The Oval ep. 2: Excellence Around Us

Last time we met, I spoke about how we needed to end our dependence on Washington D.C.

Today, I want to talk about how we can do that.

Getting Washington out of our lives will start when we stop waiting for Washington to solve our problems.

And that takes a major change in mindset.

When our politicians come to us at election time, they promise to do things for us.

From now on, we should say: "No thanks. We've got it. Just let us do the work ourselves."

That will be the easy part.

The hard part will be at home.

We have raised successive generations of Americans to believe that it's enough to merely show up, and all of life's rewards will be owed to them.

It's what I call our "sticker" culture. Everyone gets a sticker for showing up. They say it's good for self-confidence.

I say it's good for false confidence.

We give out stickers and trophies for participating in life. Not for excellence. Not for winning. For just showing up.

And so why are we surprised when our young adults arrive to the workforce unprepared for criticism? Unprepared for challenge. Unprepared to learn from failure? Why are we shocked when they flee from commitment at work, at home, in life… at the first sign of trouble?

I believe Americans know this, because they see it every day. It's frustrating. A generation lost to self-indulgence.

But I believe Americans still appreciate true excellence - and that they want to reward it. In music. In sport. In technology. The best and the brightest and the hardest-working still reap the largest rewards.

And that's how it should be.

That's how America wants it.

And that's how it should be everywhere in life.

Because if we don't reward excellence, we won't get it.

Excellence isn't just inventing the latest new software app, or catching the winning touchdown. Excellence is doing a job well. Excellence is lifting someone up and helping them achieve a life of dignity. Excellence is taking care of the problems one faces - without complaint and without self-pity.

Excellence is everywhere around us. We need to reward it.

We must start at home. Start by teaching our own children that they alone command their fate in life. That if they want something in life, they must work for it. That if they want accomplishment, they must accomplish something. Don't just show up. Be great.

And that if they are upset about injustice…or poverty… or pain, they must do something about it. Not wait for others. Not expect someone from Washington D.C. to fix the problem.

God did not make mankind to be passive. He gave us hands and legs, a brain and a soul. He wants us to take action in our lives, and not wait for others to act for us.

So today, let us look within for the solutions that we need. Next time you hear someone say "where are the leaders?", go and get a mirror and hold it up. There's your leader.

We command our fate. As individuals, and as a nation.

we chart our own course into the future, but what bright future it is, if we only expect excellence from ourselves.

Thank you and may God keep the Republic.

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.

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After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.

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Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."

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There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.

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Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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