Glenn & Pat review the show

The Chelsea (NYC) movie theater last night before Beck '08 began... Thanks to Kristopher for sending this in.

The packed movie house in Chelsea, the audience member has been circled in red...

Meanwhile the crowd in Peoria, IL seemed to enjoy itself... Thanks to Seth for sending this in.

.... and here's a picture of the line at one of the theaters in Oklahoma City...

Glenn: There was no nobody that had purchased a ticket in this theater. It was just going to show to an empty theater and we thought how appropriate and we were talking, we wanted to get somebody to go on the air and would actually go and buy a ticket in the Chelsea movie theater so we could say we sold one ticket there, at least one. Well, right before I yesterday we were looking at some of the cities and we checked Chelsea to see and we saw that two tickets had sold and we're thrilled. We're, like, two tickets. We're thinking some cool listener bought two tickets to the show. No. Right before I go on stage Jeff, who is the steady cam operator, that's the camera that gets really close to me and find of follows me around the stage, Jeff came with me from New York, I really like him and he's a great guy and everything else and he is very, very good at what he does so, we had him be the steady cam operator and right before we start, they said, one minute, Mr. Beck, and I said, Jeff, do you have anybody watching the show, you know, for your work, kind of kidding him, and he said, yes. Actually my sister and her boyfriend and I said, really, where are they watching? He said, they bought two tickets to the Chelsea show. They weren't even going they didn't even buy the ticket to see me. They bought it to see the work of the steady cam operator. It's amazing. But we had a great time last night. The governor of Texas was there, Rick Perry. He is as I introduced him, I said, he's either the dumbest politician in America or the bravest politician in America, especially being from Texas, knowing that we're going to talk about the border and this is just a rip these politicians limb from limb two hour spectacle. When he was introduced last night, at first he got applause and then it started to turn ugly and honestly, it was like it was like being, you know, a member of the Boston Red Sox at a Yankees game.

Pat: Was it that bad? Was it that obvious?

Glenn: Wouldn't you say that, Joe, that it got that way? First there was applause and then it started to go ugly. Yeah. And people started to boo and everything else because he's not strong on the border and so, anyway, we moved on, but I felt bad for him. I actually felt bad for his wife. I mean, if you're the politician, I'm not going to feel bad for you. That's what you get when you're a politician. I felt bad for his wife because, you know

Pat: She didn't do it.

Glenn: She didn't do it. And

Pat: Governor Good Hair, but Texas feels betrayed.

Glenn: Governor who?

Pat: Governor Good Hair. You know, his hair is I mean, he spends more in hairspray than he spends on the border, protecting us from the drug dealers.

Glenn: Is that what you call Mitt Romney?

Pat: No. I call Mitt Romney "Mitt Romney."

Glenn: Governor Good Hair, I met him and talked to him for awhile backstage. He does have good hair. Mitt Romney has great hair. So, would he be President Great Hair?

Pat: If you had to see them both side by side, who would you say has the best hair?

Glenn: Romney is a good looking man. I don't mean to go all homosexual on you, but he's a good looking man. If it were just me and him on the earth

Pat: You would be okay? You might just look at him for awhile and go, I don't know. He is pretty good looking. No, no, come on. Let's go find some beers. Well, we would both be Mormon. So, we would be, like, let's go feed ourselves to a polar bear. Of let's just end it now, but, anyway, no, he's a good looking man

Pat: Better looking than Perry?

Glenn: You have a thing for Perry?

Pat: Well, if you were a serious dislike for him.

Glenn: By the way, have I introduced Pat? This is my best friend who is filling in for Stu who is such a wiener and couldn't actually pull himself out of bed this morning. I had to watch some stupid stage show all night. So, he's sleeping in today.

But, anyway, you were saying about your thing for

Pat: So, Texans

Glenn: governor Perry.

Pat: Texans feel betrayed. He made a strong promise to us during the campaign when he ran for election, by gosh, I'm going to go down to the border and string them up and bring them back across the Rio Grande myself. He never did it.

Glenn: I've never been so close to losing I have never been to close to losing control of an audience as I was last night.

Pat: Over Rick Perry?

Glenn: I think most of it was.

Pat: Yeah.

Glenn: Most of it was? Joe, wouldn't you say? You were sitting in the audience.

Joe: Yeah. Of all the shows I've been to.

Glenn: This was a hard show to do.

Pat: As you spoke about illegal immigration, they were getting on Perry and

Glenn: I don't know if you could see this in the movie theaters, but there were two balconies. You could hear it, Dan?

Dan: I didn't know what it was, but I definitely heard people interrupting you at certain points.

Glenn: This is a very large theater. Could you get a sense of that, Dan?

Dan: A sense of what, that the theater was large?

Glenn: Could you see the balconies?

Dan: Yeah, yeah, oh. Yeah, it was great camera shots.

Glenn: So, there are two balconies and it was full and the balconies, the people who were down on the floor with Perry were not doing it. The balconies, holy cow! I thought they were going to start dropping water balloons on him at some point. It was very hard to hold it together, but I spoke to him before the show and then he stayed the whole time and then he came backstage afterwards, as well. I mean

Pat: So, did he tell you is he, like, a fan of the show?

Glenn: Yeah, yeah. He and his wife are a fan of the show

Pat: Would you please speak directly to him?

Glenn: I will

Pat: Rick Perry, close the border.

Glenn: Well, he

Pat: Come on.

Glenn: He talked to me about it and I don't want to share anything that he said because I don't know his I don't want to share anything that he said to me in confidence. He didn't say anything that was in confidence, but I don't want to you know, because I would like to have him go on record. You know what I mean.

Pat: Yeah.

Glenn: But we did talk about the Medellin case.

Pat: And this I will say about that. He's been great on that. He's been great on Medellin.

We've heard a lot about the 1776 Commission over the past several months. From the mainstream media, you've heard lies and slander: It was a racist panel put together by President Trump to peddle a whitewashed version of American history.

In reality, the 1776 Commission was established by President Trump in the fall of 2020 with the purpose of promoting "patriotic education." Not to mandate it, not to propose legislation – simply to PROMOTE it. The media and academia lost their minds over this now controversial idea that we should teach young Americans to appreciate the nation they've inherited. And predictably, just hours after Biden took the oath of office, he signed an executive order to dissolve the 1776 Commission, calling the commission's report "offensive and counterfactual."

Glenn Beck presents the 1776 Commission's report in its entirety, because unlike the media and President Biden who want to hide it from you, Glenn wants you to seek the truth and celebrate Independence Day with pride.

Watch a preview below or catch the FULL, 5-part presentation of the 1776 Report on or Glenn Beck's YouTube channel.

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I am an Irishman and in 2006, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend Independence Day in America. It was a magical experience I will never forget and one I am desperate to repeat.

Everything about the day was magical. I can remember every little detail: seeing the pure joy on people's faces when they saw family members, not seen since Christmas; enjoying burgers and hot dogs being grilled to perfection in the mid-afternoon; jumping on a boat and witnessing an awe-inspiring fireworks display with the feel of a cold beverage in my hand; coming ashore and sitting around an open fire, toasting marshmallows.

As fun as these activities were, they are NOT what made the day magical.

The day was and is made magical remembering WHAT Americans are celebrating: being thankful for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the idea of America which improved EVERY aspect of our world.

I would be honored if you would allow me to share five pivotal points from the Declaration, explaining how they started America on the path to becoming an exceptional nation, and how you can learn from the founders' example today.

1 The Layout

Take a look around society today, and you will notice a prevalent theme. The majority of people are angry, upset, and frustrated. They love to highlight the parts of society they view as a problem and tear it down. This requires zero talent. Even newborn babies with no verbal skills and very little knowledge of the outside world will let you know when they are unhappy by crying for a clean diaper, food or attention.

History is filled with people complaining and starting wars because they feel they have been wronged and sought a future "free from their oppressor".

Thomas Jefferson and your founders were different. Before mentioning any issues with the King (they waited 1338 words), they first explained their vision and how America would be different from other nations. They boldly declared that all men were created equal and have a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change. This includes famous speeches by John F. Kennedy declaring, "We will go to the moon by the end of this decade," or the great Martin Luther King Jr. telling everyone how he "had a dream."

LESSON: Tell the world what you stand for -- not what you stand against!

2 Role of Government

I have spent over seven years with The Blaze, promoting your founding principles and explaining how America is unique and different to every other nation in the world. Every principle, policy, plan and idea can be traced back to one core principle: How we view government and its role in society.

On the surface of history, it is very easy to believe that our world is very different and would provide many different answers to this simple question.

Just look at our world today and you see many different power structures. England retains a monarch. European countries, like mine, are democracies. Iran is a theocratic-controlled country. Russia is an oligarchy. Inside those countries, you will notice differences in ideologies between communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism and even conservatism.

YES, they all look very different. However, if you look deeper into those countries, you will notice they all view government the exact same.

Government is a central agency that possesses the power to be the moral arbiters of society, the ability to be the great equalizer and most importantly they are the provider of rights.

Does this mean every government uses this power every day?


Clearly, there are governments around the world who are more open to freedom and view government as the last resort. However, every country believes government always has that power and there are situations when government must take control for the "greater good".

If you doubt this, look at the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Even countries that love to talk about freedom and identify as freedom-loving, removed their citizens' rights in the name of public safety. You witnessed everything from governments shutting down businesses, banning you from traveling more than three miles from your home, limiting the number of people you could have to visit your own house and enforcing you to wear a mask.

How could they do this? Because government is the power structure of all these countries and providers of rights. Any government that has the power to confer can also rescind them under the right circumstances.

Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government.

The idea of America is different. Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government. You can see this by reviewing the structure of the Constitution, but that foundation was started in the Declaration of Independence when they spoke about the Law of Nature and Nature's God, which highlights ALL rights come from God. You are born with these rights and it is the government's sole responsibility to ensure these rights are never taken away.


Take a step back and look at the public discourse today. You will notice the majority of people love to talk about their rights. My friends on the right love to talk about their right to free speech and guns. My friends on the left love to talk about their right to healthcare and abortions. When was the last time you saw anyone online talk about their duty and responsibilities? It's not a very popular topic.

Your founders were not dumb men.

Their genius was understanding the laws of nature and basic first principles. They researched world history -- from the great empires of the past to senates that were supposed to last forever, examining why they failed. While there are countless reasons for each, understanding one concept is critical. When freedom becomes all about rights and forgets about responsibilities, it creates a vacuum. Historically, the government always fills that vacuum. This creates a prime opportunity for a tyrant to come to power and solve a public need and always ends the same way - gaining more power and stripping you of your individual rights.

Your founders feared this vacuum and warned against it TWICE in the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. They spoke about your right to alter and abolish your government, instituting new safeguards. Then they spoke about your right, and duty, to throw off the government and provide new guards.

LESSON: Freedom without responsibility will always lead to tyranny.


As an outsider, nothing annoys me more than the constant attacks on your founders and their brilliance. Were they perfect? NOPE. Should they be worshipped like Idols? NOPE. Are there things we can improve upon? Yes. For example, it's 2021; why does the post office need to be included in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution?

Despite their flaws, they provided America with a great platform on which to build. If America is to survive and prosper, the IGNORANT attacks that America's founders were old racist white men with wooden teeth must stop. Why? Because it is a LIE!!!

I could write at length about this issue alone, but I will provide two simple facts.

Firstly, please close your eyes and imagine an actual racist (no, not your typical Donald Trump supporter). Imagine how they look, how they sound, what words they use and everything down to what aftershave they wear. Got that vision? Good. Now try imagining that vile, disgusting racist say the following:


Did your vision say those words? Do you think people like David Duke would say them, let alone sign their name to a statement declaring this as a self-evident principle for the world to see?

Answer: NO!

The second fact requires you to have a reading of history before America. Thomas Jefferson could have very easily left these five powerful words out entirely or just use the accepted language of the day from the Magma Carta which stated:

"All FREE men are created equal."

If Jefferson and the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?

If ...the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?


If you look at culture and politics today, you will notice a common theme where everyone just wants to win, regardless of the cost. Society tells us winning is everything, and there is no room for failure. Is this true? Can society progress really progress without failure and sacrificing everything they have for the greater good?

American history is so vast and deep that it can be straightforward to focus on the great and famous leaders who survived like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Franklin.

This particular weekend, I would like to briefly highlight three patriots who took the ultimate risk by signing the Declaration of Independence. They lost everything, and are sadly forgotten by many who teach history.

JOHN HART: John was a widowed farmer in New Jersey with 12 kids. He was rich, well-known in society, and employed many. When he signed the Declaration, troops attacked his farm with orders to execute him in Hopewell. He fled and eventually died in hiding.

FRANCES LEWIS: Frank was involved in international business and made a fortune on the mercantile exchange. Like John, he was rich, powerful and employed many. When he signed, he returned to find armed troops at his home, taking possession of it. They arrested his wife, starved and mistreated her and although she was later released, she soon passed away due to the horrific treatment.

RICHARD STOCKTON: Richard was a wealthy lawyer who studied at Princeton. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court and had the respect of his peers. After signing, he was locked up, starved, tortured, and robbed of his possessions. His treatment was so bad that his final days were spent living on the charity of friends.

These brave men could have chosen a much easier road in life. They could have ignored the calls for Independence, paid any additional taxes to the King and still lived a great life. They had everything you would deem desirable in society -- money, earthly possessions, name recognition, and respect.

...these men... risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

When they signed the Declaration of Independence, the only thing they could gain was an opportunity for absolute freedom. This ideal was so powerful that these men, and countless others, risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

LESSON: Pursuing a higher aspiration is more important than winning.

Personal Request:

It is popular for Americans to say "Happy 4th" or "Happy 4th of July."


After reading this, realize how important and significant your founders to America and the world. It is disrespectful to them, their memory, their sacrifice, and everything they fought for. After all, would you go up to a Christian and say "Happy 25th?"


May I wish you and your exceptional nation a very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

If you enjoyed this column, I released a special on The Blaze this week where I did a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence with KrisAnne Hall. You can listen for free on Apple or Spotify or The Blaze.

Glenn Beck predicts average Americans will not be eating beef in the future, thanks to America's current monopoly on meat processing that is all but destroying the small farmer.

There's already talk of switching to lab-engineered or plant-based "meat" and severely limiting how much land is used for cattle grazing. One of the strongest voices in Congress pushing back against these plans is Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).

Rep. Massie joined Glenn on the radio program to explain how farmers are being demolished by big-market regulations, but also to share some ways Congress can fight back. He gives an update on his efforts to pass the PRIME Act and solve the looming meat crises, without getting the government too involved.

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Retired U.S. Navy Chief Master-at Arms Sean Cahill is an eyewitness to the well-documented "Nimitz encounters" with unidentified aerial phenomena, or UPA — otherwise known as UFOs.

Cahill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail exactly what he — and others — witnessed and to explain why the nine-page report on UFOs recently released by Congress isn't as lacking in information as some are saying.

In 2004, Cahill was stationed on board the missile cruiser USS Princeton, which along with the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, was part of a Navy carrier strike group conducting training exercises off the coast of Southern California. He told Glenn that Senior Chief Operations Specialist Kevin Day reported multiple "strange and worrisome" anomalous contacts on the Princeton's state-of-the-art radar system.

"[Day] had been picking up anomalous contacts on the AEGIS radar system that were coming in at sub-orbital altitudes, then going down to 80,000 feet," Cahill said. "And then, what was spectacular, was that they were immediately translating down to sea level. And then there were groups of them proceeding in a southerly direction, against the wind."

"This was so strange and worrisome to Kevin, that he began a series of diagnostics," he continued. "He and a radar tech named Voorhis, both rebooted the system numerous times. They double-checked everything, triple-checked. And finally, Kevin went to our captain and said, 'Sir, I'm pretty sure that we have real contacts. These are not ghosts in the system, based on the upgrade.'"

"It's highly unusual and frankly impossible for most of our vehicles that aren't ballistic weapons systems, because to de-orbit a craft requires a certain specific set of maneuvers to reenter the atmosphere," he added. "So, not only were these appearing beyond where the AEGIS radar system could pick them up, they were in space. They were then translating down to an altitude that even our best aircraft don't operate very well at."

Cahill went on to explain how air defensemen, sent to attempt an intercept of the UAP, observed an area of "roiling" water approximately the size of a 737 aircraft. "And around it, were these Tic Tac-shaped objects that were matte white in color, approximately 30 feet long, with no control surfaces. No means of compulsion. No markings, whatsoever. And they were darting around, instantaneously, like ping-pong balls" he said.

"What we encountered that week was unlike anything we had ever seen before," Cahill continued. "The night that the pilots returned with the gun camera footage, before we had seen it on board Princeton, I was out on the port side bridge wing with the port watch. Approximately 45 degrees up in the sky, at 2,000 feet off the port bow, I saw five to seven lights in a completely clear and cloudless sky. It was about 10 o'clock at night, and these five to seven lights all moved toward the center of their formation that they were in, and each instantaneously disappeared. They blinked out. But they didn't show any kind of movement or propulsion."

"This action completely matched what we were seeing on radar. And completely matched what the pilots returned with on the gun camera footage," he said. "The next morning, when myself and the other chief petty officers witnessed that video, we were astonished. We knew that immediately what we were looking at."

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