Glenn's definition of a conservative


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GLENN:  888-727-BECK.  Welcome to news radio 750 KXL in Portland, Oregon.  Thanks for joining the family of Glenn Beck program.  Glad you're here.  Let me go to Ken in Philadelphia.  Hello, Ken thanks for listening to WPHT.  What's up?

CALLER:  Hi, Glenn.  I've been listening to your program on and off for years and I'm not sure anymore what it means to be a conservative.  I was wondering if you would actually have a dialogue with me about what that means.

GLENN:  Sure.

CALLER:  Okay.  Because, like, for instance I don't -- I hear talk about a lot, like I guess soon that it means like being conservative financially.  You know, I understand that it means pro business, so you don't want to limit business maybe.  Does it mean being religious?  What does it mean?

GLENN:  Well, let me ask you, Ken.  Are we having an honest dialogue here or do you have an agenda?

CALLER:  No, an honest dialogue because like, for instance, one of the things I can't understand is it seems like religion is associated with conservatism and yet like a lot of the business that you do is judging and throwing first stones and I don't see that as a religious value as Jesus taught it.  And so I don't understand that as a basis for your program.  But I also don't understand the dividing of the country as a basis for it.  So in order for me to understand what conservatism is and its use of the word is used a lot.  And a lot of times if somebody disagrees with you on the station or with any of the hosts, it seems like if somebody disagrees, you are automatically branded a liberal and even if you are not, and you are thrown off the station and then talked over.  So I don't really have an agenda.  I just want to know what it means because it makes it difficult for me to understand and have a conversation with somebody when I don't know what the words mean and what people are talking about.

GLENN:  Sure, okay.  So now we understand your agenda, that you do have an axe to grind.  And that's fine.  I don't know what your political background is.  I'm not going to call you a liberal.  I have no idea if you're a liberal.  So I have no idea, but I appreciate you being honest and telling me where you're coming from and showing me that we're not having an honest dialogue.

So instead of operating under the cloak of, gee, Glenn, what is a conservative, why don't we just take these issues that you have that is really the reason for your phone call and take them one by one.  Let's start with the religion thing.  What is your question again on the religion issue and how it revolves -- I cannot answer for any other show.  I can answer for my actions.  So let's be specific on my actions, Ken.

CALLER:  Okay.  So you're -- you're letting me talk now.  That's nice.  It's not like I -- you think I have an axe to grind.  Maybe you can just tell me what your belief is on conservatives and I won't even -- I won't grind my axe.  Just tell me what it is and then let me talk about it.

GLENN:  Ken, you don't set the rules for the program.  And first of all, nobody is shutting you down.  I let you talk for three minutes.  So I'm not here to play a game with you.  It is a total waste of time.  If you'd like to have a real dialogue and make progress on something, we can.  You're not really interested in what a conservative means.  You have problems and issues with what I do on the air.  So let's deal with those.  Why play a game?

CALLER:  Okay.  So you're thinking that this is an agenda thing.  I just honestly think that it feels like a lot of your work divides the country.  It sets people against each other.  And like, for instance your --

GLENN:  Give me the examples.  Let's deal in specifics here.

CALLER:  Well, for example, you were just talking about some woman with -- previously to me coming on here and you were talking about her situation and yet without actually knowing the person, knowing their actual -- the depth of their situation when you speak sort of glossing over the information just based on maybe some information that's been filtered through the liberal media as it were.

GLENN:  Right.  No, I -- here's --

CALLER:  Under the circumstance it seems hard to really understand what their situation is.

GLENN:  Sure.

CALLER:  So in judging that person, in judging the situation, you are really not being fair to that individual or the story.

GLENN:  Sure.  I'm not judging anybody in the article.  What I was quoting is a story that ran in the Washington Post.  Now, I'm sorry if you think I'm being divisive by reading verbatim a story that ran in the Washington Post, but I don't know how I can be accused of being divisive by, again, reading the story verbatim.

CALLER:  Well, it's your tone, what you choose to read and how you say it in such a way where you're casting, obviously you are opining and setting the judgment on that person.

GLENN:  No, I'm not setting a judgment on any person.  I don't even know who wrote that story.  I know it ran in the Washington Post.  I am making a comment by reading that story, I'm making a comment on how is it the media would like to paint Americans as racist.  Yesterday, if you listened to yesterday's show, the story yesterday in the media was how all of the white people in West Virginia are racist because Hillary is winning by such an overwhelming number there.  The story on Friday in the media was how, by Hillary Clinton saying that she has the white vote, he has the black vote, that she somehow or another is a racist for pointing out that fact.  Today is just the third day in a very, very long cycle to come, about anybody who is against Barack Obama.  Again, the stories -- the story's facts were little, a little thin to be able to paint anybody who's against Barack Obama as a racist.  Even the campaign will not do that and yet the media needs to paint people against Barack Obama as a racist.

CALLER:  Well, I understand your point about that the story and unfortunately I didn't hear it yesterday.  And I'm actually not calling to grind an axe about racism.  My actual intention here was literally to find out what it means to be a conservative so when I'm listening to you, I can understand --

GLENN:  Yeah, I don't believe that.

CALLER:  -- I can understand what it means.

GLENN:  I wish I believed you on that, but I don't.

CALLER:  I wish you did.

GLENN:  I do, too, and we can all sing Kumbayah.  Ken, here is the question.  So let's go back to where you said I was being divisive.  Again, how was I being divisive by reading the story and trying to make the point that the media is saying that we are -- that if you're against Barack Obama, you're a racist, when that is not true.

CALLER:  You are absolutely right.  If I had been calling about that comment and I was talking about that --

GLENN:  Well, that was the comment that you used.  Would you like to try another one and maybe we could take that one away.

CALLER:  Well, no, no, no, no, no.

GLENN:  No, no, no.  Let's -- I mean, if you are going to say that I'm divisive and that was just a bad example but it was the one that you brought up, let's go with another example of yours.  Because if I'm divisive, then let's go with another example because maybe you've just misunderstood.  You said there were a lot of things that I do that are divisive.  So just give me another one and let's take that one on.

CALLER:  Well, I think, like, for instance when you said that you'd like to believe that I didn't have an agenda and stuff like that.  You say I'm being Kumbayah, you are sort of implying --

GLENN:  That would happen after your phone call.  So how would that be a motivation of something that bothers you when that happened after you made the phone call?

CALLER:  Well, you are sort of making it an implication here that I'm a liberal by being --

GLENN:  No, I never said you were a liberal.  I have no idea.  I plainly said that to you.  I don't know if you are a liberal or not.  I don't really care if you're a liberal or not.

CALLER:  Aren't you trying to by saying the Kumbayah thing and making people think that I'm --

GLENN:  No, sir.  Look, you are not disagreeing with me?  I'm having a hard time following this conversation.  So are you not disagreeing with me?

CALLER:  Actually all I asked you in the original, you know, question was what is it to be a conservative.

GLENN:  And you know what, Ken, I wanted to take your phone call because when I saw it said, "What is the definition of a conservative, what does it mean anymore," I took your phone call first because I would love to talk about that.  But I will only discuss that with an honest broker.  You are not an honest broker.  You are immediately coming and saying, "But a lot of people tie religion in, and I see you do things that don't coincide with what I believe is religion."  Well, give me one of those examples.  Because what I want to do is have the conversation of what a conservative is, but you don't want to really have that.  You'd like to try to pin me in a corner.  So that's fine.  Now that we know what your intent is, let's just have an honest conversation and tell me what your problem is on the show because -- or on me because maybe, like we've seen in the only example that you've given me so far, you were wrong.

CALLER:  Well, that's an interesting way of dealing with it, but you are still not answering my question.  What is it to be a conservative?  There it is.  You ask me what it is.  Go for it.

GLENN:  Ken, here it is.  To be a conservative is, in my definition, is somebody that believes in the power of the individual, somebody that believes, please let me make my decisions, that I have a right to succeed and not be penalized for it.  I have a right to fail and have no one run to me if I don't want them to run to me.  A conservative believes I have a right to manage my family, I have a right to discipline my family in the way I see fit, as long as it is not criminal.  A conservative believes I have the right to worship God, I have a right to worship the God of my understanding, and I do not have the right to jam my version of God down anybody else's throat or my version of no God down anybody's throat.  A conservative believes live and let live.  That's what a conservative believes.  A conservative believes in the smallest amount of government, the smallest government you can get without anarchy.  That's what a conservative believes.

CALLER:  Then I'm a conservative.  Nice talking to you.  Thank you very much for --

GLENN:  You bet, Ken.  See?  And who thought he was a liberal?  Not me.  He just ended it, "I guess I'm a conservative."  Well, good.  Then we agree.

Go to the polls and keep mob rule at bay

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November is nearly upon us, and polls are starting to come out. The most recent was a poll conducted last week by the Washington Post and ABC News that showed Congressional Democrats have an 11 point lead heading into the midterms. The biggest swing, as expected after the Kavanaugh circus, is Independent women who are sliding Democrat 52% to 38% Republican.

This is a significant build on the lead last reported back in mid September. Real Clear Politics took the average of eighteen total polls, minus Rasmussen - because it's uh… Rasmussen - and it showed Democrats holding on to a slim lead of six and a half points.

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If this trajectory holds, it appears that the Left got exactly what they wanted when they tried to destroy a man's life all in the disgusting name of politics. They wanted a repeat of the 1991/92 Clarence Thomas fallout - later dubbed "The Year of The Woman - and they're on pace to get it.

How is it that we are so easily played by these awful people we call politicians? This is something I realize everyone listening right now already knows, but if your first thought is emotion every time someone in Washington opens their mouth… take a step back! Do some research and ask yourself, "Why am I feeling so outraged?" This has never been more important than right now. The left is abandoning the rule of law and moving towards mob rule. There's a reason why they all want to abolish the Electoral College. They want to work you up into a frenzy, and then they want to unleash you on the polling booth. But it's all fake. It's a con.

If fiscal responsibility is this bad now, imagine how bad it'll get with a Democrat controlled House, Senate and Executive Branch. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just released their annual report on fiscal accountability, showing which states are run the most efficiently. Over the past several years, these are the worst run states in the entire Union: Illinois, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York and Rhode Island. Notice a common denominator here? Every single one is a blue state.

We cannot hand power over to mob rule.

On the other hand, these are the most efficiently ran states: South Dakota, Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida, Utah, Alaska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Montana. Umm, yeah… ALL Red states.

The facts and numbers are there, but the Left doesn't want you to see them. They don't want you doing your own homework… they just want you pissed off! Don't give in to the outrage. We cannot hand power over to mob rule. There's too much at stake.

"May you live in interesting times" it seems, is actually not an ancient Chinese saying, blessing or curse. The strongest match one can find to its origins comes from the Yorkshire Post in 1936:

Sir Austen Chamberlain, addressing the annual meeting of Birmingham Unionist Association last night, spoke of the "grave injury" to collective security by Germany's violation of the Treaty of Locarno.

Sir Austen, who referred to himself as "a very old Parliamentarian," said:

It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China, told me that there was a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, 'May you live in interesting times.' There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us. We move from one crisis to another. We suffer one disturbance and shock after another.

I like the quote, Chinese or English, as it gives us a correct or new perspective on strife, should we care to view our struggles as neither blessing nor curse. My father taught this to me as a small child. But I only really learned it in one of the darkest chapters of my life. Alcoholism and divorce. There is nothing that life can hand to you that is in itself bad. It all depends on what you do with it. Will you allow it to change you in destructive ways through anger, bitterness and despair? Or will you allow it, whatever it is, to strengthen you through enlightenment, correction, humility?

There is nothing that life can hand to you that is in itself bad. It all depends on what you do with it.

We have a desperate need for humility in our society from DC to Hollywood. Everyone left and right is convinced that either they are or their side is absolutely right. And if someone on their side strays from the pack, then they must be "a traitor to the race, party or cause". They are wrong and we remain right. Scientific atheists "know that there is no God" even though almost everything they now believe or "know" in science now proves that the scientists that came before them were wrong. How can those whose field has been built on enhancing, evolving, or outright proving that others and their theories were wrong, be so certain? If those who should be the least certain of final truth are now calling heretic for those who disagree, we are indeed living in interesting times.

But it isn't a "them" problem even though that is what the world is currently trying to sell each of us. It is instead a simple "us" issue. Perhaps we don't see it because we are so busy staging, filtering, or enhancing the colors on our Facebook or Instagram pics that we can no longer recognize or even like the simple truth about us and what our life really is. Much of our life is a lie. We have been marketed to since we were born, told that we are not complete unless we wear, consume, own, vacation at or buy product 1 or 2. It has gone so far as telling us that not only are we not good enough if we don't have all of that, but now, we cannot even be a part of the great new society unless we believe and champion (product, politician or party) A, B or C. Opinions have become products.

Now, however, we are in the next and perhaps final stage. We ourselves are the product. Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and YouTube no longer see us as the customer, but what we do, think and believe are now commodities. If you cannot fill this line in: "I am ____________ , Someone will always be there to fill it in for you. Buy this makeup to use the word beautiful. This label to let others know "I AM cool, or in style," or even "I AM rich.'

Buy Democrat to be "compassionate," "smarter than others," or "science-minded." It doesn't matter if you really are any of those things in reality, the label is all you need. Buy Republican if you want to be patriotic, support our troops or for family values. We now buy and believe labels and always judge a book by its cover. Buy the label "Christian" and you can love any life you want but you now can use religion to excuse either yours or anyone else's behaviors. Buy the label progressive and you believe in science even though you deny it in basic biology.

Even labels that were never for sale like "courage" come with a price tag, and its price keeps going lower and lower. Now, this once time revered label can be yours for simply saying things out loud to a room full of people who agree with you and will all cheer when you say it.

Labels and words are experiencing a fire sale and it seems "everything must go."

What comes next is always tough.

Heaven knows the proper price to attach to something so celestial as freedom. — Thomas Payne.

Each generation, except for the last, has had to earn and renew their freedom. They did not buy or sell the label the "greatest generation." In fact, it wasn't even them that came up with that title. It was the "boomers." At the time, there were no labels - they just saw themselves as people, as Americans. They saw the crisis not as anyone's fault, but rather as their turn to stand and do the right thing. It is what they did with their "crisis" that made others bestow the "greatest generation" title on them, and only years later.

We are living in a time of great crisis, not much different or of smaller scale than the great struggles of the past. All of the labels we think we have now, will fall away. Those that we have bought will become worthless and every new label will be purchased with blood, sweat, tears and courage.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are neither the problem nor the solution. They are a symptom.

What we will face, in the end, will not be smaller than what many of our grandparents or great grandparents faced in the World Wars. No less frightening than the global economic unrest of the 1930's. Nor will it be any greater. It will just be ours. And just like the generations past, it will be our choice on whether or not we survive. What a blessing. The boomers feasted off the crisis of their parents and never truly had to choose life or death, freedom or slavery. They never had to push themselves as a group beyond what humans thought possible to achieve something as valuable as freedom.

The crisis we are just now beginning to see is a blessing our parents never received. Each of us will have to pick between black and white, slavery or freedom, good or evil, and life or death. We will all know in the years to come who we really are, if we chose carefully or if we simply allowed ourselves to become. We can become, through this struggle, exactly who we were born to be. Our best and highest selves.

If each of us were honest and began to see this struggle in the proper light, we would admit that it is the softness of our foundations that have caused these struggles. Barack Obama and Donald Trump are neither the problem nor the solution. They are a symptom. Look all around you. No matter whom you voted for, you will admit that the country, and perhaps the entire world over, is sick.

We are all feeling it and each of our political doctors are seeing the same symptoms and prescribing the opposite medicine. Each of us, as patients, all so desperate to cure what is killing us, become more and more vested in our own "doctor's cure." Our doctor is right and yours is wrong! At the same times each doctor knows that he or she has everything to lose if his patients begin to seek another opinion, diagnosis or remedy. It is their best interest to keep their patients busy looking at the other side. Meanwhile, none of us stop and ask if the diagnosis is even correct. I guess we are just too busy fighting for what our doctor said.

I am not sure about you, but when I am sick or in pain, I am usually at my worst interpersonally. We all snap at others. We act as our lesser selves. When I am sick, fearful or angry, it is almost always followed by a time where I begin conversations with, "I am so sorry for what I said or did, I was just having a really bad day."

We are all having a really very bad, most difficult day. Everyday, it seems.

While it is true that there are difficulties and dangers that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we will lay down and watch our country go to ruin. Many, if not most of those who voted for democrats and those who voted for republican have much in common with those who voted for neither. While parties and politicians try to convince us otherwise, and many of us may have believed it or even engaged in this "warfare," it is becoming more and more clear that our neighbors are not our enemies.

While it is true that there are difficulties and dangers that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we will lay down and watch our country go to ruin.

If you are finding this a difficult concept to reconcile, simply ponder what our ancestors came here for, be it three months or three centuries ago. To make a better life, in a country that would allow you to follow your dream, work hard and keep what you built so your children could live a better life than you did and achieve even more than you did. That opportunity came not from this land, or even its people, but rather from its mission statement: "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and pursuit of happiness." While that mission statement was and always be aspirational, it has never been fully achieved. It is shaped and given the best chance to succeed when it is protected by the guardrails of the constitution and bill of rights. It is indeed our laws, which come from our American Thesis, that has created the modern world. It is indeed why people still die trying to get on this side of our border.

Is it too much of a stretch to believe that you and I are not alone in our doubt of our doctors? Are we the only ones left that think our neighbor, who knows how sick we all are, really wants everyone who disagrees with their doctor to die? Maybe they have seen flaws in their practitioner as we have. Maybe if we stop spending all our time looking at what is wrong with "them" and what's wrong with America, we can begin to see the things that are right and good.

Perhaps we are not as sick as some of these doctors tell us we are. Perhaps they are more akin to bad, crooked chiropractors that have done more damage to our spine than good and will bilk us for every dime week after week until we finally say no or are broke. We haven't wanted to listen to our friends, or those who tell us differently, because we feel the fool.

Perhaps we are beyond help and only have months to live, but, I don't think it needs to be this way. If we are going down, I want to go down with my friends and family around me. All of them, even those who told me not to listen to my doctor or the one I angrily chased away because I just knew they were wrong.

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon and light fires. It is harder always to put them out.

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon and light fires. It is harder always to put them out. Easy to lose friends and harder to make them. In the end, our founding documents are just an idea. I think a really good idea. One that says we can and should all be who we choose to be and live the life we build for ourselves with dignity and security.

But that idea fails if no one remembers it or believes in it.

I still do.

I am not a doctor but I think our illness is all in our heads. We have been convinced by those who suffer from some sort of societal Munchausen by proxy, that we are fatally ill and will only survive because of them. I think they need us to be sick and I for one think we as a people have had enough bed rest.

Once we choose to see things the way they are, coupled with who we always strived to be — our best selves — we will be fine and perhaps stronger than ever. I believe if we can once again see the best in each other — put our past in the past, and our strife and crisis in the right light — down the road, some other generation will name this one — I believe it will be good.

But one thing is sure, it will not be one we choose but rather the label we earned.

North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson is a free man and back on U.S. soil. After being jailed for over two years by the Turkish government, U.S. officials secured Brunson's release on Friday.

Brunson appeared in a Turkish court on Friday, where he was declared guilty of aiding groups who attempted to overthrow President Erdogan in 2016, but he was sentenced to time already served. Brunson has always denied all the charges. He and his wife had served as missionaries in Turkey for 25 years without any previous such accusations. Brunson's arrest seemed to be just part of Erdogans's crackdown on any and all threats to his power, no matter how minor.

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The decision to finally release Brunson followed months of pressure and behind-the-scenes negotiations by the Trump administration. The pastor's detainment frayed relations between Turkey and the U.S. Turkey wanted the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric whom Erdogan blames for orchestrating the coup attempt against him. Doesn't look like that's in the cards now.

Brunson and his wife met with President Trump in the Oval Office on Saturday, where Brunson prayed for the president. The media covering the meeting quickly changed the subject to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. They wanted to know whether Brunson's release had anything to do with Turkey's desire for the U.S. to put pressure on Saudi Arabia for answers about Khashoggi. President Trump insisted that: "The timing is a strict coincidence. It really is."

That might've been a little more believable if he hadn't tacked on the "it really is" part.

Khashoggi, who works for The Washington Post, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. The Turkish government says Saudi agents then murdered him and dismembered his body. Saudi Arabia continues to deny any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Pastor Brunson looked severely out of place sitting there in the Oval Office.

Pastor Brunson's release will not suddenly thaw relations between the U.S. and Turkey. In reference to Brunson, the headline of a pro-Erdogan newspaper on Saturday said, "Never come back again!"

Pastor Brunson on the other hand, expressed no bitterness toward Turkey during the Oval Office press conference. He said: "We were there for 25 years, and we love the Turkish people."

Pastor Brunson looked severely out of place sitting there in the Oval Office – a humble pastor, devoted to his faith and flock, caught for a moment in the dirty, ruthless, sticky web of international politics.

This weekend, once again, Portland became the stage for radicalism and violence, insanity pretending to be heroic. An extreme, real-world outbreak of the tribal warfare that has shaken our culture and our country as a whole. Of course I'm talking about Antifa.

Yes, there were right-leaning protestors there, but, as usual, they were the ones under attack.

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If only Antifa members realized how utterly postmodern they are—I mean, let's start with the fact that they showed up to an event called the "Law and Order March" with "hard knuckle gloves, knives and firearms." The resultant mayhem has become so common that it would be redundant to give the details. And, more important, what matters here is that this behavior is not only continuing, but worsening.

I don't like to talk about problems and leave people without a solution, or at least a hint of reassurance.

Last week, The Atlantic published an article, titled "Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture"

Here are a few standouts:

Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don't belong to either extreme constitute an 'exhausted majority.' Their members 'share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.' Most members of the 'exhausted majority,' and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.' Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.

And here's the real clincher, a hard-and-fast, data-based assertion that most of us, most of America, has realized all along but has been too petrified to express:

Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are. With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country.

Antifa is the most perfect representation of this bratty population. They, more than any other group or individual, represent the heinous, obnoxious intentions of the New Left. As I have said before, their social justice warfare is inherently postmodern. Their war is against you.

But, there is a way out.

But, there is a way out.

I can assume that if you're listening to me now, you're already going to vote in a few weeks during mid-terms. That's a big one. The other thing you can do is stay informed. And remember that you are not alone, not by far.