What Will Make This Summer Magical in Spite of All the Bad News?

We often think things were simpler when we were kids.

When you hear that song that takes you back to a certain feeling and a certain moment in time, where you can see the room or you can see the girl, it brings you back to a time when the greens and the reds and the blues are Kodachrome.

Kids are now on summer vacation. Do you remember the week before summer vacation? Do you remember what that felt like? Do you remember just sitting in the classroom and looking outside and everything was winding down and you just knew, "I'm finished, and summer is here."

And then at the end of summer, the anticipation of new school clothes. I remember the new pencils and pens for school. In the summer, friends playing until the sun went down and the slam of the front porch screen door as you were running out to join them.

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Summers were a time of discovery. The girl, the girl you kissed for the first time, or the girl you wanted to kiss for the first time. Your first love.

I thought about this a lot last week while I was on vacation with my kids, and again this week because of the serial we're running about Ronald Reagan. Last week, the kids were outside playing, and I said to my wife, "Oh, if I could just go back to those days when we were kids, they were better and they were simpler." But they weren't. They really weren't.

It's that we were kids.

If our parents were doing their job, they protected us from all of the scary things out in the world.

There's a difference between the perspective of a kid and the perspective of somebody who's now done it for 40 or 50 years. I don't know about you, but I never expected to live past 30. I didn't think there was life after 30. You just became old.

You could do anything when you were a kid. Your whole world was ahead of you. Everything you thought of was, "It's not going to be like that when I'm in charge. I'm not going to be a parent like that, or I'm not going to go to the office like that." And nothing would stand in your way because you didn't really understand what the world was really like. And by the time you hit 40 or 50 or 60, you're pretty worn down. And if you're not lucky, you haven't realized it along the way, that it is all in your attitude.

"Come to me like a child," really means come to me still asking: "Why? How? How does that work?" Still looking at things with wonder.

Today, my daughter is going to have my second grandchild. And I thought an awful lot about when I was about to have my second child and how afraid I was to have my second child. Because there's no way I could love this child as much as I love my first child. There's no way. And I don't want to have favorites. And, man, one is one, two is 20. How are we going to do that? I'm never going to sleep again.

Now that I'm on the other side of it, I know all of that was nonsense.

Last week, when I was on vacation, Cheyenne came to me Wednesday or Thursday. And for the first time in a few days, the email and the internet was on. An email downloaded (we couldn't get online because we were up in the mountains). And she said, "Dad, I've downloaded the news. I want to read it to you." And I said, "No, no, no, no, honey." She said, "Why? Don't you want to know what's going on?" And my answer was less than 100 percent true. I said, "You know, honey, Daddy sees it every day, and nothing really changes, and I'll see it when I get home."

The rest of the truth was more simple than that: I didn't want her to see what was happening today around the world. I wanted her to live in summer.

As crazy as the world is and as hard as it might be for us to believe, our children are going to remember this summer as one of the best summers of their life. They're going to discover all those things that we did --- if we do our job right.

I found a picture of me. I posted it online last week. It was 1970. I was six years old. And it was of me on this rusty boat that was on the coast of Washington State --- this little, teeny boat, all rusted out and it made kind of a place where kids could climb on it. And I had my dog, my collie, his name was Prince. This picture was from a little town on the water, just about 40 minutes from our house in Mount Vernon, Washington. And we rented a little cabin a few blocks away from the beach, and it was a very rare vacation for us. But this picture came from a time when it was printed on the side, and it said, "July 1970."

I remember that boat. And I remember this being a magical summer. We didn't go on vacation very much because my dad was always working. And I knew we didn't have a lot of money, but what I didn't know, summer of 1970, was my dad's business was failing. My dad's business was really struggling. What I didn't know that summer of 1970 was that a really nasty war was going on. What I didn't know was the year before we had riots in the streets. In the last two years before that summer of me on the boat, Martin Luther King was shot. Malcolm X was killed. RFK was killed. The world was on fire. Cities were burning to the ground. The Weather Underground was full-action. Nixon and Watergate were just around the corner.

But there I was on my boat. I was a child, and I was doing my job. I was doing childish things.

For that one week in that summer of 1970, I remember it. Me and my dog, we were on that ship. And we fought the pirates, we explored the world, sailed the Seven Seas, just a boy and his dog, just as it should be, in the summer.

Featured Image: Glenn and his dog in 1970

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."

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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."

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