Glenn Beck: Socialist MSNBC host defends his socialism

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GLENN: Thank you so much for listening. Thank you for watching. Tonight is

Part 3 of the Soros story. It is tonight, the first half will be tying it all

together and then the second half is an action plan. Make your choice, make your

choice, because they have. We have some more video that you haven't seen that is

pretty remarkable and the choice is becoming clear. What I told you would happen

has now again happened. I told you that there would come a time when they will

just start to say, We're socialists, yes, we're socialists, we're Marxists,

that's what we are. The communists are now coming out and saying, Yes, we're

communists and we're just like you. What's the problem with that? And Lawrence

O'Donnell has come out on MSNBC and said that he's a socialist. At least

Lawrence O'Donnell, I have respect for Lawrence O'Donnell, the only person I can

think I can say this on MSNBC. I actually have respect, I think Lawrence

O'Donnell may be the only person that I would go up to and shake his hand, you

know, cross a room and shake the man's hand and say, Thank you for being

intellectually honest, at least. I disagree with what he believes, but at least

he's being intellectually honest. Everybody else is playing a game. He's the

only one that is coming out and being intellectually honest. I, again, disagree

with him but not on everything that he says. He says that Republicans and

Democrats both have voted for socialist programs. Yes, they have. He is the only

one that I've heard come out and say that Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security is

socialism. Yes, it is. It is. I've never heard that case. I've never heard that

case in textbooks. Are your kids taught that, that we're a socialist nation? I

haven't heard that. I'd like to teach them that. Instead, what's being taught is

this is all capitalism, this is all the free market. No, it's not. Lawrence

O'Donnell again is right. We haven't been a capitalist country, a free market

for about 100 years. He says it was FDR. It was before that. It was Woodrow

Wilson, period. It really started with what's his name? Theodore Roosevelt and,

you know, the national parks and everything else. So, he's right.

Now, here's the rest of the stuff and, Pat, you want to set this up a little

bit?

PAT: Yeah. He was explaining his comment that I am a socialist on MSNBC and,

like you said, he's just admitting it and now not only is he admitting it, he's

trying to sell it to the American people.

GLENN: It's good.

PAT: We're good. All right. Let's have that debate.

O'DONNELL: Every country has a mix of both. The argument in this country is not

socialism or no socialism. Glenn Beck and no one else on the FOX News payroll

advocate the abolition of any of the socialist programs that the government

enacted in the 20th century.

GLENN: Excuse me. Stop. I do. Read my book, Broke. Judge Napolitano does.

Clearly Judge Napolitano does. I believe what's his name? Bowling.

PAT: Eric Bowling.

GLENN: Talks about it. There are libertarians at FOX, not all of them, but there

are. I would imagine that there are socialists over there, as well. I don't

know. I don't it's a new thing to me to see the people who are, like, yeah, I'm

a socialist, I'm a communist and I'm proud of it. I didn't even know that I

thought that had been discredited so listening ago. So, there are a lot of

people, but there you are wrong, Larry. I do advocate for the abolition.

However, I believe in verse progress, if you will. If progress is the

progressive movement, I believe that you need to take it apart step by step. You

can't you can't string everybody out on heroin and then just stop it. You need

methadone and then you just start bringing it down bit by bit. We're heroin

addicts.

STU: Yeah. It would be hard to tell everyone that they have to be, you know,

more dependent on charity and stuff because we've been so told that that's not

how you do things.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: A bonus.

GLENN: For instance, who in their right mind would stop Social Security right

now for our parents and our grandparents? That's insane.

STU: Yeah. I don't know.

GLENN: The whole system was built up for that. So, what would I advocate? I

would advocate the abolishing of the SSI program but abolishing it and I don't

know a number. I'm pulling it out of my pants here, but, you know, you abolish

is for anybody 50 years old or younger. Look. I'm 46. I know there's not a

chance of me getting Social Security. I'm not planning on that and if you are

planning on it, you're a moron. So, if you're 50, 55, I mean, maybe. I don't

know. I would like to see, who is still planning on getting that? So, you raise

the retirement age but not for those who are already retired. We take care of

the people we promised. Everybody else, you're a moron if you think you're going

to get it. You're not going to get it and we're just very clear. So, we take

care of those who need to be taken care of and we abolish it, but we do it in a

way where people have the ability to transition. People who are 60 years old

don't necessarily have the ability to transition. They do have the ability to

work longer and I know that doesn't sound like fun, but when have we stopped we

stopped valuing our elders? When can we put value on what they have learned? Do

you know whether we started corrupting our system? This is such a fascinating

point. When we started really corrupting our financial system, when the big

financial houses started doing all these CEO's and everything else, it's when

the last generation that had lived through the Great Depression retired. It was

within two, three years of the older people that had seen real want and real

need and a collapse of a system before, when they retired, within a couple of

years we started playing all these games because nobody was there going, No, no,

you can't do that, no. Rainy days do come. We have to stop devaluing the worth

of our elders. There's no reason somebody at 65 needs to retire. If you want to

retire, that's great, but, first of all, that's not promised by anybody. When

did that promise become a promise? Never in the history of man! Do we take care

of people? Yes. If they can't work, yes. If they're too old and just can't do

it, yes. But that's compassion, not a government handout or program.

STU: I mean, look at that. We're talking about a country that now has built a

system where you're required to work from 18 to 64, essentially, which is less

than 50 years. When you're living to 80 years old. We're requiring work out of

basically half of our life times. And we're expected to be able to retire and

live for 30 years off of a society that, you know, is in you know, working age

for only 45?

GLENN: All right. Here he goes a little bit more. Social Security Social

Security all right. Maybe Glenn Beck is opposed to agriculture subsidies or

something like that.

GLENN: And I am.

VOICE: I don't know about him, but I find him very hard to follow.

PAT: Yeah, I do, too.

GLENN: Most people do.

VOICE: FOX News is all of the sudden up in arms about President Obama's tepid

contribution to our already socialistic healthcare system.

GLENN: Stop. Tepid solution? Would anyone say this is a tepid solution? He just

took over a third of our economy.

PAT: A socialist would say it.

GLENN: Exactly. Yes.

STU: It's tepid to a socialist.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Yes. You want to go the other direction. Everything that has been applied

before has been tepid. This is a, this is a strategy to destroy the free market

in healthcare. It's going to destroy doctors. It's going to destroy hospitals.

It's going to destroy drug companies.

PAT: It's already doing that.

GLENN: It already is. It already is. It's destroying all of it. Why? To get it

into a it is a medium step. It is it's what the President and the Tides

Foundation said. It's not on a trojan horse. It's right there. It just leads to

what he wants.

VOICE: Hating Obama than hating socialism. Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly seem to

think that I cracked on the air last week and finally admitted my darkest

secret, my acceptance of the practical socialism that has allowed the United

States to continue to be a humane and great country. They haven't been

listening.

GLENN: Oh, here we go.

VOICE: Two weeks ago on Bill Maher's show, Bill and I both admitted to being

socialists and we threw Barack Obama in with us.

GLENN: Two weeks ago.

PAT: Wait a minute. You and Bill Maher said that Obama is a socialist?

GLENN: No, no, no. He's tired of people saying it's a socialist mop. That's

causing panic.

PAT: Where is the outrage?

GLENN: You're calling him names. Stop with the name calling.

PAT: Where is the hatred? Why the hate? Why the fear mongering?

STU: Yeah. And by the way, you weren't in fact, we said on this program that he

had said it on the air before, that he

PAT: Yes, we did.

STU: Lawrence O'Donnell. And, in fact, let's see if we can follow this. This is

a quote from Lawrence O'Donnell, 2005. Quote, I'm a European socialist. Believe

me. I'm far to the left, but I understand. I'm kind of a practical socialist. I

know we failed. A lot of our ideas have failed. So, I am not with them anymore.

Then it goes on to, Tell me again. Glenn Beck is the one that's hard to follow,

the guy who just did that little spiel about how great socialism is also said

this: The country basically likes the simplicity of those damn oil companies are

charging too much for gasoline. Let's do something about that. The country has

not been educated that you create a bigger problem by trying to do something

about high gas prices. American liberal rhetoric, in general, has more appeal

than, certainly, the free market does. The free market position has a lot of

logic and a lot of rational analysis that you need a fair amount of education to

do. Unfortunately, I suspect it takes almost at least a college level of

education in economics to fully embrace the market's power or to fully go that

way.

GLENN: So, what is he saying?

STU: So, he's saying he seems to be very pro market and also very pro socialism.

I can't follow this guy.

GLENN: Yeah. He's very hard to follow.

STU: It's weird.

GLENN: Well, he maybe a state capitalist. That's it, China. I mean, he's a state

capitalist. Maybe. I don't know. I don't know here's the thing, Larry. I don't

follow your career and neither does anyone in America.

PAT: No. His viewer must have been really confused.

GLENN: No, no, no. The cameraman I think the cameraman was there, you know. In

2005 when he said that.

PAT: It's possible.

STU: But at least he's being honest.

GLENN: No, no, no. I actually praise him. I praise him, too.

STU: Here's a guy who's a liberal and a socialist, knows that there's political

damage to calling Barack Obama a socialist, and still admits it.

GLENN: Yeah. And he's not afraid of it. I think this is great. This is the

problem with George Soros. They're still denying that says all these things.

They're still denying that there is a shadow they had the shadow convention.

Hello! And, yet, somehow or the other they're still trying to convince America

that it didn't happen and how many slubs in America are willing to just go with

that, oh, yeah, well, that's just crazy talk. The shadow convention. At least

Larry O'Donnell is willing to admit it and for that I praise him. For that,

being intellectually honest, is really more than I have seen from left, right,

or in between on most cable shows.

PAT: Except for who he talked about, Bill Maher, and we've mentioned that. Bill

Maher is

GLENN: Bill Maher is a despicable human being.

PAT: He's a hideous guy.

GLENN: He's a hideous guy.

PAT: But he's honest.

GLENN: Everybody laughs at him because they think it's a joke, but he really

does mean drag them to it.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

 

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.