The Problems In DC Remind Glenn of the Moment He Knew He Had to Change His Company

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Thursday on radio, Glenn let the audience in on some of what has gone on behind the scenes with his company and it relates quite well with the mess American is in at the moment.

"About eight months ago, my wife said 'I've had it. Shut it down, honey. It's going to kill you or wipe us out or whatever. Just shut it down. It's not worth it,'" Glenn said.

There were a few reasons why Glenn didn't follow that path and it was mainly out of his feelings of responsibility for the people who work for him and the vision entrusted to him by God.

"I said no because, again, I have partners who rely on me. I have employees who rely on me. And most importantly, I started thinking about the vision that was entrusted with me," Glenn said.

"You know me if you listen to my show, I can be delusional, sure. But I do believe that we're all here for a reason, and I was given this vision of -- to create something for a reason. And I'm not going to give up on it."

So what was the answer for Glenn's company and what can we take from that story to help America?

"Blame others? No. Hold people accountable? Yes. But I need to take charge of my stewardship. So I was faced do I pull the rip cord? Do I eject? Or not," Glenn said.

"This is the point of the story that will take you now to Washington. I pulled the rip cord. But not the one that the rest of the world will tell you you can pull. Just give up," Glenn said.

So how are we going to fix this? There's one answer.

"This is your country. This is your money. This is your life. This is your future. This is your children's future. There is one cord that you can pull to eject out of this, and it is called Article V. It's in the Constitution. It is the last resort given to the people because the founders knew this was going to happen," Glenn said.

Get involved now and get Article V enacted and call for a constitutional convention. Those who actually believe and know that America is good and deserves better than this. Get involved now.

GLENN: Here's the headline today. Trump urges GOP senators to pass skinny ObamaCare repeal bill. What does this mean? This means that they have tried for several times to pass any kind of health care reform, and they can't get anybody to agree on it. And so now they're saying. Okay. Let's just repeal just a couple of parts of it. And today is the day. This morning, President Obama tweeted to the GOP.

STU: Is he still president? Did he come back? I may have missed the headline.

GLENN: He's still president.

STU: You said President Obama.

GLENN: Oh, sorry. President Trump.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Senate Republicans begin their final push today to unravel -- this is a seven-year offensive. Emphasis on the word offensive that takes all kinds of meaning in this story. They hope that a paired down skinny bill, which will repeal several ObamaCare provisions can gain enough support. Several times they have voted this week. Senate yesterday rejected 45, 55 straight repeals of ObamaCare with a two-year delay in implementation to allow congress to work out a replacement. That is what they promised in 2015. Seven Republicans oppose the measure, which was going to be pushed by party leadership. Trump sent this out today.

Come on, Republican senators. You can do it. You can make a move on health care. After seven years, this is your chance to shine. Don't let the American people down. What is he saying there?

I'm going to explain this through a personal story. Nobody in Washington seems to be working for us.

Nobody is actually engaged working for you. The one that they ask you to not only vote but they ask you to go and convince your friends. They got you so wrapped up in it. No matter which side you're on. That you have lost friends and in some cases, family members. You have done so much and work carried so much water because you truly believed that this group of people -- whichever side -- that these people would do everything they can because they asked you do everything you can. I want you to go get friends. I want you to drive people to the -- I want you to talk to people, I want you to convince them. And people did to the point where we can't even talk to each other anymore.

None of them are working for you. And what's happening in Washington, D.C. right now is a prime example. And no one is holding them accountable. There is no accountability. So let me tell you my story.

A few years ago, I started The Blaze. And without getting into all the details, I knew we had a problem when the leader of the company said to me in a phone conversation. I said, "You're just going after clicks. You're just trying to drive ratings. You're -- I don't understand that. That's not what we stand for. What are our principles?"

And I was told Glenn, quote, nobody gives an F about your f'ing principles. And I paused. And I said you realize who you just said that to?

Yes.

I knew at that point my company was beyond repair. But I hoped. So I -- what I did was I tried to clean house with as little as I could, but it was pretty infested and I don't mean just with people, but I mean with policies and riddled with debt and everything else. I should have shut it down and started over. But people entrusted me, and I had failed them, and I wasn't going to fail, so I went, and I looked for strong people in our own staff that could help.

A year later, I have a meeting with one of the new executives, and I had a meeting for about an hour on a project that I thought we should do. But I wasn't running the company. I was only a -- one of the voices in the company that as an investor, let me advise you where I think we should go. And self-imposed. That's what I self-imposed on the company.

So everybody said in this meeting "That's fantastic. Great. Let's do that."

They left my office and a brand-new employee heard this other employee say -- he went to him and said "Okay. Let's get together because you and I are going to have to work closely on this to get this done."

And the one employee said to the new employee "What are you talking about? We're not going to do any of that stuff."

It took one, brave new employee to tell me that. And after a long time of fighting this and not believing that I was smart enough to fix it or powerful enough to fix it, I was at the point of giving up.

Then the election came. And I was quite honestly just as mad at you as you were with me. I didn't understand you. You didn't understand me. And I think we just missed each other in language. And I'm trying to repair that now to really, truly go back and do the things that I should have asked, and that is -- come on. You're a good friend of mine. This is not normal behavior for you. What the hell is happening in your life? And I would have seen your pain. And things would have been different.

About eight months ago, my wife said "I've had it. Shut it down, honey. It's going to kill you or wipe us out or whatever. Just shut it down. It's not worth it.

I said "no" because, again, I have partners who rely on me. I have employees who rely on me. And most importantly, I started thinking about the vision that was entrusted with me. You know me if you listen to my show, I can be delusional, sure. But I do believe that we're all here for a reason, and I was given this vision of -- to create something for a reason. And I'm not going to give up on it. And so instead, I didn't give up. I said "Honestly, it's my fault. I wasn't running the company. I had nothing to do with, other than I was a big investor, and I was the founder and would make suggestions. But that was all self-imposed. I could have. How -- what crazy idea that I had. The guy who had the vision, the guy who had the most passion than anybody else would self-impose and restrict himself from actually being, holding people accountable for it. That's just stupid because I could hire the best people. But unless they had the vision, unless they had the passion, they were not going to create what I was looking for.

I'm the one who has the vision. I'm the one who believes in it. It's my responsibility in the first and the last place.

Blame others? No. Hold people accountable? Yes. But I need to take charge of my stewardship. So I was faced do I pull the rip cord? Do I eject? Or not.

This is the point of the story that will take you now to Washington. I pulled the rip cord. But not the one that the rest of the world will tell you you can pull. Just give up.

I pulled the rip cord, the one that stops everything and says "Stop. I'm not playing this game anymore. I'm changing the rules to common sense rules. I'm the owner of this place. It's my vision, it's mostly my money, and it's my life. And you know what? I found that this company is full of people who worked here because they have a piece of that vision, and they're passionate about that vision. And they have been waiting for me to step up and say "We're going here." They're here because they too believe.

And so the last few weeks or couple of months, I've been asking them. You've got to help me. If you believe, you've got to help me. Here's where we're going. Here's the point on the horizon. Refocus, teach, and empower. Now, I don't know. We might not make the turn. I think we are. I think we're going to change everything again. And we're not going to get there for a while. It's going to be hard. But in the meantime, I can make a few small movements in the right direction. And then perhaps others will go "Well, I see what they're going for. I see where they're headed. And they'll help us. How does this relate to health care?

Let me reread the tweet here.

GOP, on health care, after seven years, this is your chance to shine. Don't let the American people down.

Mr. President, take responsibility. You have been for any and all of these bills. You were elected because you are the deal maker. You're the guy who said you could bring everyone together. You haven't even, it seems, tried to bring all of your party behind you. Because we as the American people don't feel you have a passion for this deal or that deal. You have a passion for any deal. That doesn't work.

This is your chance to shine, Mr. President. This is your chance to bring the GOP together, not to point fingers and say "It's just the GOP."

Because that doesn't help. Sorry. I -- I don't want to make this about the president because this isn't about the president. Just like my company isn't about people who used work here or anything else. It's about today and what can I do?

Nobody is being held responsible or accountable in our country. Those guys go to Washington, they tell you anything, and then we never fire them. They are the ones who listen to us in our town halls, and then they go out in the hallway and somebody who's new in Washington and sincere says to the older guy "Hey, so we should meet on this."

And the other guy says "What are you talking about? We're not going to do any of that crap."

That is Mitch McConnell. That is Paul Ryan. That is a majority of the DNC and the RNC. They will tell you whatever they have to tell you so you stop looking at them. And then when the crap hits the fan, they blame it on someone else.

So how are we going to fix this? There's one answer. This is your country. This is your money. This is your life. This is your future. This is your children's future. There is one cord that you can pull to eject out of this, and it is called Article V. It's in the constitution. It is the last resort given to the people because the founders knew this was going to happen. Because they didn't talk about the better angels. If we were surrounded by better angels, we wouldn't need the constitution. The constitution is not a restraint on you, the people, it's a restraint on those people that have power because the founders knew every single time power corrupts.

And so at the end of the constitutional convention, they said you know what? We haven't given the people. We've given it to the states. But what happens if the states go bad? We haven't given it to the people. And they wrote in Article V, which allows the people to stand up and say "Enough. You're not doing our work. We're going to put term limits on you. We're going to put spending limits on you. Because you'll never do it. And these things have to be done.

You get involved in first, defund the GOP and DNC. Don't give those people another dime. They're using you.

Second, start listening to common sense. Start looking at the whole picture. Not just the picture given to you by the people who are making you feel good. You need the truth. So look for the truth. And then get involved in the Article V constitutional convention movement. Just Google search Article V.

Find out how you can get involved and get this moving because it was given to you the way out. But more importantly, the -- it was given to you the responsibility. You believe in the vision. They don't. You own this. You have the vision. How can you possibly give that vision and responsibility to guard that vision to somebody who doesn't actually believe in the vision? It will never work. It must be done by you. Get involved now and get Article V enacted and call for a constitutional convention. Those of us who actually believe and know that America is good and deserves better than this. Get involved now.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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