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Stu's disclaimer - If your children are learning anything from Glenn, you are a terrible parent.

STU: I want to know if you are going to apologize for your television last night.

GLENN: What did I do on -- don't even -- if you are thinking about what I think you're thinking, don't even bring it up.

STU: No, I think I should bring it up because I think that -- well, first of all, there may have been --

GLENN: This might be a marriage thing, Stu. This might be -- you might be treading into territory -- are you talking about with Ben Stein?

STU: Yes, with Ben Stein.

GLENN: This might be something that you don't want to bring up because -- get in trouble last night. I was --

STU: Oh, you are saying that's going to make me not want to bring it up?

GLENN: No, no. Listen. We talked about cap and trade. Remember we talked about your wife with cap and trade and I did this whole bit about how, you know, you've got to put age limits on your women and you just, you cap them and then you trade them. And your wife just turned 30 and so we did this big deal. And my wife got a note from somebody that said, your husband, I can't believe -- make him sleep on the couch. She didn't listen to the show and so she didn't know and so I told her and we were at dinner last night. She said, what is this all about, this cap and trade thing and I told her and she just shook her head and looked at me and said, you are amazing. And I said, it's funny, cap and trade. She said, do I get to trade you? And I said, yeah. You trade me in for Michael Eisner.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: That didn't really make it much better, but she had a good sense of humor about it.

STU: By whose perspective.

GLENN: Yeah. So she -- what?

STU: Nothing.

GLENN: So she, you know, she has a good sense of humor and she knows me. Last night she's watching the television show and I'm sitting next to her and Ben Stein comes on and I said... and Ben Stein, we're talking about this new law in Sarasota County where they can -- where they're going to test you. You can't have smoked for at least a year. And if you smoke even at home, car, any time, you smoke, you can't work for the county. Now, here's where the problem is. The problem with this is universal healthcare, sorry, it's coming. If the government says I'm not going to give you a job and I'm not going to give you insurance if you smoke, well, what about all those poor uninsured people? What about those 43 million Americans that just won't be able to have health insurance? What about them? And by the way, the government is making money off of cigarette taxes. So they need smokers. They should be handing out cigarettes to children because they keep raising taxes and they keep saying, well, it's only because we don't want people to smoke. But they're making money on it.

So you've got the cigarette tax thing, you have universal healthcare. And what's next? Fast food? The BBC, there was a story in the BBC yesterday that said the obese are causing all of the world's ills. That was the headline. You're kidding me, right? Fat people? We eat too much, we -- takes more gas and fuel to bring our food to us because we eat more food. Costs more to drive us around because we're heavier. The obese are the cause of all the world's ills. So when does that happen? When universal -- I'm telling you it's all going to be tied into universal healthcare. It's coming.

So we did this, and Ben Stein, I called him before the show and I said, stop on the way and get a hamburger, will you? And he just laughed and he said, really? I said, yeah. And he said, I love doing your show. So we didn't even talk about -- nothing. So he starts eating -- at the beginning of the show he turns to the camera and he was going to start eating when we were talking because he did two segments. He was going to start eating while we were talking about oil. And he turned and I said, what are you doing? He said, I want to eat. And I said, eat on your own time. And so then he knew, oh, I guess I don't want to eat on this story. So then a half hour later he comes back and he had been -- I've been watching him in the monitor. He got a bag of -- I mean, he's just eating McDonald's. He's just watching the show being taped and he's just eating McDonald's. So we get on the next one and he starts to eat his McDonald's and little does he know I also went to McDonald's and I got a pack of cigarettes. And so we come back and he's eating and he's talking about how bad it is and then they come back to me on camera and I've got a cigarette in my hand and it's lit and I take a drag off the cigarette, which, I haven't had a cigarette in 20 years. Ughhh, I couldn't get the smell out of -- oh, it was just horrible.

So I'm sitting there on the couch and it was -- Stu, funny?

STU: It was very funny.

GLENN: Very funny. And we should put the clip up on the website.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: And so we're sitting there on the couch and I said, oh, this is funny. And Ben is just really, really funny and then they come back to me and I'm smoking a cigarette and coughing and he's talking seriously about whatever he was talking about. And he stops and he looks down at his monitor and he says, are you smoking a cigarette? And my wife, she turns to me and she said, what are you doing? And I said -- this is the moment -- I mean, every guy has had this moment where your wife -- where you think you're doing something funny and you realize, uh-oh, wife doesn't find this funny. Have you ever been in that situation?

STU: Of course. Then you try to find a way out.

GLENN: Yeah. And so I said -- she said, what are you doing? And all of -- right then I went, uh-oh. And so I said, "Comedy." She said, what? And I said, "It's comedy. I'm just doing something funny on TV." She said, "We don't smoke." And I said, "I know. But it's funny." And she said, "Oh, so it's just comedy smoking." And I said, "Yes." And she said, "We don't smoke." And I said, "I know, but I wasn't smoking. It was -- it's like I'm an actor. I'm just, I'm just, I'm pretending to smoke. I didn't..." this is the worst thing I should have said. "I didn't inhale."

STU: You did not say "I didn't inhale."

GLENN: "I didn't inhale." (Laughing). She said, "I thought that one didn't work for you." I said, "Honey, it was just comedy. It was just, it was just for comedy." She said, "We don't smoke!" And I said, "But look. See, I'm coughing. I'm not glamorizing it. It's not like you're looking at me going..." she said, "I can't believe you. I can't believe you." And she was so pissed at me. And she said, I can't believe you would -- and I just, I didn't know what to say. So I threw my friend under the bus.

STU: What do you mean?

GLENN: Well, we hired as a company our first Mormon.

STU: You did? You've broken the Mormon barrier on the program.

GLENN: I've broken the Mormon barrier.

STU: Congratulations.

GLENN: We've got like 40 employees. I finally hired one. Poke him with a stick. How does that feel, freak boy? So I said to Tania -- because he came down afterwards and he said, I'm watching your -- I'm watching the show. Were you smoking? And I said, "Yeah. It was funny, right?" And he went, "Yeah, it was funny, but you were smoking." And I said, "Yeah, but it was funny." That should have been the tip-off to me to not watch the show with my wife. Me, no, I don't get it yet. So I didn't know what to say. So she's like, "We don't smoke" and just went on and on and on and on. And I had nothing to say. So I said, "Joe said it was okay."

STU: What, are you 12?

GLENN: I was. I turned into a 12-year-old. I swear to you, I swear to you. My wife scares me. Because she's always right.

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.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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