nancy Pelosi and her growing ensemble of radical leftists are making sure that 2021 will be just as terrible as 2020 — terrible, and forcefully gender-neutral. The 117th Congress convened on Sunday, and on Monday, they shifted the goalposts by approving a 45-pages rules package, "H. Res 7," in a 217 to 206 vote. The Rules Package is the brainchild of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA).

Yesterday, in a speech to the House, Republican Rep. Tom Cole described the proposals as "some of the harshest and most cynical that I've experienced during my time in Congress." Congressman Steve Scalise accurately called it a "Soviet-Style rules package. ... designed to take away the voice of 48% of this chamber."

Some of the many wild rule changes include a continuation of proxy voting during the coronavirus pandemic, a ban on lawmakers convicted of certain crimes from visiting the House floor, and of course what would Democrats be without their hatred for Donald Trump? With the rule changes, they've found a way to attack Trump even after he's left office. They've added provisions that allow them to send subpoenas to former Presidents, former VPs, and former White House staff long after their administration has left the White House.

They've added provisions that allow them to send subpoenas to former Presidents, former VPs, and former White House...

Pelosi called the plan a "visionary rules package" which "reflects the values of her diverse Democratic majority," framing the proposal as a departure from ignorance, with that elitist under-handed way of condescending to non-woke Americans. She called them "future-focused proposals," as if conservatives and Republicans aren't worried about the future. Democrats honestly believe this. Believe that we pray to God for the destruction of the future, whatever it means. Although, Democrats are certainly not the authority on prayer: They can't even say one without jamming it full of woke inanity. And "inanity" is the word for it. Because the Democrats have devolved into utter nonsense.

In the news cycle, stories get buried. It feels like we're all constantly putting out fires. Politicians love this: Just about every controversy vanishes quickly. Shady legislation goes unnoticed. The mainstream media isn't going to report on this, not with any semblance of honesty or critical thought. As always, they're more interested in attacking Donald Trump. So it's up to us to ask, "Wait a minute, you're doing what now?"

You may be thinking, "How do the rules for the House of Representatives affect me?" Because you can tell a lot about a person by the way they run their house, or in this case their workplace. If this is how they want to conduct their workplace, I'm terrified to see how they'll run the country. Because, even though it will require ethical breaches and severe overreach, that's exactly what they're about to do, including a rule that keeps the House Minority from amending legislation on the floor.

In true leftist fashion, Democrats have projected their own injustices on Republicans. Like how the bill refers to the new rules as "sweeping ethics reforms," the implication being that there were ethical violations that demanded reforming.

Yesterday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it best, delivered a scathing rebuke of House Democrats. I recommend watching the whole thing. In particular, he took umbrage with the way the rules violate our freedom of speech, the most important right that we have as Americans.

He's right: This hatred for free speech began in academia. Specifically, from the Marxist radicals who promote and adhere to Critical Theory. We conservatives have spent so much time on Critical Race Theory, but we're missing the bigger picture. Critical Race Theory is just a wart on the looming monster known as Critical Theory. If you think the riots were bad, if you thought sports had become overrun by woke politics, if you thought colleges were bad already — you better get ready for the ideological tidal wave, because it's so about to be much worse. The whole thing is Critical Theory gone wild. I'll tell you why in a moment. First, let's look through the details.


The resolution aims to "make this House of Representatives the most inclusive in history," and opens by formally establishing the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. An entire department within the lower house of Congress devoted to bringing Critical Theory to life."Inclusion and diversity," two concepts entrenched in Critical Theory inanity. The left would call them "dog whistles," seemingly innocuous words that signal something evil. Apparently, inclusion and diversity are the reason House Democrats felt the need to change the name of the Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman, "to the gender-neutral Office of the Whistleblower Ombuds."

Then they really lose it in subsection e: "Gender-Inclusive Language." This section "modernizes the use of pronouns, familial relationship terminology, and other references to gender in order to be inclusive of all members, delegates, resident commissioners, employees of the House, and their families."

In other words, the standing rules will now be gender-inclusive. ''Seamen'' will now be ''seafarers." ''Chairman'' is ''Chair." And one clause of House rules removed the terms father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother" — you get the idea.

The new rules also require "standing committees to include in their oversight plans a discussion of how committee work over the forthcoming Congress will address issues of inequities on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or national origin; honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral."

Free Speech

One of the most egregious parts of the rules changes is the way they'll compromise free speech. Democrats want to protect free speech only if it's something they agree with. They've taken this to villainous extremes.

Deep Fake Media

●The Democrat rules package also made it an ethics violation for members to knowingly distribute "deep fake" media.

●The wording is vague, and could easily encompass conservative media. What do they mean by fake media? Memes? Articles? Jokes? Op-eds? "regulations addressing the dissemination by electronic means of any image, video, or audio file that has been distorted or manipulated with the intent to mislead the public.

●It applies not only to Representatives' official accounts but also to their personal accounts, a clear violation of free speech. "They would penalize any member who shares news or views that liberals and their allies in the media deem 'fake.' They actually make it an ethics violation, which is usually reserved for such unbecoming conduct as bribery and corruption."

Pay As You Go (PayGo) Exemptions

●The new rules also weaken PayGo, a budgetary-control measure that limits "Tax and Spend" policies and requires Congress to offset spending on bills that would increase the deficit.

●They are the payment rules on legislation related to the virus and climate change that previously required lawmakers to identify new revenue sources or spending cuts to fund their priorities.

●Democrats will now be able to force through any legislation regardless of the cost, and for legislation like the Green New Deal. Yet AOC actually had a problem with this caveat, but of course, her reason for opposing it is as asinine as you'd expect.

The Motion to Recommit (MTR)

Congress is a majoritarian institution. They govern themselves, as long as it doesn't violate the Constitution. Since Democrats regained the majority two years ago, they have treaded that line and I would say that they've been downright unconstitutional. For those entire two years, they boasted that in 2020 they'd sweep Congress, all of it, but especially The House of Representatives. They were wrong, and now they have the slimmest majority in years. And I'm positive that their hubris is largely responsible.

They were wrong, and now they have the slimmest majority in years.

Since the creation of the modern party system shortly before the Civil War, there have been 18 House majority changes, with Democrats in power the most.

●The motion to recommit provides one final opportunity for the House to debate and amend a measure, typically after the engrossment and third reading of the bill, before the Speaker orders the vote on final passage. ... The motion does not delay or kill the bill. MTR gives the Minority, and by extension their constituents, a voice by denying them the chance to debate a bill on the floor.

●It's been around since the House was founded, and in its present form since 1909. In 1919, Rep. Abraham Garrett said that "The Motion to Recommit is regarded as so sacred, it's one of the few rules protected against the Committee on Rules by the General Rules of the House."

●When Pelosi was in the Minority, she described the MTR as grounded in the Free Speech guaranteed by our constitution. Anytime the Republicans had the majority, they never even considered cutting off MTR.

Democrats shifted the goalposts by redefining words, by degrading the current meanings, and by trying to convince us that we are fundamentally immoral. It's textbook Critical Theory: attack our sense of reality, our understanding of knowledge, our guiding beliefs, and, now, our most fundamental rights.

We've entered the era of Critical Theory. Wokeness is the new law.


The time for metaphors is over; the House of Representatives just instituted wokeness into policy. They're still not saying the quiet part aloud. Critical Theory allows for this. Saddle up to the new normal. The new authoritarianism. Just like how nobody took 20 seconds to hop on Wikipedia and check the etymology of "amen", none of the Democrats have really thought out their plan.

Article I, Section 8 of The Constitution delineates the powers granted to the Congress, one of which is "to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel Invasions."

Well, lately, America has been overrun by insurrections and invasions and Congress can't do much about it because they're in on the insurrection. Significant factions within the legislative branch have encouraged these insurrections, they have validated the invasive radicals who threaten to destroy our country. And they've done it under the auspices of furtherance. Of being progressive. Of not being racist, or transphobic, or whatever insult is trendy on woke Twitter.

The time for metaphors is over; the House of Representatives just instituted wokeness into policy.

They're saying, "surrender some of your rights, some of your luxuries, some of your privileges — you have so many, you don't deserve them — and you'll make the world a smidge better." It's the kind of ideology that shreds through people like they're nothing and it is swallowing America whole. Once they change the rules and they change the words, you're living a real-life version of Orwell's 1984. What we need in a moment like this are strong people willing to face the wrath of a Leftist establishment that is all too happy to watch the world burn.

McCarthy talked about how people were feeling this indignation. Well, Kevin, I want you to know, it's not just you. I feel it. I think more than 70 million Americans feel it.


Leader McCarthy Slams Democrats' House Rules Package

It's not going away any time soon.

And today, I ask that you just prepare mentally, for a rough road ahead. But one that we win in, in the end. And I can say it with confidence because I know the truth, will always set people free.

The truth will always prevail.