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.”

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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