Glenn Beck: A frank conversation with Jon Huntsman

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GLENN: I did a show two days ago with a live studio audience and my good

friend who I'll introduce you to here in a second, and when I got off, the

producers we have I don't even know, what do we have? Twelve producers that are

in the studio, twenty producers that are in the, you know, in the control room.

And there one of the guys, all he has to do is watch the time, watch the time,

make sure that everything is right for the network. He said you know it's a good

show when I forget about the fact that there is a clock. He said, a couple of

times I got yelled at because they were like, what time? And he was like, oh,

oh, crap. He said, that's never happened to me before. And the next day the crew

came in and they said to me, if we had to archive five shows, this would be the

number one show. They said this is the most amazing show we've ever done on

television. And it is a show on self reliance, it is a show on liberating

strife, on you can make it through anything. It is also one on misunderstanding

of wealth and stuff. And the best guy I know to talk about it and is a guy who I

just made him extraordinarily uncomfortable a few minutes ago, but I he can

never say this but I can because I believe it with everything in me. He is the

only man I have ever met that I believe has the character of George Washington.

Jon Huntsman, Sr. is a good friend and mentor of mine. Welcome to the program,

Jon, how are you?

HUNTSMAN: Well, Glenn, thank you very much. I'm

GLENN: I know.

HUNTSMAN: I'm overwhelmed. I'm overwhelmed.

GLENN: Did you leave your white horse out on the

HUNTSMAN: My white horse is right by the Delaware River.

GLENN: Yeah. I know you're a big fan of George Washington as well and know the

character of the man, and I know it's something that you have strived for your

whole life is to be a man of real character. We were talking off the air a few

minutes ago, and I want you to try to address this, Jon. Jon, so you know, grew

up in a house so poor, that he had cardboard walls. He had one shirt, one pair

of shoes, right?

HUNTSMAN: Right.

GLENN: Yeah. Poverty unlike what most people understand poverty in America to be

like.

PAT: But they were Gucci shoes, I understand.

HUNTSMAN: Come on, Pat.

GLENN: And so Jon grew up, and he has seen it. Even when he was poor, his wife

told me this story, that when he was when he was poor, she would divvy out the

few dollars that they had so he could have lunch and everything else when he was

working long hours. She didn't know, and he didn't say anything to her because

he just, you know, he knew what she would say. He took that money for his lunch

and he gave it to the neighbors down the street because they were worse off than

they were. And so he made sure that they had something to eat every day and he

went without. And this is a long, long story in his life. Built Huntsman

Chemical Company which is the largest now chemical corporation privately owned

in the world and his lived his life ethically.

Jon, people are looking for answers on the country on what to do, and I think

they are looking for a magic bullet. I think they're looking for a political

solution here. As a businessman, how much trouble is the country in?

HUNTSMAN: Well, Glenn, number one, thanks thank you very much, very much for

your kindness, Glenn. You're always exceedingly thoughtful and gracious, and you

build me into an individual that sometimes I really have to pinch myself

because, you know, I have a hard time living up to your expectations, Glenn.

GLENN: Well, you wouldn't have to pinch yourself. If you just fly commercially,

TSA will do it for you now.

HUNTSMAN: Just frisk myself. But, you know, Glenn, the key right now to America

is that we have to get back to being to trust one another. I think the word you

know, faith, hope and charity, I have these great pictures in my office of

faith, hope and charity that you gave me. And I look at them every day and I

think if we could just trust one another. If our handshake was our bond, if we

had that wonderful feeling of admiration and trust. And I think our Founding

Fathers, they would disagree but they weren't disagreeable. They didn't hate

each other, they didn't want to kill each other off.

GLENN: They did, they yelled and screamed and they were passionate about their

point of view and they argued hard with each other. Thomas Jefferson and John

Adams. But they were decent men. They in the end George Washington said to them,

look, you have more in common. And they had the values and principles in common.

I don't know, Jon, if we have values and principles in common anymore.

HUNTSMAN: Well, you know, I particularly love Franklin because I went to the

University of Pennsylvania and Franklin, of course, was a founder there. And

we've studied his life, and I loved his book on pragmatism, the pragmatic nature

of man. And coming back to your point, Glenn, we do. I think the basic majority

of people listening to this program are honest, God fearing people and they just

don't understand what's going on with their government. They don't understand

this massive debt. They don't understand what's happened to them in the last few

years. But it's not their fault. I think they themselves are God fearing, fine,

wonderful people who you're honored to have as your friends. And I think that's

a vast majority of Americans today.

GLENN: So if you're looking for a political answer, I don't think there is I

mean, we have to be vigilant, we have to, you know, play our role as a citizen

and vote and everything else. But I think the problems that are coming, I Jon,

would you agree about me that I don't know if you can because of your position

in the world, but that the system is unsustainable as we have designed it today

and it needs to be reset in some form or another back to things that are true.

And faith, hope and charity, things that are the things that poor Richards used

to teach us. The common sense, you know, be thrifty and, you know, save your

money and there is there is a difference between good debt and bad debt and

honesty is the best policy, all of that stuff.

HUNTSMAN: Well, you know, we don't have a choice, Glenn. I think the history of

the world suggests if one studies the Romans and one studies the early Greeks

and one studies the history of the world, they all eventually falter if they

don't come back to the basic aspect of integrity and honor and feelings of love

one for another. I think of this great term that Churchill came up with

originally, that without integrity, nothing else counts. With integrity, nothing

else counts. And so what we're saying is in essence, we have to bring integrity

back into the lives of the nation, our leaders, our people, our individuals. And

if we don't, history has a way of changing events so that we will, and we must.

GLENN: People say it's God. It really is God. It's nature God sets up the laws

of nature and if you betray the laws of nature, after a while it doesn't matter.

He doesn't come and destroy you and punish you. You punish yourself because

you're out of the laws of nature.

HUNTSMAN: Well, precisely true, Glenn. And, you know, I've always felt badly for

people who said, well, there is no God, I don't believe in God. If someone does

not believe in a higher power and in the blessings of God and His son Jesus

Christ and I'm not trying to preach. I'm just saying my own beliefs it's sad.

It's sad to me because then what they believe in is themselves and money and

greed and how much do I get out of this world and how much can I take away from

it instead of, what can I contribute to it, what can I give to it. And you know,

I was so interested, Glenn, to see that most Americans today still give to

charity. More than any country in the world.

GLENN: I know.

HUNTSMAN: The United States of America.

GLENN: By far.

HUNTSMAN: Our citizens. And I found another interesting statistic. Those people

who make under $20,000 a year, they give an average of 4% of their income to

charity, whereas those who make more give an average of 2% to charity.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

HUNTSMAN: Isn't that interesting? So our people, good, are good, solid people,

but we have to give back into a belief in God, into a belief in each other and

into a love and sustaining of one another.

GLENN: I have to introduce you to a friend of mine, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. I don't

know if you've seen him on the TV show.

HUNTSMAN: I have, sure.

GLENN: He's been teaching me so much, and he's been trying to teach, in his own

way, the Old Testament to me in ancient Hebrew. Do you know what the word

"Love," how the word "Love" is described in ancient Hebrew? You know, the two

symbols, it takes two symbols to write the word "Love" in Hebrew. And the first

symbol is "I." The second symbol is "Give."

HUNTSMAN: Makes sense. Makes sense.

GLENN: So the definition of "Love," you can't say I love something. For

instance, I love turkey. No, you're consuming turkey.

HUNTSMAN: That's right.

GLENN: If you really want to know how God, in the only language that hasn't

really changed, Hebrew, if you want to know how God's change, you He described

love, it was "I give." So if you are giving, it is showing love. And I was

talking to Marcus Luttrell the other night about, you know, marriage and because

he just got married. And I said, when you just want to serve them, that's when

you know. That's when you know. Just, I just want to serve you. I just want to

serve.

HUNTSMAN: Charity faileth not and, you know, it's such a great privilege. In my

life it's been an interesting situation because born in a small rural town in

Idaho with nothing and then having the blessings of reaping a huge fortune and

giving it away or trying to give it away and having a lot of problems in our

life, you know. No family out there listening to this program, no matter what

their wealth is, will go through life without stumbling and falling.

Our youngest son is severely handicapped mentally. Our beautiful 44 year old

daughter died this past year, leaving seven little children. I've had cancer

four times. But you know, Glenn, God has blessed me, and I feel so honored and

so privileged in the blessings of life.

GLENN: You I have to tell you, Jon, in the last year and I'm going to go all

Gayle King/Oprah Winfrey on you here in a second. In the last year when I first

met you, I didn't know much about you. I just knew that you were a billionaire

and everything else and so I didn't know very much and I liked you immediately.

And I saw that you were a good, decent man. And as I saw your planes and your

homes and everything else, it would be very easy for me to say, wow, what a

life. Look at this. Man, wouldn't you like to be Jon Huntsman. And in many ways

my family and my friends have said that and I have said that. I mean, you know,

you lead, you lead an unbelievable life that very few humans have ever led. But

in this last year, Jon, I would never want to be you because I have learned and

that's what this show is about. I have learned the incredible cost that you have

paid not for your wealth, but you have I think for your integrity. I think there

is a cost. The opposition grows in strength, and you have handled it with such

grace and dignity. I don't envy any of your, any of your wealth. I envy your

integrity and I envy the way you've lived your life. It is remarkable,

remarkable life.

HUNTSMAN: Well, Glenn, you know, once again you've I'm overcome a bit by your

kindness, but I'm reminded when you say those things of my sweet mother. She

died very young of cancer and her mother before her died of cancer. But on my

mother's tombstone in a little Utah town are etched these words by Shakespeare:

Sweet are the uses of adversity. And I think of it so often is each of us in our

own ways, in our own hearts, in our own respective jobs or families, sometimes

we're alone, but we're going to be tested and retested by adversity and if we

can bounce back and if we can keep telling ourselves, I know I can make it, I

know I can make it. And you go out and you do something for someone else and you

try, you put your arm around them, don't feel sorry. Self pity is the worst

possible disease that can affect mankind. And if we do just the opposite, which

is love, then we have God's feelings with us at all times. And that's what

you're saying, Glenn. I mean, that's the only thing that's going to salvage this

great nation of ours is to get back to God again.

GLENN: Firm reliance on the protection of divine providence.

The FEC is bad. The House of Representatives isn't doing anything to make it better.

When it passed H.R. 1 by a vote of 234-193 on Monday, Congress attempted to address a laundry list of nationwide problems: rampant gerrymandering, voting rights, and the vulnerability of elections to foreign interference, among other concerns. But H.R. 1, billed as the "For the People Act," also takes a shot at reforming the Federal Election Commission (FEC). It fails.

The FEC isn't good at enforcing the nation's campaign finance laws, and, when it is does, it's often an entire election cycle after the given offense. As it is, candidates don't have much difficulty circumventing campaign finance laws, undermining the fairness of elections and opening the door to further corruption.

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The FEC was created by the Federal Election Campaign Act following the Watergate scandal, as Congress sought a better way to police federal campaign laws and prevent future presidents from interfering with investigations as Nixon had. The FEC has six commissioners, and no more than three can be of the same party. Four votes are required for most actions taken by the agency, and that hasn't been an issue for most of its history. But since 2008, the frequency of 3-3 tie votes has increased dramatically. It's why the FEC is slow to investigate cases and even slower to prosecute offenses. Supporters of H.R. 1 complain, with good reason, that the FEC has become toothless. But H.R. 1's reforms introduce new and potentially volatile problems.

FEC's rampant dysfunction won't be fixed by H.R. 1— the bill doesn't get at what actually went wrong. Since its inception, the FEC has been able to operate without excessive gridlock, and, for the most part, it still does. At the height of FEC turmoil in 2014, the FEC only had a tied vote 14 percent of the time (historically, it has been closer to one to four percent of the time) on substantive matters, although many of these tie votes occur on matters that are particularly contentious. The greater problem afflicting the FEC is touched upon by NBC Washington's findings that the Republican and Democratic commissioners of the FEC almost always vote as blocs. At various times, both Republican and Democratic commissioners have put party interests ahead of their agency's responsibilities.

At various times, both Republican and Democratic commissioners have put party interests ahead of their agency's responsibilities.

H.R. 1's Democratic supporters instead believe the FEC's six-commissioner structure makes it dysfunctional. H.R. 1 introduces a new system of five commissioners —two from each party and one independent, eliminating tie votes. But that independent commissioner's de facto role as a tiebreaker would grant them far too much power. Save for Senate approval, there's nothing preventing a president from appointing an "independent" like Bernie Sanders or Angus King.

The bill's proponents are aware of this problem, creating a Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel that will help inform the president's decisions. But this panel has problems of its own. The Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel's decisions are non-binding and not public, a result of its exemption from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which ensures the transparency of advisory committees. There are arguments against FACA's necessity, the panel's deliberate exemption from the law undermines the idea that its goal is to ensure non-partisanship. Instead, H.R. 1 will allow future presidents to tilt the scales of the FEC in their favor, a fate the post-Watergate creators of the FEC were so desperate to avoid they originally had members of Congress picking commissioners before the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. Apparently, the solution to excessive gridlock is one-party control.

H.R. 1 also seeks to grant unilateral powers to the Chair of the commission in the name of expediency, again giving leverage to the Chair's party, and allows the General Counsel to take actions independent of commission votes. While some of the FEC's problems, such as its notoriously slow pace and the delayed appointment of commissioners under Presidents Obama and Trump, might be solved with legislation, the consolidation of power in the hands of a few at the expense of the FEC's integrity is not a winning strategy.

The FEC is afflicted by the same problem that has afflicted governments for as long as they have existed – governments are made up of people, and people can be bad. The Founders, in their wisdom, sought to limit the harm bad actors could do once in power, and the FEC's current structure adheres to this principle. Currently, the consequences of bad actors in the FEC is dysfunction and frustration. But under H.R. 1's reforms, those consequences could be blatant corruption.

Michael Rieger is a contributor for Young Voices. Follow him on Twitter at @EagerRieger.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed former Starbucks CEO and progressive Howard Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who has not only been disowned by the Democrat Party but he can no longer set foot inside of a Starbucks store because of his success in business.

In this clip, Stu explained how at one time Starbucks only sold coffee in bags until Schultz, an employee at the time, convinced the company to open a Starbucks cafe.

Click here to watch the full episode.

At one point, the owners came close to closing down the cafe, but Schultz eventually managed to purchase the company and transform it into the empire that it is today.

Stu continued, describing how Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, went on to implement liberal corporate policies that earned the company a reputation for being a "beacon" of liberalism across the country.

"And now he (Schultz) can't even get into the Democrat Party," Stu said."That is craziness," Glenn replied.

Citing a "60 Minutes" interview, Glenn highlighted the journey that Schultz traveled, which started in the New York City projects and evolved, later becoming the CEO of a coffee empire.

"This guy is so American, so everything in business that we want to be, he has taken his beliefs and made it into who he is which is very liberal," Glenn explained.

Catch more of the conversation in the video below.


This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

This weekend, March 17, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be speaking at (Council on American Islamic Relations) CAIR-Michigan's 19th annual "Faith-Led, Justice Driven" banquet.

Who knows what to expect. But here are some excerpts from a speech she gave last month, at CAIR-Chicago's 15th annual banquet.

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You know the speech is going to be good when it begins like this:


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It's important to remember CAIR's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Think of CAIR as a spinoff of HAMAS, who its two founders originally worked for via a Hamas offshoot organization (the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)).

A 2009 article in Politico says feds "designated CAIR a co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was eventually convicted for financing terrorism."

The United Arab Emirates has designated CAIR a terrorist organization.

In 1993, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.

In 1998, CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad said:

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.

Notice the slight underhanded jab at Israel. It's just one of many in her speech, and is indicative of the growing anti-Semitism among Democrats, especially Tlaib and Omar.

Most of the speech, as you might expect, is a long rant about the evil Donald Trump.

I wonder if she realizes that the Birth of Jesus pre-dates her religion, and her "country." The earliest founding of Palestine is 1988, so maybe she's a little confused.

Then there's this heartwarming story about advice she received from Congressman John Dingell:

When I was a state legislator, I came in to serve on a panel with him on immigration rights, and Congressman Dingell was sitting there and he had his cane, if you knew him, he always had this cane and he held it in front of him. And I was so tired, I had driven an hour and a half to the panel discussion at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. And I sit down, my hair is all messed up, and I said, 'Oh, my God, I'm so tired of this. I don't know how you've been doing it so long Congressman. They all lie.' And he looks at me and he goes. (She nods yes.) I said, 'You know who I'm talking about, these lobbyists, these special interest [groups], they're all lying to me.' … And he looks at me, and he goes, 'Young lady, there's a saying in India that if you stand still enough on a riverbank, you will watch your enemies float by dead.'

What the hell does that mean? That she wants to see her enemies dead? Who are her enemies? And how does that relate to her opening statement? How does it relate to the "oppression" her family faced at the hand of Israel?

Glenn Beck on Wednesday called out Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric, which has largely been excused by Democratic leadership. He noted the sharp contrast between the progressive principles the freshmen congresswomen claim to uphold and the anti-LGBTQ, anti-feminist, anti-Israel groups they align themselves with.

Later this month, both congresswomen are scheduled to speak at fundraisers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State.

Rep. Tlaib will be speaking at CAIR-Michigan's 19th Annual Banquet on March 17 in Livonia, Michigan, alongside keynote speaker Omar Suleiman, a self-described student of Malcolm X with links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Suleiman has regularly espoused notably "un-progressive" ideas, such as "honor killings" for allegedly promiscuous women, mandatory Hijabs for women, death as a punishment for homosexuality, and men having the right to "sex slaves," Glenn explained.

Rep. Omar is the keynote speaker at a CAIR event on March 23 in Los Angeles and will be joined by Hassan Shibly, who claims Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, and Hussam Ayloush, who is known for referring to U.S. armed forces as radical terrorists.

Watch the clip below for more:


This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.