Glenn Beck: Just ain't Wright

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Rev. Wright Beyond the Bite; See His Context for Yourself

GLENN:  I guess we should just start with Reverend Wright.  I guess we should just start -- because I'm -- you know what, I went into a gun store over the weekend and I was shooting over the weekend and I went to the gun store and there's a guy who's standing behind the counter and he's -- I mean, let's just be honest.  He makes me look like Michael Moore.  This guy is very conservative and he says, man, I can't believe this Reverend Wright.  I said, I know, it's unbelievable, isn't it?  He said, why would the media do that?  I said, I have no idea, I have absolutely no idea but they're just making him look like a saint now, aren't they?  He said, what are you talking about?  He said, I don't know, what are you talking about?  He said, I just saw a report on ABC this morning.  I said, really?  I read it.  What did it look like?  He said, the media took him out of context, made him look bad.  He said, I saw the interview with him and he seems like a reasonable guy.  Mmm, sure does, he does seem like a reasonable guy, doesn't he?

Well, I'd like to give you some context.  I'd like to give you the sound bites of Reverend Wright but I don't want to play it in an eight-second chunk.  I mean, let's not play things in an eight-second chunk.  Let's go ahead and actually play what the man said.  Start with Cut 6.  Here we go with Reverend Wright just so you have a taste of what this man really believes.  This is Reverend Wright on the pulpit.


WRIGHT:  We confuse government and God.  Let me tell you something.  We believe in this country and we teach our children that God sent us to this promised land, he sent us to take this country from the air back, the Susquehanna, the Apache, the Comanche, the Cherokee, the Seminole, the Choctaw, the Hopi and the Arapahoe.  We confuse government and God.  We believe God sanctioned the rape and robbery of an entire continent and we believe God ordained African slavery.  We believe God makes Europeans superior to Africans and superior to everybody else, too.  We could choose God and government.  We said in our founding documents as a government we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.  Created?  That means God, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.  That means given by God.  And then we designed Africans in those same documents as 3/5 of a person.  We believe God approved of African slavery.  We believe God approved segregation.  We believe God approved apartheid and a doctrine which said that all men are created more equal than other men and we're talking about other men.  We confuse God and government.


GLENN:  Well, there's -- I hate to play a 2 minute and 41 second sound bite for you, but there it is.  I've got tons of them, tons of them.  He sounds very reasonable.  Here's Reverend Wright on Bill Moyer's last -- and by the way, I think he went on Bill Moyer's not because it's a friendly audience but I believe because they tried to bring Lennon back and Lennon, you know, they had his -- they are like, his body is intact, it's right here in the glass, why don't we just -- and he couldn't do the interview.  So Bill Moyers did the interview with Reverend Wright but here it is.  Listen.


WRIGHT:  The persons who heard the entire sermon understand perfectly.  The failure to communicate is when something is taken like a sound bite for political purposes and put constantly over and over again, looped in the face of the public.  That's not a failure to communicate.  Those who are doing that are communicating exactly what they want to do which is to paint me as some sort of fanatic or as the learned journalist from the New York Times called me a whack-a-doodle, it's to paint me as something, something's wrong with me.  There's nothing wrong with this country.  It's policies.  We're perfect.  Our hands are free.  Our hands have no blood on them.  That's not a failure to communicate.  The message that is being communicated by the sound bites is exactly what those pushing those sound bites want to communicate.


GLENN:  Stop for a second.  Pause there and then we're going to come back right there in a second.  I want you to go to Cut 8.  I'm going to go back to Cut 6 in a second but remember there's nothing wrong with America.  We have no blood on our hands, got it?  That's what he just said.  Cut 8, please


WRIGHT:  We say that God will bless the shock and awe as we take over unilaterally another country, calling it a coalition because we got three days from Australia going against the United Nations, going against the majority of Christians, Muslims and Jews throughout the world, making a preemptive strike in the name of God.  We cannot see how the same thing we are doing is the same thing Al-Qaeda is doing under a different color flag calling on the name of a different God to sanction and approve our murder and our mayhem!


GLENN:  Our murder, our murder.  But we don't have any blood on our hands.  What he tries to do here is say, well, that's just policies.  That's not the country.  Again I refer you back to Cut 6.  Let's take this one apart.  You can make the claim that, well, that's just the policies.  Well, I got news for you, gang.  If we as the United States of America are allowing our government to murder in our name, to do the same thing as Al-Qaeda is doing under a different flag, blood is on our hands.  But he tries to say, no, our country is good.  It's just our policies.  Go back to Cut 6.


WRIGHT:  We confuse government and God.  Let me tell you something.  We believe in this country and we teach our children that God sent us to this promised land, he sent us to take this country from the air back, the Susquehanna, the Apache, the Comanche, the Cherokee, the Seminole, the Choctaw, the Hopi and the Arapahoe.  We confuse government and God.


GLENN:  Stop.  You know what?  I am one of those hate mongers that believe this is a blessed land.  I do believe that Columbus, through divine inspiration, was sent to this land.  I do believe that the pilgrims, because I've read their diaries.  They believe -- they didn't want to come here.  They were afraid to come here.  They came here because they felt the Lord directed them to come here.  I do believe that we came here for a reason, but I also firmly believe, as did the pilgrims, that when Columbus got here -- and again, I've read the diaries.  When Columbus came here, Columbus came here and became an egomaniac.  It became all about gold.  He didn't try to coexist like the pilgrims did and that's why Columbus never came back.  That's why every time we set it up like that, it failed because God withdrew his blessings.  God withdrew because we became about money and greed, and it happens every time.

I mean, I hate to point out to the reverend read your scriptures but that's what happens every time.  Godsend you some place, you screw it up because you become arrogant, because you become focused on money or wealth or fame, which is what happened to Columbus.  He was humbled.  When he came over, he was egomaniac.  When he went back, that's why it failed.  Why did it succeed with the pilgrims?  Because they remained humble.  They made friends with the Indians.  God didn't send us over here to take the land.  That was man doing that.  But this is a blessed land.  And you know what?  The more arrogant we become, the more we force ourselves because of our greed and whatever, the faster the Lord will withdraw his blessings and his protection.  And just like it happens every time, we'll be destroyed.  Not from an angry vengeful God but because we're on our own.  Hey, we know what we're doing; we'll do it on our own and we'll screw it up because we don't know what we're doing.  And yes, I do teach that to my children.  Boy, isn't that horrifying?  We should stay away from homeschooling because God forbid I teach my children that stuff.

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?

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"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

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…

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?...

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…

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...

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…

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…

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…

"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…


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…

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"…

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…

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…

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.