Twelve years later

On tonight's Glenn Beck Program, Glenn opened the show taking a look at the 12 years that have passed since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that shook our nation to its core. Since that day, the quest for national security has forced America to walk a fine line between authoritarianism and libertarianism. Do we still recognize our country? Are we proud of our country?

Read a full transcript of the monologue below:

But here we are 12 years later, 12 years later, and the world is upside down. And I don’t even know if anybody even – I don’t think we even…I don’t even think we know what is right and wrong anymore. The pain is still the same, but oh, how we have changed, America. Twelve years ago most members of Congress stood on the steps just outside the Capitol, and they prayed together. You remember that? They prayed.

You wouldn’t do that now. God forbid we pray. They stood arm in arm, Democrats and Republicans, and after the prayer, they spontaneously burst into singing God Bless America. Look at this. That’s Maxine Waters. That Barbara Mikulski. You really think this is – what? What kind of a play was this? Today, God is all but banned from the public square. The principles and values of our country are mocked and labeled now as hate.

Twelve years ago we stood united against a common enemy, and that enemy was killed, and why are we still fighting? Last night, America watched as the President of the United States actually argued something that I believe is treason, that we should join forces with that very same enemy. How we have changed. Twelve years ago Americans resolved unity. Do you remember? I wish our children could remember.

We were a different people for a few weeks. And today the world is upside down. Twelve years ago it would’ve been laughable to say that Russia would be the world’s superpower, but Vladimir Putin, they’re back. America’s leaders are floundering and failing and flailing around while this guy, this guy looks like the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and our president looks like the mad killer.

Twelve years ago America preached the gospel of freedom around the world. Today, America’s government is bowing at the altar of control and power, attacking individual liberties inside of our very own borders, targeting our own people. The Department of Homeland Security, that wasn’t around before September 11. What is it? The NSA, the IRS now, you haven’t even begun to see anything from the IRS. Wait until they control your healthcare.

Institutions now that are here to protect us – I doubt it – they are leading to our own demise. Oh, how we have changed, all in the name of security. But there is good news. Lady Liberty’s torch may be dim, but it’s not out yet. God may be ignored, but He is still there and things still can be good. The government may want a nation of sheep, but the power of the individual remains alive and well.

In Colorado two state senators who led gun control efforts were defeated in a recall last night, recall election that only happened because of six average American citizens, people no different than you or me. They decided to get involved. They had had enough. Twelve years ago we were united. Since then, we’ve been used by the Republicans and the Democrats.

These two, this woman said two days ago well, let me tell you, the Bloomberg’s of the world, if one of these elections is lost, that whole mayoral campaign against guns is over. Well, both of them lost. Now what happened? And the reason why both of them lost is because today Americans strangely are uniting again. You don’t know it yet. I don’t think people really get it, but both sides are sick and tired of it.

The days of the GOP and the Democratic Party as we know it are over. It is, because the people in the Democratic Party are just as sick of it – I believe not just as but they’re getting there – as the Republicans are. There’s a new poll out by FreedomWorks that shows that most Republicans, 70%, are interested only in individual freedom. They’re interested in individual freedom through lower taxes, reducing the size and scope of the government.

Seventy percent of Republicans say I don’t care about the party. I just want the principles. I believe most Democrats feel exactly the same way; they’re just not quite awake yet. The party backlash is coming, and it is coming in a big way. The future fight will no longer be Democrat versus Republican. It will be authoritarian Progressive versus Libertarian, huge oppressive government versus small government, individual power.

And I believe the overwhelming majority of Americans, both Republican and Democrat, who are responsible, will choose Libertarian over Authoritarian anytime, unless there’s some crisis that just makes us run to those people singing God Bless America.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:


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