Glenn: Beware! Times are changing

Glenn has been talking about some major changes that have been underway in both his personal and professional life. Those changes, in many cases, have carried over to his radio and television programs and his outlook in general. On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to some of the messages he has been receiving from viewers and listeners about the new direction of his programming and message, and he explained why “times are changing.”

Below is a rough transcript of the monologue:

You know, I want to change the subject just real quick. Tonight is an important show on the TV show because we're getting a lot of complaints on some things that we have done, and I'm going to explain why we've done them. We've moved really fast, and for the very first time in my career, we are sloppy. We're very sloppy. And it is not the fault of my staff by any stretch of the imagination. I called them on Friday and said, we're beginning this on Monday. They had expected to do this about nine months to 12 months out. And I said, it begins Monday. I have the best staff in the world. And they are doing everything they can to make it happen.

But I will tell you that, um, we're killing ourselves. We're killing ourselves working, and we're killing ourselves and tearing our hair out, um, trying to get all of it done and trying to figure out the path. We, we have to recognize that the world is changing rapidly. And I have a very different point of view on the direction that we have to go. It is, it is not about abandoning the fight. It is the same argument. Please, I beg you, read the words of Martin Luther King. I've got like four of his books I'm reading at the same time… Read these books, and you will understand because you will see the time period is the same. History is repeating itself.

And it is going to, do you remember Stu when we were on CNN, and there was a speech given by Condoleeza Rice and she just the word ‘birth pangs.’ And I stopped the video and I said, ‘Listen to what she's saying. She's saying these are birth pangs. You're seeing the beginning of birth pangs.’ And it bothered me. And I stood on that for about two weeks and said, ‘Listen to what she's saying. Birth pangs become stronger and closer together. Beyond that, it implies we're giving birth to something. What is it we are going to be cradling in our arms? What is it that we're giving birth to? No one will answer that question.’

Well, I think we all know what we're giving birth to now. We're giving birth to something that does not look at all like the America that you've ever understood. It does not look at all like a place where you are free to express yourself, and we're running out of time. There are those supposedly on our side who are actually calling now, for an American Spring. This is what I warned you of when I held up that little blue book on Fox five years ago and said, ‘Look, this is going to happen. These people want revolution.’ And it is coming from our side. Do not participate in the American spring. Don't. Please.

Look up the root of that. Look up the Spring of Nations. Find out who started the Spring of Nations. Not the Arab Spring, not the American Spring but the Spring of Nations. I'll give you a hint. It happened around 1860. What else was going on? And what spurred that on? That is darkness, it is chaos, and it is evil. Stay away from it. It's poison.

But things are going to start birth pangs again, start to move rapidly again. They are going to start coming at you so fast. This is the beginning now of a time that I have said they are going to come at you so fast, you're going to be overwhelmed. You have to make your decision of who you are before you get there… It is the road map. And if we don't get back onto that road map, we're toast.

And so we're making changes because we are doing a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish I could tell you about, but I can't tell you about. There are two huge things that are happening in my life that I cannot talk to you about right now. But if you're smart, if you listen to this program, you have a pretty good guess. There's two things that some day we'll talk, but I'm telling you, I'm begging you, please, please, I've never been here before. You and I and our relationship has never been here before.

I remember right before the crash of 2008, I put my head against the wall of the studios at Radio City. Do you remember that day, Stu? And somebody called me and said, what the hell you doing? Why are you even talking about the economic crash? It was like September 2008. It was right before the crash. And somebody called up and yelled at me, and I hung up the phone and I called my wife and I said, ‘I can't do it another day.’ And I put my head up against the studio wall, and I just banged my head against the wall and I said, ‘I give up. I surrender. I can't do it anymore, Lord. I can't do it anymore because I remember begging you, please, it's just around the corner. Please.’ And I have heard from so many people, so many people, that called me after that, and said, ‘Glenn, I can't thank you enough. I heard you that day. And I pulled my money out of the stock market. And three weeks later, it collapsed. Thank you.’

There are things that I know, and then there are things that I believe, you may not, and that's fine. Mock me. I don't care. There are things that I believe I have been sent to do and to warn and to encourage and I am at that point in our relationship again. Please, I beg you, if you are a pastor, I beg you, the universal and everlasting truths are the only salvation. They are the only things that will work. If you are told, you must comply, violence is not the answer, hatred, envy, pushing people, calling people names, and I am the worst example. I can't tell you how many nights I have been at home and said to the Lord, ‘How many people have you gone through before you got to me? I'm the last guy that should be delivering this.’ I know.

Please, please, be aware. Times are changing. Courage is contagious, but so is violence and hate and rage. One comes from darkness, one comes from the light. Only the light will stand. Only the light wins. Anything that makes you enraged, anything that says, ‘Go get em,’ is wrong. We are not looking for a win. We are looking for reconciliation. We are looking for change. We are looking for a call back to the things that have been true since the beginning of time. We are looking for just ten things. Just ten things.

I won't have another God. I don't care if that's money. I don't care what that is. If you are in a business right now, and you are compromising your values because of money, stop. Stop right now. Stop. I will not use the Lord God's name in vane. Look it up. Look it up. Who does he say that to? Moses. Who shall I say sent me? I am that I am. When somebody tells you you're nothing, when somebody tells you your worthless, you'll never make it, you need to use the power of God and use it in the proper way. I am worthy. I am capable. When you say those words, you have the power of all creation behind you. I am capable. I am strong. I am courageous. I am much more than I have been led to believe. Say those words. Don't commit adultery. Don't lie. Don't cheat. Don't covet. Don't steal.

Can't we just agree on those things? Please, I'm begging you. Come with me on a very different journey. A little bit more tonight at 5 o'clock. But I want to emphasize: A little bit more at 5 o'clock.

Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

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