A tribute to Glenn’s grandfather - ‘a man of total common sense’

On radio Tuesday, Glenn reflected on the life of his namesake, Edward Lee Janssen (Glenn's full name is Glenn Edward Lee Beck). With no more than a fourth grade education, and unable to read, Glenn said his grandfather was probably the biggest influence on his life.

"I never knew he couldn't read until after he died," Glenn said. "He would do little things like, 'I don't have my glasses.'"

Glenn described his grandfather as a strong man and a good man and a man of total common sense. That's why he was proud to introduce a new line of 1791 jeans named after him.

"We have been making jeans now for five years, and they're expensive. They're really expensive. They're $180 a pair." Glenn said. "We didn't have the volume that we could afford to sell them any cheaper."

True to the 1791 brand, Glenn explained the Edward Janssen line is a quality jean that's made in America, for just $69. Available for purchase at www.edwardjanssen1903.com.

"They don't have the button flies. It's zippers. And the reason why they have a zipper is because my grandfather wouldn't have used button flies because my grandfather lost a finger in a machining accident. And so he just wouldn't have had the fingers to use a button fly. So we make them with zippers," Glenn said.

Watch the full segment below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: So I have to tell you, I walked into my dressing room today, and all the new line from 1791, the Edward Janssen line was sitting in my dressing room. And all with tags on it. Big cardboard old tag that says Edward Janssen since 1903. Then on the back of the tag has a picture of him wearing his hat. My name is Glenn Edward Lee Beck. My grandfather's name was Edward Lee Janssen. And he was probably the biggest influence on my life. And I wrote about him a lot in The Christmas Sweater. My grandfather had a -- I think it was fourth grade -- may have been third. I think it was fourth grade education. He couldn't read.

And yet somehow or another, made it. I never knew he couldn't read until after he died. He would do little things like, I don't have my glasses. What's that say?

My uncle, before he was my uncle, knew who he was. Knew he was the best machinist at Boeing. And knew that if they had a really tough part that they needed to make, that they would give it to Ed.

But my uncle was one of the only people that my grandfather ever confided in. And he had played the I don't have my glasses on, why don't you read it to me, too many times for my uncle.

And my uncle kindly said, Ed, can you really not see this? How come you can see things so small as a machinist and yet -- my grandfather confided in him. So my uncle covered for him. When there was a tough part that needed to be made, my uncle, who was in management at Boeing, would call up Ed and say, come on up.

And my grandfather would look at the plans. And my uncle would say, Ed, I know you can tell for yourself, but this is what this is. And he would basically read everything on the plans to my grandfather. And my grandfather would then say, of course, I know that. David, don't treat me like a child.

He was a strong man and a good man and a man of total common sense. And I am so proud to be able to introduce a new line from 1791. We have been -- we have been making jeans now for five years, and they're expensive. They're really expensive. They're $180 a pair. But we did that because we couldn't find the place. We didn't have the volume that we could afford to sell them any cheaper.

Well, now that we're five years old, we have been planning this for the last year to be able to make jeans at $69. Same jean. Great jean. Great jean. They don't have the button flies. It zippers. And the reason why they have a zipper is because my grandfather wouldn't have used button flies because my grandfather lost a finger in a machining accident. And so he just wouldn't have had the fingers to use a button fly. So we make them with zippers. But 100 percent made here in America. They're a pair of jeans that will last you forever.

And you get a little tag on them that will mean nothing to you. You will rip it off and throw it away. And you won't think twice at the picture on the back of my grandfather and grandmother holding my little baby sister, standing at a state fair before I was even born.

JEFFY: That's so cool that they got delivered to your dressing room. Once they're done with your dressing room, are the new line for Stu, Pat, and myself out?

GLENN: Sixty-nine bucks and you can have it delivered right to your dressing room. Sixty-nine bucks. That's all it takes.

STU: Thank you.

GLENN: I don't think, Jeffy, we make them in --

STU: Oh, no. Oh, gosh.

PAT: Husky to the 12th power size?

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

STU: Husky 12?

GLENN: No, it's not Husky 12. It's Timo (phonetic) Huskies.

PAT: Super Doppler Husky?

GLENN: Yeah. We don't have that.

STU: It seems like you're referring to him being overweight.

PAT: Overweight.

GLENN: No. Just --

STU: Okay. Okay.

GLENN: -- a rodent of unusual size.

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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Joe Biden's administration is getting ready for something historic, but we're all being distracted. And now that Biden has hired at least 14 former or current executives from Big Tech — experts at colluding to censor unflattering news about Biden — Americans must be laser-focused on what's coming.

On January 20, the most corrupt president in American history will be inaugurated, and it looks like some of his cabinet choices were picked specifically so everything just – poof – goes away. The administration nominees appear to be all about preserving corruption, crony capitalism, and executing a Great Reset. Those same people also have one more thing in common: Ukraine.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn exposes their radical agenda in their own words and gives U.S. senators the questions they must ask before confirming corrupt nominees to some of the highest offices in the country.


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