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Barack Obama’s Latest Pastor Problem: Chicago's Rev. James T. Meeks

GLENN: Okay.  Breathe deep.  Go ahead, Dan.  Turn the Air Supply down a little bit and then let me roll the audio here of the latest pastor of Barack Obama.  This is, of course, not Reverend Jeremiah Wright because that guy -- I mean, no big deal.  Barack Obama didn't hear any of those things.  He was never there on the -- he's attended the church for 20 years but he was never there on those days.  Well, here's a new spiritual counselor of Barack Obama, a guy he's close to, a guy who has worked on his advisory committee, on his exploratory committee, a guy -- in fact, they seem to do a lot together because they also have received an awful lot of money from James Rezco as well, the two of them, and -- I'm sorry, allegedly.  And the other part is that this reverend, his choir has come out and, you know, sung at a rally for Barack Obama, et cetera, et cetera.  So here's the latest clip from a new spiritual advisor of Barack Obama.  Listen carefully.

VOICE:  Senator James Meeks used some tough language in the pulpit attacking the mayor and others including African-Americans who are allies.  Meeks tries to generate some new issue on the funding for public schools.  He led a March through downtown Chicago to call attention to inequalities of education.  We report on his language and his rough words.

MEEKS:  We don't have slave masters.  We've got mayors but they are still the same white people who have presided over systems where black people are not able or to be educated.

GLENN:  Stop here for a second.  Stop for a second.  You hear this?  We don't have slave masters.  We have mayors.  But it's a typical white person.  Wow, where have I heard that before?  Play that again, will you, Dan?  This guy, I have to tell you, he's not speaking like a conservative but he's sure speaking conservative values when it comes to they're looking over a system that won't allow people to get educated or anything else except his solution is replace the white person with a black person.  Conservatives believe, dismantle the system that is oppressing people because I got news for you.  I believe our government is way too big, it's way too oppressive but I can't relate to oppression because I'm white and I'm typically white.  So I can't understand.  The answer is not to replace a white with a black but to dismantle the system.  Because you're right.  It is too powerful but not for blacks.  For everybody.  I digress.

MEEKS:  We don't have slave masters.  We got mayors.  But they're still the same white people who have presided over systems where black people are not able or to be educated.

REPORTER:  That was only one part of the tough talk state senator James Meeks delivered on Sunday's sermon at the south side church where he is pastor.  It was broadcast twice on WJYS, channel 62.  Today he stood by every word of it.

VOICE:  Is it fair of a mayor to compare him and the governor to slave masters?

MEEKS:  They do the same thing.  They preside --

GLENN:  Stop, stop.  They do the same thing.  See, this is the problem.  And this is the problem that America better wake up to.  This is insanity talk.  You know what, let me tell you something.  If you actually did have slavery in your past, I think your slave ancestors would come and slap you across the face for saying that the mayor or the governor of a state is the same as a slave master because they're doing the same thing.  Really?  Have they been shipping people over on slave ships?  Have they been chaining people?  Don't care if they live or die.  Have they been whipping people to death?  Have they been splitting up families because they can sell your family members some place else?  Are you insane?  It is an insult to those who were actual slaves.  My gosh, have you just, have you forgotten what actual slavery was like?  If a white man would say that, everyone would scream from the highest mountaintop.  How dare you compare slavery to this.  You've got to be kidding me.  Anyway, go ahead.

MEEKS:  They do the same thing.  They preside over systems where they have the control of the lives of African-American and Hispanic people.

REPORTER:  While Meeks is a potential challenger --

GLENN:  Stop, stop.  Again, dismantle the system!  Make government stronger.  I know, nobody likes to quote the founding fathers, but read their words.  The bigger the government gets, the more powerful the government becomes, the more the government takes from one and gives to another, the more it enslaves the people.  Hello.  Dismantle the size of government.

REPORTER:  While Meeks is a potential challenger to Daley in this winter city election, he is hoping others will run against members of the African-American city council who have been close, paging them with the N word, a racial slur that CBS news chooses to cover with a --

GLENN:  Stop.  Stop just a second.  CBS news in Chicago covers it.  My question is why.  Because it's been beat into our heads that it's offensive.  I happen to believe it is offensive.  So CBS news chooses to not run it, but he, a reverend, a spiritual -- it's not advisor.  What is he called?  A spiritual counsel of Barack Obama, someone who's on his exploratory committee, he decides to use the N word, and listen to this.

MEEKS:  You got some preachers at a house [BLEEP], you got some elected officials that are house [BLEEP] and rather than them trying to break this up, they are going to fight you to protect that white man.

REPORTER:  So why do you use that word?

MEEKS:  The word [BLEEP] is not in the African-American community a bad word.

GLENN:  Stop just a second.  It's not a bad word, unless a white man uses it.  It's not a bad word.  It's weird.  I've got to go back and listen to those speeches about the two Americas and how wrong that is.

So I can't use the N word because I'm a white man but it's not offensive in the African-American community.  Just remember that.  It's not offensive in the African-American community.  Go ahead.

MEEKS:  A bad word.  It's a term of endearment and --

GLENN:  Stop, stop, it's a term of endearment.  Stu, you keeping track?  It's not offensive.  In fact, it's a term of endearment in the African-American community.

MEEKS:  It's a term of endearment and I don't see it as derogatory or offensive.

GLENN:  Stop.  It's not derogatory and it's not offensive.  So then was he praising the mayor?  Was he just praising the mayor?  Because he called him a house N word.  So is that praise?  I thought he was campaigning against him.  Why would he say we've got some -- you know, that's like saying, hey, it's a term of endearment.  "Hey, we've got some good buddies."  We've got some -- we've got some good, good friends.  We've got some old chums in the mayor's office.  Oh.  See, now that you know it's not a derogatory term, it's not an offensive term.  Well, now you know.  Oh.  He must have strangely been campaigning for the -- unless you're saying that sometimes words can mean some things and be okay and other times you can use that word and it could be really bad.  But you wouldn't be saying something like that, would you?  That's weird.  This is a guy who's worked on the exploratory committee for Barack Obama this is a guy who has frequently campaigned.  While Obama ran for the U.S. Senate in 2003, he campaigned at this church while Meeks appeared on television ads supporting Barack Obama.  In television ads this guy has used.

Barack Obama promised to radically transform the United States, and he did to an extent. But he dropped the radical posse and surrounded himself with people from within the system --- like the Clintons -- once he was elected.

But that's not what presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has in mind. He's no Swedish-style socialist. He's a radical, revolutionary communist who has surrounded himself and his campaign with people who openly advocate for Marxism and even support authoritarian governments.

On Wednesday's radio program, Glenn Beck broke down the biggest differences between former President Obama and highlighted just how dangerous Comrade Sanders' vision for America's future really is.

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The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.