How Did We Become a Soulless and Morally Bankrupt Society?

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from April 11, 2017.

May 18, 1927, Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township, Michigan. There was a farmer named Andrew Kehoe. Andrew had quite the plan one day. He set off two dynamite explosions at the school, killing him, six adults and 38 children. It was the first mass killing at a school in America --- 1927.

Kehoe was a school board member and the town clerk. He was having financial problems and arguments with the school board. That day, he killed his wife, set his home and farm on fire and then he went to school. He planted and wired hundreds of pounds of dynamite in the basement of the school. After setting off the first explosion, he got into an altercation with the school superintendent and set off the second set of dynamite in his truck. That blast killed him and the superintendent of schools.

School massacres have happened before --- but things seem to have changed.

Yesterday, another school shooting occurred. This time, at an elementary school in San Bernardino, California. An estranged husband apparently entered his wife's classroom --- she was a special ed teacher --- and shot her dead. He also shot two students behind her, killing one and critically wounding the other. He then killed himself.

As I sat in my office yesterday with the guys and we watched this thing unfold on TV, we saw the newsroom at TheBlaze pick up in activity at the very early signs of this shooting. I thought to myself, "When did we get used to this?" Is it the media exposure that just makes us aware of every single thing in every great detail?

School shootings have increased since the 1990s, but they're not a modern phenomenon. The earliest known school shooting in America happened in 1764. Four Indians entered a schoolhouse near Greencastle, Pennsylvania, shooting and killing the schoolmaster and nine children. It wasn't blamed on the guns. School shootings happened through the 1800s, especially after the Civil War, and in every decade of the 1900s. But there was an increase in the 1970s and a surge in the '90s. Was it the guns?

We can throw out the people don't kill people, guns kill people argument, but let me give you the actual stats.

There are 300 million guns in the hands of Americans. That's a new number thanks to the Obama administration and Barack Obama, the greatest gun salesman of all time. Under his anti-Second Amendment watch, American gun ownership rose to 300 million. Yet, gun homicides are down 49 percent and overall gun violence is down 75 percent.

So, if it's not guns causing the increase in school shootings, what is? Why did we have one school shooting or one tragedy a decade since the beginning of our country, and now they seem regular? Is there an increase in school shootings? Or is it just that we see them all the time on television? We know it's not the increase of guns in circulation.

Two clear trends have appeared in school shootings, especially since the 1960s. Most are now committed by a student at the school and they most often end in suicide by the perpetrator. Whether it's a teenager or an adult, suicide is usually the way it ends.

What happened in the 1960s that may have caused an increase in school shootings?

Well, for one thing, in 1962 and 1963, the Supreme Court made some decisions. They removed Bible reading and prayer from public schools. But that seems to be an all too convenient scapegoat. The decline in prayer and Bible reading in homes is probably more to blame. Forget about school, how many of us stopped doing it at home? How many of still don't read the Bible or pray at home? Public education is definitely broken, but so are our homes.

As a culture, our parenting has become pretty lazy. For the most part --- let's admit it, America, let's stop lying to ourselves --- for the most part, parenting has become naive, spineless, lazy. We point our fingers at other people's kids, at other people's doings. We point our fingers at our schools when proper education is our responsibility, not the school's responsibility.

The blame culture is now the norm in our society --- and we've had several consecutive generations of it. We're too busy to care or speak up for common sense values because common sense is now considered bigotry. It takes too much energy and it's too risky. But it's not heroic when a parent indulges their three-year-old son who decides he wants to be a girl. We're told it's heroic, but it's not. It's child abuse.

Maybe we got so busy chasing the American dream that we neglected the things that are most important. What good is it for somebody to gain the whole world and yet lose their soul? You know where that came from? Americans would have known back in the 1950s, maybe even in the '60s, but most people have no idea where that phrase came from. Why? Because we not only took God out of the schools, we took him out of our homes. We left Him in church --- if He was even at our church in the first place. We've abandoned God like he's somebody we left in a nursing home that we visit when it's convenient or just because we have to. It's Christmas. We better go see grandma in the nursing home.

Ironically, the progressive movement sees God as the problem because he's outdated, an old wives' tales. We've got this. We're men of science now. We left Him behind to teach the gorillas and we follow the march of mankind. Man's ingenuity has the answers, not God. And America is morally much worse off. Our culture is crumbling. Why? Because we abandoned everything that we used to believe in.

Once you remove God from the house, once you remove God from the culture at large, and then you add technology --- remarkable technology --- well, then you add fuel to the fire. We adopt new tech so quickly because we like sparkly new things. Have you seen the new iPhone 8? I mean, the new iPhone 8, got to have that, right? We don't even stop to consider the pitfalls of what virtual reality will mean. We don't think about the consequences of anything. We just dive in.

We're just beginning to reap the dark harvest that we are sowing --- the availability of pornography on handheld devices, available to our children whenever and wherever. It's not just porn, but violence pornography as well. We've let our collective guard down so long, our guard doesn't even work anymore. Hollywood, the entertainment business, has long been the convenient scapegoat for influencing the violence in our culture, but it's not Hollywood. It's our partnership with Hollywood. They wouldn't make it if we didn't buy it. We're buying it. We're watching it. It's not their fault. It's our fault. We buy a lot of it, and it's like giving drugs to our kids.

A growing body of scientific literature documents the negative effects of exposure to violent media on children adolescents and adults. There was a study released by researchers at Dartmouth University, published by the National Institute of Health. The work was conducted with diverse methods and samples. So this isn't crazy talk. This is the National Institute of Health. Short- and long-term outcomes consistently find that exposure to violent video games, television, violent films and music have been linked to aggression and violence. Taken together, a clear picture has emerged: Exposure to violent media increases the likelihood of aggressive thoughts, emotions and behavior.

It goes on. The weight of the scientific evidence has led organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association to sign a joint statement on the negative effects of exposing children to media violence, which "at this time, well over a thousand studies point to overwhelmingly causal connections between media violence and aggressive behavior in children." That's quite a list.

You want to talk about science deniers? We are science deniers. It's not just the holy rollers. Science is proving that we're putting poison into our system. What is happening to us? Can you even imagine dealing with the things that your kids have to deal with?

I was laying with my son on the bathroom floor the other day. He was having a bad day and his mom said, "Hey, what's going on?" He went into his bathroom and just laid down on his bathroom floor. I walked in and laid down next to him and said, "Buddy, what's happening?"

He said, "Dad, I'm all jumbled up inside."

I know what that means.

I said, "You been on the internet?"

He actually begged me, "Please, Dad, is there a way you can control and filter?"

Our children are losing their identity. They don't know their family's history. They don't know the history of our country. They don't know where they came from. We relegate American history to be taught by our coaches in public schools. That's not a great base to start kids with.

American history in college has been hijacked by zealot professors with axes to grind against their own country. Do you know that becoming a history professor at George Washington University now only requires one semester of American history? To be a history major students only need one semester of American history. You can graduate from George Washington University and have a good shot at not knowing who George Washington.

We don't care anymore. That's why, when you're going to places like Harvard, asked last week whether President Trump's rhetoric or ISIS is more dangerous, that's why the people at Harvard, the students at Harvard, picked Donald Trump's rhetoric. His words are more dangerous than the actions of ISIS.

Why are people shooting each other? Yesterday, in San Bernardino, it was just a crazy man who had an out with his wife --- but we are walking around soulless.

We are walking around being told the lie that there is no connection between God and science. We are being told the lie that there is no hardship in life. This is the first time in American history that we've had several successive generations that have not faced a significant hardship at all, like the Great Depression or war or both, while at the same time enjoying rising prosperity. Yes, we've had the long-running war of terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that didn't affect us at all like it did in World War II. Most people don't even realize we're still at war.

Affluenza is real and, increasingly, we're a wimpy, morally bankrupt nation of entitled entertainment junkies. When did this happen? When did we stop looking at the TV with shock and horror?

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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.