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GLENN: We're down at the XM studios here in Washington D.C. as we are getting ready for 8/28. Yesterday you might have heard we got the permit for 8/28.

STU: No, no, all the liberals were saying we weren't going to get the permit. You forgot about that because they had outed you. You didn't even have a permit. The whole thing was a hoax.

PAT: A hoax.

GLENN: No, but didn't you hear when we corrected them right off the bat and said, no, no, you never get the permit until the week before.

STU: I never saw that printed anywhere. I didn't see that. I was reading the newspaper every day to see it. I only heard that you didn't have the permit and that you were lying.

GLENN: Here in Washington the news is not about 8/28. The news in Washington is about the counterrallies which apparently I am, according to Al Sharpton, I'm a counterrally but he says he hopes to have 3,000 people there for their, I guess main rally, and our counterrally might be 100 or 200 or 300,000 people.

PAT: Well, and he does this all the time. It's a tradition for him, year after year after year after year.

GLENN: Really? I didn't know that.

PAT: Traditional. Yes, he only announced that he was having a rally five months ago? When we announced almost a year ago.

GLENN: Yeah.


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PAT: But, but this is just a traditional thing for him.

GLENN: I didn't know that.

PAT: Year after year. This dates back to the, I think the late 1800s.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Really?

STU: 1874.

PAT: '74, thank you. Thank you, I didn't know the exact date.

GLENN: I didn't know we had exact evidence that he

PAT: No, no, that he really?

GLENN: That he doesn't do this every year.

PAT: No, no.

GLENN: For instance, wasn't it 2008 that he was at the

STU: Democratic National Convention in Denver.

GLENN: Convention.

PAT: On the 28th?

GLENN: On the 28th.

PAT: On the 27th and then he flew back for the traditional 8/28 speech.

GLENN: No, he wasn't there.

STU: No, uh huh.

PAT: Weird. Wait.

STU: We'll find out it was just a really long march all the way from Denver to Washington.

GLENN: Wow. On a plane in first class.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: (Laughing). So the word here is all about Al Sharpton and the counterdemonstration that he is doing. And I have to tell ya, you just lock arms and you don't pay attention to anybody else or anything else that is going on. You don't pay attention to any of it. Because it's not about them, and they have absolutely every right to protest or march or do whatever they want to do, and that's fine. You know, we'd sure love to have them listen. And, you know, instead of judging there's not even a we're not even judging a man by the content of his character. We're beyond even judging a book by its cover. They have no idea what's going to be said or done on stage and they're protesting it already.

PAT: Well, they know it's going to be hateful and they know it's going to be politically charged.

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: And they know you're involved, and that's all they need.

GLENN: That's all they need to know.

PAT: That's all they need.

GLENN: That's all they need to know.

STU: Isn't this one of those things with the media where Van Jones and ACORN where if you are reading a newspaper every day, you hear about a counterrally without ever hearing a story of the rally. Like, you don't even understand what it's a counter to because they didn't report the actual rally initially. They are just reporting the response to the rally that they never reported on.

GLENN: Here is my guess. The just like the coverage of the mosque now is only starting to cover the counter? Have you noticed that? Now if you watch the you'll only see these huge crowds in New York, huge crowds for the rallies, but they're spending most of the time talking to the people on the other side and the

PAT: The numbers for the mosque.

GLENN: That were for the mosque, and the numbers there are just almost nonexistent. My prediction is that this will be covered incorrectly, they will take one line from somebody or one thing or they will find one person on the stage that shouldn't have been there and or there will be somebody in the crowd, whatever, they will focus on one thing.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And then all of the coverage will be about the counterrallies.

PAT: Well, that's why we keep saying, you've said it a thousand times, please leave your signs at home. Don't bring any signs. Because that's what they will focus on. If anybody says anything incendiary, that will be the story.

GLENN: Well, they will already, if anybody brings signs now, they will already focus on that and they will say, Glenn Beck said not to bring signs and yet people did it anyway.

PAT: They brandished placards. What was that story we had a couple of months ago? They were brandishing placards.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Like it was a weapon or something.

STU: And this is what they are doing with the mosques, too, is they find the best spoken defender of the mosque that's standing out there and then they find the one idiot who's going, no Muslims in New York State! And they put them on you know, they are the voice of the movement in opposition.

GLENN: Yeah, they are the voice of the people. So it is, it is interesting to watch. Have you noticed that they are starting to merge together? Do you happen to have the Howard Curtis CNN thing?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: They are starting to merge together. This 8/28, which has nothing to do with the mosque thing, nothing to do with it.

STU: No.

GLENN: Have you noticed they are merging?

STU: No, I haven't. Really?

GLENN: Oh, yeah. CNN is starting to merge the two together, I guess because I'm such a hateful person that even if I'm not talking about the mosque, they know I want to talk about the mosque.

STU: Right.

GLENN: And so now they are starting to merge together, and one of the ways they are merging together is, "Well, if the mosque is in poor taste, isn't 8/28 in poor taste? Shouldn't Glenn Beck give up 8/28 because..." well, first of all, I want you to know I haven't killed 3,000 people. I and my friends, nobody in my church, nobody in my faith and I stood up against the killing of 3,000 people. So I don't know where that connection is.

PAT: They seem to forget that slight detail.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: That extremists did, in fact, kill 3,000 people.

GLENN: Now, if you want to say the tea party, which they do, the tea party is akin to what's his name, the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh.

PAT: Timothy McVeigh.

GLENN: I don't think so.

STU: No.

GLENN: I'm clearly on the record for the last 15 years or how long ago did that happen? Ten years?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Clearly on the record being against that, too.

STU: Not to mention, too. You know, maybe I'm wrong on this. But when I think of 9/11, Ground Zero, you think of a somber site of remembrance. The "I Have a Dream" speech is triumphant moment.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It's not a it's a moment of the Civil Rights Movement, moving further the American dream, it's a great thing.

GLENN: Do you remember why we picked 8/28?

PAT: Yeah. Because first of all, 9/12 was a Sunday.

GLENN: Sunday, and I'm not going to have people try to gather on the Sabbath. I'm not going to ask them. How can you ask for the Lord's blessings if you are breaking the Sabbath.

PAT: And then the day before that's obviously 9/11, which you didn't want to mess with.

GLENN: Right, which I don't think we want to have. Can you imagine what people would have said? And they would have been right.

PAT: Exploiting 9/11...

GLENN: So we go back and we just look for an open date where the mall is open and we are open. Now, if this is a traditional event with Al Sharpton, how come there wasn't a hold on the Lincoln Memorial?

STU: So weird.

PAT: That's a good point

GLENN: Yeah. They do it every year, of course. So it was the only open date as close and you know what we argued at the time was that is move in weekend for colleges. And everybody said, Glenn, you are never going to be able to get people there because the colleges, everybody's taking their kids to school. And I said, well, I mean, there's no other open date. There was no other open date. So we took that date, we announced it from stage in Florida. By the time I got onto the bus, I was told that the New York Times had blogged and said that's 8/28. My response was, do we not own a Chase's Calendar? I said, they're going to kill us on this. Now CNN is reporting that, "Well, that's how little Martin Luther King's dream means to Glenn Beck."

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Because he didn't know. Is excuse me? I'm lucky to know my children's birth date.

STU: Yeah. Well, and let's not forget that, you know, 9/11 is a date, an event that's known by the date.

GLENN: Why do you know Pearl Harbor's date?

STU: Because of that one

GLENN: Because of the one speech, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: That's why you know it.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I know July 4th.

PAT: You don't remember when MLK said, I have a dream on this 8/28? That one day?

GLENN: That one day. No, I don't.

STU: Right. That event is known by "I have a dream." It's the "I Have a Dream" speech.

GLENN: I didn't know the date.

STU: I didn't know the date, either. The date is not important. What he said is important. That's the important thing.

GLENN: It's really amazing to me, it is really, truly amazing how people are taking his dream now, Al Sharpton is taking his dream and moving his dream from white people and black people and people of all color getting along, judging somebody by the content of their character, which we are a million miles away from. White, black, all of us, we're a million miles away from. Are we better than we were in 1963? You're damn right we are. We're a lot better than we were. Are we perfect? No. Will we ever? No. Look at the history of the world. It's not the history of our country. Look at the history of our world. One of the things that is keeping us separate is an incorrect reading of history. You don't know the truth about who the bad guys were and who the good.

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Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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