Jim Acosta Should Stick to Reporting and Leave the History Lectures to Those Who Know History

A few years ago, I met with two amazing men, the Stewart brothers. They're a composer and conductor of an incredible choir, the Millennial Choirs & Orchestras. And I said, "Let's give the Statue of Liberty a voice. But let's correct it." Because everybody thinks that the Statue of Liberty is a mother, a nurse that is inviting give us the worst of the worst. And that's not what that poem means. I asked them, I said, "Can you write something that gives this heart, but then corrects the legend and gives the correct voice to the Statue of Liberty?"

The Statue of Liberty is not -- we're not a hospital. And that golden door is not the golden door to a hospital. This, the Statue of Liberty is a shield saying, "We don't want your storied pomp. We don't want your lords and ladies and your knights, and all of the crap, the lions on your flag, because it's all crap. We don't want any of that. That oppresses people. That keeps people down. Now, this is coming --- written at a time when we had no national anthem. We didn't even have a standardized flag until Woodrow Wilson. And no national anthem until FDR. We had no storied pomp at all. We were a collection of people who believed in something. That's the message.

The real poem says, not like the brazen giant of Greek fame with conquering limbs, astride from land to land. Here at our sea-washed, sunset gate shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is imprisoned lightning, and her name is Mother of Exiles.

From her beaconed hand glows worldwide welcome. Her mild eyes command the air bridged harbor that twin cities frame. Keep your ancient lands and your storied pomp, she cries with silent lips.

You give me the ones that you say can't make it, who try and try and try and you continue to push down in the mud, that all these people are asking for is a chance to change their lives. Give those people to me. I will stand as a shield to protect them against people like you so they have a chance to not just survive but to thrive.

The Statue of Liberty is not saying give me those that you can no longer keep on insurance. The tired, the worn-out, the broken, the ones that won't work, the ones that are just expunging off your system. That's not what the Statue of Liberty is saying. The Statue of Liberty is saying, "Give me the tired." What are they tired of? Tired of being pushed down in the mud. Tired of being told by some lord or lady, "You work for me. That's now my idea." They're poor because you wouldn't give them the opportunity.

Ask any European today, they will tell you, unless you are connected, unless your family has a name, you don't change your status.

If you're poor, you're always poor. If you're homeless, you're never going to be the president. You'll never make it to king. You'll never make it to prime minister. Who was your family? Your dad was poor. Your dad was a drunk and homeless. You'll never amount to anything. Stay in your station!

But wait. I can do it. I'm the better man. I'm the better woman. I work harder than anybody else. I know more than that person over there. I've built a better mousetrap.

Yes, you have. And because you've built it and you've built it as my serf, it now belongs to me.

The Statue of Liberty, that poem, it never, never meant, send me the worst of the worst, and they're going to stay the worst of the worst. I'm just going to protect them.

That was a challenge. You keep all your ridiculous lion flags and your ridiculous edifices of great power. We're a simple country. We don't have any of that stuff. We're just a collection of people that every country said, "They'll never make it. They're worthless. They're farmers. What, we're the greatest army and navy in the world. They're farmers. Go kill them."

Our first president was a farmer and just wanted to be a farmer. Always wanted to just farm. That's all episode to do. He became president. And where did he go? He didn't become a lord or a lady.

He went back to being a farmer. And no greater than anybody else alive at the time. President was an insult. They laughed when he said, you should call me president. That should be the title.

President? That was like "shopkeep." That was like "manager."

That was an insult to somebody who had power over in Europe. I am so sick of the playground and the playground fights. I'm so sick of the press. I'm sick of Congress. I'm sick of the White House.

I have spent most of my life as a joke, so I come to you from a position of authority. I know jokes when I see them. And Congress and the press and the administration, they're a joke. If you didn't pay attention to the news yesterday, you'd think, "This is one weird-ass way for starting this show today."

But there was an argument between Acosta, a reporter from CNN, and I don't know, the next Trump spokesperson of the day, at the White House press briefing.

Now, I want you to understand, up front, I agreed with him. Acosta, do I need to explain what your job is? You're a reporter. You're a reporter. That means you report on what happens, not argue, not lecture. You report. You can ask questions, but that's not what you were doing. You weren't asking questions yesterday. You were making a point. You were lecturing. You were using histrionics. You don't even know the truth behind the Statue of Liberty.

Hey, Acosta, can you tell me why the French boxed that baby up and pretty much dumped it into a park in New York City? Oh, yeah, and, by the way, here are some instructions on how to assemble it. Some assembly. In fact, a lot of assembly is required. All of the instructions, and I mean this literally, all of the instructions are in French. We didn't even take the time to put them in English for you.

Jim Acosta, can you tell me why? Can you tell me what the Statue of Liberty was even meant for? Because it really wasn't meant for us.

No, see, you don't really care about history. Because all you were trying to do was win.

And I understand. I mean, that's what you've all been trained to do. That's what you think reporting and journalism is now. You win.

And I really had zero time for Steven Miller at the White House, even though any other time in my life, I would have been, "Yeah, look at Steven Miller go. He's right. He's right. He's right."

I had no time for him last night. I get home. I'm trying to spend time with my kids. My son is going to get his swimming certificate for Boy Scouts.

I've got a million things going on. And I turn that on? Why? Why?

And you expect me, Steven Miller, to give you credit, standing behind a podium where, yeah, I don't know -- is it possible that 30 seconds before this discussion, you were defending the indefensible. You were so distorting the truth and defending absolute bald-faced lies. Yeah, it's not only possible. It's probable. And if it wasn't you, it certainly was somebody an hour before you.

How does this help America? They weren't discussing the concept of the melting pot. You know, maybe we should all have a quick refresher on how Americans resident sending all of their rapists. And then after that, a real quick quiz on all of the illegals who are rapists, drunks, and killers, and thieves. Those guys that shouldn't be arrested 20 times, just to be let out again so they can finally rape an old woman after they steal her car, or just go down on a beautiful afternoon and shoot an innocent woman on a San Francisco dock. Then maybe after we talk about those two things, maybe we could take a break. Have a little lunch. Then pick up some big boy talk, concerning the ridiculous idea that we're actually helping immigrants by not ensuring that they speak English.

Of course, that is going to require you to have an honest conversation regarding history on why it was illegal to teach a slave how to read. Gee. By the way, that's not an American thing. That law was first enforced in ancient times, including countries that were not made up of white Europeans. It's crazy and shocking, yes, I know. But I will give you this: Perhaps the ancients learned about that law from the Americans that arrived via the Stargate. I'm not sure. James Spader may have taught them that.

How many people in our own country today are being abused, as well as in other non-European countries, by people of all colors and creeds. Because they don't speak the language.

This happens all over the world, and it is as old as time itself. How many dirtbags are ruling over those poor huddled masses?

Because those poor huddled masses don't speak English. Save your speeches, both of you clowns. Save your speeches for the people that died in the back of that semi-truck in San Antonio.

You know what, and then give the same speech to those who live in the shadows and are afraid of calling the police when they had been raped or beaten or robbed. Talk to me about the Statue of Liberty then, will you?

Who is ruling over those people? Somebody is. It's got to be just -- well, it's got to be just the Democrats, right? Because all the Democrats are good. No, sorry. All the heroes are really all Republicans.

Yeah, neither of those are true. And we as Americans need to say to these clowns, "Shut up. Stop it." Because I know the horror caused by the twisted thinking on the left on this issue, I ain't buying it. But I also know the horrors of a place which is a no-go zone here in America called the colonias. Most Americans have not heard of the colonias. This is an area here in America, just over the border, a no-go zone where it just kind of falls in the shadow, where giant corporations are allowed to use and abuse these people and trap them in what is nothing more than modern day slavery because those companies have given payoffs to the GOP. So neither of you have much to say that I really want to listen to because you're just both using the situation. You're exploiting the people and situation for their own power and money.

People in Congress, people at the heads of the parties, people in the administration, quite honestly, the last two, you're grotesque, and you're sickening. You should be ashamed of yourself.

You want to have a real conversation, let's have a real conversation. But can we have that? Because right now, there are people listening who, "See, Glenn Beck just hates Donald Trump." And those people who are just listening who are now saying, "See, Glenn Beck has always been a GOP stooge. He'll stand up for anything." And, of course, the ones I really like, the people who have just tuned in, heard maybe one sentence, and now are currently tweeting or posting somewhere their valid and vapid opinion to the whole world, even though they have absolutely no idea what I'm even talking about.

Maybe it's an audience of one, me. But if you're sick of them had it and you want to fix the problem, good.

In one of his first executive orders, President Joe Biden reversed the Trump administration's ban on critical race theory training within the federal government.

Christopher F. Rufo, director for the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, joined BlazeTV's Glenn Beck to discuss what this means moving forward and how you can help defend America's values in your local governments, businesses, and schools.

Rufo, whose research inspired former President Donald Trump's ban on critical race theory training in federal agencies last year, said he's gearing up for a classic David vs. Goliath underdog fight and taking this "Marxist takeover" to the courts, where he's optimistic it'll be ruled not only anti-American, but outright unlawful.

"We're going to wage decentralized, relentless, legal warfare against critical race theory in every American institution, and really flood the zone in the courts," Rufo said. "I think that when we get up, hopefully, to the Supreme Court, I'm confident that we'll win because this stuff is just so toxic, it's so divisive, it's so harmful. I have faith that at the end of the day, the folks within the judiciary — and even the court of public opinion — will be on our side."

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Remember when rooting for your favorite sports team felt patriotic? It's no secret that the sports world has become extremely leftist over the past few years and is now even preaching anti-American ideals in many ways.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn spoke with veteran sports journalist Jason Whitlock about where he believes this all started — and Whitlock tied it back to former President Barack Obama, Nike, and China.

Whitlock first talked about how professional football and baseball used to have a healthy rivalry over which was the most patriotic.

"The military fly-overs, the national anthem before the game, and all of that — the NFL tried to make you feel like the most patriotic thing you could do on a Sunday is go to church and watch football. It was a brilliant business strategy that catapulted football to where it's America's favorite pastime. ... It's something that I authentically believe in: Sports do teach the values that best exemplify America," he said.

"Then China and our competitors figured out, if you really want to influence American culture, you have to get into the sports world," he added.

Whitlock also told Glenn why he believes President Obama and Nike both played significant roles in moving left-wing political rhetoric into the world of sports.

"I'm not some super-harsh Barack Obama critic, but I'm just going to let the facts speak for themselves. Barack Obama intentionally partnered with ESPN because he wanted to speak to that sports audience," he said.

"It was a process of 'let's move left-wing stuff into the sports world,'" he added. "And Nike is a much bigger business, five to six times more lucrative than the NBA. Nike actually runs the NBA. The NBA is a marketing arm of Nike. Nike's relationship with China is the key to all of this."

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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.

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