GLENN: Yes, Texas has the right to defend itself

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Texas is facing another Alamo. We're in a constitutional crisis.

Governor Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday wrote a letter to the American people and Joe Biden, and he defined his authority and the authority of the United States.

But first, let me take you back to 1787.

The Constitutional Convention came down to this question: Where do states' rights end, and where do the federal government's begin? Many states didn't want to join the union because they didn't believe the federal government was going to hold up its end of the bargain. States had to give up a large portion of their sovereignty and authority to join the union. How could they be sure that the federal government would uphold their rights?

Where do states' rights end, and where do the federal government's begin?

They had just come out of the war with England, which violated their rights, and they paid a big price to get those rights back. When considering coming under a new authority, the federal government, they were afraid. What if you had a weak federal government that has the responsibility to protect the border? The states insisted on having the authority to be able to protect their own borders against invaders. The first step was to add the Bill of Rights because the states were pushing back, saying, "We don't believe the federal government will always hold up its end of the bargain."

Of course, they were thinking about an invasion of an army. But what is happening on our southern border is the textbook definition of invasion if you look at what China planned to do to Russia during the Sino-Soviet border conflict. The People's Republic of China thought that if there ever was a war with Russia, all China had to do was send a million people over the border and have them surrender. On day two, send another million. On day three, send another million. China predicted that by the end of the week, its invasion plan would collapse Russia.

That's exactly what's happening at our southern border.

Under the Biden administration, at least 6 million illegal aliens have crossed our border and are now in our communities and cities all across our country. Some estimates say there are as many as 10 million illegal migrants. Let's assume that the number is 6 million. That's still more than the population of 33 states in our country. The Biden administration has let in a whole new Colorado, a whole new Wisconsin, a whole new Oregon, and we don't even know who these people are.

But we know who some of them are. The Border Patrol has picked up cartel members, human traffickers, and even members of Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist organizations. Cartels are making bank from Biden's open-border policies by enabling human trafficking and drug smuggling operations to flourish. U.S. citizens continue to die from fentanyl that has been smuggled in as a direct result of the Biden administration's policies.

The Biden administration has let in a whole new Colorado, a whole new Wisconsin, a whole new Oregon, and we don't even know who these people are.

This isn't a Trump problem. Trump had the border under control. Biden came in on day one and completely, through executive order, overturned everything that Trump had done. We saw it, and it's only getting worse now.

Our government, through NGOs and public-private partnerships, is intentionally moving people from South America, Central America, and Mexico into the United States. This is all part of the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, which Joe Biden is fundamentally signed on for.

That's why Abbott stated that "President Biden has refused to enforce those laws" that he, in his federal capacity, is obligated to enforce. Abbott goes so far as to say that Biden has violated the laws. Then, appealing to James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and the framers of the Constitution, Abbott declared that Texas’s right to defend itself is the “supreme law of the land” and "supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary.”

So what does this mean? Well, it means we are in a constitutional crisis. We have a state declaring its constitutional right to protect itself and the federal government saying no, it can't.

Abbott is saying that Texas is upholding the law while Biden is flouting it.

Does Texas have the right to do this? Senator Ted Cruz says yes. Ron DeSantis has signed on. More and more states are signing on. They are arguing that the Constitution wouldn't have been ratified in the first place if it left states defenseless against an inept and corrupt government. Texas certainly wouldn't have signed on.

You have to understand we weren't a commonwealth. Texas was a republic. It's the only one in the union. Texas had no reason to join the United States. It wanted to. This is why Texas, the Lone Star State, exudes a different attitude. Texans said, "We'll join, but we're still Texas." They never would have joined the union if they didn’t have the right to supersede the government in protecting their borders when the government failed in its job. In light of this, Abbott is saying that Texas is upholding the law while Biden is flouting it.

As a state, you have a right to defend yourself if the federal government fails to do its constitutional duty, which we all know it has. The feds have failed to hold up their end of the bargain, just like the delegates at the Constitutional Convention predicted. This isn't just a "Texas issue." This impacts all of us, whether we as states, as citizens of the United States of America, have the right to defend ourselves. This is the time for the states to stand together.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.