Believe Again: Glenn launches trilogy of holidays with stirring show

Glenn began a very different radio show today talking about what he calls the trilogy of holidays. It’s no coincidence they are grouped together and in the order they are - Glenn wanted to devote the entire program today to talk about the things and people he’s grateful for, deliver some great storytelling, and share the incredible music the team has created for the holiday.

Catch the beginning of a very special broadcast below:

Most everything we know about the three-day Plymouth gathering of the pilgrims comes from a description in a letter written in 1621 by a guy named Edward Winslow.  He was the leader of the Plymouth colony, and the letter had really been lost for 200 years.  Nobody really knew anything about that first Thanksgiving and what it was.  The letter was rediscovered in the 1800s, and the speculation ended.  Hello, America.  I'm glad you're here.  Today I have sent everybody home because I just wanted to spend some time with you.  If you're anything like the rest of my staff, they are traveling to get home, some fighting the mess at airports, some fighting the mess of weather, some anxious to go home, some not so much.  Today I just wanted to have a conversation between the two of us.  So if you're driving across the country, you and I can spend some time before you have to face the onslaught of the holiday because this is the beginning of what I have always referred to as the trilogy of holidays.  I don't think there is a coincidence that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's all come in that fashion, all come one right after another.  I think when you connect the three of them together, for more than just shopping, your whole world will change.  And today I want to take you through some of the stories of America and Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I want to share with you some of the music that we have created for this holiday, and I want to share some of the things that people have shared with me, things that they are grateful for.

So Edward Winslow in 1621 kind of cataloged what happened.  It was a very brief, brief account of that first feast.  Alexander Young was the man who published in 1841.  He was in Boston, and he's the one that said it was the first Thanksgiving.  But what Edward had written in 1621 was something that didn't resemble anything that we have today.  In fact, it was so upside down that nobody at the end of this one unbuttoned their pants and sat down on the recliner.  In fact, we think of the Thanksgiving feast, and it was actually quite the opposite.  The first Thanksgiving included fasting.  Because they were truly grateful.  But it happened (loss of audio) but the holiday wasn't an annual event.  It was just for that year, to thank, as in George Washington's words, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will and to be grateful for his benefits and humbly to implore his protection and favor.  That young, struggling nation still had so much darkness to it because while we were thanking God, we were far from perfect.

Just like all around the world, slavery was still a part of America, and while other countries gave it up peacefully, I contend we didn't give it up peacefully because we had to wash ourselves with blood to make ourselves clean.  Jefferson knew that would happen.  But the next time Thanksgiving comes around, the next milestone in Thanksgiving was 1863.  It was right after the Battle of Gettysburg, November 26, 1863.  It was actually, actually spoken about the first time by Abraham binge even in a speech that was written by his Secretary of State.  In fact, his Secretary of State was not only the man that really set things in motion for Thanksgiving as we know it, but his Secretary of State was also the other man that was assassinated the night that Lincoln was killed.  His Secretary of State, they also tried to kill him.  He survived, but just barely.  He survived the brutal, brutal beating.  His daughter and his son actually stopped the beating.  But in 1863 before any of that happened, Abraham Lincoln declared that the fourth Thursday of every November, this Thursday, would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving.  He said, "It seems to me fit and proper that we should solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledge with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.  I therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States and also those who were at sea and those who are sojourning into foreign lands to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as the day of thanksgiving and praise to our father who dwells in the heavens."

Well, now wait a minute.  He's the one who set it up to be the last Thursday.  He set it up to be the last Thursday, but everybody is saying this year that this year Thanksgiving is coming so late; how did that change?  I'll tell you how it changed and why it changed, and you'll never guess who changed it.  And the reasons for it.

But things can't move forward because in 1863 we still had slavery.  We hadn't yet won the war.  It was this Thanksgiving that actually turned the war.  After this Thanksgiving, we won almost every single battle where we had lost almost every single battle prior.  But Abraham Lincoln knew if a country would just turn to God, if they would fast, if they would pray, God would forgive and God would come back.  You would still have to pay for the sins of the past, you'd still have to pay for all the blood that was shed by the workmen's lash and the whip and the chain.  But out in the fields, there was a song that was being sung that at the time was only sung by the slaves.  It's a uniquely American song that for a long time again sang in the -- only sung in the fields by the slaves and then only sung in the churches in the South, and the freemen in the North.  It was sung that way even after slavery until after the 1960s and then in the 1960s it became an anthem.  But slowly but surely because of its lyrics, it became a Christmas song.  It wasn't intended to be a Christmas song.  It was a song talking about freedom.  We look at it as spiritual freedom.  But when it was originally done, it was a song about bodily freedom as well.

A few weeks ago we had several people come together in Phoenix, Arizona.  People who didn't know each other, people of different color, different faith, and we gave them four or five days and we said we want you to do a Christmas album.  There were a few things that I really wanted to capture.  I wanted to capture the story of Christmas and the story of America.  A friend of mine, Clyde, took to arranging that song that we know as a Christmas song but was a slave song, and a woman that I had met in Brooklyn years before, she had appeared on our program.  She performed at Restoring Love.  Her name is Kim Harley.  I asked her to come down to Phoenix and help us with this CD idea.  I call her my Mahalia.  I knew she could put this song back into the feel of a real spiritual, a song that was never intended to be a Christmas song but now is.

Today we're going to share music from Believe Again and stories from the new book Miracles and Massacres, on your way home for the holiday.

 

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

Schedule a private tour or purchase general admission ticket below:

Dates:
June 15-17

Location:

Mercury Studios

6301 Riverside Drive, Irving, TX 75039

Learn more about the event here.

About Mercury One: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2011 by Glenn Beck. Mercury One was built to inspire the world in the same way the United States space program shaped America's national destiny and the world. The organization seeks to restore the human spirit by helping individuals and communities help themselves through honor, faith, courage, hope and love. In the words of Glenn Beck:

We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

Support Mercury One's mission to restore the human spirit by making an online donation or calling 972-499-4747. Together, we can make a difference.

What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.