Glenn Beck is an influential and hugely talented man who is not only the host of his television and radio programs, but also an author, a producer, and an entrepreneur. His television program, Glenn Beck, is currently in syndication on TheBlaze and his radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, airs throughout the United States.
Beck has overcome some significant personal challenges before becoming who he is today. It is speculated that his mother, who drowned, actually committed suicide, which influenced Beck’s early life.
His stepbrother also committed suicide and Beck became an alcoholic to cope with these challenging and tragic events. Beck also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD. Beck has two daughters from his first marriage, one of which has cerebral palsy.
Beck struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for many years, and these issues caused the breakup of his first marriage. He sunk into the depths of depression and then became suicidal.
Beck later joined Alcoholics Anonymous, which he credits with helping him remain sober. Beck often states that he was high or drunk every day for fifteen years. He began working for a radio station in 1996 and also attended a class at Yale University, but that is the only college class he ever took. Beck is largely self-taught when it comes to theology and philosophy, having studied the works of Pope John Paul II, Hitler, Carl Sagan, and even Nietzche.
Beck remarried and soon he and his wife began looking for a faith they could both believe in. Having been exposed to the LDS (Mormon) church a few years previous, Beck and his wife both joined the church in 1999. He has two more children from this marriage.
Beck suffers from macular dystrophy, an eye condition, and also has other health issues. These health challenges have not kept him from his punishing schedule as a father, personality, and entrepreneur. Beck has had a wide-ranging career, beginning in radio.
Occasional poorly thought-out stunts and personal issues that affected his performance marred his earlier radio shows.
He then began his Glenn Beck Program, which has lasted sixteen years and is still going strong. He just lags behind Rush Limbaugh, Dave Ramsey, and a couple of other heavy hitters. Beck’s show is an eclectic mixture of comedy, political commentary, Beck’s personal reflections, and sometimes includes a special guest. He also takes calls from listeners and discusses their issues or comments regarding Beck’s topic for the day.
Beck admits that his persona is an interesting mix of anger, moral lessons, and his apocalyptic view of the future of the world. While this has made him very popular, it has also resulted in protests of his show and other activities that he is involved in.
Beck’s television show was originally aired on the Fox network. However, he left that network and created his own, TheBlaze. His show is a simulcast of his radio program. The show runs for three hours a day. The show can also be seen and heard online. Beck has his latest podcasts on his website for viewing at any time.
Beck has also published several books, many of which have reached the number one slot on the New York Times bestseller list. He has written books about socialism, Islam, American history, and also has written children’s books and several fiction books. He also tours America periodically, bringing his one-man show to many major cities. As popular as he is, he garners much criticism for some of his viewpoints and perhaps misspoken statements. Beck does not feel that humans caused global warming, supports gay marriage and was involved in a petition to reject the Kyoto Protocol.
Beck is also a clothier, launching his clothing line, 1791, which benefits his charity, Mercury One. This charitable organization was involved in an effort to give food and other forms of relief to the children of migrant children, although Beck is opposed to illegal immigration.
Beck is considered a conservative and has drawn criticism from some liberal groups, who bear him worth watching.
Beck has interesting theories in regards to many subjects, including saying that Obama will lower the average income in America to 14K a year; that all churches in America are in danger; and that America has set itself up for the creation of a class system.
Although many criticize him, he has many supporters, and his honesty and candor are admirable. In a world where many are afraid to say what they think, Beck is honest and forthright, regardless of the controversy his thoughts may create.
He has gained support from many public figures, such as Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.
Beck is also a big fan of investing in precious metals, including gold and silver. These metals are often seen as more safe investments than putting money into the stock market. Gold and silver are always in demand. Gold is used in jewelry, made into coins and bars, and can also be purchased as part of an IRA. Silver is in demand for many industrial applications, including electronics.
These metals have also retained their value, for the most part, over time. Gold was used as money far back into antiquity. It is no wonder that Beck, with his conservative viewpoints, began to see investing in precious metals to be safe and secure.
Beck has been backing the Goldline organization, which assists consumers in investing in gold. Gold is often seen as a hedge against inflation and the falling values of many currencies. Goldline is also a sponsor of Beck’s shows. Beck designed his own medal for Goldline customers, known as the ‘Mind Your Business’ medal.
He also designed a silver medal referred to as the ‘Plant the Truth’ medal. He stated in an interview that America’s problems might have begun when we stopped minding our own business and started minding that of other countries, hence the name of the first medal he designed.
Beck feels that the purchase of precious metals also helps people protect themselves from economic or apocalyptic disasters. Beck agrees with certain other politicos that the government is trying to turn investors away from gold. He feels that there is little gold left in Fort Knox, that much of it is under the Federal Reserve, and that our government has not always been honest with its citizens.
Glenn Beck supports his position with Arizona’s decision to accept gold and silver as legal tender. He sees this as an indicator that investors should not put all of their money into American or foreign countries, but into precious metals and that the government has tried to keep the little person from buying gold. Beck feels that if the average American invests in gold they will be prepared for any eventuality.
Glenn Beck has been clear about his feelings that the American economy could collapse and then the US will become a third world country. Investing in gold is one way that consumers can protect themselves and their families from disaster. Critics say that Glenn Beck is simply paranoid or perhaps even crazy.
The LDS Church-owned and very conservative Deseret News presented both sides of the coin in regards to Beck’s golden advice. The news agency notes that while there are both promoters and detractors of investing in gold, that gold, in certain forms, may be good protection against possible economic downturns. However, the Deseret News does point out that gold may be useless in an apocalyptic world, where food may be much more valuable than gold coins or bullion.
However, Beck does not necessarily state that the world will be blown back to the stone age, but that the government could collapse, producing a country that is similar to that of some underdeveloped countries across the globe. Gold would still be a valuable commodity in that instance.
Glenn Beck is also the founder of Mercury Radio Arts, a multimedia production company that produces all of Beck’s programs, books, and other offerings. Mercury’s mission is to ’empower, enlighten, and entertain’ and they do just that. Beck named Mercury after Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre, which produced live broadcasts throughout the 1930s. The company considers their biggest inspirations to be larger than life entertainers, such as Walt Disney. Mercury owns TheBlaze network and has offices throughout the US. Beck wanted TheBlaze to be an alternative to mainstream media, who he feels is afraid to report the truth. The network hosts a variety of shows that look at presidential elections, documentaries about current events, and even shows about guns and shooting.
Glenn Beck is truly a complex individual that cannot be understood by only hearing part of the story.
His many viewpoints may confuse some, but taken as a whole, he appears to be someone who has strong beliefs, a desire to help others and is not afraid to share those beliefs nor offer aid to those he feels are deserving. Glenn Beck is certain to remain a force in American politics for years to come.