Glenn Beck: Why vote for Obama?

GLENN: Putting the radio back into Radio City, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. I want to talk to you about Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. He is the superdelegate for Hillary Clinton. He says a lot of things that quite frankly are crazy, a lot of things I disagree with, but I want to play this audio of the superdelegate for Hillary Clinton, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and what he says about the American people voting for Barack Obama.

CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER: They are looking at Barack Obama and saying this is our chance to demonstrate that we have been able to get this boogeyman called race behind us and so they are going to vote for him. You know, whether he has credentials or not, whether he has inexperience, I think all that's out the window.



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GLENN: You know what, I think he's exactly right. I think that's what's going on. I think the media has given this guy a pass six ways to Sunday and they're to the going to do their job. They want him as a candidate. And I believe the media for the most part thinks that America, not New York, not Los Angeles but, you know, those people that just won't learn in the rest of the country. They really, truly believe that we're all racists and that we haven't paid a high enough price yet, and there are a lot of people in the rest of the country that have been convinced by the media or their professors or their textbooks or whatever it is that we're a bad nation, that we haven't atoned for the sins of the past. They are so eager to not be a racist that they will do whatever they have to do just to prove it. Look, see? "I'm not a racist; I'm for Barack Obama." If that's why you're voting for Barack Obama, you're right. You are not a racist; you are a moron. If you vote for him because you agree with his policies, great, but let me just -- may I speak to white America here for a second? Unless you owned slaves, unless you've insisted on separate drinking fountains in your life, unless you're Robert Byrd, unless you're currently wearing a little KKK pointy hat, slavery is not your fault. I know. I know it's crazy to say that. You had nothing to do with slavery.

Now, I'm sure that Barack Obama knows this, you know, because I'm sure there were times that he was listening to the right Reverend Wright as he was maybe reading from the Bible occasionally? I don't know. Do they do that in this church? I know that Barack Obama wasn't listening at the times when anything controversial was said. So maybe he was just listening when he was reading from the scriptures. But I believe you can find in there some place that the sons are not held responsible for the sins of the father. Or in this case our great, great, great, great, great-grandfathers. And in my particular case, a great, great, great, great-grandfather that was living in another country! You're not responsible for the sins of others. You're responsible for the sins that you commit. You're responsible -- if you're a racist now, you're responsible for that. If you're in the KKK, you're responsible. You're not responsible for the sins of others. You're not responsible for the faults of others. You're not responsible to make other people happy, either.

You know, Lincoln said that we have washed the sins of this country with blood. He was right. The blood that was spilled in this land over the Civil War is phenomenal. Nobody has any idea anymore -- because nobody studies history -- nobody has any idea the impact the Civil War had on this country in the cost of treasure, in the cost of cities, in the cost of blood. Nobody has any concept. We've never faced anything like that here in America, nothing like it. We washed the sins of slavery away with blood, and our forefathers, our founding fathers, knew that it was going to happen. Benjamin Franklin talked about it. "The longer we wait on this, the more we hesitate, the more we don't stand up to stop it now and stand up to the businessmen in the South, the more blood that's going to have to be spilled." They knew it. They talked about it. They debated it. They did everything they can to stop it. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was life, liberty and property but our founding fathers, the racists that they were, knew that if they put life, liberty and property in there, the South would say, you can't touch us. In the Declaration of Independence it says "Property." Slaves are property. So they changed it. It amazes me that in our twisted version of America we're living in, that's being inflicted on us, that's being jammed down our throat, in this twisted version of America that we live in right now, I cannot hold my child responsible. I can't hold -- we can't hold somebody responsible for doing poorly on a test. We can't hold them responsible for murdering somebody. "Oh, they're 14." I can't hold them responsible. Barack Obama doesn't want to have them punished with a child. I can't hold my children responsible for their own sexual activity. I can't hold Wall Street or the banks responsible for their own bad business practices. I can't -- God forbid we hold anybody who has a mortgage that they can't meet, God forbid we hold them responsible. Yet today seemingly the only ones who are being held responsible for anything are the people who had nothing to do with slavery and yet somehow or another I'm responsible for slavery, I'm responsible for all the racist things that have happened in this country because of the color of my skin. I'm being held responsible for not only things that I never did but I'm being held responsible for things that I find reprehensible. You know what? I ain't responsible and I'm sick and tired of being told that I am. I'm not responsible. I had nothing to do with it. You have nothing to do with me; I got nothing to do with you on how happy your life is or how successful you are or how much of a failure you are, just like you don't have anything to do with my success or failure.

I try to do the right thing every day; sometimes I make mistakes. You try to do the right thing every day; sometimes you make mistakes. Our country is not some independent entity, although people are trying to make it that. It is supposed to be a direct reflection of us. Our country tries to do the right thing, but we make mistakes. The only thing that I'm responsible for are the choices that I have made. If I'm wearing a pointy little hat and I'm listening to the radio and I'm like, "I can barely hear what he's saying because this pointy little hat's covering my ears," you know what? I'm responsible for that behavior. Just so you know, I'm currently not wearing a pointy little hat, nor have I ever worn a pointy little hat, nor would I ever wear a pointy little hat.

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"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


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?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


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…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


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.