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GLENN: Just want to continue just for a minute on this Rome analogy of

America, and you'll find it in the beginning of the

book Broke. But we looked,

we studied because, you know, the question is how did we get here and where are

we headed? And so the book starts with ancient Rome and talks about what did our

founders learn from the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written by Edward

Gibbon, and you heard the bread and circuses, feed the people, distract them and

maybe you won maybe they won't realize what you've done to them. The ancient

Rome ploy is that when things are starting to fall apart, you distract the

people for a long time. Now, by 31 BC, Octavian was coming into power and he

knew that major changes had to be made in the Roman Empire. But the people still

worshipped the republic. This is before they were an empire. They worshipped the

republic. They liked freedom. They liked who they were and they didn't want to

lose that, and Octavian knew it.

You know, comparing Barack Obama to anybody always gets you in trouble, but

looking for the right Roman emperor might be the thing to look for, and he may

be Octavian. At least in this regard.

In 31 BC, they knew that the people loved the republic, which I don't think

Barack Obama knows that, but changes had to be made. And so Octavian's solution

was to give the people both what they wanted and what he thought they needed. So

instead of abolishing things like the republic or the Senate, he continued them.

They were still elected by the people. Assemblies still gathered. The Senate

still oversaw some of the provinces and advised Octavian, but it wasn't the

same. It was no longer a republic. And so they left the facade of the republic

there, and Octavian camouflaged his absolute power. Then he took over the

control of the armed forces and made resistance futile.

Now, here is the real beginnings. Listen to this. Things were falling apart.

Entertain the people. Give them stuff. And if you can concentrate on the stuff

for a while, they will forget what freedom really meant. Then while you're doing

that, then you camouflage your moves as emergencies and you camouflage your

moves also as freedom, under the guise of the republic, under the guise of the

Senate. But you just push it through. You maintain the illusion of the republic

and then you make resistance futile.



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One textbook writes about Octavian: In keeping with his policy of maintaining

the appearance of traditional Republican government, Octavian refused, refused

to be called the king or even dictator like Caesar. Instead he was just the

first citizen. This is what Tocqueville wrote in 1840: Thus having each citizen

in turn taking them and putting them into powerful grasp and shaping them to his

will. The government then extends its embrace to include the whole of society.

It covers the whole of social life with a network of petty complicated rules

that are both minute and uniform. Isn't that what we're doing? You knew have to

file forms. If you want to sell something over $600, isn't that what we're doing

now? How many how much more paperwork are we going to have to do? What is that?

We keep asking ourselves why would you do that? Well, Tocqueville wrote about

it. It covers the whole of social life with a network of petty complicated rules

that are both minute and uniform. Though even though each men or wait, wait,

wait. Through which even men of the greatest originality and the most vigorous

temperament cannot force their heads above the crowd. So what's that doing?

That's forcing everybody to be the same because even people who are in there and

they are fighters and they are, "I'm going to do it" and they're dreamers, they

just can't make it. They can't do it anymore. They give up. It does not break a

man's will, but it softens. It bends. It guides. It seldom enjoins. But it often

inhibits action. It does not destroy anything, but it prevents much from being

born. It is not tyrannical. It just hinders, restrains, stifles. If I may, it

nudges. That's all it does is nudge. Tocqueville said it nudges people into a

flock of timid and hardworking animals with the government as its shepherd.

We are going to I urge you to look at the book Broke. I keep picking this thing

up. I'll be at night and I'll pick it up and I'll just open it up to a different

section and I'll reread it and, oh, my gosh, this is it. This is what's

happening. I urge you to pick it up. Or if you I don't even know. Well, you can

go to the movie theatres. I don't know if the thing is sold out. Can I get a

ticket count on the thing in Pittsburgh, the live Broke show in Pittsburgh? I'm

doing one night on December

PAT: 2nd.

GLENN: 2nd. So is that next week?

PAT: I think it is.

GLENN: Yeah, next week I'm going to do something in Pittsburgh at the

Benedum

Theater which is a great, great theater. And tickets I guess are still

available. It's almost sold out. And tickets also will be available in

movie

theatres nationwide. And I'm going to show you the country as compared to a '65

Chevy I mean '65 Mustang.

STU: I don't what are you doing with the show? I don't think I understand it.

GLENN: What do you mean?

STU: Like what are you going to be doing in it? Like you are saying you've got

the I mean, it's the Mustang. You are saying that

GLENN: The Mustang is look

STU: Analogy again?



1965 Mustang - It's Unbelievable!

GLENN: Here's what we have to decide. Do we want a classic car? Do we want a '65

Mustang? I picked the Mustang because it's a car I've always wanted. I've always

wanted a '65 Mustang and a '62 Continental with suicide doors, convertible. Love

that.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Love that. But the Mustang is the greatest American car, I think,

greatest American car built.

PAT: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, Stingray.

GLENN: Oh, Stingrays? Ick. Really?

PAT: Really.

GLENN: You're a Stingray guy? Oh, I lost so much respect for you.

PAT: What? Why is that so much worse than a Mustang?

GLENN: A '67 Stingray Corvette? Really? That's your dream car?

PAT: That's cool, yeah. Now, that's



Unrelated: Since we couldn't find a 1967 Corvette commercial, here's one

from 1984

GLENN: That's your dream car?

PAT: That's a car.

GLENN: All right. So '65 Mustang. Pay no attention to Pat. That is not the car

you're looking for.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: '65 Mustang I think is just, just, it epitomizes, I don't know, just that

free spirit and that Mustang, in the horse and in the car. And what we've done

is we have, over the years, tried to make it into a family car and we've tried

to make it into a station wagon and then we've decided it was going to be public

transportation and then we've put some other things on it, maybe a solar panel

on the back to make sure that it's that's not what it is. That's not what it is.

And that's we've done this to the entire country. We have to decide, do you want

freedom? Do you understand that it's a Mustang? If not, if you don't want a

Mustang anymore, then sell the damn Mustang. But let's stop taking it and

bastardizing it and then blaming it on the Mustang: Well, that's just a crappy

car. No, no, no. No, that was one of the best cars made. That is just a great

car. But you have to understand what it is. It's not a hybrid. You want a

hybrid? Sell the damn car. Recognize it for what it is. That is a great car. And

maybe it was a great car for 1965 and it's not one today. But somebody

appreciates it. I do. So we either recognize it and sell it and then we start

all over again and we get whatever it is we want, a little, you know, we'll be

Yugo, or we restore it. That thing restored, who doesn't want a 1965 Mustang

besides Pat? Fully restored? Who? As long as you understand that's what it is.

It's not a Ferrari and it's not a Smart car. It's a '65 Mustang.

PAT: Of course, there's a 1973 AMC Gremlin, too. That's a car. That's a car.

GLENN: That's what we're building.

PAT: It really is.

GLENN: That's what we're building.

PAT: Really is.

GLENN: We're building the Gremlin.

PAT: Yeah. We tried to turn the Mustang into the Gremlin.

GLENN: Into the Gremlin, and the bus.

PAT: Which everybody knows does not work. Never did. Never will.

GLENN: Never will. So that's what do you understand?

STU: Yeah. Oh, yeah.

GLENN: So I have a mechanic on stage. We have a Mustang that is not running and

we're going to take the parts out and I'm going to show you what the parts are,

you know, what they're akin to in real life, in our government. What did we do

to this thing? What did we do? Now, we can either, we can ditch it or we can fix

it. And once we understand what all the parts are, then we have to go back and

look for the original parts, put it back together. When we put it back together,

that thing hopefully, by the end of the show, will start up and it will be

great.

STU: You're not going to be, you know, touching the car parts or

GLENN: Well, I'll be touching them but I won't be fixing them, no.

STU: Because if you have anything to do with it, the car will likely explode and

set the entire thing on fire.

GLENN: It's very dicey. It's very dicey. We kind of went down this road and

everybody said, "You don't know how to fix a car." And actually it started

before that. They said, "Okay, well, what parts, you know, what parts are what?"

And I said, oh, I don't know anything about an engine.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: And Rich looked at me and said, excuse me? And I said, "No, I don't know

anything about engines." Just find out, you know, like what part would be like

the Fed. And he said, oh, we'll just ask a mechanic that, you dope!

STU: (Laughing). How dare he assume you had knowledge of what you were doing

before you did it! What a jerk! I hate that guy!

GLENN: I just assumed everybody would understand that I don't know what the hell

I'm doing with a car. I mean, did you see the photo shoot? I was in a movie oh,

by the way, have you seen have you brought the kids to Megamind?

PAT: No, not yet.

GLENN: It's really good.

PAT: Is it? It looks pretty good.

GLENN: It's really, really good. I really liked it. But anyway, so I'm sitting

there and my face comes up on the screen and my little kids are like, oh, Dad,

we're so sick of you. And we went out and we, you know, we shot this in a garage

and you know, I never used a blowtorch before and neither has anybody really on

my team, we were in this and the guy, the guy who was running this garage, he

just looks at us like, you people, you are not even men. Get out of my garage,

you know. And then George Lange who's a little flamboyant is like, this is just

so picturesque! And I'm like, no, no. George, shhh, no, it's a garage. They are

going to kill you with a wrench.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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