Happy Birthday! Glenn reflects on turning the big 5-0

Today is Glenn’s 50th birthday, and he opened the radio program this morning reflecting on the last 20 or so years. When Glenn was 30-years-old he made the decision to change his life and that decision ultimately saved his life. For his 40th birthday, Glenn’s wife Tania threw him a surprise party that reunited him with people he hadn’t seen in years. As he celebrates his 50th birthday today, Glenn found himself able to truly appreciate and understand the power of being able to start over.

“Today is my 50th birthday, and so I've had a morning of reflection,” Glenn said.

That reflection brought him back to his 30th birthday in February 1994, when life was tremendously different. It was months before he would enter treatment for alcoholism and addiction, and Glenn keenly remembers what the day was like.

“I was laying in bed, and I was a raging alcoholic. I thought to myself, as I watched the old digital clock flip to midnight, and it was my 30th birthday, I thought to myself, ‘My life is about to change.’ The doctor had already, you know, told me, ‘You keep this up… you'll be dead very soon,’” Glenn said. “I knew I had to stop drinking, and I was friendless… So I sobered up later that year. In November of that year, I stopped drinking… Man, it was tough… And I remember a couple of years [later] around this time thinking to myself, ‘All I want is my reputation back. That's all I want.’”

A decade later, on his 40th birthday, Glenn’s wife Tania threw him a wonderful surprise party that reunited him with people he hadn’t seen in years. That birthday also served as the catalyst he needed to really make up for lost time.

“I remember on my 40th birthday thinking, ‘You've wasted most of your life.’ I just started this company. I think it about had maybe three employees. And I thought, ‘Geez, you're halfway to 80, and you've wasted your life,’” Glenn recalled. “And I dedicated myself in that decade to making sure I hadn't wasted my life and making up for lost time.”

As Glenn sat behind the radio microphone this morning on his 50th birthday he could not help but be amazed by how much had changed in such a short period of time.

“Today, I sit here at 50 and see what this company is,” Glenn said. “I see the impact that the people who work with me have made with me in the last 10 years, and I'm amazed. I'm amazed that when you set your mind to it, you can do anything.”

For anyone listening to today’s radio program who may be in a situation similar to where Glenn was 20 years ago, he had a special message:

After my 30th birthday, I knew that I had destroyed everything. I knew I had destroyed my credibility. I knew I had destroyed absolutely everything. And all I wanted was my credibility back. All I wanted was my name back. All I wanted was to be a decent human being… Pat knows the way people who used to work with me back in the '80s used to feel about me and how people didn't trust me… Those people now have… come to my side and said, ‘My gosh, you're a totally different man.’

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But I just want you to know that wherever you are in your life today – whether you feel like I don't want to be the person I am – change it. You can. You can make dramatic changes in your life. Whether you're somebody who wasted your life: I'm not doing what I should have been doing, or I missed all these opportunities, or nobody else will give me a chance, or I just want to make up for lost time – you can do it. You can do it. It's not just America. It's the way God works.

Friday… we were cutting a commercial for TheBlaze, and we've been working on these commercials for a while about: Just be who you are; just create what you're supposed to create. And we were trying to write the phrase for it… And I want to share it with you: Life is what you make of it. Let's make something good because it can be done. Start today.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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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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