Glenn Beck: Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace

GLENN: I'm in New York City. My wife just said to me the other day, she said, "Honey, someday when the kids are all gone, you can retire and we'll just get a place and you can just give tours of New York City." And I said, "When the kids... when the kids are gone? I'll be dead before the kids move out of the house, for the love of Pete." She didn't take that well. Anyway... I love this city. I love, I love this city because I love looking at the buildings because I know the history behind many of the buildings, and I know why they were built in a certain way. I know why Rockefeller Plaza looks the way it does. I know that it was in response, it was the response of an architect that said, "I want to be an American architect. We just keep stealing architecture from other -- we're not ancient Rome. We're not Greece. We're not building Notre Dame. We're America. Let's have our own architect." That, that attitude is why we have Rockefeller Plaza, the Empire State building and the Chrysler building. Because they wanted to do something purely American and different. Wow. The Chrysler building, which is this beautiful iconic, silver building came from a guy who said, "I want people to look at this and I want them to see the future, I want them to know that Chrysler is the way to the future and I want it to look like a hood ornament." That's why it looks that way. And at the same time it was a battle of egos. There was another building being built at the same time and which one's going to be higher? Which one's going to be higher? What the guy who was thinking he was going to win didn't know is that the Chrysler building had the needle on top embedded inside of the building. So when it looked like it was done, the other guy finished his building and said, "Done. Tallest building in New York." That's when Chrysler said, "Crank it up." And that giant needle came out of the top of the Chrysler building. Fantastic! Fantastic. But right down the street from me there was a building I never even heard of before . It was one of the wonders of the world, let alone definitely one of the wonders of America. It was called the Crystal Palace. It was built in the 1800s as a monument to recognize America, Americans' industrial and technological accomplishments, and it -- well, we would never build a building like this today. It would never get off the ground.

Today we don't only vilify industry and capitalism but what they gave us as well. The combustible engine, the incandescent light bulb, Google searches, all killing the planet. The New York City Crystal Palace was built for the 1853 World's Fair. America wanted a building in the World's Fair that captured the promise of America. When the building was finished even the New York Times said this is commensurate with the great importance of the object and the spirit of progress of which our country's name forms a synonym. Wow. America and progress, the same thing. The New York Times.

The building was a challenge for engineers. A lot of people said it could never, ever be done, but the building was built and the world marveled. Took 1800 tons of iron and over 15,000 individual panes of glass that enclosed four acres of open space, four acres just shrouded in iron and glass. On the top of the building was a 123-foot dome. It was the highest constructed in America. It was 100 feet across. It was meant to showcase, this glass Crystal Palace was meant to showcase the innovations and inventions of industry, and it was one place everyone could come from all around the world and see what America had created, what we were on the verge of doing. The number of daily visitors in this Crystal Palace, they built hotels specifically because the Crystal Palace was such a draw. The number of visitors to the Crystal Palace to see America's future exceeded the population of many American towns and small cities on a daily basis.

What was there? Steam-powered rotary presses, positive film cameras, sewing machines, electric lamps that were still experimental, high-powered artillery, cotton gins. There was a 12-foot section of the 2,000-mile-long telegraph cable that was being at that time prepared to be laid beneath the Atlantic ocean to connect New York and London, and people at the time said this will never be done; you can't connect them. How are you going to put a telegraph? You're going to put that all the way across the ocean? "It will never happen." Twice a day a guy stood in what was known at the time as a magic box, and this magic box was being held up by ropes and cables and this magic box would start to go down and be lowered down by the ropes and the guy who was inside the magic box, he was the creator of it, he cut the ropes and the magic box stayed up. His name was Elisha Graves Otis. What was known as the magic box was the Otis Elevator. That was in the Crystal Palace, and the world came and marveled at American ingenuity.

October 5th, 1858, what was then the icon of New York burned to the ground. The floorboards inside were wood. They caught fire. The fire was so intense that the structure melted. Wait a minute. I didn't think that was possible. No conspiracy theories here. They weren't trying to cover up any kind of Enron records. The fire was so intense that it was nothing but a heap and pile of metal, most of it melted, and the glass had melted and fused together.

That may have been the end of the Crystal Palace, but it's not the end of the American capitalist story. Everything cooled, and a woman came by and said, "So what are we going to do with all of this stuff?" Said, "I don't know, it just is just cooling now." "She said, can I have it?" "What? What are you going to do with it?" "May I have it?" She took the pieces, cut them up into small pieces and sold them as souvenirs and now maybe something that has been passed down in generations in people's homes, sitting in museums, sitting some place in the Smithsonian is a piece of the Crystal Palace that is no longer here but was built as a monument to what Americans can do. By the way, now sitting on that land, a monument out of what the entrepreneurial spirit can do, that land now sits in the shadow of the Empire State building, another monument of what the Americans can do. The Empire State building, built in less than one year. That land now sits in the shadow of the Empire State building. What a surprise. The government bought that land and the government partnered with the uber wealthy, the titans of the time, decided they were going to build a library there and an ice skating rink. The New York public library which is now under renovation still stands in that spot where the Crystal Palace was. However, they are spending an awful lot of money on something that the American entrepreneur is quickly making obsolete. Isn't it just like government to continue to live in the past.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" to explain how mail-in ballots are typically disqualified during recounts at a far higher rate than in-person, Election Day ballots, and why this is "good news" for President Donald Trump's legal battle over the election.

"One of the things that gives the greatest cause for optimism is, this election ... there's a pretty marked disparity in terms of how the votes were distributed. On Election Day, with in-person voting, Donald Trump won a significant majority of the votes cast on in-person voting on Election Day. Of mail-in voting, Joe Biden won a significant majority of the votes cast early on mail-in voting," Cruz explained.

"Now, here's the good news: If you look historically to recounts, if you look historically to election litigation, the votes cast in person on Election Day tend to stand. It's sort of hard to screw that up. Those votes are generally legal, and they're not set aside. Mail-in votes historically have a much higher rate of rejection … when they're examined, there are a whole series of legal requirements that vary state by state, but mail-in votes consistently have a higher rate of rejection, which suggests that as these votes begin being examined and subjected to scrutiny, that you're going to see Joe Biden's vote tallies go down. That's a good thing," he added. "The challenge is, for President Trump to prevail, he's got to run the table. He's got to win, not just in one state but in several states. That makes it a lot harder to prevail in the litigation. I hope that he does so, but it is a real challenge and we shouldn't try to convince ourselves otherwise."

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Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is perhaps even more disgusted with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for his coronavirus response than BlazeTV's Stu Burguiere (read what Stu has to say on the subject here), and for a good reason.

She lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York's nursing homes after Gov. Cuomo's infamous nursing home mandate, which Cuomo has since had scrubbed from the state's website and blamed everyone from the New York Post to nursing care workers to (every leftist's favorite scapegoat) President Donald Trump.

Janice joined Glenn and Stu on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to ask why mainstream media is not holding Gov. Cuomo — who recently published a book about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic — accountable?

"I'm vocal because I have not seen the mainstream media ask these questions or demand accountability of their leaders. [Cuomo] really has been ruling with an iron fist, and every time he does get asked a question, he blames everybody else except the person that signed that order," Janice said.

"In my mind, he's profiting off the over 30 thousand New Yorkers, including my in-laws, that died by publishing a book on 'leadership' of New York," she added. "His order has helped kill thousands of relatives of New York state. And this is not political, Glenn. This is not about Republican or Democrat. My in-laws were registered Democrats. This is not about politics. This is about accountability for something that went wrong, and it's because of your [Cuomo's] leadership that we're put into this situation."

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As America grows divided and afraid to disagree with the Democrats' woke plan for America, Megyn Kelly is ready to fight back for the truth. For nearly two decades, she navigated the volatile and broken world of the media. But as America leans on independent voices more than ever, she's breaking new ground with "The Megyn Kelly Show."

She joined the latest Glenn Beck Podcast to break down what's coming next after the election: Black Lives Matter is mainstream, leftists are making lists of Trump supporters, and the Hunter Biden scandal is on the back burner.

Megyn and Glenn reminisce about their cable news days (including her infamous run-in with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump) and to look into the chaotic and shady world of journalism and the growing entitlement it's bred. For example, many conservatives have been shocked by how Fox News handled the election.

Megyn defended Fox News, saying she believes Fox News' mission "is a good one," but also didn't hold back on hosts like Neil Cavuto, who cut off a White House briefing to fact check it — something she never would have done, even while covering President Obama.

Megyn also shared this insightful takeaway from her time at NBC: "Jane Fonda was an ass."

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Glenn Beck has had enough of exposing scandal after scandal, just to have everyone look the other way: Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's emails, Joe and Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine and China … the list goes on, but no consequences are paid. Now, the media have called the election for Joe Biden and insist no one can question it. But for many of the more than 71 million people who voted for President Trump, our search for the truth isn't over yet.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn called out the left's long list of alleged corruption that has gone unchecked and stressed that Donald Trump's legal team must be allowed to go through the process of investigating the multiple allegations of election fraud to ensure our voting systems are fair.

"I don't know about you, but I'm tired. I am worn out. I am fed up!" Glenn said during his opening monologue. "I've had enough. I am tired of exposing corruption, doing our homework, even going overseas and having documents translated to make sure they're exactly right, [and] presenting the evidence ... except, once we expose it, nothing happens. Nobody goes to jail. Nobody pays for a damn thing any more!"

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