Glenn Beck: Do it for the environment?


Stu, the Volvo driver...


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GLENN:  Hey, Stu, at what point do you say, "I'm going to get a different kind of car"?

STU:  At what point am I going to get a different kind of car?  There's no point that I get a different kind of car.

GLENN:  There's no point, because your wife drives --

STU:  Oh, you're saying my wife?

GLENN:  No, no, your wife drives an SUV, right?

STU:  Yes, a Volvo.  We're Volvo drivers.  I love it.  I love that car.

GLENN:  I knew I hated you.

STU:  I love that car.  It's fantastic.  Not to mention, I don't know if you guys have noticed this.  I don't know what your experiences with my wife -- I know Dan has experienced this several times.  My wife is a maniac.

DAN:  Oh, my gosh.

STU:  She drives like a crazy person.

DAN:  I have never been more scared in my life.

GLENN:  Can I tell you something?  Women behind the wheel of an SUV, danger.

STU:  I would say that's generally accurate.

GLENN:  Danger, Sarah's looking at me and she's a pregnant woman and I'm very, very afraid.

STU:  Oh, yeah.

GLENN:  My wife, by the way, my wife, she's like working out all the time and she's like -- I mean, she's, like, ripped.  I'm afraid of her.

STU:  She could beat the crap out of you, yeah.

GLENN:  Well, that goes without question.  She could do it when she was nine months pregnant.  I mean, honey, if you are listening, turning off the radio for a second.

STU:  That's going to work now that you've started telling the story.

GLENN:  No, she's generally -- this isn't a story about you, really.

STU:  Off topic, just go to something else.

GLENN:  No, it's not a story about you, honey.  She actually does turn off the radio because she's like, I'm not even going to listen to this nonsense, which is weird.  It's happening a lot of -- anyway, so she's like all ripped now.  She's working out all the time and last night I'm in bed and I'm sleeping and I wake up and I look at the clock.  Do you ever have one of those moments where you look up at the clock and you're like, oh, it's only 2:00 in the morning; how great is that.  And you think, -- you know what I'm saying?  And you think it's time to get -- you lay there in bed and you say, what time is it?  I'm so tired?  Then you look at the clock and you're like, "I've got another three hours; this is fantastic."

STU:  Love that feeling.

GLENN:  There's no feeling better than that.  So I look at the clock and I roll over and I look at the clock and it's 2:00 and I'm like, this is great.  I turn -- I want to flip and I turn over and I adjust the pillows and everything else and I kind of pound my pillow and stuff.  I get all comfy.  This is how out of shape I am.  I've been sleeping.  All I did was roll over and fluff the pillows and I caught myself do this (gasping for air).

STU:  Oh, my God, you've got to be menaced to death.

GLENN:  I lay there and I'm like, I'm going to be just a head in a jar soon, I am just going to be a head in a jar.

STU:  And you would probably be in better health.

GLENN:  (Gasping for air).  "What did you do?"  "I just fluffed the pillow."  That's bad.  That's really bad.  Okay, so anyway.

STU:  Tracing this back.

GLENN:  Tracing this back.

STU:  Basically you asked me about the car.

GLENN:  Hang on just a second.  We've got to go one step back, back to Tania who's working out.  She can kick everybody's butt.  One step back from that is women driving SUVs really bad because I think they like the feeling of, "I can kick your ass."

STU:  They like the power.

GLENN:  My wife, she's -- you know Tania.  Have you -- I mean, besides your wives, have you met anybody as nice as my wife?

STU:  She's very nice.

GLENN:  She is like so nice, she's so gentle, she's so peaceful, she's very quiet.  She's the opposite of me.

STU:  Yeah.  People like her.

GLENN:  (Gasping for air).  Sorry.  I was just thinking up a response to that and I'm worn out.  So she's the opposite of me.  She gets behind the wheel of a car, especially an SUV, she is on the horn, she is an aggressive driver.

STU:  Really?

GLENN:  I'm like, honey, honey, honey.  She's like, these clowns that are driving, don't they know what I'm -- I'm like, you frighten me, honey.

STU:  I wouldn't see her as a road rager at all.

GLENN:  Oh.  Oh, my.  She's got a road rager on anything.  She can -- I'm not kidding you.  She can have the kids yanking at her hair, another one with the fingers jamming up her nose, walking on, you know, some, like, toy that has been sitting, they are both just screaming for hours and she'll be like, hey, how are things?  I'm like, ahhhh!  But you put her in traffic in an SUV for two seconds, she is Rambo.  You put a weapon in that car, please don't ever drive slowly.  I cannot control my wife.

STU:  She's that bad?  Are you serious?

GLENN:  She's that bad.

STU:  She's so calm and understated.

GLENN:  She is that bad.  She is not on the phone, is she?  Whew.  Okay, good.  Got another day to live.

STU:  Well, my wife is pretty much the same way.

GLENN:  Okay.  So the question was, now to go back one more step.

STU:  Yes.

GLENN:  Because my wife was like, you should get a hybrid, we should get a hybrid.

STU:  Why would she want to get a hybrid?

GLENN:  I don't think she has a clue how much money I make.  Most of it is because --

STU:  Glenn, Glenn, Glenn, I've seen her.  She married you.  She knows exactly how much money you make.  Trust me on that.

GLENN:  She married me when I was poor.  I was poor.  So anyway, she is psychic.  She knows.

STU:  I think so.

GLENN:  So she said, you know, "We've got to get a hybrid.  Do you know how much gas..." now I am driving 100 miles a day to get to work.

STU:  That's 50 -- you're saying round trip, right?

GLENN:  Yeah, yeah.  That's stupid.

STU:  It's a long way.

GLENN:  Yeah.  So I'm driving 100 miles a day and I've got an aircraft carrier with wheels.  I think we can land a plane on the top of my -- I've got an Escalade.  I think we can land a plane on top of it.  So it's nice.

STU:  God bless that car.

GLENN:  I put it in the parking lot, chain goes down, drops anchor and we're there.  You ain't pulling that car.  I have to pay like an extra $100 a month for parking because they're like, oh, come on, man.

STU:  It's going to take three spots.

GLENN:  This is going to take three spots.  And it's great.  It's just me.  Sometimes I just put papers in the back.

STU:  So what you're saying is, what, you're considering buying a vehicle that's going to save --

GLENN:  Well, we've been driving the Tahoe hybrid, you know, this deal -- and this is not -- I swear to you this isn't a commercial but I mean, it should be.  You know what, GM -- no, I'm not going to tell how great it is until they pay me.  You know, they swap out these cars and the new GM Tahoe which I think is the same as the hybrid Yukon.  I have a Yukon and an Escalade.  They are fantastic.  I like it better than my Escalade.

STU:  Really?

GLENN:  Yeah.  And just a bonus, I think it gets about 8 miles to the gallon more.

STU:  Which is significant in these trying times.

GLENN:  Significant in these, yes.

STU:  Yes.  So what's -- so you bought it, of course, when the government mandated that you had to buy a hybrid.

GLENN:  No, I haven't bought it.

STU:  No, when the government forced you to do that -- you mean you just bought it because it was --

GLENN:  I haven't bought it.

STU:  Well, you are considering buying it because --

GLENN:  It may be stolen from my house.  I'm just saying.  "I don't know what happened to your car, GM.  It was here last night.  Don't check the garage."

STU:  But you like it better.

GLENN:  I like it better.

STU:  You would consider buying it.

GLENN:  I would consider buying it.  But I haven't even looked at hybrids because I'm not going to save the planet.  I'm going to be part of the problem.  I'm getting that addicted on this stuff.

Last night, in case you just joined us, we told you about a half hour ago that they have announced that there's more ice on the polar caps than there's been since 1979.  Freak out.  We're all going to freeze to death in the fiery flood.  I can't take it.

STU:  Freeze to death in a fiery flood, I'm trying to -- that's about as much --

GLENN:  I know, it's global warming.  Okay, so it only took me about 12 minutes.  I never got an answer.  How much does gas have to be before your wife stops driving an SUV?

STU:  You want to know now?

GLENN:  No, not now.

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.

Watch the video below:

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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.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


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.
Question

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.

Conclusion

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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