The Oval: End the blame game

It's my fault.

I did it.

I messed up.

Blame me. Nobody else. Me.

When was the last time you heard a leader - in politics, in sports, in business, in culture - say any of these things? It's rare. It's so rare that you can probably recall only one or two times.

It's not because there isn't blame to be taken. It's not because people have stopped messing up. It's because people have stopped taking responsibility for their mistakes.

This past week, Egypt elected an Islamic radical as its next president. Egypt is lost to the West, and what was once a stable nation will now be

an exporter of violence.

Make no mistake, this was a colossal error of American foreign policy. It's as bad as when the communists took china, and when Saigon fell.

And yet, who is taking the blame? Less than two years ago, when the streets of Cairo were on fire, our Secretary of State said Egypt is a stable place, a secure place. She said we had nothing to fear from the democracy movement. She said the Muslim Brotherhood would go nowhere near the presidential palace.

She was wrong. And now, because we didn't take action, America is less respected, less feared and less secure.

As a leader, you can't say: "well, I got bad information." You can't blame someone else.

If you want credit when things go right, you have to take blame for when things go wrong.

And let's not beat around the bush. Egypt has gone horribly, horribly wrong. Someone in Washington should accept blame for screwing things up.

Perhaps it's not fair to blame someone for 100% of what happened.

But shouldn't someone step up and say: "Blame me? I misjudged things. I thought the Egyptian people would establish a fully functioning democratic system with checks and balances and protections for coptic christians and a free press and all that."

"I guess I was wrong."

What about hearing a little contrition from the people who confidently passed an expensive, massive health care law without thinking of the

constitutional issues? What about a little "I'm sorry" from those members of congress and the administration?

They dragged the country through a year of partisan debate. They loaded up debt. Raised taxes. Ignored the polls. Left our health insurance markets in shambles. And when someone asked them: Is this constitutional? they brushed it off.

How about a little accountability? But I suppose that might be too much to ask. After all, we should not expect accountability from our leaders until we get it from ourselves. Take the economy. Look, I think the economic policies of our president are a disaster. Don't get me wrong. But they are just a variation on a theme. Democrat or Republican, most economic policy ideas have it upside down.

As long as we expect Washington to deliver us from economic ruin, all we will get are economic ideas where Washington ends up with more power.

Washington is like a hammer - the whole world, as far it's concerned, is a nail that needs to be smashed over and over again. The hammer must do its work.

All Washington knows is political power. And that means an economy controlled more and more by politics, lobbyists and people in the

government bureaucracy. But that's not how a free market works. We all know that opportunity and prosperity starts at home. Away from Washington. It starts with hard work. Innovation. Creativity. Saving and investing. Long hours. Accepting risk. And yes, accepting our own failures.

None of those things depends on Washington. And Washington can't fix what's broke in America. That's why we have to start accepting where responsibility really lies. It lies within each of us.

When the housing bubble burst, everyone wanted to blame the bankers. For pushing the loans. For lying about the mortgages. For running up debts and then asking for bailouts.

It was an outrage. But behind every bad mortgage was someone who took on more than they should have. Someone who lied about their income. Someone who said: I can flip this house in six weeks and make a fast buck.

So yes, blame the bankers. Blame the bailout. But blame the borrowers, too. They were part of this mess. But ultimately, the blame game is taking us nowhere. The blame game doesn't bring democracy to Egypt. Doesn't fix our economy. Doesn't end the housing crisis.

We still need solutions.

We still need ideas.

And if we are going to move forwards, we have to end the blame game. We have to say: choose me. I'll fix this. I'll do what needs to be done. We can't wait for Washington to fix our problems. They just create more of them.

We have to do this work ourselves. We have to take responsibility. Because ultimately, it's our life. It's our community. It's our nation. And it's our future.

Past presidents and leaders have understood this. When the Bay of Pigs mission failed in cuba in 1961, President Kennedy went out and he spoke to the nation, and took full, personal responsibility. When the Iran hostage rescue mission failed in 1979, President Jimmy Carter went on TV. President carter is not my idea of a great president, but on that day, he did the honorable thing. He said: "It was my decision to attempt the rescue operation. It was my decision to cancel it ... The responsibility is fully my own."On the eve of D-Day, in 1944, General Eisenhower drafted a short statement and put it into his pocket. It said the following: The troops, the Air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone." He was willing to stake his personal reputation and legacy, all of it, to events beyond his control. To the execution of thousands of commands. To the heroism of young men he hardly knew and who he would never meet.

At any stage, any of it could go wrong. Many things did go wrong. But the mission went right.

All that followed was a reflection of that simple law of the universe: It's amazing what people can do when nobody cares who gets the credit - and when everyone is willing to take the blame.

Thanks for watching.

God bless you and may God bless the Republic.

The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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