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.”

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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