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GLENN: Putting the radio back into Radio City, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. So glad that you have tuned in today. Dan, do we have the global warming song? It's been a while since we've done the global warming song and there's an awful lot of news on global warming, lot of news on global warming that is just too tremendous to pass up the opportunity to play the global warming song because I think this song really says it all. It's the song that I think when you hear the lyrics, you are like, wait a minute, I thought global warming might be a scam but no, no, no, now that I've heard this....

(Global warming song playing.)

GLENN: Stop the music! Because there's some very important news now. Over the weekend Sir Richard Branson took Virgin Atlantic Airlines and he flew it on biofuels. It was a few months ago I sat down for an hour with Richard Branson and he said, "I'm going to tell you I'm going to change the world. What I'm going to do, I'm going to change the world. I'm going to fly a jet plane on biofuel." I said, really? How are you making that? "All out of natural stuff, you know." I said, wow. Like, how are you making that? "Off natural stuff. Can't tell you now. You'll know about it soon. Watch for your local news, love." I said, all right. So I watch. It's fantastic. They flew a 747 -- well, actually it was to the a 747. It was an Airbus but a big Airbus. God forbid we use an American plane. They used a big Airbus and they put this synthetic fuel in it. Now, it was 80/20. It was 80% jet fuel and 20% -- and they flew it. They said it flew fine. In fact, they discovered that they could fly now a commercial jetliner with this particular mixture 60/40, 40% synthetic fuel. It's cleaner, you don't have to worry about oil. It's great. It's fantastic... or is it. The problem is he's making -- he got the fuel. The biofuel is made from some sort of a nut only found in the rainforest. Sir Richard Branson, I've never been knighted by the queen, but I am a thinker. You don't think that's going to piss off the environmentalists? I don't care how much CO2 you're not putting in the air. You're making it from a nut you get in the rainforest? What, are you crazy? I can't believe you even got away with this far. Can you imagine if some conservative said, "You know what, I bet there's a nut we could find on a tree in the rainforest. All we need to do is build a road and go start gathering up all them nuts in the rainforest." They would kill you! Well, not only was it made out of a nut in the rainforest, environmentalists already have protested because, they say, that doesn't go far enough. And he said, "But wait a minute. I can cut emissions down by 40%." Yeah, yeah. Even if you could -- and this is a quote from the environmental whackos out in England. Even if you could cut the emissions all the way down, use all biofuels, it's still not enough. Wait, I could use all biofuels and it's still not enough? Nope. We have to reduce air travel. This is -- I mean, Stu, do a Google search. I know I've read some place Bill Clinton saying something like the only really way to solve it is to stop or arrest the global economy, or something like that? Do you remember that?

STU: Not specifically but I'll look it -- yeah, he said slow down the economy.

GLENN: Slow down the economy.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: That's what it was, I've got to slow down the economy. No thank you. No thank you, uh-uh, no. "Well, we can slow down the economy but then we can bail everybody out that doesn't have a job anymore." Bill, let me ask you a question. Did you grow up behind a tree in the Brazilian rainforest, you nut! It won't work.

STU: Yeah, that's exactly what he said, Glenn. He said, "We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions because we have to save the planet for our grandchildren because..." and I'm adding this part, because the sun will kill us all. That's me.

GLENN: Okay.

STU: I'm adding that part, I want to be clear because I heard it in a song. But the first part of that is 100% accurate.

GLENN: Stu, talk me down from this tree. How do you not think that these people are intentionally bringing down our economy? How can you possibly think otherwise? Here's the former President saying we have to slow down our economy.

STU: I mean, you're honestly asking me how -- you're telling me that I'm the crazy person; how can I possibly not believe that everyone is trying to slow down and equalize our economy so we have one-world government?

GLENN: No, no, no. I know that sounds crazy.

STU: Do you?

GLENN: Oh, yeah, I absolutely do. Honestly.

STU: I just --

GLENN: Do you really think, do you really think I want to be this guy? Really?

STU: Because as you said, you said you had a theory you weren't ready to disclose. Let me think about that. Let me noodle that for just a second. Do I think that you're the guy who once --

GLENN: (Whistling). Do you know, Stu, do you think I think that makes me mainstream or popular for the long run in America? Do you think that makes me popular? Do you think I --

STU: Well, I think you think if you're right it would make you popular.

GLENN: And if I'm wrong?

STU: Well, I don't think you think you're wrong.

GLENN: Oh, come on.

STU: You committed to crazy stuff. You commit to crazy stuff all the time.

GLENN: What do I say all the time? "I hope I'm wrong."

STU: I'm sure you hope you're wrong but I don't think you think you're wrong.

GLENN: Yeah, I don't.

STU: See?

GLENN: No, but I mean, look. I didn't stumble onto this and go, oh, there's what I want. I am the opposite of most global warming activists. They don't care if they're right or wrong. It doesn't matter if they're wrong, oh, well, we've done good anyway.

STU: Yeah, the hard core activists certainly.

GLENN: They don't care. They don't care. And it makes them popular to be for it. This makes somebody a pariah and they certainly don't want to believe that people are intentionally orchestrating our economy. But I cannot -- you know, you listen to David Walker, the GAO guy. Here's the chief comptroller. "Explain it to me, David." You can explain how we are not going to be able to pay for anything by 2040.

Now, I saw another stat that came out this weekend that says 2028 it's over because everything's accelerating so rapidly. So tell me, are these people just so incredibly stupid, do they know exactly what they're doing? What's the answer? Or do they just, against all evidence, believe that they can just spend us into -- I mean, that doesn't make any sense. Think of that. In anybody's economy, spending more money when you have no more money, it doesn't -- it's not like a circle where, you know, genius and insanity are part of the same circle. It's not that circle. The economy doesn't work that way. It's a hole that just keeps going down. So tell me how these people think that we can do all of these things and survive in the economy. I don't believe they believe it. I believe they are moving us towards a social, socialist government. They are moving us into the exact position of Vladimir Putin. They are moving us into the exact position of China. They believe a benevolent dictator, a nationalized industry, a socialized country is the way of the future. They've believed it since Lincoln Steffens when he came back and said, "I have seen the future and it works; it's the Soviet Union." They believe it!

STU: I mean, I think maybe this is a different question than earlier, but I mean, if you are asking me do I think Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton look at this economy, "No, we don't have any money," are spending us into oblivion because they believe in a different society than what we currently have which is one that is based on some sort of higher --

GLENN: Socialism.

STU: Yeah, socialism but based on, they think it's better morally and it's okay if it slows our economy.

GLENN: Yes, yes.

STU: All that's stuff I agree with.

GLENN: That's all I'm saying.

STU: Then I'm with you on that. That's not a conspiracy. That's --

GLENN: No, that's -- well, it was a conspiracy. I mean, when it was Fabian socialism, it was a conspiracy. But they've got a website out. The Fabian socialists have a website where they talk about it!

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I mean, it was a conspiracy at one point but it's not anymore. It's right out in the open. They believe that global government, the UN, et cetera, et cetera is the way it should be. And so they are taking us there.

STU: Yeah. I think, you know, there's different levels of it. Some of the people basically want us to move to a semi-socialist sort of, you know, where your taxes are just 70% and, you know, when they take most of your money but there's still some people that make -- you know, have nicer houses than other people and then there's that group and then there's the hard core group which I mean, again you look at the activists. There's no question what camp they're in.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah. And that's why there's no -- that's why the left wins in this election. John McCain will sign these giant global warming treaties. He'll sign them.

STU: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: He will give our sovereignty away under the guise of global warming.

STU: He's bragging about it at campaign events in the Republican primary.

GLENN: Yes. Hillary Clinton will do the same thing. Barack Obama will do not only that, he'll also, it was his bill. It passed. He'll sign it. The Global Poverty Act. This guy will take us to one-world government in the blink of an eye. But what they need to happen is they need people to be hungry. They need the New Deal. They've got to be able to have that hunger. If they have that hunger, they can scare people and they can move them and say, "Government, help me, help me, help me, I'm afraid." That's exactly what they're doing.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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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.

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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

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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