Glenn Beck: The argument for fake Christmas trees


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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!

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.