Glenn's take on National Treasure II

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. I'm glad you're here. My name is Glenn Beck and I want to talk to you about a couple of things. I want to start with something real positive. I went to see National Treasure over the weekend, the Nicholas Cage movie. I don't know if you've seen it already. I personally, I think I liked it better than the first one. I don't know. I'd have to see the first one. I really liked the first one. I mean, you know, it's an American Indiana Jones. If you are looking for anything deeper than that, you are going to the wrong movie. But that's what it is, an American adventure in Indiana Jones. And I saw the second one and I liked it as much as the first. My daughter said on the way out, she said, I think that's better than the first one, Dad, and it's been a long time since I've seen the first one but it's pretty close. I liked it. But here's what I liked about it. I liked the fact that, A, there wasn't any offensive -- there's nothing offensive in it. I didn't feel uncomfortable sitting next to my family. I didn't have to walk out and go, no, that's not exactly what was going on. I didn't have to explain who the bad guys are and who the good guys are and that the black had -- sometimes are white hats. Sometimes the bad guys are good guys. Sometimes the good guys are bad guys. I didn't have to do that. It really felt like movies the way they used to be made where a parent didn't have to explain or to back out and correct the bullcrap that had just been pumped into our child's head. Am I alone feeling that? I know I'm not.


 


 So that's one of the things I liked about it. It was just good clean fun. I liked the fact that the Nicholas Cage character, who's a good, decent guy. Again I didn't have to explain to my son who didn't see it yet because he's 3, but I could watch that movie and I won't have to explain to my son, well, no, a good guy doesn't behave that way. That guy was honorable every step of the way. Even in kidnapping the President, it was honorable, and I know that sounds strange but he didn't actually kidnap the President. And when the President -- and this is my favorite part, and I wanted to cheer and I wanted to ask you, am I alone in this feeling. If you saw national treasure, when he kidnapped the President and then went down beneath Mount Vernon into the secret tunnels and they were there and Nicholas Cage said I want to do this to -- sir, I want to do this to restore my family name and you, sir, can restore this national treasure to the United States, bring something back that hadn't been seen forever. It wasn't "And we can all get rich." It was, "And we can do good." The President said to him -- and this is my favorite part. The President said to him, why would you think I would do that? And the Nicholas Cage character said, because whether you were born to be the President, sir, or you just found yourself the President, I believe that the President is an honorable man and when push comes to shove, the President of the United States will always do the right thing. The President looked at the Nicholas Cage character and said, nobody believes in that anymore. And Nicholas Cage said, sir, everyone wants to believe.


 


 I don't think I have seen a truer line in a movie in I don't know how long. "Sir, everyone wants to believe." That's the thing that Barack Obama has captured when he talks about hope and change. He's not talking about what it is, and that's the problem. But he's showing us, he's giving us that feeling that we had with Ronald Reagan that we're not these people, that we are great people. We want to believe the President of the United States is an honorable man. We want to believe those in congress are there doing an honorable job, but nobody believes it anymore. But we want to believe. I know I do. But so many times the truth doesn't matter and so you know what? We have to get to the truth. We have to.

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

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

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

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

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

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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