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.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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