Mercury Confidential interview with Glenn Beck part 3: “It’s about what you watch on TV, it’s about your music, movies, and school"

by Meg Storm

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In the wake of what proved to be a truly historic week of service and charity, we sat down with Glenn to get his thoughts on how Restoring Love completes the Restoring trilogy he began two years ago in Washington D.C., how he feels coming out of this remarkable chapter of his life, and what comes next.

In an age when our culture has been dominated by leftists in Hollywood (i.e. Glee), conservative principles always seem to be playing catch-up when it comes to making it into the ‘mainstream’. Glenn has made it clear that in order for us to succeed in restoring this country, we will have to take back our culture.

“It’s about what you watch on TV, it’s about your music, movies, and school,” Glenn told the crowd at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. “It’s about your America, the America we are building for you right now.”

With TheBlazeTV already making its mark in the television world, Glenn has recently turned his attention to music. As a medium that has the power to convey a message in ways spoken words often can’t, music seems like it will play a key role going forward.

“This is the beginning of something that I have had in my head for 15 years,” Glenn said. “We are going to be moving into all realms of music because music is the language of the heart, and conservatives always screw it up.”

In the weeks leading up to Restoring Love, Glenn introduced his radio and television audiences to the wide variety of talent he had found. From gospel to pop and just about everything in between, Glenn made it clear that music would play a big part in his July 28 event at Cowboys Stadium and in his future plans.

When it came to the actual music selected for the show, there was a delicate balance that needed to be struck. “It was important to me that we didn’t shock people who are conservatives,” Glenn explained. “We are always spoon fed Lee Greenwood. And there is nothing wrong with Lee Greenwood. But Lee Greenwood was good for 1990 – that’s not where we are anymore.”

Restoring Love featured performances from a classical orchestra, a gospel choir, and a pop singer to name a few. Singer/songwriter Kalai shared the stage with pastor and Christian pop singer Kari Jobe. Alex Boye brought the house down with his soulful rendition of the National Anthem, while Matt Maher performed an acoustic version of his hit, “Hold Us Together.”

Editor’s Note: All the music from Restoring Love can be found at

A lot of thought went into finding the best way to marry these different genres in the same show. Creating a show that was entertaining and inspiring, but also comfortable was the primary goal.

“So I wanted to start the show with the National Anthem,” Glenn said. “And actually the way that we did the National Anthem – I kind of did it kicking and screaming. I wanted to flip the National Anthem in a completely different direction, but the staff thought that it would be a little too jarring to start."

“We wanted to make everyone feel comfortable with what they were about to see,” he continued. “We pushed them with Kalai a little bit. For those who like country, you know, we pushed them into pop. For those of you like pop, we pushed them a little bit into classical. I wanted to push the envelope with everybody without making them feel uncomfortable.”

Never one to waste even a second, Glenn is already forging ahead – planning out the rest of the year and the years to come. Music will be key to this plan, as Glenn plans to take on a new attitude as he goes ahead with his mission to take back our culture.

“[Composer Clyde Bawden] is currently composing a symphony for me. He is also composing a Christmas CD – a whole new way to celebrate an Andy Williams Christmas, if you will. This really was a marriage between the two of us,” Glenn said. “Clyde and I were working two projects ahead the whole time that no one really understood then nor do they understand yet.”

“Next year we will be one step closer,” he continued. “I have an end destination for this, but I try to do it in small chunks to make sure that we prove to ourselves that we can do it because we are now moving into territory that no one has ever done.”

The success of Restoring Love is a direct result of the devotion, charity, and compassion of a very special group of people: you, the fans. History was made because of your dedication and sacrifice, and tomorrow Glenn finally has the opportunity to say thank you and share his favorite fan moments from Restoring Love.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

Summer is ending and fall is in the air. Before you know it, Christmas will be here, a time when much of the world unites to celebrate the love of family, the generosity of the human spirit, and the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem.

For one night only at the Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, on December 7th, join internationally-acclaimed radio host and storyteller Glenn Beck as he walks you through tales of Christmas in the way that only he can. There will be laughs, and there might be a few tears. But at the end of the night, you'll leave with a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face.

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