Born on the Fourth of July, This Japanese-American Taught Us What Freedom Is All About

Iva Ikuko Toguri D’Aquino, who was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 4, 1916, was a very proud American citizen with family and ancestral roots in Japan. Shortly before World War II broke out, she traveled to Japan to care for an ill family member and possibly even study medicine. For her visit, she was not issued a passport, but a Certificate of Identification. In September, she applied for one with the U.S. Vice Consul in Japan. However, her request was not been processed in time, as the attack on Pearl Harbor happened in early December of that year. She was stranded in Japan.

Pressured by the Japanese central government to renounce her United States citizenship, D’Aquino refused and was declared an enemy alien. In November 1943, Allied prisoners of war forced to broadcast propaganda selected D’Aquino to host portions of the one-hour radio show, The Zero Hour. She was assured by her producer, who was an Australian Army officer and a fellow POW, that they would not write scripts having her say anything against the U.S. She hosted a total of 340 broadcasts on the radio show.

Though earning only 150 yen, or about $7 a month, she used some of her earnings to feed POWs. Throughout the war, she used her position on The Zero Hour to help Allied troops in the South Pacific. In fact, D’Aquino gave as much information about the Axis’ (Japanese forces who fought against the U.S.) plans to the Allies as she knew. She referred to herself as “Orphan Annie,” but was unfortunately later known as “Tokyo Rose,” a name Allied soldiers gave to female propagandists on Japanese radio stations.

After the Japanese defeat, D’Aquino was detained by U.S. military before being released a year later when the FBI could not find any evidence that she aided the Japanese Axis forces. When D’Aquino tried returning to the U.S. in 1948, the FBI renewed the investigation and she was arrested for “adhering to and giving aid and comfort to, the Imperial Government of Japan during WWII.” She was tried for eight counts of treason in 1949. D’Aquino was found guilty on a single count but served only six years of her 10-year sentence.

After investigative journalists found that key witnesses claimed they were forced to lie during testimony, President Gerald Ford pardoned D’Aquino of treason in 1977 at the end of his presidency. In 2006, she was awarded the annual Edward J. Herlihy Citizenship Award for “her indomitable spirit, love of country, and the example of courage she has given her fellow Americans.”

D’Aquino is a great example of showing bravery for your country and she proved that just one person could change the world. This should give us hope that each of us can make a positive impact. As renowned Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson said, “keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

Tokyo Rose’s microphone used during WWII from the Mercury One historical collection. Photo courtesy of Mercury One.

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How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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