Glenn Beck: Chris Matthews solution for America -- rapid rail

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GLENN: Okay, I don't even know if I'm high atop Times Square or deep below the bowels of the Earth or I'm in China or in Russia or America. I don't even know what's real anymore because everything is upside down. It's an alternate universe. We have Chris Matthews, Chris Matthews telling America this.

MATTHEWS: But we've got everybody in the world cutting back and what's that do with the prospect of economic expansion here at home? Well, it kills it. If you are looking for good news, I have one suggestion. Stop listening to Europe, stop listening to the conservatives. Do what has worked in the past.

GLENN: It's never worked in the past. It never has worked in the past. I mean, anybody who wants to go, "Come on, Chris, we'll go head to head on the Great Depression."

PAT: Talks a little bit about that.

GLENN: Even the guy who — does he?

PAT: Yeah. He talks a little bit about the Great Depression and what worked.

MATTHEWS: What got us out of the Great Depression was production, massive industrial production to support the allied cause in World War II. We need production for this country now. We need to build rapid rail to catch up to those allies from World War II.

GLENN: Rapid rail?

PAT: Rapid rail is going to get us out of this mess.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh! I can't take it! I can't take it! Henry Morgenthau, the guy who helped design the New Deal said in 1939, it doesn't work. I wish it did work, but it doesn't work. We've tried. Now all we have is massive debt. We must stop this spending. Then World War II happened and that did employ everyone, but in 1946 we were starting to head back down. Everybody said, all of these economic advisors said, "we've got to go back, we can't just stop spending money, we can't do it, it will go back in the depression." And the Republicans — you know what, I just got a note from Ben Stein. Do you know who this was? Do you know who came up with this? Ben Stein's father is the guy who came up with, "Had enough?"

PAT: Oh, really?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Oh, wow.

GLENN: Ben Stein's father, an economist, said stop spending all this money. And the Republicans ran the campaign Had Enough. Republicans got into office, they cut spending and, boom, we created the gigantic boom of the late 1940s and early 1950s. That's what happened, Chris Matthews. But I love the fact they were now saying Chris Matthews — play that first clip again. I love this.

MATTHEWS: But we've got everyone in the world cutting back and what's that do to the prospect of economic expansion here at home? Well, it kills it. If you are looking for good news, I have one suggestion. Stop listening to Europe, stop listening to the conservatives. Do —

GLENN: Stop. Stop listening to Europe. Haven't we been saying that for a very long time? We've been saying stop listening to Europe, but no, no, no, they're enlightened, they're smarter than us, they're better than us, they know. We don't! We're ignorance, we're stupid!

PAT: And now that they're doing the right thing, stopping listening to them. But also —

GLENN: Not only that, not only that, we're not just saying stop listening to them, we are squandering a historic opportunity to unite with Europe. We are not squandering all of the goodwill that was built up around the world by hiring Barack Obama to be our leader, are we? The president isn't squandering all of the global goodwill, is he? By not listening to them, he's squandering it!

PAT: And we were so together shortly after the inauguration. They all loved us. They all loved us.

GLENN: They loved, loved —

PAT: And now...

GLENN: — loved us.

PAT: Now not so much. But here's what's interesting, too. He goes on about the rail and gives — cites some examples after telling us not to listen to Europe.

MATTHEWS: What has worked in the past? What got us out of the Great Depression was production, massive industrial production to support the allied cause in World War II.

GLENN: Pause for a second. Pause for a second. Do you notice he is not saying the New Deal got us out of the Great Depression.

PAT: No, he didn't. I was surprised.

GLENN: I was shocked by that.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: He's admitting that it was World War II.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: Okay.

MATTHEWS: We need production for this country now. We need to build rapid rail to catch up to those allies from World War II. France already has the TGV. China —

GLENN: France!

GLENN: Oh, France.

PAT: Stop listening to Europe but let's build the rapid rail like they did. What do you make up your mind. Should we be like France or not? Amazing.

GLENN: Does anybody within the sound of my voice really think that rapid rail — who thinks in the middle of the night, man, if we just had rapid rail, we would be set.

PAT: Oh, I think a lot of people. A lot of people.

GLENN: We just, if we just have rapid rail.

PAT: If we had rapid rail and we kept spending ourselves into oblivion.

GLENN: Oh, my goodness, it would be so —

PAT: Everything would be fixed.

GLENN: These guys are so — you know what? These universities that educated these nincompoops should be closed down. Should be closed down. If that's what you get out of your college education. Rapid rail? Rapid rail is the way to do it. You are a dummy. What a dope, rapid rail. What's that going to do for us? We can get the unemployed to their shopping carts faster. They are actually in Ohio. They are building a rail, rapid, rapid rail. And it will take you from Columbus to Cleveland in six hours. But you can drive to Cleveland in under three.

PAT: Yeah, it increases the time by almost a factor of three. It's almost three times as long because of all the stops.

GLENN: That's right, it's two hours, isn't it?

PAT: Yeah, I think it's just over two hours.

GLENN: Yeah, that's right. That's right. It's two hours to drive. But —

PAT: But you can take the train.

GLENN: And get there in six.

PAT: And pay more probably.

GLENN: That is — probably?

PAT: Now how much would you pay?

GLENN: Probably, when you figure in the taxes?

PAT: Well, yeah. Oh, yeah.

GLENN: Now, who is going to do that? Man, if I could still live in Columbus but I could work in Cleveland and I would only have to get to the train station by 2:00 a.m. to be there by 9:00.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: It would be great. Be great.

PAT: Where if I drove, I'd have to sleep in clear until, like, 6:00.

GLENN: And then if I get — I get off work at 5:00, get to the train station, get on the train, I could be home by midnight to be at the train station by 2:00! It's fantastic! Rapid rail, who could say no? And they are — seriously that's the stimulus package.

PAT: Well, it works in France, but don't listen to Europe.

GLENN: They don't work in France.

PAT: No, it does.

GLENN: No, no, no. It might. They don't.

PAT: They don't.

GLENN: They don't. The French don't work. No, seriously, seriously, America, we're going to pull ourselves out of this with rapid rail and the Peugeot. If we could just, if we could just start building Peugeots, we are going to be set.

PAT: I haven't heard that theory yet.

GLENN: The Peugeot theory?

PAT: I think that's new. I think that's new.

GLENN: Well, you'll have to have a pipe in your mouth when you talk about the Peugeot theory. It's the Peugeot theory of economics where you sit around, you do very little, you don't let anybody be fired, you'll retire at 50 and you build Peugeots.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: Oh, we like to talk about it at the coffee shop and the cafes. Oh, watch the street urchins.

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.

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