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GLENN: Also an update for you. Comrade!

STU: Yes, comrade!

GLENN: Housing going to be fixed, comrade.

STU: What, you didn't say good news from the Western front.

GLENN: Oh, I'm sorry. Hang on. Comrade!

STU: Yes, comrade!

GLENN: Good news from the Western front!

STU: I bet there is.

GLENN: The housing trouble's going to be fixed. It's fantastic.

STU: Well, it's the housing troubles caused by this evil capitalist system.

GLENN: I know, I know. Barack Obama has a plan. The Stop Fraud Act. Which is where mortgage brokers who are hoodwinking low income borrowers into taking on loans they can't afford.

STU: Do you believe these evil capitalist corporations giving poorer people money for homes --

GLENN: No, no, not giving them. Hoodwinking them.

STU: Hoodwinking them into accepting money to buy a home.

GLENN: Yes. It will stop transactions which operate to promote fraud and risk and underdevelopment. People with no authority to decide who gets what sort of mortgage such as Realtors could face 35 years in prison and fines up to $5 million for anything deemed deceptive. So if you've been hoodwinked by your real estate agent, that witch will go to jail for 35 years. It's a grand day on the Western front!

STU: But comrade.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Who will decide if you've been hoodwinked?

GLENN: They're going to set up a little panel and they got some judges on that. But here's the great thing. The banks are only going to lend money, if this goes, to rich people with great credit scores. Wait a minute. That's not good news from the Western front. Damn those rich people, we should have eaten them long ago. "Obama imagines foreclosures that are confined to low income families with sub prime adjustable rate mortgages, unfortunately prime mortgages, fixed prime mortgages are a bigger problem than the sub prime mortgages but we don't have to worry about the people who have money and have good credit scores. Let's just fix the sub prime mortgages because those people have been hoodwinked.

STU: Hoodwinked by predatory lenders, those evil people who hand money over to you when you sign paperwork.

GLENN: Obama wants untold billions to fund a help program which would refinance people's mortgages and provide comprehensive supports to innocent homeowners that had been hoodwinked. The slush fund that Clinton said that she wanted was $5 billion. It's now up to $30 billion that she's asking for. Obama also supports a bill to let bankruptcy judges rewrite mortgage agreements. So in other words, if you've gone to a bank and you've been hoodwinked and your mortgage, you borrowed $300,000 at 7%, if you declare bankruptcy, a judge can say now that's only a $200,000 loan and you're going to pay 4%.

STU: Comrade.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: This is fantastic because we have already the Western front has already been invaded in the courts. We already have -- imagine a mortgage deal that goes to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

GLENN: And by the way, I want you to know that no one at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nor anyone in the judicial system, nor anyone in politics, nor anyone in any kind of educational capacity has ever tried to hoodwink an American, not once!

STU: Never, comrade!

GLENN: By the way, I love this. Hillary Clinton also wants a 90-day moratorium on sub prime foreclosures which basically means, hey, rent-free for three months. She also wants to dictate, keyword, dictate an automatic freeze on interest rates, keeping rates below market for five years.

STU: Oh, comrade, I love the price controls.

GLENN: Yeah. I don't even think that's constitutional, but that's the good news from the Western front! Oh, comrade, think of the investors that will be running for their lives. Wait a minute, just a second. Hang on, hang on. I hate to quote Jimmy Stewart but, "Mary, your money's in Bill's house. Bill, your money's in Steve's house." When people say, "Wait a minute, I don't think I want to go ahead and give my money for an investment because you're just going to tell me my investment now, I'll only get 3% as opposed to the 7% because I took a risk and gave it to this person who was risky? I don't think I'm going to give those kind of loans out anymore." I mean --

STU: You know who does really well in this whole scenario, comrade?

GLENN: No. Who, comrade?

STU: People who rent homes, big fat cat landlords that get to rent so no one has an investment property anymore. They have to rent it from rich people who have big rental properties instead of owning their own home because no one will give them a mortgage. We need the Government to step in and solve the problem.

GLENN: You just, may I quote Jimmy Stewart again? "Mr. Potter, people are tired of living in your slums!" Wait a minute. This comrade update has gone awry. There it is, comrade, good news from the Western front!

Hey, stop the music for a second. I actually have some music. This is more music from Russia. I want you to listen to this. Can you play it in Russian, please? Play it in -- we've got both. We've got the English and the Russian. I personally only get jiggy with -- I'm sorry. I only get jiggy with the Russian version.

STU: Yeah. I mean, as you know, you can't take a song like this and remove it from its native tongue.

GLENN: No. You've got it -- I've learned this from Thomas Jefferson. You lose too much once it's out of its native tongue. So here it is in its native tongue.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

Oh, yeah. Number one hit in Russia. I don't know. It's very danceable. I like it.

STU: I want a monkey toe.

GLENN: You want a what? When do we get to the words? Can't take this.

STU: What are you talking about? This is fantastic. This is the intro of the video where they show Vladimir Putin walking around.

GLENN: Sing it, baby. Okay, here it comes, Putin. Oh, yeah. Stop the music. Now, for those who don't speak Russian, don't speak like 400 languages, here it is in English.

(MUSIC PLAYING.)

GLENN: He must be like Putin. He won't hurt me. He'll only help me. I want a man like Putin. He must be like Putin. He must be full of strength like Putin. He must -- I love this. He must not be drunk like Putin. Okay, stop. Here's the thing. This is a number one hit and it's serious. It has Putin in the music video. There is a new trend in America and in the world. We are electing rock stars. This should disturb people. I don't need a rock star to lead our country. Do you remember when we used to say, it's like my grandfather, he was like my dad. You know, they used to wear suits, they used to have credibility, you know, they just took care of the business of the United States. Now they have to be rock stars. Before it was my grandpa. He was my dad. I like him. He's like an uncle, taking care of it, right? We could trust them. Now what we have is, thanks to someone talking about their underwear and playing the saxophone, somebody I can hang out with. I want to hang out with him, I want to be able to have a conversation, have a beer, okay? That's what we have. Now we've got to have a rock star. Now we have to have somebody who is, well, he's got to be like Putin.

Putin's a spooky dude. I know you won't get this in the mainstream media but Putin is a spooky dude. Putin, I love this. I'm just reading a couple of things on Putin because there's another election going on in the world that's kind of important and it's the election to replace Vladimir Putin.

Stu, in Moscow how many signs do you think are up for the guy who's running, you know, to replace Putin? It's Moscow. It's a major city.

STU: Well, if you -- let me just project here. Ron Paul gets about 5% from the vote and he has 14,000 signs per square mile.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, most of them are sheets.

STU: Most of them are homemade. So I would assume, I mean, by that projection, I mean, because Putin's pretty popular. I would think there -- well, he has a lot of signs. Even his opposition would still have a lot of signs.

GLENN: No, one. Just one. There's no campaign ads, there's nothing. There is nothing going on. Even the, you know, the global voting oversight committees, you know, the people who just go in to make sure everything's -- they left. They left. They said we can't even -- we're not even going to try. This election is so unbelievably rigged that people don't mind because they're rich. They can go out and they can buy Bucci, they can go out and buy whatever they want, there's cars, big cars that they can buy. Inflation is between 12 and 15% in Russia, but people don't care because more money is coming in. Although, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. As long as oil and gas prices stay high, Putin is a God. The minute oil and gas prices collapse, the Soviet Union -- I'm sorry -- Russia collapses yet again and Putin will have to hold it together through gunfire and bullets to the back of the head. Now, listen to this. This is the leader of Putin's party. Quote: In my opinion at a certain stage like now, it's not only useful, it's necessary. I mean, we're tired of the Democratic twists and turns. I think we should suspend all this election business, at least for any kind of managerial positions.

I'm kind of down with that. What do you think? We just suspend all this election business. That wouldn't be bad, would it? As long as things are going well.

STU: It's just pesky.

GLENN: It's just, this election business, this Democratic election business, I don't know. Stu, it's too unpredictable.

STU: It's like, ahh. You have to listen to all those people.

GLENN: The ads. Play the song again, will you, Dan? I mean, why have an election?

STU: If you can come up with a song like this, you don't need an election.

GLENN: If you have a song like this, you don't need a Department of Propaganda.

STU: You may be having seizures, but you don't need an election or a Department of Propaganda.

GLENN: Anybody see any parallels between what is happening here in America and what's happening with Vladimir Putin? Does anybody see any parallels between what is happening with the government over there and what is happening with the government over here?

STU: There is definitely a parallel with really crappy dance music.

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:


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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.
Question

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.

Conclusion

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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