Glenn Beck: Understanding hate?


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GLENN: Daylon in Philadelphia, WPHT. Hello.

CALLER: It seems to me the bigger issue is lack of intergenerational communication which results in black and white people don't understand each other and where that leads into conflict is a lot of people don't understand black culture as a whole was formed in conflict, about people that are teaching my younger generation lived through that conflict where the government and my people really did not support or like black people. Now, if black people don't have any social interaction with white people, there's no personal evidence to contradict that or to teach them that things may have really changed. And also white people aren't around black people enough to get a church or something of that nature. They don't get it. There's not enough people talking on a real personal level.

GLENN: Am I supposed to disagree with this?

CALLER: No, not necessarily. But I think it makes a white person like you and me need to take responsibility to really try to understand where they are coming from.

GLENN: No. No, I don't think so. I will take my half of it and take responsibility and that's what I'm doing. That's why I'm talking to African-Americans on this particular subject who agree with me and disagree with me and I'm trying to get a handle on what that, you know, -- where I am in my understanding. You know, I didn't see this one coming from Barack Obama and his preacher. I didn't see this coming. I didn't see this as being something that people on the left would embrace and say, oh, there's no big deal to this at all. So I do need an education to be able to understand America, not just black America but America in general to find out where we are. And I think that's what I'm doing, but I will only take -- I'll only carry the bag so far, my friend.

CALLER: I guess when I say white people, everybody has a responsibility to understand everything.

GLENN: Yeah.

CALLER: And you need to seek that out but what I'm saying is if we don't understand the other side, you can't really paint a view of it until you gain some understanding.

GLENN: Yeah, I don't really need to understand -- I don't need to understand Al-Qaeda and I don't need to understand a theology that says that if God isn't against the white man that he is a murderer and we should kill God. That's actual Black Liberation Theology. I don't think I need to understand -- I don't need to understand that theology. That theology is racist. I don't need to go any deeper.

CALLER: There is a difference between agreeing and understanding. You don't have to agree with somebody. But if you come to some understanding, you have a view of where they are coming from so you can communicate.

GLENN: Yeah, I don't need to communicate with bigots and racists.

CALLER: Well, if a whole culture tends to create racist and bigots --

GLENN: Oh, okay. So we've created this?

CALLER: Well, this is where we are and I fear that both sides are getting further apart.

GLENN: Yeah.

CALLER: When it comes to understanding.

GLENN: What you don't understand is black liberation, you don't understand what our last guest just said about black liberation. It was not caused by the white man. It was caused as a political movement. Just the same way that -- I believe that the teachings of Mohammed have been so widely distorted and they have been distorted -- what people don't understand about Islam is that it's not Islam that is the problem. It is political Islam. It is using a faith for political power and that's exactly what Black Liberation Theology is. It's all about political power.

CALLER: Right. But also the history of the black church is rooted in political activism. That's what it took the organization of the black church is what actually made the civil rights movement successful. There's a legacy there that makes people --

GLENN: There is a legacy, my friend, in the white churches of America of activism as well, activism on freeing slaves. If it wasn't for white churches, the slaves would have gone on for a lot longer. It was the white churches that really were instrumental in freeing the slaves and changing people's minds. So there is activism in white churches as well as black churches.

CALLER: Right. There definitely where. When it becomes more recent, not talking about slavery, you are talking about the civil rights movement, you have church relations on both sides, black people moving and there's a lot of coalition with black and white on that side. You also have white churches and really the southern white conservative movement responding against that. That's the more recent legacy that people have a memory of today in their real life experience. It takes real life experience to counteract what you've been taught by your parents or what you've read in history books. That's helped people interpret. And there's none of that cross-cultural stuff going on.

GLENN: Again I don't need a cross-cultural dialogue with people who are bigots and racist. I don't ask African-Americans to sit down and try to understand the KKK. I don't do that. I don't need to understand the KKK. I see a man, and I've seen it in my own hometown when I lived in Cheshire, Connecticut, I see a man in a pointy hood, I don't need to understand his back ground, his childhood, his anything. I understand he's a bigot, he's a racist and I have nothing to do with him. I don't want anything to do with him.

CALLER: Black and white is so polarized now that somebody's going to have to cross that divide because you have --

GLENN: No, you do not cross the divide of right and wrong. You do not reach across the aisle to try to embrace, try to befriend, try to empower wrong. Bigotry is wrong. Hatred is wrong. You don't try to understand it and say, "Well, okay now, okay now, okay, let me see if I can understand your point of view. You hate black people. Okay, I don't hate black people. Where can we meet in the middle?" You don't do that! You know what? Let's compromise. Let's just both hate Asians. What are you talking about?

CALLER: Glenn, here's the reality of the situation. You have black people. As a general rule, and I'm making an assumption for another group of people that I don't belong to. So I could be way off, but in my experience it's generally true, you have a generation of people that have been taught that as a whole white people do not like you. That is the assumption that most people have. Why if they have that assumption would they try to cross the bridge, cross the divide --

GLENN: Let me ask you a question, are you a white guy?

CALLER: Very much so.

GLENN: Very much so. Isn't it true that whites have been taught that it's very much so the truth that African-Americans don't like you? I mean, what's the difference? We've been taught, both races have been taught lies. Both races have been taught lies by whom? Buy people who want to control us by power, people who want to keep us apart for political power. Political correctness has taught the white man you cannot talk to a black man because the black man will sue you, the black man will call you a racist, the black man will destroy you, the black man doesn't want anything to do with you, you can't say anything. I'm not just making this up as a white man. Obama even understands that. He said it in his own speech. So why has that happened? For political power. It's called political correctness for a reason. For political power. Well, the same thing has been done to the black man. The black man has been taught that the white man is evil. So we don't talk to each other anymore. So I guess the one thing that we can't agree on is that we have been taught lies. The one thing that the white man needs to understand is stop with the political correctness. One thing the white man needs to learn and needs to learn through time is that you can say something that might be offensive to somebody who's an African-American and not lose your entire life over it. Don Imus comes to mind. But that's only going to come in time. What the black man needs to understand is you are not going to lose your life over being in the wrong neighborhood or dating the wrong color person, but that's only going to come over time. Back in a second. But you know what? None of those things are going to happen over time if we don't recognize the progress that we have made. And why don't we recognize the progress? Again, because people teach lies for political power.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.