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.

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

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