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Thanksgiving Message from Glenn

What is Thanksgiving all about?

For a lot of people, Thanksgiving has become a day devoted to eating a whole lot of turkey, watching the parade and maybe a little football before falling asleep on the couch. You then spend the next few days snacking on leftover turkey and stuffing while thinking about how fat you got. I know this because, for many years, I was the prototypical gluttonous slob who basically turned into Homer Simpson each Thanksgiving day.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to disconnect from the world and stuff my face while in a state of ignorant bliss. You and I both know, however, that it’s time to make Thanksgiving about something a little more meaningful than endless mounds of sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

If you’ve been with us for the past few years, you’ve probably heard me talk about the trilogy of holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Instead of looking at these holidays as three separate events, I think we should look at them as a process – one that gives us the opportunity to give thanks, wipe the slate clean, and renew ourselves ahead of the new year.

I am convinced that Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s are put together through divine providence, that when we are humble enough, we will see the meaning of Christmas and we’ll be able to change our life in the new year. That’s what it’s really all about, I think, but it’s the humility part that gets us.

Let’s start with Thanksgiving – the opportunity to humble ourselves and give thanks.

This year, I think we need to return to the values of the first Thanksgiving: a return to reflection, a return to appreciation for what we have, a return to thanks. We must give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy.

At the first Thanksgiving, they had every reason to be miserable, but they chose to be thankful. Of the 152 who made the trip to the new world, only 53 remained. They faced brutal weather, contagious disease, and malnutrition. It was pretty much a disaster. But rather than wallow in misery, the small but mighty gathered together to give thanks. They were thankful to have family, good health, and most of all freedom – freedom from tyranny and freedom to worship God.

They thanked God for sparing those who remained and for bringing them to this new land. They thanked Him for the Indian friends who provided much of that day’s feast.

They made a choice to be happy, to be positive, and to be thankful.

Happiness is a choice, one you have to make every day when you wake up. If you wake up and decide to be angry, pessimistic, and ungrateful – it affects not only you but everyone around you. It’s not easy to choose to be happy, especially if you are awake and paying attention to what is going on in the world.

You can’t renew yourself without first taking a personal inventory of the things you are thankful for.

This Thanksgiving, make the choice to be happy. Make the choice to be thankful. First and foremost on the list is giving thanks to God – because all things come from Him and it is He alone who provides hope, even in (especially in) the difficult times.

So think long and hard about the good things in your life. Get on bended knee and be thankful for all of the blessings you have received. But more importantly, be thankful during your trials and difficult times as well. For while they aren’t any fun, they mold our character, teach us important lessons, and grow our faith.

Have a blessed weekend, a blessed Thanksgiving, and for all of our gifts, we give praise to Him.

Laus Deo,

Glenn turns Thanksgiving Eve into a personal conversation and a moment for empowerment

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Today is a very different day.

I’ve sent everybody here in the studios in Las Colinas, Texas, back home and told them to be with their families and spend the day so you and I can spend some time. Whether you’re in the airport or in the car driving home or you’re like me, somebody who has to work today, that we could be together and share the truth on the history of Thanksgiving, the history of our country, the history of the season and what it’s really all about. I am convinced that Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s are put together really through divine providence, that when we are humble enough, we will see the meaning of Christmas and we’ll be able to change our life in the new year. That’s what it’s really all about, I think, but it’s the humility part that gets us and this is really one of those days that you either love or hate.

We all have people in our family that we don’t necessarily get along with. We were talking at the family dinner table last night, my daughter and my new grandchild and my eldest daughter and my two youngest kids. We had my son-in-law’s mom at the table last night. We read our — we read our scriptures at the table last night and we started talking about family and we started talking about the holidays. And I just love having my family near, but there — it hasn’t always been that way. And I said to my — I said to my kids, you know, it’s important, I think, to get away from your parents and your family for a while because otherwise I would have been that stinky younger brother. I would always be who my family thought I was.

But I want you to come to the table today, and this is one of the reasons why I really wanted to spend some time with you one on one today. I really wanted to spend some time with you today talking about what this is really all about so you — even if you have one of those family situations where you just don’t want to go because you don’t get along with somebody at the family or maybe you don’t get along with anybody in the family, or maybe you’re going into a situation where everybody disagrees with you. That’s okay. And to recognize that we’re all different and our jobs are to be a beacon of hope and not to engage in fear and worry and doubt but faith, hope and confidence and to give thanks.

Last summer I wrote, while we were in the midst of still putting together Man in the Moon, I was working on another project. It’s called Believe Again. When they asked me what the name of the CD would be, I said “Believe Again.” Believe, period, Again, period. So many of us have lost faith. So many of us are going to lose faith because things are going to get hard. And we live in a time now, in a world now where if it’s hard, it shouldn’t happen. It shouldn’t be that way. “I was promised that it wouldn’t be hard.” You were never promised that. In fact, it is our struggles. It is the things that we question, the things that push us up against the wall. Those are the things that make us.

So at the end of spring of this year, I wrote a letter about Christmas. I had a guy who’s never produced an album before get together with an album producer and get together with people that we found on YouTube. We went and we scoured YouTube. We thought, “This person sounds great.” And we called them up and we asked them: “We’d like to try to do a CD but we want to do it with all people of different faith, all different faith. Is faith, does it play a role to you?” If the answer was yes, we asked them to join. Some of them quite honestly when they found out who was responsible for the CD didn’t want to participate, and strangely not because of my politics but because of my personal faith. They missed the point. The point was people of all walks of life getting together and celebrating God and showing that we can work together.

But I wrote a note back in spring to all those involved and I said:

Out of all of the gifts that we can give to America as a gift, the only one that really will matter will be the gift of light. Such spiritual darkness is rolling over the entire planet and most of the world has let their light burn out over the years. Some have had their flame intentionally snuffed out. They’ve done it themselves. Our job will be to show the world that flicker of light again and gently rekindle that flame. With divine providence and guidance from above, if we are loyal, pure, and focused on the love that he expects from us and requires us to share, we will see that flicker begin and blaze back to life. 

Freedom is slipping through the fingers of so many around the world. And I think it’s about time that we accept the mantle of new civil rights leaders of the world, at least until — at least until the time when those people that were supposed to do it show up. Our task is harder right now because much of the world has plunged into darkness and can no longer see the truth. But those of us who are awake have something that the others don’t: The power of truth. The struggles against powers and principalities that nears our ancestors have conquered before. It was just the beginning, and there is more struggle that will come. But hopefully with these songs that you will put together, travelers from around the world will find their way and help preserve the rights of man.

So many in the world are whining about trouble or whining about struggle. And in our part of the world, so much of it is for no reason whatsoever. I feel as though our dad, our God, is about to say, “You want to cry about something? I’ll give you something to cry about,” just as any dad would. It will be our job to recognize that we brought most of this upon ourselves. Let us see and share the gift of redemption that is far more valuable than any gold, Frankincense, or myrrh. If we follow our promptings with joy and eagerness and exactness, that those of you who are recording this CD, your voices will fill the air with praises to our God and king.

Find out what you promised him you would do in your lifetime and then may we all live our lives in such a way that we may be a gift of light, of courage, of joy in a troubled and frightened world. Many mighty miracles will be seen in the coming days and I think mighty miracles just may come from what you set out to do.

It’s strange I find myself believing in people sometimes more than the people themselves do. But I really think I know who they are and what they’re capable of doing.

May they this season find blessings in the love and peace of God and may they never fear, no matter what the darkness tries to do, because the gift of life, the gift of light, conquers all.

You’ve probably never heard this incredible story before

On radio, Glenn shared one of the stories that he wanted to include in Miracles and Massacres but just didn’t have the space for. You’ve probably never heard this story before – an incredible act of bravery during the civil war that didn’t involve a gun or cannon, but just some water.

“I want to tell you a story that we left out of the book Miracles and Massacres because we just didn’t have enough room for all of the great stories. But this one took place in the upper room of Mrs. Stevens’ house. The general was sitting in there. It was during the Civil War. It was General Kershaw, and he was puffing on his cigar and sipping his black coffee and there was a knock on the door and he bellowed, “Come on in.”

And the door, on its squeaky hinges, slowly opened and the young soldier entered. A young voice, followed by a hairless face to match, said, “Sir.” The general was sitting there. He was pretty satisfied by the one-sided victory that he had had, and he had patience for a visit today. Usually he wouldn’t. He said, “What is it, Kirkland?” The young man entered the room. He said, “I can’t do it, General. Please, I just, I can’t do it.” The general gazed out the window and he bodies laying in what was now no man’s land between the lines of the Union and Confederate armies. 8,000 enemy soldiers strewn across the ground. They were mostly dead, but many were wounded and unable to get off the battlefield.

The only gunfire that day was the occasional pop when a man tried to get up and limp off the field. Men on both sides of the conflict were scared to be seen in the daylight hours. Private Kirkland continued: “The men, sir, the men, I’ve listened to them cry out all night. I know they hate us, sir, and I know we hate them, but they’re men, sir.” The general’s patience was now starting to grow a little shorter. “What is it you’re proposing, Private?” “Just that I’d like to bring water to the men, sir.” “To the enemy?” “Yes, sir. All of our men have been gathered.” “I can’t authorize that, Private. You’ll be shot the moment you clear the wall.”

Private Kirkland had already considered this and now the general was adding to his only hesitancy. “I know, sir, but I’m willing to take that chance.” Kirkland said this quietly as if hearing himself say it for the first time. The general just took a long look at him. “I don’t get it, son, but go ahead.” “Thank you, sir.”

The private turned and left. General Kershaw listened to his boots thump down the stairs of the house and he heard them stop halfway. He laughed to himself, “Must have come to his senses,” thought the general. But once again, the door quietly squeaked open and Private Kirkland came back into the room. “Sir?” “Yes, private.” “Would you mind, sir, if I waved this white handkerchief?” “Private, you do not have the authorization to do any such thing. There will be no truce flag waved on this battlefield.” “Yes, sir.”

Private Kirkland left the house, marched back to his unit perched up on a hill. Whether he gathered as many canteens and blankets as he could carry. Then without any cover, he climbed over the fence, soldiers on both sides tensed their weapons, waiting. Kirkland approached a downed soldier who was crying out for water, a soldier from the other side. He lifted the soldier’s head and gave him water. Covered him with a blanket and propped his head up. One down, so many to go, no shots fired.

In fact, as Kirkland went from soldier to soldier, cheers, cheers rang out from both sides. What a sight to behold. One gray coat in a sea of blue. It was the Battle of Fredericksburg, a victory for the South. You see, Kirkland fought for the Confederacy, you know, the villains, the side opposite of Lincoln. But even though the Union lost that day, the Angel of Mary’s Heights is what they started to call Kirkland, made it a victory for all of America, a victory for all mankind.”

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Glenn: We are all unique

As Glenn continued to play songs and tell stories, he also talked about watching your kids tomorrow. We can learn from them – all of the things they do (create, explore, question) are things we can do as well. God has given each of us a unique talent – we are not all equal and all the same, and it’s all part of a meaningful and beautiful design.

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to be able to empower people and ignite their imagination. And too long I listened to people who said, ‘You know, if I were you, I would…’ fill in the blank. ‘If I were in your shoes, I would…’ “You know what you really need to do…” and I listened to them instead of saying, ‘But I’m not you. Your shoes don’t fit me.’ I have no idea what you need to do. I am me. My shoes fit fine. And I finally know what I need.

Being an individual is what it’s really all about. Because when individuals choose to come together, they can create a symphony. Next week here in Dallas we have a symphony orchestra, all volunteer, and a 200-voice choir that I guarantee you within two years will be a thousand voices that are putting together a Christmas concert like you will not believe. Each one has spent time as an individual and then as an individual came and decided to play as a group. But each of them retained their — who they are themselves, their authentic self. I don’t know if you’re your authentic self. Hopefully you are most of the time. Maybe, maybe not. But I bet you felt glimpses of it. And if you have, it might have scared you.

Do you remember those moments when you felt most of — most alive, when everything just seemed to flow? Remember that feeling when you had the wind at your back? Go there. Remember that. Focus on that. Because that’s who you really are.

We see it in our children. We see it in their questioning of why. We see it in their laughter. We see it in their smiles. We see it in their eyes. Not just being in the moment but creating the moment. Watch your kids around Thanksgiving. Watch the kids’ table, the little kids. Watch them as they are free to create the moment, creating it through play, through adventure, through questioning absolutely everything. Come to me as a child. That’s what it means. Question everything. Explore. Create. Each of us are here with a God-given talent. I don’t know what your is. I barely know what mine is. But we’re also given God-given rights and God-given life, and each of us are so different.

How could I possibly know what you need? I don’t see the world as you see it. We each see it in a unique way through the prism of our own lives. Why is it that you like broccoli and I hate it? Why is it that you can fix a leaky roof and all I can do is barely put buckets around the ceiling? Why is it you like summer and I like fall? Because God gave us each unique fingerprints, each of us different. There were things that we can enjoy together. There are things we can do together, things we can accomplish and many ways to do it. But it only really all comes together and only really works when we are — each of us our authentic self and each of us bring our unique talents and share them as individually, individuals coming together, individually choosing to play in the collective for just a little while.

Some might want to put you in groups, ‘You’re the French. So you can bake the bread, I guess. You’re British, so you can make tweed clothing. You’re German. You make this sausage.’ Well, Italians make clothing, don’t they? I know the British can — well, they can make pudding, but I think they put blood in it. I’m not really quite sure. Frenchmen surely can make sausage.

Don’t put yourself into a stereotype. Don’t allow somebody to do that because that’s not you. That’s not who you are. And it is that simple. When you go home this Thanksgiving, make sure you realize that you are part of a family, but each of you are unique. Each of you are different. Each of you have different beliefs.

Being an individual doesn’t mean being without others. Individuality means being who you really are amongst others. Individuality, it feeds the mind, it feeds the heart, it feeds the soul. When you are truly strong, vibrant, and a free individual, you’re at your best, you’re most alive, and you’re living as God intended. And remember this when you sit down at that table: You’re not supposed to make everybody happy. As the one who was the clown in the family trying to get that alcoholic family just to laugh for a few minutes, your job is to be happy yourself and encourage and empower others to do the same. But they have to find it on their own. It’s not only best that way. It’s the only way.

It’s not your job to rescue others from disappointment or bitterness. Difficult times builds character and self-esteem. How dare you try to steal that from them. Nobody can make you happy or sad. Nobody can make you mad or glad. They need your permission. You can’t do it for them without their permission. So go home and do your best, your absolute best and leave it on the field. Don’t pay attention to criticism or praise because you really don’t need either. Because you’re doing the best you possibly can.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and today I’m thankful that you are you.

How FDR transformed Thanksgiving

FDR transformed a lot of things while in office – most of them not very good. For starters, he ushered in social security, raised taxes to 94% and tried to regulate the price of food by slaughtering pigs. So what did he do to alter Thanksgiving Day forever? Glenn explained on radio today.

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“We were talking at the beginning of the hour about Thanksgiving and where Thanksgiving came from and how it happened, and the first Thanksgiving was actually more of a fast than anything else because the only account we have is from a guy named Edward Winslow in 1621, and the letter was lost almost 200 years and rediscovered in the 1800s by a Boston publisher, Alexander Young. And he published it in 1841. Few years later, right after the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln decided that he needed to have another Thanksgiving. Washington had one. He declared one day of Thanksgiving, but Lincoln said ‘We have to have one every year,’ and it was the fourth year of Thanksgiving. Remember that. The fourth — I’m sorry. The fourth week of November was Thanksgiving, the last Thursday. But that’s not what it is. It’s usually last week. This is a very late Thanksgiving. So how did that happen?

Well, in comes the progressive era: I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, do hereby designate as a day of general Thanksgiving Thursday, the 28th of this present November, and I recommend that throughout the land people cease from their wanted occupations. This is the first time — notice the date is still the same, but this is the first time that a president says we should take the day off. This is unusual because up until the progressive era, we thought it was abhorrent to take Christmas off. In fact, Scrooge was actually not unusual. Scrooge was the norm. Most people worked. In fact, the pilgrims and our founders thought it would be crass to take the day off and make it a day not of work for either holiday, either Thanksgiving or Christmas. We worked on Christmas. But the progressives wanted to cease from occupations.

Several of homes and places of worship we should reverently thank the giver of all good for the countless blessings in our national life. You’ll notice it’s our national life now. Woodrow Wilson did the same thing: I, Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States of America do hereby designate Thursday, the 27th of November as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer and invite the people throughout the land to cease from their wanted occupations.

Now we’re at the go at the beginning of the depression, 1931. Things are bad. Herbert Hoover: I therefore, Herbert Hoover, president of the United States, do hereby designate Thursday, November 26th as the national day of Thanksgiving and recommend that our people rest from their daily labors and in their homes and accustomed places of worship give devout thanks for the blessings which a merciful father had bestowed upon us.” While most people wanted to work, he’s saying rest from your labor.

But here comes the big change in 1939. FDR. It was always the — it was always the fourth Thursday of November that was the annual day of Thanksgiving. From 1863 to 1939, it was the fourth Thursday of November. Why did it change in 1939? Well, as all good progressives know, as all good lefties know — because after all, the left is the one that hates business. The Democrats are the ones who hate commercialism. The Democrats are the ones who absolutely despise the fact that big business rules the world.

At the tail end of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt, hoping to boost the economy by providing shoppers and merchants a few extra days to conduct their business between Thanksgiving and Christmas, moved Thanksgiving to November’s third Thursday. So the only reason why we changed the position of Thanksgiving is because we officially, in FDR’s term, third term, officially disconnected it from God and connected it to shopping. A Gallup poll at the time showed 59% of Americans disapproved of the date change. 22 states decided to go along with Roosevelt’s plan. 23 said, no, the old date; we should not be connecting this with shopping. We should be connecting this with the Lord.

In the press November 30th was referred to as the Republican Thanksgiving because it was connected to God and connected to the founding and connected to Abraham Lincoln. But the 23rd, the one that we still celebrate today, was known as the democratic Thanksgiving, or as the Atlantic City mayor Thomas Taggart dubbed it, he said it was Franksgiving, after FDR.

In 1941 the Wall Street Journal took a whole bunch of data and declared that the move was a bust. It provided no real boost to retail sales. But that’s because most of America still had a problem with shopping on Thanksgiving because that’s not what it was about.”

Believe Again: Glenn launches trilogy of holidays with stirring show

Glenn began a very different radio show today talking about what he calls the trilogy of holidays. It’s no coincidence they are grouped together and in the order they are – Glenn wanted to devote the entire program today to talk about the things and people he’s grateful for, deliver some great storytelling, and share the incredible music the team has created for the holiday.

Catch the beginning of a very special broadcast below:

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Most everything we know about the three-day Plymouth gathering of the pilgrims comes from a description in a letter written in 1621 by a guy named Edward Winslow.  He was the leader of the Plymouth colony, and the letter had really been lost for 200 years.  Nobody really knew anything about that first Thanksgiving and what it was.  The letter was rediscovered in the 1800s, and the speculation ended.  Hello, America.  I’m glad you’re here.  Today I have sent everybody home because I just wanted to spend some time with you.  If you’re anything like the rest of my staff, they are traveling to get home, some fighting the mess at airports, some fighting the mess of weather, some anxious to go home, some not so much.  Today I just wanted to have a conversation between the two of us.  So if you’re driving across the country, you and I can spend some time before you have to face the onslaught of the holiday because this is the beginning of what I have always referred to as the trilogy of holidays.  I don’t think there is a coincidence that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all come in that fashion, all come one right after another.  I think when you connect the three of them together, for more than just shopping, your whole world will change.  And today I want to take you through some of the stories of America and Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I want to share with you some of the music that we have created for this holiday, and I want to share some of the things that people have shared with me, things that they are grateful for.

So Edward Winslow in 1621 kind of cataloged what happened.  It was a very brief, brief account of that first feast.  Alexander Young was the man who published in 1841.  He was in Boston, and he’s the one that said it was the first Thanksgiving.  But what Edward had written in 1621 was something that didn’t resemble anything that we have today.  In fact, it was so upside down that nobody at the end of this one unbuttoned their pants and sat down on the recliner.  In fact, we think of the Thanksgiving feast, and it was actually quite the opposite.  The first Thanksgiving included fasting.  Because they were truly grateful.  But it happened (loss of audio) but the holiday wasn’t an annual event.  It was just for that year, to thank, as in George Washington’s words, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will and to be grateful for his benefits and humbly to implore his protection and favor.  That young, struggling nation still had so much darkness to it because while we were thanking God, we were far from perfect.

Just like all around the world, slavery was still a part of America, and while other countries gave it up peacefully, I contend we didn’t give it up peacefully because we had to wash ourselves with blood to make ourselves clean.  Jefferson knew that would happen.  But the next time Thanksgiving comes around, the next milestone in Thanksgiving was 1863.  It was right after the Battle of Gettysburg, November 26, 1863.  It was actually, actually spoken about the first time by Abraham binge even in a speech that was written by his Secretary of State.  In fact, his Secretary of State was not only the man that really set things in motion for Thanksgiving as we know it, but his Secretary of State was also the other man that was assassinated the night that Lincoln was killed.  His Secretary of State, they also tried to kill him.  He survived, but just barely.  He survived the brutal, brutal beating.  His daughter and his son actually stopped the beating.  But in 1863 before any of that happened, Abraham Lincoln declared that the fourth Thursday of every November, this Thursday, would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving.  He said, “It seems to me fit and proper that we should solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledge with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.  I therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States and also those who were at sea and those who are sojourning into foreign lands to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as the day of thanksgiving and praise to our father who dwells in the heavens.”

Well, now wait a minute.  He’s the one who set it up to be the last Thursday.  He set it up to be the last Thursday, but everybody is saying this year that this year Thanksgiving is coming so late; how did that change?  I’ll tell you how it changed and why it changed, and you’ll never guess who changed it.  And the reasons for it.

But things can’t move forward because in 1863 we still had slavery.  We hadn’t yet won the war.  It was this Thanksgiving that actually turned the war.  After this Thanksgiving, we won almost every single battle where we had lost almost every single battle prior.  But Abraham Lincoln knew if a country would just turn to God, if they would fast, if they would pray, God would forgive and God would come back.  You would still have to pay for the sins of the past, you’d still have to pay for all the blood that was shed by the workmen’s lash and the whip and the chain.  But out in the fields, there was a song that was being sung that at the time was only sung by the slaves.  It’s a uniquely American song that for a long time again sang in the — only sung in the fields by the slaves and then only sung in the churches in the South, and the freemen in the North.  It was sung that way even after slavery until after the 1960s and then in the 1960s it became an anthem.  But slowly but surely because of its lyrics, it became a Christmas song.  It wasn’t intended to be a Christmas song.  It was a song talking about freedom.  We look at it as spiritual freedom.  But when it was originally done, it was a song about bodily freedom as well.

A few weeks ago we had several people come together in Phoenix, Arizona.  People who didn’t know each other, people of different color, different faith, and we gave them four or five days and we said we want you to do a Christmas album.  There were a few things that I really wanted to capture.  I wanted to capture the story of Christmas and the story of America.  A friend of mine, Clyde, took to arranging that song that we know as a Christmas song but was a slave song, and a woman that I had met in Brooklyn years before, she had appeared on our program.  She performed at Restoring Love.  Her name is Kim Harley.  I asked her to come down to Phoenix and help us with this CD idea.  I call her my Mahalia.  I knew she could put this song back into the feel of a real spiritual, a song that was never intended to be a Christmas song but now is.

Today we’re going to share music from Believe Again and stories from the new book Miracles and Massacres, on your way home for the holiday.


Why is government doing everything it can to destroy individual sovereignty?

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If there is one thing that we have learned through the course of all of human history is sticking our big, fat nose in other people’s business always works.  And number two, best path to peace, strongly worded letter or like the UN or something like that or maybe a meaningful walk and chat on the beach, a.k.a. diplomacy.

That’s why the president was in San Francisco yesterday, the home of peace, to tout his diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.  Here he is:


President Obama:  We’re testing diplomacy.  We’re not resorting immediately to military conflict.

He looks almost like Patton there, doesn’t he, with the big flag?  We’re testing?  There’s no reason to test diplomacy.  The history of peace through diplomacy speaks for itself.  Adolf Hitler when he called off his plans for world domination after a pleasant phone conversation with Neville Chamberlain worked out really well, or the Iranian Revolution being averted when a sweet-talking Jimmy Carter formed an unlikely friendship with the Shah of Iran.

And of course we all saw the movie with William Wallace.  He gave a great speech about Scotland’s freedom on the battlefield, and that I think was what softened King Edward’s heart, and instead of a bloody battle, our history books celebrate the great piece picnics at Stirling Bridge and Falkirk that secured Scotland’s freedom, I think.

So don’t believe all of those peace through strength nut jobs.  It’s all about diplomacy.  The New York Times I read today, and I about had an aneurysm.  They’re very excited about the president’s new strategy.  They say in The New York Times, watch this, “It also reflects a broader scaling back of the use of American muscle…,” remember that, “…not least in the Middle East…,” remember that, “…as well as a willingness…,” you’re going to love this one, “…to deal with foreign governments as they are rather than push for new leaders the better embody American values.”

I wish any of that were true, any of that.  None of that is true.  A willingness to deal with other governments as they are?  We should ask some of those governments.  I tell you what, Tiffany, can you get Muammar Gaddafi on the phone?  Oh, crap, that’s right, Muammar Gaddafi, what was it Hillary said?


Hillary Clinton:  We saw, he died.

That’s right, can’t ask him, we killed him.  That’s right, I remember.  So maybe we’ll just go – Tiffany, get somebody from Assad’s regime on the phone in Syria.  Oh no, Assad, currently the president is trying to drum up support to go and bomb the snot out of him, and we’re giving aid and weapons to jihadis to overthrow him.

Well, maybe we could get Mubarak on the phone.  I mean, no, he’s on trial.  Well, maybe he has a phone in the jail, because after all, the Obama administration helped incite a violent revolution against him.  Boy, that sounds kind of more muscle-ish than scaling back to me, which is weird, because it also doesn’t sound like we get along with anybody either.

Let me make it really, really clear.  I think scaling back our military in the Middle East is probably a really good idea, not the worst one I’ve heard.  In fact, I would say that the whole progressive idea that started with Teddy Roosevelt to spread democracy around the world is one of the worst ideas ever.  I may have been sluggish enough to go, “Yeah, well everybody loves us,” 15 years ago.  Hello?  Have we not spent enough treasure and blood around the world?  Has the last decade not taught us anything?

We have to be a strong, non-isolationist, noninterventionist kind of country, strong.  Here’s what I mean by that: You come over, you fly some planes into our buildings, we bomb the bat snot out of you and go home.  We kill the bad guys who did it and go home.  What are we still doing in Afghanistan?  I believe, I for one, maybe not you, it is well past time to announce that this progressive idea, be it from John McCain or George Bush, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, that we need to nation build and be the world’s policeman is dead and possibly the worst idea America has ever had.

But let me take you back to sugarplum fairy pop land of The New York Times.  They go from the front page into this.  Let me take you to Saudi Arabia, because for a guy, a president who’s hooked on diplomacy, doesn’t it seem like our president is converting all of our friends into enemies?  Not that I was ever a big fan of George W. Bush taking the long strolls at his Crawford ranch holding hands with the Saudi princes.  Boy, I don’t miss those days.  That was creepy.

But you also have to be a realist, and before you start cutting off your friends and making them enemies, you might want to look at your own situation here.  For instance, energy prices are up 42 percent in a decade.  Okay, well maybe we should start exploring for our own, because getting into bed with these guys isn’t good.  And now that it’s up 42 percent, it doesn’t seem wise to really disconnect from the cheapest source of oil in the world, unless you have something to replace it with.  It’s also our second highest source of foreign oil.

So does this make sense to you?  It doesn’t me, but it does to The New York Times, because here’s their rationale, and I love it:  “At the same time, new sources of oil have made the Saudis less essential.”  Same time, new sources of oil made the Saudis…what new sources of oil?  I mean, serious question, anybody on the set, anybody know of a new source of oil that we’ve had?

It’s not Canada.  Keystone pipeline went up.  President blocked that one.  More drilling permits in the gulf?  No, huh uh.  Alaska?  No, huh uh.  Where is this magical fount of oil that has sprouted up?  Have little oil rigs just started to grow in the west lawn in place of the first lady’s veggie garden?  I’m not really sure.

America, I want us to break up with the Saudis.  I want Israel to take care of itself.  I want to be out of the business of everybody else.  But not standing with the only person that understands capitalism in the entire region while pissing off the Saudis really doesn’t seem like good news, you know?  Breaking up with Israel, not so much.  Our overseas policies matter, especially when your policies here don’t match.

You want to break up with the rest of the world, fine, but you have to be self-sufficient.  We’re cutting ourselves off from energy suppliers while at the same time diminishing our own access to affordable allergy.  Hello?  Hello?  Hello?  Oh yeah, but we’re going to go green.  Stop with the green nonsense.  Maybe someday, not today.  Another green company that the president invested your money in just went bankrupt, cost you $139 million.  Why are we doing this?  If green energy is so needed, the free market will figure it out.

Okay, so we have no money left.  We’re really whittling down our friends.  We have no oil.  We have no sufficient source of energy to fill in the gap because we’re closing the coal plants.  We won’t drill for oil, and we won’t build a pipeline.  That sounds like energy shortage.  When that comes, oh, and it will, remember this day.

And so what does that mean for you?  Well, when you are not self-sufficient, you are a slave to whomever holds the bag of food or the bag of black gold.  Our sovereignty as a nation will be put aside in order to survive.  Why do you think we take the lead painted toys from China, and we don’t say anything?  Because our hands are tied.  We need their money.

But here’s the good news, national sovereignty begins with personal sovereignty.  This is the secret of America, the more independent you are, the stronger the nation becomes.  If we as people can self-sustain during an energy shortage, a cash shortage, a food shortage, a health care shortage, then you really can tell people like China and Saudi Arabia to go take their oil and shove it.

But that’s another policy that doesn’t matter because this administration is not encouraging people to be self-sufficient.  We are not helping people go into business.  We don’t advise people to store food, save money, protect yourself, get a gun.  No, those people get mocked.  Instead, Progressives have been campaigning to take all of those responsibilities away from you.

Now wait a minute, if our national sovereignty begins with personal sovereignty, I think you just figure something out.  The secret lies with each individual.  I don’t know what your idea is.  It might stink, but it might be the one that saves us.  I don’t know what your solution is.  I don’t even know the problem you’re working on trying to solve, but you’ll figure it out.

Governments make it worse.  I contend that our government knows where the real source of power comes from.  I mean, how do you miss it?  It’s in big huge block letters in our founding documents, “We the people.”  That’s where the power comes from, the individual American, and that’s why they’re doing everything they can to hobble you.  Look at the attacks on individual sovereignty in our nation.

Last night, we told you about how hospitals are taking custody of your children because the doctors say they know better than you.  So you lose your child, and they can just do that and then issue a gag order so you can’t say anything?  Los Angeles is now considering a ban on feeding the homeless.  Let’s figure this one out.  This is great, from the land of equality.

Listen to this: “If you give out free food on the street with no other services to deal with the collateral damage, you get hundreds of people beginning to squat…,” I love this.  Remember, this is California.  They’re the bighearted people.  “…They’re living in my bushes, and they’re living in my next door neighbor’s crawlspaces.  We have a neighborhood which now seems like a mental ward.”  I just don’t want these people around me.  Well, I’m blown away by your compassion.

This is bogus compassion.  It always is.  Government compassion and progressive compassion is bogus.  The argument sure sounds familiar.  It’s a familiar argument, don’t feed the animals.  Ooh, are animals in cages?  Well, people are animals too, you know?  How about school choice, are we moving towards freedom with the government?  As that thing is collapsing, are they encouraging you?  No, in fact, just the opposite.

They’ve got Common Core, and then off to the side, a really important story that nobody’s paying attention to is the president, his silence on the German family who we’ve had on this program who were granted access to the United States and then denied asylum after they fled Germany because they weren’t allowed to teach their kids in their own home.

Here is an update on that story.  The Supreme Court now has ordered today the administration to respond to the family’s appeal, but I can guarantee you what they’re going to say.  They’re going to say no, send them back.  We’ll give asylum to anyone but not these people.  Why?  Because then the government will be on record saying you have an inherent God-given right to raise your children and teach them the way you see fit.  Government can’t have that.

You now have to purchase a product in order to be considered law-abiding.  Catholic and other religious health care institutions are forced to violate their own beliefs and provide birth control and abortions.  An update on this one too, Supreme Court’s going to take another look at that issue.

From the level that you set your thermostat at to the gas mileage on your cars to the fat content in foods, not being allowed to fish in order to eat unless you have a permit, individual sovereignty is all but dead.  And people are becoming more dependent, and many people like it that way.  We are going the way of Greece, and I have to tell you, we did, and you can find it if you’re a member of TheBlaze.  You can go find it and watch this episode.  I think it was like 40 minutes.  It was six hours on the ground in Greece.

I flew out in the middle of the night, and I just talked to the cab drivers, and I talked to the people on the street.  I watched what was happening.  Things in Greece are getting so bad now that they’re actually inflicting themselves with HIV in order to receive government benefits.  Here’s what it was like about 24 months ago in Greece.


Glenn:  And what does this say?

Male:  It says that we don’t have to live like slaves.  Communism is the revolutionary movement of the ongoing period.  Revolution now.  Let’s produce life and not those things that strangle life.  Let’s not produce those things that strangle life.

Glenn:  Communism is the answer?

Male:  Yes.  It’s the revolutionary movement of the ongoing period.

Glenn:  And the people that are on the street are not drunk.  They’re high, bad heroin highs that we’re seeing on the streets.

Look, it’s a disease in the West, and it kills the human spirit, being a slave to someone else, waiting for the handout, waiting for the government.  It reduces you to a compliant robot unable to think or choose for yourself.  If you have not read this, I just reread this a couple weeks ago.  It’s Anthem by Ayn Rand.  You know, she asked Walt Disney to make this into a movie, and I want to make this into one.

She wanted it to be made into a cartoon, and I want to make it into a cartoon because it’s right.  It’s right.  This is the collective takes over.  You become a robot.  You forget about yourself entirely.  This is why they want to regulate your guns, because they can’t have you stand up.  They can’t.

You know, we put out a book this week, this book.  I don’t care if you go to the bookstore and read this one chapter on Athens, Georgia.  In fact, let me find which chapter it is.  I’m sorry, Athens, Tennessee, I keep saying that.  Battle of Athens is chapter 10, and the Battle of Athens, tomorrow…I’ve sent everybody home from the studios.  So many people are traveling that I’m just going to come in and do the show myself tomorrow.  And I might read this chapter to you.

And I’ve got some things I want to share with you tomorrow on the radio.  It will be a very different radio show.  But the Battle of Athens is happening again.  What happened in Tennessee is happening all over our country, and this gives you the antidote.  It shows you when you rise up and say enough, enough, you do everything right, everything, but they have to make you dependent.

See, the people that tried to take over Athens, Tennessee, the fascists there, they were criminals.  They made everybody dependent, but they forgot one thing, soldiers were returning home from war.  You can’t be dependent on anything or anyone.  To the best of your ability, if you’re not independent now, you’ve got to strive for it.  If you have it, empower someone else so they can achieve it.

This is the era that the American revolutionaries dreamt of.  I’m convinced of it.  They weren’t pining for 1776.  They envisioned a day when man could live a self-reliant life free from all tyranny.  This is it.  The Internet gives us that.  With technology, you don’t have to be chained to your own town.  You don’t have to be chained to somebody else to be a buyer or a distributor.  You don’t even have to go to work and be stuck at one location or a desk or bound by a schedule.

The sky is the limit now for the first time in human history, unless we allow others to put us in a box and close the lid.  There is one uniting principle, and I think George Washington and Thomas Paine shared it.  Now, those who are atheists will say that George Washington was a deist.  I don’t believe that.  I’ve read too much of his words and his letters.

And Christians will say that Thomas Paine wasn’t really an atheist.  They’re wrong.  I’ve read too much of his stuff.  The guy was an early precursor to a Marxist.  But they came together.  If it wasn’t for the two of them, revolution wouldn’t have happened.  They came and found something in common, sovereignty for the individual, maximum personal responsibility, maximum liberty.  When you strip everything else down, I think that’s where most people are, I hope, at least 30% of this country.

And so when you find the religious people that will not oppress and force conformity, will not say my way or the highway or not just playing some game because they believe in the church ruling everybody’s life, and when you find Libertarians who are not anarchists who believe in some government just to be able to protect and defend property and won’t oppress and say none of that religion stuff, when you can get together where common sense and freedom live, where people believe in maximum freedom and maximum personal responsibility, games over.  It’s over.

When you can get to a point where a guy like me, really very religious, and a guy like Penn Jillette, really not religious, can live in the same space, we could be neighbors, and we could be happy neighbors, how do you beat that?  How could Penn Jillette be somebody who hates all people with religion and has a secret plan to put everybody in religion out of business, when I’m one of his good friends?  How could I be a fascist when my good friend is a self-described narco-capitalist?  Something doesn’t compute.

That’s the box that everybody wants to put you in.  Don’t.  Break those molds.  When religious people and nonreligious people can get along, when Ayn Rand and small government Christians can get along, we find the balance, and we understand that the secret is self-regulation.  When we can work together with people we disagree with on some pretty big principles but still have enough points in common to tether ourselves to those principles, and those principles free mankind, it is game over.

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