Presidents Day: Looking Back and Looking Forward

It's President's Day 2016. And this election year, we're bringing you a special edition of The Glenn Beck Program. Iowa and New Hampshire have now voiced their opinions in the primaries, but most of the country has yet to vote. Over the past several months, we have extended an offer to all of the presidential candidates to sit down and talk one-on-one in a long-form setting. Many of the candidates took us up on that offer; some did not.

We weren't looking for gotcha questions, and we didn't want sound bite answers. Anyone can do an interview where the politicians can give a polished and rehearsed answer. But we wanted to go in depth with the people who want to lead our country through, which will be no doubt, a very intense period in our nation's history.

For those who participated, we discussed important issues, ranging from what to do about ISIS to Common Core to favorite Founding Fathers. It's insightful and important even from those candidates out of the presidential race who could potentially be a vice presidential candidate.

But first, I shared a few thoughts at the beginning of the program --- about past presidents and what we deserve in a leader.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: I think my first real memory of a president is President Nixon. I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting in front of my family's Magnavox television consul with the shag green carpeting underneath and hearing President Nixon say, "Americans need to know if their president is a crook."

RICHARD: Because people have got to know. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.

GLENN: I remember his face when he said it. I remember what he looked like when he said.

RICHARD: I shall resign the presidency, effective at noon tomorrow.

GLENN: I also remember the words my father uttered. He said, "I can't believe he's given up." He told me, "He's no different than other presidents, he just got caught." It didn't feel right, and it certainly doesn't feel right now.

The face of Richard Nixon coming out of my television is forever burned into my memory as my first image of a president. And it's funny how my generation, the generation that upon having kids, allowed this to be the exact same image that is now burned into the memories of my children.

BILL: But I want to say one thing to the American people: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, never.

GLENN: Or even more recently, with a president who never missed a chance to reveal his own character.

OBAMA: The Cambridge Police acted stupidly.

You see folks waving teabags around.

Heck, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.

I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this.

GLENN: We all have evidence that shows what my father told me that night of Nixon's resignation is true, that our leaders are just people that don't get caught. Or who do get caught, but we shouldn't care anyway.

You know, for a long time, I've tried to figure out where my belief in the greatness of our American leaders comes from. Is it fables? Is it movies? Or is it something more?

Is it a God-given knowledge that something so great as America had to be built by men, maybe no greater than us, but by men who had the same silly belief in the inherent HEP goodness and honor of men. The belief that our differences come on policy, and our agreements come on principles.

Ever since I've been alive, I've seen far too few examples of greatness, of courage, of strength, and honesty. Identify seen too far examples of men that spend themselves in a worthy cause. Who then, even if they fail, they fail while daring greatly. I still believe that those are the men who built our country. They're still out there, somewhere among us. They're waiting to lead. Maybe there are those in our own homes, the sons and daughters we ate breakfast with this morning. Does this belief come from my reading of the words of past presidents who actually wrote the words themselves? Now, we read about presidents and politicians who have their speeches written for them weeks in advance. They run them through focus groups and rehearsals. Everything has been honed and polished for consumption.

We long for a leader, that while on a train to a battlefield could actually scratch out in his own handwriting, "Four score and seven years ago. Our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now, we're engaged in a great civil war. Testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure."

We meet here, on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those here who gave their lives that this nation might live. And that's altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate. We cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note or long remember what we say here. They will never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have thus far so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead, we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. That we here highly resolve that these dead should not have died in vain. That this nation shall have a new birth of freedom. And that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.

You know, I'm a firm believer in we all get what we deserve, and we can only get what we expect. I expect that great men and women are still among us. I expect that our leaders are to be made of the same thread of this great American fabric that has been woven over two centuries.

So today, on this President's Day, we look to the future, and we ask ourselves: What do I expect from our leaders? And what is it we deserve?

Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

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The far Left has intensified its push toward Marxism for months now, but it's more than clever catchphrases or slogans. Their radical rhetoric and policies have violent consequences.

Calls to defund the police have led to officers being ambushed and killed. Crime is spiking in record amounts all over the country. Critical race theory has the government, corporations, and now schools brainwashing Americans to believe the entire system is systemically racist. And it's paved the way for actual violence in the streets from groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck exposes their endgame: tearing the entire system down. Marxists did this in the Soviet Union and China, among other places. Millions died, and the first to feel the brunt were always the landowners and farmers. The most recent example of this is happening in South Africa, where Glenn reveals terrifying on-the-ground interviews.

As American farmers now also face unprecedented racial discrimination by our federal government, award-winning South African journalist Lara Logan warns of what could happen if the seeds of Marxism aren't uprooted now.

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Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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