Have you heard the amazing story of America's early war against Islamic radicals?

Glenn Beck’s new book, “Miracles and Massacres,” is about helping people connect with the true, untold history of America. In Chapter Four, Glenn tells the story of the First Barbary War, America’s first overseas military operation and first encounter with Islamic jihadists, the lessons of which echo to this very day.

You've heard the Marines' Hymn all your life. You know the tune and you probably know the lyrics by heart: “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli...”

You know that Marines are called “leathernecks” and you’ve seen the long, curved sword their officers wear --- a sword with a hilt that looks distinctly Ottoman in its design.

But if you're like a lot of people, you might not know where any of these things come from. And that’s a shame -- because it’s one of the greatest stories ever told.

When we gained our independence, the young United States lost something as well. As British colonists, our merchant ships had enjoyed the protection of the empire's powerful Navy --- protection that included safe passage from the ruthless Barbary Pirates. But after the revolution, that shield was gone, and we were on our own.

The Barbary Pirates would attack and board our defensless ships, stealing cargo and taking the crews hostage until we paid their ransoms. These were acts of war, of course, but wars are expensive and the country was sick of fighting. Almost no one in power wanted another conflict, especially one so far from our shores.

Fortunately, there was another option on the table.

The pirates promised that if we paid enough money in tribute they would leave our ships alone. This wasn't diplomacy, it was extortion. Tony Soprano would have been proud because no matter what we paid, the attacks continued, and the next year – surprise, surprise – the price always went up.

When Thomas Jefferson became president he’d had finally had enough. After decades of tribute, the payment in 1801 had amounted to a full 20 percent of America’s annual budget. (for perspective, 20 percent of our 2013 federal budget would be $760 billion dollars...)

And so Jefferson sent our troops to the shores of Tripoli.

What happened next is one of the most thrilling war stories of all time. U.S. soldiers held as slaves in dirty prisons, beaten and tortured daily. A nighttime mission to burn a captured ship. Bloody fights with Islamic radicals in the desert. It’s an adventure that Britain's Admiral Lord Nelson called, quote, “the most bold and daring act of the age.”

The full story is in the book and it’s well worth your time to read – but it’s important to know that the Barbary Wars changed America forever: our Marine Corp became permanent … our Navy became a force to be reckoned with … and we learned lessons that stayed with us for decades to come. Lessons about finishing what we started; about the price we're willing to pay for both war and peace; and lessons about the hazards of trying to appease the corrupt, the radical, or the evil.

Sadly...it seems that some of those lessons are now being forgotten.

 

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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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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