Glenn Beck: Gov. mulls soda ban



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GLENN: I want to answer a question that I got last night on the Internet and that is what would be the purpose of a politician trying to collapse the system and, you know, regulate your toaster and regulate your life. What would they gain out of that. Well, it's very easy if you stop if you stop thinking that everyone is a capitalist, if everyone is a free market person. It's very easy to understand. The president says, I'm not an ideologist, I'm a pragmatist, but he's not. He's not. He is a pragmatist, but you must take into account his ideology. I am an ideologue, but I am also a pragmatist. I also believe here's my ideology: Small government, libertarianism. I believe in you ready for this one? Man can regulate himself even in the drug laws. However, the pragmatic part of me says, not today. We have to move in that direction. We have to we have to get people to take on more and more responsibility.

Right now Americans are so unbelievably irresponsible that you can't do that because they'll immediately get hooked on smack and then demand all kinds of services and others will demand it for them. No. No. If you're going to do smack and that's your choice, well, then you'll die in the streets. And I will help you if you say I've got to get off of this. I'll help you, but I'm not going to force it on you and I'm not going to I'm not going to have you destroy yourself and then me pick up the pieces and then you live in, you know, some sort of a smack crackhouse that I'm paying for while you're still doing smack. No.

So you have to understand that the president is a pragmatist but he is also an ideologue. And what is his ideology? Go to TheBlaze.com right now and download and send to every friend you have the Top 20 what is it? The Top 20 socialist moments or Marxist moments of this administration? You have to see that his ideology is global redistribution of wealth. Now, that is different than what we've been arguing about. What America thinks we're arguing about is take from the rich and give to the poor. But as I pointed out years ago with Joe Lieberman when he was saying, well, we've got to... we've got to stop sending all these drugs you can do Joe Lieberman much more than I can, Pat. When he was talking about Canada needs to pay its fair share and Mexico needs to pay its fair share on the drugs, they just can't buy them so cheaply.

PAT: Canada needs to pay its fair... share.

GLENN: Man, that's no better than mine.

PAT: I have to hear it first.

GLENN: Yeah, I know.

PAT: Then I can do a little better.

GLENN: So, you know, he was saying, you know, they need to pay their fair share. Why? Why? We're the richest in the world. We should carry the burden of the bulk of money for prescription drugs and let the other countries if you really believe in redistribution of wealth, you need to let the other countries pay less and we'll pay more. That's global redistribution of wealth. That's what people in Washington are talking about now. We all know, we all agree. You can hear President Clinton and he says it and he means it. You can hear President Obama: The current system is unsustainable. Well, then what are you doing? What are you doing? None of this makes sense, right, what's happening in Washington? None of it makes sense. That's because you're thinking like a capitalist.

Do you remember after September 11th? Stop thinking like a Westerner. You'll never understand them. Stop thinking like a Westerner. Well, we never have and that's why we will continue to have the problems that we have. You must stop thinking like someone who believes in the free market. They do not. Again, go to TheBlaze.com and you will see. No one this man has selected believes in capitalism. Okay. So if they believe that the system is unsustainable and they don't believe in capitalism, what do they believe in? Well, not just Marxism. Not just socialism. Global socialism. A global structure. They're globalists. They are now completing what Woodrow Wilson started when he wanted the League of Nations. Except it's grown far, far beyond what the League of Nations ever dreamt it to be. They are globalists. And it's not evil. It just is. That's what they believe in. You believe in small government, local control, the individual, the entrepreneur. They don't. They don't. Give me any evidence that shows that they do believe in that. So they have been building a structure and they have been building things that make no sense whatsoever if you're a free market person. But if you're someone who believes in gigantic government control, it all makes sense. And I'm going to give you three examples here of rights that you have lost. Now, these may seem like no big deal, but they are. Ask yourself this. If your neighbors this. How much is every right worth? Is there a line? Do you draw a line on rights?

See, the president not only left out the word endowed by their Creator, he included a word that most people don't even know or understand anymore: Unalienable or inalienable. What does that word mean? That your rights cannot be changed. They are unchangeable. They come from God and they cannot change. No one can effect them. We hold these truths to be self evident. In other words, this is true and everybody knows this is true. All you have to do is think about it. That rights come from God, that all men are created equal. Everyone is created in his image, so we're all equal. There is no king, there's no ruler. You're not born into a special family; you're created equal. And they're endowed by that creator with certain unalienable rights, rights that cannot change. The right to life, the right to freedom, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. So in other words, chart your own course.

First they came for the sugary beverages and I said nothing. A report now out of Boston.

REPORTER: We all know there's been talk in the state of a soda tax, but this almost seems to go one step further. According to the Globe city officials are considering banning or limiting the sale of soda and other sugary drinks in all city buildings. Now, this doesn't mean that you couldn't bring a Coke from home or buy a Pepsi from the corner store across the street, but they would limit or eliminate the vending machines that sell soda and regulate snack bars inside city owned properties. It's all in an effort to improve the health of city employees and possibly save on insurance costs if those employees are healthier. That's because studies have shown a link between soft drinks, sugary juices, sports drinks and gaining weight.

PAT: And like New York, that follows on the heels of the transfat ban and the cigarette ban, of course, and here in New York the salt ban, which they are also trying to get done.

GLENN: I like the reporter where she said, this almost

PAT: Almost.



The Blaze: Florida TV Reporter Learns It’s Illegal to Dig in the Sand

GLENN: seems to go a step further than a tax. Almost? Eliminating it. It almost goes a step further. This is nudge. First they came for the sugary drinks and I said nothing. Next they came for my pail and shovel at the beach.

REPORTER: I come out here to the national park to show you just what exactly is in the sand lower than six inches. We wanted to use the shovel and give you a look but apparently that's illegal.

He has the (inaudible) ready to go that can dig down to 18 inches. Quick look at the manual operation and you can clearly see there's oil well below that six inch limit but that's about all we can show you. Because in the midst of doing this story, this happened.

VOICE: You don't have a permit to do this.

REPORTER: A man claiming to be with the Fish and Wildlife Service stopped us to say it's illegal to dig in the sand.

So I can't build a sand castle?

VOICE: Are you digging, what are you digging for, sir?

REPORTER: I'm digging in the sand to see if it's there.

VOICE: Are you digging for oil products? Are you looking for oil?

REPORTER: Not necessarily. I just want so see what's there.

VOICE: Okay. I tell you what. If you are not going to cooperate with me, I'll get a National Park Service officer out here. I'll get a law enforcement guy out here to talk to you.

REPORTER: He said it would be okay if we just move down the beach. So we did. But about the time I put the shovel in the sand, this happened.

How's it going?

A park service police officer asked to see my papers.

VOICE: Do you have documents, press pass?

REPORTER: I have a press pass. You want to see my press pass? He said it's illegal to film in a national park unless I can prove I'm with the media. After showing him my press pass, he then told me what I was and was not allowed to do.

But he said we had to leave, so he left. He said come to a public beach, which is right here, right?

VOICE: Yeah, but you can't dig.

REPORTER: I can't dig?

VOICE: No, you can't.

REPORTER: Okay. Why is that?

VOICE: Because you can't dig in a national park.

REPORTER: So no sand castles, none of that, huh?

Apparently the National Park Service will only allow BP workers to dig and only down to six inches.

PAT: Hmmm.

GLENN: Now you may say what difference does it make on the sugary drinks, what difference? What? Big deal, so I can't dig. Did you pass this law? Were you consulted on this? This is not the government's land. This is your land. These are your inalienable rights and as ridiculous as it may sound, I have a right to drink a sugary soda if I want it. I have a right to go and take my kids and dig in the sand. Since when did that change? This is not about, again, this is not about these rights. This is about what other rights. More in a second.

COO of vegan food giant Beyond Meat arrested for CHOMPING man's nose

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A top executive at Beyond Meat, a plant-based food company, was arrested for reportedly biting a man’s nose in a parking garage near Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, over the weekend.

Chief Operating Officer Doug Ramsey faces charges of terroristic threatening and third-degree battery after allegedly chomping down on a man's face and "ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose" during an altercation following the University of Arkansas football team’s victory over Missouri State.

According to reports, Ramsey was attempting to leave the parking garage in his Ford Bronco when a Subaru “inched his way” in front of him and made contact with his front passenger’s side tire. Ramsey allegedly “punched through the back windshield of the Subaru” before attacking the Subaru driver with both fists and teeth.

Ramsey “pulled [the Subaru driver] in close and started punching his body,” then “bit the owner’s nose, ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose,” according to reports.

The irony of a vegan food executive trying to make a meal of a human being's face was not missed by those jokesters on Twitter.

BlazeTV host Stu Burguiere is a vegetarian and also just happens to be the executive producer of the Glenn Beck radio program. Glenn joined "Stu Does America" to do a taste test of the plant-based "McPlant" burger, a Beyond Meat product, to see how it fares against the competition. In case you missed it, this was without a doubt the most ridiculous (but hilarious) plant-based food review so far.

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The stock market recently had its worst day since the early days of the pandemic and, just like in September 2008, many investors fear a dangerous chain reaction is starting on Wall Street. But that's just a small part of the bigger picture. The housing market is also taking a historic hit, grocery prices are out of control, energy prices are skyrocketing across Europe, and America is close behind.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck compared this year's stock market trends with what happened before the 2008 crash, detailed Europe’s bleak energy outlook, and explained why he believes they’re heading for economic "hell."

"Europe is about to go through hell," Glenn said. "A nightmare is about to hit. But, please, fear not. The heavens are engaged. Are you engaged with the heavens? You are not going to convince God to be on your side. We must be on his side. Realign everything in your life, now, so you can be on his side, and together we will weather all of these storms."

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California Democrats are leading the way on green spending, but what do they have to show for it?

In this clip, Glenn discusses California's crippling energy shortage and pleas to its citizens to stop cooling their homes during the current heat wave. Elected officials want Californians to buy electric vehicles and stop charging them, leaving Glenn to deduce that California lawmakers want people to stay home.

California's grid is under such strain that it requires a power plant in Oakland that burns jet fuel to continue operating through the end of next year to keep the lights on. "That sounds green as crap, doesn't it?" Glenn snarked. Can Americans continue to shrug this off as only California’s problem? Well, between the 17 states who have bound themselves to California by law, how long will it be before the rest of America begins to feel the impact in their lives?

The average price for a gas-powered vehicle is approximately $48,000, while the average price for an electric car is more than $66,000. And according to a study from the Hoover Institution, California will have to double its grid to meet the EV demand.

Watch as Glenn walks through the challenges and the proposed "solutions" out of California.

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After tense negotiations between Amtrak, its workers, and the White House, Biden has announced that they've reached a "tentative deal" to avoid a national rail strike.

Reuters reported:

U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak would resume normal operations Friday as it works to quickly restore canceled trains after a freight rail labor deal was announced, averting a rail shutdown.

"We're saved!" Glenn said on Thursday's radio program. Pay no attention to what was happening just a few months ago with this deal or the fact that it is nearing the midterms. Just stand in awe of the totally coherent Joe Biden and his unquestionable cognitive ability to intervene in negotiations with the union workers and save America.

"This is political theatre at its finest," Glenn said. In this video, Glenn performed a one-man political theater show and illustrated why some might be led to believe that the whole Amtrak debacle was strategically planned — and on International Democracy Day to boot.

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