Halloweens Past



BECK: I grew up in a small town in Washington State, my Mt. Vernon. This is right about the time of year when I started to seriously think about Halloween. Not only was it the first real holiday on the fall kid calendar, but it was the day that celebrated all the things I loved: Dressing up in costumes and eating candy. Most other holidays have some sort of candy facet to it, but Halloween is all about giving, getting, and eating candy. Thanksgiving and Columbus Day are great, but whoever thought them up should have figured out a way of eating little boxes of Milk Duds as a main way of celebrating. I'm just sayin'. And being a kid at Halloween in a small town was great, but what happens to Halloween when you're just about done being a kid? Do you remember that year in your life? Maybe you were 13 or 14? There's a time in everybody's life when the joy of being a kid does battle with the pull to leave your childhood behind. A day like Halloween gets caught in the crossfire.

That year came for me when I was 14, I think. I remember it because I dressed up that year as a hobo which, man, I only wore some of my dad's clothes and an old hat of my grandfather's. Those were the simpler years, you know, before hobos turned into the homeless. When you're a teenager, there's quiet rebellion in the hobo costume, dressing up but not taking it too seriously so your friends don't call you dork. But to be honest, as too cool for school as you really think all of your friends thought you were, you did seriously miss dressing up. When you are little, your parents dressed you up in what they thought made you look cute. Maybe a little green onesy with a hat like you're a pea pod in one of those nightmarish photos by Anne Geddes. Does it bother anybody else how they she is a toddler wearing butterfly wings is adorable? I hate those photos. I refuse to do that to my daughter, unless my wife tells me to and then I'm cool with it.

But I digress. When you graduate into choosing your own costumes, when you're about 6 or 7, for me this was back in the late Sixties and early Seventies, my mom would take me to the Wells drugstore in Mt. Vernon where I would get to look at all the costumes in boxes. You got one of those masks with the rubber band that went around your head with the printed plastic smock that tied in the back. One year I went as Casper, the Friendly Ghost. I didn't even get the printed Casper. My mom just cut holes in an old sheet. Another I was Batman's sidekick Robin, the Boy Wonder but mainly because they were out of Batmans when I got to the store but the very best years of the Halloween costume are those from about 9 to 13 years old. That's when the creative juices really start to flow, you know? If your mom could sew, you were one of the lucky ones. If you could dream it, she could make it. Pirates, astronauts, monsters. We scared the bolts off of Boris Karloff, if your mom knew how to sew. Dressing up with your friends for Halloween was kind of like starring in your own little Broadway show. "I always knew he wanted to be in Broadway." All right, keep it to yourself. The best way I can describe it was Halloween was just fun. Those were my good old days.

And then there was the candy. The amateur hour kids used to use those plastic bags printed with ghosts and bats but quick thinkers like me knew that an old pillowcase was the way to go. It was a lot sturdier and held more. Nothing spoiled the momentum of Halloween more than having to make a pit stop at home to drop off some of the night's loot and run the risk of having your dad say, hey, hey, hey, hey, that's enough. Oh, is that a Milky Way there?

I grew up back in the days before Fun Size candy bars. And whoever, by the way, thought a tiny candy bar should have been called Fun Size was a moron. Trust me there's nothing more fun than hearing a full size Snickers from one house drop into your bag onto the full size Three Musketeers you got at the last house. And back then people would still make caramel popcorn balls and you would actually eat them. They were good. Do you remember? Some people would drop little handfuls of loose change. Not my first choice, but I'll take it. And a few old ladies would always try to pass off aging fruit as a healthy treat. The apples never really made it home. But then one fateful Halloween night you turn into that most frightening of all creatures, a teenager. All of a sudden you're a tough guy who deep down wants to extend the fun and free candy for just a little longer. But dresses up as a goof. What? I didn't think about this." Running around and laughing at all the babies trick-or-treating and having all the fun. Somehow at that age we decide that denying our true selves is a necessary part of growing up, and it's really too bad. But it happens to the best of us. And if you're lucky, you'll find the joy of Halloween again when you get older. Maybe it's through the sparkle in your kids' eyes as they delight in the pure pleasure of vampire fangs dripping with fake blood or maybe it's that you're finally old enough to where you realize you don't get any points for being cool, not really anyway. Life is hard enough all the rest of the days of the year. We might as well enjoy October 31st for the treat it really is. It is still fun, you know. Every bit as much today as it was back in my Mt. Vernon.


Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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