Miracles and Massacres: The Virginia Convention

Glenn Beck’s new book, Miracle and Massacres, is about helping people connect with the true, untold history of America. In Chapter 3, Glenn details that arguments between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists that led to the Virginia Convention. These disagreements ultimately forced both sides to compromise, inspiring the Bill of Rights and leading to a debate over the size and role of government that still goes on today.

When you see an old painting of the Founders meeting, they all look like they got along just fine with one another. But don't kid yourself. The 1788 Virginia Convention that laid the foundation for the S.S. Constitution was a knock-down, drag-out battle of wills: James Madison versus Patrick Henry. Federalist against Anti-Federalist --- fear of anarchy versus fear of tyranny.

Over the course of 26 hot June days, these men, including Henry, Madison, George Mason and Edmund Randolph debated the appropriate size and strength of government.

One side worried that any central federal government would start to expand and grab power, that taxes would be pushed ever-higher as the treasury was drained by runaway spending. They worried that elitists would take over the capitol and create a permanent ruling class of career politicians.

The other side was convinced that a nation divided into so many completely independent parts simply could not stand the tests of time. They argued that a strong but limited federal government was critical to the country's survival --- that the essential benefits of more centralized power far outweighed the obvious risks.

Ultimately, the sides came to a tense compromise that we're still living with today. But Patrick Henry and his fellow Anti-Federalists were worried. They knew that the price of liberty would be eternal vigilance against an ever-growing government...and they wondered whether that was really possible over the decades and centuries to come.

On the eighth day of debates, Patrick Henry took the convention floor and offered a warning that became nowhere near as famous as his “give me liberty or give me death” line from 13 years earlier, but that today, 225 years later, sounds more relevant than ever:

“If you have a good president, senators and representatives,” Henry said, “there is no danger. But can this be expected from human nature?"

“Without real checks it will not suffice ...virtue will slumber. The wicked will be continually watching: consequently you will be undone.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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