Valentine's Day Message from Glenn: Stop spending time in life and start living it

This morning I left early and I thought to myself, you know, I don't think anybody at Apple ever thought of the iPad being a flashlight. But it is. I use it as a flashlight. My wife is asleep and I get up and I turn on my iPad and I use it to find my way to the bathroom to where I can get, you know, showered and changed, ready to go. I turn off that light and use it as a flashlight again. And I was tying my shoe, I perched the iPad there on the chair so I could see what I was doing in the dark led by the iPad. And I thought, that's not something anybody set out to do at Apple, I'm sure, and how many of us do that.

And then I went and I kissed my wife goodbye and I left for work. I can't believe I'm going to give you a Lady Gaga story, but I'm going to. Lady Gaga announced Tuesday that she had to cancel four upcoming shows due to a severe inflammation of joints that has left her unable to walk. She said in a tweet ‑‑ believe me there's a point in talking about Lady Gaga here ‑‑ in a tweet that she had been hiding the show injury and chronic pain for some time now from her staff. But her condition has worsened. She said, "I don't want to disappoint my amazing fans. However, last night's performance I couldn't walk, and I still can't." It will hopefully heal soon. I hate it. I hate it so much. I love you and I'm sorry.

Well, as it turns out, she may have something more than a show injury, don't know, it's speculation, but it could be the onset of lupus. And right now it's called synovitis, which is a swelling of all of the joints. And it could be caused just from her performances, but it's usually the onset of lupus which, in the end your organs shut down and you're just waiting for the next organ to shut down. Your body starts rejecting itself and little by little you start to die. It's just a faster way to die. As I said that little by little you start to die, that happened to us at birth. Little by little you start to die.

But I thought of this story and I thought, what is her life like now? What is she going through now if she realizes "Soon I may not be able to walk? I may not be able to dance. I may not be able to sing." What is her life, what does she have in her life? Maybe a lot. But here she is defined by her performance, at least by us, maybe not in her head but defined by her performance.

Today's Valentine's Day, and today is just another workday for most of us. But for those of us who didn't buy flowers because we forgot, didn't get a card because we forgot, or just got up this morning and kissed your wife goodbye and then you went to work, may I suggest that we learn this from Chris Kyle just last Sunday, that he kissed his wife goodbye and he went to go help somebody else and he never returned? He had worked hard and he had given all of his money, all of the profits from the book that he wrote, a lot of money, to other vets to help them? Because he thought he had a long life in front of him. All of us think, "I'm going to live forever." All of us think we're invincible. At some point in our life we realize, boy, we're really not. And it could be just about anything that hits us. And before long we start to realize, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute; this is going to change my life. As Lady Gaga is feeling. May I suggest that if it's not this story or the Chris Kyle story, you find a story in your own life.

I told my family, told my wife just the other day, getting old sucks. I mean, I'm 49, so I'm not old, but getting old sucks. Your life changes. Kiss your wife like you're not going to see her again. When you say "I love you" to your kids, say it like you're not going to see them again. As so many of the parents in Sandy Hook wish they would have that morning. Live your life to the fullest. Don't put off today what you will regret not doing tomorrow, or someday down the road. If you're going into the office today, why? Find your "why." Why are you there? Isn't there anything else you could do better with your time? Are you doing anything that is actually meaningful? Make your time away from your family or your kids worth it. In the end I have to be, and I've thought of this a lot, I have to be able to look my children in the eye in the end and say, "I was away from you and I thought of you every minute I was away, but I had to do this because I thought it was important."

Everything you do, seize the moment. If we could all just live our lives as this was the last day of our life, the world would change. Would your work, would you ‑‑ what you're doing at work, would you do it better? Would you do it at all? Stop spending time in life and start living it.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.