Beck University - Andrew Jackson

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GLENN: There's a couple things that and we've already been down this road, I have for a while now, and I have told you that we need to educate ourselves. Yesterday, last night on the TV show I told you the story of the Tower of Babel. I retold it in the first hour today. If you have an Insider Extreme, you should go listen to the second half of the first hour and listen to the Tower of Babel because it is really important, really important. And one of the things it talks about, bricks and mortar. Ask the people became bricks. They were all the totalitarian Nimrod, if you will, tried to make everybody into a brick, all exactly the same. And the mortar that held their society together was materialism. The word for "Mortar" in the Hebrew is the same for "Materialism." And so it is really what has held our society together, our wealth. Our lifestyle. Our clothing labels. You know, Nike, Ralph Lauren, our wealth, our materialism is what has helped what has held this society together. It is the glue right now. That will not work. When we hit troubled times, we cannot have our materialism be our mortar. We must have something bigger than that. And that is God and our principles and our values. The things that have always made this country great.

This is why it has been so important for us to educate ourselves. I just heard some elitist say today, "Well, the problem with America is they've stopped reading." Really? This audience hasn't. Do you know that this audience, this audience has kept two national book sellers afloat in the last couple of years. This audience has purchased more books than I don't know of an audience that has ever purchased as many books as this one has. You are readers. You're learners. And that is great. It is going to hold us together. It is part of the foundation.

The other side is God. When we know what we believe and we root ourselves in values and principles and our family, and we put God first, we're going to be okay. There are two books that I have talked to you about that I say you must get, you must get. And I don't make a dime off of either one of these. The first one is the 5,000 Year Leap. The 5,000 Year Leap is the best book for anyone who wants to understand the engine of America and what the founders did. It is simple to read. You can read it to your 10 year old and get it, and somebody who is 80 can read it and really understand. It is such a good, basic understanding, written in a really entertaining and inspiring way. The 5,000 Year Leap. Buy it. If you don't have it, buy it, please. The second one is a Patriot's History of the United States. It is by Larry Schweickart. Larry is one of this guy is, I think there's several of these people, American heroes. David Barton is another one. Somebody who has toiled in the darkness and behind the scenes for a very long time trying to get the word out while people like Howard Zinn write the History of the American Peoples or whatever that is. The guy's a communist. And that book sells a million copies and he gets critical acclaim and all kinds of stuff. But somebody who is trying to tell the truth, the real truth has toiled behind the scenes for a very long time trying to keep our story protected and alive. A Patriot's History of the United States is the best history book of the United States I think, I think out there. It's 900 pages and it is it's almost, in some ways it's a bathroom reader. It's something you can open up at any place and because it covers so much history. You can open it up pretty much any place and get into it. It is fantastic. Please, everyone get this for Christmas. Please, for the family. And read it aloud. These two books are like American scripture in a way. They tell our stories so we cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. A Patriot's History of the United States.

Now, Larry is on the phone with me now. I hope I didn't make you uncomfortable here, Larry.

SCHWEICKART: Yeah, your refund check's in the mail.

GLENN: So Larry, you are doing Beck University tonight. This is the second class of the fall semester of Beck University. It's a one hour class and it's broken up in two parts. Tell me what the first part is.

SCHWEICKART: Well, I'm doing Andrew Jackson is the first era of big government, how Andrew Jackson destroyed America, to use hyperbole, but he really is the first real progressive, big government executive that we have. And, you know, I taught on this in the class, but I went back and looked at some notes that a student of mine had done for me many years ago on the actual numbers of per capita expenditures, nominal and real expenditures by the U.S. Government, and government employees in the early 1800s. And it's quite amazing. All three categories jump and jump sharply under Jackson. For the first time you start to see a large number of government employees, certainly per capita the number of government employees goes up. So it's strange that Jackson is always portrayed as kind of a small government guy but in almost every way, he is the founder of big government.

GLENN: Yeah, he's the evil Woodrow Wilson of the 1800s, I think. He's a guy who and I know they didn't call it manifest destiny at the time, but he's the guy who went in and just started slaughtering the Indians and, "Well, we need the land; we're going to take it." And he's the guy, if I'm not mistaken, that Davy Crockett went back to congress after being conned by Andrew Jackson and said, you can all go to hell; I'm going to Texas. Because he was disgusted by what the government had turned into.

SCHWEICKART: Well, Crockett was no fan of Jackson, that's for sure. They were enemies. Just as a somewhat means of explaining Jackson's position on the Indians, in the American Revolution he had seen the Indians side with the redcoats, and it troubled him deeply. And he never forgot the fact that when he, you know, fought and he saw his relatives fighting against the British that the Indians were their allies and so that's one of the reasons that all his life he kind of had it out for the Indians.

GLENN: Then the Part 2 is Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the reconstruction of America. But tonight you are doing Andrew Jackson, how he destroyed the republic.

SCHWEICKART: Right. And you know the other thing that Jackson does is he launches this war on the Bank of the United States, sort of the Federal Reserve of the day, but in its time the BUS was extremely private. It was not a government operation at all. It was only 20% government run. And, you know, you can argue about whether or not that was a good thing to have but it wasn't that Jackson was opposed to a government bank. He was opposed to that one because he thought it was being run by the Whigs, by his political opponents. And I discovered something that has yet to be refuted in anything that I've ever published and it is an 1829 order from Jackson to his secretary of the treasury to lay out a plan, to design a plan for a new national bank along the lines of the BUS but one that his party could control.

GLENN: That's not being done now. Larry, thank you so much and we'll see you tonight in class.

SCHWEICKART: Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: You bet. That is Beck University tonight at 8:00, Insider Extreme and this is the second class of Beck University of the fall semester. Tonight, one hour super sized Andrew Jackson. Part 2 is Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the reconstruction of America tonight at 8:00, only on Insider Extreme. If you're not a member yet, sign up now at

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.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:

Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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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.

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.


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

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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