Angelina Jolie gets it?

GLENN: There's a couple of things that I want to get into today. There is George Clooney now coming out and saying he's not sure that talking about Darfur is actually -- in fact, he thinks it might have hurt the situation in Darfur. He says he's not sure that his star status has done anything to help at all. And then there's an article from Angelina Jolie. It's in the Washington Post. "The request is familiar to American here say, 'Bring them home.' But in Iraq where I've just met with American and Iraqi leaders, the phrase carries a different meaning. It doesn't refer to the departure of U.S. troops but to the returns of the millions of innocent Iraqis who have been driven out of their homes and in many cases out of the country. In the six months since my previous visit to Iraq and, you know, with the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, this humanitarian crisis has not improved. However, during last week the United States and the Iraqi government had begun to work together in new and important ways."

She goes on to say that she met with the troops and they don't want to come home. In fact, let me find this. "During my visit I met with Iraqi prime minister," blah, blah, blah. "My visit left me with even more deeply convinced that we not only have a moral obligation to help these displaced Iraqi families but also a serious long-term national security interest in ending this crisis," blah, blah, blah. "We cannot afford in my view to squander" -- listen to this one. "We cannot afford in my view to squander the progress that has made." She wants more money over there, blah, blah, blah. The question -- the question whether the surge was working: "I can only state what I witnessed. UN staff and those of nongovernmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt a scale-up of their programs. When I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said they miss home but they feel invested in Iraq. They lost so many friends and they want to be a part of the humanitarian progress that they now feel is possible. It seems to me that this is now the moment to address the humanitarian side of the situation."

You've got to be kidding me! This -- you know what, Stu? I think this kind of answers our Ayn Rand question on Angelina Jolie question from the other day.

STU: Yeah, how do you mean?

GLENN: Well, you know, we were talking, what was it, a couple of days ago that Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged" never before made. Ayn Rand didn't want it made because she said they would butcher it and they had to cut the 40-page monologue at the end and she left it to somebody who promised to protect it and then that person, I think, died and they gave it to somebody else to promise that they would protect it and it would never be made unless it was in its entirety. Well, that person just sold it to Angelina Jolie and they're going to make "Atlas Shrugged." And you and I were talking about how does Hollywood make Ayn Rand's book about, really about selfishness, the ultimate in capitalism.

STU: Yeah, personal responsibility and thinking about your -- you know, serious.

GLENN: Not thinking about anyone else but yourself but in a positive way in many ways on just saying, what I do if I live my life the right way, it will be good for society. How does Hollywood make that movie, especially with Angelina Jolie? I think this answers the question. I think Angelina is actually open-minded. I think she's just misguided with the UN. I think, you know, these Hollywood people have been sucked into this global community and -- to the UN and they see all these good things. And as George Clooney said in Time magazine, it's cool to have a UN passport. He doesn't carry an American passport and neither does she. She carries a UN passport, and I think they are just like, yeah, look at me, I'm cool, I'm part of the UN. Know what I mean? But I think when you read this, she's open-minded. She's willing to say -- which a lot of people in Hollywood I don't think are -- she's willing to say, okay, we've made progress; I talked to the troops; here's the truth of what the troops are saying and we have an opportunity here; let's not squander it.

George Clooney in Time magazine, he's on the cover, the last movie star. In it he talks about, I think I've been misled and I think I may have made the problem worse. He talks about how he was just held at gunpoint over in Darfur by a 14-year-old soldier and he said nothing has changed. He gave a speech to the UN. He said you either fix this problem and give these troops the ability to protect themselves and the people or have the common decency to pull them out. I think he gets it. I think there is a historic opportunity coming our way and it's not with Washington or anything else. It's people. I think like the -- who is the guy that we had on just the other day from, oh, shoot, what's his name, from Aspen. He wrote that great column in the Aspen Times. What's his name?

DAN: Gary Hubbell.

GLENN: Gary Hubbell. Here he is a Democrat and he's left the party. He listened to this program and when I said you've got to get out of these parties, he took it to heart. He left the party and now he's an independent. I think people are starting to say, wait a minute, maybe We the People is the answer, maybe we are the answer. You know, we have absolutely no chance of this ever happening but yesterday I met with the bookers on our TV show and I said, you've got to get a hold of George Clooney and maybe we should get a hold of Angelina Jolie as well. You've got to get a hold of George Clooney. I absolutely agree with him on Darfur. I think that we're going to be held morally responsible for this when we get to the other side. We pass over to the other side, that's going to be on the checklist: Where were you on Darfur. I agree with him on that. We just disagree on how to fix it. But now with him not being so strident and it's not a "I hate George Bush" kind of stuff. Now's the time where you can make progress. Now's the time. If we can find enough people who are honest enough, who are like, you know, like we have been, I don't hate George W. Bush but I'm not a fan of his anymore. I mean, I was for George W. Bush and then I think he betrayed us and so I think actually what I have is a healthy view of George W. Bush. He's right on a few things; he's really wrong on a few other things. He's not evil and he's not God. Okay. Isn't that what you would expect to believe about a President? But everybody on both sides have either deified their candidates and made it absolutely right on everything and it's that way or it's nothing, or they've taken the other side and they've looked at the other candidate and said they must be the antichrist. "Oh, George Bush is the most evil guy ever to be in the presidency." And now people are doing exactly what they did to Bill Clinton. I mean, I'm getting the mail that, you know, Barack Obama is the antichrist. Come on.

When we strike the reasonable balance and say, okay, I can completely disagree with this guy's policies but you know what, this part over here is pretty decent or this part over here, we may actually have a chance to be able to make some real progress. Am I living in -- am I sunshine and lollipops today?

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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