‘Open your damn eyes!’: Glenn pleads with listeners to prepare for the future

How bad is Obamacare? We've gotten plenty of emails from people sharing the stories from people who have had nothing but trouble with the new system, as well as some who already have expensive medical bills. Even Glenn, who provides incredible health insurance for his employees and their families, fears what Obamacare will mean for his family. Today on radio, he shared those stories and fears, alongside a passionate people to wake up and prepare for what the events of today mean for America's tomorrow.

The first letter Glenn read came a man whose neighbors already can't afford their medical bills, but refuse to take government assistance. Instead, they collect cans and find other ways to pay their bills, and the community has come together to support them:

Glenn,

Across the street from me lives a man and his wife. Gary is a Vietnam vet who refuses to take food stamps. His wife Micaela has very delicate health as she has had some major heart surgeries. Wonderful people who have had very hard times the last few years.

Health care takes up over a third of their meager income. Neighbors have noticed that they collect aluminum cans while they are out walking so we have pulled together and there is often a bag of cans left on their porch, for which they are very grateful. Good people who have almost nothing in the way of this earth's goods.

As of October first their health insurance premium, their deductible and the cost of filling prescriptions were bumped up to the point that Gary feels he is going to have to sell their home of 30 years. They are heartbroken.

Robert

Another person wrote in to talk about the trouble they have encountered with Obamacare:

Dear Glenn….

I actually got through the Healthcare.gov website October 5th, registered, got a confirmation letter PDF, enrollment in a FLA Blue Cross plan, and an enrollment number. The letter told me I would be hearing from Blue Cross in a few days regarding billing.

I called Blue Cross of FLA, and they have no record of receiving my application from Healthcare.gov. I was told only 15 people in FL were successful getting their applications to transmit to B Cross. They suggested I phone the Affordable Health Care office which I did today. They told me that my application was backed up, and the backup was lost, so the application for which I have written approval and a confirmation number is no longer “in the computer system.” They also said that my “application was not linked to my account.” The 800 # folks said they now linked it, but they can’t tell whether I’m enrolled for a plan or not.

I am 64 years old, so next summer I’ll be eligible for Medicare any way. The Affordable Health Care enrollment is very disappointing. I think some high school computer whizzes could have done this better.

Marvin

"Let me tell you this. I have the best insurance that you can get for my company and I don't know how much longer we can afford it," Glenn said. "It breaks my heart because I have a daughter with cerebral palsy and so I know how hard it is. I know what it's like to be not the guy at the top of the food chain but the guy at the bottom of the food chain, that has medical bills that you just can't afford. And so when I started this company, that was the first thing we did. From the very beginning before we could afford it all the way to now when we still can't afford it, we have paid for our employees the best medical care we could possibly afford. There's no deductible, there's no copay. We pay for it, 100%. But I'm the rich guy that you're supposed to hate."

"My daughter was in the hospital last week. We're trying to make her seizures stop. As of right now, we can't make them stop. She had a -- she had another one yesterday and one on the weekend and one on Friday before I got on the plane," Glenn explained. "Five days before that, I was at the pharmacy, with the best insurance money can buy. The doctor prescribed a medication for her, one of the three that she has to take, and one of those medications is $2500 a month, and my insurance doesn't cover it. I stood at that counter and I thought of you (the listener). How do you afford it? If you're a dad and they prescribe this medication and you don't even have my insurance, and it's $500 a month, you're going through the same thing I am. I could say 'Fill it anyway.' You can't."

Glenn said he went to the pharmacy that day thinking about his daughter, but he left thinking how the everyday American can possibly prepare for what is coming when the system collapses because of programs like Obamacare.

"I went into that hospital pharmacy thinking about my daughter and I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about you. I think a year from now, definitely two, most of Americans are going to be working part time. There will be some IMF global tax that will add an extra 10% on everything. The people like me will be out of business, and the people that have done favors for this government will be in business. And they will be fine."

On the other hand, Glenn believes that average Americana will become "worker bees", tested at a young age and assigned a role in society based upon the needs of the collective. He believes that Common Core and similar programs are just a precursor to this eventuality. Glenn also pointed to Ray Kurzweil's work on "The Singularity" of how technology will come to further and further control people's lives, and not always for the better.

"I met two leaders recently of this movement, not in politics, who have told me, "I'm over 50 now. I don't think I'm going to do this much longer." Really? I'm approaching my 50th. I put all my money into this. I'm in 'til the end. How about you?"

"There is a way out. There is a way out, but the first thing you have to do is understand you are living in a different world. You can't worry about today; you have to start worrying about tomorrow. You have to start looking over the horizon because by the time you figure out today, tomorrow will already be here. We have to start having a little bigger vision than these worms in the Republican Party," Glenn said.

"Here's the thing: It's going to get tough, but we have each other. That first letter, the couple that picks up cans, it's going to be the neighbors and churches that are going to have to help them. It's going to have to be the people in Plano, Texas that help them. We're going to have to live like we are supposed to live...I know the FDA will probably come in and say that we probably can't have a community farm, but to hell with them. We're going to have to farm. We're going to have to work together. We're going to have to share, not because we're forced to but because that's who we are and always will be. God help us who we always will be because to my dying breath, I am an American. I support the Constitution. Long live the republic."

"May I be brave enough to say those words when it counts. Defund the GOP. Send them a message. It's time for a third party."

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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