Have we lost the true meaning of courage?

The First Lady has invited several people to sit in her box during tonight’s State of the Union including survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Moore, Oklahoma fire chief. Her most high profile guest, however, will be former NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first professional athlete to announce that he is gay.

TheBlaze reports Collins played for six NBA teams over his 12-year professional career averaging less than three points per game. After his announcement in April, President Obama called Collins to say he “couldn’t be prouder” of him.

While Glenn has no problem with Collins or the First Lady’s decision to invite him to the State of the Union, Glenn did question what qualifies as ‘courage’ in today’s society.

“Can I ask you a question? I mean we're not living in Iran. We're living in the West. We haven't erased hatred by any stretch of the imagination. But… what makes people heroic is when they stand up against power, [and] the power in this country is all progressive,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “What I'm saying is: You're not being a hero really anymore coming out and saying, you know, ‘I don't believe in God.’ There's nobody in power that is going to silence you.”

Glenn explained that he views Collins coming out of the closet much in the way he view the election of President Obama – it is a milestone, but that fact alone should not dictate the conversation.

“I feel the same way [about Collins] that I did when the President was elected. I don't know anybody who is racist. I know that racists exist. I know that racism is a human disease,” Glenn said. “And it was a cool milestone that the President is black and he was elected president of the United States. That's a cool milestone. Good. We checked that box. We got it. It shows America doesn't care about the color of your skin.”

“[Some could claim] Martin Luther King's idea of ‘judge me by the content of my character, not the color of my skin’ [box] has been checked. I don't think it has been, quite honestly, because I don't think we judge the man on the content of the character,” he continued. “I think a lot of people voted for him for the color of his skin. A lot of white people said, ‘You know what? I'm not racist. I'm for him.’ I don't think they even know his character.”

We used to judge people based on the content of their character, but we have become too concerned with checking off the politically correct box to really judge a person’s performance objectively.

“We're starting to judge people now not on the content of their character, we're judging people on: Can we check the right box,” Glenn explained. “Are you pro-abortion? Are you homosexual? Are you black? Are you a minority of some sort? Are you a protected class of some sort? Because if you are, well, then you're in. This is your time, I guess. That's what it's being made to feel like… [But] most Americans don't think that way.”

As society has evolved, in many cases what was once considered courageous or against the grain is now widely accepted.

“The ones who are really truly heroes and brave now are the ones who peacefully stand up and say: God bless everybody. I'm totally fine with whatever, but let's judge people on the content of their character. Not their sexuality. Not the color of their skin. Not any of that,” Glenn concluded. “Let's judge people on the content of their character. And I have a right to disagree. You're a hero when you have a lot to lose by standing up… What's courageous is somebody who goes against the grain.”

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.