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."

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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