Why do elite want to defend Ukraine’s democracy but RUIN IT here?

'Something rings very hollow,' Christopher Bedford, Senior Editor for The Federalist, tells Glenn. It doesn't make sense that elite in the West — especially America's ruling class — are hellbent on defending democracy in Ukraine but also incredibly focused on ruining America's principles at home. That's why, Bedford suggests, our ruling class may be MORE dangerous to ordinary Americans than any threat Russia or Putin poses today: 'Vladimir Putin is not...putting the United States of America into internment camps, or drag queens into school libraries, or forcing vaccinations, or closing churches, or arresting priests, or bankrupting businesses. That's what our ruling class is doing.'


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GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program.

Sarah, would you check with our producers.

See if we can move Carol to the bottom of hour number three. Because I have to share a couple of things.

First, I think I know what the game is.

I felt like this thing with Ukraine, has been -- there's something wrong. Something really wrong, that I've been missing. And I think I figured it out, yesterday.

And I want to share that with you. But I also need to explain that last phone call.

Because I think that's confusing, if you don't -- if you don't know -- well, if you don't know all of it. So I need to explain that at the top of coming next hour.

And I think it will really clear up your understanding of what is going on.

I think the guy we have on right now. Christopher Bedford. He's the founding partner of Right Forge. Senior editor at the Federalist. I think this will help clarify a few things too.

He wrote an article the other take, the ruling class, is a far greater threat to Americans, than Russia is.

I want to get Chris on the program now, to explain that. Because I think he's right on. Hi, Chris, how are you?

CHRIS: I'm wonderful. How are you?

GLENN: Very good. Very good. So lay out your case here.

CHRIS: My case is, there's been a lot of hot takes that have been coming out. Everyone who has had access to a keyboard has suddenly become expert on health care, to suddenly being an expert on Ukraine and Russia.

GLENN: And war.

CHRIS: And war, exactly. Strategy. And one of the things that really surprised me.

There's accusations, that's been floating around, towards anyone they suspect of being insufficiently enthusiastic for the White House.

And having an insufficient patriot of Vladimir Putin, and all the evil that he represents.

And they're trying to get the United States, into somewhat of a war footing. And rally around the flag thing.

And they're pushing themselves as real defenders of the West. You see the Germans coming up. The French, led by President Biden. Saying, we must defend the West. And there's just something that rings very hollow, in their calls. I was trying to figure out exactly what it was, in an argument with some friends who think differently than me. And what's strange. Just last week, they were saying, our flag was racist. That Western civilization was patriarchal. That the Star-Spangled Banner was not inclusive. You know, Western civilization was built on blood and tears.

That the land was stolen from Indian tribes. That we must apologize. That we're a bad force.

So suddenly, to see them turn around so swiftly, and see them say we must defend the West. To watch that speech last night. Which might as well be the state of the European Union. For the first half of it.

To watch that, and see him say, well, we're winning this war. The West is United. We're dumping out our vodka in Virginia and Texas. I just don't understand see it.

There's something really strange here. And I know down in my core. All the people, that are trying to get up there, to get patriotic. All the conservatives, the working class people, the Christians. Those are people that they loathe. And they dislike us. They hate our civilization. So I'm not buying it.

GLENN: Do you have an explanation? Because I'm with you, 100 percent. Something is very wrong. I mean, first of all, I don't know, Chris, how old are you?

CHRIS: Thirty-five.

GLENN: Okay. I'm old enough to actually remember getting the films at school, where they showed the nuclear blast. And, I mean, I'm in third, fourth grade, watching this. Going, I don't think hiding under the desk, is going to help us. You know, I remember going to sleep thinking, 18 minutes. We could have -- the whole world could be blown up in 18 minutes.

Terrifying. I haven't thought of nuclear war, and nuclear Holocaust, since the wall fell down. Up until last week.

And we were talking about a little invasion. Then all of a sudden, World War III and possible nuclear war.

And I'm like, wait. Wait. Wait. What?

CHRIS: It's like the White House wants to take the covid chip out of everyone's brains. And immediately insert the Russian chips into everyone's brains. And getting everyone going again. And I'm looking at this, like you are saying, how did we get here?

And by the way, as far as advice goes, the CDC just wants to know, that in case of a nuclear Holocaust, stay 6 feet apart and wear a face mask.

GLENN: Yeah, I know. Well, they did clarify yesterday. They said, that wasn't new advice.

I'm like, oh, good.

So they were thinking about that, before anyone was thinking about nuclear war.

What an even bigger waste of money and time.

CHRIS: I'm looking at the Ukrainian conflict, and I'm seeing some awful things. I'm seeing some real heroism.

I'm seeing pastors and priests, going into the battlefield. And give their lives. And men and women, young and old. Picking up their arms. I'm seeing a lot of heroism, and belief in their civilization.

I'm not seeing here in the United States. Vladimir Putin is not threatening me.

He's not freezing trucker's bank accounts, or making three-year-old children wear masks, or putting Australians into internment camps. Or drag queens into school libraries. Or forcing vaccinations. Or closing churches. Or arresting priests. Or bankrupting businesses. Or prosecuting Christian bakers, emptying prisons, defunding police. That's what our ruling class is doing.

And I'm saying -- I'm saying, it's a little bit of envy, that I think a lot of folks look at. When they look at someone like Vladimir Putin, they look at the defenders of Ukraine, and they say, you know, these are people, who right or wrong, believe in their civilization.

Believe in their cause. Think they're right. Are willing to fight for their civilization. Meanwhile, what we have in the West are people actively trying to suicide our civilization, to destroy it. Attacking us all the time. Trying to make an enemy, that's outside of us.

An other, the entire State of the Union. The first State of the Union, being devoted to this. This idea.

I just don't buy it. When they say the borders of Ukraine are unviable, but to defend our border is racist. When they say that Putin's claims right or wrong, for territorial ancestral lands in Ukraine. Those are ridiculous. But they teach our children, that they have to apologize, because remembering lands were stolen.

It should not be surprising to them, when they turn around and say, why haven't you all stepped up to the line?

Why haven't you gotten ready to fight for us? Why haven't you gotten ready to fight Russia? And we just sit back and say, why would I fight for you?

You don't have the moral authority to rule. You're an illegitimate ruler. And I'm uninterested in following you to war.

GLENN: Have you read Aleksandr Dugin, fourth political theory?

CHRIS: I haven't.

GLENN: You need to. It will answer a lot of questions. And it will also tell you how bright and -- and with the people, these guys in Russia. And I think he's an evil, evil guy.

Number one thing is to destroy America. And destroy the West. And he really wants to bring on Armageddon. The guy is out of his mind. Nuts.

But he has Putin's ear. He's the guy that formulated the Crimea invasion. And a lot of what people was saying in his crazy speech, a week or a week and a half ago. Was all language from Dugin.

And he is trying to get in, and pick up all of the scraps, all over the world. Mainly in Europe.

But some here in America.
And be the defender of that national pride. That doesn't matter, what country you're in. But stop feeling like you should be ashamed of who you are.

He has very -- he's using this, as a way to divide us. And that's why it's really important to understand, who you're standing next to. Because you can look at what Putin is saying, and say, yeah. He's defending his culture and his country.

But he's -- Putin at least is playing a game with that. And the Russians are planting the seeds, or giving money to a lot of groups.

That would just as soon see the United States go to hell in a handbasket as well. It's really dangerous. So you'll read this book. And about half of it, you're like, yeah, he's right. I agree with that. If you don't agree with what she's shooting for. It's dangerous.

I think you really get a lot out of the book. It's Aleksandr Dugin. I think he's just written one, the great awakening. Versus The Great Reset.

And that will tell you even more.

CHRIS: Yeah. It's wild. I have it pulled up right here. And I feel like a lot of politicians, commentators, don't understand exactly what you're talking about right there.

They're trying to writes off Putin as a mad dog. As someone crazy in the head. But they can't understand.


CHRIS: In this boardroom society, that there are men out there, who are brutish. Who will invade, who will attack our societies.

And we have to ask ourselves, what do we have to offer in response to this civilizational conflict that we're talking about. That he's talking about.

The Orthodox Church, the eastern civilization. What do we have to offer?

And it can't be Walmart and McDonald's and consumerism and empty churches. There's a wonderful speech from your listener. By Alexander Solzhenitsyn, when the Russian dissidents, when the Soviet dissidents, when he went to Harvard. And everybody expected him to pat them on the back and say how great you are. And he said, he would rather be in the Soviet Union right now, than in America. Because in America, well, we're free. We lack the spiritual strength, and we lack the religion. And we lack the moral fiber that has gotten the Soviets -- now the Russians, through all these years, and that will get their civilization through the front.

It was -- it was a really biting and jarring, and true, I think condemnation of some of the issues that we're facing. And western civilization will not be defended by Glenn Youngkin or governor of Texas getting rid of Russian products in their liquor store.

It will be defended by us, going to church. Standing up. And having leaders who will stand up as well.

GLENN: Chris, will you just check back with me. After you read their Aleksandr Dugin.

Because you get it. You absolutely get it. And very few people do.

CHRIS: I absolutely will.

GLENN: Yeah. Please get back in touch with me.
Thank you so much, Chris. Christopher Bedford. He is the founding partner of Right Forge, and senior editor of the Federalist.

STU: Point out, you're not exactly, recommending Aleksandr Dugin because you agree with him. You're talking about it, because --

GLENN: Well, did it sound like --

STU: If you need to read Aleksandr Dugin, then you'll get it. It's not like what he said was good.

GLENN: No. I know.

I want to read just the outset of his latest book. I haven't read it yet. But I want to read, what they're saying, the book. The summary of the book.
And if -- well, I'll just read it to you.


Glenn reads leftists’ CLUELESS reactions to SCOTUS decision

The far-left proved once again it’s members care very little about ‘peace.’ In fact, some reactions from leftist, blue checkmarks on Twitter show just how ANGRY they can be…especially when it comes to the Supreme Court preserving the Constitution and returning rights to the STATES. Glenn reads several of their reactions to SCOTUS' recent decision that further protects the Second Amendment...


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GLENN: Boy, I just wanted to go through some of the blue checkmark responses from yesterday. Because, gee. I just -- I just don't -- I just don't know what else to say. They were so right on target. Now, that's -- that's a joke. I didn't mean it. I didn't mean it actually target. You know, like Sarah Palin actually meant it. Alicia Sultan. Or Ashia, or whatever her name is. She says, God forbid. Listen, you're listening right now to a guy who is in the Radio Hall of Fame. I am so good at what I do. I don't even need to know how to pronounce names. I don't have to. They were like, this guy is like a radio god.

Yeah, but have you heard him?
Yeah, put him in the Hall of Fame.
Anyway, she said, God forbid, someone you love gets killed by gun violence. I second that. Second Amendment fetishizing will never bring that back, or a make that loss easier to bear. Yeah. I agree with that. I mean, hang on. Let me just take the ball out of my mouth here. I have this fetish thing with the Second Amendment. It is hot. Too many people believe that unfettered access to guns will never hurt someone they love, until it happens. Okay. I don't know what your point is really here. Marion Williams says. People will die because of this. And to be very clear, now, listen to this argument.
To be very clear. They're not doing this to protect the Second Amendment. They're doing it to protect the primacy of property rights.
Well, gosh, that's a good reason to do it too, I guess. Huh. I didn't even think of the property right part. But thanks for pointing that out, Marion. Neil Cattial says, it's going to be very weird if the Supreme Court ends a constitutional right to obtain an abortion next week. Saying it should be left to the states to decide, right after it imposed a constitutional right to conceal and carry firearms. Saying, it cannot be left to the states to decide.
Neil, here's what you're missing, dude.One is actually in the Constitution. It's called the Second Amendment. That tells the federal government, and the states exactly what they can and cannot do. What government cannot do. There is no right to abortion. I -- show it to me. Show it to me. When you can show it to me, I will change my argument. That, when it's not in -- I'll talk slowly for you, Neil.
When it's not in the Constitution, then, there's this part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It's -- it's -- just look for the number ten. Okay? And that says anything that's not specifically in the Constitution. That goes then to the states. Yeah. Look at you. You're going to read something.
Jill Flipuffock says -- says the kind of people who desperately want to carry concealed weapons in public, is based on a generalized interest in self-defense are precisely the kind of paranoid, insecure, violence, fetishizing people, who should not be able to carry a concealed weapon in public. Okay. So let me get this right.
If you want to carry one, you're the kind that shouldn't carry one. So, in other words, when -- this is right. Jill, my gosh, my whole world is changing. Thank you for this. Now I understand when Martin Luther King went in and said to the state officials, hey. I need to have a concealed carry permit. He's exactly the kind of guy, you Democrats didn't want to carry a gun.
Yes! Jill, thank you for that enlightenment. David Hogged says, you're entitled to your opinion. But not your own facts. And like your own facts, you're not entitled to your own history. That's exactly what the Supreme Court decision is. It's a reversal of 200 years of jurisprudence that will get Americans killed. David, David
Have you read a book? Come on. Do you know anything at all -- name three founders. Can you do it? Right now, think. Go. Can't do it, David. 200 years.
Our -- the only times -- the only times in our history, and you wouldn't know this. Because you bury all the left. Buries the Democratic history.
The only time that we have any kind of history, where we're taking guns away from people, is when the government is afraid of those people. When the government gets really, really racist. Okay? That's why the Indians, yeah. That's why they're living on reservations now. Because we took away their guns. Yeah. Yeah.
That's why after the Civil War. And before the Civil War, slaves could not have guns. Why?
Because they might defend themselves. And then, after they were freed, oh, my gosh, the Democrats freaked out. Those freed slaves, will have a way to protect themselves. And they got it done through all kinds of laws, kind of like what you're doing now.
Thank you, David for writing in. You're special. March for Our Lives. Blue checkmark said yesterday.
The court's decision is dangerous. And deadly. The unfairly nominated blatantly partisan justices put the Second Amendment over our lives. No. I -- I -- may I quote the Princess Bride? I do not think those words mean what you think they mean. Okay?
Second Amendment is there, to protect our lives. To protect our property. And to protect our freedom.
I just want to throw that one out. The blood of American people who die from needless gun violence will be on their corrupt hands.
Okay. Wahajit Ali (phonetic) said, let's have a bunch of black, brown, and Muslim folks carry large guns in predominantly white neighborhoods.
I know the Second Amendment advocates will say that's great and encourage it. Because American history proves otherwise. We might get gun control. But we would also get a lot of chalk outlines.(laughter)Mr. Ali, you are so funny.
See, what you fail to recognize is that all of the people that you say are racist, aren't racist.
There are racists in this country, a lot of them seem to come from the left. You know, like the socialist Klan members. Or the socialist Nazi members. You see what they have both in common?
Yeah. Democratic Party. Anyway, Mr. Alley, if someone wants to carry a gun. And they're a Muslim. I have absolutely no problem. You're brown, you're pink, you're polka dot. You have covid and you're not wearing a mask. Or you don't have covid, and you're wearing 20 masks. And you want to carry a gun. I'm totally fine with that. Now, if you get a bunch of people. And, again, I don't care what color they are. Marching down my neighborhood, with large guns. Yeah. I am going to call the police because that's unusual.
What are you doing? We're just marching with our guns. Why in my neighborhood at night?
None of your business. Does Kavanaugh live around here? See, there's a difference. There's a difference. Right-wingers can freak out about nullification or packing or whatever.
No one cares. You broke all the norms of decency, democracy, and fairness. Oh, my gosh. Oh, wait. Wait.
This is from David Atkins. He has a great solution. At the end of the day, California and New York are not going to let Wyoming and Idaho tell us how we have to live in a Mad Max gun climate hell.
Oh, my gosh. David, let's break some bread, baby. Let's come together. Yeah. All right. Let me do my best Marianne Williamson.
Yeah. Yeah. Because we can come together. What you just said is the point of the Tenth Amendment. California and New York, I don't want to live like them.
You don't want to live like us. So let's not. Let's not. However, there are ten big things. And I've heard they've added to these. But there are ten big things, that no government in the United States of America, can do. Now, you want to change that, let's change it. Because what's so crazy, is there's this thing called the amendment process. You want to change the Constitution, you don't -- what -- all norms of decency. Democracy and fairness. You don't break those.
You want to change those amendments. You can do it. All you have to do is go through the amendment process. And then if you say, everybody has to have a pig on their lap. You get the states to vote for that. Put it on the amendment. You have it. Now, probably there would be another amendment that comes later. That says, hey, the big in the lap thing is really, really, stupid, and I think America lost its mind temporarily. So we're going to scratch that one out. From here on out, no. Absolute must have a pig on your lap kind of loss. Okay?
But both of those would be done through the amendment process. That would be doing it the decent way, the fair way, and the Democratic way. But David, you are cute. When you think, you're cute. Tristan Schnell writes in, when American service members die oversees, their caskets are brought to Dover Air Force base to be displayed and mourned. No, they're not displayed. I don't know if you've noticed this. But we try not to display the dead. But when Americans die because of gun violence, their caskets should be brought to the steps of the Supreme Court. So the justices can see what they've done. Yeah.
Tristan, I like that. Why don't we take every baby that's been aborted, and put them in a bucket. I mean, we're going to need a big bucket. Because there's millions of those.
And let's dump them, on the front steps of the Supreme Court. So they can see what they've done. Wow!
I got to thank all the blue checkmarks. Because you've really turned me around.


Why the Fed’s ‘MATH PROBLEM’ may result in MORE inflation

Yes, it’s possible for our economy to suffer from extremely high inflation while certain goods, products, and services experience DEFLATION as well, Carol Roth — a financial expert and author of ‘The War On Small Business’ — tells Glenn. The Fed actually is TRYING to deflate the economy, Roth explains. But while they’re saying one thing, the Fed’s current policy shows the exact opposite. And that ‘math problem,’ Roth says, is what could cause our economy to experience even more, ‘prolonged’ inflation. It’s a ‘dire situation,’ and there seems to be ZERO leadership willing to fix it…


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GLENN: Is it not possible to have super high inflation, on some products. And super low deflation. Prices that are -- that are crazy.

Because they -- nobody is buying them, in other categories. Is that possible to have both of those?

CAROL: Yeah. I think that the best analogy for that would be kind of the '70s. And something that looks for stagflation. Where the economy stagnates. And it stagnates, like you said, because all the money has been sucked up in a couple of categories. And there really is a lot to go around in other places. There's not a lot of investments being made, and what not. But we still end up having high inflation. And we are certainly, a lot of people feel like we're in that sort of stagflation, you know, arena, right now. And it can continue on the trajectory. But you have to remember in terms of deflation. I mean, that's what the Federal Reserve is trying to do. They are actively trying to deflate, you know, not just the bubbles and assets, but they're trying to deflate spending, to cool off the economy. That's why they're shutting off their balance sheets. That's why they're raising their interest rates. It's meant to cool off demand. And that's the math problem that I keep talking about. They keep saying, oh, the consumer. And businesses are going to save us from a recession. But at the same time, the policy is meant to do the exact opposite. The policy is meant to make it, so that people aren't able to spend in the same way. So those two objectives are at odds with each other. And so I do think, that we could end up in this prolonged period, like you said, where the inflation hasn't quite gotten under control. Especially since we have so many supply demand imbalances in our economy. We have a labor imbalance. We have a food imbalance. We have an energy imbalance. And we have a commodity imbalance. And that's not going to it be solved by any monetary policy. That requires real action. And we don't have leadership, that's willing to lead or frankly do anything.

GLENN: So we have -- as I see it, we're looking at a situation. Again, I'm going back. And please, correct me where my thinking is off. But I'm going back to the Great Depression. So people were afraid. They held on to their money. They spent what they had to, and what they could afford. But nothing else.

That caused the labor market to shoot out of control. To -- to about 25 percent unemployment. Because the factories were closing down. Because no one was buying anything, from the factories. Which then, in turn, made FDR say, we're going to build the Hoover damn, to give people jobs. But it was all the government money, which would have just caused more inflation, if I'm not mistaken. Had it not been for the -- and I hate to say it this way. But the saving grace of the Second World War. Right? Were we in a death spiral? I mean, the war was definitely a different kind of reset. And I think a lot of the logic that you're talking about makes sense. If consumer sentiment is really important. And it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, if people don't feel confident, they don't go out and spend. They're worried about their inflation. And being able to feed their family. And get to work. They aren't going to spend -- I think there are a couple of things that we have that are different. And it's not necessarily better for the average American. So I just want to be clear. That I'm on your side, and I'm not saying that it's better.

But because of this huge supply and demand imbalance. We have two jobs available for every person looking. The likelihood is that that probably contracts to be, you know, a better match, than having massive unemployment just because of that scenario is going on. And we also have a whole slew of Americans, who are doing -- you know, have done very well. They have been the beneficiaries of this giant wealth transfer from Main Street to Wall Street. So I think we're going to have a lot of, you know, different outcomes. You know, that inadequately, that's been driven by government policy. And that's never a good thing. Because, you know, the social unrest that comes with it. And rightfully so. Because, you know, these policies have really put the middle class. The working class. And in some cases, the lower class, at risk, to the benefit of the people on the inside. And so the numbers on average, may not show how dire the situation is. And so they'll be able to spend. And say, oh, everything is great. And the consumer is doing well, when people are really struggling. And, you know, that's going to be when we continue to just be furious. And, you know, demand something be done about that.

GLENN: Carol, thank you so much for everything that you do.

She's just issued a new paper. A new piece for TheBlaze. What the heck is going on in bitcoin. And you can find that at What is going on with bitcoin, by Carol Roth. Thanks, Carol. God bless.


Glenn: I didn't think Roe v Wade would end in my lifetime

GLENN: We just have to take a minute, and just think of the miracle we just witnessed.

There isn't a soul, not one soul, in this audience that thought that this would happen. Like this. This fast.

I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime.


'This is how I spend my vacation': Glenn gives behind-the-scenes look at new radio theme recording

If you have ever wondered where Glenn gets the music for his radio show or assumed he used pre-made stock music or cheap computer software, now you know, it’s the real deal. Glenn's vacation technically started this week, but that couldn't keep him away from his natural habitat—the recording studio—where he spent several hours working on an updated radio theme track with pro composer Sam Cardon and Millennial Choirs & Orchestras (MCO).

Glenn was looking for something that sounded more urgent, and from the preview Glenn shared, it sounds like the creative team nailed it. The epic score sounds like it would easily feel at home in a Lord of the Rings or Star Wars film.

The new theme will be on air at a future date, but if you can’t wait, make sure to watch the video for a sneak peak!