More American icons who defy "You didn't build this"

Last week on radio, Glenn went into detail about how Harland Sanders built the behemoth Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise from the ground up - and he did it without a handout from the government. This morning on radio, he used another fast food icon to showcase American hard work and ingenuity: Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's.

"I want to tell you another story. This one happened July 2nd, 1932. Starts with an unwed mother. She gives birth to a son in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but it's 1932. She's unwed. You don't have ‑‑ you're you not a single parent unwed back in 1932. So she gives her son up for adoption. Mom and son never know each other. But it only takes about six weeks in those days to get the child adopted. A couple adopts this baby and names him Dave. Dave's adopted mother dies when he's 5 years old and his dad moves around the country just looking for work. Remember it's the Great Depression."

"At the age of 15, Dave drops out of high school and begins to work at a local restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He stayed behind when his dad continued to move around. His dad was desperate for any kind of employment and still couldn't find it. Dave stays in Indiana. When the Korean War breaks out, Dave's 18 years old and he enlists as a cook. He's sent to Germany to cook for 2,000 troops. He's honorably discharged and in 1953 he goes back to his old job in Fort Wayne, Indiana. That's where Colonel Sanders crosses his path. It was just a couple of years later, Harland Sanders walks into the restaurant where this little adopted boy was the head cook, and the Clauss family were the owners of this restaurant. At first with 1,008 others, the Clauss family said, 'No thank you" to Colonel Sanders, no, we don't need your chicken.' But Sanders as usual was persistent and eventually they agreed to the KFC franchise. It blossomed, many KFC franchises through the Midwest, and Dave worked with Colonel Sanders on many projects to make the franchise profitable."

"The reason why I'm telling you this story? Well, is it because of this little adopted boy, the point of the story is because of him, we know who Colonel Sanders is because he's the one who said, 'You have got to be in your own television commercials.' You've got to be the one that says 'it's finger‑lickin' good.' It was him that convinced him. Am I telling you the story because of that contribution? Or because he's the guy who said, 'You should put it in a bucket.' He was the guy who said, 'You should put it in a bucket.'"

"When four of the family's KFCs in Columbus were failing, this guy was sent to turn them around. He did. By this time he had shares in KFC. He turned them around to the point to where they were so successful that in 1968 he sold them back to Harland Sanders for $1.5 million. Think of that, in 1968. That was ‑‑ remember when $1.5 million was a lot of money? That was an incredible sum of money."

"A year later, in 1969 ‑‑ remember 1953 he's just a ‑‑ he's a cook for the Army. In 1969 he decides to go out on his own and he decides he wants to do an old‑fashioned hamburger joint in Columbus, Ohio. He named it after his daughter Wendy. It was successful. He opened more. Eventually one became ten, then hundreds and now thousands. In 1982 Dave Thomas, the little adopted kid, retired from the day‑to‑day operations, but in 1985 with lagging sales and poor decisions made by management, he was coaxed into coming back to save the company, which he did. In '89 he took his own advice that worked so well for Colonel Sanders and he became the face of Wendy's. He appeared in every single Wendy's TV commercial from then on until his death in 2002, over 800 commercials. Wendy no longer was the face of the restaurant, but Dave Thomas was."

"Despite being one of the most successful businessmen in the country, Dave Thomas had a regret. Remember he started moving around with his father at 15. He never graduated from high school. So in 1993, one of the most successful businessmen in America, fast food tycoon went back to Coconut Creek High School near his home and got his GED. When he died in 2002 at the age of 70, there were 6,000 Wendy's operating in North America alone. Later that year President Bush awarded Dave Thomas the Presidential Medal of Freedom."

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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