Glenn: Fixing the country starts with fixing our kids

It is easy to look at the newspapers or turn on the TV and be discouraged by what you see. But on radio this morning, Glenn told a story of a father and his son that shows the key to getting this country and, more broadly, our world back on track begins at home. In order to fix our country, we must start by fixing our children.

Dad slept in a bit on Saturday morning. He had a busy week at work, home, late most nights, not much time to see his son before bedtime. His wife was still asleep. So I got out of bed and headed downstairs, hoping for a quiet, peaceful start to the day. Made some coffee, stepped outside into a crisp fall air to get the newspaper. Back inside he poured himself a cup of coffee and sat by the television that he hadn't turned on. He sat down in his favorite chair and watched TV and read the newspaper. This is what he had been waiting for all week, a chance to be alone, chance to have the house quiet and a chance to relax.  

But just as he took his first sip of coffee, he heard Danny's door open and coming down the stairs. His 8-year-old son said, “Dad, can we go outside and rake some leaves in a huge pile and jump this them, then we can play catch with a football. I bet I can throw the football clear across the yard. Can I show you?”

“Danny, I just sat down to read the newspaper. Maybe in a little while.”

So Danny went upstairs to get dressed. Couple of minutes later, he was bouncing back down the stairs. “Dad, can we go outside now?" “Not just yet. Just give me 10 minutes and then we'll see.”

Danny went back upstairs, sat on the edge of his bed for what seemed like 10 minutes or so. He quietly came down the stairs, not making any noise. He walked up to his dad, peeled back the top part of the newspaper so his dad could see him: "Dad, has it been 10 minutes yet?" Now Dad, a little frustrated, said, "I'll tell you when 10 minutes are up, okay? Just leave me alone for just a minute." 

Danny walked away with his head down, not sure what to do, where to go. His dad kind of felt like a jerk for a second. He had an idea. On the opposite page that he was reading was a full-page ad with a big map of the world on it. He tore the page off, said, "Danny," and held up the page. And as he was starting to tear it, he said, "I'll tell you what. I've just torn this up into a whole bunch of pieces. Take these pieces of paper. It's a map of the world. Go in the kitchen, put them back together. When you're finished, we'll go outside and play." "Okay, Dad." 

Danny barely knew the U.S. geography. His dad figured he would have some peace and quiet for quite some time. He sunk back into his chair, heard the paper rustling, Scotch tape tearing at the kitchen table. Maybe enough time for even another cup of coffee. It was about five minutes later that Danny came running in and said, "I'm finished." His dad said, "Danny, I asked you to put all the pieces together." "I did, Dad.  Come see." 

His dad walked into the kitchen, and there it was exactly what it looked like before he tore it into a whole bunch of pieces. "How did you do this so quickly," he said?  “Well, I didn't do it on that side of the paper, Dad. I did it on the other side of the paper.” On the other side of the paper that he had seen but his father hadn't was a picture of a little boy in some far-off land. "I figured if I put a little boy back together, the world would take care of itself." His dad said, "You know what? Why don't we go have some ice cream for breakfast." "Ice cream for breakfast?" "Yeah, ice cream for breakfast." No matter how far we have to find it, no matter how long it takes to get there, every once in a while every little boy deserves to have ice cream for breakfast with his dad.

“Let's take care of the little boy; the world will take care of itself. This is really the way to fix the world,” Glenn said. “This next weekend, if you happen to be the dad that said, ‘Not right yet.’ Did you go out and rake the leaves and jump in them with your kids? Toss the football? Do it. Rake the leaves this week. Toss the football, and then go get some ice cream and then while you're doing it, stop and see what's happening. See their joy and yours and treasure it for just a second. Treasure it.”

“If we fix our kids, if we fix ourselves, the rest of the world will be fine. There's a ton of work to do, but that's what Americans do best,” he concluded. “And we're already starting to see people recognizing their job and trying to reverse the mistakes of the past by fixing the kids and doing what we know is right, not what the experts tell us is right.”

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.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

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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