Brad Thor: Strike a Dagger Through the Heart of Political Correctness

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.

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"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.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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