Glenn Beck: The Council of Dads


Bruce Feiler’s new book is The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me.  To watch a video of the first-ever meeting of The Council of Dads, and to download tips for starting your own Council Moms or Council of Dads, please visit www.councilofdads.com. 

GLENN: The Council Of Dads, Bruce Feiler is I don't mean to impose my friendship of him, but is becoming a friend of mine, a written and a man I deeply respect. He wrote the book that I told you about, America's Prophet, that is just eye opening. It is really a fascinating historical look at America and the role that Moses played in America. He wrote this book called the Council Of Dads and he has also written something for the website under the family and relationship section at glennbeck.com (link: The Council of Dads).

He writes, Last fall, Glenn Beck invited me on his radio show to discuss my new book, America's Prophet, about the influence of Moses on American life. That visit initiated an ongoing conversation about faith, family, and America. What Glenn didn't know as he reached out to me was I was involved in a much deeper personal struggle that taught me more about faith and family than I have ever known. In July 2008 I learned that I had a seven inch cancerous tumor in my left femur. I instantly worried about my three year old twin daughters and what life might be like for them. Would they wonder who I was, would they wonder what I thought? Three days later I awoke with an idea of how I might give them voice. I would reach out to six different men from all parts of my life and ask them to form a Council Of Dads. The men ranged from my oldest buddy to my newest pal. I asked each of them to teach a different lesson to my girls, how to live, how to travel, how to think, how to dream. I asked them each for a single page to convey to my daughters. Their answers ranged from how to take a trip, be a traveler, not a tourist, how to make your dreams come true. Don't see the wall. One counseled that even in hard times, they should even harvest the miracles around them. These answers were intended for my girls, but they have ever made me a better dad.

He's put it now in a book, the lessons that he learned from his friends and the lessons for his daughters, you might have read about it in the "USA Today" weekend section, I think it was last week or the week before.

Bruce Feiler and the Council of Dads. Bruce, how are you, sir?

FEILER: Always nice to be with you and since you just, I guess, Facebook friend requested me on the radio show, I should start by accepting your Facebook friend request.

GLENN: That's somebody else doing that. I didn't ask you to be my Facebook friend. So, Bruce, tell me the biggest thing that you learned through this experience and how it would relate to somebody who's not going through a life threatening illness.

FEILER: Yeah. I think that it's interesting that this idea came out of a life threatening situation for me but I don't think it's about cancer and I don't even think it's really about parenting. I think at its heart, the idea behind the Council Of Dads is about friendship, about building a bridge between your friends and your family and inviting your friends to play a more active role in your children's lives and I think that to me what the idea is at its heart and I think that people what are responding I'm in Washington this morning. I'm not in New York and I did an event last night which is interesting to watch. I've never had this experience. I think you had it with Christmas Sweater, when you have this emotional connection, when you've written something

GLENN: Yeah.

FEILER: that people want to do something with and a woman there, she had lost her husband. She bought one for each of her grown children so they could feel connected to their father. Somebody else who had just lost her father bought a copy of Council Of Dads to give to her mom on Mother's Day. A man that lost his father 38 years ago bought six copies to use as a way to invite their friends into a council. And I have to say, I was thinking, you know, in anticipation of talking to you, I went back and looked at some of the things that you outlined in the 9/12 project and I was just interested that you one of things that you felt compelled to say was that family is sacred, like there is something out there right now, it's, like, somehow there is an anti family idea out there, they conspire almost against having friends and I think why I wanted to write this in a book was to sort of inspire people and move people to remember that thing that is at the heart, like, I come from a town in Georgia and I think in a lot of ways this book for me is a way of capturing the values that I had growing up that we've lost, a way of having an extended family around us with your children at the heart.

GLENN: How difficult was it for you to think I mean, I've how difficult was it for you to think my kids I won't be there for them and then to choose the people that you said, Okay, well, this guy, he's got this piece of me and he understands this piece of me and he'll be able to explain when they have when they have doubts or questions or their they're going into college, he can be there to explain this one piece?

FEILER: Well, as a father, you think about and I've sure you've gone through this many times yourself with your own children, I might be curious to now how your mind works in this way, do you think, oh, the boys I'm not going to scowl at or the aisles I'm not going to walk down or what am I going to say the night before they have their first child or the first time they get their heartbroken and for me it was about voice and I wanted to reach out to these friends and it was a Linda, my wife, joked that it was like having six marriage proposals, to sit down with these men and ask them to play this role in my girls' lives, but it was what they started telling me that was so transformed this idea of being a traveler, not a tourist. When you travel, go out there and don't just look in the mud puddle but jump in and thrash around and get covered in mud. And I know you have that philosophy of really engaging life and I remember the first time I had one of these conversations with these men and I went to my wife and said, you know, their advice is not just going to change our daughters' lives, it's going to change our lives, too, and I think that is really the secret of this. We did it for the girls but it's really helped us because I think it says to your kids, I mean, you know, you've spoken about your dad and I'll be curious, I mean, you've learned a lot, you've spoken a lot about the ability of fathers and families to be at the heart of America, to, like, say, You can come through a difficult situation and do you know what? You end up stronger. I feel safer now, having this idea and I feel so much better because I actually wrote this down in a book to give to my kids that people can pass around an it's inspiring people in their own lives to say, what would northbound my council and what advice can I give to my children and it begins this conversation and if the Council Of Dads can inspire that conversation in America, then this has been a real gift in my life.

GLENN: I just started a new diary. You know, I put it on a shelf. I finish one and I put it on a shelf and I just finished one and I went back to the beginning of it and I realized, wow, I've written two since this point and I went back to look. The first pages in the diary that I started September was about 40 pages just to my daughter. I wrote it as I was listening to the counsel she was being given by her college and they were sailing, Hey, you're a freshman and you're going to get this, and I'm sitting there listening to it and some of the things I wrote, I hope you disregard this, what he just said, but I wrote several pages on just advice. I haven't given it to my daughter. I planned on it and then I thought, I'm going to write it out nice and I never got around to it and now it's more in my philosophy and I think this is kind of one thing that people could do, like you say, you wrote it down, I think your children, if they can read your diaries later in life, when they are your age, they will see that you're no different, you think your parents are perfect or they know or and so you say, gosh, I don't know how my parents do this, because I'm bluffing. They were, too. We just don't tell you that when we're scolding you, because if you know we're bluffing, you could win. Do you know what I mean? So, just making a diary of your thoughts and your philosophy also makes a difference and is a Council Of Dads like, wouldn't you say, in a way, because wasn't part of your idea to be able to pass on who you were to your children and have them know when they had questions, how you would have

FEILER: That's exactly right. And I think one of the reasons that I came out from wry experience with was leave something behind for your kids and I think if my book is inspiring people to do that is correct that's from. As you know, in the book I went back and I my grandfather was an old fashioned southern man, didn't speak a lot. It turns out when he died, he left behind 28 cassette tapes, 28 cassette tapes, and I went back and listened to them. No one had ever listened to them in my family. And it was I felt he was kind of alone because he didn't have anyone to talk to, but he was telling me stories in these tapes and it was clear he wanted somebody to listen. My father, my favorite chapter in the Council Of Dads, one of them, is on my father. He's a man of a lot of wisdom. He's done a lot of things and I was able to put them into the book, but they're very short. I mean, he makes Twitter look long. And here I spent an entire book writing a book about wisdom for my children and I think that what there's kind of this evolution of manhood and what people are saying to me my wife is very funny on this topic. She was, like, I would listen to you have these conversations with these men. It turns out you guys were talking about balancing work and family and your feelings, even your weight, and your fears in life. It's exactly what the moms would talk about at preschool drop off. And she was, like, The woman are looking at this book as king of a peek into male intimacy, like what you guys talk about behind the locker room door or when you go fishing. And I think people are craving it and I think this one of the things that I think connected you and me in that first conversation we had about America's prophet Was this idea of you saying you wanted to teach your children the love of history that you have and the fact that you were able to get a big idea that really inspired you and bring it back to the human level of it's about passing on this love to your children. That's when I thought, do you know what? Glenn and I have this interest in the world and in history but also in your family and it's something we have in common.

GLENN: Yeah. I think everybody does. When it all comes down to it, you know, the old cliche, when you're on your death bed, you know, you never say, Oh, I wish I would have spent more time in the office, there is I have a couple of times in the last couple of years that one was and I thought I was having a heart attack and the time to the hospital was

FEILER: Oh, wow.

GLENN: terrifying and I remember being in the car and, you know, my wife was, like, you know, you're not driving, you're not driving and I'm trying to act all no. It's nothing. And we get halfway to the hospital and I said to my wife, I'm trying to tell her this without not freaking her out and I got very quiet for a long time because I realized I was trying to figure out how do I say this to her, but it was overwhelming and I said so her, Honey, when you drop me off, if something looks like it's going wrong, just go back and get the kids and it was such a stunning moment that where everything is in perspective, that it is really, when it coming down to it, it's nothing, nothing but your family and your kids. It's a great new book. It's called the Council Of Dads. It is available everywhere by Bruce Feiler, who is an artist with words. You will love this book and you will fall in love with Bruce Feiler as just a decent, decent human being. The Council Of Dads, Bruce Feiler, available everywhere now. Bruce, best of luck.

FEILER: Talk to you soon.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a transgender activist called for a "Supreme Court Assassination Challenge" on Twitter, according to screenshots captured of the now-deleted tweet.

Activist Eli Erlick, a founding member of Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) and creator of the controversial "gender identity" teaching tool for children called the "Gender Unicorn," tweeted and later deleted the disturbing remark on Friday, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) also caught a screenshot of the tweet before it was deleted.

"The unhinged radical left is calling for the assassination of our Supreme Court Justices. That's not the way to disagree with a decision in America. It is unacceptable, and Biden’s DOJ must immediately act," Blackburn responded on Twitter.

Erlich then tried to play off her call to assassinate Supreme Court justices as a hilarious joke only Gen Z and Millennials would understand, apparently not understanding the seriousness of the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just three weeks ago.

Erlick isn't the only Left-winger to make incendiary calls since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Here are just a few examples:

  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on people to “defy" the Supreme Court.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for people to get “into the streets” alongside radical communist leader who wants to 'overthrow' the American system.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) yelled "F*** Clarence Thomas" on a public stage for all to see and hear.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh lied to Congress.
  • And of course, "TheView" host Whoopi Goldberg issued a disgusting racist threat toward Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program, BlazeTV hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere took a look at these and other stunning examples of leftist lunacy over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Many members of the far-left already are calling for a ‘Night of Rage’ after the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the White House has been discussing plans to defy the ruling too. In fact, one idea floated by Biden Administration officials, according to the New York Times, includes providing abortions on military bases. So, will America experience another summer of riots? Are YOUR taxpayer dollars at risk? And what does this mean for deep-blue states? Josh Hammer, legal expert and opinion editor for Newsweek, joins Glenn to discuss what may come next...

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GLENN: Josh Hammer, he's the opinion editor of Newsweek. He's the host of the Josh Hammer show. He is really quite brilliant. One of the leading minds in the conservative movement, I think. Josh Hammer joins us now.

To tell us, what did you find in this decision?

JOSH: Glenn, great to be back with you, on such a momentous, and really such an emotional day, honestly. So, you know, look, as you said, this dropped recently. Funny enough, I was in the middle of getting a guest lecture from an organization on the advisory board as to when it drops. So I barely had any time to kind of skim through, let alone guess the concerning dissenting opinions. But it looks like this looks very similar, to the draft opinion that was leaked, by the Politico story, a month and a half ago, in early May. And I think those of us who were praying that the five justices from this leaked draft opinion, would have the fortitude to stiffen their spines against this unprecedented assault. Now knows that our prayers were answered, Glenn. That's really my takeaway right now.

This looks a lot like the leaked opinion. Justice Thomas and Justice Kavanaugh have some reconcurring opinions.

But unbelievable. And really just holding aside the constitutional law stuff for a second hear. Just speaking as pro-lifers, on a day like today, I think we really just need to pause. And I tweeted this out earlier. We need to just be grateful for our half century of pro-life activist forbearers. You know, this -- Glenn, this issue could have gone away after 1973. That was a long time ago. 1973. I mean, this issue could have just gone away. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the pro-life moral activist. Political activist. And, of course, yes. Legal activist. Who fought day in and day out, that makes sure this great injustice stayed front and center of our national, political conscience. And in many days, the culmination of a half century of fighting for truth and justice. But in many ways, it's also a new beginning for the pro-life fight as well, interestingly.

STU: How do you mean a new beginning for the fight? I just it's going to turn, I think we're going to see abortion turn even darker in those states that allow it. Is that -- is that what you're meaning by this?

JOSH: Well, look, for a half century now, Roe vs. Wade, and its project any, specifically, the Planned Parenthood versus Casey case of 1992.

They took away from the states obviously. They arrogated authority away from the states, the ability to attempt to nationally codify one view of the morality of abortion.

It happened to be a profoundly immoral view. So these -- the fight now shifts to the states. And the pro-life activists. And all the 50 states. Especially, obviously in red states. Purple states. I mean, admittedly some blue states like New York and California, probably won't be able to touch them there.

But we have to make sure that our side is well positioned in the state Capitols for every red, purplish, probably even light blue state, to make sure we fight for successful, cogent, and morally consistent pro-life legislation. The state of Oklahoma, actually, just north of Texas. Right where you are now, Glenn. They have been leading on this actually. Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law, a fantastic pro-life bill there in Oklahoma. A few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago or so at this point, that basically just bans abortion straightforward from conception. And there are some -- you know, obviously, likable the mother. So forth. But we really need to start thinking about trying to craft legislation now, at the state level. But to your point, I do fear that the blue states will only double down in their radicalism. Unfortunately within that will only lead to an ever greater divide, in our country, that we have today. But obviously, at the end of the day. We're going to save at the end of the day, millions and millions of unborn children. We are going to save human beings who can grow up to cure cancer, who can win Nobel prices.

I mean, this is just a tremendous win for the human species. I don't know how to say it other than that.

GLENN: I will tell you, I saw the stat, that I think it was last year or the year before. 20 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion. 20 percent.

JOSH: Wow.

GLENN: That is -- that is a shocking number. And we do have our -- our work cut out for us. Because I -- I think that these states are going to double down. But I think, you know -- God doesn't waste anything. You know, there is no waste with God. Even the -- even the worst things that could possibly happen, turn out to be something good. You know what I mean? You're like, holy cow, how did that just happen.

And I think that evil is going to fully come unmasked. I'm telling you, Josh. I don't know how you feel about this. I think this could be the day of America's Kristallnacht. I can see these pro-life centers being burned to the ground today. They're calling for a night of rage around the country. I think evil is going to show itself. And that will scare the American people, hopefully.

JOSH: You know, I've been thinking about this a lot this week, actually. Because I've been bracing for a new kind of George Floyd summer of love, happening this summer. Coming to a city or suburb near you. Unfortunately, myself. Look, I live in Florida. I know, Glenn, you live in Texas. It is in moments like this, where I do think that where you live matters. And who your mayor is. Who your governor is, matters.

Because law and order and rioting and anarchy is not really a federal issue. It is to a limited extent. June 2020, Tom Cotton wrote this op-ed that was pretty controversial at the time.

I happen to agree with it. Where he said, quote, unquote, send in the troops. And there is some federal legislation from the reconstruction era that would justify that.

But most kind of quelling and quashing of anarchy does happen. Constitutionally speaking, at the state and local level. So at a moment like this, where I fear that you're probably not wrong. I take some solace. That Governor DeSantis is my governor. I think Texans should take some solace, that they are represented by -- by a Republican governor. The legislature there as well. So I -- I fear that you are right. I pray obviously, that no one -- it's hard.

I fear that it's something -- that something bad is happening. At the end of the day, of course. It does not mean that justices cannot do what they are supposed to do. So thank God they did that.

GLENN: So, Josh, have you looked into what the White House has been saying? The White House yesterday. In fact, do we have a clip of -- of this?

What the White House said yesterday, about the guns. And then they were turned to the -- the Scott us ruling, for Roe vs. Wade. Do we have that, please?

JOSH: Will the president accept this decision, even if he disagrees with it?

VOICE: I think it's going to come from the Supreme Court. So it's a decision we certainly are going to respond to. I'll leave it at that. Just like any other Supreme Court decision. Just like the one they did today on guns.

GLENN: So the White House won't say that they're going to accept it.

Which I don't think they will. They're talking now about taking doctors and moving them into places like Oklahoma or Texas, where abortions will be outlawed. And putting doctors on our military bases to perform abortions.

I mean, where does this go, when you have a government, that is in defiance of -- of one branch of the government?

JOSH: So there's a lot to unpack here. So we should start from first principles. The idea of judicial supremacy, and this is a peculiar thing, to say on a day like today, where such a pro-life victory has happened in Italy. But if we're going to be consistent here, the idea of judicial supremacy. The idea that the justices, have the sole and exclusive ability to interpret the Constitution for themselves. And no other Constitutional actor, in article one or article two, let alone the state. Has the ability to tentatively interpret it. That is erroneous. In fact, actually it was really Abraham Lincoln actually, who in the Dred Scott case, famously opposed judicial supremacy and flouted the Dred Scott ruling, at least as it pertains to everybody other than Dred Scott himself. I have actually argued, a former legal scholarship, in a law review article actually, that the Laconian view of how each branch of government should interpret the Constitution for itself, is correct.

Having said that. Having said that, there is a thing called prudence. And there is a thing called comedy. And in a moment like today, when it really does look like -- and I agree with you, that we are now bracing for riots through the streets. When the political rhetoric is at DEFCON one. When people are trying to assassinate Supreme Court justices. I think it would be -- at its bare minimum, a profoundly imprudent act. For the Biden administration, to try to undermine this ruling.

Now, what they might do, is they might try to kind of issue some kind of executive orders, or issue some regulations, that might try to kind of undermine it, at the edges here. But at the end of the day, the idea that this returns to the state. There's not really a whole lot they can do about that. Basically, at this point, throughout the country. Kentucky within West Virginia. Kansas. Whatever. If they want to go ahead and ban abortion, what can the Biden administration literally do about that? I mean, short of sending in the National Guard, to protect Planned Parenthood, if the state legislature of Kentucky goes ahead and bans it. There's not a whole lot they can do. And it's very difficult to envision a world, in which the Biden administration literally sends in troops to red states, to protect Planned Parenthood, if that state legislature goes ahead and bans it. So for practically speaking. This is a lot of tough talk and rhetoric. Obviously the campaign here in 2022. There's not really a whole lot that practically speaking, they can do to actually prevent red and purple states from enacting pro-life legislation.

GLENN: I'm glad to -- I'm glad to hear that. I know that they have been working on things. I mean, he has said, you know, there's executive orders, that I can employ. There are things that I can do. He's talked about a national public health emergency. Which I think is just -- is crazy. But I would hope, that the president would come out and say, we strongly disagree with this. And you're right. The court is not the end all. But the court did not end abortion. It just said, the people should decide. I think that's the best kind of court ruling, on any of it. The people should decide what this is. And send it back to the states. Josh, I thank you very much. Appreciate your time. Was there -- there was another ruling, that came out today. Was it important?

JOSH: Oh, no. In comparison to this. A total nothing burger. A 5-4 decision on Medicare reimbursement related. So nothing, honestly.

GLENN: Great. Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Josh. Josh Hammer, opinion editor for Newsweek. And the host of the Josh Hammer show.

GLENN: There are two things trending on twitter right now.

Number one is praise God.

Number two trend is Night of Rage.

Good verses evil.

Build up or tear down.

'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

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Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

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We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.