Glenn Beck: Be good to each other

GLENN: You know, one of the things that -- we're in a tough situation as we always seem to be because we never seem to leave a political cycle anymore which is great because it can keep us divided the whole time and we never get to unite. We're in a political cycle where, you know, where we have to talk about tough issues and there are people on both sides of issues that intentionally want to divide us. Some of us don't. Some of us divide unintentionally. I know I'm divisive unintentionally sometimes. Maybe sometimes I'm intentionally divisive. I don't know. Try not to be. Try to be a better person. Don't always succeed. But we want to be. We want to be those better people. We want to be good people. That's why people want to believe in Barack Obama because they want to be that person. They want to be better than we are. They believe in a better America. That's why I've been telling you that I think Barack Obama has a lot in common with Ronald Reagan. Not in policies, not on philosophies but on that hope of that shining city on the hill, that we are a better people. But where are the honest brokers? Where are the people who are really, they exist outside, outside of you. Do they exist, do they exist in Washington? Does it matter if they exist in Washington, as long as they do exist with you?

Last weekend I had to go down to Walt Disney World and -- I mean, I had to. I was doing some work for the Children's Miracle Network and they asked me to give a keynote speech and I also emceed their awards dinner for them and it's amazing. It's amazing to walk through Disney. My favorite part of Disney is probably most people's least favorite part of Disney. My favorite part of Disney is Main Street. It's when you first walk through those gates and you get off the monorail and you walk through the gates and you get to see Main Street and you get to see the Castle. And the reason why it's my favorite part is because that's where the magic happens for me. The magic doesn't happen in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the magic doesn't happen on the, you know, "It's a small world" ride. The magic happens when you first walk in and you see that and I think the reason is because the magic of Disney is not in the audio-animatronics. The magic of Disney is you believe that the world is a happy place, it's the happiest place on Earth. You believe that people are good to each other. The Disney employee likes their job, or at least that's what you feel. They're good. They make you feel good. They are always smiling. Maybe it's fake. I don't know. But you feel good and you have that moment of magic where you feel like it can be this way. The magic is you're elevated into a higher place. You are elevated into a -- maybe it's a place of the past, maybe it's a place that never existed, it's just a place that we want to exist but it's a place to where people are good to each other.

It was so fantastic this last weekend to be there and to see Main Street and to recognize what that magic is, that it's just being good to each other, that's all it is, and then meeting one individual that you've never heard, a very famous family that you've never heard of this guy. His name is Virl. Virl is deaf. Virl has a younger brother who is also deaf, two boys that were born of the family, first two boys. The family was told, don't have any more children because they're all going to be born deaf. Well, the parents decided, well, I don't care if they're all deaf or not; we're going to have more children. The next child that was born was not deaf. The child after that was not deaf.

Well, the family decided that they needed to raise some money to be able to pay for some hearing aids for Virl and his brother and so what they did is they taught their four boys barber shop quartet, the four boys that could hear, and they would go and they would sing at little parties and things like that and they would raise money just to be able to buy hearing aids for the two older brothers. That's when Andy Williams came into the picture, and Andy Williams saw the four boys and said, you guys are fantastic; you have to be on the show. The parents said no, no, no, no, no. They said, no, Andy Williams said, you've got to travel with me, you've got to be on the TV show, let's do six months together. The family said, no, we're just a family, we're just doing this to be able to raise the older boys, get them some hearing aids. That's all we really wanted to do. Well, they thought about it and Dad woke up in the middle of one night and said, you know what, I think we should pray on this, I think maybe we should -- I don't know. Maybe we should have the boys go with Andy Williams. They did, and the family over the years grew in size. Now I was on stage with, I think 136 Osmonds. The one who taught the Osmonds, Donny and all of his brothers, their dance moves, the one who taught Marie how to dance was Virl, the deaf brother, the oldest Osmond, the one that never, ever went on stage. I know this story because I stood behind stage and I watched the Retrospective on the big screens that was out for the audience and I was watching it in reverse standing next to Virl. I watched this man with such -- he had such great pride in his family. There was no, gosh, I never was recognized, I'm not on stage, the family is on stage, but I'm just standing here where no one will ever see me, backstage. He looked up at that screen and watched his family with such great pride and he looked at me and he said, my parents were as close to perfect as you can imagine. I said, Virl, they had to be. They had to be. A deaf kid being born to a family, imagine. Imagine someone being deaf, being born to a musical family. What are the odds that two deaf children are born to one family that would just listen and say, you know what, let's do it. What a difference that family has made as they, because of those two boys, they started the Osmond Foundation which then became the Children's Miracle Network which now raises millions of dollars for children's hospitals every single year, now is starting to go global, is over in Ireland and Scotland and England and soon will be spreading all around the globe, all because of a guy you never heard of before because he's never made it to stage, the guy who's never heard the cheering of the crowd for his family but has stood silently behind stage and watched him. Virl Osmond. Don't tell me that one man, don't tell me that one person can't make a difference and please don't ever try to tell me that a disability holds you back.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.