How a Republican Became a Libertarian After Listening to Glenn Beck
by Joanne Troppello
I was never very inclined to involve myself in politics. The mere thought of politics bored me. At that point, I had skated through life—in my twenties—feeling basically unaffected by anything happening in Washington. I grew up in a Christian family where I learned Biblical values. However, my family was nonpartisan and never discussed politics or the importance of voting and being informed about political issues.
When I was in high school, I took a Legal Education class and learned about the different branches of government and enjoyed expanding my knowledge about legal issues. That class planted the seed of political thinking in my mind—that would later influence me after I got married. I took this class during my senior year in High School in 1992. Back then, the classroom environment was still open to teachers sharing all views on the political spectrum. My teacher shared the differences between liberal and conservative ideas.
That’s when I realized that since I thought abortion was wrong, I must be a Republican. I took on that label in name only since I never registered to vote.
I had learned about the Electoral College in my Legal Education class and thought my vote didn’t matter and wouldn’t count anyway. I continued on in this name-only label of Republican until I met my husband.
He grew up in a more vocally political family that voted and discussed politics. When I witnessed this dynamic in his family, it felt very foreign to me. I was embarrassed to confess to my then fiancé that I had never registered to vote, but he understood my reasons and why I had gone down that path. We got married in 2004 and shortly after, I registered to vote.
I had never watched cable news channels, and only received my news updates from the local CBS, ABC, or NBC stations. After getting married, I got hooked on Fox news because my husband was an avid fan of the network. I got extremely engaged in politics during the campaign period prior to the 2008 Presidential election. I was disappointed with the outcome of the election. However, I accepted the fact that Obama was President and I respected the office.
When the Glenn Beck program started on Fox News in 2009, my husband and I became immediate fans of the show. When Beck announced that he was leaving Fox to start The Blaze I was so disappointed, but after becoming a subscriber, I caught the wave of his vision for why he left. I have to admit, that I didn’t always enjoy watching his show since he shared facts and predictions of things to come, like the Caliphate. Yet, I understood the importance of being informed about current events, so we could be prepared for any outcome. However, we are still currently subscribed to The Blaze and don’t regret coming along for this journey.
I have learned so many things from watching Beck’s show on Fox and the shows on The Blaze. One life-changing event for me was when my husband and I attended Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 2010. We had never attended a political rally before. However, we were drawn to this rally because of the reasoning behind the event—restoring honor in our lives and turning back to God.
I was somewhat worried to attend the event because of possible protests to the rally and being vulnerable in such a large gathering. However, I was amazed to see people from all over this great country coming together in peace simply because they wanted to restore honor in their lives and turn back to God. We had wanted to attend the Restoring Courage rally in Israel and the Restoring Love rally in Texas, but it wasn’t in our budget to attend those events.
We still have a laminated copy of the “40 Day/40 Night Challenge: A Blueprint for National Survival” that Glenn Beck created for the viewers who were committing on 8-28-2010 to follow the four step plan to restore honor in their lives and turn back to God.
My husband and I had been committed to God already. Yet, seeing Glenn Beck openly talking about God and taking steps to get our lives right—on Fox News and not on a Christian network—blew my mind. To me, that was the epitome of bravery. His courage to say what he felt, and thought made me question whether I could do the same.
Fast-forward to present day, and I am still on a journey, only deeper, to getting closer to the Lord and learning as much as I can about what is going on in the world today.
I am still a registered Republican, but my political views have shifted toward a Libertarian viewpoint. I now understand the Bill of Rights and what it means to value the Constitution. I believe in limited government, lower taxes, gun rights, and free speech. I still believe that marriage in God’s eyes is between a man and a woman.
However, I don’t want the government to infringe on the rights of same sex couples to get married. I believe in free speech and protesting to give a voice to what you believe in. I don’t condone violence, but I understand how important it is for everyone to have a voice, even if I don’t agree with what they are saying.
I have truly learned how to think for myself and “question with boldness” simply because I started watching the Glenn Beck show in 2009. During the last ten years since then, my husband and I have faced many struggles. However, we have grown together as a couple, learned the value of learning something new each day, and continue to reinforce our desire to grow closer to the Lord and be a light in this world.
Thank you, Glenn Beck for making a huge, positive impact on our lives.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.