Our Rituals Are Gone

Friday night, I went to a Passover dinner at a Jewish friends house, and it was as I felt last year when I went. It is truly remarkable because it is a six-hour meal that is all about ritual, and it is all about the story of the exodus of Egypt and the Jewish people. David Barton went with me. And so we were sitting next to the table, and we talked the whole time and saying, "This is the problem with America. There are no rituals anymore. There's nothing. There's nothing that teaches us who we are." In fact, there is everything in our life teaching us the exact opposite of who we are.

Rituals were in our life for a reason. It's like what happened to the Grimm Fairy Tales. They used to teach us something, that life outside is scary and rough. But we've "Disneyfied" all of them so the lessons have been lost.

These rituals were in our lives for a reason, but now the past, people tell us, has nothing to teach us now. This is a real problem. The rituals in our church is gone. There's are no more rituals in church. The church has conformed to the world.

The silence of reflection has been replaced with lights, a fog machine and a band. The respect for the sacred is gone. It has conformed. Our music is filled with sex. Our radio stations are the same. Our television shows are the same. We tolerate it. Our schools no longer deal with kids that maybe set off a smoke bomb in the bathroom, but now our schools are dealing with kids in middle school that are having oral sex (which, by the way, I want to remind you is not really sex. And even if it was sex, it doesn't really matter because sex isn't even sacred anymore).

Our rituals are gone. The ritual of coming together and having dinner for a family meal is all but gone. The sacredness of the family is mocked. Mom is okay. I mean, as long as she puts her career ahead of her family and she doesn't really need a man, then mom is okay.

Men have been mocked and ridiculed for so long and have been told that you need to be more like a woman. Dads aren't needed anymore. And we wonder why -- we wonder why there are so many children without fathers.

But, really, the truth is, now with modern science, you don't even need a mom or a dad. You don't need a male or a female to have a children. We can just mix your children up in a petri dish from the DNA of up to three different people and then plant that DNA into your grandmother's womb so she can carry the baby for you.

And, by the way, when I say you, I don't want to say that it was going to a traditional family because that would be wrong. I mean you as in you and your partner. It could be same sex. It could be traditional. It could be single. It doesn't really matter. All choices are good.

And, by the way, you can have a child. Have a child. Not raise a child. Not shepherd a child. Not even care for a child. But in our arrogance and our greed, you can have a child because that child . . . it's more like an accessory for your life --- new friend, a pal.

I don't know if you're keeping track, but anybody who is keeping track, we're now up to 89 different sexes. I still only know two, but we're up to 89 now.

And everybody can use a bathroom -- any bathroom. And depending on how you feel that day because you're probably pretty fluid (isn't that why you're going to the bathroom . . . you have a lot of fluids in you?), so you're very fluid. Whoever you choose to identify as today . . . nothing will go wrong with that. Today you're gender fluid. So choose your own bathroom.

I know our common sense is fluid. You can choose your own common sense. Our TV shows, I can't take it anymore. I think I may have to give up the BBC. I've been watching things like Doctor Who with my son. I've been watching Torchwood with my son.

Try watching Torchwood, a spin-off of Doctor Who. Can't do it. Can't do it. It's riddled with sex. And all the women have to experiment by having a lesbian affair. And the main character? I'm telling you, on show after show after show features homosexual characters.

It's your choice. Wait a minute. I thought it wasn't a choice. Why are you teaching people that you should choose to experiment when you said it wasn't a choice. Wasn't this the argument that I made? No, it's a choice now. You can choose whatever you want to be. Whoever you want to be with. Even the way you are born is no longer sacred. I thought you were born that way. No.

It doesn't matter how you're born because you can change anything now. And maybe this began when we began to cut our faces up to look like somebody else --- somebody with a better nose, somebody younger, somebody more famous.

Our body is a temple? No, not anymore. Not unless you can poison the temple, degrade it and deface it, then your body is a temple.

I was with my son this weekend for father/son weekend. The girls are out of town. I had time with my son that I never had with my father.

And even though I look back and my head tells me, "Yeah, you know, your mom committed suicide, you and your dad didn't really hit it off, it was really kind of a crappy childhood," I pine for the days of my childhood. I pine for the days when the worst thing you could have caught us doing at the time was smoking a pack of cigarettes. Maybe. Maybe, when we got really crazy. I pine for the days when my dad walked me half a mile -- I was probably six years old -- I had to walk about half a mile back to this grocery store. It was the corner grocery store. My dad and I had gone up for a carton of milk, and I was standing there at the counter. And they had the little bazooka gun. And I took the bazooka gun, and I just put it in my mouth. Halfway home, my father said, "Where'd you get the gun?" I said, "It was at the counter." He said, "You didn't pay for it." I said, "I didn't know." He made me walk all the way back with him and pay the guy a penny. Not tomorrow. Today.

I miss a time -- I don't miss necessarily the shows, but I miss the time when Gunsmoke was still relevant, when you still knew people who knew what it was like to live in the days when things were tough and real. Those days are gone.

The family hour was ruled unconstitutional. The Sunday driver? My kids don't know what a Sunday driver is because they've never even heard of the blue laws. And while I agree with the courts on both of those things, part of me says we needed those laws to be able to hold our culture and our people together because we don't have any rituals to do it. We don't choose to do anything to hold us together.

Even the rituals of getting old, the ritual of actually getting old and spending Sunday with your grandparents, going to dinner with the family on Sundays, and the rituals of your grandmothers' actually looking their age -- those rituals are gone.

Grandmother is a thing of the past. Do you know anybody who still is a woman and lets her hair go gray or even white anymore, that isn't 95? Do you know any grandmother that actually looks like a grandmother anymore and is proud of it? Do you know any grandmother who likes to be called grandma? Fewer and fewer every day.

We no longer have any meaningful rituals on the Fourth of July. What is that? We listen to James Brown. Oh, we listen to the fireworks go off to Born In the USA. An anti-American song. And then we go on a picnic, maybe. We go water-skiing, maybe. We drink beer, maybe. And then we listen to anti-American songs with fireworks. Happy Fourth of July.

Easter is about egg hunts. Try explain that. I tried to explain that to my children the other day. Why the eggs? Why the bunny? I don't know. I have no idea. I have no idea why there is a bunny. "Oh, well, the egg is a new birth of Jesus." Shut up. Thanksgiving is about turkey and football. Christmas is about Santa. Truth is gone. Justice is a joke. And nobody even knows what the American way is anymore.

Hope? Have you read the news lately? Hope? Where do we even find hope? Our society isn't screwed up because of our government. Our society is screwed up because we're screwed up. You get hope from remembering who we really are, who we really are.

The power of the individual. You can't remember who we are as Americans unless you remember who you are as a person. You can't know who you are as a person unless you know who you came from. Who you are. Who does your soul belong to? And that leads you right to the Declaration of Independence, that there is a Creator and he created you and he gave you certain rights, and it's your job to establish a government that protects those rights.

Is there a reason we took a 5,000-year leap? That in 1791 those rights were spelled out and we established a government to protect those rights? And with within 100 years, the world went from the way it had always been to something remarkable. We went from the campfire at night to the lightbulb. We went from the outhouse --- or crapping in the woods because we didn't even have a shovel --- to an outhouse to indoor plumbing. We went from a fire to the furnace. We went from whale oil to gasoline. We went from the handwritten letters to the telegraph and the telephone.

Within 100 years, a 5,000-year leap. Why? Did that just magically happen, or was there something that protected the rights of the dreamers and the doers that said, "I have a better way?" That something happened that those dreamers said, "I can actually do this now."

You know, I read a story this weekend about Microsoft. Bill Gates just said the biggest mistake he ever made is when he started Microsoft and for the first ten years or so, he didn't hire a lobbying firm because his idea was the government has nothing to do with my business. Listen to what I just said: Microsoft's Bill Gates said the biggest mistake he ever made was he didn't hire lobbyists because his idea was that government had no place in his business. Apple, on the other hand, went ahead and hired a lobbyist firm.

You want to start a business, you think we're going to take another 5000-year leap? You think we're going to cure cancer? You think we're going to go to Mars? You think we could ever colonize Mars? No. Not as long as you have government being that portal on everything.

You think we're going to put Apple out of business with the next great invention? No. Because Donald Trump will do it. Hillary Clinton will do it. I'm going to bring these Apple jobs back to America. Well, I read another job about the most secret Apple manufacturing plant in China. You know why it's secret? Because they're working 60 hours a week with slave wages. They can barely feed themselves.

Do you know how much an Apple iPhone costs now? $650 is the base. $800 is the top end. Do you know what the $650 phone would go for if you brought those jobs back to America? Because that's what Donald Trump says he's going to do --- force those jobs back here. He's going to bring those jobs back to America, and the crowds cheer. How much would your Apple iPhone cost? $2,000 for the $650 model now.

Oh, I can't wait for those jobs to go back. When they come back, then we'll be able to buy that $2,000 phone which Apple won't make because they'll go out of business. That's what happens when the government doesn't protect rights, but decides to pick winners.

America is at a point of choosing. The first thing that has to happen is we have to wake up to who we really are and where we came from, so then we can chart a course forward.

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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