Glenn Beck: Grace


“Grace” by Richard Paul Evans

GLENN: 888 727 BECK. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. I have always told you that I believe in my sponsors, I believe in the I'm never going to ask you to ever go out and spend a dollar of your hard earned money if I don't believe in something. I promise you that. I know how hard you work for your money. I know how hard I work for my money and I also know that if I ever ask you to do something and then you do and you're like, well, that sucks, you know, it really, it hurts our relationship. The one thing that I tell you that I have really been feeling strongly about lately is and I know it's hard to find it right now on this program because I'm giving you so much information that it's like, "Oh, boy, think I'm going to go in the garage and hang myself." But the one thing that I've really been feeling strongly for the last three months is hope. Hope, hope, hope, hope, hope, hope. And I've told you recently that we have to reconnect with values, we have to reconnect with something of value. I'm going to tell you where you can spend $19.95 today and you will get $50 worth of value and have just a great reconnection with hope and the values that we have been missing. I reconnected with my childhood. I reconnected. When I was a kid, we used to have this we had this house and in the backyard there was kind of this overgrown area and my father helped me build a clubhouse. And I was kind of a loser kid. So it was really only me in the clubhouse. Wasn't really fun, but I remember the time going into the clubhouse and it was like my own secret world. I hadn't thought about that and what my childhood was like for a long, long time. I hadn't thought of that clubhouse in probably 20 years until I picked up the new book for Richard Paul Evans called Grace. In case you don't know the name, Richard Paul Evans is the author of The Christmas Box. Another one of my favorite books, The Gift, came out last year. Just, he is a writer of character, quality and hope and he's with me now. Richard, how are you?

EVANS: Good, glad to be here.

GLENN: This went on sale just the other day and you are already getting people who are coming up to you in the street. Because it doesn't take you long. I think it took me two nights to read. But you are already having people coming up in the streets that have been affected by this.

EVANS: Right. Immediately. Because some of the underlying themes are bringing memories, like you said, out of people, especially people who have been abused in the past.

GLENN: And I have to tell you because, you know, America I mean, if you've been abused, you are going to love this book. Please read this. I picked it up and I think I read the jacket and it was my first kiss, my first love. She was little match girl, though I could see in the future the flame of a candle. I'm like, oh, wow, this is going to be nice, blah, blah, blah. Then I read on and it's like, I can't do this, too, please, no, I can't.

EVANS: It's hopeful.

GLENN: And it's hopeful but it doesn't get in until later on. It doesn't really get into that. It just an innocent first love, first kiss, true to each other, helping each other out. It's great.

EVANS: They're kids. Someone said this reminds me of to kill a mockingbird, what I was doing really heavy social issues. The bottom line is you are reading about these kids and how they are dealing with the world around them. The story's about a young runaway girl and young boy who finds her and hides her in his clubhouse and tries to protect her.

GLENN: Right. And he finds her, he is working at the. He was a guy who decided he's going to capitalize on everything if he will right over here. He will capitalize on all of the advertising from everybody if it's McBurger Queen. I thought that was great. But anyway, he was working there as this kid and he goes out to dump some stuff out of the dumpster and he hears a noise and he spots Grace.

EVANS: Looking for food.

GLENN: Dumpster diving.

EVANS: Right.

GLENN: And he doesn't say anything to embarrass her. If I remember right, he knew. I know it says later that he didn't, but did he really know at the time?

EVANS: Well, he saw her drop the hamburger she was holding but he didn't want to embarrass her. And so later she writes in her diary, either he was very kind or very dumb.

GLENN: Yeah. It's great because it has her diary, little pieces of her diary all the way through between the chapters and so you are seeing what she's not telling him and it is, it's a story of chivalry. It's just great.

EVANS: Thanks.

GLENN: Now, you what I love about do you know Jon Huntsman?

EVANS: Yes.

GLENN: Senior?

EVANS: Yes.

GLENN: One of the greatest guys I know.

EVANS: He is an amazing man. I actually sent him a book.

GLENN: He is not going to read it. I sent him my book. Anyway, he is one of the most amazing men because here is a guy who has made a fortune and he's giving it all away. Tell the story about the first time when you first got the offer on The Christmas Box because you just self published it. That was something that you really had just written for your family, right?

EVANS: Right, as a Christmas present. In fact, I went out my publisher, first publisher was Kinko's. So I went out, made 20 copies and handed them out and they just spread. People started sharing them with each other and pretty soon hundreds of people had read those 20 copies and that's when I decided to try to publish the book. So I sent it out to publishers and they all rejected the story. "A book like this will never sell" and so I self published it because I beg to differ, I think it will. That was 8 million copies ago, just kept spreading and spreading. But we got that first check because at first once it hit the New York Times, then the publishers changed their minds. They all wanted the book. It sold in an auction for $4.25 million. So when I got the check, the first thing I did is like, I made a copy and sent it to my friend, faxed it to him just to bug him. And then Keri and I, who is actually in the studio, Keri and I talked about it, well, what would this do to our family. We went and talked to some financial consultants and they told us these horrible stories about our kids would become drug addicts. I was like, what? Keri said, let's just give the money back, which says a lot about this woman. And I said, hold on a second.

GLENN: Wait, wait, can we buy some stuff first?

EVANS: I've been without money, I don't like that. So we decided we would give back and so it started this process that's become a magnificent obsession. We started building shelters for abused children and we've housed more than 20,000 abused children since we started.

GLENN: That's amazing.

EVANS: Isn't that cool?

GLENN: That's amazing. And you kept the money, too.

EVANS: And she has a nice home. She won't say anything.

GLENN: You know, we talk, because I how much time do we have here, Dan? We have one minute? I sent you the I sent you a copy of my book and had you read it and you've called back and said it was great, blah, blah, blah. We were talking about it and I said, okay, here's the problem. The publisher wants me to change the ending and you said do you remember what you said to me? You said, why? And I said, because they don't understand the redemption part. They don't understand the God part of it. Do you remember?

EVANS: I do.

GLENN: And you said, went through the same thing. They don't in New York they just don't get what the rest of the country just, you know, gets naturally. When we come back, I want to ask you a little bit about the difference between what we see in the media, what we generally read and the courage that it takes to stand up and say, "No, no, no, I know that's what everybody says you are supposed to believe but this is the truth."

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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