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

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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