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 conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:


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