Glenn Beck: Obama's on vacation from the vacation



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GLENN: We were just talking about the Obamas and they are finally getting a vacation and this time they are going to Martha's Vineyard. You know what it is, have you ever gotten on a vacation and they come home and said, I need a vacation from my vacation?

STU: All the time. We always try to come home on a Thursday from our vacation so we have a few days to recover because we need that time.

PAT: They are caught in sort of a vacation loop.

GLENN: They are. They are in a feedback loop that just won't stop. They are like, honey, I need another vacation from the vacation. And then they go on a vacation and they need a vacation and they are like, oh, I'm so tired from that vacation.

PAT: That vacation wiped me out.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Let's go on vacation.

GLENN: How many times has that happened to you?

PAT: It's getting old now.

GLENN: I know.

STU: You can’t tell he is not far removed from what people are going through.

PAT: Really not.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We're just not that far removed from what most Americans are going through.

PAT: No, they are really not. I made $5 1/2 million year after year after year.

GLENN: Really weird.

STU: Yeah, but he only made half of that the year before.

PAT: But I only got half of that.

STU: The year before that he only made 2.7 and then the year before that he only made 4.1 and the year before that he only made 1.

PAT: Sucks.

STU: And the year before that he only made 1.7.

PAT: Sucks.

STU: What's this guy doing for money?

PAT: 1.7, how did they even eat?

GLENN: So we were talking about these guys, and I said in the break, he said he's not that far removed, they used to have credit card debt. I remember it must have been about 1968 or 1970. I remember my folks clearly gathering us kids. So I must have been between 4 and 6 years old. Gathering us kids around the fireplace. We had a little house in a town called Mountlake Terrace just outside of Seattle and they gathered us around the fireplace and they cut their credit cards in front of us and they taught us, don't ever use credit cards. Don't. You have to use cash, we've gotten ourselves as a family into trouble because we bought things on credit and they are really, really not good. And they cut the credit cards in front of us and threw them in the fireplace.

PAT: I've done that before. It's true they are not good, if you don't have enough restraint and

GLENN: Well, no, I think what happens

PAT: You know.

GLENN: That's why I carry the that's why I carry the American Express card. Because you have to pay it off in 30 days.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: You know what I mean?

PAT: If you are going to have one, that's the one to have.

GLENN: Because you need the credit. You need good credit. You need to have good credit but I don't want to have I like the American Express because you I know that I have to pay for it. I know at the end of the month, I don't have it now, I ain't going to have it at the end of the month. But still you could get in trouble with American Express.

STU: Yeah, it gives you discipline, though. I mean, you can't get into more than 30 days of trouble really.

GLENN: Right.

STU: Because it automatically gives you that discipline. But I mean, even a regular credit card to me, I'm more pro credit than everyone else here, I guess, but it's one of those things it's good to have options. I don't think there's any problem having credit or having access to credit in the case that you need it. But the point is that you don't just go out and buy television after television after television and run it up just because you have access to it. It's there for a reason. And if you need it in an emergency, it's great to have. My mom is like that because she always taught me to make sure you are very careful with your credit, and that's been a great lesson but it's one of those things that she will go out sometimes and she doesn't have a credit card with her. I'm like, Mom, what if your car breaks down? What if you need to get a hotel room? It's not always easy to find an ATM when you are in the middle of nowhere.

GLENN: Well, I remember when I was a kid and I just graduated from high school. I couldn't buy anything. How do you buy anything? My folks couldn't afford to co sign. My dad said, no. Co sign? No.

STU: Yeah, I wouldn't trust you.

GLENN: No. Well, no, he didn't have any money and if I would have, you know

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: You know, if I didn't make the payment, he couldn't make the payment and then, I mean, he worked hard for his credit. He's like, you know, sorry, son, you are going to have to save up and buy it, if you are going to buy a car, you are going to have to save up the cash and buy it, blah, blah blah. And I remember being in that loop where, you need to have credit but you can't get any credit. Now at least, you know, high school kids are getting credit cards. They get them mailed to them. You know, you go to college, you get a credit card. So you have a chance to build credit, which you need to have. You know, just even if you are buying, you know, you are buying, you know, a dinner a week on it that you have the cash in your pocket, you need that credit built up. Where we couldn't get that. When I was a kid, I couldn't get that. You couldn't get a credit card. Could you get a credit card when you were growing up?

PAT: No.

GLENN: No way.

PAT: No. Now they send them to 6 year olds in the house. My daughter April has received

GLENN: No, she has not.

PAT: Hey, you've been preapproved. Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: She's 7 or

PAT: Now she's 10, about you she got them when she was 7.

STU: And they say that there’s a credit crisis.

PAT: I know.

STU: I don't know why that occurred.

PAT: I know.

STU: Sending credit card offers to 6 year olds.

GLENN: That's unbelievable.

PAT: I think what they do is pretty much anybody with a Social Security number now gets one of those things in the mail.

STU: Imagine the damage you could have done at the Hello Kitty store. That would have been a shopping

PAT: American Girl? Oh, yeah. Oh, she would go nuts.

GLENN: My kids could go nuts with the street vendors in New York. If the street vendors have, like, a can O snakes, doesn't matter.

PAT: Can O shakes?

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

PAT: That's tempting.

GLENN: Did you have a problem with well, for instance, I'm having a problem right now with you.

PAT: With me?

GLENN: Yeah, with you.

PAT: Why?

GLENN: Monkey word game, word monkey?

PAT: You are having a problem with me on that?

GLENN: Well, yeah.

STU: Well, he is learning to spell, even better. Perhaps you should learn how to spell by using that.

GLENN: Have you stopped?

PAT: I've stopped completely playing that.

GLENN: You know what it is?

PAT: What?

GLENN: It's Jackie in part.

PAT: Yeah, in part.

GLENN: Did you take it off?

PAT: I haven't taken it off but I haven't used it. So I haven't needed to.

GLENN: Because he was becoming addicted to it. We were losing him with the Word Monkey.

PAT: I don't like that and so

STU: It's an iPad game, by the way. We didn't explain that.

PAT: It's an iPad game.

GLENN: Our littlest ones are like, they have taught me how to do things on the iPhone that I didn't even know. I mean, they taught

PAT: Raphe taught you how to do screen captures. Remember that?

GLENN: Had no idea. No idea. And I'm like, Raphe, how did you do that? He's 5. And he was like, oh, you just do this. I mean, it's just something wired in them. They are not trained yet on how things should be. And so they just figure them out. You know what I mean? Their mind is much more open to technology than ours because we're wired to still looking for the remote control button. You know, this should be here and this should be there.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: They are not there yet.

STU: Well, I think, too, it's an element of we think of things of how they work and I think there's less of that now. It's just how does it happen. I think of, like, we had so many, you know, pieces of technology that were not so automatic where you'd sit and think of a process and you'd think how does that process work for A to make B happen, where they just think of A makes B happen. It doesn't matter what happens in between. There's no disconnect. There's no connection there of, like, how a process occurs. It's just what buttons do I press to make this happen. That's a different way of thinking of things.

GLENN: That's not a good thing.

STU: I don't think it is but it's one of those things of, when you are like I think that's why adults, "I don't understand the e mail. Where is the Internet?" And they don't understand--

GLENN: That it's automatically logged on.

STU: It just happens. You don't think of how it happens. When you do control T, something occurs, that's the process to kids today. Where I think, you know, you thought of that as a mechanical development. You know, this weight pulls down this device which does this. You know what I mean? You are more involved in the process, I think. That's why they don't have that like it's almost like in the way for people of an older generation.

GLENN: Well, Raphe is just addicted to these, like, the phone thing.

PAT: The Word Monkey or is it

GLENN: No, no, it's, I don't know, exploding seagull game. And he just found it

PAT: Glenn Beck's kid hates seagulls!

GLENN: Baselessly.

PAT: Baselessly!

GLENN: It's some seagull thing that he just found this week and he'll go on Tania's phone and he'll just find stuff and he'll just start playing it, and he's been playing this one particular game. And I said yesterday because Tania said two days ago, I've got to get this away from Raphe. He'll play it all the time.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: technology.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: They just bend and they are gone.

PAT: Now you need to get him his own cellphone and credit card.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: He's 5 now. I mean, most kids in the neighborhood have one already.

GLENN: Well, he is not that far removed from the Obamas.

PAT: That's right.

GLENN: From the average plight of the Obamas.

PAT: And debt is good. And I think Raphe could go ring up some serious debt for you. Debt means wealth. You remember what Pete Stark told us?

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

STU: That's right. I forgot about that.

STARK: The national debt measures the wealth the wealthier we are. The national debt, it's an indication of wealth of the country, you are right.

VOICE: So the more you owe, the more you are worth?

STARK: In federal account in national scheme of things, that's quite right.

GLENN: All right. So here's the thing. Everyone forget everything we've just said about debt and credit cards.

PAT: That's good. It means you are rich.

GLENN: Go get credit cards.

PAT: Get credit cards, run it up.

GLENN: Nationally. He said nationally.

PAT: Yeah, national credit cards.

GLENN: So all of us nationally, get credit cards.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: And let's be the richest people on Earth.

PAT: Anywhere.

GLENN: Come Monday.

PAT: I like that.

GLENN: It's going to be one heck of a good weekend.

PAT: I'm putting a house on my credit card this weekend.

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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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