Glenn's interview with former Secret Service agent now candidate Dan Bongino

One of the first public figures to come out and endorse the Restoring Courage event, Glenn questions the sanity of Bongino for leaving such an honorable organization as the Secret Service and replacing it with politics. That said, Dan is one of the good guys - he got heat for supporting Restoring Courage, but he's not wavering.

The Full Transcript from radio is below (video will be posted soon):

GLENN: We -- we are live in -- we are live in Israel. Do we have Dan on the phone? Dan? Dan, how are you?

BONGINO: Good. How are you doing, Glenn?

GLENN: Very good. Dan is a guy running for U.S. Senate against a Democrat which I think is fantastic, but you are also a retired secret service guy and the reason why I want to have you on, you're coming to Israel -- we're get to this here in a second, but I want to -- you worked for Bush and President Obama?

BONGINO: That's right, Glenn. Both administrations. Three years with Bush and two years with President Obama. That's right.

GLENN: And -- and how was that?

BONGINO: Well, it was a great experience. I traveled to 27 countries as a security rep for the United States. It was really profound to be over in all of these different areas of the world and to see -- the commonality in every place I've been was a line around the block at the U.S. embassy every time I went to a different country. So, it was really a fascinating experience. It really -- it gives you a different respect for the United States when you touch back down on U.S. soil. You want to kiss the ground.

GLENN: One last question. Were you the guy that missed the shoe in Afghanistan?

BONGINO: I get that question a lot. No. I actually did not -- I watched it happen live, but I was not there for the shoe incident, no.

GLENN: You weren't there because do you know what? I tell you, if you were the guy who missed the shoe, I've seen this movies over and over and over again, you're going to be in the bar going, I should have seen the shoe coming, man. But -- and they're, like --

PAT: That guy always gets a second chance. So, it works out well.

GLENN: He does, but there's some up and coming new guy who's, like, That's Dan Bongino? He's a legend

PAT: He's the one that let the shoe get to the President.

BONGINO: You're right. I'll be the guy in the bar on my 17th Miller Lite looking back and saying --

GLENN: That's right. I hear you back there talking about the shoe! Damn it. It was a mistake! I know. All right. So, Dan, first of all, let me just ask you, why would you leave the secret service, which I think the secret service is wildly honorable. Please, please don't burst my bubble on that. They're still honorable, right?

BONGINO: They are fantastic. They've been great to me

PAT: He paused way too long. That was scary.

GLENN: Okay. Good. All right. Good. All right. Glad to hear that. So, why are you -- why would you leave such an honorable thing and now go into politics?

BONGINO: Well, it was a huge risk, Glenn. There's no question about it. Resigned. I didn't actually retire. So, I left my pension, my benefits, my healthcare. I have a pregnant wife. I left that on the line. It was a huge risk, but I've always followed politics. I've never been able to get involved due to the hack shack, but I just figured it's really time for real people who have lead real lives, held real leadership positions to get out of the locker room and let's get on the field and throw a pass. At least I'll know, be able to look at my daughter and tell her I did something, I did something I thought was right at this event we're having right now and I believe in it.

GLENN: You left without your pension. You just resigned?

BONGINO: I got nothing. My financial records, Glenn, are available on the FEC website. I officially declared at the FEC. You can go look and search my name and you'll find out I didn't win the lotto, I didn't inherit any money. This is a real deal. I'm middle class guy.

GLENN: So, what was the -- what was the turning point where you're, like, Okay, I've got to get out of here.

BONGINO: You know, I was at a fundraiser and I was at a table with presidential candidate who decided not to enter the race. I don't want to say who and we were talking and we had a really great conversation about economics and, you know, I had always loved politics and he just said to me, You know, why don't you consider running? I think you have a very, you know, interesting story and then that was it. It just kind of sparked something in me and over a period of months I thought about it and that was it. I decided, you know what? It's time to -- it's really time to stop talking and time to start doing. I thought my story could really make an impact and it has. It's got a ton of great press off of this and I think we're really making a dent in politics.

Glenn: Maryland politics is a nightmare, a nightmare.

BONGINO: You're right.

GLENN: You know that. It's Bongino. So, you know what I'm talking about here, Dan right? It's Bongino.

BONGINO: You can't (inaudible) anymore. And Maryland is winnable. It is very, very winnable. Our numbers are really fantastic right now. This is not an unwinnable race by any stretch.

GLENN: Okay. So, you're coming over here to Israel and the reason why I'm having you on is, A, I think the secret service, I think you-guys are just very honorable, but you are one of the -- you are one of the first public figures to come out and say that you were going to come out to this event and you endorsed the event and you took a lot of heat for it.

BONGINO: We did. We got a number of e-mails and phone calls from some folks down here. Local press picked it up and (inaudible) the local press, I'll say that, but a lot of the traffic we got was borderline -- was borderline disruptive to the campaign and I'm always shocked by that. I can't understand why anyone in public office wouldn't support it. What exactly about Israel is not worthy of support? It never made any sense to me, having been in the region quite a bit.

GLENN: You've been -- you've been all over the world. You've been, obviously you don't want to admit it, but I'm sure you were the guy that missed the shoe and so you've been all over the world. It strikes me -- it really amazes me on how Israel has low self-esteem here in the Middle East and they're questioning -- and they're always on defense and they're, like, no, wait a minute, maybe -- did we do something wrong? Maybe she shouldn't have done this or maybe -- bull crap. It's amazing how different Israel is from just across the border and no one talks about it.

BONGINO: No. And Arabs in Israel have more freedoms than Arabs in Arab countries. It just seems like the double standard is so obvious if you just open your eyes. Again, I find it almost appalling that the double standard they're held to is amazing. When you look at an issue like the right of return, I mean, the British get the right of return to the United States? I mean, why is that? Why are they the only country held to this standard? It's just -- I find it perplexing. I really do.

GLENN: You know, I never even thought of that. We didn't -- they didn't push for the right of return. The English didn't say, oh, by the way, we -- no. You fought. You chose a side and you lost.

BONGINO: Yeah.

GLENN: I never even thought of it that way.

BONGINO: Just about every country on earth when you look at it was founded by some sort of initial aggression. They were either being attacked or they were attacked to establish their borders.

GLENN: No. Wait, wait. I'm not going to let you get away with that. Only white European countries.

BONGINO: Oh, of course. (Inaudible.) That's right.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

BONGINO: -- is held to such a standard and they guaranteed freedoms within their borders to the very people they have to fight against. So, it's really a hypocritical double standard. I don't stand for it. I wrote them a letter of support. I put it on the Restoring Courage Facebook page and I believe every word of it. (Inaudible.) I'm unequivocal in my position there and if I lose the race on that is correct that's fine. I'll lose it with my head held high.

PAT: Good for you.

GLENN: A typical white guy saying this

PAT: Too few politicians who are willing to take a principled stand and stick too it, whether or not it costs them the election. I mean, it's so refreshing to hear.

BONGINO: Well, thank you. We've been getting a lot of that. We started talking to groups of 15 people. Now it's gone to 150, 200 and we go out and we get that at the end of every speech. They say, We're not used to this. I say, what? They say, Honesty. Really, I'll lose an honest guy. I'm not going to win a hypocrite. I didn't leave my job to run as a standard politician. (Inaudible.) I don't have hand (inaudible.) I don't do any of that. I where my own material because it's mine and I believe in it.

GLENN: Give me your website so people can check you out.

BONGINO: Sure. It's Bongino, B O N G I N O.com. I appreciate that and I'm on Facebook and Twitter, as well. (Inaudible.) I do my own posting. I don't have any social media handlers. They tried, but I turned them down. I write my own stuff on there every time.

GLENN: What does it say, because I was just given a sheet here on you. It says awarded and one of the most recognized details in their history. What does this mean? We're talking about your secret service.

BONGINO: -- younger guy to do a number of foreign events. I think I did more than just about anybody agent they have. I did a number of (inaudible.) I left with a great reputation. It was a great job. They were very good to me. I really deeply appreciate what the secret service did in forging my character and, yeah, I left with a great reputation. I had 17 (inaudible) commendation awards. So, it was a good career.

GLENN: I will just tell you this: Don't worry, because echelon has now picked up this phone call because you said secret service and forged in the same sentence. So, you're in trouble. You're in trouble.

BONGINO: I know. I get that a lot.

GLENN: Dan, good talking to you and I don't know when you're coming to Israel, but I hope to shake your hand and say hello.

BONGINO: Thank you. I'm leaving Saturday. Thanks so much for having me on.

GLENN: You got it. Bongino, Bongino, B O N G I N O.com. Okay. Back in just a second.

The Omicron variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.