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.

An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn Beck share the details:

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

Watch the video clip below to hear Stewart explain:

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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