Chalkboard Lesson: Why Teddy Roosevelt Is America's New Founding Father

There's a reason our children are no longer taught about America's Founders in great detail. Their knowledge of American exceptionalism is cursory, at best. Today, our children's American history lessons begin with more focus around the 1900s.

Why would that be?

"Pat, you run a school," Glenn said on his radio program Wednesday. "How many articles have we seen in the last year where schools are now saying they don't need to teach American history prior to 1900?"

"A lot," came Pat's reply.

The reason for the shift mirrors the reason for some of America's biggest problems today: progressivism. Progressives controlling public schools have literally rewritten the history books.

"America as we know it starts with Theodore Roosevelt," Glenn said. "The new founding father is Theodore Roosevelt. It's not George Washington."

How do we ensure future generations understand and revere America's founding principles? Glenn took to the chalkboard to explain.

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: We've talked a long time about the mushy middle in America. And that it's the mushy middle that is where the lion's share of people are.

If you look at the scale of statism that I've -- that I've put out here on the chalkboard, if you happen to be watching us on TV. But I'll try to talk you through it if you're just on radio.

The scale of control with the Articles of Confederation and anarchy on one side and, you know, ISIS, Nazi Germany, North Korea, Venezuela, on the other side, and then the Articles of Confederation is then moving towards statism, Constitution, then Andrew Jackson, then Lincoln, then the Fabian socialists, Theodore Roosevelt, the fed in 1913, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, George Bush, Obama. Where is the middle of that scale?

What's in the middle of that scale?

PAT: Teddy Roosevelt.

GLENN: Teddy Roosevelt. Okay. The new American century. Teddy Roosevelt. The progressive -- the beginning of the progressive.

Now, hear me out on this. I think we -- the middle here is here. That Theodore Roosevelt is the center. And you have the giant state of FDR, where remember it was price controls, it was giant trade barriers, it was control of the state over labor many times, it was massive control, unlike we have seen.

Theodore Roosevelt is the center. And what was Theodore Roosevelt? This is the way he was imaged.

We all love parks. We all love parks. And, you know what, the states can't really handle those parks and keep them like the government can. We all love parks. Let's take care of the environment. You know what, don't we all love babies? We all love babies. And we're all against alcoholism and drug abuse, we need to have the FDA so we know what's going into your baby. We know what's happening with drugs. And nobody is going to get, you know, addicted into cocaine. Coca-Cola is a gateway drug.

I believe the center of this country is Theodore Roosevelt. They are not our Founders. They're Theodore Roosevelt. And if they lean any way, they lean towards the scale of FDR. And they lean towards, "You know what, I'm losing my job. The government's got to do something." They may say they're against the fed, but the average people are not against the fed. They don't even know what the fed does. They want the fed to be able to control the money and make that money so I have more money at home. They don't even know how it works or what it does, but I want to make sure that I have enough money.

JEFFY: Just do whatever you do.

GLENN: Just do what you do, right? Not paying attention.

So the country is going to vote -- the parameters are the Roosevelts. Those are the bookends. Theodore Roosevelt, the beginning of progressivism, to FDR, heavy statism. That's where we'll vote. And we've just voted two people in the FDR category. Hillary Clinton is FDR. Trump could be Woodrow Wilson, where he silences people and throws them into jail if you have a differing opinion. He could be Woodrow Wilson. But she's probably FDR.

Where, Obama loaded it with radicals, revolutionaries, and Black Panthers and people who wanted to have violence in the streets. He loaded it with communists and Marxists. I don't believe Hillary Clinton is a Marxist. She's a statist. She's somebody who believes in what FDR did and reversing the Bill of Rights. But she's still just a statist. She's not a Marxist.

That leaves this entire 125 years prior to Theodore Roosevelt as worthless history, which is exactly what our schools are saying now.

Pat, you run a school. How many articles have we seen in the last year where schools are now saying they don't need to teach American history prior to 1900?

PAT: Yeah, a lot.

GLENN: Why? Because America as we know it starts with Theodore Roosevelt.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: The new founding father is Theodore Roosevelt. It's not George Washington. So now our path is, A, we cannot move. We cannot move. If we move, the first 125 years of our American history and all of those principles are gone forever. They are gone forever. So we must concentrate on our children, on teaching this. We must concentrate ourselves as broadcasters on teaching this, holding true to those constitutional values and being absolutely unwavering.

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Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.