I told you earlier on the program that this is the time and we are the people, but what does that mean exactly? We all know that our country is in trouble, at least some of us, some of us do. We recognize it. Some of us try as hard as we may to convince those who we love and love us and are in our own homes. And for some reason we can’t convince them, and it’s frustrating. But it’s okay. We are living in a time where those who speak the truth, “2 plus 2 equals 4, not 5” will become outcasts. We don’t fit in. We are mocked and ridiculed. We are laughed at and publicly shamed. But that’s okay. I want you to know today that you’re in good company. The very story of America is the story of the misfits and the outcasts. We used to love the story of the underdog, but we have forgotten now that the underdog is the misfit. And the misfit is the one who built this country, whether it be George Whitefield, a misfit in preaching, or the governor of Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials; to Ben Franklin staring down an all‑powerful king; a lanky and homely quiet man from Illinois who thought all men are endowed by their Creator really meant “all men.” The misfits of the Wright brothers, the misfit of a preacher from Atlanta, Georgia, to some college students who just thought that they could make a better search engine and call it Google. Misfits, all of them. Misfits, outcasts changed the world.
It’s funny. Even though outcasts changed the world, no one wants to be an outcast. Everyone who has ever been picked on in school knows what it’s like to be a misfit or an outcast. We really are the same human beings, all of us, no matter where we are, when you boil it down. And you can boil it down to this simple concept: We all just want to fit in. And because of that, tyrants succeed. It’s why Saul Alinsky is studied for power and why Hollywood is so influential.
It is the story of misfits. The cool send us a message that being alone is bad. Don’t stick out. Don’t be different. It’s really all because they’re afraid and that is why they bully, to make sure we all gather to follow them. Imagine. Imagine if we all thought the same.
Imagine if we all walked the same. If we just got away from the freaks that want to go their own way, imagine what we could do. “I’ll help you,” they say to us. We could seek the good things and the cool things that everyone wants.
You see, bullies know if they isolate, mock, ridicule, there’s something inside of each human being that makes them want to run. It’s the bully that we all remember. He picked on the weakest and got others to point and laugh, and each of us then had a choice. Most of us chose to ignore, but the better part of us told us what to do. I too laughed because I didn’t want to be on the receiving end. I wanted to be with the cool kids. So we say nothing, and too many times today we repeat that pattern and say nothing. Be ourselves. Become tongue tied. And that is what has to change.