Glenn Beck: Social unrest is on the way


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Pitchforks? Dem Senator Uses Violent Metaphor in Tax Hike Fight

GLENN: I want to play I want to play some audio for you. We just told you

about the coming Latino revolt according to Luis Gutierrez. We just played

Ronald Reagan, Jr., the ends justify the means, bring a knife or a gun to fight

for social justice. You have to do what you have to do to fight for social

justice. Now let's play Cut 176, Claire McCaskill. Here's what she says if taxes

aren't raised on the wealthy.

McCASKILL: I'm trying to find out how anyone can keep a straight face and say

they are for deficit reduction while they insist on a permanent tax cut for the

wealthiest Americans, completely unpaid for. Now, they want to say this is class

warfare. Well, you know, in a way it is because we're fighting for the middle

class.

PAT: It's not your money. It's not your money, honey.

McCASKILL: We are fighting for the middle class. Frankly the middle class hasn't

had enough champions in America.

GLENN: We need labor unions.

McCASKILL: 70% of Americans don't itemize deductions. So that big old complex

tax code, it's been written for wealthy America.

GLENN: Yes, it has. Special exceptions.

McCASKILL: The one that I and then you get to the very, very top where a lot of

these people's income is all about dividends and capital gains and not even

ordinary income and they have all kinds of ways

PAT: Let's do a flat tax.

McCASKILL: that they can use the tax code to avoid paying tax.

GLENN: She sounds like she's for a flat tax.

PAT: Yeah, doesn't it?

GLENN: That sounds great. I'm for her 100% on this.

PAT: Yeah. And everybody pays the same rate.

GLENN: Yeah, including Charlie Rangel.

PAT: And here's the thing. When you make a million dollars and you pay the same

rate as somebody who makes $30,000, guess what. The millionaire pays more.

STU: Really? How does that happen? It seems like the same number. You said the

same percentage.

PAT: I know, I know. But 15% of a million is more than 15% of $30,000.

STU: Really?

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Wow, that's convenient.

PAT: It's complicated, but

GLENN: But the progressive income tax works so much better. I mean, I know the

former communists in Russia don't think so.

PAT: No.

GLENN: You know.

PAT: No.

GLENN: But it's so much better, isn't it?

PAT: Yeah. Well, apparently not.

GLENN: The progressive income tax.

PAT: Apparently not. And it's never progressive enough for these progressives.

GLENN: I know. So here she is.

McCASKILL: This is about leveling the playing field for what has always made our

country different than everyone else.

GLENN: We never level the playing field.

McCASKILL: That is a strong vibrant middle class.

GLENN: Yes, that's view.

McCASKILL: And I will tell you this.

PAT: Tell us.

GLENN: Tell me.

McCASKILL: If they think it's okay to raise taxes

GLENN: You hear her calculating?

McCASKILL: For the embattled middle class.

GLENN: She's editing right now.

McCASKILL: Because they're gonna pout.

GLENN: Edit.

McCASKILL: If we don't give more money to millionaires.

GLENN: Edit.

McCASKILL: It really is time for the people of America to take up pitchforks.

GLENN: Okay.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: You'll notice because I do this for a living. I do this I ad lib for a

living. Four hours a day on national television. Probably more than is there

anybody else? Is there anybody else that does more scrutinized four hours of

broadcast every day? I don't think so. I don't think so.

PAT: Probably not.

GLENN: And it's ad libbed. It's ad libbed. These are all my words. And so I know

and I can hear, because I know when I'm ad libbing and I'm saying something and

when I'm like, want to say something and then I... be... very... let me... time

to pick up the pitchforks. That's not what she wanted to say. She was editing.

She was thinking about, how's the best way? I've got to be very careful on this.

I have to be very careful on this. That's not what she wanted to say, pick up

the pitchforks. What did you want to say, Claire? Seriously? Shall we leave it

to Van Jones? Let me play Van Jones here from just a couple of days ago, the

recipe for a battleground by Van Jones, a, quote, nightmare scenario.

(Audio plays)

VAN JONES: A potential nightmare scenario.

GLENN: Potential nightmare scenario.

VAN JONES: where we're going to be as a nation more ethically diverse.

GLENN: Where we're more ethically diverse.

VAN JONES: More culturally diverse.

GLENN: More culturally diverse.

VAN JONES: But, less and less economically prosperous.

GLENN: Stop for a second. So he's saying here that we are headed for a nightmare

scenario. Now, let me just say this. As I explain the nightmare scenario, I want

you just to think of these two words: Melting pot. Melting pot. He says we're

headed for a nightmare scenario where we are more and more ethnically diverse,

more and more culturally diverse, and then we have tough economic times. See,

what brings people together is to not separate them by language, by culture, and

by income. These are the guys who said separate by culture. All cultures should

be celebrated equally. There is no American culture. These are the guys who said

teach Spanish. They don't need to learn English. And these are also the people

who are dividing us in class warfare.

So he's describing, what did he say? A nightmare scenario, a recipe for a

battleground. Van, this was your plan from the beginning. Because what you're

describing is what you've done. You're the one saying that it's the white rich

man that is poisoning Hispanics. Your words, not mine. You have been planting

these seeds because you wanted a violent revolution from the beginning. You have

never gone back mainly because no one in the press will force you to answer the

question. Do you now say that a violent overthrow of the United States

government, an oppressive regime your words, not mine is off the table? Are you

now saying that that's not a good idea? Are you now saying I must reject all of

my Communist Manifesto ideas and all of my violent revolutionary ideas that I

was spouting and writing about and encouraging people to do within the last ten

years? Are you now rejecting all of these things, Van Jones? No. No, he's not.

No, he's not. He has just cleansed himself and put on a tie. And he has gone

through the Tides Foundation and the Apollo Alliance and the Center For American

Progress, and they've made him into a legitimate guy by having him speak at all

of the cool universities and get all of the great awards so he can be cleansed.

But he hasn't changed one single view.

So let's just see what we have. Claire McCaskill: Time to get the pitchforks.

Luis Gutierrez saying that there is a coming Latino revolt, and it won't be

beholden to anyone and it will reflect the 1960s. You have Ronald Reagan, Jr.

saying the ends justify the means: Bring guns to fight for social justice, you

have to do what you have to do. And Van Jones outlining the nightmare scenario,

a recipe for a battleground.

 

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The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

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Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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