Glenn reflects on the death of actress Ann B. Davis of The Brady Bunch

On Sunday, Ann B. Davis, the Emmy award-winning actress who became America’s most famous housekeeper playing Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch, died at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88. There was a lot of news to cover this morning, but Glenn chose to open the radio program reflecting on the era Davis and her beloved character represented. While it is nice to be nostalgic – especially given what is going on in the world today – Glenn highlighted some of the strides we have made.

“I want to start with the death of Ann B. Davis,” Glenn said. “And I know that's not where anyone else will start. But Ann B. Davis died.”

“That's probably not, like, where Rush will start today,” Pat joked.

While Davis’ passing may not be the most newsworthy story of the day, Glenn found himself quite nostalgic when he heard of her death.

“The reason why this struck me is because of the times that we're living in,” Glenn said. “The moment that I heard this, it was just a very small moment, and it was more of just a passing thought, but I wanted to have this passing thought with you. I miss those days. I miss those days. Everything is changing, and I don't want it to.”

On Sunday, Glenn was on his way to church with Tania and the kids, and he was talking to his daughter Cheyenne about the days in which cars were not equipped with TV sets and tricked out speaker systems.

“She looked at me and said, ‘Dad, what did you guys look at?’ I'm having this conversation with my daughter who I'm now realizing has far too much stuff in her life, and I said, ‘I don't know? The outside.’ That was my answer. Tania's answer was ‘each other,’” Glenn explained. “This is at a time when we spent more time in our cars saying, ‘Mom, she hit me.’ ‘No, I didn't’… We spent more time listening to my father threaten to pull the car over… We listened. We fought. And because of that, we also spent a ton of time in silence. Silence. Does silence even exist in our lives anymore?”

In retrospect, it is easy to characterize those days as ‘simpler times’ in which the distractions of technology didn’t exist. But when Glenn really began to think about the state of the world in the 1960s and 1970s, he realized how far from idyllic those days really were.

“Things were simpler. But were they? I mean The Brady Bunch made things look that way, but I didn't know anybody who lived in the house like The Brady Bunch had. I don't know anybody who had the life that the Bradys had. I don't know anybody who had an Ann B. Davis at their housekeeper. I didn't know anybody who had a housekeeper,” Glenn recalled. “And the Bradys were in a time when our president was being impeached. We were fighting a war that we couldn't win in Vietnam. There were hippies, drugs, and the Manson family. Oh, and The Brady Bunch. What was so good about that time?”

In thinking about that period in our nation’s history, Glenn couldn’t help but think of the words of Don McLean’s American Pie. While Glenn had always dismissed the song as a tribute to the day Buddy Holly died, he realized – while listening to the song yesterday – that it was actually recognition that the American we knew was gone. And it wasn’t coming back.

“I really listened to the words. I'm an old deejay. I played that song a million times, and a million times I said, ‘Oh, that's about the day Buddy Holly died,’ which it's not. It's not. It's about the 1960s revolution,” Glenn explained. “The music was this optimism. The music that he's talking about is this belief that things are gonna get better, this belief that we can change the world. And what happened? The 1960s radicals tore us apart. And because of that, everything we knew, American Pie, is gone. He knew back in 1970 that the America he knew was never coming back, and it never did.”

The America represented by The Brady Bunch and Davis is also over. But that’s the way it should be.

“The reason why I think this is important to start this foundation today is because once we understand: Yes, the America that we know and we even knew five or six years ago is gone. It's dead. It's over,” Glenn said. “When we couple that with, ‘as it should be,’ then we can stop desperately trying to hang on to the past, which was never as golden as we remember.”

“What are we gonna do with our time now? Worry? Fret? Fight? Call for violence? Cry over a housekeeper we didn't even know and wasn't real,” he continued. “Or do we have the courage to… remember those times in perspective, and then put our nose down and go back to plowing a new field, planting the seeds, and preparing to reap the next great American harvest?”

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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