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I'm changing our approach on two things, the economy and politics today. I felt a -- in fact, I cut the opening block yesterday of the TV show and we recut it entirely. One piece of advice that was given to me by a guy named Joel Cheatwood who is the guy who hired me over at CNN, is now over at Fox, he is the guy who hired me over there and he said about three months into it, he said, I've never seen a guy with a better gut in television than yours. And he said, I can't believe I'm saying that because you've never done television before. He said, I don't care what it takes. If you don't feel comfortable with a block, shut it down and redo it, and every time we get into a segment and I feel uncomfortable, we do. We shut it down. Yesterday I did this whole beginning of the show and I -- it just felt wrong to me and didn't do it and it's gone forever. And what it was was a segment on politics, and my gut tells me, and it told me this yesterday strongly, and I'm going to be real honest with you. I've been praying for some direction on a couple of things and one of them is politics, the other is the economy, and yesterday I got both answers. I don't think that when it comes to politics, I don't think you care about any of the infighting, I don't think you care about -- I mean, part of it is funny and it's a joke and, you know, how Hillary Clinton keeps saying, "You know what, you should be my vice president." The other guy's ahead! I mean, since when -- that's like me, you know, saying to Rush Limbaugh, "You know, Rush, I want you to know you can produce for me at any time." What is she even thinking?

So you are kind of interested in that -- I may be wrong, but this is my gut. You are kind of interested in that but you don't have a horse in the race; I don't have a horse in the race. I think all three of these people are going to screw us one way or another. I think they are going to all take us to hell. Here's what you do care about. You care about your family, you care about your personal economy, you care about your country. Your personal economy is being flushed down the toilet by the Fed and by big spending in Washington and quite honestly by our own big spending. So your personal economy is in trouble, but two out of the three culprits are in Washington.

The second thing you care about is your family and it is under attack all the time, in every way, shape, or form. From television to movies to magazines to the culture in school, everything, everything is under attack with your children, and you're doing your best just to take care of them and yet there are pinheads like there are in California that now say you don't have a constitutional right to teach your own children in school if you want to home school your kids. Excuse me? I don't have a constitutional right? Who the hell are you to tell me I don't have a constitutional right? Excuse me if I understand the founding fathers and the Constitution. God gives me rights. I lend those rights to the United States government and to the state, period. I lend them to you. God gave me my children. God gave me the right to raise my children. Don't tell me I don't have a constitutional right. You are putting the Constitution over me and over God. Sorry; you lose. And you want to tell me I don't have a constitutional right to raise my own children and to teach my own children unless I jump through the hoops that the government tells me to do? Come and get my children and my guns. So I don't think you care right now about the politics of all of this. I think you care about the bigger issues and so I want to -- and I asked Stu this morning to keep my feet to the fire on this one and let's not get lost on the game of politics because that's what everybody else is playing, the game of politics, and I don't think you trust any of these people. I'll get into Spitzer here in a second.

The other thing I'm going to make a policy change on on this program is since last year, and I really started to stand on it hard and was really crackpot city back in August, I stood hard on the economy and I said we are in deep, deep trouble, we are in deep trouble. You know what? My gut has told me to change the approach on this. I think that you get it. I think the people who listen to this program every day get it. I think the American people are about to get it if they haven't already. They already say that the economy is the number one thing. Their gut tells them, uh-oh, real trouble. I don't think most people understand how deep that trouble is. I think if you add any real pressure on this system -- I mean, I don't know if it was on TV or off TV yesterday with Professor Roubini. He's one of the world's leading economists from NYU. He had just got back from Abu Dhabi and he said, you know, the rest of the world is really concerned and he has been told in private at the highest levels to prepare for catastrophic collapse, prepare scenarios of how we get out of catastrophic collapse. I said, well, what does that mean? Does that mean Citigroup has to fold? What does that mean? And again it goes back to what I told you in August. He said, Glenn, that could be anything. That could be, you know, five, ten, you know, hedge funds that just collapse because they've been hiding all of this debt and they collapse and they throw the market into an absolute tailspin.

So I think you get it. I don't know if you agree with me and, you know, I could be wrong on how bad it's going to get, and I hope I am, but I think you get it. The economy's in trouble. So here's what we're going to do. We're going to start marking the road signs so we know where we are. What we're going to do is I'm not going to try to convince you anymore that the economy is in trouble. What I'm going to do is mark the road signs because I have enough information now, I know enough of the spiderweb that is out there, enough of the shoes that could fall that I can -- and I've had experts help put them into a system to let us know where we are, how close are we to really, really bad because nobody's telling you that. And so we will tell you, as the news unfolds, we will tell you, okay, this is where I think we are and I think these are the next things; if these things happen, then it will take us to the next level and we're three levels away from, you know, the Great Depression or just the 1970s. And so that's what we're going to -- I'm not even going to try to convince you anymore because I think you get it.

Also more importantly, I'm going to try to find more answers for you on what you can do about it to protect your family. It goes back to the first point on politics. You don't care about the game. You don't care about who caused it, you don't care about -- I mean, that's important to find out but not now. What's important to find out is how do I keep the sovereignty of the United States, how do I keep bad politicians out, how do I allow my kids to be home taught, how do I not lose all of my constitutional rights, how do I not lose power over my own right to carry a firearm. How do I not lose these things, how do I not lose my 401(k), how do I not lose my house. These politicians have so screwed this thing up, you know what? It's time to stop talking about them because they don't ever talk about us. They only talk to us. They don't understand us.

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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Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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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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