Restoring our connection with American history

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During the opening of Restoring Love, Glenn spoke of a conversation he had with his daughter about American history. How it was brutal and bloody – far from the idealized version that he had presented to them growing up. He was shocked, and wondered what it meant when he of all people could not get his children to understand the inherent exceptionalism rooted in American history. So he decided to go back and do his own homework, and what he learned changed the course of his life. He came to understand brutalities in America’s past – such as horrible period of Manifest Destiny and Japanese Internement, but he also reconnected with the good.

Along the way on this journey, Glenn met incredible historians and collectors who had original documents and historical artifacts that had been lost and forgotten over time. He found things that were no longer being taught in school. He read them, he touched them. He experienced a deep connection to the past that gave him a new perspective on the present and future.

And now he wants to share that experience with his audience.

It started at Restoring Love, when Glenn let audience members hold a multimillion dollar Honus Wagner baseball card and Eisenhower’s helmet. It continued on GBTV Monday night as he brought out a collection of amazing pieces: Arnold Friburg’s painting of George Washington praying at Valley Forge, Gettysburg Log, General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s helmet, Babe Ruth’s traveling luggage, Abraham Lincoln’s desk and chair from the IL State House, The manifesto of John Wilkes Booth, Honus Wagner baseball card, and finally President Ronald Reagan’s letter to his daughter, Patti.

You can read an in-depth analysis of these pieces on TheBlaze.

All of the pieces represented something unique and special about American history. The Honus Wagner card, for example, showed the importance of standing for one’s beliefs. The card featured a tobacco ad, but smoking was against his faith and convictions and he demanded production on the card be stopped. It’s now worth over $2 million.

Meanwhile, the Lincoln desk and the Eisenhower helmet showed men who stood up for and fought for freedom, one at home and one abroad.

“The helmet tells us that somebody fought for somebody else’s freedom,” Glenn said.

“It’s not enough to fight for our [own]. Freedom belongs to all mankind and there has to be a country that will stand up,” he added.

WATCH Glenn present the Honus Wagner card and the Eisenhower helmet to audience members at Restoring Love below:

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He ended the segment by reading a letter from Ronald Reagan to his daughter Patty:

Dear Patti

It was good to hear from you. As the song goes – ‘the days dwindle down to a precious few.’ In view of my recent birthday I find the song appropriate. Patti I think a talk between us is the answer to some of our differences. There are extremists on both sides of every issue. Reasonable people should look into both sides and see if every charge or countercharge is justified by the facts. Even if there are differences does this justify a family separation? We can disagree on things without abandoning our family relationship. I remember a little girl who sat on my lap and asked me to marry her. Love – Dad.”

“Share this with your neighbors who might disagree with you,” he concluded. “We are not extremists and we are a family as a nation. We have to come together on the things that do unite us.”

 

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    The past defines and shows us where we have come from and who we are in the present; and from these lessons learned, we determine what we choose to become in the future. God help us to make the right and wise choices, along with the hard ones needed to be made in the future that is here at hand.

  • Mike Hodges

    Agreed. Hard choices need to be made. It will take both determination and sacrifice to make this nation great again, but with God on our side we cannot fail. “Of whom shall I be afraid?”

  • Anonymous

     
     Very reasonable and nice letter.  A talk is definitely the answer.  Why does everyone have to be enemies?  Can’t we all agree to disagree.  Love this man.

  • http://twitter.com/MonaDGuthrie Mona D. Guthrie

    We can disagree on things without abandoning our family relationship. I remember a little girl who sat on my lap and asked me to marry her. http://SkilledExplorer.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    In the revolutionary war there were men and women who sacrificed everything for our FREEDOM and INDEPENENCE. Many had no shoes and few clothes on their backs, but somehow made it through months of freezing cold temperatures with little shelter or food. Often times congress was unable to finance any help. Colonists often sold gun powder, clothes an food to the British, simply because they could make more money. Many were concerned that the money of our newly formed nation was worthless, so they didn’t want to sell their goods based on  a promise. In the end,most of the patriots were not paid what they were promised, and in the end were sent home with a simple thank you. I believe, in our fight against progressives it will be the same. True Patriots will have to Unite and come together based on a common cause, FREEDOM. Many of us, in our sacrifice for freedom, will lose our jobs, our homes, and will be despised by many we called friends. In the end it will be our commitment to God, Country and Freedom which will turn the tides of evil. Remember, the Bristish were made up of 8 million people in their country, and we were made up of only 2 million, and that would be counting Indians. The British had 750,000 men trained for battle, while we had no one. Those who could fight, or were willing to fight, were in the tens of thousands not hundreds of thousands. The British had ulimited finances and we had nothing. What we did have though is ALL MIGHTY GOD and a few of his faithful servants. Which will we be when called upon? How much will we be willing to sacrifice? This is the commitmnt Glenn spoke of, and it will not be easy. Everyone will have an excuse. The very first trial is the elections, will we vote? Will we get our friends and Neighbors to vote? Like I said, 30 million Chrstians did not vote in 2008, all we need is 10,000,000 of those Christians to vote in 2012. This country is overwhelmingly made up of Christians, so how is it possible that we can’t control these elections? For some reason, many Christians have decided not to be counted? Why?

  • Anonymous

    Ronald Regan truly was a patriot!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Its funny to me that Beck celebrates Eisenhower.  He opposed McCarthyism, he continued the New Deal agenda, instead of repealing it.  If anything I would say he was a very moderate politician and by todays standard would probably be called a progressive, and probably very similar to Obama policies.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps more important than the outcomes of what has happened in history is the means used to accomplish the results thereby?  As Glenn explains, the history learned, by really digging and trying to find answers to questions such as “Why”, reflects something totally different than that of the state-run public school system’s fascistic pervasiveness of the “acceptable” truth and one sided view thereof. Maybe something is being uncovered here, but being blinded we don’t see it and we may have been trained/brain washed to never comprehend more than one side, even though we hear the words.   

  • Anonymous

    I love it when people say that God is on our side. I didn’t know adults could be that stupid.

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  • Joshua Brown

    What a fellowship, what a joy divine,Leaning on the everlasting arms;What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,Leaning on the everlasting arms.
    O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,Leaning on the everlasting arms;O how bright the path grows from day to day,Leaning on the everlasting arms.
    What have I to dread, what have I to fear,Leaning on the everlasting arms;I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,Leaning on the everlasting arms.

  • Anonymous

    Patty was a spoiled little rich girl who thought it the thing to do to bad mouth her parents. They weren’t always right, what parents are, but they did love her and deserved much more respect from her than she gave them.