Still the 'Land of Opportunity': Glenn takes callers success stories highlighting the American Dream

The flood of bad news is permiating all of media but there are still good stories to be found. On radio Tuesday, Glenn spoke with listeners who have overcome a bad hand to not just make the most of their lives, but have created a legacy of success.

There were more than just a few people who had amazing stories to share and Glenn wasn't able to get to them all on air. Jenean wrote in and this is her story:

"Growing up, I was raised by a single mother in San Diego in the 1950s. My mother was a non-drinking alcoholic, unstable, and mentally ill. When I was 12, she pretended that her young male lover was my boyfriend, and he molested me continuously for two years. My sister had a baby out of wedlock and abandoned the child — I dropped out of regular school and took care of the baby during the afternoon and night, and went to a continuation school. (He didn't want to be around a baby, and she could no longer hide him.)

Two years later, my sister gave the baby up for adoption, and my mother took her rage out on me. She kicked me out of the house when I was 16, and told the cops I ran away. She was cruel and verbally and physically abusive, at one point taking me to pose for nude photos. The photographer told me to put on my clothes and never let her make any more decisions for me.

I married at 18 and had a baby by a sailor who deserted me when the baby was three months old. I went on welfare ($148 a month), no food stamps, or rental assistance. I married again three years later, had a stillborn baby and then my daughter. My husband left when my daughter was two (February 1972). In April, a man broke into my house and raped me at knife-point in front of my son, who was then seven. I married a third time a year later, but he was (unbeknownst to me) a heroin addict. I divorced him and started working in a factory.
My first job.

I finally learned how to drive when I was 24. I developed Meniere's disease when I was 30 and had to have ear surgery to be able to walk. (I was first diagnosed as nutty). During a lunch break, at the factory, I decided I'd had enough. I walked off the job and enrolled at Mesa Community College on the welfare's dime with the goal of becoming an interpreter for the deaf (I was told I would eventually become deaf from the Meniere's). I started with one class. The next semester, I took four. Mother died the first summer I was in school, and I was completely alone with my kids. I graduated with my BA, Magna Cum Laud, Phi Beta Kappa in 1984. My druggie ex committed suicide three weeks prior, but I didn't find out until after I'd graduated. I finished an MA in Sociology and I started teaching government and Sociology (that was when it was still sane) for the military and continued my education.

I got my second MA in Poli Sci in 1995. I'm 74 and just finished an MFA degree at Eastern Kentucky University. I was always writing and decided it was time to learn how. I have been published in over 265 venues: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, book reviews, etc. I've written six novels, the last one as a thesis for my MFA. It was hell, but I never gave up my dream of going to college even though we were dirt poor and I was the throw-away kid. I am having the best retirement I could ask for. I live with my daughter and her husband and have the time to write I always wanted.

Today, Glenn said he wanted stories of real people who 'made it'... well, I have. By the grace of God, no matter how poor and hungry we were, somehow I got my children raised. They are good people, both in happy marriages. They are my crowning achievement. Please forward my story to Glenn. Let him know, I am a devout believer in freedom: it is the natural inclination of all children to be free. I am one of those who would rather die than live in the prison I grew up in."

If you missed the radio program, here is a clip from David in Missouri's call:

'The Fedcoin is HERE': Glenn Beck reveals what the Fed was up to while YOU weren’t watching

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While Americans were preparing for Thanksgiving last Wednesday afternoon, the Federal Reserve moved forward with its "Central Bank Digital Currency" program, and that wasn't the only controversial policy that was rolled out while you weren’t watching.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck reviewed the latest financial stories you may have missed over the holiday weekend, including how Biden's pause on student loan payments may be extended again and yet another sketchy Hunter Biden investment.

"You might have missed what happened Wednesday afternoon at the Fed," Glenn began. "They started their CBDC, Central Bank Digital Currency. Yes, the Fedcoin is here. Now they rolled it out on Wednesday — I mean, that was the only day they could do it, you know, because they've been denying that any of this stuff was happening. But they could only get it [launched] when no one was paying attention. So they rolled it out, and it's in its beta test now."

"By the way, India just rolled out its retail pilot program for digital rupees as well. But don't worry," he continued. "Maybe we should start having the conversation of, 'Gosh, this looks like the mark of the beast.' I mean, doesn't it? But surely it's not. Of course not. Not from the U.S. government. They never do anything underhanded or evil. Never."

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BIGGER than Tiananmen Square? Here's what the China protests are REALLY about

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China has been locking its citizens down for over two years under its zero-COVID policy, and it's becoming more and more clear that this isn’t just about COVID but something much more serious: slavery and control. Now it looks like many citizens have had enough. Protests are currently spreading throughout China and, unlike during the Tiananmen Square protests, the word is getting out.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck looked into the protests' "real motivations," explained how they’re different from the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square, and predicted how these events are a "game-changer for the entire world."

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The American Journey Experience is the new home of the car Orson Welles gave to Rita Hayworth. Orson Welles gave this car to his future wife Rita Hayworth for her 24th birthday.

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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