On radio this morning, Glenn opened the show with the bone chilling audio of the 9/11 attacks that has become an annual tradition on the anniversary of the attacks on American soil. It’s hard to hear – but it’s necessary to help us remain vigilant and keep the promises we made to each other in the days after the attacks.
“I got dressed this morning and I thought, I’m a completely different man than I was in 2001,” Glenn said through tears as the audio came to a close.
“I was lucky enough to have found God in ’99. So my journey was a little easier.”
“Every year when I hear ‘It’s Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, and my name is Glenn Beck,’ I remember saying those words, trying to be strong, project confidence, give people a sense that we were going to be okay. But I was freaking out just as much as the next guy.”
“Somebody called me on the air that day and said, ‘Who did this? What’s happening?’ I didn’t have a single answer. But I promised that listener the same thing I promised God that night: I’ll do my best. I’ll find out what’s going on and I’ll alert. I won’t go back to sleep. I’ll be up to the task. I will finish the job. I will teach my children.”
“I’m a different man. I’m sure you feel the same way, but there are many days that I think, ‘It’s too hard. I’m tired of being a pariah.’ I held the hand of my son in Anchorage, Alaska. We had been talking about fishing and coming up bear hunting. It was a good boys weekend this last weekend. This lady accosted me in the street, started yelling at me, ‘We don’t want you in our town. Get out of our town. We don’t want you here. You’re a hater.’”
“I told you yesterday that I just turned to her and I said, ‘I love you.’ Boy, I didn’t want to say that. But that’s what came out, and it didn’t ‑‑ believe me, I didn’t think of it. I just kept repeating it, as she was screaming on the streets at me. I finally turned around and walked away.”
“As I told you yesterday, my son had been whisked away by somebody. He doesn’t really understand why we have security 24 hours a day. He’s just starting to learn. He said, ‘Why did that lady say those things, Dad?’ Each of my children have asked that question, and I answer it each time the first time for each of them the same way: ‘Your dad says things that he believes that a lot of people don’t like and even more people don’t want to hear, but I say them because I believe them to be true and that’s the most important thing that we can do.’”
“It’s our responsibility. It’s our responsibility to our country, our God, our children and our neighbors. It’s why it’s written as our first right that the government can never take away. It’s the most important thing. To be able to follow the dictates of your spirit, to worship the god of your understanding, and speak and stand with everything in you.”
“I don’t know what I did most of my life before September 11th, but I can tell you I’m amazed at what I have done since September 11th. I want you to take an inventory of what you’ve accomplished in the last eleven years and if it’s not a huge, long list of how you’ve changed for the better, then maybe you should go back and evaluate, did you keep your promise that we all made that night, that we all made. Because we’re all tired. But the good news is what I said on September 11th, ‘Nothing will destroy us except for ourselves’ remains true today. How are we doing on that front?”