Engaging Your Imagination

FUSION JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010

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Glenn’s Take on the Magic of Words

Picture this scene in your mind…

You’re lying on a big wool blanket in front of a stone fireplace, the flames dancing softly over the logs. The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies begins creeping through the house, competing for your attention with the sounds of footsteps and laughter from the kids upstairs. As the kids melodic voices begin to fade, the green and orange flames take their cue and slowly begin to settle into the charred wood below.

Were you able to see that? Did you feel the warmth of the fire, smell the cookies and hear the kids laughing? If so, then you just experienced the amazing power of words to engage the imagination.

When strung together properly, words seem to unleash an almost magical property. How else can you explain why simple arrangements of letters can make people laugh or cry; inspire them, educate them, or even frighten them?

It’s simple: words are magic.

As a child, my mother would often tell me to turn the television off. One night, tired of being forced to stop watching my favorite show, I retorted, “So you got to watch TV when you were a kid, but I can’t?”

“No,” she responded. “We didn’t have television, we had radio.”

I was stunned. No television? How could you live without television? How boring! But then my mom began to describe how she would sit in the living room at night with her parents, staring at a big old radio, its tuning knob glowing in the darkness. She talked about how the broadcasters would tell stories so vividly that it was like she was there. She explained how that glowing knob was like a window to a world more extraordinary than anything that exists in real life.

On my eighth birthday, my mother bought me a “Golden Years of Radio” album and it changed my life. Listening to Orson Welles’ terrifyingly vivid account of alien visitors made me understand that good storytelling can engage the imagination like nothing else.

From that moment on, I was hooked.

After spending over three decades in broadcasting, it’s clear that telling a good story is becoming a lost art. High definition television, Blu-Ray players, DVRs, iPods…it’s all great technology, but its focus is on making video look sharper or be more convenient to watch, not content. Special effects and surround sound can make a good story better, but they’ll never be a substitute for plot, characters and timing. Think about how many movies have nine-figure budgets and first-rate special effects, yet completely bomb at the box office. Why? Because summer blockbusters might entice the eyes, but they don’t capture the mind or touch the heart.

That’s why I love books. To succeed, readers have to feel something. If there’s a death on television the director will likely show you the body at the funeral, but if there’s a death in a book, the author has to make the readers themselves mourn. You can’t just show them what the funeral looks like, you have to make them feel like they are dressed in black, sitting in a pew, listening to Ave Maria. That’s a far more intimate experience and it’s why books and radio can never be trumped by technology.

I will always appreciate television for its unique strengths (and I know how much America loves seeing me in widescreen HD every night) but seeing is not the same as feeling; watching is not the same as engaging your imagination. Sure, a picture might be worth a thousand words, but a single word has something that a thousand pictures never could…magic.

Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

Watch the video clip below or find the full episode here.


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During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

Watch the video below for more:


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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

Watch the video below to hear Glenn break it down:

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