Evel Dies



GLENN: There was something weird about hearing that Evel Knievel was dead. Evel Knievel is dead. Something that should have been said probably back in 1968. Evel Knievel passed away from "Natural causes" after a long battle with terminal lung disease. He was 69, which is amazing for a guy who's done what he did his whole life.

While everybody else is talking about the news of the day, let me spend just a couple of seconds and talk about Evel Knievel because I know most people are not, you know, fans of motorcycle daredevils. I'm not, either, but if you are a guy who grew up in the late Sixties and Seventies, chances are that Evel Knievel helped you define what was cool. I mean, even his name was awesome, you know? Evel Knievel. And nobody looked better in white leather than Evel Knievel.

I was out last night having dinner with the guys as we arrived in Toledo, Ohio from Orlando, Florida. We're doing a show here in Toledo tonight. We all sat around. We were talking about, you know, just different things, all the way from global conspiracies to Evel Knievel and we started talking about what he meant, what he represented and my first thought was you know what, I really need to travel with people who know how to make better conversation and then I went beyond that. And the opinions of all of the guys that were sitting at the table on Evel Knievel, we decided that it really fit into three distinct categories. There were those at the table who didn't seem to care much about Evel Knievel, just a stupid guy in a stupid suit, symbolic of the ridiculous Seventies, as embarrassing as disco, eight track tapes and polyester bell-bottoms, but those came from the people under 30 at the table. Then there was John Bobby who's one of the writers of the program. He took a break from stuffing his face full of key lime pie a la mode, I'm not kidding you, to wax poetic for a little bit about how Evel Knievel was the very essence of America. But he said here's a man who dared to take chances, reach beyond his grasp, overcoming adversity. John saw grace and honor in Evel's stunts but I pretty much wrote that off as him being drunk on steak and mashed potatoes. So everybody at the table pretty much stopped listening to John Bobby for a while. And a way I guess I can see some nobility in his stunts, in a way. He was all about proving that just because something seems impossible or dangerous doesn't mean that it's not worth trying. No matter how many times he fell, he always got up. There is something noble in that, something quintessentially American about pushing the edges of the envelope. He believed in God, country. He believed he could do it and that made millions of us believe in him.

But it was the third option of Evel Knievel that made the most sense to me and mainly probably because it was my opinion, but in a way Evel Knievel's death, if you're my age, 43, in a way is yet another sign of the death of our childhood, the end of our youth. Evil was responsible for a lot of the fun that I had as a kid. There was the Evel Knievel stunt cycle where you wound up the motor and, you know, a miniature Evel action figure would scream across the dining room floor and drive my mother absolutely out of her mind. I don't know how many times I heard, "Ahhh." Then there was the stunt stadium, something I couldn't afford. It had a ramp and the cheering crowds. The crowds were painted in the bleachers. Do you remember looking through the toy magazines around this time of the year? They had something called The Escape from Skull Canyon, included monsters, boulders, all obstacles for Evel Knievel, but Skull Canyon didn't matter to Evel Knievel. He was fearless. He was a superhero, real life. You could watch him in action on television. Unstoppable courage was his greatest superpower.

Do you remember watching Evel Knievel? Do you remember seeing him? I watched one of Evel Knievel's jump with my dad on ABC's Wide World of Sports and I remember saying to my dad, why exactly is he jumping over a whole bunch of tractor-trailers and then into the side of the cliff? "Dad, why is he doing this?" My father said, first response, "I don't know." And then he said, "Because he thinks it can be done." Didn't matter what the answer was. We both watched anyway. We held our breath while Evel was in the air, his star-spangled cape flapping in the wind.

I think mostly we were hoping he would make it, but a small part of us would wonder if he would and if he didn't, what this crash would look like, would it be like Caesar's Palace, 1968, would he still be able to get up if he ended up going down. After one of Evel Knievel's big jumps, me and the neighbor kids would be out on our Huffys. We would build ramps, jump over puddles, piles of rocks, even somebody's little brother if we could talk them into it. All boys need is inspiration to show off, and Evel Knievel was an inspiration. He inspired millions of boys that are now men. You know, because of the way he lived his life, he shattered bones. He literally spent years in the hospital. I've always thought that was stupid, dumb as a box of rocks. But you know what? Even if he was crazy for trying to leap over the Snake River Canyon in a rocket cycle, he stood for a whole lot more than today's daredevils. Today's daredevils seem to just race downhill in grocery carts and eat tubs of cow wings. That's a jackass. Evel Knievel was a badass.

So I just didn't want this program to start today without recognition of Evel Knievel. I wanted to mark the day that we all have to file away some memories after we look at them for a while, file away the memories of putting playing cards in my bicycle spokes so I could sound just a little bit more like Evel Knievel's bike, put that plastic stunt cycle up in the attic. Maybe I can find one. Rafe would get a kick out of it, show him how to make it scream across the dining room floor, drive his mom crazy. Evel Knievel, gone this weekend and so is our childhood. But you know what? I can truly say that I enjoyed them both while they were here.

Two weeks ago Evel updated his website with this one sentence: To be a man, to do my best, to stand alone is my only quest. God speed, Evel Knievel, and we all wish you happy landings on your last and greatest leap.


Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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