Who needs the government? Oklahoma wildfires bring out the best of America.

What do you think about America right now? It’s hard to be positive if you glance at even a few seconds of news on any given day.

Still, there is much to be thankful for and celebrate about this country. As a nation, we don’t spend near enough time on that. We need more reminders about the ways Americans still know how to love their neighbors.

The wildfires that raged across the western part of Oklahoma last month devastated cattle grazing lands, scorching an area the size of Chicago and New York City combined. For the surviving cattle, the most urgent need is food. Thank goodness for Washington, DC and Oklahoma City then, right? Government to the rescue!

Actually, the heroes are total strangers from states as far away as Michigan and Montana. These strangers have been hauling truckload after truckload of emergency hay to western Oklahoma. Organized via Facebook, and an old technology called word-of-mouth, the donated hay has been pouring in, thanks to regular folks --- not the government.

A man from one of the hardest-hit towns in the state boiled down the Good Samaritan hay help like this: “If we waited on the government, we wouldn’t have it.”

One tiny town has volunteers working 12-hour shifts, distributing donated hay at the town’s rodeo grounds. Without the emergency hay, many ranchers would be forced to sell their already decimated herds.

When it comes to serving people, you don’t wait for government aid or permission.

Two brothers who raise cattle near the Kansas-Oklahoma border drove two tractor-trailers with 64 bales of hay to the ranch of a man they’d never met. The brothers understand what the man is going through. Their family’s land burned last year and hay donated by strangers saved their herd. Now this man’s 100 cows will be able to survive too.

“They think it can’t get any worse,” said one of the brothers, “but when these loads of hay come in, it gives you hope.”

As a nation, we need to reconnect with this idea that when the chips are down, as Ronald Reagan put it, “government is not the solution to our problem --- government is the problem.” Ultimately, America will be okay because of its ordinary citizens --- people who still know how and strive to do the right thing.

When it comes to serving people, you don’t wait for government aid or permission. You just get busy helping.

Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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Glenn Beck: THIS is why Biden nominated Merrick Garland as attorney general

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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"All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference," said holy anointed billionaire Bill Gates. Green activism has been around for decades. But what used to be wacky has now worked its way into the world's power structure. You must believe the science. You cannot question the science.

The Texas power failure provided America with a disturbing and deadly preview of the Great Reset. But Bill Gates, AOC, and other Democrats say this only proves we need to enforce MORE green policies.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck reveals how deep the Great Reset tentacles reach into government and business to strangle freedom and their efforts to control every aspect of your private life.

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Why are we letting criminals out of prison while putting pastors in? Pastor James Coates of Canada's GraceLife Church was recently fined, arrested, and put in maximum security prison for violating lockdown rules.

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to discuss the story. Ezra said he's noticed a trend of government officials "picking on" Christians as "lockdownism" becomes almost a new kind of religion, and warned this might be just the start of more persecution to come.

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