Glenn interviews former gang leader, drug dealer and pimp

Last night on TV, Glenn interviewed two awful people. Actually, they used to be awful people but have since had pivot points and turned their lives completely around. These two men went from dealing drugs, gang violence, abusing women as pimps -- to upstanding, amazing men. How did they do it?

Well, it all starts with a pivot point. A moment in life where you decide to turn things around, to go from the darkness to the light.

"We have to find our first pivot point or a next pivot point.  It’s really important, and believe me, the longer you deny it, the heavier your pivot point will be," Glenn said.

"I was just sitting in church a couple weeks ago, and I’m like I’m making the same mistakes with my younger children that I made with my older children.  Help me.  And then I’m starting to recount all the things that I’ve done wrong, and that’s what bogs us down.  You’re like I can’t get there from here.  Where I’m at, I can’t get to where you want me to be."

"That’s a lie, and I’m going to show you tonight.  I’m going to demonstrate.  I’m going to bring a couple of people on who will show you that if they got from where they were to where they are now, you certainly can do it.  I certainly can do it.  You’re going to meet two of the worst people on the planet," Glenn said.

After interviewing Chef Jesse Schenker, Glenn brought out John Turnipseed, a former gang leader, a drug dealer, and pimp. What was his pivot point?

"We would rob just about anything," John said of his criminal past. "Nursing homes were popular because they would have high levels of very strong drugs in them and family heirlooms, you know, jewelry and things that, you know, the nursing home residents would put up.  You know, we had no conscience about where we got money from."

"Wow.  So, what was your low?  What was your pivot point?  What was the lowest point for you?" Glenn asked.

"There was a couple of them.  One was my first prostitute, my wife, ran off with another pimp, and I had a three-year-old son, and he killed my son, beat him to death," John said. "I was in jail, nothing I could do about it, didn’t know what I ever could have done about it.  And another time I was involved with a robbery that went terribly wrong, and someone lost their life in it.  So those were very low points for me.  You know, those are the two things that I have a hard time wrestling with."

"Tell me the moment that you were on the ground where you’re like that’s it, I can’t do this anymore," Glenn pressed.

"That happened when I was 40 years of age.  I’m 60 now.  A news reporter was outside of the place that I found employment so that my probation officer wouldn’t put me back in prison, and I became a teacher.  And he had found out about that I was working there and who I was, and I had eight felonies at the time and just an awful human being," he said.  " He was going to expose me.  He did expose me to the school and everything.  And that’s that moment.  That point in time for the first time in my life I actually felt ashamed. Got on the floor and started crying, barricaded myself in an office, wouldn’t come out, wouldn’t face them, didn’t know what to do, just started crying and crying.  I cried and cried."

So what did he do?

"My grandmother had told me a long time ago, and I had lost faith in it when I was like six or seven years old that if I ever got into a place and ever was in so much trouble I didn’t know what to do to call out to Jesus.  And I didn’t have anything else to do.  Suicide was the only other option I had, but I didn’t have anything to do it with.  And that’s what I remembered, and that’s what I did."

"That was 20 years ago, 21 years ago, and I’m helping people now.  I have not committed a crime since then.  I’m a minister.  I’m proud of that.  My grandmother wanted me to be one, and I became one.  But I help men a lot like myself.  I go out and talk to prostitutes and pimps about changing their life, and a lot of them have changed their life," John continued.

"I go out and talk to kids that have gotten in trouble for the first time. That’s my favorite type of work is to find kids that are on the edge and start working with them. I’m working with about eight young men right now, and you know, it takes a lot of energy, but it’s well worth it to see those young men start to turn their life around before they get to the point that I was at."

Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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