Agonizing audio: Obama wants more 'fairness'

President Obama gets a standing ovation during a campaign speech as he talks about the oh-so-dangerous problem of income inequality and the need for fairness. Obama's idea of fair is a little odd -- make 2% of people pay for everyone else. Hear the Obama speech and reaction on radio today in the clip above!

What Damar Hamlin showed us about prayer

Timothy T Ludwig / Stringer | Getty Images

Monday Night Football has been credited with saving television in America. With virtually everything else moving to on-demand streaming platforms, the NFL’s Monday Night Football has remained among the most-watched live broadcast programs in the world. Monday Night Football is one of the highest-rated shows in the U.S. each week, with millions of Americans tuning in to watch the live game.

Last night, during what otherwise appeared to be a routine play on the field, Damar Hamlin, a defensive player for the Buffalo Bills, suffered what the league is calling a “contact-related” cardiac arrest. Quite simply, he was struck in the chest during a tackle, and the result of the contact was that his heart simply stopped. Within a couple of minutes, medics were performing CPR in front of the crowd of 60,000 in the stadium and more than 100 million Americans watching from home. The game was completely canceled as medics were fighting to save Hamlin's life as the audience watched in quiet horror. As of this morning, Mr. Hamlin is in critical condition and hospitalized.

Aside from being considered an excellent player, Hamlin was also a volunteer and activist for positive change in his community, helping to use his fame and platform to raise millions of dollars each year for local charities supporting youth education and health. Following his accident, his charity raised over $4 million in donations to help purchase toys for children affected by the pandemic.

I ask that this audience join me and my team in taking a moment to offer our own prayer, to call upon God together and ask that Hamlin may be fully healed, his family may feel the comfort of the love of heaven, and that whatever the outcome, he may feel the power of God’s love upon his soul.

I cannot help but be struck by what else occurred in the immediate aftermath of this event. Following the injury, as fellow players and trainers surrounded Hamlin, everyone in the stadium and watching from home had a collective, innate human response: “Dear God, please…”

Prayer. What we witnessed last night was prayer.

For many years, prayer has been ridiculed by many in our society. The term “Hopes and Prayers” has made into memes as if it were a "cop-out" response to tragedy. Others scoff at the idea that someone would pray that rain would bring a good harvest to their family farm, that the Lord would supply enough money to pay the electric bill, or that a test on a funny-looking mole wouldn't come back as cancerous. But not last night.

The spontaneous and natural response of mankind was laid bare by all who witnessed this tragedy: to quiet their hearts, to humble their egos, to bow their heads and call upon God to have mercy on that man. No matter how loudly prayer is ridiculed, last night's event reminds us that prayer remains the visceral response of mankind when faced with tragedy.

God, bless this man and his family.

Department of Labor quietly issues INSANE new rule for YOUR retirement savings

(Left) Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images/ (Right) Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Just before the holidays, the U.S. Department of Labor quietly finalized a new rule that completely changed standard benefit plans for the American worker.

Since 1974, something called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act has ensured that managers of retirement plans must act "solely in the interest" of employees and beneficiaries. The rule was designed to ensure that your financial interests are the top priority when planning for your retirement — but now that’s all changed.

Carol Roth, financial expert and author of "The War on Small Business," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain this new, "egregious" Department of Labor ruling and how it puts your retirement entirely at risk.

"This [ERISA] was this one of those really good laws ... they're few and far between, but this was a really good thing for you to have protection so when somebody is managing your retirement funds in a retirement plan, they have to select, monitor, and cast shareholder votes based on your best financial interest," Carol explained.

"And, by the way, the Trump administration had put extra rules in place specifically around ESG, and so this was done to undo that, then take it a step further. So now they're saying they can favor ESGs or something called ETIs, economically targeted investments. So you can only imagine what that would look like," she continued. "So basically, they're now giving financial cover — and this again is now a Department of Labor rule which needs to be challenged in the courts — saying that we no longer have to have your best interests, if we're managing your funds, at heart. We can do whatever we want. This codifies business-social credits. Codifies it."

"Look at what's going to happen," Glenn said. "People are going to their retirement, or pieces of it, and then they will look to the government to fund their retirement even more. This is insanity! It is a rat trap!"

Watch the video clip below to learn more. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis, and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.

Governor Ron DeSantis uses Bible of the Revolution — on loan from Glenn Beck — in swearing-in ceremony

Image source: Rumble video, Gov. Ron DeSantis - Screenshot

Gov. Ron DeSantis took his oath of office Tuesday afternoon on the steps of the state Capitol building in Tallahassee. His inauguration came months after a landslide reelection win with nearly 60% of the vote.

While the building and the victory behind him are historic, so was the Bible on which the Republican governor was sworn in for his second term. The Aitken Bible, on loan from nationally syndicated radio host and co-founder of Blaze Media Glenn Beck, was the same on which great patriots — without whom there might not be an America today — swore their allegiance in the days of the nation's founding.

Glenn Beck unveiled the American Journey Experience in 2020. The AJE is a state-of-the-art museum and research library replete with documents and antiquities speaking to America's rise and greatness. Among the collection is Franklin D. Roosevelt's wheelchair, the original script for Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds," and original letters written by George Washington.

The collection also boasts one of the rarest books in the world: an Aitken Bible from 1782, personally owned by Glenn Beck.

The Aitken BibleCourtesy: WallBuilders

It is this very Bible, called the "Bible of the Revolution," that DeSantis swore his oath on today.

Beck noted that he offered this Bible along with Mary Todd Lincoln's Bible for use by DeSantis, but thought the governor would select the Aitken Bible due to its connection to America's Founding Fathers and "the men who fought for American independence."

"I offered Gov. DeSantis the use of these Bibles for his use at his oath of office ceremony in Florida, as I believe his work in the state has real historic significance. It is the beginning of a renewal of the principles for which our Founders fought," said Beck.

DeSantis has made significant strides to safeguard parental rights, remove radical leftist educators, protect children from mutilation at the hands of activists, and bolster voter integrity. Extra to keeping Florida free and open during the pandemic, DeSantis has emphasized that he is working to ensure that "Florida is where woke goes to die."

The Bible on which DeSantis will swear his oath today, along with Lieutenant Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, serves "as a reminder of where we came from."

This Aitken Bible was endorsed by the Founding Fathers in the U.S. Congress in 1782 and is the first and only edition ever so authorized.

In addition to being the last Bible commissioned by Congress, this King James translation also happens to be the first English Bible printed in North America. Previously, the only Bible printed in North America was the Eliot Indian Bible in the Algonquin language.

According to the Heritage Post, when the Revolution began, Americans could no longer rely upon England to print their Bibles.

Beck underscored how "one of the rights new Americans fought for was the freedom of religion, which, at the time, was tightly controlled by the king."

The British government had regulated the publication of the Bibles and had previously forbade the printing of English-language Bibles without special licenses from the regime. Facing a shortage of the printed word of God, Congress was petitioned to print or import more, because "unless timely care be used to prevent it, we shall not have Bibles for our schools and families and for the public worship of God in our churches."

When America won the War of Independence, the printer Robert Aitken took it upon himself to print the first Bible. This was particularly fortunate, as the thousands of books the U.S. attempted to import from Holland did not make it over.

The Founding Fathers in Congress agreed, stating in July 1777, "The Congress desire to have a Bible printed under their care and by that encouragement."

"The Founders understood where our rights came from," said Beck. "This Bible ... is a reflection of that understanding."

By swearing upon this Bible, aware of its significance, DeSantis appears to have signaled a continuation of that understanding and the survival of the Founders' revolutionary spirit. He has also sworn on the first and only Bible endorsed by Congress and printed during the War of Independence.

"No revolution can be successful and lead to greater peace, harmony, and expansion of the human spirit without God and the truths found in the Bible. It teaches us to fight FOR those things that are truth with love, not against with hatred," added Beck.

The conservative broadcaster underscored that "many of the issues we face today are due to the loss of truth. It has happened before, and until we return to the eternal truths which Rudyard Kipling called the 'Gods of the Copybook Headings,' we will continue to, as a nation, and as individuals, struggle. The Bible played an essential role in our Founding, and if we are to remain a nation of individual rights, it must play the same role in our Re-Founding."

Despite some challenges he's facing in his personal life, Glenn Beck says he’s feeling "surprisingly, very hopeful." Why? Because of you. In this clip, Glenn explains exactly why he’s incredibly grateful for this audience and all the ways you have altered not only America — but the world. He provides several examples of the amazing feats you’ve helped to accomplish, but the list is seemingly never-ending. So, in what ways do you believe the world would be different if not for this amazing audience?

Watch the video clip below. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis, and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.