This season is the opportunity to reset

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to inclement weather in Dallas, Glenn asked his staff to stay home this today as he broadcasted his radio program from home. As a result, no video clips will be available from Friday’s radio show. You can listen to the entire radio show HERE. The story below is a recap of one the radio segments.


Glenn has been talking about the importance of the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s trio of holidays for a few weeks now, and, on radio this morning, he explained why the holiday season offers the perfect opportunity to “reset” and “examine” your life and to “figure out who you want to be.”

“The trilogy of holidays, as I like to call them, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's – it's a chance for you to reset,” Glenn said. “It's a chance for you to put into place all three things that are important in life."

As Glenn sees it, Thanksgiving offered the chance to express humility and gratitude for everything - both the good and the bad - that you have.

Glenn explained that his family recently received some bad news, but he finds himself proud with the way they have handled the situation. It is easy to give credit to God for the good things in life, but it is equally important, as Glenn explained, to recognize that the not-so-good things come from Him as well.

“It all comes from him. It's all right. It's all right. It's all going to be good. That's a miracle,” Glenn explained. “So the first part of the trilogy is Thanksgiving and the humility, to see the blessings of the good and the bad.

The second part of the trio is Christmas, and while we often look at Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Jesus, Glenn explained why it is actually a day to celebrate the life of Jesus. Christmas represents an opportunity for rebirth – to reexamine what it is you are supposed to do.

“And then it's the birth of the baby, but it's not just the birth. That's not what it's about. It's the death. Why did he come? To start over, to send you a clear message: You can start over,” Glenn said. “My life is so different than it was in the 1990s. Everything about me – fundamentally to the cellular level – [is] different because I was given the chance to start all over again. And you can [too].”

Glenn warned against making “stupid” New Year resolutions that “don’t mean anything really.” Instead, Glenn encouraged his listeners to consider what it is you want to be. “Figure out why you are really here,” he said.

To illustrate this point, Glenn told the story of a man named Joe:

Joe lived a long life, and he died peacefully in his sleep. Next thing he knows, he's entering the pearly gates, and St. Peter greets him and says, "Anybody here you want to meet?" And he's like, "You've got to be kidding me. I can meet anybody?" He's like, "Yeah, you can meet anybody." He's like, "Well, I've always been a baseball fan. I'd like to meet the best player you've got up here." St. Peter says, "Paging Lou Gehrig, Lou Gehrig to the pearly gates, Lou Gehrig." Lou shows up. He was taking batting practice. He takes a break. They talk for hours about baseball and the power of humility.

St. Peter says, "Anybody else you want to meet?" He says, "Yeah. Tesla. I read this book by Glenn Beck. I was actually reading his book when I fell asleep and then you took me and then I didn't get a chance to finish the Tesla and Westinghouse and Edison chapter." He says, "Hang on. Nikola Tesla to the pearly gates. Nikola Tesla to the pearly gates." They had a long talk.

St. Peter says, "Anybody else?" He says, "Yeah. You know what? I was an American soldier. Tell me, who's the greatest general here?" St. Peter thought for a moment. This time he didn't page anybody. He takes him over to an alley right around the corner and there sitting on a bench was a cobbler repairing a shoe. He said, "There he is. He's the greatest military general that ever lived." Joe said, "I don't recognize him." St. Peter said, "No, you wouldn't. He had all the values and the characteristics of a great leader, but his father was a cobbler, and his father before him was a cobbler, and so he felt he should be a cobbler. He thought it was the right thing to do – not for himself but for others. He never followed his passion, but he's a good man."

“Be remembered for doing not what you think others want you to do, but find out who you really are. Find out why you are here. Start all over again. Be your authentic self. You have unique talents,” Glenn concluded. “When you get to the other side, have somebody say, ‘I want to see the best of...’ Don't have St. Peter come around the corner and say, ‘It should have been him, but he did what everybody told him he should do. He did what he thought was the easiest. He listened to others.’”

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs


I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.


I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.