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GLENN: Do you have the Fred Upton thing?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Listen to this. This is a Republican. This is a Republican that is now looking for the chairmanship of the energy committee.

PAT: Wow, where do you even start with this guy? Like many Republicans who lost in a primary this year, Upton voted for the $700 billion TARP bailout. One of just 18 Republicans to vote a year later for Barney Frank's bill to give the Obama treasury department wide latitude in spending the remaining in $350 billion in TARP funds.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PAT: In 2005 he was one of 11 Republicans to subject tax cuts to a 60-vote threshold in the Senate and he was one of only nine Republicans who voted against substituting tax cuts for the $787 billion stimulus plan. On spending, Upton was one of only 16 Republicans to vote for the Pelosi omnibus spending bill in 2009, voted against slashing, against slashing $355 billion in spending from the stimulus. He was a backer of the government SCHIP healthcare plan, National Endowment For the Arts and the wasteful public subsidies for Amtrak.

GLENN: I mean, this is a Republican.

PAT: He has occasionally thrown pro lifers from the train. He has a number of votes in favor of federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion advocate. We all know about that. He voted to overturn the first President Bush's ban on federally funded abortion counseling. He is a proponent of taxpayer-supported embryo destructive research.

GLENN: Okay, this is Fred Upton. He is the guy who was the co-sponsor of the fluorescent light bulb.

PAT: Yeah, we didn't even mention that.

GLENN: The incandescent light bulb ban.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: And now he's -- wants to be the chairperson for the energy committee. No, I don't think so. I don't think so. And Freedom Works, the reason why I bring it up is because Freedom Works is leading the challenge on this one, and what is the web address again? DownwithUpton? I haven't even been there.


GLENN: Good. Good. This is exactly the kind of guy that the Republicans need to avoid or they'll destroy themselves. Look, the Democrats have already destroyed themselves. They have already destroyed themselves. They have destroyed themselves, you know, by getting into bed with these progressives. And the progressives have won. Have you read, who is it, Krugman this weekend? Did you read what they are saying now about Barack Obama, that he's actually a conservative?

PAT: Yeah.

STU: (Laughing).

PAT: You make that case.

GLENN: They are.

PAT: Come on.

GLENN: That he's a conservative and now he's showing his colors because he's come out for the Chamber now? After an election where he says they're in bed with foreign governments trying to destroy, now after the election he's come out and said, "You know the chamber may not be that bad" and that makes him a conservative. No, I think that makes him sane. That doesn't make him a conservative.

PAT: And a little late. Maybe he could have said that before the election.

GLENN: Oh, this is ridiculous.

PAT: Come on.

GLENN: -- to me. They are actually -- and you know what this is? This is the Overton Window. What the left is doing is they're radicalizing and they are now trying to make the commander-in-chief look like a conservative so he can be moderate. Without him moving. He doesn't move. They move. And it makes it appear as though he's moderate. It's the Overton Window. These guys are brilliant. They really are. The left, you must give them this. The left is brilliant. I was reading another article today, this morning on the drive in on, yeah, what's your problem? You don't read -- you don't read on your Blackberry when you're driving? It's traffic. What?

PAT: (Laughing). Oh, is that what you were doing? You were reading as you were driving?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: Physically operating your vehicle?

GLENN: Here is the --

PAT: Huh, that's hard to do.

GLENN: Here is the article from The Spectator on Jim Wallis. This thing is amazing. You know, can we put the Jim -- the he had Upton story on the newsletter at and the honey, Jim Wallis shrunk the church story. It came from this summer but I just read it this morning and you have to read it. Jim Wallis was a member of SDS and then he finds Jesus. These guys are brilliant at what they're doing. We'll put these two stories in our free e-mail newsletter at Don't miss it. More in a second.


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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