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Eight Stages of the Process of Social Movement Success

GLENN: All right. There’s a couple of things that I really want to go over with you today, one of which is what we talked about last night on television and what we talked about yesterday morning here on the radio program that we’re in a very delicate stage, and I’ve gotten a lot of tweets and a lot of e mails: Oh, Glenn Beck thinks that we’re, you know, we’re really, really, you know, having a struggle here and we’re giving up hope. No. No, I think some are. I’ve heard from several people, received lots of e mails from people who said, you know what, Glenn, I’m not coming to 8/28 because, A, I’m afraid. You know. Welcome to life. There’s no reason to be afraid. The security is outrageous and I think also that there’s just no there’s cameras everywhere. Everywhere. And there’s just no way that that’s going to happen. I mean unless, you know, unless Jesus comes and just splits the mountains.

The other thing that they are saying is I’m getting mail from people who say, I’m not coming because I’ve come to Washington before, I stood, I marched, I went to my town hall and nothing has changed. The document that I showed you yesterday on television and radio, which is MAP, a map of movement, of political movements. It was designed in the Seventies, late Seventies by a socialist, a progressive, and they were trying to stop, the federal government said we’re going to have a thousand nuclear power plants by the turn of the century. This is 1977. And the movement had the the anti nuke people had a couple of successes. But when this guy, Bill Moyer, met with them, he realized how down they were and they said, we’re going to give up because nothing’s really changing, et cetera, et cetera. He said you’re at Stage 5. He went back to his hotel and he laid out all of these stages, and I believe they’re accurate. Stage 5 is the place to where you say, they’re not moving, they’re not paying attention, nobody in Washington is changing anything. Even though the poll numbers are with us, the press is still against us and so is Washington. Well, in the end, the nukes, how many nuclear power plants do we have? We had 67, I think, when they started. When he gave them the strategy and they felt, no, we’re not and they wanted 1,000 by the end of the decade, 2000. By 2000 they had only built over a hundred. So it was a wild, wild success. Why don’t we have can you imagine if we had a thousand nuclear power plants? Would we be having the problems with energy that we’re having right now? We wouldn’t be having these conversations. We wouldn’t have to worry about coal, we wouldn’t have to worry about gas. When it comes to heating and cooling our houses and everything else, we wouldn’t have these problems. We probably would have hydrogen cars because the most effective way to make hydrogen is with a nuclear power plant. So the world would have been different.

Don’t think that you don’t make an impact. The other thing that is really critical to understand is this is the most dangerous point in any political system. Because people start to get frustrated and they say, I’m not making a difference. And when that is heard, those crazies out there say, I’ll make a difference, and violence comes. This is where Bill Ayers was in 1969. This is where the Weather Underground. They were the Weathermen. Then they became the Weather Underground. They had to go underground because they became violent. That was Stage 5. We’re in Stage 5 right now. That’s why I ask you to go to and I ask you to take the 40 Day and 40 Night challenge. That is start saying your prayers on your knees for 40 days and 40 nights, one prayer on your knees. Let your children see you. Humble yourself before the Lord and say your prayers on your knees. Do that. That’s faith. Hope comes from truth. Get all of the lies out of your life, even the lies that you have, you know, that you tell yourself. For 40 days and 40 nights promise yourself no lies, no fibs, no exaggerations, just the truth. And charity, charity starts at home. For the next 40 days and 40 nights, I want you to one night a week spend it with your children, play a game, play cards, read stories, whatever, just one night a week. Faith, hope and charity, the 40 Day, 40 Night challenge and then meet me in Washington D.C. as we change the world.

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