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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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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