Hope 101: A cautionary reminder

By Dan A.

There was no shortage of disappointment this week as two of the most beloved national figures took a mighty fall from grace.

America mourned & cheered with Manti Te'o only to find out the entire story was a complete hoax. And, to add to that kick in the stomach, Lance Armstrong confirmed what many have suspected for years — he too was a complete and total fraud.

As these stories broke they were met by ample commentary from fans and foes on social media:

How could this happen? They were one of the good guys! I never saw that one coming!

That was followed by some good old fashioned anger and defiance:

'I'm never going to believe in anyone ever again! My faith in humanity is lost!'

It seems that every time someone comes along with the slightest glimmer of promise, and our faith is restored that sometimes the "good guys" do finish first. And then they fall, lose their "good guy" status, and get thrown in the "dirtbag" category with the others.

And so it goes, the vicious cycle of hope fails continues.

Why do we keep getting let down? Here’s my thesis: (Warning! Faith-in-humanity spoiler alert!) There are no good people on the planet. Not even one.

We desperately want to believe that there’s at least at least one left. But the reality is we are merely a collection of broken & flawed souls who are trying to do our best, but are inherently incapable of doing so.

We are all selfish.

We all have inconsistencies.

We all stumble.

We all have moments we regret

We've all acted out of greed, anger, selfishness, pride, impatience, or even vengeance.

Therefore, placing your faith, hope & trust in people will only lead to disappointment.

Sure, some of our flaws are more glaring than others (see Weiner-gate). But if you are clinging to Tim Tebow, Barack Obama, Tom Hanks, Marco Rubio, or even your own mom & dad: this I can guarantee: one way or another, you will be let down. So stop putting people up on perfection pedestals. Parents, don’t allow your child to idolize others. God fearing folks should know better – it’s right there in the top 10 – but aside from that, idolizing someone and putting tons of posters up on the bedroom wall is a little creepy. Stalkers do that too.

You are setting yourself up to fail. From Presidents to peasants, people, including yours truly, suck.

How many examples is it going to take before we accept this fact?

Nixon, Clinton, and a gazillion other politicians.

Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, A-Rod, Clemens, Kobe, Marion Jones, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, OJ Simpson,Jerry Sandusky.

Jim Bakker, Ted Haggert, catholic priests and numerous other Christian leaders.

Even the most honorable institution, the military, isn’t immune: from soldiers abusing dead corpses & stacking up naked Iraqis in humiliation pyramids to the seemingly impeccable character of General Petreus, examples of failure are easy to find.

There’s not enough internet space to list the Hollywood examples. But you get the picture.

Faith in humanity is futile. I beg you, America, stop it. Just STOP IT. It's better to accept humanity for what it is. Flawed. Place your hope elsewhere. Hope is a powerful thing. It can build us up, it can make us soar. But, when we place it in the wrong hands, it can be taken from us. It can crush the soul and lead to despair.

So place your hope carefully. Use it wisely. Find something that never changes, never moves, never lies, never cheats, never steals, never hates and never fails. And put all of it there.

And if you can find someone other than God who fits the bill, let me know.

CNN reporter tries to 'ambush' GOP candidate Kari Lake, IMMEDIATELY regrets it

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CNN senior national reporter Kyung Lah thought she'd caught Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake off guard when she asked for an impromptu interview outside an event, but ended up sorely regretting her decision.

Lake, a former Fox news anchor, shook hands with Lah as she approached and immediately pointed out that the CNN reporter wasn't wearing a mask any more, a barbed reference to a contentious interview in October 2021, in which Lah smeared the GOP candidate as a “rising star of the right-wing and proud spreader of lies." Lah asked if Lake had “a minute to chat.”

“I’ll do an interview," Lake answered, "as long as it airs on CNN+. Does that still exist? I didn’t think so, because the people don’t like what you guys are peddling, which is propaganda. Thank you.”

Lake then walked into the event, leaving Lah utterly speechless.

It looks like Lake gained quite a few fans on Twitter:

Kari Lake has been a longtime friend to "The Glenn Beck Program." She joined Glenn last August to tell Glenn why she left the corrupt world of media, what prompted her to enter "the even more corrupt world of politics," and how she plans to make a big difference in her battleground state of Arizona.

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Hunter's Biden's latest BIZARRE scandal reveals how red-flag laws REALLY work

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Even if red-flag laws weren't unconstitutional (which they are), they've never been about your safety. They're about your submission, argued Glenn Beck on the radio program. Think of it this way: If red flag laws became the law of the land, do you think President Joe Biden’s son Hunter would lose his guns or face charges for violating the gun laws we already have?

You may have heard that he once "lost" a gun in a dumpster by a school. But there's a whole lot more to the bizarre tale. Newly revealed texts from Hunter's abandoned laptop detail the strange drama that unfolded when Hallie Biden, Hunter's sister-in-law-turned-lover, threw his handgun into a dumpster near a Delaware school in October 2018. The gun was found and turned in to police, but like so many of the Biden family scandals, the chaos created a sandstorm that conveniently helped cover Hunter's tracks. Only tidbits of information have emerged, the most significant of which is that the gun in question was purchased by Hunter illegally and, of course, no charges were filed as a result.

Glenn broke down the details of the most recently revealed Hunter Biden scandal, noting in particular that no charges or arrests were ever made as a result.

"If you voted for Joe Biden and you believe in all of these red-flag laws, then why isn't Hunter Biden in jail today?" Glenn asked.

"You and I both know that the ramifications of Hunter Biden's activities and his tragic saga go well beyond Hunter Biden, because they are teaching people a lesson. We are moving towards a society that has a ruling class that lives above their own edicts. They tell us they know better. They tell us that our neighbors and even some of us are dangerous, while ignoring the dangers in their own lives or in their own families ... We saw it during COVID-19 and we will see it again with gun regulations, 'The rules are for thee and not for me.' This is why Americans cannot give an inch, not one inch of our liberty away on the grounds of the government's good faith. They have no good faith left. They have violated every single principle of liberty and they've done it in a name of they know better," he said.

"Don't be fooled," Glenn added. "Just as we saw during COVID-19, just as we saw with the Patriot Act that is now being horribly abused by the people in power that swore they'd never abuse it, red-flags are not about your safety. Period. They are about your submission."

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Thanks to a recent report from the Federalist, we now know of an ‘insidious’ White House plan to significantly alter commercial sales of ammunition. Not only would this plot skyrocket the price of ammunition for everyday consumers, but it could create a national security risk by limiting one factory’s ability to produce for the military under war-time demand as well.

Larry Keane, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to detail this White House move, and he explained how he knows the government is lying about it, too.

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2021 was a turning point for public education in America. Remote learning revealed to parents what public schools were force-feeding their kids — everything from critical race theory to the existence of infinite genders — while performance in subjects like math and reading fell across the board.

Now, school boards and teachers' unions are facing a tidal wave of parents who want to take the reins back. But school wasn’t always like this. Glenn Beck takes us back to a time before the Department of Education and asks the question: “Are our schools getting better or worse?”

American Federation for Children senior fellow Corey DeAngelis joins to expose who’s actually benefitting from our public school system — and it’s not our kids. And former Secretary of Education under President Trump Betsy DeVos explains why it’s time to abolish the department she once headed, what stopped her from doing so, and how parents can make a big difference.

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