Glenn Beck: 'Brace for impact'

US Airways Plane Crashes in NYC's Hudson River, Everyone Survives

GLENN: Yesterday on U.S. Airways Flight 1549, there sat a passenger. His name is Don Norton. He was on board. Don was up working in the New York area and flying home, if I'm not mistaken, Don, is that right?

NORTON: Yes, that's correct. I was up there on business for my company, Lending Tree, and we were flying back home yesterday.

GLENN: So -- and you've made this flight before?

NORTON: Not this exact one. I've been to New York many times but not this exact time flight.

GLENN: Right, right. And at what point did you sense trouble?

NORTON: Well, as soon as, you know, we had taken off from LaGuardia and we were a few minutes in. Then I heard a loud bang. You know, the engine -- I mean, I was sitting on the wing approximately. I was in 11F. So I was right over the wing. I heard a loud bang from that engine. So we knew something was wrong, and the engine looked like it had stopped working. We actually smelled something burning, but I didn't see any fire. So we didn't, you know -- the pilot started banking to the left and we -- and it just seemed, he still seemed to be in complete control. So it didn't -- we really weren't -- most of the passengers weren't really that nervous at that point. And it was probably a few minutes later as he started to, I guess try to gather his bearings and figure out where he was going to land, you know, we saw water over the right side and I was like, okay, what are we going to do. And then he -- at that point he got on the radio and he said, you know, he said, this is the captain speaking; brace for impact. And then as soon as he said that, you know, I put my head down like they told us and then --

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. You skipped some parts here. Wait a minute. There was the bang? Did they -- the stewardess say, you know, we're going to land, did anybody say that there was problems?


GLENN: Nothing?

NORTON: There was no communication from the flight attendant or the pilot until he said "Brace for impact."

GLENN: Then what did they say?

NORTON: The flight attendant kept chanting over and over put your head down, brace for impact, put your head down, brace for impact. They chanted it over and over again. I assume that's what they were trained to do. That's why I didn't skip anything because there was no communication. I'm assuming that the pilots were trying to figure out what they were going to do.

GLENN: So there wasn't any panic because you guys didn't even know you were going to land in the water. You didn't know that you had lost both engines.

NORTON: No. I mean, I think the passenger, put the two together, the passengers on the left side said they saw flames shooting out of their engine but I don't think we put two and two together that we had lost both engines.

GLENN: So at what point did you -- I mean, did you have a moment like I'm flashing through my life or anything like that before --

NORTON: After he said brace for impact, not so much that but I was saying, please, God, don't let me die; please, God, don't let me die. But also I was looking at the instructions on the door because I knew I had to open it because I was the one closest to the door.

GLENN: Holy cow. Holy cow.

NORTON: I'm surprised I had the wherewithal to think about that and then as soon as we hit, it was jarring but it really wasn't that bad, all things considered. And then I got up out of my seat, I opened the door and I threw it out the hole and then we started streaming out onto the wing.

GLENN: Did you -- let me ask you this: Did you listen to the instructions when they were talking to you about the door before you took off?

NORTON: No. I mean, I've heard that. You know, I think we all gloss over it, you know. When we're on planes, we hear it over and over again. I did not listen to the instructions at all. I mean, we don't think it can happen.

GLENN: So were you the first out on the wing?

NORTON: I think I was because we were all, we were trying to get out and because I had to go out the door a little bit in order to throw the door out, you know, into the water. So I was the first one on the wing. And then I mean, it was very, very, very slippery. I almost fell in the water a couple of times. I started, you know, inching down the wing a little bit and others followed behind me. We tried to -- there was an emergency chute that didn't come out, but it was flipped over and upside down and we couldn't get it flipped back over. So -- because we wanted to but we couldn't. But I mean, there wasn't a lot of panic because they had ferries coming at us from all directions, we saw helicopters. The water was freezing cold.

GLENN: Did you -- I've heard two stories. I've heard that people were pushing and shoving inside, that there was chaos inside. And then I've heard that it was calm and orderly and kindly.

NORTON: Yeah. I mean, it may have been some pushing and shoving in the back because I mean, from what I heard that, you know, the back part of it was under water. They may have been panicked a little bit more. But at that time I was already out of the plane. There wasn't a lot of panic on the wing, I think partially because we just, if there was, I think people would have just all fallen in the water.

GLENN: How long were you on the wing?

NORTON: Probably, it felt like an eternity but it probably was a couple of minutes.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

NORTON: The ferries were coming. You know, they were coming close. We're like, come on, come on, come on. I guess they didn't want to come that close because they were afraid to clip the wing and knock everybody off. One by one we started jumping in the water and climbing on the ferry ladder.

GLENN: Don, is anybody a hero or did everybody just do what they were supposed to do?

NORTON: Oh, that pilot was an absolute hero. I mean, he did a phenomenal job. The fact that we're all alive can all be attributed to him.

GLENN: I'm wondering, did you meet him afterwards?

NORTON: No, unfortunately. I saw him but they kind of, they whisked him away pretty quick. But I didn't -- I'd like to meet him. I think a lot of the passengers have said that. I want to give that guy a hug.

GLENN: The speculation is on my part at least that he didn't land in Teterboro because they are equal distance really. I mean, where he landed and where he could have landed on land is pretty much the same distance, at least it looks like that to me. I have a feeling that he chose in case things really get bad or in case something happens, I'm not going to kill a bunch of people; it will just be us that go down. Do you have any idea as you've been thinking about it in the overnight that maybe that --

NORTON: I suspect that maybe he didn't think he would be able to keep control if he veered off too much. He stayed pretty -- once he made that turn, he made that sharp turn and then we were going down over the Hudson, I'm guessing he probably didn't think he could really make another turn that easily.

GLENN: Have you had bumpier landings on the ground?

NORTON: I wouldn't say that. I mean, it was bumpy, you know. I've had bumpy landings but this is probably the most jarring. It wasn't that bad, though.

GLENN: How long did it take you to stop?

NORTON: You know, probably a few seconds. Maybe, you know, five, ten seconds max. I mean, the plane did, it did turn a bit and then at one point it did turn actually leaning more toward on my side of the plane. So the wing did go in the water and I could see water on my window and then it leveled off. And that's when we -- when that happened and that's when we were all -- you know, we went into action, you know, get out of this plane.

GLENN: Were you worried that the plane was going to sink right away? Did that cross your mind?

NORTON: It did cross my mind but once we were on the wing and I saw that the wing really was staying afloat for, you know, for a decent amount of time and I wasn't worried too much because we saw, immediately we saw the ferry boats. I mean, as soon as we looked out the door, there were ferry boats everywhere.

GLENN: Yeah. They're heroes, too. All right, Don, thank you so much, and thanks for being somebody who's like, "Wait, I can't read the instructions. I don't know how this works."


GLENN: Thanks, man, I appreciate it. Best of luck to you.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:

Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.


America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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