Glenn Beck: Prez approves of Ground Zero mosque



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GLENN: Have you noticed a trend that he kind of reveals himself when he's not on prompter? I would like to know if the his pocket was vibrating about halfway through these comments, because I think maybe George Soros might have said, get him on the Blackberry, as he was saying this on Friday.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me be clear.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: As a citizen and as president, I believe that Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. (Applause).

PAT: Good comment.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: That includes the right to build a place of worship in a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan.

GLENN: Mmm hmmm. Now, for anybody who said when they wanted to know whether this was a good idea or not, "I don't know; let me check with an attorney," there you have your answer and this came as a surprise to me because I didn't know that in this country that everybody has a right to build something, you know

PAT: A religious edifice?

GLENN: A religious edifice.

PAT: Who knew.

GLENN: I didn't know that.

PAT: They were keeping that pretty quiet.

GLENN: Is that the Fourth Amendment?

PAT: I think it's the 16th.

GLENN: The Sixteenth Amendment.

PAT: Or the 60th, something like that.

GLENN: Because it's a rather new one I'm not familiar with, the right of freedom of religion.

PAT: That's wacky. Really?

GLENN: For those of you who were looking for an attorney's point of view on this, apparently it's somewhere in the Constitution. It might be in the good and plenty clause that you have a right to worship God in this country.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Wow. Who saw that coming.

GLENN: I didn't. Now, because whenever he says, let me be clear, he's not, he had to go and clarify his "Let me be clear" speech that he gave on Friday, and here's what he said.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the you know, my intention was to simply let people know what I thought which was that in this country.

GLENN: Country.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We treat everybody equally.

GLENN: Okay, stop for a second. Hang on just a second. So do we do that in this country? Do we treat everybody equally?

PAT: No.

GLENN: What do you mean?

PAT: I mean, there's many examples of that.

GLENN: Oh, give me one.

PAT: Well, let's see.

GLENN: Progressive income tax.

PAT: Yeah, how about that?

GLENN: No.

PAT: No?

GLENN: No, I won't take that one. I gave you that one.

PAT: You gave it to me and now you won't take it?

GLENN: I won't take that one because they haven't paid their fair share. People are equal, just some people are more equal than others.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: So give me another one.

PAT: The healthcare, the new healthcare bill.

GLENN: What do you mean?

PAT: Well, only the richest 1% pay any taxes on that.

GLENN: Yeah, but that's almost like the progressive income tax thing. That's still just, that's a good or a service or something like that.

PAT: Healthcare? No, that's a right. That's a new right.

GLENN: Oh, that's right, that's in the good and plenty clause.

PAT: That's in the good and plenty clause, that's right.

GLENN: That's right next to build a mosque right next to anywhere that is really, really inappropriate.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Now, I find it interesting that he is, he's talking about how we treat people equally here. I don't think we do. I don't think we do. And I really thought that that is kind of what the equal rights movement was all about, the Civil Rights Movement, the equal rights movement, it was kind of like, we don't treat people equally here and so maybe we should treat people equally.

PAT: That's what you thought that was about?

GLENN: Well, I did up until recently.

PAT: Well, Al Sharpton clarified that.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: You know, when he told us it was about equal stuff.

GLENN: Yeah, that's right. He wasn't talking about putting a black man in the White House.

PAT: No.

GLENN: It was equal stuff in everybody's house.

PAT: In everybody's house.

GLENN: So that was a good clarifier there.

PAT: Yeah, it was.

GLENN: I didn't see that coming. I didn't know that. Okay. So here's some more.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: With the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion.

GLENN: Didn't know that.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I was not commenting and I will not comment.

GLENN: He will not.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: On the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there.

GLENN: Right.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I was commenting very specifically on the right to people that dates back to our founding. That's what our country's about. And I think it's very important that

GLENN: Okay.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: you know, as difficult as some of these issues are, you know, we need to stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.

PAT: And I think that now you could count on one finger the number of times this guy has spoken about the rights that date back to our founding.

GLENN: On one finger?

PAT: I think on one finger.

GLENN: Are we counting

PAT: I think that's it.

GLENN: Are we counting all the knuckles?

PAT: I think we're counting knuckles, I think we're counting toes. You know, if you included everything, you just need one finger.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Huh.

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Because I haven't heard him really talk about defending the Constitution.

PAT: No

GLENN: Because what the Constitution is really is a charter of negative liberties.

PAT: Negative liberties, yeah.

GLENN: When it really should be a charter of the things that the government must do for you and not those things that the government

PAT: And unfortunately

GLENN: Right.

PAT: As radical as a lot of people thought the Warren court was.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: It didn't go far enough.

GLENN: It didn't go far enough.

PAT: It didn't go far enough.

GLENN: To quote someone, I'm not really sure.

PAT: A redistributive change in America. You know what I mean?

GLENN: Well, I mean

PAT: Do you know what I'm saying?

GLENN: You know what the problem with the Civil Rights Movement was.

PAT: What was it?

GLENN: Well, they didn't really take into consideration all of the organizations, all of the community organizations, all of the businesses and that could really be cobbled together.

PAT: Gosh, that's sounding familiar. That's sounding familiar.

GLENN: I'm trying to remember exactly.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted, and the Warren court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.

PAT: Negative.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government

GLENN: Should do.

PAT: Must do.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And that hasn't shifted. And one of the I think tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement.

GLENN: It's a tragedy, it is.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Because the Civil Rights Movement became so court focused.

GLENN: Court focused.

PAT: See.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think that there was a tendency to lose

PAT: A tendency.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: track of political and community organizing

GLENN: Yes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change.

PAT: There you go.

GLENN: I think the coalition

PRESIDENT OBAMA: In some ways we still suffer with that.

GLENN: We do suffer from that.

PAT: It's a tragedy.

GLENN: And it is a tragedy that they haven't broken free of the

PAT: The constraints our founders put.

GLENN: On the Constitution.

PAT: I hate that.

GLENN: That's the thing that I when I think of the mosque, I think to myself, gee, if they could only break free of some of the fundamental restraints put on in the Constitution by our founders.

PAT: Oh, you know what would be great.

GLENN: What?

PAT: Is fundamental transformation so that you could break free from some of those restraints.

GLENN: Well, that, I mean, as radical

PAT: That would be great!

GLENN: As radical as some people might think that fundamental transformation is and changing the Constitution from a charter of negative liberties to a charter of positive liberties, you know, the things that the government should and must do for you, you know, what I think one of the tragedies of the first 18 months of the Obama administration has been is that we have forgotten about all of the, all of the basic power of coming in and putting, you know, for instance, Siberia or the gulags or a KGB like organization and, you know, kind of the, cobble together the foundation of power, these organizations that could be the foundation of power.

PAT: Of real power.

GLENN: Of real power.

PAT: That shut people up.

GLENN: Yeah, where you could really have some redistributive change.

PAT: (Laughing). And it's a tragedy that they haven't done that yet.

GLENN: It is.

PAT: They haven't done that yet.

GLENN: That is the tragedy of the first 18 months of this administration.

PAT: A lot of people would say that. There are those who would say they should have done that by now.

GLENN: There are those that would say that and I believe are saying that right now.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: And many of them I'm sure will be attending that new mosque.

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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."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

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