Stu's 2nd To Last Page: The Most Dangerous Man in America?

Glenn calls Cass Sunstein the most dangerous man in America. President Obama, in addition to calling him a friend, considers this regulatory czar one of his closest advisers. I know, that sounds more like the most boring job in America than the most dangerous. Yet part of Sunstein's creepiness is that he described it to his future wife Samantha Power as a job he fantasized about. "I expected him to say he dreamed of playing for the Red Sox. His eyes got real big and he said: ‘Ooh! OIRA!" To translate, that's the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Sunstein isn't necessarily dangerous in the same way a Van Jones type character is dangerous. He's not a wild eyed ideologue in most respects. He is known as one of America's preeminent experts in the area of behavioral economics, which basically means he's obsessed with how people make decisions, and how to alter that process to obtain "better" results. If the president wants you to start eating hamsters, it's his job to remix the nuts and bolts of legislation to make it happen.

Sunstein is one of the lead advocates of something called "libertarian paternalism." For example, Sunstein along with his co-author, Richard H. Thaler, writes:

"Libertarian paternalism is a relatively weak, soft, and nonintrusive type of paternalism because choices are not blocked, fenced off, or significantly burdened."

Well, that just sounds wonderful in theory, doesn't it? But, let's look at it in practice, as they give their examples of how individual issues would be treated:

"If people want to smoke cigarettes, to eat a lot of candy, to choose an unsuitable health care plan, or to fail to save for retirement, libertarian paternalists will not force them to do otherwise — or even make things hard for them…"

You see, they won't make you do anything…of course not. Sunstein just wants to alter what he calls the "choice structure" so that you choose correctly.

But, what's happened to these ideas in practice? Smoking? Two months after taking office, President Obama raised cigarette taxes by 159 percent in the single largest tobacco tax increase in U.S. history. Does that "make things hard" for smokers? Everyone hacking up a lung right now is nodding.

Eating junk food? Michelle Obama has started out her anti-obesity program, recommending (count them) 70 different ideas to manage the food you eat. Everything from how much you breastfeed your children to which foods should be able to be advertised to what audiences. They'll also "analyze the effect of state and local sales taxes on less healthy, energy-dense foods." Hmmmm…I wonder why they would want to do that.

Also, Michelle Obama and the White House Obesity Task Force's "recommendation" about companies not advertising to children illustrates what happens to Sunstein's ideas when they collide with governmental reality. The task force claims that we should only revisit the federal laws that tell companies where they can advertise their products "if voluntary efforts to limit the marketing of less healthy foods and beverages to children do not yield substantial results."

In other words, choose correctly, or we will choose for you.

And I know I don't have to tell you about Sunstein's supposed "right to choose an unsuitable health care plan." The right to choose that has already been revoked by this government, despite the fact that Obama ran his campaign promising the opposite. Remember this classic Obama ad:

"Hillary Clinton's attacking, but what's she not telling you about her health care plan? It forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can't afford it, and you pay a penalty if you don't…" Is that Barack Obama or Jim Demint? That might have sounded good at the time to win votes, but what he really was saying was "we won't mandate that you buy health insurance…until we're elected and can mandate that you buy health insurance."

Some will argue that this is just government bastardizing Sunstein's ideas. After all—he said he still wants us to have choices—right? In his mind, yes he did. But, it's important to always remember that words don't mean the same thing to Cass as they do to you.

To you, a choice is a choice. You either choose to smoke, or you don't. But to Cass Sunstein, if you are choosing to smoke, it's not a pure choice. Because smoking is unhealthy, those who choose to smoke aren't making the decision properly. They must not be focusing on the right information. Therefore, it's not really a pure choice at all.

Who determines what the pure choice is? Well, people like Cass Sunstein of course!

Sunstein's idea of libertarian paternalism might seem wonderful because of the friendly sounding use of the word "libertarian." But, whether he's nudging you or pushing you through a plate glass window, he's still advocating a way for the government to be your parent—an idea about as libertarian as Kim Jong Il.

 





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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere reacted to a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the author, Ron Charles, suggests that "as Confederate statues finally tumble across America, [and] television networks are marching through their catalogues looking to take down racially offensive content," perhaps the next items that should be up on the cancel-culture chopping block are "problematic books."

"Monuments celebrating racist traitors, which were erected to fabricate history and terrify black Americans, are not works of art that deserve our respect or preservation. Similarly, scenes of modern-day white comedians reenacting minstrel-show caricatures are not ironical interrogations of racism that we have to stomach any longer. But complex works of literature are large, they contain multitudes," Charles wrote.

He goes on to argue that "calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins" is but an insidious source of self-satisfaction when compared to the process of critical debate on the values and intentions of history's literary legends.

"If cancel culture has a weakness, it's that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen."

Could cancel culture really spiral all the way down to book burning? In the clip below, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that this radical progressive movement is really about erasing America's history and overturning the foundation of our country. The fundamental transformation of America is happening now.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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