You won't believe the deadly game being played by teenagers

Now, the last few weeks, we’ve been kind of drifting into a new direction on trying to find people who see the world in a different way and then can equip you to deal with what’s coming.  Yesterday, we had Mike Rowe back on the program.  He is leading Americans in the right direction, encouraging people to forge their own path, embracing the idea that yes, hard work, hard work makes a difference, and if you work hard first, you will reap rewards later, the once-valued concept of merit and earning something that has been lost.

America is now the exact opposite.  People come out of college.  They think they deserve a high-paying job, a corner office, a big home, fancy car.  I mean, you know, when my kids were trying to find a house, they couldn’t understand well, wait a minute, but I want to have a nice house.  Well, yeah, so did your mom and I when we were starting out.  We didn’t have one.  We had to work a long time, and my parents’ generation, they worked their whole lives to be able to have a house.

That is kind of lost now.  The mindset of I want it now is why we have a stagnant economy filled with entitlement, not entrepreneurs.  Instead of the Greatest Generation, we now have the self-described I am the greatest generation.  Our grandparents and our great-grandparents didn’t come up with that title themselves.  In fact, I think they would have shunned it.  They were busy earning that title.

Today, many people in America don’t try because they’re constantly told you can’t make it, you’ll never make it, don’t, that’s a stupid idea, why, you’ll never succeed.  Michael Moore tells people this in his movies.  Even the president says that, even though both of them have managed to become wildly successful.  Yet, for some reason they say to everybody else you can’t.

People are also told that they are awesome, and they deserve the very best.  You’re not going to be able to make it on your own, but you deserve the very best, so vote for me, and I’ll be the person who gives it to you.  The problems that we have in this country are so overwhelming that many people just say, “I’m just going to give up.”

I was having dinner last week with a friend of mine, really a just wonderful couple that has raised remarkable children.  And he said to me, “Glenn, you know what, I’m just to the point where I’m just like, I’m just going to take care of my family.”  Yes, bingo!  That’s how you right the ship.  It all starts at home.

Farming out parenting to teachers, farming out morals or whatever to TV just doesn’t work.  We’ve tried all of that, and look where it got us.  Do you remember the good old days when billboard ads were for bread or soda or something?  In Detroit, this is now a billboard, “Thou shall not kill.”  Hey, everybody, let’s not kill everybody, okay?  That’s amazing.

There’s a new game out now that’s popular among teens.  It’s called “knockout,” and believe it or not, it’s worse than it sounds.  A group of teens walk around and pick out a person walking alone, and they just try to knock them out with one punch.  Who can do it next?  There’s also been a rash of anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn, including another one last night.  It’s believed to be a version of knockout called “knockout the Jew,” where teens go around, and they look for Jewish people.  And when they find them, they knock them out.

So what’s happened to us?  How did we get here?  Well, it is the product of all of us who think that we could have it all, and so we were apathetic or absent parents.  Or we are parents that are so overwhelmed, and we believe the lie that gee, the experts know better, so I’m going to listen to them.  Or we’ve allowed the virtual world to invade our home and churn out thugs with no sense of humanity.  And it’s only going to get worse.

And then of course there’s the schools.  Common Core is now helping further destroy education, which is not going to make things better.  I don’t know if you read on TheBlaze today, they are now dropping cursive writing because, you know, cursive writing, there’s nothing important at all to read that has been written in cursive.  I mean, why would you put anything in cursive writing if it’s really important?

Oh, how are our kids going to be able to read your words?  How are your kids going to be able to read the founders’ words?  Well, we live in a digital age.  We shared this story on our Facebook page.  We’d like you to tell us what you think about it.  We think it’s extraordinarily dangerous.

I don’t know about you, but my kids don’t need any help figuring out the iPad and the computer.  If anybody needs to do that, it would be me, not them.  They’re addicted to it like crack, and they figure out how to use it themselves.  They don’t need help with the digital age.  They live it.

But more importantly, there’s a new study out that shows that kids who use computers frequently or have access to computers in their room, increased anxiety and stress is a big part of their life.  Why?  Because they’re being raised in a virtual world and missing out on the real one all around them.  They’re empty inside, and they know it.

Now, at least one Florida mom gets it.  Another story today, she was quite upset when her son made the honor roll.  You’d say well, that doesn’t make sense.  Well, the honor roll is apparently three A’s, a C, and a D.  She was “furious and appalled” that he was rewarded for the C and the D.  She had punished him in order to teach him, but the school gave him a little gift and said you’re exceptional.  You go girl or boy, whichever you choose to be today, but you know, who are we to judge?  And they rewarded him.  For what, mediocrity?  Three A’s, a C, and a D, that’s the honor roll?

We shelter them from the real world, allow them to live in a virtual world with no consequences, but when they get into the real world, I don’t know about you, but if I have people who are working here, and they get three A’s, a C, and a D, if they get that the next quarter, they’re not going to be working here.  If I get that, you’re not going to be watching.

We have to teach our children the truth.  We have to teach our children right and wrong, and to continue to prop up D students and stamp them as honor roll material, you can expect the I am generation failure to continue.

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?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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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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