Glenn Beck: The food stamp trap

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GLENN: You know, when I said about the soda and food stamps, not being able to buy soda in New York, the first thought that I had hear me out on this. I think this is Benjamin Franklin common sense. The first reaction I had to that was, good. Good. Let them feel what it's like to be a slave to the United States of America. Let them you know, let them feel that. But you know what that really is? I expressed it as anger because I was angry with the people that are just there are people that need it and there are people that don't. There are people that can work and can get a job; they choose not to. So they decide to live off of other people. The people that really need it? I have no problem with it. But those are the people that try to jump off as fast as they can and only go to it when there is no other option. This is what you're feeling if you're feeling good. What you're feeling is the common sense of Benjamin Franklin that said make people uncomfortable in their poverty. And I know that sounds horrible, or does it? Benjamin Franklin knew because he had watched England. He knew that England made slaves. The politicians made slaves out of the indigent and the poor just as they have made slaves of people here in America. And if you don't think that you're a slave, what is it that they say? You can't really have freedom unless you have prosperity. That is the left's argument. You're not really free unless you have money. That is another lie. But if you are relying on someone else to feed you, you do become a slave because you do whatever they say. And Benjamin Franklin said the best way to help people out of their poverty is to make them uncomfortable. That doesn't mean you go over and poke them with a stick. But who would, who would have a problem with a common sense idea of, okay, you can't buy cigarettes with food stamps. You can't buy chips and dip with food stamps.

PAT: Beer in most cases.

GLENN: Beer with food stamps. You can't buy soda with food make them uncomfortable in that. So you realize, look, I can't live like this, I want chips, I want this, I want that. Now, there's no problem, no problem with food stamps for those who need it, but you want to make it so nobody wants them if you need milk, you need cheese, you need meat, you know, you need the staples to be able to live, you need toothbrush, you need toothpaste, you know, you need, you know, deodorant, you need all of these things, I have no problem with that. But candy bars? No.

PAT: Ice cream?

GLENN: No. I mean, I'm torn on this because you need a treat, especially with your children, et cetera, et cetera.

STU: But the government, is it the government's job to treat?


STU: If you want to have a poverty program, it's sustenance.

GLENN: You're right.

STU: It's mechanical.

GLENN: You're right. And so that's where I would land on it but I would feel

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: But then you know what? Then you save your extra money. You save a few pennies here and there and you buy a treat for yourself. You save for that treat yourself. But, you know, for your kids, it's the only way you would treat is for your kids. But that's the common sense of Ben Franklin, you take care of people but you make it uncomfortable. I don't even know why you use food stamps in regular stores. Why not just set up government stores. Can you imagine how nice that would be? You go to a government store where everything is good quality food but it's all generic label. You're not buying any name brands anything. You're buying the cheapest we can that has the highest nutrition value. That's what food stamps should be. I know it sounds tough. Don't quote me. Quote Ben Franklin.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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