Blue Skies, No Fences



BECK:  I told you yesterday that we need to start building freedom libraries in our own homes. We have to start teaching our kids what our culture is really all about, telling them the story. Have you told your kid the story of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree? Have you done it? Have you told your kids the story of Abraham Lincoln walking five miles to return a penny? We need to make sure we don't lose these stories because we're losing touch with who we are and it's being taken. We'll get into that here in just a second.

But it's not coincidental that Lynne Cheney is on the phone with me and Mrs. Cheney has just written a new book that is available now, Blue Skies, No Fences: A Memoir of Childhood and Family. Hello, Lynn, how are you?

CHENEY: I'm good. It's a pleasure to be with you.

BECK: Tell me your history because weren't you a teacher or a librarian? What is your history?

Blue Skies, No Fences: A Memoir of Childhood and Family

by Lynne Cheney

CHENEY: You know, I started out to be a college professor.

BECK: College professor?

CHENEY: And, you know, what with one thing and another, I actually did television for a little while and I've decided though after all of these byways that I'm a writer and that what I love doing most is what you're talking about.

BECK: Yeah.

CHENEY: Is helping people understand our history better, encouraging the study of history. If we don't know where we came from, it is honestly true that we don't understand how lucky we are.

BECK: Oh, we have no idea, and I am so afraid ?? I mean, you have been watching the news and you have seen that, you know, in our universities they won't let people speak. We're not ?? we haven't become more tolerant. Our society has just changed targets, and I'm so afraid that we have lost or we're losing our history. When the new Superman movie comes out and Superman stands for truth, justice and nothing else.

CHENEY: That's interesting.

BECK: One generation, we have lost the American way.

CHENEY: One of the things that I do in this book is talk about how it was in the late Forties and early Fifties and how we studied heroes in school. We didn't have something called President's Day. We had Washington's Day and Lincoln's birthday and we knew the details of their lives and they're figures that we could admire. And, you know, I think a lot of that has been lost as you're saying. And what good parents do is try to recover that part of the culture and make sure that their own children have it. We need to keep encouraging the schools, of course, to teach about the heroes of the past, but meanwhile very good thing for parents to do is to be sure the kids know that story, use time at home as a place to tell those stories.

BECK: How do you ?? if I was to assemble a library, what would be ?? where would you even begin? If you were putting together a freedom library, as I've called it in my house, and wanted to make sure that I had the quintessential stories of America, the most important books on America, I mean, where would you start? Washington's Book of Virtues or the ?? where would you ?? 

CHENEY: Well, you would want good biographies of our great leaders and that's an important place to start. You know, kids should know, start with four Presidents, start with Washington, start with Lincoln. I'd put Teddy Roosevelt on the list. Think who you want for the fourth one. I mean, I think Ronald Reagan deserves to be right up there.

BECK: Yeah.

CHENEY: Be sure that they know the lives of these Presidents. But there are also, what I talk about in Blue Skies, No Fences are hidden heroes and sometimes you can find those ?? in fact, most people can find those in their own families. In my family, for example, it was people who struggled. One was a Mormon convert, a woman named Kotura who was converted as a very young woman. She was a servant girl, probably never been more than a few miles from home, made her way across the ocean, made her way up the Mississippi on the Missouri. Her young husband died. A few months later she had a baby and the baby died and she kept going, you know, and if she hadn't kept going, if she hadn't made her way to Utah where she met my great-great-grandfather and the two of them married and their sixth child was my great-grandfather, you know, I'm so lucky to have this story in the background. Nobody else besides you and me and now your listeners has heard of Kotura, but she is one of those hidden heroes. And in the freedom library, those stories belong, too. Those stories of men and women who aren't in museums, who aren't in history books but who with just a little effort whose lives you can make come alive for your children. And I think those stories are such a good entry point to history for them.

BECK: Yeah, I ?? my wife and I keep journals, and we write down our ?? we write down our current history and what our thoughts are and where we came from and where we're headed and what we think of the world. And as I write them, I try to write it every night ?? I don't make it ?? but as I write it, I think of the future generations that will read it and have a better understanding of ?? you know, one of the problems is you go to Washington, D.C. and you see that statue of Abraham Lincoln and he becomes almost a God and you forget that he was a man that was just like you and just like me and just ?? you know, we struggle to find the right course and the right answer and it's only through that struggle that we make it and we become a better person.

CHENEY: One of the lessons that my mother taught me, I talk about this in my book, that her lesson was people are just people. And she was ?? she taught that lesson to me, the first time I remember, in connection with race. We had very few African-Americans when I was growing up in Casper, Wyoming girl in the book the first time I saw an African-American person. A man was getting on the bus and we were riding a city bus and my mother, I think, probably understood that as a very young child I was liable to say something very loud and tactless. So she whispered to me, Lynnie, it's just like clouds: Some are dark and some are light. In other words, she was saying people are just people. You know, we shouldn't worry about difference when it comes to race. We shouldn't worry about difference when it comes to religion. But I've also found that lesson very helpful when it comes to thinking of historical figures, people of great fame and celebrity. Underneath it, people are just people, and greatness is not achieved easily. Lincoln had many struggles, and I think letting our children know about the ways in which his life was hard is a very important part of teaching them about him.

BECK: Have you been keeping a journal, you or your husband, during these years?

CHENEY: Oh, occasionally I'll jot something down. The stories I like most are little kid stories, you know, some of the funny things my grandchildren do. They live, for part of the time anyway, in the sort of rarified atmosphere of, you know, high political office and they are very grounding, you know. They bring you right down to Earth every time.

BECK: Yeah. How strange is it going to be for ?? I would imagine so much relief. How odd will it be to now be out of public life when the ?? you know, after you leave office?

CHENEY: You know, Dick and I have been through these transitions before. I think that my being a writer, it honestly doesn't make a lot of difference to my professional life. I loved writing Blue Skies, No Fences and I, you know, hope to go on writing and encouraging the study of history. I've become very interested in family history. And in the back of this book I point out some of the ways that people can begin to find out more about the heroes and heroines in their own past. I want to continue that. So, you know, we've been through these transitions before. There's no way of predicting exactly how life will be, but I suspect there are going to be some threads that will continue.

BECK: Are you at all concerned that your husband will be remembered as ?? I mean, he's almost Darth Vader now the way the media has made him. He's almost Darth Vader. Are you ever concerned about setting the record straight or looking into, you know, years and years down the road to say, I hope that history finds a little justice or humanity and it's not just this axe to grind?

CHENEY: Well, you know, when I get outside of the beltway, I get outside of Washington, D.C. as I was this weekend, I went to Wyoming and was doing a book signing for Blue Skies, No Fences and I had so many people ?? I mean, I think almost everyone who came through the line said, you know, we want you to know that we are so proud of what Dick is doing.

BECK: Yeah.

CHENEY: And if you get outside, outside the chattering classes, Americans out there who are getting up every day, raising their kids, working for a living, they know that this President and this vice president have done a superb job.

At 9/11 I think none of us would have thought we could go six months, maybe not even six weeks without another attack. It's now been well over six years and there hasn't been another assault on our country, and that is no accident. They've set in place policies, they've set in place programs that have kept us safe. They've done it, you know, with the Democrats screaming wildly at them about half the time, but they have done that. And I think when the history books are written, that's going to be the story. That's the story that children will be learning in, you know, another 100 years, how in this time of crisis we had two men, we had a President, we had a vice president who were men of great determination who kept this country safe.

BECK: You talk about in your book about the family and about meeting Dick. What is the ?? what has been the hardest night of your life with him, with what ?? with what was happening in the world or whatever was going on, what was the time that you anguished all night?

CHENEY: Well, it was 9/11. You know, I think there's a tendency right now ?? I read the papers in the morning and I see people saying, oh, my gosh, we can just quit worrying; the Bush administration is fearmongering, you know, they are trying to make us afraid and, you know, we live in a very perilous world, and I certainly recognized that in a deep way on 9/11. We looked out ?? we forget the details. We looked out and we saw those towers under attack.

I can remember Dick asking, we were sitting in the Situation Room how many people are usually in those towers and he was told 50,000 people. Now, 3,000 deaths was a great tragedy but, you know, at that moment we thought it could be so much worse, and there are all sorts of scenarios that you can come up with. If you can imagine Iran, for example, a country that has exported terrorism, a country that has vowed the destruction of Israel. If you imagine Iran with a nuclear weapon, you know, the possibilities of 9/11 are multiplied so many times over.

So it was that night, and I think that night has become a metaphor to me for the dangers we face, and I think it should be a metaphor for all Americans. There are things that we need to fight against with great fortitude and ?? 

BECK: You know, it is amazing to me and I mean, you have been in the field. So you may have a different perspective on this. It is amazing to me how it seems as though our country, we are under attack from almost every angle. We are under ?? somehow or another communism or socialism isn't a bad word anymore. It's not a thing to be feared. Somehow or another we've been positioned in our own minds as the bad guys, as the oppressors. We have ?? we're losing our borders, we're losing our culture, we're losing our history, and the American people ?? and not all of them, and I think you'll agree with me. When you go into the center of the country, they are much more alert but yet they are not on alert. They understand what's happening to our country but they don't think it could ever happen to them. How did this happen to us?

CHENEY: Well, we should not let the media off the hook. I write in Blue Skies No Fences about how we did not have cynicism in our hearts to the degree we do now, and we didn't see that kind of cynicism, for example, in reporting on the Korean War. When there was a necessity of a retreat, when the Marines were trapped at the Chosin Reservoir and they had to retreat, the report in my local hometown paper credited this retreat as being one of the most skillfully executed in history. In other words, you know, people look at the military and gave them a break. Now you got the "New York Times" giving a special discount to call General Petraeus a betrayer of our country. Now you've got the new Republic promoting the falsehoods of this young man in Baghdad saying that American troops are, you know, using their Bradley fighting vehicles to run down dogs and to ?? sitting in mess halls and making fun of people who have been disfigured in battle.

BECK: How does that ?? 

CHENEY: This is all not true. That kind of cynicism I think does put people off their guard and we need to be on our guard.


BECK: The USA Today has a front page story today I found amazing. Front page story today couldn't find the troop reduction ?? for the last couple of weeks I've been looking. Can't find troop reduction. The reduction in violence in Iraq has been reduced now by 70% since the troop surge. Can't find that anywhere. Today that number was on the front page of USA Today but only in a way that the Pentagon was asking for more money by using bogus numbers because the snipers with are not as bad as they were recently and why is the Pentagon asking for all of this money. And I thought, that's the only way they'll talk about a reduction of violence is if somehow or another somebody's done something wrong.

CHENEY: You know, I am privileged, because I'm married to Dick, to spend a lot of time with military men and women. And one of the comments I hear time and again when people have come back from Iraq is we do not recognize the story that the media is telling the American people. It does not seem to reflect the experience that we had when we were there and, you know, I just find this so ?? I find it sad and I find it alarming and it's something that we need to be aware of so that we can, you know, look for the good that's there. And you have to look for those good stories, just as you were looking for, you know, the fact that the strategy in Iraq seems to be working, but who's going to know that when they have to dig the way you did.

BECK: Talking to Lynne Cheney about her new book and I just want to ask you this final question on how much ?? how important is the role of God in today's America?

CHENEY: Well, you know, I hate to put God and polling data in the same sentence but if you do a survey, you find that people are deeply religious.

BECK: I don't ?? 

CHENEY: We're the most religious nation on the face of the Earth.

BECK: I don't mean it that way. I mean for our success and for moving forward and just being the country that we always have been, how important do you believe the role of God is?

CHENEY: I think it's very important and I think it's been very important since the beginning. One of the things I try to do when I write children's books is make sure that I include the quotations from the founders that talk about the necessity of seeking guidance from divine providence. There are some wonderful, wonderful quotations that don't make it into the history books usually because we've tried to secularize it. I love George Washington's letter to the Jews at newport, which is a wonderful statement about religious tolerance. I have Ben Franklin's statement at the Constitutional Convention about how prayer got us through the Revolution. So time and again you saw this in the beginning. I can't imagine we have ever had a President that hasn't found himself on his knees while he was in the White House. It is such a big job, such a blessing we've been given, and the presence of God in our lives could not be more important, could not be overstated.

BECK: Name of the book is Blue Skies, No Fences: A Memoir of Childhood and Family by Mrs. Lynne Cheney. Thank you very much.

CHENEY: Thank you.

BECK: You bet. Bye bye.


11 things you can do to help stop the Great Reset

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The foundation of the American way of life is freedom from tyranny, which can only exist in a nation that defends the rights, powers, and property of individuals and families. Over the past two centuries, the greatest threats to liberty have come from governments, both foreign and domestic. And from the beaches of Normandy to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Americans have repeatedly conquered the challenges placed before them by those seeking to extinguish or limit individual rights.

However, over the past few years, a new, potentially catastrophic danger has emerged, but not primarily from the halls of Congress or state capitols. This threat to freedom has largely emanated from the board rooms of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful corporations, large financial institutions, central banks, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Economic Forum.

In an attempt to secure vast amounts of wealth and influence over society, corporate CEOs, bankers, and investors, working closely with key government officials, have launched a unified effort to impose environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards on most of the industrialized global economy. ESG standards are also referred to as “sustainable investment” or “stakeholder capitalism.” According to a report by KPMG, thousands of companies, located in more than 50 countries, already have ESG systems in place, including 82 percent of large companies in the United States.

ESG standards are designed to create a “great reset of capitalism” and to “revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions.” ESG supporters plan to enact these radical changes by using ESG schemes to alter how businesses and investments are evaluated, so that instead of focusing on the quality of goods and services, profits, and other traditional economic metrics, companies — including financial institutions — are evaluated largely on their commitment to social justice and environmental causes and then assigned scores so that companies can be compared, rewarded, or potentially punished.

Supporters of the movement for a Great Reset also plan on using technology to limit free speech and privacy rights, and they support creating vast new government programs that are designed to transform the Western economy via the Green New Deal, European Green Deal, a federal jobs guarantee, and basic income programs.

Together, the proposals that make up the Great Reset represent the most serious threat to freedom in the West since the fall of the Soviet Union and perhaps since World War II. But there is hope. We can stop the Great Reset, but only if we act quickly and with great conviction.

Below are 11 steps you can take to push back against the Great Reset. These steps represent a powerful bottom-up, grassroots approach to the Great Reset’s top-down plan to remake the world. Although many of these steps won’t be easy for everyone to take, they are essential for ensuring that our children and grandchildren will grow up in a world that protects the rights of individuals and empowers families, rather than wealthy special interests, financial institutions, and large corporations.

1. Live Not by Lies: The time for remaining quiet is over. When you hear or see something that you know to be false, speak up. Be kind, generous, and compassionate, but do not, under any circumstances, allow lies to infect your life. Further, do not support organizations, publications, politicians, schools, or any other institutions that regularly promote false claims.

2. Buy Local: The reason the Great Reset is so powerful is because so many of us have become totally dependent on large multinational corporations. They can be easily manipulated in a way that small, local businesses cannot. Learn to buy local, whenever possible, even if it means spending more money on your purchases. Yes, big corporations offer conveniences and low prices that many small businesses can’t compete with, but those benefits come with a great cost: your freedom.

3. Bank Local: Big financial institutions and banks are driving much of the Great Reset movement. They have started to use their incredible wealth and power to alter society by financing only those businesses who agree to the terms of the Great Reset. This problem is going to get worse, so it’s important to find local banks and credit unions you can trust and who refuse to utilize ESG scores and other discriminatory schemes.

4. Support Local Farms: If you live in an area that has local farms and farmer’s markets, consider buying as many of your groceries as possible from farmers. In the future, food production and distribution are going to change dramatically. It’s important that you support local farmers and build relationships with individuals who can provide you with the goods you need in a time of crisis. One of our main goals must be to make local communities as self-sufficient as possible, and that cannot happen unless we support local farms.

5. Be Vocal: After starting to shop and bank locally, be sure to tell big financial institutions and corporations why they have lost your business. They need to know that their decisions have serious consequences.

6. Run for Local Government: Local and state governments will soon be our most important defense against the Great Reset. Consider running for your local school board, zoning board, or even for a state legislative office. If you don’t feel qualified for these positions, find someone who shares your values and help them run for office. If we don’t have control of our local governments, we won’t be able to halt the Great Reset.

7. Demand That Your State Pass Laws Against ESG Scores: In America, states have a tremendous amount of power to slow the Great Reset and protect their citizens from abuses by large corporations, banks, and international institutions. They can do this by passing laws that make the use of ESG metrics and other, similar systems by financial institutions illegal, when used as a precondition for banking services, financing, investment, etc. ESG scores are, by definition, discriminatory and should be made illegal by state lawmakers who care about protecting their citizens’ rights.

8. Make Responsible Spending a Key Issue for Politicians: In recent years, politicians on the ideological left and right have totally abandoned responsible fiscal policy in favor of vast money printing and loose monetary policies. The many trillions of dollars that have been “printed” in recent years put our economy at risk and are being used to fuel the Great Reset. Without these trillions of dollars of printed money, it would be exceptionally difficult for governments and financial institutions to buy off corporations.

9. Organize Anti-Great Reset Groups: No matter where you live, there are Americans in your community who do not support the Great Reset — Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike. Find like-minded neighbors and organize a local, peaceful resistance. Find people you can trust and agree to support one another when times get tough. Now, more than ever, we need to develop dependable communities.

10. Buy Property and Diversify: Property ownership is going to become increasingly more difficult in the months and years to come. It’s important that you work with a qualified financial adviser to help you figure out the best way to buy property and diversify your investments. Buying hard assets, including real estate and precious metals, could be a good way for you to protect against the Great Reset and a possible financial collapse. If you already own property, resist selling it to large corporations and financial institutions, whenever possible. (This is not financial advice, and I’m not a financial adviser. Talk to an expert you trust before taking action!)

11. Make the Great Reset a Litmus Test for Politicians: Before supporting politicians, find out if they know what the Great Reset is and what they plan to do to stop it. If they aren’t familiar with the Great Reset or don’t have a plan to halt it, then demand that they learn about the Great Reset and develop a proposal to prevent it. Political leaders who refuse to take the Great Reset seriously do not deserve your support. This is the key issue of our generation.

Scott Quiner was transferred over the weekend to a hospital in Texas after doctors in Minnesota threated to terminate life support measures as he battled severe complications from COVID-19. Scott's wife, Anne Quiner, appealed to the courts for a restraining order to prevent the hospital from pulling the plug as she sought a new facility to provide medical care for her husband. Scott was unvaccinated when he tested positive for COVID-19 in late October, 2021.

Anne and her attorney Marjorie Holsten joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Thursday to describe their frantic efforts to halt the hospital's decision to turn off Scott's life support — allegedly because he was unvaccinated — and just how difficult it was to get him the medical treatment he needed.

"It was absolutely stunning," Holsten told Glenn. "[Anne] came in and she has this order, I saw the screenshot from the [online medical] chart that said [Scott] is basically scheduled for execution at noon the following day."

According to Holsten, the Minnesota hospital responded to her appeal for a restraining order by claiming that the "position" to keep Scott alive "is not supported by medical science or Minnesota law. As a result, Mercy will ask the court to issue an order that Mercy has the authority to discontinue Mr. Quiner's ventilator and proceed with his medical care plan."

"The 'medical care plan' was the plan to discontinue the ventilator at noon, which leads to death very shortly. So that was at 10 o'clock, but then at 11 o'clock, before the 12 o'clock execution, the judge did, in fact, sign an order saying the hospital is restrained from pulling the plug," she added.

Anne told Glenn that doctors in Texas were shocked by Scott's condition after he arrived from the Minnesota hospital. Not only had he been given dangerous drugs, he was also found to be “severely malnourished."

"The doctor [in Texas] spent two hours with Scott and when he came back out, he said, 'I don't know how he even made it, how he even survived that other hospital ... but I will do everything I can to try to save his life,'" Anne explained.

"And the doctor [in Texas] said Scott was the most undernourished patient he has ever seen," Holsten added.

"Glenn, we are first bringing this battle to the court of public opinion," Holsten continued. "What we are showing the world is that Scott was near death because of the protocols used in that [Minnesota] hospital, but now he is recovering. He is getting better.... Now, we're not planning a funeral, we're planning for his release."

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The Great Reset is not just an elitist idea — it’s not even a socialist utopian concept. It’s a real-world fascist threat to every American from Wall Street to Main Street. It’s happening now in policies and cultural shifts big and small, obvious and subtle, from environmental promises to corporations going woke. But the mainstream media, global elites, and politicians brushed off the Great Reset as “nothing to see here.” Another myth they push: “The World Economic Forum is just a conference for elites who have no REAL power.”

Glenn Beck first exposed the Great Reset almost two years ago, and the globalist cries of "conspiracy theorist" soon followed. They said he believed the WEF was a “master cabal calling the shots from some evil underground lair.” But Glenn Beck never said that. Instead, he uncovered the true intentions of global leaders in finance and politics by simply highlighting their own words.

This week, the same global elites are doubling down on their agenda at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda virtual event. But still, the global elites — like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — are trying to downplay the WEF’s influence to stop people like us from interfering with their plans. The oligarchy will prosper in the new world order they’ve designed. You will not.

So Glenn unveils a master chalkboard based on his best-selling new book to outline the threats from globalists and why we must stop their agenda if we hope to keep the precious freedoms we still have.

Watch the full episode of "GlennTV' Below:

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Kim Iversen, journalist, YouTuber, and host of "The Kim Iversen Show," reacted to Glenn Beck's appearance last week on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" by conceding that, while the subject of Beck's new book, "The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First-Century Fascism" might at first sound "a little bit loony," closer analysis confirms "this isn't such a crazy conspiracy theory after all."

"Glenn Beck was on Tucker Carlson's show last week touting what has been called a right-wing conspiracy theory and discussing his new book, 'The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First-Century Fascism'," began Iverson on The Hill's "Rising."

"Well, maybe that all sounds a little bit loony — and believe me, I do think Glenn Beck tends to be a loon," she quipped. "But, maybe this isn't such a crazy conspiracy theory after all. And after seeing everything we've seen with the governments enacting all sorts of authoritarian controls and many other conspiracy theories coming true, maybe there's something to be concerned about. So, what is the Great Reset? The name even sounds conspiratorial, but believe it or not, it's a real thing."

Iverson went on to explain exactly who is behind the Great Reset, what their agenda entails, how they are using the COVID-19 pandemic to "to rebuild society in a way the global elites see best fit."

"You'll own nothing and you will be happy: That's what they're saying," Iverson explained. "And with inflation sky high and no signs of it slowing down, they might be right. We are on our way to becoming a nation of renters, but don't worry it's nothing to fear ... don't worry, everything is being done under the premise that this is all ... being done for our own good, the benefit of a collective society, and we will be happy," she added sarcastically.

Iverson concluded by asking, "Who thinks it's a good idea that a bunch of corporate millionaire and billionaires and world leaders are getting together and coming up with what's best for we the little people? I mean, who thinks that that's a really good idea? And who thinks that they are going to be doing it for our benefit? But, of course they're going to frame it like 'Oh, this is good for you. You're going to rent. You'll own nothing and you'll be happy. Don't worry about it' ... When you look at the actual list of partners with the World Economic Forum, they control everything. They control media. They control health. They control business. They control everything, and so then it does become, how do we people fight against that?"

Watch the video clip below to hear Kim Iverson break it down and don' t miss Wednesday night's special episode of "GlennTV" on BlazeTV’s YouTube channel.

Iversen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to discuss what The Great Reset is and how YOU can help stop it. Watch the video clip from "The Glenn Beck Program" below:

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