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.

Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:


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Glenn Beck and The Nazarene Fund have been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. government's failure to do so. But it's been far from easy. A recent Newsweek article, titled "Taliban Holds Up Glenn Beck Group's Planes," addressed some of the most recent challenges. The article claimed that six planes — filled with Americans and SIVs ready for takeoff — were "grounded by the Taliban amid negotiations with the U.S. State Department." So, what's actually going on? Why is the State Department meddling in the rescue? And what are the next steps to get these Americans home?

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn breaks down the whole story:

UPDATE: Leaked Email Shows State Department STILL Blocking Afghanistan Rescue Flights


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