Donald Trump Demonstrates Why Principles Actually Matter

Principles ground us. Principles are the anchor in the storm of passing fancies. Sadly, people without principles often don’t understand why they matter until it's too late.

From his studio replica of the Oval Office, Glenn pointed to artifacts around the room to help drive home the importance of keeping principles clearly in sight during The Glenn Beck Program Thursday.

Pointing to Native American items from the second Tea Party in early 1900’s, a Civil War drum, guns from World War II, photos of Ronald Reagan and a Norman Rockwell painting, Glenn talked about how each item is a reminder of important principles.

The Norman Rockwell painting of a Boy Scout with the Scout Oath written in the background serves as a reminder to Glenn to "do your best" to both God and country. It's a simple guideline, but one that's all to easy to lose site of.

Politics are messy. They always have been and always will be. Getting down in the mud might be Donald Trump’s go-to move but his rough couple of weeks provides us a chance to look beyond the candidate and to principles and values.

The Republican frontrunner said "there has to be some form of punishment" for women who receive abortions during an interview with Chris Matthews earlier this week.

In traditional Trump fashion, he quickly changed his position and walked back from the strong response only hours later.

Articulating Conservative Principles Takes Practice

Changing a position or a view is something we all do, but Glenn and co-host Stu Burguiere discussed just how intense of a process this was for Glenn years ago.

“Stu, I wouldn't say I would make a good one, but am I somewhat qualified --- not on all of it, but at least to help make decisions, somewhat qualified, maybe not to be president, but to stand in the room and to have solid advice for a president?” Glenn asked.

Without hesitating, Stu responded.

"Yeah. Absolutely. Because you've taken the time to think about these things and develop your belief system," Stu said.

Glenn continued to probe with another question.

“Okay. Correct. Would you say when you started working with me in, what, 1998, '96, that I would be qualified to stand and advise a president?" Glenn said.

Stu answered the obvious question, "No." It took Glenn, and as it does anybody, a long time of real introspection to get to that point.

"A decade, easy, of really wrestling," Glenn said. "And that's a decade of me doing this for a living, to where I was challenged every single day on my viewpoint."

Referring back to Donald Trump's interview, everything from his body language to his stalling techniques and his hesitancy to provide an answer all point to his unformulated opinion. He simply didn’t have a principle anchoring him to a point of view and he has not taken the time to truly understand the subject.

"There's no principle, and there's been no intellect curiosity," Glenn said. "When you hear him say this now, you can see there's been no intellectual change at all."

Trump has said himself he used to be pro-choice and is now pro-life, that is a huge change in perspective and would take some thinking if there had been a true change. His inability to articulate his stance is indicative of not only being prepared but a lack of true understanding.

Ben Carson Attempts to Explain the Abortion Fiasco

As one of Donald Trump’s top endorsers, Ben Carson was asked about this misstep. Carson's response proves that neither he nor Trump are tied to principles.

“Bear in mind I don't believe that he was warned that that question was coming," Carson said.

Needless to say, this explanation didn’t fly with co-host Pat Gray.

"What does that have to do with it? Like you're going to be warned, 'Hey, Vladimir Putin is going to say he wants you out of Eastern Europe right now. Every base has to go.' 'Well, I didn't know he was going to say that. So originally I said okay, but then I went and talked to people and now I say no.' It's too late, my friend," Pat said.

Carson’s endorsement of Trump was confusing at the time, but this response goes to show how the political process has swayed his principles. It also demonstrates why Glenn would not pull the lever for him.

"This is my problem with Ben Carson. I like Ben Carson. Ben Carson was a good man. He had his principles in order. But what did I always say about Ben Carson? He's not well read enough. He's not --- he hasn't been briefed enough and gone through the drills to know what a president needs to know at the drop of a hat," Glenn said.

Trump May Have Hit His High Water-Mark

Despite all of his antics, Trump hasn’t experienced many --- if any --- major stumbling blocks to his campaign. He has made insensitive and prejudicial remarks, flip-flopped and lied and spearheaded character assassination against anyone standing in his way.

His attacks on Megyn Kelly were one thing, but his latest attacks on Heidi Cruz and saying women should be punished for having abortions may just be what finally trips him up. Wisconsin will be an important testing ground.

The latest polls show Cruz moving up 21 points to 40 percent while Trump has stayed even at 30 percent --- and Kasich pulls up the rear with 21 percent.

"Ten points in Wisconsin, according to this latest poll. And why is that happening? I think it's because Trump has hit a high-water mark," Pat said.

It’s beginning to be more apparent to everyone just how little of a foundation Trump has and how little principles matter to him.

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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