Glenn Beck: Changing perspective

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GLENN: Last night about 9:00, I returned home. I had driven on the west side highway and I had watched the barges still around the United Airlines jet that was still in the river. I passed right by the George Washington bridge that just a few hours earlier had an Airbus fly 900 feet above it. I had spent the day in my office here in Midtown Manhattan thinking about this city, thinking about its people, thinking about everything that it has gone through, thinking about 9/11 to the Wall Street crash; to the suicide that happened just outside my window at the Empire State building about a week, week and a half ago; to the protests that have marred our streets in the recent weeks. I stood in the back of my office and I looked right out over the river right at the USS Intrepid to see the ferries that had been shuttling the people off that plane. And I drove home reflective. As I pulled up to the house, I saw my son's curtains move. I knew he was in bed, but I could tell he was still up. So I took off my coat and my scarf and I hung it up in the closet, put my briefcase down and I quietly walked up the stairs with my dog Victor by my side. I rounded the corner right by my son's bedroom and I told Victor to lay down, wait by the door. And I quietly opened up the door and there was my son in bed, silent and still. In the glow of the nightlight, I had just about turned around and I saw his head pop up. He just wanted me to know that he was awake and I could come in.

So he sat up and I said, "Lay back down, Raphe." And I walked over to his bed and I knelt next to his bed and kind of tucked him in and held him there kind of in the crook of my arm and had my hand on his head as I brushed his hair kind of back out of his face. He said, "Hi, Daddy." I said, "Raphe, Daddy saw a miracle today." He said, "You did?" I said, "Yeah." He said, "What miracle did you see?" I said, "Daddy saw a plane land in the river." He said, "I saw that, too." I said, "You did?" He said, "Yeah. Mommy turned on the TV. I saw the plane in the water." I said, "Pretty amazing, huh? Everybody was okay." My 4-year-old son then said to me, "I saw a hero today, Daddy." I said, "I did, too. Who did you see?" My son calls New York City the big city. "Daddy going to the big city today?" I said, "Who did you see?" He said, "Daddy, the big city, the firemen, they have boats." I said, "I know they do." He said, "I saw all the fireboats and the firemen on the boats and they were helping people off. I'm going to be a fireman. When I'm big like you, I'm going to be a fireman." I said, "Put your head down. Time to go to sleep. Dream big".

I said earlier today that a miracle is just a change in perspective. So many times there's so much tragedy in our life that we can't look at the tragedy. We can't get past the human toll. This time there was no human toll, no human toll. It's incredible to me. It was so lacking of human toll that it gave me a chance as I was driving home yesterday on the west side highway to look at all the apartment buildings, see all the offices that were facing the river. I wondered how many people had had that rush that I had yesterday of, "Oh, no, not again. ".

We have a new affiliate, 710 WOR in New York. I talked to a couple of people that witnessed it yesterday or seeing it this morning. If you were out on the street or you were in your office or you were in your apartment and you happened to see that Airbus lumber down the Hudson River, if anybody happened to be on the George Washington bridge within the sound of my voice, 888-727-BECK. What was it like to be on the bridge and seeing that Airbus coming just -- and miss you by 900 feet. Anybody who lived through 9/11, I mean, it must have been terrifying. I mean, I feel -- I can't imagine the terror. I'm sure we've all been on a plane that has had problems or just hit really bad turbulence. I've been on a plane that lost an engine before, and it ain't fun. I was on a plane that, it was a prop plane, dual props and the lost an engine. And before the pilot could correct it, it was -- I mean, my life flashed in front of my eyes. I remember the guy who was with me, we just looked at each other like -- we didn't say anything. We just looked at each other like, "This is it." Didn't say anything, but I know we were both thinking the same thing. Probably a lot like, probably a lot like the woman that I read about that was on the plane last night. Her name is Elizabeth McHugh. She's 64 years old. She's a grandma. She's from Charlotte, North Carolina. She said, "Some people locked arms. Others prayed. We just followed the captain. He said, "Brace for impact." We did. We put our heads down. We got ready. I thought I was going to die I just kept thinking to myself, I never got to tell my family I love them every day." Dave Sanderson said, "I just saw the New York skyline getting closer and closer and closer." I'm wondering how long it's going to be before environmentalists start to sue for what the plane did to the geese. I'm wondering how long it's going to be before environmentalists start complaining about what people do to birds around the airport. You know the airports, they have squads, they have bird squads basically. They have people who go out with dogs and cats and repellant and... and guns. Yes, they can kill the birds. I'm wondering how long before the environmentalists start in on this story.

Do you know that 90% of all the bird problems that we have at airports are because the birds have been protected? The birds have been protected by environmentalists. I had a friend of mine, one of the weirdest guys I think I've ever met, he's a bird watcher and he's -- I mean, he's damn near insane, he really is. And I love him, but he's damn near insane. And he's a bird watcher and, you know, he's -- Stu, what was the thing that he participated in? It was like some sort of a sport where you go out and you have to go see how many different kinds of birds that you can see in a certain amount of time? Do you remember that? And he had gone out like 5:00 in the morning until midnight and he had to go and he was, you know, hip deep in water, quietly just watching the birds (making bird sounds). "Look, it's a very rare Central Park pigeon." And he actually seriously said to me, "You know, I don't mean to be callous or anything, but the World Trade Centers coming down was the best thing that ever happened to the bird population." He's a lifelong New Yorker. You've got to be kidding me. (Making bird noises). "Look, it's a Central Park pigeon flipping you off."

Sometimes we lose perspective. Sometimes we can be looking at the wrong things, just like I think grandma was looking at yesterday. Gee. You know, I've had -- the last 12 months as a dad has been difficult for me, the last really 18 months, been really difficult as a dad. And someday I... someday. Oh, yeah, kids, I'm writing a book. Someday I'll share some of the stuff with you that I've learned, but I tell you it's -- the biggest, the hardest part about being a dad I think, and maybe I'm the only one, the hardest thing about being a dad is every time I walk away from my kids -- because I have other things to do. I mean, you know, I'm still in the house or whatever, but I can be down flat on my belly playing with the trains, I can be with my youngest daughter playing with her dollhouse and, "Oh, look, the baby is... oh, look, she's now in the kitchen." (Laughing). I can play this for hours. We can all be sitting around playing Candyland or Skip-Bo or whatever it is we're playing or I could just be sitting last night like I was in between my eldest daughter and my wife watching The Office. But at some point whether it's just time to go to bed because it's 11:00 and I've got to get up early, or I have to go to work or I just have to go into the other room and finish something that I'm working on there, every time I get up, I think to myself, "What is more important? Where are you going?"

Sometimes we're there, however, and we still miss what we're supposed to see. You don't necessarily have to be away from whatever it is to miss it. Sometimes we're there in the room and we don't say, "I love you." We don't say the words that need to be said because we just don't even think about it until it's time to think about it. But even though I've personally been struggling with being a dad, even though probably every other time I would have walked away and as I closed the door and said to my son like I did last night as he was sitting there in the warm glow of his fire truck nightlight and I say, "See you tomorrow, Raphe. How much do I love you?" And he whispers from his bed, "From here to the sun and back again." I usually close the door and think to myself, "Where are you going? Why didn't you spend two more minutes." But this week, it was on Tuesday, my wife said, "I went into Raphe's room and woke him up, got him dressed. He was putting on pants and they were just way too short. He's in another growth sport." She said, "I wanted to write you just to tell you that I said we have to get rid of these pants, Raphe, you're growing out of them. And he said, yep, I'm grown up; I'm going to be big. And when I'm big, I'm going to be a really good dad just like my daddy." While I missed that moment myself, had my lovely wife share it with me, truth is I've been in the room the whole time that he's been thinking that. Sometimes we don't see what we're supposed to see because we're busy just thinking other things, even though we're laying down, playing with the trains, reading a story or kneeling by his bedside as he tells you about, "In the big city the firemen have boats."

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?"

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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.

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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.

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.


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

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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