Why did we post the video of Taylor Swift delivering presents to her fans?

Some readers wondered why we would post the video of Taylor Swift personally delivering gifts to some of her fans over the holidays. After all, it's not the "hard news" that people sometimes associate with Glenn and TheBlaze. Well, the truth is that we need to be looking at more than just politics. Is the latest news out of Capitol Hill really all you care about? It's certainly not what we think about all day.

Shawn F. Starks wrote, "Thank god Glenn Beck is sharing important news like this."

Here's what Glenn had to say:

Shawn,

I have been very clear. My organizations will continue to report the news and investigate the things that no one else will. But it is not enough for me to focus on news. That is the tail of our society, Culture, faith, charity, music, movies etc is the head. If we do not focus on all of it, we lose everything.

Why are the progressives winning? Because they are in our schools, music, tv shows, movies, art, stages, clothing, on line, gaming. AND NEWS. They win at the ballot box because they have already won the heart everywhere else.

We lose because we appeal only to the mind, HEARTS AND MINDS. People want to feel loved, feel as though they belong, that they make a difference and that they are a part of something good. Bigger and better than just themselves. We can do that.

We have the truth on our side.

The old road map doesn't work anymore.

Dare I say, it hasn't worked for perhaps 100 years.

It is time to try something totally different.

I may fail. So instead of complaining. While I do my thing you do yours.

I won't tear you down, you don't tear me down and hopefully one of us will make an impact. With luck we all will.

Others wondered if Taylor was just doing this for publicity, and we were falling into the trap by posting it. Maybe that's the case, but should we really be assuming the worst in people?

Andrea Wallace wrote, "To those of you saying 'she posted this for publicity' no she posted this because she knows the fans she sent gifts to are just as excited to see her wrapping their presents as she was seeing them open them up. I'm sorry ya'll live such boring lives, and have to pick at and "TRY" and find something wrong with the women of the year. no pun intended."

Glenn agreed:

Why must we always expect the worst from people? Maybe she did do it for the fame.

Maybe, just maybe she actually cares. She has inspired me. I actually care about my audience. I think most do not. I know some famous entertainers actually have contempt for those who are fans. She is not one of them.

Why must we all hide our light under a bushel? Scriptures tell us to let our light shine in the darkness.

Not for our glory but His.

If those celebrities do it for fame, they will be judged HARSHLY, is my guess, in the end.

But that is between Him and them. We should do all we can to brighten people's lives ourselves.

How many times have you done something only to have some one tear you down for it later. Did you give up? Why? Pay no heed to what the world says.

Most are afraid. Most are alone, lonely and don't like a challenge.

Challenge yourself to go above and beyond.

Be better than you think you even can be.

Forget those who tell you no, or that you can't do it.

Believe me--- you can do it. And in the end, you will only regret listening to those who wanted you to remain small and distant.

Connect with love.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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