Pulitzer Prize winner and former liberal David Mamet

David Mamet, one of the best authors and playwrights of the modern age, stopped by the radio show this morning to talk about his new book and his conversion to conservatism after spending much of his life involved with liberal Hollywood.

What prompted Mamet's switch to conservatism?

"It's like when you hear a word once you've never heard before and you hear it three more times the same day. I began to be aware of the pervasive animus in the West against the State of Israel. And as a serious Jew, I found it profoundly upsetting. And searched for the roots of it and thought a lot of it had to do with secular humanism and the rejection of religion and concomitant with the rejection of religion on the left is the rejection of the notion of the nation state. The two of them go right together. And that the nation state that we on the left are rejecting is unfortunately our nation state, the United States. And the more I looked, the more I saw that the culture was being dismantled in the service of good ideas and that we had seen such behavior before and great success among the Nazis and among the communists."

"The people of my generation - I was born right after World War II - would look back and say to our parents, you know, our dads were all in the Service, how was it allowed to happen. How was it allowed that the Thirties were allowed to breed this filth that led to the devastation of World War II. And we see the answer around us here today. It was allowed to happen little by little," Mamet told Glenn.

"Take us through your journey of going from a guy who was a liberal to where you are now," Glenn said to Mamet.

"Well, I realized I had never actually thought about politics. The view which I grew up was politicians were all corrupt but the Republicans were more corrupt than the Democrats. At least the Democrats were out to do good. And as I got a little bit older and went through - raised a bunch of children and went through a bunch of businesses, I saw that the - nobody liked the liberal policies when it came time to pay the rent, to pay the taxes, to hire and fire employees, to invest for the future, nobody liked them. And everybody acted as a capitalist. And yet half the country voted for the continuation and the inflation of these policies which they knew were destructive. So the question why fascinated me."

Does Mamet think liberal holly wood will wake up?

"No, they're dead asleep," he said. "It's like people said of the Nazis that the Nazis made everyone participate in atrocities because once they participate in atrocities, they couldn't go back. They couldn't change their mind. And the left is not committing atrocities but they are committing absurdities. And it creates the same group cohesion that once you've been sane for 45 years, we need more regulation, we need more government, we need to alleviate poverty by raising taxes. There's too much waste. The Earth is warming, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. You've committed yourself and your life to be able to undo any addiction, whether it's addiction to idiocy, to sex, to pills, to drugs. You've got to take it down to the bare paint and say, oh, my God, what have I done; can I have been that stupid and destructive. Because if you can't do that, you can't go on."

Pick up David Mamet's Secret Knowledge here.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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