Glenn shares the inspiring story of a family that has refused to let hardship define them

Since bursting onto the national stage last week, 14-year-old Isaac Lufkin has inspired the country with inspiring determination to become a professional football player despite the fact that he was born without arms. Isaac made an appearance on last night’s Glenn Beck Program, and it became abundantly clear that Isaac has an incredible work ethic and outlook on life thanks in large part to his upbringing.

“We had him on TV last night. He was up at the Super Bowl as a guest of the NFL and he also was part of his championship team in Rhode Island, and he's a remarkable kid,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I said, ‘So how do you deal with it?’ And he said, ‘It's really not that hard. I don't like pity.’ And he opened up a can of Coke himself. He turned on his computer… got on the floor and started typing with his feet. Quite an amazing scene.”

When Glenn pressed Isaac as to where his ‘can do’ attitude came from, he admitted that his mom always told him: “I can’t means I won’t.”

“I said to him, one of these days you are going to thank God for your mom because your mom is making you independent. Your mom is making you who you are today, and you may not appreciate it at 14,” Glenn said. “Then I just threw in, my mom passed away right around your age, and I didn't really appreciate it, I didn't appreciate her, until it was too late. And then I didn't really start seeing the wisdom of my parents until I was 30, maybe you will wake up a little earlier than that.”

As it turns out, Isaac is not the only member of the Lufkin family who is coping with hardship. Isaac’s mother, Lori, has been facing life-threatening medical issues of her own for years. Though she prefers not to discuss her own battles, Lori told Glenn last night that she has successfully battled cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer, in addition to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But she’s now facing the challenge of her life.

Lori has known that she has congestive heart failure for about four years, but was told on Christmas Eve that her condition is rapidly worsening. Though Lori has previously undergone two open-heart surgeries, she is now in need of a heart transplant.

“The medication is not working anymore, and it’s basically at this point … the surgeon told me it’s, ‘Get a heart transplant or I’m going to have organ failure and die,’” Lori told TheBlaze in a phone interview. “I know how sick I am. They know how sick I am. That’s why I’ve forced them to be so independent.”

“This woman has known she's going to die early, and this is why she has told her son, ‘You have to do it on your own. I'm not going to be here to dress you, son. I'm not going to be here to open up the cans of soda for you, so you are going to have to do it on your own,’” Glenn concluded. “This is one incredible story and an incredible mother. I would ask today that you would pray for her.”

You can also check out Isaac’s appearance on last night’s Glenn Beck Program below:

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.