George Washington: Selfless Servant

Father of Our Country

The phrase “father of our country” brings to mind strong and vivid imagery and could not be a more applicable analogy in the case of our first president. For a son, a father is the template and guide to how he learns to be a man, for better or for worse. For a daughter, her father teaches how vital her existence is to making the world a better place.

Just as easily, a bad father can do more damage to tear down the values and confidence of the family than any other influence.

George Washington set the example of selfless sacrifice for what a public servant ought to be and set into motion a standard to the world for generations to come. By declining the title of King and limiting his service to two terms, Washington’s self-imposed limitations have been the reigns on tyranny for centuries.

“The Constitution Is the Guide, Which I Never Will Abandon” 

Although Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention, his role in defining the Constitution was never more influential than it was as his time as president of the United States. His example and his conservative interpretation of the newly crafted document set the tone for how future presidents would execute the duties of the office.

“The powers of the Executive of the United States,” wrote Washington in mid-1794, “are more definite, and better understood perhaps than those of almost any other Country; and my aim has been, and will continue to be, neither to stretch, nor relax from them in any instance whatever, unless imperious circumstances should render the measure indispensible."

Founding Faith

Many secularists today attempt to paint Washington as an irreligious man who wanted there to be no relationship between the state and religion and call into question his own Christianity. George Washington's adopted daughter declared, “one might as well question Washington's patriotism as question his Christianity.”

The Father of our country set the standard that there be no litmus test to a man’s faith when it comes to public office as well as declaring their protection under the law regardless of what their faith may or may not be when he said:

“In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.”

The Party

As the first president of our nation, Washington may very well be the only president who was ever completely above party politics. This election cycle, “party politics” and “party loyalty” have come front and center as voters have turned from the establishment to “outsiders” such as Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Washington understood the value in the party but also could see how it could devolve and get out of control quickly. His farewell address in 1796 said as much.

“Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party generally.... A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.”

Wisdom for the Ages

Washington’s example is enduring to this day, and his wisdom saw through time. His conservative approach to leading a nation still sets a standard that our future leaders can rely on to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

"If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The rest is in the hands of God."

Featured Image: George Washington, Father of Our Country and First President of the United States

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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