Did Glenn go on an epic rant against organized youth sports?

Glenn not exactly known as having a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sports, but when it comes to parenting he certainly has a lot of experience (and sometimes questionable advice). Today, Glenn turned his attention to organized youth sports - claiming that they have instilled in kids an unearned sense of "specialness". Did anyone else agree with Glenn? Nope, and the ensuing debate may leave Glenn hiding from parents across the country.

"So I go to (Raphe's) soccer game... I'm sitting there with my life, you know, really kind of clear in my head and I hear these two parents, two separate dads.  And one of them is like, Get in there!  Get in there!  And I'm like, 'Dude.  She's 6 and the team is called the Blue Bonnets.'  And the other dad was like, All right!  Good job!  Good job, Tiffany Carroll Ann!  Good job!  You keep it up!  Yeah, get in there!  Go!  Yeah!  And I'm like, what the hell are we doing?"

"It's great to be positive and supportive and I was supporting Raphe and I was there, but we were there with the whole family, we all got in the car and we all drove out to the field and we all brought out a blanket which was sopping wet because it was ‑‑ anyway, we're there for two hours on a Saturday and I'm sitting here and I'm thinking, what are we doing as a society? We are sitting there watching 6‑year‑olds in organized sports. You know what ‑‑ you know what? Go outside and play. Go outside and play. Why do you need to spend all the money? Why do we have to drag everybody out to see you guys play?"

"My dad, my dad would come to our organized games when we were in school and we were playing. But he did not come out to our little baseball games that we were playing down the street or the kick ball. Or, let's go play Frisbee or whatever. He didn't go there. We didn't drag grandma and grandpa out so they could watch the game, which was organized that everybody had a uniform for and we could all cheer."

But what is Glenn's point? Is this just a symptom of his well-documented lack of sports knowledge and enthusiasm - or is it something more?

"There's nothing wrong with organized sports. There's nothing wrong with our kids going out and playing. There's nothing wrong with cheerleading our kids. But out of all of the things that are happening in the world, we are spending so much damn time and money," Glenn explained.

Glenn explained that too much money is being spent on sports for kids, noting an elaborate 80 million dollar complex in Texas, and that they are treated like rock stars and made to feel special over what amounts to very little. He also said that kids are being taught to play instead of going out and doing something with their lives - and he pointed out George Washington as an example for going out and surveying land at thirteen years old.

"Our kids are finding themselves until they're 25 and, of course, they're still kids when they're 25. What do you say we don't treat our 12‑year‑olds like they're 6? What do you say we don't treat our 6‑year‑olds like they're soccer stars? We treat our 12‑year‑olds like 12‑year‑olds should be treated. It is in this progressive era for the last hundred years that all of a sudden children are all morons, children are all incapable, children could never work. I don't want my kids working in a sweatshop. I don't want my kids having to work day in and day out in a sweatshop. I don't want that. That's bad. But my kid can't work? All of a sudden my kid can't have an after‑school job? My kid can't work on the farm? What the hell is wrong with us? We're going to build them an $80 million stadium, but God forbid they get a job. Gotta make sure I haul their ass everywhere around town just so they can ‑‑ so they what? Win a worthless trophy that everybody gets? But God forbid I treat my child like an adult. And I don't mean at the movie theater and at the game store. I mean I expect certain things of them," Glenn said.

Wow, pretty intense criticism there, right? Thankfully Pat and Stu were there to instill some sanity.

"Organized sports is great because you learn leadership, you learn camaraderie. Teamwork, discipline. Structure. You want somebody there to guide all of that too. How to work together to achieve a common goal? I mean, there's all kinds of things," Pat said.

Stu and Pat also pushed back on the idea of just sending the kids out into the backyard or the street, saying the coach is there to teach the game to the kids.

Ultimately, Glenn said he wasn't criticizing organized sports as much as he was lamenting the way we treat our kids and don't challenge them to rise up and take on real responsibility. "Every other generation except this one ‑‑ and it's because of the progressive movement ‑‑ every other generation has talked to their 12‑year‑olds as if they were really capable of understanding what was coming in the world. We don't. We protect them. And we coddle them and we cheer them, but we don't tell them anything. We don't teach them anything, and we certainly don't let them work or hold them responsible for anything," he said.

Ultimately, Jeffy may have made the best case for organized sports. His son, Elvis Fisher, was playing for the New England Patriots until August of this year.

"Well, that may be their life because I just wanted to go on record as saying that was my life at one point and it worked. To the National Football League," Jeffy said.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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