Glenn celebrates the life of a remarkable teenager who changed the world in 17 short years

The New England Patriots enjoyed an impressive victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff round on Saturday, but it wasn’t all celebration and jubilation. 17-year-old Massachusetts native Sam Berns passed away just before game time of complications from progeria – a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process. Sam, who was the subject of an HBO documentary last year, had been asked by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to be the team’s honorary captain for Saturday night’s playoff game.

“This weekend was the weekend of celebrations. Hollywood, of course, celebrated itself with the Golden Globe awards… On the football front, fans from Seattle to San Francisco to Denver and clear across to New England were celebrating their team's victories. The Patriots won at home,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “The game should have had one more in attendance. They were supposed to have an honorary captain for the game. His name was Sam Berns. I hope you know the name Sam Berns. He's a 17-year-old high school junior from Foxboro… Sam was a huge fan of the Patriots, but Sam didn't make it to the game. If you read TheBlaze last night, you found out that Sam died on Friday. Sam was a personal friend of one of the people that work here at Mercury, and he alerted me Friday.”

Sam was diagnosed with progeria at 22 months. His parents founded the nonprofit Progeria Research Foundation after encountering a lack of information and research on the fatal condition. Despite his condition, Sam’s outlook on life was infectious. And in both the HBO documentary, Life According to Sam, and various interviews, it became clear that porgeria would not define his life.

“Sam had a dream of playing the snare drums with his high school marching band. Problem is Sam only weighs about 50 pounds, and the harness weighed 40 pounds… It didn't stop Sam. Sam went and found somebody that could design a lightweight harness that would allow him to live his dream. Instead of 40 pounds, it weighed 6 pounds,” Glenn explained. “And [Sam] was out on the field living his dream. During a radio interview, Sam was asked, ‘What's the most important thing that people should know about you?’ Sam said, ‘That I have a happy life. I don't want people to feel bad for me. I don't want to waste energy feeling bad for myself.’”

Last night, Glenn and his family gathered around to watch the TEDTalks Sam gave late last year, in which he discussed his philosophy for a happy life:

“No matter what your problem is, no matter what you think you're facing, here's a kid who has more perspective than most adults I have ever met. He said he had a philosophy for a happy life,” Glenn said. “So the first step is: Be okay with what you ultimately can't do because there's so much you can do. Philosophy point number two: Surround yourself with people you want to be around, people of high quality. And tip number 3: Keep moving forward. The quote he used was from Disney. And he wrote: Around here we don't look backward very long. We keep moving forward. Opening up new doors and doing new things.”

During the talk, Sam also explained that he hoped to go into the field of biology, and he made clear that no matter what the future held, he had one mission in life – to change the world. And he undoubtedly did.

“This weekend there was another celebration that took place. It was the celebration of the life of Sam Berns. A ton we can learn from Sam,” Glenn concluded. “So if you think you have problems today, if you think you can't overcome, if you think that you won't be able to achieve your dreams, think about Sam and have some perspective: The Golden Globe awards or Sam Berns. Thank you, Sam. Through you we know that we are all each other's greatest teachers when we have something called perspective.”

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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