Why does Glenn think it's so important to teach history? Here is the personal story that started it all

During a special ‘Ask Glenn Anything’ episode on New Year’s eve, Glenn opened the doors to the Mercury Studios for a Q&A with a live audience. One woman wanted to know where Glenn developed his interest in collecting and sharing history. He started to really share history stories on FOX News, but the origins of his obsession started much, much earlier.

Mary: Hi. I was curious as to when you started your interest in the American history, collecting all the materials that you’ve collected, finding things where you can open your information, and it makes what people try to make it, how it looks in the politically correct situation?

Glenn: When did I start having an interest in that?

Mary: Yeah, I watched your show when you first were on FOX.

Glenn: Yeah, it was around that time. I’ve told the story before. It started with my daughter. My daughters hated history, hated it, and back in the 1990s when I first sobered up, I realized I was a nincompoop. I didn’t know anything, and so I went back to school. I could only afford one semester, and I went back to school. I was lucky enough to get into an Ivy League school.

I sat there with the professor, and I listened, and I questioned. He told me all these things to read, and I read them, and I kept asking questions. And he said, “Mr. Beck, who are you reading?” And I told him. And he said,

“Don’t read that guy. You’ll get all screwed up. Don’t read that guy.” And I said okay. He said, “Read this guy.” Okay.

Next week, I came, and I raised my hand, and I said I’d like to know the answer to this question. He said, “Mr. Beck, didn’t you ask me that last week?” And I said yes. And he said you told me you were reading this guy. And I said yes. And he said, “Well, didn’t I tell you not to read him?” “Yes, you did.” “Didn’t I tell you to read so-and-so?” I said, “Yes, and I did, but I’d like to know exactly why this other guy is wrong. I don’t understand why you say he’s wrong.” It’s not good enough for me just to say oh, well, you’re a professor, so you know.

Well, he had not had a 33-year-old guy, you know, as an underclassman, and he just realized holy cow. I mean, the underclassmen loved me. I will never forget, it was during finals, and they just all looked so tired, and one of them came to me and said, “Could you just do that thing you do every day today?” We never talked. I mean, I was this weird oddball in the class. And I said, “What is that weird thing that I do every time?” And they said, “You know, you just get him talking, just get him talking about stuff.” They just went to sleep. I was a sponge. I was so hungry for the information.

Same time, my kids are younger, they’re coming back from school, and one of my kids, actually, I said, “What did you learn?” And one of my kids said, “I don’t know. That was on the teacher’s time,” meaning the teacher…I have my time at school, and I get to do what I want, and then the teacher has their time, and whatever they’re talking about, I’m not really paying attention.

And they were always tuning out in history because they were always memorizing dates and everything else. But because I was searching at the time, I was falling in love with these stories. I was falling in love with…wait a minute, wait a minute, Columbus, they knew, they knew 400, 500 years before, you know, 2,000 years before Columbus that the world was round? How did we lose that information? What happened?

How would they find out when they didn’t circumnavigate? They took wells, and they measured the sunlight in wells? What? And how was that lost? And so I was fascinated by the story. I couldn’t tell you necessarily the names of the people and the dates of the people, but I knew the story, and so every day when I’d pick them up from school, I’d tell them another story. Both my kids graduated and took majors in history. They hated history. They learned to love the story.

And so when my daughter went to school and she told me that American history, she wouldn’t take American history because it was just too ugly, brutal, and bloody, but she was going to take ancient Roman and Greek history. I said good luck with that; that’s pristine and beautiful. But it shook me to the core, and I remember, I mean, you can imagine, you know, my house might have some artifacts and some, you know, red, white, and blue stuff occasionally.

I will never forget, we have this flag from the 1800s. It’s enormous, and it was hanging from our banister in our house in Connecticut. And it just kind of went down almost two stories, and we had a painting of George Washington right by it. I walked into that room, and she had just told me in the kitchen, “Dad, I don’t want to take American history. It’s too ugly.”

I walked out of that room, and I walked into the foyer of our house, and I saw all that history. I stopped, I actually cried a little bit, and I came back and I said, “If you feel that way about American history, growing up in this house, what chance does anyone else have?” And she said to me, “You don’t know American history, Dad. You just know all the wrong ra, ra, red, white, and blue, you know, good stuff. You don’t know the bad stuff.”

And I said, “Maybe that’s true, but you don’t know the good stuff. I will go out, I will prove you wrong.” We proved each other wrong, because there’s a lot of really bad stuff, but where I think I won in the end is once you know the bad stuff and you put it back in its place and you go okay, wow, really dark, really bad, what do you do with it?

We as a society have just dumped it. That doesn’t help, because you’ll repeat it. You’ve got to put that into its place and say…that’s why we do the book Miracles and Massacres, Dreamers and Deceivers. You have to have that, because history is not all ra, ra. It’s ugly. It’s brutal all the way along, but it’s that brutality, it’s the winter that makes you welcome the spring. Back in a minute.

In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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Imagine sometime next year, getting called before HUWAC – the House Un-Woke Activities Committee.

"Are you or have you ever been a member of the un-woke?"

Something like that is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Last week, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, now a UC Berkeley professor, tweeted this:

Since the 1970s, there have been dozens of "Truth Commissions" around the world like the kind Robert Reich wants in America. Most of these have been set up in Africa and Latin America. Usually it happens in countries after a civil war, or where there's been a regime change – a dictator is finally overthrown, and a commission is set up to address atrocities that happened under the dictator. Or, as in the commissions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, atrocities under communism. Or, in the most famous example, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission addressed the decades of apartheid that ravaged that nation.

These commissions usually conclude with an official final report. These commissions and reports have served as a means of governments trying to close a dark chapter of their country's history, or provide emotional catharsis, as a way to generally move on. Sometimes it kind of works for people, most of the time it leaves people clamoring for more justice.

Here's how one professor described truth commissions in an article in The Conversation last year. He wrote:

The goal of a truth commission… is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record. Truth commissions also officially recognize victims and perpetrators in an effort to move beyond the painful past… Some have been used cynically as tools for governments to legitimize themselves by pretending they have dealt with painful history when they have only kicked the can down the road.

See, this is the problem with a lot of "Truth" commissions – they are inherently political. Even if you trust your government and give them all the benefit of the doubt in the world that their Truth commission is trying to do the right thing, it is ALWAYS going to be political. Because these truth commissions are never set up by those who have LOST power in government. They're always established by those who have WON power.

The Deputy Executive Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice says one of the main points in these Truth commissions is that "the victims become protagonists."

A Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility.

So, who are the victims in Robert Reich's America? People like him, members of the far-Left who had to endure the atrocities of four years of a president with different political ideas. What an injustice. I mean, the left's suffering during the Trump administration is almost on the level of apartheid or genocide – so we totally need a Truth commission.

There have been lots of calls for the U.S. to have its own Truth and Reconciliation commission, especially around racial injustice.

This past June, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced legislation to establish the " United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."

Ibram X. Kendi – the high priest of anti-racism, and author of Target's current favorite book " Antiracist Baby" – proposes a Constitutional anti-racism amendment. This amendment would:

establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for pre-clearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

If you think that is far-fetched, you haven't been paying attention to the Left's growing radicalism. In a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, a Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility. And of course, such a DOA would never stop at policing government.

We're in a dangerous, precarious moment in our history. Given the events of 2020, should Democrats gain the White House, the Senate, and the House, how many commissions will be in our future? They will suddenly have plenty of political capital to drag the nation through years of commission hearings.

And the Left's form of justice is never satisfied. You think it will stop at a T&R commission on race? MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted this month about the need for a commission to deal with Americans who are skeptical about wearing masks:

Or what about a Truth commission on religion? I mean, look at those reckless churches spreading Covid this year. Or this would be a big one – a T&R commission on climate change deniers.

The Left is highly selective when it comes to truth. That's why they are the very last group you want in charge of anything with "Truth and Reconciliation" in the title.

This is one of the most incredibly frustrating things about the Left in America today. The Left insists there is no such thing as absolute truth, while simultaneously insisting there are certain approved truths that are undeniable.

So, you can't question "Science" – even though that's pretty much what every great scientist in history did.

You can't question racism as the explanation for all of existence – because, well, just because.

You can't question third-party "Fact-checkers" – because the powers that be, mainly Big Tech right now, have decided they are the Truth referees and you have to trust what they say because they're using certified external fact-checkers. They just forgot to tell you that they actually fund these third-party fact-checkers. It's like if McDonald's told you to trust third-party health inspectors that they were paying for.

The Left thinks it has a monopoly on Truth. They're the enlightened ones, because they've had the correct instruction, they're privy to the actual facts. It's psychotic arrogance. If you don't buy what they're selling, even if you're just skeptical of it, it's because you either don't have the facts, you willingly deny the facts, or you're simply incapable of grasping the truth because you're blinded by your raging racism problem. It's most likely the racism problem.

The Left never learns from its own preaching. For the past 60-plus years they've decried the House Un-American Activities Committee for trying to root out communists, getting people canceled, ruining Hollywood careers, etcetera. But a HUAC-type committee is precisely what Robert Reich is describing and many on the Left want. It's not enough for Trump to be voted out of office. Americans who helped put him there must be punished. They don't want reconciliation, they want retribution. Because the Left doesn't simply loathe Donald Trump, the Left loathes YOU.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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