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VOICE:  The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism. 

GLENN:  All right, look.  You can't just walk higgledy-piggledy into a socialist state or a fascist state where the government is -- and I know fascism is crazy.  I know, I know.  You know, that would imply that, you know, our president would be firing people, you know, CEOs.  It would be taking over companies.  It would be giving -- a fascist state, what would they do?  They would give giant corporations over to the people, to the workers.  I know that's crazy 55% of Chrysler went to the UAW.  I know, it's nuts.  But let's just say that that kind of activity were going on but in a friendly way.  You would have to minimalize the impact anyone against you would have.  First you would try scare tactics, you would try racist, hate monger.  You would shout anything you could to get them to cower, but there would be a few that would still say, you know what, I don't care about you.  There would still be a few that would be smart enough to be able to defend themselves against ridiculous charges, and as the country was just about to go to sleep from the hypnosis of an administration, there would be a few that would stand up and say, "Listen up.  Wake up, wake up, wake up."  Those people would be successful in waking people up, unless the fascist administration could find a way to silence those voices.  They tried everything else.  How could they do it?  Well, you couldn't convince a people that loved freedom to go in and have something called the Fairness Doctrine to shut down freedom of speech because the majority of people understand that the media isn't telling them the truth.  So there would have to be another plan.  What it would be?  There's several.  There's a new book out, censor ship:  The Threat to Silence Talk Radio.  It's not by some guy who doesn't know radio, not written by some guy who's just some schlub.  It's written by Brian Jennings.  You may not know who Brian Jennings is but people in radio know who Brian Jennings is.  Brian Jennings was a guy who oversaw all of it for Citadel Broadcasting which, Citadel is now ABC.  He's now released this book, Censorship:  The Threat to Silence Talk Radio.  Brian, welcome to the program, sir.  How are you? 

JENNINGS:  Glenn, thank you so much.  It's good to talk to you. 

GLENN:  Okay.  So Brian, I find it absolutely incredible what is happening behind the scenes.  I said a few months ago don't pay any attention to the Fairness Doctrine, they are going to come at this from a different angle entirely.  And the angle that I predicted but you have even more is localism. 

JENNINGS:  Absolutely. 

GLENN:  Let's start on localism, where it is right now and what's coming our way. 

JENNINGS:  Localism is a vague, vague rule within the FCC, Glenn.  What it is, is a force of the media to go to local programming and to require local programming in communities.  Now, requirement again, government regulating speech by requiring something called localism?  It's absolutely crazy that government would even have a whiff of regulating speech in America and that's what this is all about.  But under the banner of localism comes community advisory programming boards for radio stations. 

GLENN:  Listen to this, America.  This is important.  Listen to this. 

JENNINGS:  The FCC in January 2008 issued a 97-page report, rule-making report in which they eight times mentioned they would like to install, mandate programming advisory boards for every radio station in America.  And what that means is this group would have oversight over the Glenn Beck show and every radio station in America.  This group, organized by the community organizer himself, Mr. Obama, would be made up of far left liberal groups like ACORN, like radical Islamists.  They could go in and if you didn't match up to what they wanted to hear on that radio station, they could go in and complain to the FCC, you would be subject to potential fines and license revocation.  They could then reassign those licenses, broadcast licenses to other groups and those other groups would, guess what, force liberal programming onto conservative radio stations. 

GLENN:  Okay. 

JENNINGS:  Simple as that. 

GLENN:  Two things, two things.  First of all, Brian, I think -- and I know you, so I don't think you did this intentionally but it's really a big pet peeve of mine.  It drives me crazy when -- and I do it sometimes by myself without thinking, when people call President Obama Mr. Obama.  We all complain when we would call him Mr. Bush instead of President Bush.  And I know you didn't do that intentionally. 

JENNINGS:  Absolutely. 

GLENN:  The other thing is how much local programming is required from television stations, local television stations?  What is the percentage of programming data that must be local? 

JENNINGS:  Very minimal.  Two, three, four, five percent maximum, it all comes in their news broadcasts. 

GLENN:  Which is an hour, and maybe they are required to do some in the morning which, if you have a local morning show, most likely that's enough to cover the same minimums that television is required. 

JENNINGS:  Without a question, Glenn.  Without any question. 

GLENN:  So the FCC would be saying local television has to have this but local radio has to have more.  So it would tip their hand and show what their real intent is.  Do we know how these people would be chosen to be on this local advisory board? 

JENNINGS:  No, that's really interesting.  The language in this FCC report suggests should they be elected?  They asked that question.  Or should they be appointed?  They don't know.  The FCC is leaving this wide open for interpretation, and they're going to work at language right now trying to determine how they will mandate these boards.  It is just an incredible situation that in 2009 we're talking about regulating speech on American airwaves.  Argentina is looking to roll back this exact same thing.  Are we going to go down that route?  Come on. 

GLENN:  So Brian, so we have localism, which is the way I saw it coming.  But then there's also the new licensing rules.  They want to --

GLENN:  Yes. 

JENNINGS:  Yes. 

GLENN:  Right now how long do the licenses last?  Seven years? 

JENNINGS:  Eight years. 

GLENN:  Eight years.  So a radio station let's their license.  Every eight years they have to go back to the FCC and they have to say, hey, we want our license renewed.  So it gives you an eight-year period to do business. 

JENNINGS:  That's correct. 

GLENN:  They want to reduce that to how long? 

JENNINGS:  There are proposals out there for every two years and three years. 

GLENN:  Which, America, try to -- put yourself as a small business owner.  Imagine that you have to go back to anybody to get your license every two years and you are doing political commentary.  Is there any way into two-year period you would take any risks, you would have any kind of risky speech because the memory doesn't have to be that long and you're dealing with politics.  How does that affect, Brian? 

JENNINGS:  Well, Glenn, this whole effort is about one thing.  They, the far left, want to destroy conservative values in America.  And they know that if they can destroy conservative talk in America, the minority, the only equal balance to all other media, then they have no opposition to their agenda.  And this is exactly what that's about.  They want to destroy conservative values in America, like Charles Schumer, the senator from New York says those traditional values, all that's over and that's what this is about. 

GLENN:  They also are working on something now on diversity.  Explain the diversity laws. 

JENNINGS:  As a matter of fact, today the FCC is meeting and for the first time they're going into what they call diversity of ownership of radio stations across America and they want to force more owners, minority owners, female owners, which is fine, but the way they want to do that is to mandate it and take licenses, broadcast licenses away from current owners.  It's a land grab.  Eminent domain:  Give those to the minorities and then force liberal programming into American airwaves that way.  It's an absolute regulation that purely is aimed at censorship of the conservative voice. 

GLENN:  And this starts today? 

JENNINGS:  This starts today.  And on the board that they have, 31 groups they've invited to this meeting, none of them are conservative, Glenn, none. 

GLENN:  Who are the groups?  Can you give me some of them? 

JENNINGS:  BET, entertainment television, the CB black Entertainment Television network, many, many Hispanic organizations and others. 

GLENN:  Okay.  Brian, again the name of the book is Censorship:  The Threat to Silence Talk Radio.  Brian, is there any doubt in your mind that these kinds of tactics -- that this is not, this is not -- you know, you are just trying to drum up business to sell a book, you are not trying -- this is not scare tactics to get Republicans elected.  Is there any doubt in your mind that if people don't wake up and stand up and protect the right of voices on radio, both left and right, that these voices will be lost? 

JENNINGS:  Glenn, I'm absolutely convinced that the FCC and Democrats want to reregulate conservative speech in America.  I have no question about that.  I've been accused of being paranoid.  Well, guess what, I'm paranoid because Nancy Pelosi won't allow a vote on the Broadcaster Freedom Act on the house floor.  She stood in front of it for two years.  She's brought this on herself.  If she would allow a vote on that, it would get rid of any Fairness Doctrine forever in America, but she won't do it.  It's incredible. 

GLENN:  Brian, how long do you think we have before this really starts to impact radio? 

JENNINGS:  The FCC will have a 3/2 Democrat majority, Glenn, in the next 90 days when they seat their new chairman, Julius Genachowski.  When that happens you can expect the FCC with all five members to go into full motion at that point.  All these rules and regulations have been stacked up in language for years.  They have a real sense of urgency to get something done now. 

GLENN:  Do you think it's going to happen as quickly as everything has happened here in the last 90 days, last 100 days? 

JENNINGS:  Absolutely, I think it's right underneath our nose and that's the mantra of this administration, get it done before people know. 

GLENN:  Anything that Americans can do?  What do they do? 

JENNINGS:  There is a website.  It's called censorshipbook.  But on that website there is a link to a petition.  The Media Research Center put it together.  They are a great group out of Washington D.C., and it will link you right to that petition.  It's our best way to speak because we don't even have a filibuster to rely on now in congress, and I would hope that everybody would sign this and just speak as loudly as we can. 

GLENN:  You know, Brian, let me ask you this.  Again I'm talking to Brian Jennings.  He is the former vice president of Citadel Broadcasting.  That is ABC radio.  You know, I mean, everybody knows the size of ABC.  This guy, you don't know him but everybody in radio knows him.  A serious broadcaster, been in for a very long time, concerned as every broadcaster, whether they will tell you this on air or not, if you know anyone in the broadcast industry, especially radio, they will tell you that radio is in dire, dire trouble.  You are going to lose the ability to say what you believe on radio, and the only reason why radio does so well, talk radio is huge in advertising.  It is huge in listenership.  It is such an impact because the people, generally speaking, that are on the radio, at least nationally own their own show or at least they are part of it.  I know Rush Limbaugh and I, we own our show.  So this is -- I only answer to me.  No other business allows that to happen.  And so there is no other filter.  There is one filter between you and me and that is the call screener.  That's it.  There's nothing else like this and that's why it is so dangerous and that's why it's in so much jeopardy.

Brian, the average person, what do you think happens if Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity's voices just disappear because there's new censorship?  What happens to the -- what is it, about 60 million people total that listen to talk radio?  I mean, what happens to those? 

JENNINGS:  Absolutely, Glenn, 60 million people in America that listen to talk radio.  This is about -- if they take free speech rights away, marginalize them in any way, shape or form, we lose all other freedoms because all other freedoms hinge on your right to speak freely. 

GLENN:  But what I'm asking you is this is the thing that I think puts them in check.  The administration would have to understand that the people who listen to talk radio, no matter what they want to believe, are not hapless, stupid people.  They are very, very bright.  I know my audience is generally speaking, four-year education.  The next in line, I believe, is a six-year education, you know, on top of regular high school.  The average salary I think is $100,000 a year.  These are movers, shakers, entrepreneurs, very, very bright people that listen and they're not community organizers, they are not activists, they are not get on the bus because somebody called and said you've got to get on this bus on Saturday and we'll pay you $5.  These people take charge of their own life.  When they think that their voice or the people, the voices that they trust are being marginalized and taken out and taken away, what do those people then do?  I think they go crazy. 

JENNINGS:  Yeah, the only thing -- well, they haven't seen a tea party yet, you know? 

GLENN:  Are you kidding me?  You want a million man march, that's --

JENNINGS:  Absolutely. 

GLENN:  That's what it would be. 

JENNINGS:  Well, with pitchforks in hand, Glenn.  I think that it is well to speak up now and try to prevent any of this going on with the FCC because they are punch drunk with power and this has been a platform the Democrats have had ever since the Fairness Doctrine was repealed in 1987, they have tried numerous times to reinstate it and they've all failed fortunately because of voices such as yours which have prevented it.  We have to speak up loudly now because it's imminent and I's very scary in America to think that we're on the edge of tyranny.  We really are. 

GLENN:  The name of the book is Censorship:  The Threat to Silence Talk Radio by Brian Jennings, and the website is censorshipbook.com. 

JENNINGS:  Glenn, thank you. 

GLENN:  You bet.  We'll talk to you again.

Stu, you've been in broad -- when did you get in?  Was the first job with radio was with me? 

STU:  Yeah. 

GLENN:  Okay.  So you've only seen the late Nineties? 

STU:  Uh-huh. 

GLENN:  What is the -- because I was in radio when the Fairness Doctrine happened.  I was there.  I saw it before, I saw it after.  I saw it with all the regulation.  You wouldn't believe the kind of stuff that we used to have, and it's not anything like that.  You think this stuff is real, now that you -- you've only seen this freedom.  You think this stuff is real? 

STU:  I think that -- I don't think they are going to come back with the straight Fairness Doctrine but you are right, it's going to be these little drips and drabs, take a little piece with some diversity thing that sounds great and then another thing, a little piece with localism that sounds great and you take a little bit, piece here, there and everywhere and all of a sudden you have nothing left. 

GLENN:  Yeah, they are going to put these people out of business.  These are local radio stations, man.  They rely on your dollars, they really do.  And they rely -- may I say something?  I know I'm going to a commercial, but I mean this sincerely and I do all of my commercials as well:  Please buy from our sponsors.  Not if you don't need it and not if you don't find it a better value of what you're buying.  But if it is of value and you are interested in this, please buy from our sponsors.  Buy from the sponsors that you hear on other programs on this station because it's going to come down to putting these radio stations out of business.  They won't be able to afford to do it.

In one of his first executive orders, President Joe Biden reversed the Trump administration's ban on critical race theory training within the federal government.

Christopher F. Rufo, director for the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, joined BlazeTV's Glenn Beck to discuss what this means moving forward and how you can help defend America's values in your local governments, businesses, and schools.

Rufo, whose research inspired former President Donald Trump's ban on critical race theory training in federal agencies last year, said he's gearing up for a classic David vs. Goliath underdog fight and taking this "Marxist takeover" to the courts, where he's optimistic it'll be ruled not only anti-American, but outright unlawful.

"We're going to wage decentralized, relentless, legal warfare against critical race theory in every American institution, and really flood the zone in the courts," Rufo said. "I think that when we get up, hopefully, to the Supreme Court, I'm confident that we'll win because this stuff is just so toxic, it's so divisive, it's so harmful. I have faith that at the end of the day, the folks within the judiciary — and even the court of public opinion — will be on our side."

Watch the video below to catch more of Glenn's conversation with Christopher Rufo:

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Remember when rooting for your favorite sports team felt patriotic? It's no secret that the sports world has become extremely leftist over the past few years and is now even preaching anti-American ideals in many ways.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn spoke with veteran sports journalist Jason Whitlock about where he believes this all started — and Whitlock tied it back to former President Barack Obama, Nike, and China.

Whitlock first talked about how professional football and baseball used to have a healthy rivalry over which was the most patriotic.

"The military fly-overs, the national anthem before the game, and all of that — the NFL tried to make you feel like the most patriotic thing you could do on a Sunday is go to church and watch football. It was a brilliant business strategy that catapulted football to where it's America's favorite pastime. ... It's something that I authentically believe in: Sports do teach the values that best exemplify America," he said.

"Then China and our competitors figured out, if you really want to influence American culture, you have to get into the sports world," he added.

Whitlock also told Glenn why he believes President Obama and Nike both played significant roles in moving left-wing political rhetoric into the world of sports.

"I'm not some super-harsh Barack Obama critic, but I'm just going to let the facts speak for themselves. Barack Obama intentionally partnered with ESPN because he wanted to speak to that sports audience," he said.

"It was a process of 'let's move left-wing stuff into the sports world,'" he added. "And Nike is a much bigger business, five to six times more lucrative than the NBA. Nike actually runs the NBA. The NBA is a marketing arm of Nike. Nike's relationship with China is the key to all of this."

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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.

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