New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor joined Glenn on Monday for an insightful one-on-one to discuss his new thriller Foreign Agent. The two talked about a host of issues, including the state of the current presidential race, Russian hackers, the Orlando terrorist attack, what could cause mass resignations at the FBI, and the cost of political correctness run amuck.
First things first, Glenn wanted his audience to clearly understand the risk involved in watching the TV program.
"Tonight, a man who's very controversial. I want to warn you that some of the things you might hear today, may actually be true. If you're not willing to listen to the truth, this will not be a safe zone for you. He's unpredictable because sometimes he starts telling the truth and before you know it, he's said all of the truth," Glenn jokingly warned.
The two launched into a recap of Thor's so-called "controversial comments" made on the radio program, resulting in Sirius XM pulling Glenn's program for one week.
"The effects of you speaking out the way that you have...I have been gravely concerned because you don't really have the right to say anything in America anymore," Glenn said.
Thor agreed, sharing a bit of family history.
"No, it sure seems to have eroded," Thor said. "I am where I am because my family came here, believed in the American dream, worked hard, but also believed we have a tremendous responsibility as citizens. In fact, we don't even use the word "citizens" in my house. We are "stewards" of this republic. And it's incumbent upon us to hand a freer, more successful, more prosperous, safer nation to the next generation than was handed to us."
Thor considers his responsibilities as an American on par with his job as a writer.
"I love capitalism, I love making money, I like entertaining people with my thrillers, but my responsibilities don't end when I type 'The End' in a book. I mean, that's my job, but if I don't help to secure prosperity for the next generation -- for your children, for my children, for people's children I don't even know -- then I haven't done my job as an American," Thor said.
Standing on principles may turn people off in some circles, but for Thor, it's worth it.
"I don't think you can take all of the good things without being willing to roll up your sleeves and do some heavy lifting and to take some of the hits," Thor said.
Moreover, both Thor and Glenn believe this election cycle warrants drawing a line in the sand and standing for liberty and the Constitution.
"I had a nun in my school growing up, Sister Mary McMahon, and she had said two things: 'Kindness can only be expected from the strong' but the other thing she used to say was, 'If not you, then who?' I heard it for years, 'If not you, then who?' I can't expect somebody else to do the hard work to preserve liberty and to preserve freedom, it's the job of all of us," Thor said.
"Liberty is hard won and easily lost and when liberty is lost, it doesn't come back -- that's it, it's gone," Thor said.
There is a silver lining Thor hopes to see from the 2016 presidential election.
"If nothing comes from this crazy primary and general election cycle, I really hope that we successfully drive a stake through the heart of political correctness. Because when you can't use language to explain ideas, it's all lost. That's the fog they want to create to move the country in a direction that is the antithesis of liberty."
Watch the full program with Glenn and Brad Thor on TheBlaze TV.
Brad Thor's latest novel, Foreign Agent, is available in bookstores everywhere.
Featured Image: Author Brad Thor on The Glenn Beck TV Program, June 27, 2016.