Glenn Beck barnstorms South Carolina for the Constitution and Ted Cruz

Glenn Beck barnstorms South Carolina for the Constitution and Ted Cruz

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Beck has endorsed Cruz, but says, “I’m not here for Ted Cruz. I’m here for the Constitution.”


CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 15, 2016 — In recent years, radio and television host Glenn Beck has put on massive events including “Restoring Honor,” “Restoring Courage” and “Restoring Love.”

In the days preceding Valentine’s Day, Beck began holding rallies in support of restoring love for the United States Constitution. With the South Carolina primary only days away, Beck has barnstormed the state to cheering crowds. The man behind The Blaze is lighting rooms ablaze. When he delivered the news of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday to a shocked crowd, Beck praised Scalia and demanded that presidential candidates understand Scalia’s legacy.

Beck has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president. However, Beck makes it clear what motivates him: “I’m not here for Ted Cruz. I’m here for the Constitution.”

Beck has for years lamented America’s descent and decline. He sees the 2016 election providing one of four specific results.

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The first choice is socialism. Bernie Sanders supporters accurately believe that “the system doesn’t work.” However, their solution always comes down to “I want free stuff.”

The second choice is authoritarianism. This would be the result of electing Donald Trump, whom Beck calls a “grotesque capitalist.”

Trump speaks in generalities about what he will do. Beck asks a fair question that he believes Trump has yet to answer: “What specifically is he going to get done?”

Beck has a real problem with Trump because he insists that “character matters. A man without it shouldn’t lead.”

The third choice is to maintain the status quo. The continued descent into decline would occur if Americans elected former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She would continue the progressive vision of President Barack Obama.

Beck even puts Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in this status quo category, albeit to a much lesser degree. Beck likes Rubio and finds him to be a man of many admirable qualities. However, Beck is just not convinced that Rubio would make every decision based on what the Constitution allows. Beck cited the disagreement in one of the debates over the NSA metadata collection program. Cruz and Rubio agree on many issues, but they part company on metadata collection. Cruz is against it while Rubio favors it.

Beck brought up the issue of the Fourth Amendment with Rubio, who insisted that the NSA metadata collection program does not violate the Constitution. This very respectful disagreement is something Beck cannot get past.

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Beck’s fourth choice, the one he prefers, is to elect a constitutionalist.

Beck refers to President George Washington as “my hero,” frequently referring to Washington as “the indispensable man” and saying, “His character was so deep.” Beck even travels around with a silver briefcase containing George Washington’s copy of “Don Quixote.” 

Beck is not blinded by Ted Cruz. He knows that even the most promising of politicians can let us down. Cruz promised Beck that every decision he made and every action he took would be based on his belief in God and the United States Constitution. Beck warned Cruz that if he broke his word, “I will be your worst nightmare.” Cruz laughed and made it clear that he would not have it any other way.

Beck reminded the audience of what matters most. The only thing we have in this world is our good name. Beck once tarnished his name and spent years trying to get it back.

Whoever wins the 2016 election, Beck implored the audience to do what is right. 

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