My Father's Day Message to Dads

Fatherhood. I tell you, I don't think I've ever worked harder on anything in my life than being a parent, being a dad --- and with joy. It's not hard work, it's joyful work. But it wasn't always that way.

I was afraid of being a dad, and especially afraid of being a dad for a son, because of the relationship I had with my dad. Once when I was young, I told him that I was never going to be like him, and I stormed off. I thought I had really hurt him, really showed him. I must have been about 16 years old.

He came down to my room, walked in and said to me said, "I couldn't be more proud of you." I didn't know what that meant at the time because I didn't know my dad's history. He said he didn't want to be like his dad either.

My dad grew up in a very abusive household, and I didn't know why I always was uncomfortable and afraid of my grandfather on my dad's side until I was about 30. We had a phone conversation, and I said I just want to talk to you as a man. I told him that I didn't know how to be his son. He said I don't know how to be your dad, but if you will sit through the uncomfortable moments of silence and awkwardness, I promise to do the same --- and we'll figure it out together. So, I flew my dad out to Baltimore, and we sat there and we talked. He started telling me about his childhood, and I finally understood why he never took me fishing when I wanted to go fishing, why he was never really a close dad to me. He said, "I didn't want to be like my dad either."

Here was this 16-year-old kid looking back at him thinking, "What? I said something that was supposed to hurt you, and you're now telling me how proud you are of me?" Then he said something that I will never forget: "However, son, you had better replace what you've learned from me with something else, because if you don't, you will grow up to be exactly like me."

It's taken me into my 40s to be able to replace enough in me and make it mine in order to be a decent dad, now at 53. I feel like I'm just starting to be a good dad, and my kids are all growing up. But if you don't know who you are, and you don't know what it means to be a man, you're never going to be able to pass that on in a positive way --- and we have a grave responsibility. In the abusive family that I grew up in, where abuse now has spread through the generations, somebody has to be the man, to put their hand up, to catch the fist and say, "That's not the way a man treats a woman or anyone else."

Raphe is 12 years old now. We were sitting on the couch on vacation, and he was talking about girls, and he said, "You know, how do you know when she's the one, dad?" And I said, "Well, you're not going to know for several years." At 12, you don't know who the one is, but we joked for a while. Finally, I said, "You're going to know when you meet the woman when you want to to be a better man for her. She'll be the one who makes you a better person. And not because they're molding you, but because you want to." I got choked up as I was saying that, thinking about Tanya. Here's my 12-year-old son, who leaned in and didn't mock me for the tears in my eyes. He hugged me, and whispered in my ear, "I love how much you love mom."

The examples that we have to set for our children are important, and they're authentic, they're real, they're natural, and those are the ones our kids will emulate. Those will be the ones our kids crave.

This Father's Day, they are celebrating you as a dad and as a man. Be the best man you can be.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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