France and Germany are dreaming of a United European Army... What could go wrong?

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First France and now Germany… the Europeans are finally starting to get it. Last week the French President mentioned the idea of creating a European army, and yesterday German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed him up saying quote, "we have to work on the vision of one day creating a real European army."

Really? One day?! Has it not been over 70 years since the end of World War Two, and they're just getting around to this NOW? President Trump called their remarks "insulting" and told them to instead agree to meet their NATO commitments. I'm sorry, but I'm tired of subsidizing half the planet's defense budgets. World War Two ended 73 years ago. The Cold War ended over two decades ago. The U.S. military doesn't have to hold Western Europe's hand anymore. At some point, the kids have to put on their big boy britches and leave mommy and daddy's house.

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And can we have an intellectually honest conversation about NATO for a second? NATO did an outstanding job. Without it, people in France would probably be speaking Russian right now. NATO was established to combat ONE ENEMY. All of its members had ONE GOAL. To protect themselves from the Soviet Union. Guess what doesn't exist anymore? NATO's entire reason for being - the Soviet Union - is a twenty-six-year-old long lost memory. IT'S GONE. So why does it continue to ignore that fact, AND why are NATO members pretending that they still have unifying interests. We clearly don't anymore.

As far as policy goes, there really hasn't been much to criticize President Trump on - well except for tariffs - but I just don't understand what he's doing here. First he rocked the world by criticizing NATO during the first year of his administration, but now it looks like he's perpetuating the continued use of the U.S. military as a European security blanket. Our global helicopter parenting has got to stop. Is there any reason why Japan STILL hasn't rebuilt their military and relies on us for security? Enough is enough. Yes, China's a problem, but why not let Japan take their natural place and take the brunt of containing China? Let THEM foot the bill.

We can't continue to hold their hands anymore.

How much of the deficit and national debt could we cut by empowering Europe and Japan to finally take responsibility for themselves? It's time to re-examine and think outside of the box, because our debt situation is unsustainable. We can't continue to hold their hands anymore. Europe and Japan… it's time to leave mommy and daddy's basement. I know it'll be scary, but growing up usually is. Don't worry, don't worry, when you screw it up we'll be here to bail you out... again. We might even give you a limited funds credit card to help wean you off. But the free ride... IS OVER.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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