Inspirational Story of the Day: The “Tank Man”

On radio this morning, Glenn shared the story of the 'Tank Man' – the man at the center of the now iconic picture that emerged from the Tiananmen Square protests. The photo of the lone man standing in the middle of the street as tanks barreled toward him quickly became the inspiration for freedom movements everywhere. As Americans continue to face threats to their freedom, it is important to remember the significance of such displays of courage:

June 5th. A morning haze lifted from Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Last night the revolution died in this spot. Thousands of unarmed students called for a free press, human rights, and government transparency. They are unarmed. Now a division of type-59 tanks rumbled down the Avenue the Eternal Peace patrolling Tiananmen Square. The paper-mâché Statue of Liberty that students, unarmed, built in the middle of the square – crushed and moved from the street. Men in uniform and guns hunker down, scrubbing blood from the pavement, removing any signs of yesterday's ‘incident.’ 

Now thousands of people venture down the sidewalk to see the aftermath. They stare vacantly from the sidewalk, careful not to make eye contact with any official. Among those people you find our hero. Not a physical specimen, he blends into everybody else on the sidewalk. He blended until he stepped forward, alone out into the streets in front of the rumbling tanks. He humbly stands in front of the lead tank. The tank didn't stop. The man didn't move. He flung his right arm, “Turn back because I am not leaving.” The Army's orders from two days earlier still stood: clear the square at all costs. Evidence of the cost still splattered all over the square. 

He was unlikely aware that CNN and at least four still-photographers were discretely filming from the hotel balconies. He didn't know that the world was watching. A single skinny man squaring off an Army a nation a system of oppression, one man unarmed against four tanks. And the tanks kept rolling. 15 feet, 10 feet, five feet from the man.  And then the tank stopped, and the line of tanks behind it are forced to stop as well. 

It maneuvered to go around the man, and the man stepped sideways to block it.  But he never stepped backward. The tanks stopped and redirected itself forward.  It was coming toward the man again. Five feet, four feet, three feet, and two feet – the tanks stops again and at this time turns off its engine. Our hero climbs up the tank. He speaks to the gunner on the top and bangs on the hatch. The driver comes out, and they spoke for a moment. The man climbed down the tank, and the tanks re-started their engines. It appeared as if he was going to return to the sidewalk, but no, he pivoted and stepped right back in front of the tank. One man alone would not yield. 

Finally, a small group from the sidewalk walked out and grabbed the man and walked him to the other side of the street where he disappeared. To this day nobody knows his name. Press, governments, and human rights agencies have all tried and failed to find who the world just calls the ‘Tank Man,’ but his image covered the front page of newspapers and magazines internationally, all over the globe by the next week. 

Later that fall, as Germans and Russians took hammers to the Berlin wall, they talked about the ‘Tank Man.’ People all over the world recognized the image of ‘Tank Man’ – all over the world, except for China. Google allows China to sensor the picture of the ‘Tank Man,’ and the ‘Tank Man’ himself has all but disappeared. Nobody knows his name, nobody knows who he is, and nobody knows if he's alive or dead. But if stepping off the sidewalk that June 5th morning did anything, it assured his immortality. 

Courage. Nobody ever changed the world just by stepping off the sidewalk except for the ‘Tank Man.’ Unarmed. Peaceful. 

“So much is happening in today's world, and so many people are ratcheting things up, but I think the ‘Tank Man’ teaches us the lesson that we should learn,” Glenn said. “You know, I get a lot of mail from people that say, ‘Glenn, we've got to take back our rights.’ Do we? The answer is yes, we do, but it's all in how you do it.”

“The entire world stood with the ‘Tank Man,’ only the oppressors stood against him. He may not have won his freedom, but he inspired the entire world,” he concluded. “We really are just one little piece of a puzzle. We can make this about us and our rights, or we can make this about the right of all mankind to be free.”

 

 

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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