We Could All Use a Little Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from November 14, 2016.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is one of the most powerful songs ever, if you actually know the story behind it. The song is based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that helped him find his way out of a dark and dreary place.

It was the middle of the Civil War, and Longfellow's son, who was severely wounded, had returned home. His wife had already died, the same way the majority of women died early --- by catching on fire. She was cooking over the stove in the kitchen, which was an open hearth, an open fire, wearing one of those big, huge dresses, and it gets too close to the embers in the fireplace and catches fire. She couldn't put it out and called for Longfellow, her husband who got on top of her and tried to put her out. He also caught on fire and horribly burned and scarred. It was Christmastime, and he could hear the cannons roar.

Now, put yourself back into that time period. Even at the end, Abraham Lincoln did the most unpopular thing he could do. He stood in front of a crowd on his second inaugural address, and said, We have to bind the wounds of this nation. We have to go comfort, feed and help those who have borne the sorrows of this war. He didn't want to punish anybody. He didn't want vengeance. He wanted everybody to go home and be an American again. Go home and concentrate on your family. Go home and work on your farm. Go home and love each other.

Nobody wanted that. It's the reason why Booth shot him. Booth knew there was hate in the hearts of the country, and if he just killed Abraham Lincoln, it would all start again. He would be the rebel that had the balls to finish the job, and the South would rise again in their hatred.

It didn't happen --- and that was what Longfellow heard in the bells. His family had forever changed. His wife was dead, imagine the despair. He heard the peal of the bells on Christmas Day, and said, There's no God. The second verse says, I hear the roar of the cannons, and they mock the song.

God's dead.

We have gone through time periods in our history much worse than this. But there were people of faith that held us together.

I read a lot of de Tocqueville this weekend, Democracy in America. Here was a guy who came from France, from overseas, to watch us. We get the idea of American exceptionalism from him. He watched and wondered how America was doing this, what her people had that made the country special.

At first, he thought it was the abundance of land. That you could go anywhere, and with land you could start all over again.

And then he thought, Maybe I'll find it in the courts, because there's justice here. Maybe I'll find it in Congress. Maybe I'll find it in the president. It was in the Founding documents. He finally realizes that, no, those things were the effect, not the cause.

The effect was a by-product of people of faith. He didn't even know if Americans believed in their own religion because he couldn't search their hearts. He did know this: Americans all knew that without something holding them together and to a higher standard of virtue, the whole thing would collapse. They will fight for each other's religion because they know, even if it's not theirs, they know it's what's holding them together.

He said one of the most amazing things he discovered was the missionary program in America where the rich paid for missionaries to spread religion. While he didn't like Catholics much, he recognized that even Catholics were doing this, but not for the same reasons as in Europe. When he talked to the people spending loads of money to fund these missionary trips, they were spending it because they knew, at some point, America may fail. They wanted to plant the ideas and the faith and the virtue elsewhere. So if America failed, there would be some place else that would hold up these ideals and free the world.

We don't even think that way anymore --- and there is no place else to go. I keep thinking that maybe God's going to start all over, and it will start in China because that's where the church is awake. And maybe He'll start it in China because they've gone to jail for what they believe.

George Washington made a point of Thanksgiving. Abraham Lincoln made a point of Thanksgiving. They all knew that if we would humble ourselves and beg for forgiveness, that God would bless us and our land.

Do you know that we didn't even celebrate Christmas for a good portion of our history? Not until the late 1800s did we actually celebrate Christmas. We didn't close a store. We thought that was garish. We thought that was actually wrong. We thought it would be too flashy, that Christ's birth was too holy to even talk about in the open space and say, I have to have the day off. It was too holy. You went to church, and you went to work. That's who we were.

In the 1930s or 1940s, during the Great Depression, FDR knew that we had to give thanks and we needed to praise God on Thanksgiving. But that has nothing to do why we celebrate it when we do. It's locked in now --- but it wasn't always. Sometimes Thanksgiving would be the last weekend. Sometimes it would be two weekends before, but now it's locked in. And the reason is because FDR said, We need that extra week of shopping. It will help the economy.

We've gone from a country that wouldn't even openly celebrate Christmas because it would be too garish, to taking one of the most sacred American holidays of Thanksgiving and moving it because it's good for the economy. We need that extra week of shopping.

There is no God. God is asleep. God is dead.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep.

The wrong will fail, the right prevail. The peace on earth that we are promised, it's peace on earth to men of good will. That's what the actual translation is: Peace on earth to men of good will. That's in short supply. And maybe for the next five weeks, we should try to figure out how we all could be men and women and children of good will.

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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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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.