Glenn Beck: Lesser of Two Evils





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The people spoke in Missouri on Tuesday, voting overwhelmingly to reject Obama's mandate that forces people to buy health insurance. It's going to be fun to watch the White House explain this one.

Of course, we already know what they're going to do. Barack Obama will say that conservatives and Republicans just want to go back to the same old ideas and block progress:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They have not come up with a single, solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people. They don't have a single idea that's different from George Bush's ideas — not one.

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The president is right. The Republicans don't have a lot of new ideas. He should talk to the Tea Party people. But Mr. President, I first heard your ideas back in 1848. You've got ideas that have unquestionably failed — and failed spectacularly — every single time they've been tried throughout history.

They'll just say, Oh, it's never been done right. But, broken economy after broken economy, continent after continent, I'm not sure it will ever be done right. I'm not exactly eager to give it another whirl, are you?

But I will say that Barack Obama is right in one regard when he says the GOP hasn't recognized their mistakes:

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OBAMA: Understand, it'd be one thing if the Republicans had seen the error in their ways.

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He's right. Republicans have not had their come-to-Jesus moment. They are still doing the same thing. Take Trent Lott on the Tea Parties: "We don't need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples... as soon as they get here we need to co-opt them."

It's big government politics as usual, only the GOP is slightly smaller than the Democrats. They're all progressives. And that's the biggest problem our country is facing today: You aren't being presented with a real choice. You're forced to choose the lesser of two evils.

Where have I heard that before? Oh that's right, from Carol Quigley, it's in "The Overton Window": "The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies... is a foolish idea. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies."

That's exactly what we are facing today: progressive vs. progressive-light. And that's by design.

We told you about Joel Rogers a few weeks ago. He's one of these big powerful progressives who several of these bogus front organizations progressives use to funnel money around — as he was co-founding The New Party (a radical leftist party), he said this: "The Democratic Party has an abusive relationship with progressives. Democrats take our time and money and then almost always move to the right. The best way to end an abusive relationship is to develop the ability to leave it. We need a meaningful threat of exit from the Democratic Party — a new party that can punish unaccountable Democrats by running against them."

That's genius. That's almost like the Tea Party. I want you to read the whole article on this guy and what he says — you can do that at GlennBeck.com or sign up for my free e-mail newsletter and it will be included there.

This was the plan from the beginning. They didn't want to start a new party, they wanted to have a legitimate threat so that Democrats would actually have to listen to them, for fear that they'd eventually defect and defeat them with the New Party.

Well, guess what, Democrats, you've sold pieces of yourself time and time again until there is nothing left of you. Now all that's left is the hostile progressive part of you. The Democratic Party is over. It's the progressive party now. And Republicans are the traveling down the same path only at a slightly slower pace.

Any time President Obama is cornered on socialism questions or over spending, what does he — and accurately — point out? That Republicans do it too.

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OBAMA: The truth is, some of these comments when you actually ask, "Well, this is based on what? This notion that Obama's a socialist, for example?" Nobody can really give you a good answer, much less when they, you know, make...

HARRY SMITH, CBS NEWS: They would say mandating that people have to buy insurance or something like that.

OBAMA: The sort of plan proposed by current Republican nominee Mitt Romney? So, it doesn't make too much sense.

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That's not an answer to the question, but he's right. Republicans do it too. That's the problem: We have been tricked into boxing ourselves into Republicans or Democrats and defending those sides at all costs. All the while, they've both morphed into the same exact thing. We think we have a distinct choice, but it's really one in the same.

There used to be an option in this country; an option that believed in small government. An option that actually listened to what you said and even cared about it too.

Last night I showed you how progressives think they know better than you, but that's not a problem exclusive to the left. That's Republicans, too. Lindsey Graham was getting hammered by Tea Partiers for his left-leaning tendencies and they said they would vote him out. Graham's staff made this statement: "(Graham is) a thinking person's conservative. I expect him to do well among voters with IQs in triple digits."

See? He's smarter than you.

So, you are not really being presented with choice. You are not really being listened to because you are just the stupid, ignorant masses and Washington will do whatever it chooses to do.

Let's go back to Missouri. Tuesday night they had to vote on the insurance mandate in Barack Obama's health care bill. It was a close call: 71 percent to 29 percent voted against Obama's mandate. But do you think that's going to stop the administration from going forward? Of course not.

You've been ignored all the way; 59 percent still want to repeal the health care bill. This isn't about you — it's about them.

There's an interesting poll from Rasmussen: Eighty-four percent of citizens say the country is heading in the wrong direction. But in the political class — the ruling class — 67 percent feel we're on the right track. That's a 151-point spread. We're a republic; shouldn't that gap be closer?

Politicians are going in one direction, we are going in another. That's the French Revolution.

Fire them. You cannot spend 34 years in Congress and not be arrogant. You can't abide by the law when you are above it. We need term limits.

Who wins in the end: you or them? Let's take a look at the scoreboard:

>Who's getting extra power: you or the federal government? That would be them

>Who knows what's in the 2,500-page bills? That would be them

>Who is exempt from having to live under these laws? That would be them

>Who gets stuck with the bill? That would be us

>Who has to pay when they "fix" the inevitable problems with even more government? That would be us

It's both parties. One is a jet fighter the other is riding horse and buggy, but the destination is the same: Big spending, arrogance and corruption.

Do you remember when Nancy Pelosi promised to drain "the swamp" of big spending, corruption and arrogance back in 2006? Now she's claiming victory:

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SPEAKER OF HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: When I came in, I said we'll drain the swamp. And we did. We passed the most sweeping ethics reform in the history of the Congress.

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Does anyone think we are better on corruption now? Even the slimiest of the slime in Washington, Barney Frank, said Maxine Waters was wrong. Washington views corruption as standard fare. The president said Charlie Rangel, facing multiple ethical charges, should retire now "with dignity." Dignity? If you or I did what he did we'd have been in jail.

Retire with dignity? Why didn't we just let Bernie Madoff retire with dignity? That's the division of the ruling class yet again. You go to jail, but they retire with dignity. Then, Al Sharpton comes out and says this:

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REV. AL SHARPTON: If you begin to see a pattern of people being called on to be investigated, allegations that end up [to be] nothing. One would be very naive not to say "well, wait a minute, why should we rush to judgment?" Particularly when we have Charlie Rangel, who has done so much for his district and the country and Maxine Waters. And we've already seen two high-profile black leaders hit heavy by the media and then nothing's there.

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. I told you back in January that they would divide us on race. How did I know? It doesn't take a rocket scientist; just know history. When progressives get in trouble — backs against the wall — they do things like play the race card. That's why they fire people, because they think we might talk about their record. They are running scared! The case falls apart when the record is corrected.

Does anyone remember the accusations made by John Lewis? He was spat on and said the N word? We all heard that story, but did anyone see the correction from The New York Times? They removed this story because it's never been proved. Has anyone talked about that? No. The desired message was sent. Mission accomplished.

We're being divided. Put into boxes and kept there. If they can get 5 percent here and 7 percent there, pit us against each other, they get to keep their power.

America, we are being used.

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Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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Joe Biden's administration is getting ready for something historic, but we're all being distracted. And now that Biden has hired at least 14 former or current executives from Big Tech — experts at colluding to censor unflattering news about Biden — Americans must be laser-focused on what's coming.

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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.

You.

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.

Watch how the conversation went on radio HERE:

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