The Oval: The Space Jump

Earlier this week, we were all captivated by an incredible sight.

One man, wearing a space suit, dropped out of a capsule 24 miles off the face of the planet.

With a few words… he stepped out into space and hurtled towards earth…

In a free-fall, he moved faster than the speed of sound.

At one point, he was spinning out of control…

If he had continued spinning, he would have surely died.

But with all of us watching, he was able to stabilize himself…

And with slightly more than 4 minutes into his fall… he pulled the chute… and gently drifted to the earth.

It was an amazing sight. A world record free fall.

Who was this great discoverer of the heavens? An astronaut from NASA?

No. He was a skydiver… a basic stuntman. He wasn't even an American.

Who sponsored this test of the human capacity for endurance? The US military?

No. It was the maker of a high-caffeine energy drink.

Makes you wonder. If a drink company can come up with this kind of mind-bending achievement, what can NASA do with all its scientists and resources?

Turns out, all they know how to do is turn out the lights.

Earlier this summer, NASA sent the space shuttle Endeavour on a cross-country trip to California.

They flew it over the entire country…

And gave us all a beautiful and awesome and mighty demonstration of mankind's power of discovery.

Swooping low over the Golden Gate.

My son spoke about it just this weekend when he saw a 747 at the airport.

He said that's like the plane that flies the space shuttle.

But the space shuttle wasn't on its way to new adventures.

It was on its way to its grave.

We were watching the funeral parade for America's manned spaceflight program.

And instead of holding our hands over our hearts… a tear in our eye… we acted like it was a great show.

I'm not sure what scientific purpose was served by Felix Baumgartner's 24 mile drop from space. I'm not sure what we learned… or whether we learned anything…

But at least someone is trying.

At least someone is doing audacious things.

Scaling the walls of the heavens… firing through new barriers… "breaking the surly bonds of earth."

The shuttle used to be our vehicle of discovery. It used to be the best example of America's leadership in space.

It was American run.

American owned.

Now, We'll need to hitch a ride with the Russians.

Or the Chinese.

If they'll let us on.

We were the pioneers.

And now, we're putting our spacecraft

In mothballs.

And giving up the role of leadership to others.

Because, we're told, we can't afford it any longer.

This is an abdication of leadership.

And it's a lie. If a small beverage company can get a man 24 miles up from the surface of the earth… and have him drop to the earth like a stone safely…

We can be part of mankind's ongoing exploration of the heavens.

Surely we can do more and do better than we do today.

John Kennedy once worked at this desk and challenged the nation's top scientists to put a man on the moon… and return him home safely… in one decade's time.

The genius of Kennedy's charge was that it wasn't just big… it wasn't just bold…

It represented a choice. We could have chosen to do less… be less… and settle for lesser things. But Kennedy understood that Americans don't settle.

We set big goals precisely because we believe we should achieve them.

True, we don't always succeed.

But the men who have sat at this desk… worked in this room… they didn't get elected to play small ball…

They were trusted to put America on a path of greatness… a path of exploration… a path of discovery.

And when a president limits our ambition… actually puts an end to the single greatest act of discovery we can undertake… it is not just a violation of the mission of this office…

It's a violation of the principles that have made America great.

It speaks volumes that children around the country were captivated by the man who fell from space.

They wanted to learn more about this man… and how he did it.

Children are still dreaming… are still curious… are still hoping that life will be filled with new horizons.

Let's not disappoint them any more. Let's bring back our own sense of the possible.

Thanks for watching. May God bless you, and may God bless the Republic.

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

To hear more from this conversation click here.

Disclaimer: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-19 and/or COVID vaccine related questions & concerns.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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