Farewell 41

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America's 41st president, George H.W. Bush, died late Friday evening. He was 94.

Bush Sr. has been called the most successful one-term president in U.S. history. A bit of a back-handed compliment maybe, but it's probably true. The Cold War ended on his watch – the Berlin wall fell, and the Soviet Union dissolved. Bush skillfully navigated the choppy waters of that massive reshuffling of the world order. He signed treaties with Gorbachev mandating historic reductions in nuclear and chemical weapons. In 1990, he put together a 28-nation coalition that expelled Saddam Hussein's troops from Kuwait. The American-led ground war in Iraq lasted just over four days.

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Americans usually like their presidents a lot more once they've left office. This was especially true of Bush. Following eight years of the "great communicator," Ronald Reagan, Americans found George Bush rather bland. He was accused of being out of touch and having no domestic agenda as the economy slumped mid-way through his presidency. He didn't exactly send thrills up the legs of conservatives either. He wasn't the guy for pushing ideological agendas. Yet, America would come to miss the sense of calm and normalcy that he brought to the White House.

George Bush's four years in office were the calm before the partisan storm. His presidency marked the end of an era. He was our last president to have served in World War II. By the time the 1992 election rolled around, the shifting political winds seemed to catch Bush by surprise. The telling sign that he didn't appreciate the rising cool-factor of his '92 challenger, Bill Clinton, came during one of their debates when Bush seemed bored and at one point even checked his watch. It was as if America was checking its watch too and realized after twelve straight years of Republicans in the White House, maybe it was time to give this young draft-dodger from Arkansas a chance.

Sometimes, we don't appreciate what we've got 'til it's gone.

By today's standards, Bush was way overqualified to become president. He had been a congressman from Texas, ambassador to the UN, chairman of the RNC, U.S. envoy to China, director of the CIA, and Vice President. Despite his accomplishments, he declined to write the traditional presidential memoir because he thought it would be unseemly to write about himself.

Bush's calm sincerity and genuine modesty seem like such a throwback now. With his passing, it makes you wonder whether we'll ever see a president like him again. He wasn't perfect, nor was he a saint. But he was a gentleman, he loved his country, and he served it well.

At the end of his first year as president, Bush wrote in his diary, "I'm certainly not seen as visionary, but I hope I'm seen as steady and prudent and able."

Sometimes, we don't appreciate what we've got 'til it's gone.

After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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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?"

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