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.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author