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Will we officially be in a state of "National Emergency" tonight? We'll soon find out, as the president is set for his first prime-time Oval Office address later this evening. Now I've heard some people say, "We've gotta get what we can NOW while we still have the ability"... "The senate should go nuclear!"... "Use executive orders if you have to!" Is that really what we want? Is that really how America was designed to run? In keeping with my 2019 trend, I'm not going to focus on "will he or won't he" as far as what the president might do tonight… I'm going to tell you what it all means.

So will we be in a state of emergency? What if I were to tell you that we already are… officially. The United States is currently under a state of national emergency to the tune of 28 times! Congress has empowered the President of the United States to declare a national emergency, and it's nearly impossible to take that power away once it's been invoked. Oh sure, Congress can vote on revoking the order, and it only takes a majority vote in both houses to do it. But the vote acts like any other bill, meaning the vote would then have to be signed off on by the very same individual that invoked the power. Meaning the president would laughably be asked to approve the removal of something he just invoked. In other words, once national emergency powers are invoked, they can stay there for - pretty much - well… ever.

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And presidents do this every time they want to do something outside the system. You know, when they don't want to bother with that whole pesky congress thing. It's one man calling the shots with nothing to stand in his way. Does that sound very American? Does that sound like the system our founders built?

President Jimmy Carter was the first to invoke these powers after the National Emergencies Act was established in 1976. Those powers - invoked by a president decades ago - are still in effect! Carter's state of national emergency never went away! Every president since has extended Carter's original order. And why not? When one takes or receives power, it's hard to let it go. Bill Clinton invoked national emergency powers 17 times. Six of them are still active to this very day. George W invoked the power 12 times. Ten are still active. Obama called national emergencies 13 times. Eleven are still in effect.

When absolute unchecked power is received it is extremely rare for that power to be given up. It goes against human nature.

But there's nothing surprising by any of this. When absolute unchecked power is received it is extremely rare for that power to be given up. It goes against human nature. And that is the very reason why our founders built this system - this nation of checks and balances - the way they did.

Look, I understand if you're frustrated. I understand if you might be looking forward to things like going nuclear, executive orders and declaring a national emergency. But just remember that everything we may be able to do right now can, not only, be wiped away be another administration, but those same tactics can then be turned upon you. A nuclear strike is always met by a retaliatory nuke. Power recieved is usually never power given back… and this country wasn't designed to work that way.

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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