Glenn Beck: Politico = crap sandwich?


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GLENN: I just want to ask you a little bit about Politico here. Is political a pile of crap or --

PAT: Is that a trick question?

GLENN: Here's the thing. Is that a little too frank?

PAT: No.

GLENN: You know, I used to think that Politico was kind of good

STU: I did, too.

GLENN: And then I actually started reading and I'm, like, wait a minute. I don't think so

STU: I think they do some good stuff there, but they also do some crappy stuff there.

GLENN: May I give an example of really crappy stuff? Here's the headline from the Politico. Good night for Obama and Democrats.

PAT: It was a primary.

GLENN: Last night, of course it was a good night for Democrats ‑‑ it was an equally good night for Republicans.

STU: Democrat particulars won all democratic primaries last night, yes.

GLENN: All democratic primaries Democrats won. What is that?

PAT: There was no Republican that sneaked into a surprise victory.

GLENN: No, no.

PAT: In the democratic primary.

GLENN: They crushed the Republicans.

Stu: I love this. It's a great night for Democrats; yet, on the front page of Drudge is the new Rasmussen poll showing him at minus 22 on the Obama approval index, 43 percent approval and strongly disapprove at 46%, the highest ever for this President.

Glenn: Wow.

STU: Great day for Obama and the Democrats. Whew!

GLENN: By the way, it's interesting to me that media coverage of Obama has improved significantly over the past week, as his approval ratings have slipped. 43% of voters approve, 55% of media coverage has been positive. So, as his numbers go down, the approval of the media has been going up. I didn't think that ‑‑

PAT: They can commentate.

GLENN: 55 percent? How is that ‑‑ I don't believe that. 55%. Can somebody show me, besides FOX News, the 45% of bad media coverage? What are they counting?

PAT: Talk radio, maybe? I don't know.

GLENN: Seriously.

STU: There's a lot of bad news to cover. I mean, you know, they have no choice but to ‑‑ I mean, they have a choice, but every poll now has him being disapproved. There's no longer the 60% outliers that are positive. I mean, all these polls are in the 40's now.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: So, let me play this. And here's the reason why, because none of it makes sense. And by the way, the Michael Moore thing and the Robert Gibbs, you know, saying, Hey, supporters need a drug test, now they're coming after the left. I don't buy that. I don't buy that in a second. It's the same kind of stuff that Van Jones said just in a different way. Hey, left, you've got to back off this guy. You've got to get out on the streets and make it happen. I mean, now, maybe this is ‑‑ I mean, you have to really be a conspiracy theorist. I don't even buy this, but maybe this is the White House's way of hacking off the left and pushing them out into the streets, which is what Van Jones said they had to do, push them into the streets which will make this President look more moderate.

Now, I mean, you've got to go down the conspiracy rabbit hole a long way to get there. Instead, they should be talking about his ‑‑ one of the people that is absolutely in the front breast pocket of the President and, that is, the AFL‑CIO. Richard Trumka. This is what Richard Trumka said. Now, see if this is anywhere close to reality for the rest of America.

TRUMKA: But when somebody makes a bold assertion and they say they have a deficit problem, don't spend and it's reported we have a deficit problem when it's not true, we don't have a short‑term deficit problem. You know that. He knows that. I know that. And he knows that. And everybody economist in the country knows that. He has not made the case. So, you have the Obamas deserve some of the blame for it, we, me, the labor movement deserves part of the blame because we haven't done enough jobs. You deserve part of the blame because the press hasn't done part of the job and quite frankly, the ones that have been masterful of this are the Republican spin machine because they've done a wonderful job of creating fiction and making it seem like fact.

GLENN: That ‑‑

PAT: You've done a good job of making America think that there's a deficit problem.

Glenn: Now, does he mean that there's no short‑term deficit problem, meaning that it wasn't just ‑‑ it's just a year long problem, because I don't know anybody making that case that this is a short‑term deficit problem. This is a problem we've had for years. Our short‑term eye bleed deficit problem is new. I mean, is that with a he's saying? Do you know? Or is he just saying that there's no deficit problem and this is all ‑‑

PAT: He seems to be , he says there's no deficit problem. Then he says everybody knows there's no short‑term deficit problem and then he excoriates everybody for not getting the message out that there is no deficit problem.

GLENN: But there is a deficit problem.

PAT: Short, long, medium, there is a deficit problem.

GLENN: It doesn't matter how you look at it, there is a real deficit, definite deficit problem.

PAT: I don't know how you have a 1.4 or 1.6 trillion dollar deficit and say you don't have a deficit problem. How is that possible?

GLENN: I don't know. I don't know. And I have to tell you, his numbers are 46% strongly disapprove. Total approval is 43%. When you go down 43 to 40%, you're in danger of never coming back up without a war. So, you've got total approval of 43%. You look at this and it doesn't make any sense at all that that number is that high. Bill O'Reilly asked me the other day, why do you suppose his number ‑‑ his approval rating is at 42%? And I said, I couldn't tell you why it's that high. And I was dead serious. I can't tell you why it's that high. Then I immediately corrected it. Oh, yes. I remember. The media. I was driving in today and I thought, you know, the Gulf Oil spill, the worst ecological disaster in history, how long did we hear about New Orleans? We heard about New Orleans for the rest of the administration.

PAT: Uh‑huh.

GLENN: Where are the stories on the economic disaster on the gulf? Where is that story? Where is the story of the cleanup that's going on? How come all of the sudden that's just a none issue? You don't hear about that anywhere. And here's the story that they should be reporting and, that is, the economic disaster that is the gulf, because of the President's policies. We're starting today a demand that the moratorium is lifted. I think that everyone in this country should start demanding the moratorium be lifted. It's going to cause economic catastrophe to this country and they know it. Demand the moratorium is lifted. Support the people of the gulf. Keep the jobs. For the love of everything that is good and sacred, keep the oil rigs. If we lose them, now you're in long‑term damage. These guys ‑‑ and Trumka is one of them ‑‑ if you have the media on your side, 2 plus 2 equals 5. 2 plus 2 equals 5. Pretty soon you've got 20% of the population saying it's 5, dummy, not 4, and they'll fight to their last breath on it. It's really remarkable. I've never seen anything like it in America, at least. I've never seen anything like it in America.

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Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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