Glenn Beck: The argument for fake Christmas trees


Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater -- Encore December 10th

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GLENN: I went out and bought a tree this weekend. Why does that always sound like fun? You know like every, like every year you are like, "Yeah, hey, this weekend let's go buy a tree." And then you do. And it's not fun.

PAT: You didn't have fun?

GLENN: No.

PAT: Saturday, buying the tree?

GLENN: No.

PAT: Why? What was not fun about it?

GLENN: The whole thing. From getting in the car.

PAT: Really?

GLENN: From getting in the car.

PAT: Really? Huh.

GLENN: To the kids, you know, crying to then going out in the snow and the rain and the cold.

PAT: The rain was obnoxious Saturday.

GLENN: Yes. And then picking out a tree and not a single soul agreeing on the same tree.

PAT: Yes, okay, uh huh.

GLENN: And then trying to tie it to the roof of my car. I'm not a Boy Scout.

PAT: Yeah. I don't like that part, either.

GLENN: So don't and then I'm really not a guy who likes chainsaws, tree sap, screaming kids.

PAT: So surprise. You don't like tree sap?

GLENN: No, uh uh, no.

PAT: Huh.

GLENN: And my hands have been sticky ever since.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And then, you know, then I've got to go cut it off the roof, haul it, you know, haul it in and then as soon as I open the door, "Well, don't just bring it in. Make sure it dries up." Oh, I'll go get a towel for it.

PAT: Oh, yeah, uh huh.

GLENN: And then

PAT: I got to

GLENN: Dragging it in and putting it in the tree it's crooked. Too crooked. Turn it around the other way. No, it's better the other way. Turn it around that way. No, now there's a bare spot. I don't like this tree. Oh, really? You don't like this tree, huh?

PAT: She was with you.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: I had the same problem because my wife wasn't with me but here's what she said as I left the house. Because I had to stand out in the cold for three hours with my Boy Scout sons who were selling trees.

GLENN: Yeah. Pat calls me Saturday afternoon or Saturday morning because I'm you know, I'm going to go buy a tree that weekend because last weekend it sounded like a good idea. Hey, let's go buy a tree on Saturday. Okay, that sounds like fun. Hey, kids, let's go buy a tree. Daddy's dumb as a box of rocks and I can't remember last year, when we went and bought a tree and hated it! So I said, "Hey, let's go over." And I conveniently forgot on Saturday, but I want to thank my good friend Pat for calling me in the rain and the snow.

PAT: Happy to do it. Happy to do it. You better get down here and get a tree because they are going fast.

GLENN: They are going fast.

PAT: That's what I told you.

GLENN: They weren't going fast.

PAT: They were going kind of fast. I was just miserable and I wanted a little company.

GLENN: You wanted company.

PAT: Yeah. Yeah. Well, when I left the house, she's like, pick one out if they're okay. Just go ahead and bring one home. Okay. So I pick one out and I bring it home. Pick out the fullest, and I get home and I hear, that's not a good one.

GLENN: That's not a good tree.

PAT: "I said if it was a good one!" "What's wrong with it?" "It's crooked on top!" "I'll fix that. We'll just put some a magazine under the stand." "That won't work. It's crooked only at the top and straight at the bottom. This isn't a good one." I said only "it's not big enough." I'm like, "I spent 80 bucks on it." "80 bucks!?" "Yeah. I mean, big deal." "80 bucks! You spent $80 on that?" "Yeah." "How much was the tree stand?" "$40." "$40!?" "Yeah. And then I got some tree lights." "Tree lights? How much was that?" "Whole thing, $150." "$150!?" Yes, I know, we're going to be poor and destitute and out in the street now because of it. Oh, I went through just misery on Saturday night.

GLENN: It's awful. Just awful. Merry Christmas!

PAT: I know. Well, and then

GLENN: My son is like, "Dad." Yeah? "Look, I can pick all the green things off this." No! Don't pick the green things off it! "Look, it looks like a stick." I don't want it to look like a stick!

PAT: I can see Raphe doing that.

GLENN: Yeah, he was.

PAT: And then pulling the sticks off to use as swords.

GLENN: Yeah, exactly right. So my wife said to me last night, "Will you come home tonight"? Yes. "What time are you getting home from work?" Midnight, if I can help it.

PAT: Really late day.

GLENN: Really, really late day.

PAT: Only have like nine shows to do.

GLENN: You'll probably be asleep. So just put the kids down, you go to sleep, I'll creep in. "What time are you going to be home?" I have no idea, honey. "Well, be home early because we'll decorate the tree. Won't that be fun?" No. (Laughing). No, it will not be. I have a clear recollection of how fun it is. No. (Laughing).

PAT: I started that light process yesterday.

GLENN: I said to my wife, she said I said, "Do we have lights?" You know how many lights we have downstairs? And then I remembered. "Oh, yeah, I put them there. Go buy some new ones because I am not untangling them. Because I remember what kind of a mood I was in when we took the lights down last year! We're throwing them out!"

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: "You want colored lights?" I don't care. "Well, white lights or colored lights?" I don't care. "Well, I'll get both and then we can decide." I don't... care! You know that's one thing that women don't understand. They don't seem to hear that phrase.

PAT: No.

GLENN: "I don't care. " Where are we going to eat? "I don't care." "Well, how about here or here?" "Honey, I don't care."

PAT: Pick one.

GLENN: Pick one. "I don't care." Pick one. Okay, we'll go there.

PAT: "I don't like that place."

GLENN: Then why did you give me that option!

PAT: Exactly. They don't listen to us.

GLENN: No.

PAT: Because, you know, it's like Friday. We both, we had had long weeks. We had done, you know

GLENN: Oh, jeez.

PAT: 13 shows last week plus a live performance.

GLENN: I did 13 shows last week and a live performance. I was exhausted Friday!

PAT: All we want to do is go home and vegetate.

GLENN: I just want to go home and vomit.

PAT: On a couch.

GLENN: Just don't, don't talk to me, don't I just, let me just, can I just have a couple of hours just to have, like, a nurse give me an IV bag or something. My wife calls and she's like, "Let's go out." I don't want to go out. "Well, why don't you want to go?" Because I've been, I've been out all week! I just want to be home for a few minutes. "Well, I haven't been out all week."

PAT: I heard the exact same thing. My wife calls: "You want to go to the town lights Christmas light spectacular?"

GLENN: No.

PAT: The town's like 12 people. How spectacular can it be! No! I just want to sit! "Well, we haven't been out." I've been home twice this week! Please! "Well, I thought you wanted to be with us." Yeah! At home!

GLENN: I'm thinking I just Pat and I talked about it on the way home. I think, I think we're going to divorce our wives.

PAT: And just marry each other.

GLENN: And just marry each other.

PAT: I mean, after all these years, the sex thing's not an issue anyway.

GLENN: It's just like, it's not happening.

PAT: It's over.

GLENN: I mean, look at us.

PAT: It's just not fun. You want to go? No. Me, neither.

GLENN: Just the laughs we would have. "Hey, Pat, you want to go to the Christmas spectacular?"

PAT: No.

GLENN: Good. Me, neither. Done!

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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