Lose Yourself in Service to Others

Wednesday on radio, Glenn shifted his focus from the headlines to listeners and how their lives has changed since 2006. There's a climate of fear and division in the country, leaving many confused about what to do and where to focus their energy.

Jim from Virginia offered some stellar advise.

"What I've decided to do is just focus more on charitable giving and helping those that are struggling. And that's what I appreciate about your work through Mercury One. Years ago, you know, the church did most of that work, and the government has taken that away from us. But I like that through Mercury One, you're working with charitable organizations to go in and help people that are in need," Jim said.

Losing oneself in service usually has a dramatic impact, influencing a person's outlook by making a difference in other people's lives.

"How has that changed you, or how has that affected you?" Glenn asked.

"It's given me a closer walk with Christ, for one, because I feel like I'm doing His work. You know, when you go into these places where people have lost everything and you can give something back to them . . . the looks on their faces and how thankful they are for the work that we've done for them. Actually, they don't realize that it's kind of selfish on my part because I feel like I'm getting more out of it than they are," Jim said.

Glenn agreed.

"It is one thing that we seem to always forget, and that's what service gives back --- and it's gratitude," he said.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Let's go to Jim in Virginia. Jim, how has your life changed since 2006?

CALLER: Well, I'm -- what I've decided to do is just focus more on charitable giving and helping those that are struggling. And that's what I appreciate about your work through Mercury One. Years ago, you know, the church did most of that work. And the government has taken that away from us. But I like that through Mercury One, you're working with charitable organizations to go in and help people that are in need and building back homes and doing things that you can to -- especially in disaster relief. And my family has gotten involved with a group -- a local group here that's a Christian-based disaster relief organization called God's Pit Crew, that goes around into these areas that have been devastated by disasters. And they worked helping restore and rebuild people's homes and churches. And just -- it's --

GLENN: How -- how has that changed you, or how has that affected you?

CALLER: Well, it's given me a closer walk with Christ, for one, because I feel like I'm doing his work. You know, when you go into these places where people have lost everything and you can give something back to them -- and, you know, the looks on their faces and how thankful they are for the work that we've done for them actually, they don't realize that it's kind of selfish on my part because I feel like I'm getting more out of it than they are.

GLENN: I know.

CALLER: Because I'm able to help them and give something back to them.

GLENN: Jim -- Jim, thank you very much. It is one thing that we seem to always forget, and that's what service gives back. And it's gratitude.

Grace, in Pennsylvania, how has your life changed since 2006?

CALLER: Well, I'm 26 years old. So I have gone to college, graduated, gotten a job, and gotten married. (chuckling)

GLENN: Wow. Congratulations.

CALLER: Thank you.

Yeah, I think the biggest thing that's helped change my life and bring perspective is that relationship with Christ, like the last caller was talking about. And I just want to say, you always talk -- it seems like you focus sometimes on the negative. And I just want to help you encourage you as well because there are a lot of good things going on in the world. And you have really been a family to a lot of us out here. Very conservative and very focused on my faith, and there aren't a lot of voices that I can go to and hear, talking about the politics and the faith, and just being a good person, being consistent. So thank you for that.

GLENN: You're welcome, Grace. Thank you. Inspiring to hear somebody that's 26 years old and listening and active and working hard. Thank you so much, Grace. Congratulations.

CALLER: Yeah, thank you.

GLENN: You bet. Buh-bye.

I will tell you that Mercury One started an intern program. And we could really use your help at Mercury One. That is something that is all reliant on you. And we would sure appreciate your donation at mercuryone.org. But we have -- we have started a -- a leadership program with David Barton. And the millennials that are coming through our door are truly remarkable. Truly, truly remarkable.

And we're going to continue to introduce you to them, all through the summer. And you'll want to help and be involved for the next generation. Mercuryone.org.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.