Paris pandemonium: Here's what happens when people feel ignored

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Do elections REALLY have consequences? One time I sat in the Oval Office speaking to George W. Bush, and he told me not to worry about who sat behind the Resolute Desk. He said ultimately it doesn't matter. He claimed that everyone elected would always be beholden to the same mechanized political restraints—the same restrictions. Hands were tied, and things would continue in the same general direction year after year, administration after administration.

Now on one hand, there's maybe A LITTLE comfort in knowing that if a Bernie Sanders is ever elected, he'd have to deal with that same realization. But on the other, what happens when the public figures all this out and removes their social contract with the government? What happens if Republican voters never get a repeal of Obamacare, spending never gets cut, taxes aren't lowered and they never get a border wall? What happens when progressive Democrats never get single payer, a 15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage or free college? How long before the social contract is burned and chaos hits the streets? Just look at Paris...

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The Paris “Yellow Vest" riots began in mid November as a protest against the radical climate change agenda. The media doesn't report it that way, but that's what it was. This was a stunning rebuke of the climate movement. Macron's gas tax was part of France's version of what Americans like Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are hoping to get done here with their Green New Deal. But the French said NO.

After years of being given empty promises and getting ignored, the French middle class hit the streets IN DROVES. A quarter of a million people showed up to the first riot, burning cars, smashing windows and even attacking police. And those numbers continued this past weekend.

It actually forced President Macron to first delay his fuel tax for six months, and—as of yesterday—fully cancel it. So are the French packing up their Yellow Vests and going home? Not hardly. They're doubling down.

The democratic system in France has lost its social contract with the people. They're tired of being ignored, and they're drawing up a new list of demands. Conservatives are calling for lower taxes and more jobs.

This monster is growing, and it's looking to spread all over Europe.

Liberals, RIOTING SIDE BY SIDE WITH CONSERVATIVES, are calling for smarter taxes and redistribution of wealth. France's largest farmers union has pledged to enter the riots starting Saturday. All the major trucking unions have announced their plans to join as well to protest a cut in overtime rates. Every Frenchman that can don a yellow vest is planning to march this weekend, and nearly everyone has a different complaint… taxes, wages, jobs, immigration. This monster is growing, and it's looking to spread all over Europe.

But this is what ultimately happens when people feel ignored. This is what happens when political promises go empty year after year after year. All it takes is one spark for the powder keg to explode. In most of Europe, that spark was the immigration crisis. As the economy worsened, and progressive policies like the climate agenda made things worse, the social contract ruptured.

Yes, elections DO have consequences. If those that are elected never deliver on their promises, if they ignore the issues that voters care about the most, Paris is the result.

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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