Glenn: I'm sick and tired of seeing the flag at half-mast

In the aftermath of last Wednesday’s shooting at Fort Hood, Glenn delivered an impassioned monologue in which he advocated for the rearming of our military bases.

“The other thing our troops need… is a gun. I know we can disagree on whether or not guys like me should have a gun, but… they have a right to defend themselves,” Glenn said. “I don’t understand a country that disarms the military… You can trust them in a snap decision walking in the streets in some other country… but you can’t trust them to carry a gun in our own country? It’s insane.”

On last Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who survived the 2009 attack at Ft. Hood, and Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin further promoted the idea that our servicemen and women on military bases should once again for allowed to exercise their right to bear arms.

“When I first heard the news… I was angry. I was hurt. And I felt defenseless because I felt that I was in a position, again, where I could not protect those that needed to be protected,” Lunsford said. “How many times are we going to exercise the fact that we are expendable and just let these things happen and in the aftermath say, ‘Well, I’m sorry for your loss?’ That doesn’t cut it because people died. Give us a right to defend ourselves because that’s what we’re trained to do.”

Other active and retired members of the military have expressed similar sentiment. Earlier this week, TheBlaze published a story about a powerful letter written by a soldier who was at Ft. Hood last week asking for his “God-given right” to defend himself. Christopher Coleman, a member of the Texas Army National Guard, read the letter, which was written by First Lieutenant Patrick Cook, during a Texas State Senate hearing Monday.

“My name is First Lieutenant Patrick Cook of the 49th Transportation Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, and this past Wednesday I found myself trapped in an enclosed room with fourteen of my fellow Soldiers, one of whom was barricading the door against a madman with a .45 pistol when he was fatally shot,” the letter begins.

“Through what I can only describe as a miracle, he somehow found enough strength to continue pushing against that door until the shooter gave up and went elsewhere, at which time he collapsed,” Cook continues. “Nearly a week later, I can still taste his blood in my mouth from when I and my comrades breathed into his lungs for 20 long minutes while we waited for a response from the authorities. This Soldier’s name was Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson, and his sacrifice loaned me the rest of my life to tell this story.”

Read the entire letter HERE.

On radio this morning, Glenn explained why Cook’s letter “should be the most viral thing in the country” and why he is “sick and tired” of seeing the American flag being flown at half-mast. These mass-casualty events will continue to happen again and again, if something is not done.

“No one would go to Fort Hood to shoot it up if everyone had their firearms. No one would do it,” Glenn said. “And if somebody… went and just pulled their gun out and they were going to shoot somebody, they would make one shot.”

When is the last time you heard about a mass shooting at a police department? Much like our military, police officers face life or death, high stress situations in which they must determine whether or not to draw their weapons, and yet unlike military bases, police stations are not gun-free zones.

“Here's a good example: When is the last time we had a mass shooting where 30 people were killed at a police department,” Stu asked. “It doesn't happen. Who the hell would go in there? They'd get shot in 10 seconds. No one would do it.”

Unfortunately, as these tragic events become more and more common, people become more desensitized to the violence. For example, Glenn, Pat, and Stu struggled to recall the details of yesterday’s mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania where 22 people were injured.

“How many people died in the stabbings yesterday,” Glenn asked. “Pat, you remember Columbine. You were on the air. The next day, after 22 people would have been injured, seven of them critically, do you think we would have had to look that up? Everybody would have known that… [But] it’s so frequent. I don't know. I can't keep up with them. All we say is, ‘Oh, dear God, another one?’”

“I don't know about you. I'm sick and tired of seeing the flag at half-mast. I see it at half-staff all the time,” he continued. “Am I the only one that's sick of that? Am I the only one that's like, ‘Why?’ It's absolutely not reasonable.”

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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