The Worst Campaign Ad Ever



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GLENN: I want to play one of the worst campaign ads I think I've ever, ever heard. If you were like me and thought Shirley Sherrod deserved no should demand an apology, listen to this campaign ad.

GRAYSON: I'm congressman Alan Grayson and I approved this message.

VOICE: Religious fanatics try to take away our freedom in Afghanistan, in Iran, and right here in Central Florida.

WEBSTER: Wives submit yourselves to your own husbands.

VOICE: Daniel Webster wants to impose his radical fundamentalism on us.

WEBSTER: She should submit to me. That's in the Bible.

VOICE: Webster tried to deny battered women medical care and the right to divorce their abusers.

WEBSTER: Submit to me.

VOICE: He wants to force raped women to bear the child.

WEBSTER: Submit to me.

VOICE: Taliban Dan Webster, hands off our bodies and our laws.

PAT: Whew.

GLENN: That is an incredible ad. You have a candidate saying women must submit to their husbands, submit to me. That's an incredible statement. Accurate. It is in the Bible, but is that, that the way people live their lives? Is that their understanding of that phrase? Is that this guy's understanding of this phrase? That's incredible. Taliban Dan indeed. Unless you care to look at the entire statement. Now, this isn't lost videotape. This isn't videotape that, oh, well, that was an hour later in the speech. Let's just listen to what he said in context.

WEBSTER: A journal, second? Find a verse. I have a verse for my wife. I have verses for my wife: Don't pick the ones that say she should submit to me. That's in the Bible, but pick the ones that you're supposed to do.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Do you understand what just happened? Don't pick the verses like she must submit to me. It's in the Bible, but pick the ones you're supposed to do. Do you hear that?


TheBlaze: Grayson is more awful than we thought

STU: Yeah. And, you know, the audio gets cut off a little bit there, but he goes on to say, you know, instead pick the ones like love your wife even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, as opposed to wives submit to your own husbands. And that's where he picks it. As opposed he takes out, as opposed to and just plays wives submits to their own husbands. That's incredible.

PAT: This attack ad, I don't know if we've mentioned yet, is from Alan Grayson.

GLENN: Alan Grayson. I don't

PAT: One of the most despicable people.

GLENN: I don't know how Alan Grayson wins.

PAT: How he lives with himself. I don't know how he lives and sleeps at night.

STU: If your wife or daughter started dating a guy like this, you would cry. You would cry yourself to sleep at night. He's a horrible person, horrible. I mean, that's not just a bad politician. That's horrible.

GLENN: No, no, I don't think that I've ever seen anybody in congress as bad as Alan Grayson, I mean as a person.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: You know, I don't know him. I just know his words, and there's they're not we're not taking we're not taking him out of context. We're looking at his words and the things that he has said and done, and there is no limit to this man. There is no floor

STU: No.

GLENN: to this man. There's no place that he is unwilling to go.

PAT: And it's interesting because even when it was brought up that, hey, you took that way out of context and made it and they even edited the part where he's talking about it's in the Bible a little bit to make it fit better into the statement, to make it sound like that's what he was saying. When that was brought up to him, they still defended the ad.

STU: Yeah. It's not

PAT: They didn't back off from it one iota.

STU: It's not like he was saying we didn't have this one video, that's not all he said. They are standing by that that's okay to do.

PAT: Do you have their comment, the comment from the campaign?

STU: Yeah. Give me one second. I'll pull it up here.

PAT: It is unbelievable. They're standing by, taking him out of context. And is this not what everybody was screaming, the Democrats were screaming during the Jeremiah Wright period? "You're taking him out of context! Sound bites, it's a sound bite world!" When you take somebody out of context, that means that you change the meaning of what they're trying to say. That was never done to Jeremiah Wright. That's absolutely what was done here with Daniel Webster.

STU: Yeah. Here's the campaign spokesman for Grayson: The Taliban is an extremist government regime that forced its crazy rightwing views on the populous it governs. If elected Dan Webster would force his crazy rights extreme crazy rightwing views on Central Florida.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: So here's the thing, Central Florida.

STU: Wow.

GLENN: You just have to ask yourself this one thing: We can disagree on policies. We can. You can be for healthcare, you can you know, you can be for bigger government, but is there any shame? Is there anything? Do you just accept any character because your side will win? You know, I who was it that said last week when they were talking about, you know, the guy in Delaware, that he should have won because, well, the Republicans would have definitely won in Delaware? Who was it that said, well, when? Or what? Win without values and character and the integrity and the principles that we all uphold or strive for, what is it what is that win worth? This is the kind of thing that Americans need to be striving for now. We can disagree, but we have to be able to tell the truth. When America said they wanted hope and change, I wanted hope and change, too, from the Bush administration. I didn't like the way the Bush administration was handling things. We can unite on that, but you can't have somebody like Alan Grayson in office. It's it's reprehensible. It really is. Do we have that little respect for our republic? Do we really have that little respect for the congress? I mean, I know congress is unpopular, but why? Because of this! Are we going to restore it or not? Not talking about policies. Just talking about character. Does character matter? The answer is yes.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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