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.

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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