Glenn: ‘Get Involved’ but ‘Be a Human Being First, Political Animal Last’

In an era of political struggle that is often petty, sometimes we need to hear stories of real human struggle to regain perspective.

Glenn shared a moving story about a nun who had been persecuted and was trying to fight for Christians in the Middle East on radio last week. She was called in via Skype from the Iraqi desert — where she lived in a metal shipping container — to share her message about what was happening to Christians in Iraq.

Not at all concerned for herself, the nun focused on her message. “She said, ‘Thank you so much for helping me get the word out,’” Glenn remembered. “I broke down.”

America is at a crossroads in this time of conflict.

“This is when we actually decide, which way are we going?” Glenn said.

He encouraged people to stand for their principles while still remembering that being human is far more important than being political.

“Get involved and allow yourself … to be a human being first and a political animal last,” he said.

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When we started the Nazarene Fund two years ago, somebody asked me this just the other day: What started that? That was me sitting in my office -- or, sitting in my studio. And Johnnie Moore had just come by, and he had said, "There's a huge problem. We -- these -- these Christians and Yazidis are just being crucified and sold into slavery." And he said, "We're trying to get these 50 families out." He and Mark Burnett, I think 50 families out.

And they needed a million dollars to do it.

And I -- I said, "We're going to help you on that. We'll raise a million dollars. We'll get them out."

But what happened just before that was the turning point. I was on television. And there was a nun who was trying to get to the United States, just to testify in front of Congress on what was really happening to these Christians.

And we had a Skype interview with her. And she was living in this -- this container, cargo container, and it was in the middle of Iraq. And it was in early August. In the desert in Iraq.

Now, mangle, living your life in a metal box in the middle of the Iraqi desert in August. I don't think that's very cool. You know, there's no windows. There's nothing. And she's broadcasting her Skype on phone, in the middle of this container.

And she was talking about how she needed help to get into the United States because people needed to hear the message. And she was talking about everything. And she wasn't complaining about her situation at all. And it was weird. Because I almost had tunnel vision. I stopped listening to her. And I'm just looking at her in this metal box. And I'm starting to imagine what just her life is like, and that she's not asking anything for her. She's not saying, "Hey, help me. Help me." She's saying, "I got to get to the United States because the people here are suffering. Not me. The people around me are suffering."

And I thought to myself, what the hell am I doing with my life? I'm sitting in this air-conditioned studio, and here's this woman actually standing up in a time that is beginning to look like the 1930s in several places around the world.

And I'm sitting here doing, what? And she said, "Thank you so much for helping me get the word out." And I don't know if you saw that episode, but I just -- I broke down. Not unusual for me. I broke down. And I just said, "I'm sorry, Sister, but I haven't really even listened to what you were even saying. Because I just realized, what am I doing with my life? What are we doing?"

That was the moment for me that I decided to get involved. And there's been some other things here recently, I've -- I told you recently. And we'll go over it this fall, as we go on. But I want you to know, I've -- look, I've told you about the Nazis rising up ten years ago. I told you about the communists and the Nazis. And showed you that this has happened in the 1900s, the early 1900s under Wilson. It happened under -- it happened under FDR as well, the Nazis and the communists. They fight. And they closed down shippings, and they try to close down ports. And they try to close down capitalism. Both of them. Both sides.

And Americans have to be good enough to navigate between those two things. Told you about that for -- ten years ago.

And I've warned you for a long time, these things are about to come. And when they do, they will be overwhelming. And even the very elect will be lost, even the people who you love and adore and really get it, they're going to be lost, because it's going to be overwhelming.

As I said to you over the last probably month, something deep inside of me has changed. The seasons have changed. We are in a new era.

We are -- we have finished writing the beginning of what America and the world is going through. And we're now writing the all-important middle. This is when we actually decide which way are we going? You're watching a three-act play. The first shows you the life that people had before and then the conflict. And then the second act is them going through the conflict, and it leads to a pivot point or a choice. Curtain.

Then act three. How do they solve it? We're now entering act two.

And I -- I urge you to look at the possibilities in front of us. I urge you. The good possibilities. I urge you to look at the -- the -- the wake-up call that we're getting right now.

Because this is going to go back to politics, just like it did after September 11th. It's going to go back, and it's probably going to be worse than -- than it was a week or so ago. This is a chance for you to strengthen yourself, to find shelter, to find peace, to find your heart again, and to figure out, okay. If I don't want to go back to feeling that way, how do I guard my heart? How do I stay there? Because the lions are coming again to rip us apart and use politics and economic strife to do it.

Get involved. And allow yourself -- it sounds so weird. But allow yourself to be a human being first and a political animal last.

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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