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.

Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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Glenn Beck: THIS is why Biden nominated Merrick Garland as attorney general

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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"All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference," said holy anointed billionaire Bill Gates. Green activism has been around for decades. But what used to be wacky has now worked its way into the world's power structure. You must believe the science. You cannot question the science.

The Texas power failure provided America with a disturbing and deadly preview of the Great Reset. But Bill Gates, AOC, and other Democrats say this only proves we need to enforce MORE green policies.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck reveals how deep the Great Reset tentacles reach into government and business to strangle freedom and their efforts to control every aspect of your private life.

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Why are we letting criminals out of prison while putting pastors in? Pastor James Coates of Canada's GraceLife Church was recently fined, arrested, and put in maximum security prison for violating lockdown rules.

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to discuss the story. Ezra said he's noticed a trend of government officials "picking on" Christians as "lockdownism" becomes almost a new kind of religion, and warned this might be just the start of more persecution to come.

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