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.

 

By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

Don't miss next Wednesday's TV special on the coronavirus in its new time slot at 9PM ET.

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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