Glenn Beck: Character Does Matter

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There are a lot more important things going on in the world than the mating habits of Governor Sanford, but we've got to start with him because here's the one thing tonight: Character does matter.

On Wednesday, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford tearfully admitted he had been unfaithful to his wife, Jenny, for about a year with a woman from Argentina. He apologized. And you know, I'd like to take this chance to apologize as well.

You see, even though I've been saying "throw the bums out," I secretly had this crazy belief that 0.0000002 percent of politicians are actually decent human beings.

Well. I was wrong — completely, totally, utterly, wrong: There are zero.

I'm so tired of this. Is it really too much to ask that we have one decent person in office? I should have known it when, just a few days earlier on this very program, I asked Senator Jim DeMint if he could vouch for Sanford's character. Here's what he said:


BECK: Can you vouch for his character that he is what he seems to be?

SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C.: He always has been up front with me but, you know, who knows? I don't know if we can vouch for each other's character. But he's a good friend of mine and obviously I hope he's OK.


When one politician won't lie about another politician, you know bad things are about to happen. It's unbelievable; yet another in the long list of dirtbag politicians: Ensign, John "Cheat on My Cancerous Wife" Edwards, Spitzer, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, Vitter, Foley, McGreevy, Clinton, Condit.

For the love of Pete, they should create a Fidelity Monument in D.C. because apparently it's quite an accomplishment to serve and be faithful.

One decent person — that's all I want —- one! One politician who doesn't hold up morality with one hand while undoing the zipper with the other.

I don't care what you do in your personal life as long as it's not deceitful. How do I trust you if you are lying to your loved ones?

And conservatives, don't give me the "But Glenn, he's good on fiscal policy" argument.

In the '90s, I believed character mattered. I wanted President Clinton out because he lied to the American people and because he was a dirtbag. Governor Sanford, you voted to impeach Clinton and said he should step aside, citing the need for "moral legitimacy."

I wonder, do you still feel the same way today? I know I do.

Stop asking me to trust you — I don't. I've never really trusted politicians, but given the incredible stupidity lately — combined with Governor Sanford's mess — I really, really don't trust politicians.

Let's put morality aside for a minute: Argentina? Couldn't you have picked someone who lived in, say, Charleston? I'm not a philanderer, but I am a thinker: That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Didn't you think your wife might catch on to the international phone calls or to the sudden increase in weekend getaways to... Argentina?

I don't know where to begin with the stupidity on this one. Let's start here: These things are all over the place, but I was off Wednesday and Sanford's e-mails are so good:

"You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty... I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines, or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night's light — but hey, that would be going into sexual details... and unlike you, I would never do that."

He even gets it in the last line: Character matters.

It's not a question of who is morally superior or inferior, it's about being a man or woman with common decency and honor.

We have bigger fish to fry. This one's cooked and done.


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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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