A blast from Glenn's past

GLENN: Let me tell you a little story about something that happened to me this week and I'm going to show this on television because you really need to see it. I'll talk about that probably next week. If you're watching on Insider Extreme. I want to show you something that was sent to me. This is an old colonial uniform, the minutemen from the American Revolution. This actually was sent to me by a woman in Seattle. She wrote to me at Glennbeck.com, which we get about 5 to 7,000 Emails a day, and I have a woman who goes through all of them and gives me summaries and she passes on a lot of them for me to read as individuals. This was one of them. I don't know, Glenn, if this is a waste of time or what this is, but I thought I should send this one to you. It has a photo attached to it. The letter said, dear Mr. Beck, I don't know if this is yours or not, but it has your father's name on it. It says Bill Beck inside, and it says Mt. Vernon, Washington, and I happened to have found it. I'm in a vintage clothing business, and I happened to be going through all of these clothes to see what I was going to buy or not for my shop, and she said I didn't really look at it. I just picked it up and I thought, wow this is really unique. What is this? She said I looked at the stitching on it. I looked at the way it was done and I thought somebody really spent a lot of time on this and this was really made, you know, with love and it was made by hand. She said so I threw knit a big bag and when I got home and I was going through it for my shop, she said I really looked at it and I was looking at the stitching. She said I opened up the inside and it says right here and I remember this was taken from one of my father's jackets. My dad had one suit, and my mother took this out of the jacket and it says for the wardrobe of Bill Beck, the varsity shop, Mountain Vernon, Washington. The varsity shop was a men's clothing store down the street from our Bakery and my mother took it out of that suit and put it in this. I talked about how the tea party needs to stop dressing up and I know from experience and we've talked about it before, I know what happens when you start to dress up in colonial garb.

[ Whistles ]

We did it as kids. I was part of it. I did it. This jacket was made by my mother. She took and she made the patterns. She was so amazing. She made the patterns. She looked at books and looked at old colonial uniforms and made a pattern and then made this by hand and she made all of the uniform is for this little colonial militia thing that my parents started. The reason why they started it, it was 1973, I think, the reason why they started it is because our town was dying, and I grew up in Mt. Vernon, Washington. That's in the Seattle area. There's no colonial anything out west, but there is a little town that my folks and I we would go up as a family and we just loved. It's up in the mountains in the cascades called Leavenworth and I don't know if it's still like.

This Leavenworth, everybody now in the White House, oh, you'll be in Leavenworth again, my friend. Leavenworth is this little like German Alps town, and it's just really cute and it's just really unique. So when our town started to die because the mall came into town, my folks knew that you had to change the way we did business. Well, they decided that Leavenworth was a great town of people. We could make something really unique and since the bicentennial was coming, people were thinking about the history of our country, we're in Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Washington. Mt. Vernon is the home of George Washington, Washington State, named after George Washington and there's nothing like it. Why not brick the industries and put in, you know, gas lamps and make the town into a little colonial town, a little Williamsburg. That was my folks' idea. About half the town liked it. The rest of the town was living in denial. Oh, we don't need to do that. I remember my father, I remember my father standing in his shop over the Bakery bench in the back with flour and icing all over him and he would look at the jeweler and he would look at the guy who ran the varsity shop and he would look at these guys and they would be, Bill, Bill, it's temporary. It's not that bad. The mall is a fad. I remember it. I remember it all. And my father saying things have changed. We're in this together. If we don't change, if we don't do something different, we're not going to survive, and so my mother made these uniforms and we would go and parades and everything else. We would marched in the Rose Bowl in 1976. We were the first nonband marching unit ever in the Rose Bowl. So this lady wrote to me. She said is this your father's? I told the guy on my staff, call her back up and say yes, but find out what she's going to charge me for it. I can only imagine what she's going to charge for this. He didn't come back into my office and I forgot about it and earlier this week, we were delivered a box and in it was my father's jacket. She didn't charge a dime. She thought I should have it. But this is where the story becomes truly amazing.

PAT: She's suing you for $27,000.

GLENN: Thank you for wrecking it. Seriously, thank you for coming in and just have a heartwarming. Now you're not going to hear the ER of the story. You'll have to wait. Now you'll have to wait.

[ Laughter ]

GLENN: I don't mean until after the commercial. Now you will have to wait.

PAT: This is something I'm looking forward to.

STU: Why do you want to punish the audience because of Pat?

GLENN: Top down. I'm at the top. You as the audience have to force me to do the thing that you know I want to do.

[ Laughter ]

STU: I don't like this philosophy at all.

GLENN: It's a teaching mechanism. It's to show you what Obama is doing.

STU: Do we get the story after this break?

GLENN: No, actually because I want you to meet her. She's flying in next week.

STU: Really?

GLENN: Yeah. I want you to meet her because she has an amazing story.

PAT: Does she know about Nimrod?

GLENN: I don't think it's strong enough to say I will hit him so hard that his whole family will be dizzy. I think I will say pat I'm going to chop you and your family into Pieces.

STU: Wow.

[ Laughter ]

GLENN: You'll meet her next week. But tomorrow, you are going to find out why this is such an amazing thing to happen this week. This just came to me two days ago and tomorrow, I announce something that This is so cool. It's just so cool. You don't want to miss tomorrow's episode.

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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