Glenn Beck: Heroes for My Son

Heroes for My Son

By Brad Meltzer

GLENN: My son said to me one time about, oh, I don't know, eight months ago, we were reading a Bible story and I said, that's a hero, huh? And he said, well, no, he can't fly. And I called a friend of mine, Brad Meltzer who is a guy who actually writes, you know, the Superman comics and is also a thriller author and everything else. Brad, how are you, sir?

MELTZER: I'm good, sir, how are you doing?

GLENN: Very good. You said you felt the same thing. You wanted real heroes for your son and you were — when I called you a few months ago, you were in the middle of writing this book that is out now, Heroes For My Son.

MELTZER: Yeah. On the night my son was born eight years ago, I said I'm going to write a book that lasts his whole life and I'll give it to him one day and we'll share it and it will be terrific. And I actually started the book with just lessons. I wrote down, I opened my book that I keep my ideas in and I wrote the lessons he was going to live by and number one said love God and number two said be nice to the fat kid in class, and I was going to teach him these lessons. And then a friend of mine told me this story about the Wright Brothers, two heroes of mine. And every time that the Wright brothers used to go out to fly their plane, they would bring enough extra materials for multiple crashes and that means every time they went out, they knew they were going to fail and they would crash and rebuild and crash and rebuild and that's why they took off. And Glenn, I love that story. I wanted my son to hear that story and let him know that if he had a dream and he followed up on it and worked hard, he could do anything in this world. And so I said I'm going to give him that, real heroes, and that's going to give him proof, absolute proof, not just sayings, which are nice, but absolute proof that anything in this world is possible. And so I've spent nearly a decade now collecting these real life heroes.

GLENN: And it's not stuff like — I hate the way we have painted George Washington. "I cannot tell a lie" on the cherry tree. That's a bogus story.

MELTZER: That's myth.

GLENN: Why would we make up a lie about a guy who's telling the truth? That's incredible.

MELTZER: That's what I wanted my son — and that's why I was really fearful. I said here I have my boy and what we do with these heroes, whether it's the founders or whether it's Martin Luther King, Jr., we turn them into myths. You know, we're a country founded on legends and myths but that doesn't mean that we have to forget our real history. And the real history is the best part. So I put in the book, I didn't want to write about just great people. I wanted to find a single moment that made them great and to me George Washington, it's when he's at the height of his popularity and he can easily declare himself king of America, right? Everyone could have followed. He could have had power for the rest of his life after the revolution. And King George says to the painter Benjamin West, he says, what's George Washington's plan now? And West says, well, they say he will return to his farm. And King George said, if he does that, he's going to be the greatest man in the world. And that's what Washington does. And he does it again when he leaves the presidency a couple — after a second term. And to me that's his greatest, most fine moment, which is when he puts his faith, as it says in the book, not just in his country but in us. He trusts us to lead ourselves. And, you know, you say to somebody — you tell me the guy's the first president. That's good, he got elected and that's great. But you show me what he gave up and I will show you the man.

GLENN: Real quick give me Abraham Lincoln.

MELTZER: Abraham Lincoln, absolutely. You know there's a thing today called political suicide. And political suicide is when you do something that you know is going to get you killed that no one else agrees with. And Abraham Lincoln in 1858 when he runs for the Senate against Steven Douglas, Steven Douglas represented what most people think. And Douglas said the blacks had no rights, he said they weren't entitled to, you know, life, liberty, but suit of happiness. And Abraham Lincoln disagrees and he stands up and he speaks his mind. And you know what happens? Abraham Lincoln loses and he goes home with nothing. It was absolutely political suicide and let me tell you something, it was worth it. And I want my son to hear that story.

GLENN: Do you think he knew that he was going to die?

MELTZER: That's a good question. There is — you know, I actually got contacted after one of my novels by one of John Wilkes Booth's relatives and who, you know, basically got in touch with me and I got in touch with some of the other family members who kind of sought me out because they said they had a story for me and, you know, it's a wild —

GLENN: You know, I have to tell you, Brad, in today's world that's not, that's not something that you want to be on the Glenn Beck program. Now the story will be, on the Glenn Beck program, Glenn Beck spoke to author Brad Meltzer who had shadowy contacts with —

MELTZER: I know, sorry.

GLENN: — presidential assassin family. See what's happening here?

MELTZER: You don't say that?

GLENN: You are going to be in jail, man, for going after Lincoln. I always knew it would be Brad Meltzer in the end.

MELTZER: Listen, we write the history books, we rewrite them all the time.

GLENN: That's right. The name of the book is Heroes For My Son. Brad Meltzer. It's available everywhere. And I know this sounds simple, but this is part of the key, teaching our children about real heroes. Not legends, not myths. Real heroes. Heroes For My Son, Brad Meltzer. Thanks, Brad, talk to you again.

MELTZER: Thanks, Glenn.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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