Glenn Beck: How Long Do We Stay in the Forest?



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GLENN BECK, HOST: Hello, America.

Wouldn't you just like once in a while if someone would treat you like an

adult? Seriously? Somebody would just level with you?

All they ever tell us is what they think we want to hear, what we — what they

think we need to hear. Why don't you just tell us the truth? And you don't need

to sugarcoat it. But that's what everybody does, to suit their agenda. And both

sides are sugarcoating.

Here's what you get from the right. We have to stop spending or we're going

to drive ourselves into bankruptcy and we can't afford to do that. Well, now,

this plan comes out and it's 2008 spending levels. OK. It was bad in 2008. I

don't know if the Republicans got that.

Now, all of that is true, that we're going to spend ourselves into oblivion

and we can't continue to spend. So, we have to cut. That's true. But they leave

something out of that.

On the other side, the Democrats also sugarcoat. That is the opposite. Here's

the example. Here's Jan Schakowsky. She's flaming on fire progressive. She says,

"Spending, of course, is the answer."

Of course, she is wrong. She's wrong to think nothing bad would happen if we

just keep spending. That is the sugar.

But she does touch briefly on what will happen if we stop spending. Here it

is.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY, D-ILL.: We talk about the deficit — the

crippling deficit for our grandchildren — a lot of talk in the commission of our

grandchildren. What are we going to leave them with?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right. Yes.

SCHAKOWSKY: But, you know, we may free them of debt, but

they could also be sick and uneducated and unemployed. And that's not a good

thing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, it's not.

SCHAKOWSKY: We need to make —

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because then they're just going to to

borrow to pay for those things and they're not going to be free of that.

SCHAKOWSKY: And the United States could end up like a third

world country if we don't invest.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: OK. First of all, we didn't need the Department of

Education. We seem to educate this country without the Department of Education a

lot more than we're educating it now. The Department of Education is relatively

new, Jan. So, we're not all going to turn into dummies because we have each and

we can educate ourselves and our neighborhoods and our states. We don't need the

federal government to do it.

But the one thing that she said here that was accurate was the country could

end up like a third world country. That's true. She says it will happen if we

don't invest. Where in the Constitution do you read anything about investing in

our country? I don't — it's up to you to invest. That's what you do.

What they're doing — you are not investing in our country. You are taking the

money from people and then you're spending it the way you want.

Now, that's grand theft or I think it's suicide.

Now, she mentioned the third world. The United States could be a third world

country. Two years ago — actually, it's about four years ago, I think I first

said to my father and he said, "Oh, no, Glenn, that will never happen."

Yes, it will. Yes, it will.

The only thing that will happen are the things that we deny that could happen

if we stay in that denial. This is why we needed an adult conversation. We need

to be able to look each other in the eye and just say, look, here's the truth.

You know, politicians, we know. We know who did it to our country and it's both

of you. It's both sides. You're both in time-out corners.

And we were part — we were part of it. But here's the — here's the thing.

Either road we take we're going to hit a forest. This is — this is economic

darkness here. There's trouble ahead. And we're both — both right and left have

taken us in this forest. Now, we're here — we're right here. And we want to go

here.

The question is: how long do we stay in the forest? Do we get eaten by a

lion, a tiger or a bear while in the forest?

There is one way to get to the — get to this road much faster than the other.

One meanders in the forest. And I don't know what you have left on the other

side. I don't know if you ever get here. I don't know.

The question is — there's pain either way. Whichever one you choose, whether

it's a Republican plan or the Democratic plan, or my plan or somebody who says,

let's just turn the printing presses off and close everything down — pain. The

question is how much pain, how long does it last?

Now, what kind of person are you? I'm somebody who likes to rip the Band-Aid

off, you know, quick. That's what I am. Just rip it off quick. If it's going to

cause damage to the wound, then tear it off slow. But if it's, ow, ow, ow — just

take it off, man. Let's take our lumps and let's move forward.

What we are entering is a Weimar trap. If you listen to one side, — it's

Weimar trap. Now, this is a very — this is — this is — you know what, it's

almost like — I mean, this is a puzzle in here that has never been solved

correctly. And civilization after civilization have gone into that forest and

then never come out.

"Lords of Finance" is a book I told you about, I don't know, two or three

years ago. It is really a good book. It tells the story of all the lords of

finance during the first and — it's been a while here, I think second — World

War II.

The First World War, it tells the story of the Weimar Republic and the

president of the Reichsbank. He had managed to keep his job after World War II,

even though he horribly mismanaged financing the war.

Facing a choice he decided to go along with the new government's plan, and

that was to print money to pay back the allies because here was the problem. The

problem was they lost the war. And then all the allies, France and England, and

America as well, they punished Germany. They were going to make them pay for the

mistakes and teach them and the rest of the world on a lesson because they were

about to embark on the new League of Nations, the precursor to the United

Nations.

So, the question was how to pay for it. Germany couldn't pay for it. So, they

just started to print money — exactly what we're doing now, OK?

The president of the Reichsbank Bank said that will lead to massive

inflation.

Now, the question is, why did he do it? Because he knew it would lead to the

Weimar trap. You'll never get out of the forest, ever!

So, why did he do it? Well, no one knows for sure but there are three

possible answers. One, he wanted to teach the new incoming government a lesson.

Two, complete and total economic ignorance. He had no idea what was going on.

Or the third answer and most likely — and this is the one most people agree

on — is he didn't have a choice. Why? Because once you're in this forest, it

gets spooky. It gets — it gets dark and spooky and you don't want to spook all

the people you're with. You're trying to lead them out of the forest. And you

have — once you're in here, you have no idea which direction you're even going

on.

Well, inflating the money — here was the choice — inflating the money will

lead to interest rate increases, high unemployment and turn revolution out into

streets. But his other option was to not print the money, and that would lead to

high unemployment, people losing their houses and their jobs, and revolution in

the streets.

So, there is no good answer in the forest — unless you stay true to your

principles. If you find your true north and you say, what has never worked —

printing money, borrowing more — that's never worked, we know it's never worked.

But what happens when you're in this forest is people get afraid. And they're

like, no, no, no. No, no, no. We'll be eaten by a lion and these people behind

us, we're trying to lead them out and they're all going to freak out. You can't

tell them, we're all going to die in the forest!

That's what happens. And then somebody says, "Here's a match. Print more

money." And so then, people in the line and everybody who is in the forest goes,

"No, no, I got money. I got money. It's on fire, but I got money over here."

It's a trap.

That's what happened to Weimar Republic. They owed too much money, just like

we do. How to pay for it? They print it — and they never got out of the forest.

And then there's always someone here always someone here who says, "I'll lead

you out of the forest." That time it was Hitler, because everybody — once they

get to the edge of the forest, they are so freaked out and they have no food

left. They have no money left, they have no houses left, they have nothing.

That's how it always ends.

Now, in a completely unrelated note, President Obama was at the U.N.

yesterday continuing to promise all the countries around the world that we'll

still be sending them more foreign aid. Here is what he said.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Put simply, the United States is

changing the way we do business.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: Good.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: First, we're changing how we define development. For

too long, we've measured the efforts by the dollars we spent and the food and

medicines that we delivered.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: OK.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: But aid alone is not development. Development is

helping nations to actually develop, moving from poverty to prosperity. And we

need more than just aid to unleash that change.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: OK. All right. Boy, do I agree with that. I wish we

would have gotten that about — oh, I don't know, 1908.

OK. So now, here we are sending our own people into unemployment lines and

soup kitchens, and now, we decided we're still going to send all the money over

there but we're going to teach the rest of the world how to fish. Hey,

fishermen, fish yourself first. What is it, physician heal thy self? Yes!

President Obama, once you — once you snag and reel it in the boat, then you

can tell the rest of the world — you want to talk about arrogance — then you can

talk to everybody else about how to create jobs.

Look, here's what you need the politician to say. Other nations, I feel bad

for you. I really do. But all the money you're getting from us is a loan from a

loan. And you ain't never going to pay it back. We know that and you know that.

And we're going to have to pay ours back because nobody is going to forgive the

big, bad, evil United States.

Just like in Germany after World War I, we can't afford it and no one will

release us from this debt. Germany kept printing money after World War I until

they hit the point of no return and it finally collapsed.

Now, are we going to reach that point? Yes, maybe. I hope we don't, but we

could.

We won't even see it coming because our politicians refuse to treat us like

adults and act like adults instead of children. Instead, they just want to keep

us being fed candy. Here's some candy, little kiddies.

Now, what happens on the future? What happens in the future? It depends on

us.

I want you to know: we're going into this forest whether you listen to the

Republicans or the Democrats. But only one road takes you out. And that is

depend on every skill that you have, depend on the people in the line.

As long as you know, going in to the forest — guys, it's going to be really

spooky, here's what we're going to face. Everybody hold hands, everybody band

together, everybody have firm reliance on Divine Providence — you hang together!

As long as you're saying that here, you'll make it here. But nobody is telling

you about this forest, are they?

Here's what our future will be if we do not change our past if we don't — if

we don't change our behavior now. We're going to either default on these loans —

which they're not going to default, they won't — they won't allow us to default.

We will print the money.

Other countries, when they say, "Wait a minute, that's worthless, we want our

money," what do you think, they're going to let us keep our oil? You think

they're going to let us keep the ANWR? The Gulf?

We default or we end defense. Now, what does that mean we end defense? Well,

there's going to come a time where we can't pay for one or the other. So, oh, my

gosh, but if you are really cool — if you're like totally cool with the United

Nations and the Blue Helmets, that's not a bad option. Why don't we just have

the United Nations army represent us?

I said the next two possible — these next two years are possibly the most

dangerous time in American history, even if the GOP takes over in 2011. So what?

First of all, since when have we been tight with a pocketbook? Secondly,

President Obama still has a big fat veto pen. He's not going to allow any cut to

go through unless he thinks it helps him and the Democratic Party.

We're not looking — the people in Washington are not looking to help the

country. They are fundamentally transforming the country. I believe — because of

what Van Jones has said — anything that stirs his base to anger like cutting

education, he's going to be totally fine with. Any cut is going to hurt in the

short-term, but we have to cut to show the rest of the world that we are

serious. And we also have to cut now because we are on this path.

And right now is the time that we say, wait, wait, wait, don't eat all your

provisions. We might be in there for a while. No, no, no. Don't spend all your

money. Don't use your flashlights. We're going into a dangerous place. That is

what we must do now.

No one, not Bush, not anybody, have truly articulated what your real choices

are. The closest came from Joe Biden when he said you had to keep spending. Here

it is.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN: When I say that, people look at

me and say, "What are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we got to go

spend money to keep from going bankrupt?" The answer is yes! That's what I'm

telling you.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: No, that's not entirely true. You have to spend money to keep the

illusion that you are going bankrupt going. You just want to keep the illusion

that we're not going to — no problems are ahead. That you're eating all the

food. You're using all the batteries.

Joe, what's you're doing is a Ponzi scheme. It's not a solution. If we keep

spending, we will fall right off this cliff into the Grand Canyon, and then we

won't have anything left to get us back out. If we remain standing on the edge,

you're in trouble.

Have you heard anyone in the media ask the president or any of his genius

economists this question: hey, Mr. President, you know, I read, I can figure out

Weimar. Spending is really bad. What is your — what is your exit strategy?

I mean, because if you're spending to jumpstart the economy, and it's not

work so far: (a), when do you say that's enough, we've tried it enough, the car

is not going to start? Or when do you stop?

Because right now, here is how it's playing out — we need more stimulus money

so teachers don't get fired. Then they pass a bill and give teachers enough to

last the year so they don't get fired.

What happens when the year is over? Hey, we need more money so the teachers

don't get fired.

Well, at what point do we stop getting industries and unions and keeping them

afloat with money that we don't have?

Closer to home on this one — at what point do we tell the unions we are not

responsible for your pensions?

We cannot afford the pensions. We are entering a place where people cannot

afford to even eat. You're not going to get your pensions. I'm sorry. It's jobs

and the country or your pension. Let the unions figure that one out. But that

would require a grown-up in the room — a grown-up that will level with the

American people and their union members.

You people that lead these unions, you got your pensions. They're fully

funded. They're 120 percent. The workers, you're screwing them. You face them.

We're big boys and big girls. We can handle it. And we can handle it calmly.

Explain the grown-up choice because you know what? You know what? You can

handle anything calmly here. And this is where we are. You cannot handle things

calmly when people are afraid in the forest and you've lied to them and said,

what forest? There's no trees on this path.

You can either pin our hopes on a globalist, redistribution of wealth,

anti-free market policies that have never worked in the history of mankind. We

can cross our fingers and hope to die, and stick a needle in our eye and pray —

well, not if the ACLU is anywhere around — that Marxism and printing money for

the very first time will create prosperity. Yes.

Oh, and it doesn't bleed the country dry. So, no resources are left and money

is completely worthless and we've already chased all the business leaders and

all the businesses overseas. And all the industry and all of the union and the

leaders are already overseas looking at us going, "See you later, suckers."

Or, do you have an adult conversation like this? Cut spending, dramatically,

now. It's not going to be pretty at first. It's going to hurt all of us.

Remember, all the trillions our government is spending is — they're spending

it so that they can take the Band-Aid off really slowly. They have artificially

propped up failing institutions, when what we need to do is let them fail and

build a better one.

You know, when we cut, you might lose your job. I might lose my job. You

might lose your home. I might lose my home. We could slide into a depression.

Pensions might be lost. There may be unrest in the streets. But we have each

other.

What is more important? What is our biggest asset? Our houses? Our jobs? Or

each other?

If it gets bad, we have each other. We must be prepared for it, prepared to

band together, come together, figure out the new ways to pay off our debt.

Neither option is good.

So, why is the second option the best option? Because if you don't choose it,

we get option number one automatically. We get a country with no work ethic. We

have a dollar that is worth zero, you know, like France or Greece, a few years

ago.

We're going to take our medicine now and get the truth or not. Are we going

to do what other societies like Rome and everybody else have done, and slowly

slide in collapse until there's nothing left? I prefer the truth. I prefer a

shot.

We are in trouble either way. Yes. But we are also the same people that

changed the world because we did the hard things. We are the people that went to

the moon and back. We can certainly find our way out of a forest.

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  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

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Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author