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VOICE: And now another scenario in which common sense was clearly not applied.

GLENN: Okay, today's story could have been easily avoided with about two minutes of thought and if the participants involved had listened to this program, they would have heard the common sense and they would have had the two minutes of thought and then from day number one we have been talking about this story and telling you that this was just not possible. In fact, it was going to end in destruction. Didn't take a genius to see it, but it's finally happened. Billy Joel and his wife Katie Lee are calling it quits after four years of marriage. I mean, I just have to rack up yet another prediction made in my magazine Fusion. If you need evidence, you can find if you are a Fusion subscriber you know yet another wouldn't you say, Stu, yet another prediction on this program.

STU: I like to wreck your predictions but this one was clearly right by you.

GLENN: This one was clearly common sense would tell you that a 56 year old man marrying a 23 year old is bad enough.

STU: Disgusting.

GLENN: But when it's a 56 year old aging celebrity marrying a 23 year old college chick, the chances are slim to none, wouldn't you say, Stu?

STU: What is going on with this country?

GLENN: I mean, it just doesn't happen, you know. She's going to want to go out to parties and experience things and he's just going to want to stay home and relax. I mean, he's 60, for crying out she's 27. She's in the prime of her life.

STU: Insane.

GLENN: She's going to be stuck going to bed like at 6:00 at night after an early bird and you know when the newness wears off in a relationship sometimes, you know, you see things that you didn't see before. And if the relationship isn't solidly grounded like it wasn't in this case, you know, the 23 year old college girl was in awe of one of the most influential musicians of all time and perhaps not making the most rational decision. I think he was a dirty old man, don't you think?

STU: Anybody can see that, Glenn.

GLENN: Anybody can see that.

STU: Anyone.

GLENN: Once she's over the celebrity thing, I mean, then it's have you seen Billy Joel? I mean, Brad Pitt he ain't.

STU: This is a really good point by you and this observation has been so consistent.

DAN: Uh huh, yep.

STU: Dan, we're just trying to finish this break real quick.

DAN: You do that.

GLENN: Some people made an excuse for the couple saying they seem to be in love, why not get married, she's in college, she's smart enough to know what she's doing.

STU: Idiots.

GLENN: Age difference doesn't matter... those people were dumb. Clearly it did matter. What 27 year old wants to be at home playing shuffleboard, you know, in bed by 6:00. Nobody. Obviously Katie Lee didn't want to.

STU: It's a disgrace to our founding fathers.

GLENN: If she just would have listened to me and to Stu, just use some common sense, this marriage, you know, which is really, was a compact that was made in some sort of sleazy, dirty old man porn store.

STU: Preposterous sham, Glenn.

GLENN: It would have been avoided. What were you saying, Dan?

DAN: Are you done with the segment?

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DAN: This is a

GLENN: If you are a regular listener of this program, this is, what, a five year

DAN: Not quite five years. Four, a little four. They didn't quite make it five, Glenn.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It's 2004, right?

DAN: October.

STU: October.

GLENN: And I have to tell you this is something that has been driving me crazy because Dan first of all, he's always changing the argument.

DAN: Well

GLENN: Yes. Yes, you are.

DAN: I stand by the ones I've made, though, over the years.

STU: He stands by the ones that he would like to

GLENN: You've made everything. You've made every possible statement on this.

DAN: You have kind of also backtracked a little, my friend, from being so hardlined for it and you kind of backed off a little bit, if I, you know, heard the clips.

STU: We have listened to some of the back audio and there's

GLENN: Do we have the back audio?

STU: We do have some first.

STU: Dan, if we can start of clip 4

GLENN: This is a four year argument, for anybody who's this is a four year argument.

DAN: And I'd just like to point out for the record now that the argument now has lasted longer than the marriage.

STU: All right. So this starts off, it started off off the air. This is the first appearance on the air of the argument. Go ahead, Dan.

GLENN: Coming out of Dan Andros, our technical director on the program, he was in the office and he said, when this story broke I think on Monday, Dan came into my office and said, "You think this is gross, don't you? This is..." what were the words, Stu, he used?

STU: The quotes were gross, disgusting and hell.

GLENN: Yes. Married Billy Joel marrying a 23 year old hottie, that's got to be hell. If that's hell, could you please be Satan? If that's your version of hell, I want who nominates Dan for Satan! (Laughing). Can somebody second the motion to make Dan Satan? Because being married to 23 year old hotties, I think I could do it for all eternity.

STU: If that's hell, church just got a lot less popular.

GLENN: All right. So

DAN: You guys are so cute.

GLENN: So you really, you really thought, Dan, that this was gross.

DAN: Yes. Now, let me clarify. May I talk down for just a second?

GLENN: Go ahead, John Edwards, talk to you.

DAN: Oh, this is funny, the clip just ended right there before my explanation.

GLENN: Yeah. So here's Clip 2. What is Clip 2?

STU: This is well, it was actually a strange part to get that cut off. Basically there was Dan's explanation to that after a clarification. A clarification meaning it's not necessarily what he said the first time.

DAN: Because that was your telling of what I said in the meeting. My clarification was that, no, it is not I don't think it's obviously like any man would want to

STU: Yes.

DAN: Would like to have relations with a

GLENN: Why can't you finish any of these sentences, Dan? I don't think it's I mean why can't you finish any sentence on this?

STU: He was for this marriage the whole time.

GLENN: Say it. Say it. Say it, Dan. You don't think that a 60 year old man having a relationship with a 23 year old girl is gross.

DAN: No.

GLENN: Say it.

DAN: Look

GLENN: Say it.

DAN: What I'm going to say

GLENN: Say it.

DAN: No.

GLENN: He won't say it.

DAN: What I'm going to say is obviously thoughts of sleeping with a 23 year old hottie is great, but the marriage was going to be hell eventually because they had nothing in common. There's no possible way these two had enough in common at all.

GLENN: Argue this one more time. You don't know that. Obviously it turned out right but you don't know that.

STU: Again this argument turned into is it possible for a very old you know, the central argument was never for Billy Joel specifically. It was about a very older man and a younger woman. And Dan, eventually and again we've backed off on this both ways. But that is it possible. And Dan basically said, no. We basically said it's unlikely but possible. And that's basically where this thing settled.

GLENN: And I still settle on it's unlikely.

STU: Very unlikely.

GLENN: You've got 40 years of history that are just gone on top of, what, nine years difference? I think Tania's nine years different than me and what was it we were talking about the other day?

STU: There's no way that's lasting.

GLENN: Not for ages. And she's like Woodrow Wilson again! We were talking about something the other day and she didn't pick up on the reference and I'm just like, oh, my gosh. Can you imagine 40 years difference?

STU: Now, I will give Dan credit here as his clarification essentially was that she was going to want to go out to Britney Spears concerts and he was going to want to stay home and play shuffleboard. And according to reports, that is exactly the reason they broke up.

DAN: Yes, thank you.

STU: Is that she wanted to be the kind of party girl and, well, she was also apparently cheating with some fashion designer.

DAN: No way. She was cheating on the 60 year old husband? Uh uh!

STU: And so I will give Dan credit, although the way he's presenting it now I would like to take it away, but I will give Dan credit on this argument.

DAN: Come on.

STU: Because I'm giving you credit.

DAN: I get one prediction right.

STU: I'm giving you I'm giving you credit.

GLENN: Dan, you and I you ready for this? This is what I said to Stu this morning. We were in the morning meeting and I said, "So let's see. I got the economy thing. Dan's got Billy Joel's marriage. Stu, what are you good at predicting?

STU: Nothing is the way that's what I'd like to

GLENN: There's really nothing there. There's really nothing there.

STU: And really when you look at it, I mean, no offense, Dan, but between the economy and Billy Joel's marital status, I think I'd take the economy looking at my 401(k). But I will say

GLENN: But you know what, Dan? Looking at his arguments against my economy prediction and your Billy Joel prediction, he's got we each have one right.

DAN: Yeah, we got something.

GLENN: He's got them both wrong.

STU: I've got to find something now. I need to find something I've been right over the past 20 years and I will dig it up. I think I need to find something.

GLENN: All right. Don't look long at the vegetarian thing.

STU: No, I will not. Here's the second clip where we're talked about the this is 2004 Clip 2, Dan, where we're talking about true love versus age. Clip 2, 2004.

DAN: She's going to be 38 when he's 70 and wetting his pants and she's in the prime of her life.

STU: She's an adult.

DAN: What happens when he puts on one of his songs and she's like, oh, I love oldies, they're awesome, and he's playing Uptown Girl?

GLENN: She was 5 when it was written, she was 5 when he wrote that.

STU: The problem is, and I'm not trying to make the argument that it's the best scenario but Dan's looking at it in such a mathematical way. Love is not a mathematical thing.

GLENN: Oh, please.

STU: It's not something I guarantee you, I mean, Dan is married to his beautiful wife Tara. If they had met and had the same connection, he would not feel this way. He just feels

GLENN: I think without money or fame, they wouldn't have met. You never see this, you never see this without fame or money.

STU: I don't think that's true.

GLENN: Come on.

DAN: Not much.

GLENN: Tell me where you've seen somebody who's poor

STU: Well, the ones that they don't look like Billy Joel, poor, not famous and has a hot 23 year old.

DAN: Funny how true love never seemed to intervene in those situations.

STU: I would say people who are artists and teachers. I've seen it with teachers.

GLENN: Okay, not that it when it doesn't end in jail.

STU: Michael Jackson, clearly a

GLENN: When it doesn't end in jail.

STU: No, I'm just saying that you can it can occur. It doesn't necessarily occur all the time.

GLENN: Show me examples in real life.

STU: They don't cover an unknown people on TV when they get married.

GLENN: No, no. In your life tell me when you have ever seen that, when you've met someone, you know anybody where that's happened, where they are regular people.

STU: How many years apart?

DAN: 32.

GLENN: 32 years. That's not happening in real life.

STU: I mean, my mom and my stepfather are about 20 years apart. Is that enough? Neither one are rich.

GLENN: Okay, 20, that's on the edge there. I do have to you know, and I think my folks are I think my folks are about 12 or 15 years apart.

STU: And let's be honest. Dee, she's hot. Your dad's wife.

GLENN: Hey, that's disturbing. That's let me ask you this.

STU: The update to this, by the way

GLENN: This is what I was going to ask.

STU: The update to this story here now in 2009 is my mom and my stepfather are getting divorced.

GLENN: Dan?

DAN: Yeah.

GLENN: Just sayin'.

DAN: Yeah.

GLENN: So what happened with Billy Joel? She was out screwing around?

STU: Yeah, it appears that she was the reports are that she was hanging out with a 36 year old fashion designer, described as hunky in all the papers today which I appreciated, that fair and balanced reporting. And she was, like, liking the party life. He wanted to live in Long Island and go on his boat.

GLENN: He's an alcoholic.

STU: You'd think that would go well with the party life but apparently not. It's the sad alcoholic.

GLENN: Yeah, it's the sad alcoholic. It's the, you know, it's the one that sits at home and I mean, he's not drinking now, is he?

STU: I don't believe so.

GLENN: The party life goes with the alcoholic.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And wasn't he married didn't he marry her when he was drunk?

STU: Yeah, because he wanted to crash into cars I believe. That was later, wasn't it?

GLENN: Right. I mean, maybe this is actually a really good sign that he's no, seriously maybe this is a really good sign that Billy Joel is getting his life in order. That, you know

STU: Well, this is interesting that you're saying that because it was kind of the Dan also took the opposite side of this argument in 2006 Clip 1 here, Dan. Which remember his first argument was that she how did we frame that, Dan, basically that she was going to be too exciting for him and

DAN: I said he was going to ruin her life and she wasn't you know, she was going to be bored and, you know, that was essentially my argument.

STU: Well, that's no, you

DAN: It was.

STU: You said that you thought she was going to have this horrible life and live basically, you know, basically not be able to, you know

GLENN: Get what she wanted.

DAN: Right. And she saw that happening and she got out of there.

STU: Let's play 2006 clip 1.

DAN: Billy Joel's ruining her life. It's just a matter of time.

GLENN: Billy Joel is ruining her life?

STU: She's going to have that terrible time walking away with $8 million cash.


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DAN: On the Glenn Beck program, you heard it, money is happiness.

STU: Now, the thing about this here is he did not ruin her life. She was cheating on him and going out on parties. So that is not an accurate

DAN: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. So she's going through a divorce now because she dot

STU: It was her choice. He didn't do it to her.

GLENN: Excuse me. She's getting a divorce from Billy Joel.

DAN: Prenup.

GLENN: Oh, there's a prenup?

STU: There's a prenup, she's going to get plenty of money but generally these things are quite lucrative.

DAN: What's perfect? She got the divorce and she got some money. I'm sure she's thrilled.

STU: But he didn't do it to her. She did it to her. You cannot blame him on this.

DAN: This was the whole premise of my argument at the beginning that he was doing it to her because she's so young and immature and he's a celebrity and witch.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. So wait a minute. Should we have some marriage oversight czar? Should we have an oversight czar that she was 23 and she's not old enough?

DAN: You are free to do it. You are free to do it. I'm just saying this is what makes it a dirty old man.

GLENN: How could you possibly see, this is why this argument has been going on for four years.

STU: Four years.

GLENN: How could you possibly say that Billy Joel wrecked her life? He's 60, she's an adult, she's 23. She was yeah, okay, Billy Joel, the piano man, play me a song, Mr. Piano man and he did and she's like, I'm bored with it. She started cheating on him. She wrecked his life.

STU: Yeah.

DAN: Are you saying hold on a second. Glenn Beck, you're telling me that four years of marriage where you end up in cheating on your wife and in a miserable divorce

STU: Not miserable.

DAN: Oh, and divorce I'm sorry. They are having a happy divorce.

GLENN: No, all divorces there's no children, right? Wait, wait, wait.

STU: Then why use the adjective?

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. Are there any children?

DAN: I just think divorces all suck.

GLENN: Are there any children?

STU: No, there are not.

GLENN: Well, then, you know, whatever.

STU: She gets a payday.

GLENN: It's miserable, when there's children involved, you've just screwed everything up.

STU: Yeah, it's not necessarily pleasant but to act like this is ruining her life I think is an overstatement. She's cheating on him.

GLENN: She's coming out of this her whole life changed because of Billy Joel. Her whole life changed. What was she before? Was she I don't know.

GLENN: She turned into a I know she was on Top Chef eventually. What was she before?

STU: She was a chef. Eventually she got the job of Top Chef after she married Joel and now is dating fashion designers in New York City.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. So she was a student.

STU: I don't know that she was a

DAN: So hold on. I want to get this straight. So if you get a good career out of a marriage

STU: Your qualification is ruined

DAN: This is why she got out because it was going to ruin her life. I mean, I didn't know when they were going to get divorced.

GLENN: She ruined somebody else's life!

DAN: It led to cheating and a divorce. How is this

STU: This is classic liberal thinking by Dan Andros.

DAN: Oh, come on.

STU: She cheats on him and he's responsible for it.

DAN: It's both of them.

STU: That is so liberal thinking.

GLENN: How is he responsible? How is he responsible?

DAN: I don't know why you are nitpicking this point. Of course it's both of them but I think it's more him.

GLENN: Wait a minute, wait a minute.

STU: She was the one doing it. How is it him?

DAN: He's the veteran in this situation. He should know what should happen. He's 60. He's been through this twice, for crying out loud!

GLENN: Everybody he marries cheats on him.

DAN: He should quit. He should quit marrying!

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: I will agree with you on that.

STU: That's probably a fair point.

GLENN: I will tell you this, that if I'm Billy Joel today, I am thinking to myself, what the hell is wrong with me.

STU: Yeah. It's got to be a little depressing.

GLENN: Life, life you know, we're all supposed to learn lessons in life. We all come to the table with our own problems and our own, you know, whatever. And when life keeps dealing you the same card, it's not them. It's you. There's something that you're attracting these kinds of people. You know and I only say this because I was this kind of guy, that I would go, you know, "Gee, all the people, how come I keep running into all these people." I'm attracting them. There's something about me. This happens with abuse. People are like they get into an abusive relationship and then they get out and then they're in another abusive relationship and then they get out and then they get in another. And then they are like, why is it. Because there's something about you that attracts these people. So what is it that Billy Joel has not put right in his life that he doesn't get that he is attracting the kind of women that would cheat on him over and over again? What is it? It's I mean, they have to make the choice, but he's choosing improperly. There's something that he hasn't learned yet.

By the way, we had this woman Melissa who calls every time we talk about this. I mean, we haven't talked to her in about a year, but she was like 20 something and he was 47 or 50. Wasn't there like 30 years difference or 27 years difference?

STU: Call in if you hear us, Melissa.

GLENN: Yeah. I think they're from Pittsburgh.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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