Something that happened 151 years ago fills Glenn with hope today. What was it?

The below is transcribed from the opening monologue of Glenn's radio show:

151 years ago today, the world began to change again because of America. 151 years ago today, a man rode on a train quietly, just scratching out a few words on the back of a piece of paper. There's only one photograph of this. He appears in the photo blurry. 151 years ago today, a guy who was known as Moses at the time, a guy that the world later compared to Moses, great statues and monuments were made of this man. One is in Washington, D.C. The other one is in the harbor of New York. The Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is actually made for this man who at the time was known as Moses. Moses, a direct descendent from Father Abraham.

151 years ago this man, tired, beaten. I think lost, confused, a man of profound sorrows, stood up and said:

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, it was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now, we're engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We're met on a great battlefield of that war. We've come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives, that this nation might live. It's altogether fitting and proper that we should do this, but in a larger sense we cannot dedicate. We cannot consecrate. We cannot hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It's for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work to which they thought here and so far nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that these honored dead from them we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion and that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that the government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth.

One of the greatest speeches given by any man, given by our Father Abraham. Our Moses who freed the slaves.

Our pilgrims came here. They saw themselves as children of Abraham. They saw themselves as picking up the mantel of Moses and the lost children and tribes of Israel and coming across the great ocean, coming across the great sea, led by God, to come here, our pilgrims. Our pilgrims that on the second slave ship went and took the slave ship, freed the slaves and imprisoned the slave ship masters. Our pilgrims who were not the great terrorists, who were great friends to the Native Americans. Others came, but our pilgrims came with God in their heart.

Some of our founders were bad, bad people. But most of our founders were great, great men. They wrestled with slavery. But they knew that there was hope. They chose hope in us. They knew in their generation, they could not get it done. For all the Progressives that are expecting our founders to be perfect, may I remind you that your label "progressive" means exactly what they did. We cannot get it done in this generation. But we will move the flag as far as we can down the field and we will make progress.

Finally a man who had been abandoned by his father, a man who was loved by his mother until she died, a man who had to raise for a year in the wilderness his little sister, alone, eating twigs, nuts, berries, anything that he could find. A man who was so afraid of his father when he returned a year later and said, this is your new mom, that's how he introduced his wife -- this is your new mom. That he ran to hide behind the skirt of this total stranger because he was so afraid of his father, a father who said you're not going to read. There's no reason for you to read. But he learned and he was taught by his stepmother. A man who later said, everything I am I owe to my mother. The man who went through profound sorrow, found himself on the field of Gettysburg after losing every single battle. How he must have prayed, Lord, how can this possibly be? I'm here, I'm here. I'm trying to free the slaves. How is this happening to our nation? I understand, Lord. I understand. If every drop of blood that was drawn by the end of the lash of the whip needs to be paid for by the drops of blood drawn now by the sword, if that is the payment required, I understand. We will wash ourselves in blood. We will make ourselves clean in the blood of the lamb. Onward Christian soldiers.

He believed it was right. But it wasn't until Gettysburg that pushed him down into the ground. Losing battle after battle, asking, why, why, why, Lord. General, tell me why. What is it? Why won't you fight? What is it that you refuse to do?

It was after Gettysburg that he declared a day of fasting, a day of humility, a day of prayer and a day of thanksgiving. He said, we must humble ourselves or we're going to continue to lose battle after battle. We must understand, we don't have any of the answers, none of the answers. We've tried all the answers. Man has tried. We have tried to get rid of slavery. We have tried to set men free. We have a chance, for the first time in human history, we have a chance of changing the world. Look at what we've already done. And look at this cancer that is eating us from the inside. For the first time in human history, a nation had a claimed to be a Christian nation and actually was a Christian nation had split itself on the Bible and half of the people said, well, the Bible says I can have slaves. The other half knew better.

The other half listened to the pilgrims and said, no, no, that's not what the Bible says. It's immoral. Listen to this. It is immoral for you to take the bread earned by the sweat of another man's brow. Now, we say that's slavery.

But I just want you to listen to what they said. It is immoral for you to take your bread that has been earned by the sweat of another man's brow. How many of us are doing that now? How many of us have sold our children into slavery because we want the bread that is being earned by another man's brow. And that doesn't mean somebody who's out in the field being whipped. That means our children or our grandchildren or our great-grandchildren. We're approaching a century. We're approaching a century of our entire GDP. If we take everything that we make in a country, in this country, for 100 years, we will finally be debt-free. Every dime we make. That doesn't -- we don't pay for our food. We don't pay for our energy. We don't pay for our housing. We don't pay for education. Every dime we make for a hundred years we go to pay down the national debt. In 100 years we'll have it paid off. Congratulations. It's immoral. It's immoral to take your bread that has been earned by the sweat of another's brow.

But here's where I get hope today. Because today I ask you to do one thing. Today I ask you to really take into consideration one thing that I believe is one of the more true things that I've ever, ever seen. And that is that which you gaze upon you become.

What is it we're gazing upon?

We spend every day looking at the problems. We spend every day looking at Washington. What are we doing? We're becoming just like the problem. We're becoming angry. We're becoming vengeful. Some are becoming win at all cost, any cost, doesn't matter. Ends justify the means. Well, they're doing it. We better play that game, too. That which you gaze upon you become. And we become hopeless.

Darryl Strawberry was on with me last night. You want to talk about hopeless. Here's a guy shoving needles in his arms. Here's a guy taking heroin. He said outside, I had everything. Inside I had nothing. I didn't even know who I was as a man. I knew who I was as a ballplayer.

I know who I am as a broadcaster. Who am I as a man? Are you a car salesman? Are you a salesman or a rep? Are you a business owner? Are you a teacher? Are you a doctor? Are you an attorney? Who are you as a man?

I ask you today to change your attitude just for 24 hours. That which you gaze upon you become. I choose hope. That's what Abraham Lincoln did after he gave the Gettysburg address. He said we need to humble ourself. We need to choose God. We need to know where hope comes from. After he did the proclamation of thanksgiving, after he dedicated everything to God, rededicated, made a new covenant with God, just as a man named Abraham had done before, we won every battle after.

I choose hope.

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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