This Wrongful Conviction Will Make You Angry and Inspired at the Same Time

Iva Toguri D'Aquino did not betray her country, her country betrayed her --- grievously so.

Mislabeled by Americans as the mythical "Tokyo Rose" --- the voice of Japan's propaganda machine during WWII --- D'Aquino, an American citizen, had every reason to disown the country that betrayed her. But she remained loyal nevertheless.

Before working on the “Tokyo Rose” episode of Glenn’s hiSTORY series as a producer for the show, I regrettably knew very little about D'Aquino's remarkable story. After researching her life story, I found her story very moving. The losses she endured --- her mother, her only baby, her husband, her citizenship and her freedom --- coupled with the injustices against her perpetrated by the United States government are staggering.

American history is frequently grayer than the black-and-white clarity we often assign to it. We learn so much of it in black-and-white fashion, I suppose, because it’s easier to package and communicate that way. It takes more effort to teach the complexities, the subtleties, the gray reality.

As this pertains to the World War II era, we can get caught up in the rah-rah aspects of America saving the world, and that should be emphasized, of course, because it’s true. But we weren’t always squeaky clean in the process. In fact, in some ways, America's leaders utterly failed many of her own people. Japanese-American internment, for example, is brushed past too often in the teaching of World War II. A more appropriate name might be "American internment," since they were American citizens being interned. Our history books seem to justify this move, perhaps in an effort to maintain Franklin D. Roosevelt’s veneer as the sage savior of the free world.

There are so many lessons to glean from D'Aquino's story. It is at once an inspirational tale of perseverance and unwavering allegiance to one’s country. It is also a cautionary tale about our members of the press acting irresponsibly with their Constitutional freedom --- their willingness to sacrifice an innocent life to appease popular sentiment and to abuse of the power of the microphone. These are areas we still wrestle with today.

If anyone in American history had just cause for jettisoning their American citizenship, it was D'Aquino, yet she did not. Remarkably, she had easy opportunity to do just that, and was even pressured to do so by the Japanese government, and later by her Portuguese husband who urged her to become a Portuguese citizen. But D'Aquino remained an American even when her loyalty was rewarded with eight years of jail time.

In our current “selfie,” celebrity-obsessed culture, we would do well to remember D'Aquino, who didn’t sue anyone when she was finally released from prison, or write a tell-all book, or cash in on movie rights to her story. She didn’t burn American flags or go on the lecture circuit to slam her government. She didn’t make a cottage industry out of her victimhood. In fact, she quietly and gradually paid off the $10,000 fine levied on her by the federal government as part of her treason conviction, finally making the last payment in 1973.

She just wanted to go home. She just wanted to be an American. She continued that desire even after being stamped with a criminal legacy by her fellow Americans under the ironic guise of patriotism.

Glenn’s hiSTORY episode about Tokyo Rose airs tonight at 5pm ET on TheBlaze.

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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!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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