Gambit



Gambit


by Karna Small Bodman

GLENN: I was down in Florida. I had a few minutes to sit down and talk to an author of, it's called gamut and the arrest thundershower is Karna Small Bodman and she was a reporter for a San Francisco television station and she moved to Washington, D.C. where she was an anchorperson there and then at one point Jim Brady was named press secretary for Ronald Reagan and she was Jim Brady's deputy press secretary. And we had a fascinating conversation. She's writing something for Fusion. She's actually our latest author for our Seven Days series which is in Fusion magazine. Karna, how are you?

BODMAN: Well, I'm great, Glenn. Good to be with you today.

GLENN: How was your weekend?

BODMAN: It was terrific. I was thrilled because this new book came out. Got a couple of great reviews in the Sunday paper. It kind of made my weekend.

GLENN: Get out of here. Did they know you used to work at the White House?

BODMAN: Yeah, but I guess they liked the book anyway.

GLENN: Holy cow. I'm surprised. Usually they won't even review it.

BODMAN: Is this weird or what.

GLENN: So the book is actually, the book is fascinating. It is actually about technology that we have sitting on a shelf some place.

BODMAN: Right.

GLENN: To protect our airplanes. Tell the story a little bit.

BODMAN: Well, actually right now our Department of Homeland Security has had contracts out with a couple of defense contractors to adapt military technology for use on commercial flights to protect against things like, you know, a shoulder-fired missile or something like that. But here's the problem. The technology sitting on the shelf. There's no money to deploy it. You know, the airlines are broke and the Government doesn't want to pay for it. So it's sitting there and yet it's not a stretch to think that some terrorist group some place could get a hold of a couple of these weapons. There are about close to a million of them floating around the world. They make a --

GLENN: Do you remember, was this the -- was the inspiration for this book at all the guy -- remember the guy, what is it, in New Jersey?

BODMAN: Right, right, right. He was arrested trying to acquire a shoulder-fired missile from, turned out to be an undercover agent, thank God. But you see, the problem is these things are floating around. They are making them, Russia, China, all over. And imagine the chaos if, my Lord, somebody were to get a hold of one and try to take down a plane or two. And in "Gambit," the story of "Gambit" is that the White House calls in our missile defense expert, Dr. Cameron Talbot who was featured in the first book, "Checkmate." But anyway, called her back in to try to perfect a laser technique for protecting a plane. Now, you know, the whole process for protecting our commercial airliners is actually, it's not that expensive. Okay, yeah, costs about a million dollars a plane. That's less than they pay for, you know, the audio system on a plane. And so --

GLENN: Is this the same kind of technology -- I know El Al will never say what they have on the planes but you know they've got stuff on their planes. Do you think this is kind of stuff El Al has on their planes?

BODMAN: I don't know exactly what they do have but I know they have protection systems and people that fly on those kinds of planes are willing to give up a little fancy service in exchange for security. They really are. So in the story of Gambit, you know, the trouble is it kind of shows what could happen while we're sitting around, you know, just waiting. But, you know, lest you think it's all technology or, you know, all scary parts, which it is, it's a thriller, there's also a relationship thing in there, a little romantic, the highest levels of the White House. We're trying to make it realistic here, okay?

GLENN: I'm uncomfortable. Wait a minute. Realistic? Are you saying that there was something, there were things going on in the Reagan White House when you were there?

BODMAN: No, no, no, that is not what I'm saying. I'm just trying to say the book does reflect some aspects of life in Washington, a little political intrigue here and there.

GLENN: Let me ask you this. I mean, you worked at the Reagan White House.

BODMAN: Right.

GLENN: I just talked to Michael Reagan last week and I said how sick are you of hearing politicians say I'm like Ronald Reagan, and that was your dad. Do you see any politician out there that you think has the qualities of Ronald Reagan? Is there anybody out there that you have seen?

BODMAN: Not exactly. Of course, now I sound like an old Hertz commercial. Look, I love it when they are all trying to be Ronald Reagan: It shows that they admire what he did. I mean, all of his policies and his personality, especially his policies, if they would all adopt some more Reaganesque, you know, positions, I think we would be in a lot better shape.

GLENN: I was going to say they don't even understand his positions. They don't understand his values.

BODMAN: And that's what the man had, Glenn. He had values going in. He had built enough over the years. You know, these were his core beliefs in, you know, reduction in tax rates, homeland, you know, being strong and peace through strength, individual responsibility. You know, he is the kind of a person who would subscribe to the line that free enterprise is the enterprise of free men, you know? I mean, his whole key was the spread of freedom. Now, he used to say, people say they want peace. You could have peace if you just went through the streets and locked up all the dissidents. You would have peace. But that's not the answer.

GLENN: I mean, you were there, you were there as deputy press secretary when he was meeting with Pope John Paul, II, et cetera, et cetera. I was talking earlier today that we are repeating the end of Russia, the end of the Soviet Union except we're now the Soviet Union. There's a Cold War going on, they're spending us to death. We're in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden is really on their side, not our side. The oil thing, I mean, the pressures are early similarly, are they not? Or is it just me?

BODMAN: Well, there are some different pressures because, you know, we had a different, quote, enemy at the time. And now we are facing Islamic fascism.

GLENN: Right, but I mean the pressures.

BODMAN: Remember back in Reagan's day the assassination of Sa'adat? That was by Islamic jihadists. You know, they were running around that getting stronger and stronger. But okay, so it's a slightly different set of circumstances but the important values and keys still remain and that is, you know, being strong at home, building up your defenses, you know, being as strong as you can internationally and standing up for what you believe in. Look, these people, they hate our system of free enterprise, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion and especially the way they treat women. And so we've got to stand up for our values and not just say, oh, well, you know, let's all get along, you know, and be naive about the whole thing. So when you talk about the candidates, it's kind of like a thriller. It's real scary out there.

GLENN: The name of the book is "Gambit." It is on sale now. She is also the author of "Checkmate," which is the first book. The "Gambit" is a political thriller. It's the stuff that you're going to -- it's the stuff that somebody at some point when the plane comes down in this way, they are going to go, oh, my gosh, did you read this book. You can get it available at bookstores everywhere. Of course if you would like to read that chapter as well as the chapter of the other best selling authors like Brad Thor, Ted Bell, et cetera, et cetera of Seven Days, you can get that in Fusion magazine. Call now, 888-Glenn-Beck or go to GlennBeck.com. Don't miss another chapter including Karna's chapter and her name of the book again is "Gambit."

The Omicron variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.