Glenn Beck Blog

June 29 & 30


By Joe Kerry

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Glenn feeling the power and spirit of the Freedom Festival's Patriot Service

Stephen Covey & Glenn sharing thoughts

Glenn doing a sound check at BYU's Marriott Center

Believe it or not, Glenn is this animated on the radio too

To Speak, or Not to Speak....What is he looking at????

Glenn with BYU's Air Force Color Guard

Since Glenn’s nasty fall he’s been laid-up. He’s been homebound and if you know Glenn there really could be no greater punishment then to be told he can’t do something or that he has to stay in bed or can’t leave his house. We’ve been on a plane heading out to a Patriot Service—it feels good for him to get out of the house. And for the last hour he’s been telling Adam and me how he is going to eat healthier—he’s just told us that he is going to give up carbs, chocolate and soda for the summer—fat chance (no pun intended).

But I think the fall and realizing that he is a mere mortal was a wake-up call. His doctor, for the first time, gave him permission to make the Patriot Speech this weekend and being unable to get around has certainly given him time to think.

In addition to talking about giving up his three food groups (carbs, chocolate and soda) for the summer he actually used the word exercise as a ‘verb’ and told us he thinking about starting some sort of training program. I would say that all this talk is prescription drug induced but he isn’t on any.

So many in the end—his being off radio and television as a result of his fall can have a positive final result. Those of you who have been following the blog know that I love Glenn and wish him the best—but I’d take all comers and give you good odds if you think that Glenn can give up the treats for the summer or stick with an effective exercise program.

Well, Glenn wanted to pen a few words…so here’s Glenn…

On the plane back to NYC. They tell me that we will arrive at 5:30 am. I can’t sleep on planes but lucky for me I will get about an hour worth of sleep only to be woken up by either my 3 year old son or 2 year old daughter climbing into bed with me and giving me a kiss. I am glad I get to have breakfast with them tomorrow morning as I will do radio from home tomorrow and then go into the city for TV. I just wish I could sleep now on the plane … Why did I waste all those ‘good Jack Daniels pass out’ times when I didn’t need them?

It’s been nice to have both my older girls with me today. I volunteered to speak tonight on the condition that my girls could come with me. (My integrated life not balanced life theory). It is great. Although, I wonder if it is weird for them to be with me when we walk into the Marriott Center with 22,000 people and those people stand and clap. I know it is for me but still can’t believe it. Tonight the audience brought me to tears several times. I am so blessed. 8 years ago, people wouldn’t have walked across the room to insult me. Thank you. Tonight motivational legend Stephen Covey introduced me. Wow. To have him describe me as inspirational is just so weird and I fear untrue too often.

Tania and the two little ones are now in bed. Tania had to speak at two different church services today. I wish I could have been there. I love watching her speak. Goodness just beams out of her. She was so cute. She was nervous. She had to speak for 10 minutes which is a life time to her. I talked to her between speeches. As we landed in Omaha she was just arriving at the second church meeting and I was lucky enough to catch her on the cell phone. I am the most blessed man living. I really am. Tania is the main reason. Later, she called me just as I was walking into the Marriott center to wish me luck on my speech. I said goodnight to the little ones and walked on stage.

Now it is 11:30 eastern time. We just took off from the Provo Utah airport. I just finished giving the keynote address at the Freedom Festival’s Patriotic Service. WOW. There is nothing like the way this state celebrates America. It is truly different here. It is more like the America I remember as a kid. I wrote this speech with Joe and my daughter Hannah on the way home from another speech last night. Today when Joe gave me the actual facts behind the stories I was looking for I realized that it would be about 4 hours long so, much to Joes frustration I rewrote the speech on the plane ride out here. I am having him look into a couple of other stories that I can’t wait to share with you on radio this week. It’s funny because as I was trying to remember the facts of a story behind My Country Tis of Thee, Joe nor I could remember the names or places, when out of the blue my daughter Hannah shouted out the names. I am proud of her. Sad for her because of the freak gene that I obviously passed on to her, but proud just the same.

As you know I severely bruised my ribs a week and a half ago. I hurt again tonight due to the many great fans that I met tonight that hugged me or slapped me on the back. It was worth it. I hugged back. I love my listeners. You really are the best. … well maybe not you … I mean, I may love you but …. Well , you get the point. I’m just saying.

I am sorry for the A.D.D paragraph above what I wanted to say was: The rib deal, I think God was sending me a message about doing too much. My schedule I have been told is now being filled through 2010. THAT’S CRAZY. My wife asked me a while back, how much is enough? As she knows, it’s not about the money. At this point, if you subscribe to Fusion or buy a ticket to a stage show chances are that some of that money is putting a kid (including mine --- thank you by the way) through college or helping fight cancer or helping a soldier not feel forgotten thanks to the USO. I do it because I love it. I do it because no-one ever has done it before. And honestly, I don’t know how I would survive without you. In these troubled times, you really do give me hope. Meeting you, seeing you, reading your letters, shaking your hand, looking you in the eye while you introduce me to your family … I know we are going to be okay. America is not just going to survive, we are going to again prosper.

Wow. Sorry for that A.D.D. paragraph too. What I really wanted to say was, beginning tomorrow I really begin to roll up my sleeves on the live satellite broadcast of the Dallas Stage show, BECK 08 UNELECTABLE. It is going to be a very elaborate shoot. 6 cameras and hopefully a wild Texas crowd and ALL LIVE AND UNEDITED. Never before seen footage and out takes will be seen in theaters across the country before the live show and during the intermission. Also tomorrow I begin to finalize the score for the Christmas show. I am very nervous about this show. This story is so personal I want to get it right and do it justice. The show is being staged by a big NYC Broadway director ---- which usually would work against someone trying to be on my team but this guy really has a big heart. Adam showed Tania and I the schedule for next fall. It is crazy. I mean really crazy. After the election (and recount) the Christmas sweater book is released as Simon and Schusters biggest release of the year. I think I will be in 40 cities for book signings in November, while renting a very expensive Broadway theater to rehearse the stage show on non travel days- yes, this one will have weeks of rehearsal (we’ve never done that before) which will play in 15 cities over 3 weeks in December. I was told to do what we need to do, it will take two tractor trailers, two tour buses, one Gulfstream 5, one Learjet 60, a helicopter and many, many SUVs. Our carbon footprint will make Al Gore weep and me laugh for weeks. That crazy schedule doesn’t begin to include the daily Radio and Television show.

GEEZ, when will I get to the point ….A.D.D. IS KILLING ME … well actually it is probably worse for you than it is for me but … wait…. NOW I AM OFF TRACK AGAIN!!! THIS IS REALLY WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY: I don’t know really why I do what I do, I am glad that you seem to enjoy it, but as I promised my wife, I will never do what I am about to do again. God shoved me down the stairs a couple weeks ago on a rainy night in Connecticut to tell me rest. Sleep. Don’t burn out, because there is much left to do.

He is right, what a surprise! There is much to do. Now that the rest of the country and media is aware of the coming perfect storm, I can focus on what everyone else is not. Solutions, Hope and Family. I think you will agree with me that if you follow those in Washington or in the MSM all three of those things will be in short supply. Together, we will show them how wrong they are for I know it to be true that through our families we will find those solutions that will give us more than just Hope … they will give us a peaceful and bright future.


Good night from somewhere now over Kansas. Hear you on the radio, see you on TV and Friday with Miley Cyrus at the Stadium of Fire in Utah. What a Country! Never give up. Never give in.

Joe here again. I dozed off. I fell asleep and I looked over at Glenn and he’s typing away. He can’t sleep—I’m going to try to get some sleep because we get in around 5am and Glenn’s show prep starts early; I don’t know if he’ll get any sleep between now and then, I’ll keep you posted.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Watch the video below:

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

Watch the video below to hear more from Glenn:


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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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