Glenn Beck: Sacrifice? Michelle parties like a rock star



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GLENN: So, I don't know exactly what's up with the Michelle Obama's trip to Spain costing a ton of cash but don't worry. It's only for you. It's costing you $75,000 a day. The White House is firing back that she took a vacation with just a dear friend whose father died recently and there aren't 40 friends so, the media has it all wrong

PAT: Really?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Just her a dear friend.

GLENN: Her and a dear friend.

PAT: Oh, wow.

GLENN: And 60 or 70

PAT: Not so dear

GLENN: Secret service. They're saying it's just the staff and

PAT: Oh, okay. Well, she does have I mean, we've seen that list, too. Supposedly she does a staff of 40 people.

GLENN: A cost of thousands.

PAT: Who were dear friends that she just employed at up to $100,000 or more a piece.

GLENN: Right. So, she's got that going for her. So, she was just going with a dear friend who has just lost her father.

PAT: Oh, man.

GLENN: And that's what's happening.

PAT: In Spain?

GLENN: Well, I don't know about in Spain but she's probably just, you know, holding her and rocking back and forth in Spain. I'm not sure how this is working, but some would say this is lavish, but we'll get the word because do we have the guy who actually helped lay this whole thing out on the phone, right? Yeah. We have him? Yeah. We'll go to him in just a second.

First let me play Chuck Todd. This is Chuck Todd on MSNBC talking about well, how did this thing actually happen?

TODD: You know, look. This is one of those things where you get the sense that it doesn't matter what the political guys or the west wing guys would have said about this, this was a private decision to do this and that's probably why this was a little more you know, sometimes when it's a political decision, you can say, defend it easily or criticize it easily and you get the sense here that there was something more to this than just pure politics.

GLENN: Like what?

PAT: Hey, like, wait, Chuck, like what?

VOICE: Chuck Todd just answered that question.

VOICE: I mean, this is in a very uncomfortable position. As I say I'll just be blunt about it I want my first family happy. So but they are the first family. So, they're going to be criticized, but this is part of a bigger narrative, isn't it, about Michelle Obama.

PAT: It's uncomfortable for MSNBC because they find themselves in a position that's untenable and unsustainable for them.

GLENN: Well, a lot of things are unsustainable, I hear. This vacation only happened because of George Bush. This vacation, I believe, was booked by the Bush administration.

PAT: Inherited.

GLENN: Inherited this Spanish vacation.

PAT: Holy cow.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: So, this was supposed to be Laura Bush's vacation and he just inherited it?

GLENN: Sure.

PAT: Whatever.

GLENN: Sure.

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Really? And I think that, if you want to get into the politics of the past, we can look at past vacations of past Presidents, you know.

PAT: I don't remember George Bush or Laura ever going to Europe.

STU: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: I think she did. Yeah, I think she did, but you're saying this is lavish?

PAT: I'm saying he went to Crawford and chopped wood a lot.

GLENN: And what did he do? This President went back to Chicago and hung out with Oprah Winfrey on his birthday.

PAT: And NBA stars. So

GLENN: And what man doesn't say, Hey, I want to go and hang out with Oprah Winfrey on my birthday? I mean, seriously. Stu, can you think of a man who doesn't say Oprah Winfrey on my birthday would be a

STU: It's her or Rachel Ray. That's who I want to hang out with.

GLENN: No. Seriously. You get into your Ford F 150 and you say, I'm going to Oprah's house. It's my birthday. I don't care what you say, Woman. I'm going and hanging out with the O lady.

STU: Sounds hot.

GLENN: It is. It's great. Now, we have Franc on the phone oh. It's not Franc. Who is it?

CALLER: It's Richard.

GLENN: Hi. Richard. How are you?

CALLER: I'm fantastic. I would say fabulous.

GLENN: You would say fabulous?

STU: In three words, fab u lous.

GLENN: You are the designer of this vacation?

CALLER: Well, I put this whole thing together for and I'm resenting a great deal. You're calling it lavish. There is nothing to be further from the truth. Today, for instance, let me just go over some of her schedule.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: Here's what I've arranged, a hot oil and platinum massage for the first lady and her entourage.

GLENN: Wait, wait. Hold it just a second. Wait, wait.

CALLER: She's sleeping on sheets made from the screens of beluga caviar.

GLENN: Wait, wait. Hold on just a second.

CALLER: You can actually eat her bed sheets. That means that saves us, you know, expensive chefs, you know, having to cook the beluga caviar in the morning.

GLENN: You don't cook beluga caviar.

CALLER: actually take the food from the plate to her mouth. And, of course, rather than having the first lady have to move on her own, because she is the first lady, you don't expect her to have to do that, so, we have four Eunuchs whose job it is to manipulate her limbs for her.

GLENN: Okay. I'm just wondering, who are the 40 friends that the White House is now denying that there are 40 friends with her? She says it's just

CALLER: There's just one dear friend.

GLENN: One dear friend. Who is the one dear friend?

CALLER: Just one dear friend who just lost a loved one and she's comforting her.

GLENN: Who is that? Do you know?

CALLER: I don't I can't I can't divulge her name.

GLENN: Now, how long has this been in the planning.

CALLER: This has been in the planning since the Bush administration.

GLENN: Since the Bush admission. So, did she know

CALLER: She would have been happy comforting this dear, dear friend in Washington or Chicago, but this is something she's inherited from the Bush administration. I have to tell you something. She hates all of this. I mean, every time every time she has to go on a vacation such as this, she weeps for the plight of the poor non First Family peasants in America.

GLENN: Really?

CALLER: That have nothing since the failed polls in

GLENN: Okay. The first night in Spain, the menu was sea bass tartar, strawberry gazpacho, sardines, and then the main course you know, everybody knows that wasn't the main course. Then the main course was lobster with sea weed risotto.

CALLER: And what's your point?

GLENN: Well, I'm just I'm thinking that maybe

CALLER: There should have been some filet in there, too?

GLENN: No. I'm thinking that may be a little over the top when we have an economy could I may I ask

CALLER: Sort of a surf and turf sort of feeling?

GLENN: Let me ask you this: I know that the President sold a lot of books, a lot of books, and I know you can make a lot much money selling a lot of books.

CALLER: There's nothing wrong with that, by the way.

GLENN: There is nothing wrong with that. You can sell all the books you want, but they're spending an awful lot of that money, you know. Where how did where do they get all the money for these kinds of I mean, it's like her sixth vacation in two months.

CALLER: And so what's your point?

GLENN: Well, she's got a designer coat coming from England. They called her and just said, Hey, let me design. She seems to spend a lot of money.

CALLER: Well, they're reimbursing taxpayers for over $350.

GLENN: What are you talking about?

CALLER: They're going to reimburse the taxpayers for $350.

GLENN: For what exactly?

CALLER: For the expenses of this trip.

GLENN: I think it's more than $350 that this trip cost.

CALLER: Well, yes, but some of this is because she's the first lady. This is I mean, you can't expect her to, what, take a canoe over to Europe? You can't expect her to sleep in a Motel 6 in Europe.

GLENN: Well, no, but I wouldn't mind if she took a I mean, you remember they flew over to you know, for the climate exchange thing, they flew overseas in the 747. You know, they could have done, you know, a phone conference on that. They seem to lecture us about, you know, how tough things are and also, you know, how unsustainable things are and cutting back and then also on greenhouse gases. Air Force 2 is $11800 an hour. That's

CALLER: Yes, but all of these things are paid for and so much more. All of these things are taken care of through the generosity of the social programs that they are working on passing for the American people.

GLENN: What are you hang on. What?

CALLER: All of these things are just they're all taken care of by the taxpayer, by the generosity of the Obama family making sure the people are taken care of by this government.

GLENN: So, you're saying that the 40 friends are over as part of a social program?

CALLER: Of course they are. Of course they are. This is all part of first of all, I told you at the beginning that she's helping a friend who is grieving right now.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: And there are 40 other people, not close personal friends but 40 other people who are also there who are being taken care of by the generosity

Glenn: So, this is a job program almost?

CALLER: Exactly right. She is saving and creating 40 jobs.

GLENN: So, this is like a vacation job, like you could be hired to go on vacation

CALLER: That's right. By the Obama family who have created and saved all of these jobs for the American people.

GLENN: Do you think maybe

CALLER: It makes me weep just thinking about the generosity.

GLENN: Do you think maybe she could have created those jobs and stayed a little closer to home and gone to the gulf?

CALLER: No. Because they would have been in the way.

GLENN: They would have been in the way of what?

CALLER: They would have been in the way in the gulf and it would there just would have been such a scene down there and you can't expect the Obamas to get in the way of the people who are doing their job, not removing oil because all the oil is pretty much gone.

GLENN: And so then you had to go to Spain? That was the only other

CALLER: They had to go to Spain. This was important for them to have to go to Spain to get out of the way of the gulf.

GLENN: They could have gone to California. California is struggling. They could have gone there.

CALLER: Create 40 jobs for people who are vacation job workers. This is a beautiful thing that she is sacrificing for the American people.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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