Glenn shares highlights from Rev. Billy Graham’s 95th birthday party

Glenn was broadcasting from Ashville, North Carolina this morning because he attended Reverend Billy Graham’s 95th birthday celebration last night.

“I'm still in North Carolina. I was at Billy Graham's birthday party yesterday. You know, he's 95-years-old. I hope I'm as sharp as he is at 95. He was crystal clear in his presentation last night. You could see it,” Glenn said. “He's a giant of a man, one of the most humble people… But last night I was thinking about this… because as I was sitting there in this room and, you know, Sarah Palin was there, Lindsey Graham surprisingly didn't show up, but Rupert Murdoch was there, Kathy Lee Gifford… And I know Donald Trump… Greta van Susteren was there.”

“And I'm watching this video and everybody in the room felt small… When we first came in, there were these big video screens that were just showing pictures of his life,” Glenn continued. “The only thing he was missing was, like, a picture of him standing with Gandhi or, you know, trying to shield Bonhoeffer from the bullets. I mean he has done, been, met everyone, everywhere, and he has led. And so you're just watching this, and I'll bet ya Rupert Murdoch felt small, just watching this accomplishment of this one man's life.”

Glenn had only met Rev. Graham once before. What was scheduled to be a half hour meeting at Rev. Graham’s home, turned into a five hour lunch in which the men bonded over their shared faith and their hopes for the future. During the meeting, Rev. Graham shared with Glenn that he believed he had one final sermon left in him to deliver. And last night served as the forum from which he would present it.

“He is just so down to Earth and so real, and the message is not about him – never is about him,” Glenn said. “There was so much to learn… Really just a great and amazing message.”

The message, as Glen described it, focused on the importance of getting America back on the right track and re-orienting with God.

“When I met with him three years ago, he said, ‘I have one more message for America and the world, and I just don't know how I'm going to give it,’” Glenn explained. “And we talked a little bit about it, and he's very concerned about America and he's very concerned that we have turned way too far away – that, you know, as we were talking about, the Western way of life. If the [poll] numbers for the crack-smoking mayor [in Toronto] go up, then Billy Graham is exactly right. And there is nothing or no one that can fix this country or this way of life. Only God can.”

After leaving the event last night, Glenn spent a good amount of time reflecting on what he is supposed to take away from Rev. Graham’s message and the brief time he was able to spend with him.

“Last night in my diary I wrote two words. I'm trying to think what is it that I was supposed to learn from Billy Graham, and I want you to know I can't claim him as a friend. I wish I could. I can't claim him as a friend, I can't claim that he really knows me or I really know him,” Glenn said. “I've met him twice. And I had a five-hour lunch with him one time, me and my family, and I feel as though I know him, but I don't know him. I know his heart, and I know what he gave to me and that is confidence. He told me he had the same fears when he was my age, and he struggled to hear the Lord, too, and it didn't make sense to him… And the gift that he gave to me is incomprehensible, quite honestly.”

“And so this is what I wrote in my diary last night, when I had to figure out what was it I was supposed to take away from Billy Graham, a man I would hope that I could see him again, but I probably never will: Grace and humility,” Glenn continued. “That's who that man is.”

Glenn had the good fortune of being seated with Rev. Graham’s daughter, Ruth, last night. And at one point during the festivities, Ruth asked Glenn whether his children struggle with his public persona the way she and her siblings have struggles over the years.

“At one point, Ruth looked at me and she said, ‘Do your children hate this as much as I do?’ And I knew exactly what she meant,” Glenn explained. “And I said, ‘Yes, but I fear they don't handle it with as much grace as you do.’ And she looked over to her father and she looked back at me and she said, ‘I never get to see my father.’ Families sacrifice so much. Children lose so much because everybody loves their dad or everybody hates their dad. Whatever… They become this public thing and they don't get to be just a normal family very often.”

As Glenn was getting ready to leave, Ruth thanked him for traveling all the way to North Carolina to be a part of her dad’s special night.

“I tell you, it broke my heart when she said that because I haven't done a good enough job of telling her. And I said, ‘Ruth, you don't understand how much your friendship, how much you inviting me to sit with your family, and how much your father has meant to me and how much I've learned. It's an honor to be here,’” Glenn explained somberly. “Grace and humility. The meek, the humble, the broken will be the leaders of tomorrow. They will be the ones that help heal the world. I pray that the Lord breaks me more, should it work to his advantage. And the good news is I know there are lots of people in the world that are praying for that as well – possibly for other purposes.”

TheBlaze will be broadcasting Rev. Graham's final sermon this Saturday, November 9, at 7pm ET in a special called The Cross. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial of the TheBlaze TV HERE.

Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

America
  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.

Ireland

Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

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Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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Glenn Beck: THIS is why Biden nominated Merrick Garland as attorney general

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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"All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference," said holy anointed billionaire Bill Gates. Green activism has been around for decades. But what used to be wacky has now worked its way into the world's power structure. You must believe the science. You cannot question the science.

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