Pop Quiz: Name the midnight rider who saved the American Revolution

If you answered “Paul Revere,” you’re only half-right.

 

Glenn Beck’s new book, Miracle and Massacres, is about helping people connect with the true, untold history of America. In chapter one, Glenn tells the story of Jack Jouett, an ordinary man whose courage and heroism may very well have saved the country.

One of the things that make America so exceptional is that the country has been built on the contributions of ordinary people acting out of virtue and valor to accomplish extraordinary feats against improbable odds.

Jack Jouett was one of them.

On June 3, 1781, Jouett, a 26 year-old Virginian, did something that many people in their mid-twenties still do today: he went to a local tavern. But Jouett did not go to drink; he went to listen. Standing outside Cuckoo’s Tavern, pretending to tend to his horse and dressed in the British military uniform he’d taken from a captured Redcoat, despite serving in the Virginia militia, Jouett waited. And watched.

By great fortune, or perhaps something more, it so happened that the infamous Colonel Banastre “Bloody” Tarleton, one of the most vicious and hated of all the British troops, arrived at the tavern that night and spoke two words that pulsed like a shock through Jouett’s body: Monticello and Charlottesville.

Jouett understood instantly: The British were coming for Thomas Jefferson.

Knowing that local troops had all been sent off to faraway battles, Jouett immediately realized the gravity of the situation. The capture of a signer of the Declaration of the Independence, not to mention the other Virginian leaders residing in the capitol of Charlottesville, such as Patrick Henry and Richard Henry Lee, would weaken the country’s morale. The already shaky Revolution would be in grave danger.

The main roads from Louisa to Charlottesville were all controlled by the British at that point in the war, leaving backwoods trails as Jouett’s only option.

He didn’t hesitate.

Riding all night by the light of the moon, branches slashing his face and body for almost the entire 40-mile journey, Jouett arrived at Jefferson’s Monticello estate without a minute to spare.

By saving Jefferson from capture, and very possibly death, Jouett prevented the British from notching a major victory. Would his failure have changed the outcome of the Revolution itself? It’s impossible to know, but good evidence exists that things were tenuous enough at the time that it very well may have.

Today, the name Jack Jouett is not nearly as well known as that of Paul Revere—but Jouett’s actions were equally as heroic. Like Revere’s ride before him, Jouette’s illustrates the adage that evil will triumph if good men do nothing. Jouett easily could have cowered in the face of the dominant British army. He could have reached out to others for help. He could have pretended he’d never heard a thing and fled Virginia altogether. But he didn’t do any of that. Instead, he acted.

While the issues we face today may be very different, the lesson that Jouett’s heroic ride leaves us with is more relevant than ever: Great change requires equally great action—whether in colonial Virginia or modern-day America. It also teaches us that every action, no matter how small, makes a difference. A singular act can pave the way for another, and another after that, and so on—until all of those small, seemingly insignificant, ripples in the water turn into a giant tsunami wave.

Good doesn’t always prevail, and we all know there are no guarantees in life. But I do know that those who believe in a cause, and are willing to act when called, are far more likely to win than those who rely on words alone.

Thanks to Jack Jouett and the incredible ride he made over 232 years ago, that lesson is now more clear than ever.

To read the full, incredible story of Jack Jouett, along with 11 other epic and untold stories from American history, check out Glenn Beck’s new book, Miracles and Massacres. You can find story summaries, excerpts and audio samples by visiting glennbeck.com/miracles.

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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