A lesson on humility - Glenn reminds listeners 'change is constant'

On radio Friday, Glenn recounted the story of how he went from being a "washed-up alcoholic" who was losing his job to being named one of the most influential men in the world.

Then, he reminded himself and his listeners it won't always be that way.

"Change is constant. And change is good, if we know who we are," Glenn said.


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

GLENN: We're looking for a strong man, instead of looking to a higher power and the humble man who will answer to that higher power, knowing that absolutely everything is possible with God.

I will tell you, and I mean this sincerely -- Pat knows my career trajectory. Anybody who has been with me from the very beginning. I was a washed-up alcoholic in 1999. Couldn't afford my own rent. I had no idea how to do talk radio. And everyone said, "You will fail at talk radio." Everyone. They were about to fire me from talk radio on my first job because I went -- in my first six months, I went from eighth place, and I rocketed to 18th place.

And it was a humbling experience. But I just stuck to my principles. I stuck to what I believed was true. But I needed somebody to remind me.

Dom Theodore, a guy who works for me now, he was a vice president of programming, and he was not a talk radio guy. And he was just a friend. And he took me out to lunch. And he said, "What are you doing?" He said, "You're doing talk radio because everybody tells you that's the way you need to do talk radio. And when I first heard you, that's not who you were. And now you're just doing what everybody else is doing. Because, Glenn, you're afraid to fail. And what made you so good and so promising a year ago was, you weren't afraid to fail. You knew, you're going to give it a whirl. And if it didn't work out, you didn't need it that much. You go do something else."

Are we there as a people at all? Do we look at our country, do we look at our jobs, do we look at things and say, "You know what, I don't need my house. I'm going to be totally fine. I'm going to be totally fine."

I said to my wife -- just last weekend we were walking around our house. We need our house that has a security headquarters, unfortunately, at our house. I can't just buy a house that's just on a regular street because of the life I live. Security-wise.

I walked around my house, and I said to my wife, I said, "I'm beginning to hate this. I'm beginning to hate this house. I'm beginning to hate the stuff in it. I want to have an auction and just get rid of all of this stuff and give it all to charity and go help people who are overseas, and I want to live in a small, regular house."

How many of us would be fine with America not being the world leader, but it was a country of principles, it was a country that stood for something? But the rest of the world didn't like us and didn't listen to us. And we didn't have a role at the world's table or whatever. I think the world would be worse off with America. I know that to be true, at least in the past. But how many of us are really okay with saying, "You know what, Lord, I want to be around people who are -- who understand what freedom really is and freedom really comes from serving you, serving each other, loving each other, helping one another." Not having your name up in lights. Not being famous. Not being rich. Not having the biggest house on the street. Not having a job that you never have to worry about.

Since when did we get to this place where we think -- even me. I spend the money that I have coming in. And I think about this -- for the last year, I've thought about this a lot: What are you, stupid? Do you really think -- you had a voice. You had no voice 15 years ago. Ten years ago, you started to have a voice. Five years ago, you were on the cover of TIME Magazine as one of the most influential men in the world. You're not that guy now. What makes you think you're not just going to be a regular Joe two years from now? And what's the problem with that?

It will always be this way. No, it won't. Change is constant. And change is good, if we know who we are. And I'm not sure we know who we are anymore. That should be our goal, to find out who we are.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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