The video I want to share with you is just the beginning of a story I will begin to share with you in the coming weeks. You have seen many ALS videos I am sure over the last ten days. This is the most memorable to me.
Too many of these videos have been all about the celebrity or the challenge itself. Few have connected to what it is really all about. A horrible disease that ravages the body and kills usually fairly quickly. One of my favorite minds, Stephen Hawking, has ALS. He is the very rare exception on life expectancy.
The video was done by people who know exactly what it is and have begun to all they can to, if not cure it, give those who suffer through it a bit more time and a higher quality of a dignified life.
It is the Carrick Brain Center.
Last week I spent five days with these amazing people. What they are doing for those vets with TBI, PTSD and all others who have, almost all, given up hope of finding any answers let alone a “cure” is remarkable. I have witnessed others who had, through injury, lost the ability to speak or walk get up and walk or tell their spouse for the first time verbally, “I Love You.” Many, go on to live lives they never hoped possible.
When people arrive in their offices, they have already been treated by, on average, 15 different specialists. I know. I am one of them.
They have changed and my wife and I believe, they saved my life over the last year. I have not shared some of the struggles my family and I have been going through over the past five years because I don’t like tell stories when I don’t know how they end. But, I know now and thanks to the doctors at Carrick it has many more chapters yet to be written and a happy ending.
The CBC has recently begun working with ALS patients and even those with Alzheimers. The early results are promising. With luck and support they will complete their work and change the world by changing the way we treat people with many kinds of brain dysfunction.
I was there when they filmed this ice bucket challenge on Friday morning. Early that morning, my doctors came in with wet hair and tears in their eyes. I hope to share the story of the woman in this video with ALS with you and so many others soon.
Let me begin with a quick story that happened to me Monday morning as I was in their “civilian relaxation room” (where non vets can go to rest after, what is in some cases, very intense treatment). There, I met a man named “Kevin.” He is a police officer. He suffered a severe brain injury in 1997 when he was hit head on by a semi truck, he has not been in the field since. He now works in the evidence room. We sat and just talked for a few minutes. Then, something amazing happened. Before either of us knew it, the two of us along with others including nurses were on our knees praying and thanking God for all of His mighty wonders. I have seen doctors and their offices all over the country and the world. Nowhere have I seen a place so willing and able to allow people of faith to include God in the healing process.
The other important point in this story is what Kevin told me on Friday. In his first four days, Kevin made more progress than he had made in the almost twenty years since his trauma.
Pray for these heroes of medical science. This is all cutting edge and because of that, no insurance carrier will cover the costs … Yet. Tania and I help personally when and where we can, Mercury One has seen the results in former patients like Marcus Lutrell and others and has assisted financially and has made an ongoing commitment to help our hero vets that have been brushed aside and lost in the nightmare that is the VA.
I am so thrilled to report that the word about them is spreading like wild fire and thus there are many charitable pioneers that are getting on board to help raise awareness and much needed funds.
Unfortunately, because their results are many times nothing shy of miraculous, people who have given up are calling and traveling from all over the country to see if they can help. Some times they cannot, many times they can, but what I find so heartening is, at all times they care. I have seen their staff weep with sorrow for those they had to send away long after the would-be patient left and Thank God, I have seen them weep with joy on multiple occasions because of the miracles of hope and healing that have been found.
These people make a difference in people’s lives. Those who have given up hope find it again when they cross the threshold of The Carrick Brain Centers.
Glenn may be on vacation, but he is still keeping up with the news of the day. He authored the article below late last night, giving his opinion on the latest news in the Middle East, Ferguson, and the U.S. economy and what it means for you.
What does our future hold? Chaos, a reign of blood and horror across the whole of the earth? Or a peace, prosperity and freedom our founders could not even have imagined.
I choose the latter. I choose to live in a world where we are all in it together. Where we choose by our own free will to belong to something bigger than ourselves, where we are heard and we listen to others. I will, with all the creative power contained with in my simple human form, be a part of a generation that strive to have control over my own life, while I help build up others so they may do the same.
Make no mistake, life is a choice. Just as ones silence is indeed a powerful form of speech, when we refuse to make a choice – we are indeed making one. We are choosing to accept what ever comes our way. The problem is, “what comes our way” is almost always something we regret.
This time, I believe, what is coming our way has a price tag that no human will be willing to pay.
Please let me explain, and while I do, I ask that you put aside your opinion of me, whether it be good or bad. I only ask you to hear me out, ponder the questions I raise, use critical thinking and trust yourself. If you disagree and you can make a cogent case, I will be the first to celebrate, as I do not wish for what I am showing you to be our future.
After 9/11, we changed forever in ways we now don’t even want to think about. Just remember what America was like before Homeland Security, secret courts, and full body scanners at the airports. I wish more would have considered the warning I gave, and I certainly never hoped it would lead to collective apathy.
Recently, those in DC, who for years have been blinded by their own political interests, are now beginning to warn us of new disasters that, they, for years mocked and said were “warped fantasies and delusions.”
However, the time to deal with this dangerous ideology in the way currently being discussed, has passed. The caliphate poses a new and much more dangerous global threat. One that could change the entire world forever.
One very real and possible outcome is World War 3. It doesn’t take much wargaming to see this as a very real scenario and one that does not end well for anyone other than those hoping to “hasten the return of the promised one”.
Please understand, I am not offering a global solution. Instead, I am merely asking you to stop and examine the storm clouds we are now seeing gather and to take a moment and think out loud with me.
If we put all of the turmoil together and really examine the possible and probable outcomes, what happens? If just a few things begin to fall, even into the natural state of entropy, what does the world look like in one year? Five years? Ten?
If only half of what I will spell out comes to pass, it will result in chaos and trouble beyond the understanding of our politicians and our visionless media. It will fall on the shoulders of each of us as neighbors, friends and parents to guide our nation and world in a peaceful, free and loving direction. If we have not mentally, physically and spiritually healed and prepared ourselves, we just may fail the calling of our time.
Let’s just look at the rough outlines of what the world is facing.
Begin here: ask yourself ‘Why is this crazy?’ What makes us, at this time, able to suspend the laws of finance, common sense, or the arc of history. The arc of history has been bent back in the past but always through great movements like that of Gandhi or the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. Where is that great movement today?
What are the actual economic principles that change the outcome? Know that you are capable of finding the answers. The wealth of a nation works on the exact same principles as your household wealth. Do not rely on others, rely on yourself. Do your own homework and find out what is true.
I don’t think I need to guide you further than these questions. If you just answer those questions and maybe read ‘The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ by Gibbons, you will see the historic pathway we are currently on.
Now ask: Is this the way you want it to end? I do not. I, personally, do not know of a Democrat, Republican or Independent that does want it to end that way. In fact, even those Americans that are routing for an entirely new system of government, do not “hope” for this dark outcome. They believe we can navigate these waters and arrive at a new America just as the Egyptian people believed their utopia was just over the horizon during the Arab Spring. They now are seeing the cold of the Arab Winter.
Do you want to be remembered in all of the history books as the generation that allowed the greatest experiment in self rule to apathetically slip away in to the darkness? More importantly, what will our children and grandchildren say about all of us when they are our age? Will they look and ask how were we so blind or with pride in their eyes will they ask how did we muster the courage to face the truth and change the course of history?
We must stop listening to those playing catch up on what is already here and begin to see what is coming.
I am indeed asking you to choose the blue or red pill. But seeing things for how they really are does not mean the outcome is set. It just means we must all figure out how specifically we are going to alter the course. But mocking the theory, ignoring the history or simply turning a blind eye makes us all part of the problem, and our outcome sets itself a little firmer each passing day.
There are solutions. They will not be easy, but they are simple and we must find them together. We must work toward them, so we do not just survive, but so we leave a better world for our children. A world without the shackles of our debt and our shame.
We are all indeed created equal and given by that creator certain rights that no man or government can ever alter or destroy. Among them, meaning there are many more, are:
I have a right to live.
You cannot kill me without a warrant, a jury trial and all that goes with it. No drones or secret courts.
I have a right to liberty.
You cannot detain me, search me or spy on me without a warrant, probable cause, a constitutional court and limits on the governments right.
I have a right to property.
This is why I pursue what makes me happy. I get to keep the fruit of my labors. I earned it. If I earned it illegally than see the first and second right and follow the steps. If not, I may use it legally as I see fit without shame.
But these rights also imply responsibility.
If we merely focus on our rights we must recognize that we indeed will lose them to some future tyrant cloaked as a father, uncle, caretaker and servant. Someone will always be there to compassionately take away all of your pain that comes from personal responsibility. But just like opiates are a godsend for the relief of pain, they come with a heavy price. In the end, if you use them unwisely, do not get off them quickly, or begin to ride the high, you will become a slave to them. If you are still unwilling to pay that now heavy price of deeper pain and suffering you will, in the end, die.
Some opioids are clearly marked “for end of life use only”. They are so powerful that there is no way for the patient to recover from the effects of the drugs but they keep the patient calm, at peace and blissfully unaware of their pending death? Are the painkillers being prescribed for our marked “end of life use only”? If not how do we safely begin to wean ourselves off?
We must face our addiction to fiction. Let us begin to speak and listen to the hard truths. Let us look for those who will tell us the hard truth and run from those who tell us they can make all of our problems go away pain free. Especially if they tell you that it is mainly the fault of one group or another. We must reject the seeds of collective nationalism, book burning, and loyalty oaths.
Instead, let us come together, really listen to one another, then listen to common sense. Let the meanest among us soften our hearts and believe again that it is true that man indeed can rule himself.
Let us be remembered as giants who conquered the specter of fear. Let us work together to build a better America, one that is more tolerant and free. One that once again, and maybe for the first time truly understands responsibility, justice and mercy.
I agree with Eric Holder about as often as I exercise, which is to say pretty much never. It’s no surprise I’m not usually on the same page as a guy who won’t say the phrase ‘radical Islam’ in public.Despite our many differences, I believe we must begin to look for common ground. Today we don’t have to look any further than Ferguson to find it. Eric Holder was there this week, he met with citizens and explained to them that he understood, first hand, why black people distrust the police. Holder talked about his personal experience of getting pulled over many times, he contends, because of the color of his skin.
Given the history, it’s very understandable for the black community to have a deep seeded mistrust of police. I would argue that more white people, who have no deep history of being abused by police, are beginning to lose some of the blind trust they once had. But that’s not where we will find common ground.
Here’s where I believe we can stand together: stop the militarization of our police force.
If you have a distrust of the local police, why allow them to be armed with enough firepower to invade a small country? Why give them tanks, Humvees, full Spec Ops tactical gear, and fully automatic assault rifles? The local police are supposed to protect and serve, not shock and awe residents and transform their towns into a middle east like war zone at the flip of a switch. Imagine, for a moment, how history would be different if the Birmingham police were militarized like many towns are today.
Police need to be aware of this distrust that exists and continually work to earn it back. Rolling into town with an MRAP will make citizens feel like the enemy, not part of the community.
Let’s ratchet things down. Let’s bring harmony to our towns, not drive the wedge deeper.
We need to stand together on real justice not social justice. No one can fix the past except God. But man can create a justice system that is blind. One that punishes the bad guy whether he is black or white, poor, rich, a cop, attorney General, unemployed, electrician or president. You break the law, you go to jail. Nixon should have been sent to the concrete Hilton, no one is above the law. But that also requires us to wait for that system to work.
The police have to do their part, but so do we. The rush to judgment on both sides hasn’t been helpful. Taking one nugget of information and extrapolating that into a conclusion about what happened is only dividing us more. The right is quick to point to the communists infiltrating and enflaming the protests. But does that make the entire protest illegitimate? No.
Many on the left are vilifying the cop. It’s true that a white officer shot an unarmed black man. But does that make him guilty? No.
In time, all the facts and the truth will come out. What we do between now and then is up to us. We can choose to further the divide or seek common ground. We can’t become comfortable in our own beliefs and throw fireballs at everyone who disagrees. We must continually challenge long held ideas and see if they hold up. And we must, even if it makes us uncomfortable, do our best to walk in one another’s shoes.
I have a whole new understanding of cops in the last five years or so. I still have immense respect for what our men and women in law enforcement do, and I still think most are honorable and decent people. That said, I do think it’s becoming more commonplace for them to run rough shod over the rights of others much more than I would have previously thought.
Before you reach for your fireball, consider the many recent examples where local police seem to overrule the 2nd Amendment. People exercising their right to open carry only to be told they can’t do that. That gets a visceral response. Imagine if the infringement was over the color of your skin? What if you were always deemed the troublemaker because you were a white conservative or carried a Tea Party flag? We must consider this very real history in our response.
Now, to the media on the left, who vilify the police and march the streets in solidarity with anti-police protesters. What makes you any different than what some on the right did in the Bundy case? You were so worried about violence (which never came) and blamed talk radio for fanning the flames. Yet you don’t seem to have much of a problem with the protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and burning the city of Ferguson to the ground. To have credibility you must point out the communists and Islamists and anarchists who are literally in the streets fanning the flames. If you are going to make a theoretical connection between talk radio and violence (that didn’t happen) then you must
point out actual people fueling the violence in Ferguson.
You cannot call for peace in one instance and not in the other. Not if you want to be taken seriously, anyway.
There is common ground to be had. We just have to look for it. We must look for it. I think it can be found here:
The rioting and looting should stop. We should promote the voices calling for peace, restraint, and mercy.
Let’s root for this amazing system of justice to work instead of fail.
Let’s get the tanks, Humvees, MRAP’s, tactical gear and the rest of the military equipment out of our local police departments.
Let’s fire the bad cops and send them to jail when they break the law.
Let’s talk to each other and better yet – let’s listen to one another.
Let’s demand justice, even when it goes against our interests.
Let it begin with me admitting that black Americans view the police differently than white Americans due to history. But let us please ask Eric Holder to reach out and recognize that America is no longer the country of the 1960s. We have a black president and black Attorney General among many, many other high profile leadership roles filled by men and women of many colors. It is happening without force or coercion. It is happening because perhaps for the first time this generation of Americans really does believe “all men are created equal”.
Americans know that these truths are indeed still self evident.
When we can do all of these, we will have rediscovered our values and principles that have always made us an exceptional people.
I, for one, am ready to stop being divided into groups and placed in boxes.
Let’s take a minute and find joy in the simple things. This is who we are born to be. Full of joy! Let’s find a way to live in the world but not become creatures of the world. Look at the way these two look at each other when the music starts.
Let’s deal with the troubles of the day but wash them away. Find your “music” today and then find someone that you can share it with. When Tania and I are at our best, this is the way we look at each other when we see or hear something wonderful.
What a blessed weekend Tania and I had. I asked for your prayers on Friday as I have a tough week ahead of me. I have a few TV specials and am off radio all week, then back on September 2 with a whole new season of great stuff.
This weekend we were so deeply touched. We spent time meeting with those who, on the surface, are very different than us.
We went to meet with the Archbishop of Los Angeles on Friday.
What a good and decent man. While we don’t agree on everything, we do agree on this: Hearts are growing cold. We are a nation divided against itself and we must change that by working toward reconciliation. It will be found through service and love. A reconciliation with each other and the truth of who we are and who in the end we all answer to.
Then, we spent Sunday morning with our religion followed by a service at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston. I spoke with Joel and Victoria before and after the service. They are always so kind and gentle. While again, we might disagree on “religion”, just as I might have with the Archbishop, we are in total agreement on faith. We all agree that revolution is not needed but instead a “servalution”, as Joel called it.
Service to our fellow man IS service to God. Service will soften our hearts and in turn will turn our country and world.
Then tonight, fourteen friends came to my home back in Dallas to hold a gospel worship service. I am not even sure what “religion” they are. We failed to worry about that. We instead shared our mutual faith. Faith that tells us all that nothing is too big for God. He is a God that creates not divides and never wounds but always heals.
They sang and sang and sang, while I prayed and read and listened to them and Him. It was a night of songs of comfort, unity and healing. Wow.
How blessed we are. I will share a short video with you. It doesn’t do it justice.
What great voices and friends. Coming to praise and comfort, sing and pray, and laugh and cry all in joy!
So many friends that love and serve God. All coming together. Each strong in their own religion and because of that fact, they are unafraid to stand with someone completely different than them in so many ways. As this white bread, damn near albino Mormon, sang with fourteen black and Hispanic (maybe two white people too) gospel singers, I realized how blessed we are as a people.
We are a nation divided by political interests but we are not a nation divided when we focus on principles and values. When we do that, it is amazing how much we find in each other where we are almost exactly alike!
We really have so much in common. This weekend in all of my conversations I found that we all feel like an outcast because those in or out of our own religion question our motives, or faith.
Yet, we all came together under the banner of love, service and love of God.
I figure, If everybody I know is in my religion or everyone I know loves Jesus, I just don’t know enough people.
Let me share something really dynamic and true.
“Something has begun.”
Something full of joy. Something bigger than you or I can imagine. Something born of God. There will be no one “leader.” Instead, it will be millions of us coming together to help, inspire, lift up, love and heal. It is going to be amazing, if we “let go and let God”, as us alcoholics say.
Good and God are coming in a big way. I have no idea what role religion plays. That is up to the churches, I suppose. But I know this, millions of those who attend those churches (and will continue to do so) will join with others who have deep faith and even those with no religion and we will, together, practice what Ben Franklin called the “American religion.”
There is a God
He will judge us
We should serve Him.
The best way to serve Him is to serve our fellow man.
… And America will find herself again, she will be good again and we will save ourselves and our children from the hatred, rage and injustice so many feel tonight. All will be right and well.
PS: In between these incredible encounters, I had an amazing series of email exchanges about being a better man and better people with my favorite atheist Penn Jillette. Followed by a great hour with another friend who is agnostic about how we can help each other reach more people with the message of love, charity and decency.
I am sure many in their circle tell them the same thing. “How can you be friends with that guy, he is a religious freak etc.” Just as some in my circle or the circle of the Archbishop, Joel, my Mormon bishop or the gospel group at my house must hear: “How can you be friends with (him/them)? (He/they) don’t believe the same stuff.”
Here is the first miracle: We all have so many friends that understand that we don’t all have to believe the same thing. In fact, they almost all believe that the world wouldn’t be as great of a place if we all had a uni opinion. There are no “loyalty oaths” in the land of the free I understand. What matters is how you live your life and how you treat your fellow man. The rest is up to you and God.
As I learned last night “there is no one greater than Him.”
Even those who run Comcast and Time Warner can not be this suicidal. We are all good people. Sometimes we lose our way, and it is hard to believe the worst in people – especially when they seem reasonable. I am sure this company out of Qatar assured everyone that they were just like ABC or NBC. They are demonstrating that they are not.
It is time to call your cable operator. They ALL carry al Jazerra yet they will not carry TheBlaze TV – the most requested and successful independent cable and web news agency currently not on their system. We stand against the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah, while holding high the uniting American principles of free speech, freedom of Religion, and the rule of law. We will show what ISIS and Hamas are doing not only to Christians and Jews, but we also show the footage of them beheading Muslims. We believe if you are straight or gay, you have a right to live free and not be beheaded or stoned to death under Shari’ah Law. Does Al Jazeera? Will they proclaim it on air? Will they deny the Protocols of Zion and condemn all who spread that evil lie, as we did this week? Will they denounce the Hamas charter that calls for Allah to help them kill all Jews? We will, have, and do.
Call your cable operator and tell them that YOU pay money directly to Al Jazerra because they carry the network, and you want it to stop. I am for more speech not less, but we are actually funding our own destruction. When will we wake up? TheBlaze will not ever stop reporting the truth, even if we need to go door to door. You cannot silence the truth.
No blacklists, no loyalty oaths, no shelter for terror. America is fair, just, and believes in hearing all sides.
This video is the greatest. As a dad of three girls and a beautiful wife that is more beautiful everyday, and the most beautiful to me in the morning before the “bathroom mirror ritual” begins, I wish every girl and woman on earth would watch this and realize how true this is.
If he doesn’t love you without makeup, push-up bras, and everything “hot,” dump him. He ain’t worth it, and he really isn’t “all that” anyway. Beauty fades. Real beauty gets better with age. It is why Botox and plastic surgery breaks my heart. I get it if you want to change some little thing, but so many women are defacing themselves – all because they have been taught by people trying to sell products that you are not complete.
Yes you are.
Does anyone remember the age of the fresh faced California girl? Is it just me that loved that look? Real, little to no makeup, and fresh. Happy, confident, fun, and kind.
Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful women and there are times when getting all made up is spectacular. But as I get older, it seems more and more fake to me and less and less attractive.
If I could give my girls one thing in life, it would be this message: God created you the way you are. Would any of us go into the Louvre and put make up on the Mona Lisa? You are a masterpiece the way you are.
Mary, Hannah, Cheyenne, and Tania, a woman is never more beautiful than when she is filled with the true knowledge of who she is. That she is a valued daughter of God and worthy and capable of all she sets her mind to. Beauty is maybe on the outside, but drop dead, stop a room gorgeous and sexy is a woman who is humble, meek, and yet filled with confidence because she honestly knows who she is and likes herself.
How many women put all the make up on because they are not sure if there is anything worthy underneath? Why are so many our women, daughters, and wives wearing a mask?
Any man who doesn’t understand this isn’t a man. He is a boy. Boys are a dime a dozen. Men are worth their weight in gold, and, in the end, they would gladly trade all of it for a real woman. Together, people like that conquer every fear and change the world around them.
P.S. – I wanted to pass a link on from a good and dear friend, fashion guru Norma Kamali. Please take a look at her organization, Stop Objectification, HERE.
Sometimes things The Lord tells us to do are not easy. With the crimes on the border and the crippling consequences to our cities and towns, it makes love even more difficult. Stay faithful. Stay strong. We cannot focus only on mercy or only on justice.
YOU have given $2 million for the children. Literally TONS of food. We love and not hate. We “love mercy more than life.” But we also must hold the politicians’ feet to the fire as we try to find Justice FOR ALL… including “The Forgotten Man” – you.
1st question: Can you give me an example of Christ “caving”, “shying away from the truth” or not standing boldly for what he believed in? Seems to me he was stronger than ALL others, including Barabbas who was indeed calling for Revolution, who was actually killing those who sided with Rome. The people wanted blood. They wanted revolution. They wanted Rome, justifiably I might add here, to pay for what they had done to the Jews and their religion. They even put the Roman eagle on the front of the temple. Do you think they had a right to scream for revolution! More or less than we have?
One reason Judas sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver because he “betrayed the revolution.” They expected the Messiah to be a warrior king. Jesus wasn’t going to give it to them. In fact AFTER the resurrection just before the gift of the spirit, the apostles ask him again! “Now, now is it time?” Did Jesus cave or did Jesus have a better way?
How about Gandhi? Or Martin Luther King? Do you have more injustice today than blacks in the 1950′s? Was not our Constitution made to protect them too? Did it? Was America their country as well? Did they feel like their country was taken from them? Imagine the promise of America being offered with Lincoln only to have it ripped away during Reconstruction! So when the hoses were knocking blacks down to the ground and dogs were unleashed and the Governor of a state says “segregation now and forever”, when the freedom riders were physically pulled out of their busses and beaten on the way to a peaceful march – was Martin Luther King a coward? A sell out? Were Malcolm X AND the Weather Underground right?
Which side was on the side of Christ? Ayers or King?
I contend that this job is so hard and such a no win that there is a reason the men who do it are flawed. MLK was not the best man for the job. He was not good to his wife. He was not a total man of honor, yet, he was used by God. Why? HOW MANY PEOPLE TURNED GOD DOWN OUT OF FEAR OR RAGE?
2nd question: Why do you assume that because you love, care for, comfort and refuse to call for vengeance, blood, or violence, that you are also not standing for the truth? Why is it either or?
3rd question: Who does Christ DEMAND, not ask, but demand us to love? When he was dying, what was the thing The Lord asked of his Father? Forgive them. Yeah okay but that is Christ. “I’m not Jesus”. Great. How about Stephan? The rage of the crowd was so intense, BECAUSE HE SPOKE THE TRUTH, that they grabbed him and began to literally bite him and tear at his flesh with their teeth. They took him out of the city walls, and Saul at the zenith of evil held the men’s cloaks so they wouldn’t get blood on them while they stoned him to death. What was his request? “Please Lord, do not add this to their sins. Forgive them”
Was Stephan a wuss? Did he cave? No. In the end I can think of no better way to die. Praising God, seeing Him literally come to you and asking for forgiveness of your killers.
Do you or me or anyone in America have it worse than Stephan? Or any of the apostles? Do we have a more righteous cause?
I know many in my audience and beyond will not agree or want to walk with me. I am okay with that. I am okay with losing everything. But I am not okay with losing who The Lord has asked me to be. I will never stop speaking out or standing up. I will always speak my mind and demand a return to the Constitution. But it is a wholly inadequate system for an unrighteousness and immoral people. Let us turn to Him. Beg him to heal our nation and our land and prove to him that we are indeed worthy because we will obey the commandments. The greatest being love thy neighbor.
Many things can be said about Jesus, but Jesus being a coward is not one of them. I will do my best to follow His example. I will stumble and fall as I am not Him, but I will die trying.
I love you. I really do. I have the greatest audience I really believe in all of Global media. I know who you are. You are much better than the few that are crying for revolution. Be careful what you hope for. When our founders declared independence none of them did it with rage, it was sober and prayerful. Washington knew divine providence was the only way to beat the all powerful British. Do you believe we even understand divine providence?
We will win in the end. Beyond what you even imagine now. This is for a global win. Man has never been as free as he will be if we do ONLY as The Lord commands. LOVE is the answer, softer hearts not harder, and kindness not vengeance.
I will be the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan did not love the Jew who was lying beaten and half dead on the road. The Samaritans hated Jews. But this particular Samaritan rose above the valid reasons to walk on by and became a part of the solution.
I invite you to walk with me. I will stand with anyone else that refuses to hate, and I will hold up everyone who stands in The Truth and chooses love. I do not worship the Constitution, I worship The Author of the Rights.
His portrait fades and his memory is gone. An earthquake cracked his tower of stone
but his voice still cries “Charge on, Charge on!”
No surrender and no retreat, First in war and first in peace, A father, soldier and citizen, He gave his soul to God, and his heart to his countrymen.
From Lady liberty to the California sun, We keep looking for another one. We will find our hope where we started from, May God bless America with another George Washington!
When you give your soul to God and your heart to your countrymen.
-Lyrics from Tom Douglas’ “Washington”, Restoring Love – Cowboy Stadium 2012
Last night my family attended “Freedom Fire” with about 8000 Americans in a small town called Logan City. The little ones, having been raised too long in New York City and never been exposed to Kansas “City” didn’t understand how Logan was a “City”. I didn’t know how to answer other than saying, “size doesn’t define a city – the people do”. Pretty good for being as distracted as I was. I should have thought more deeply of the full meaning of that statement. It is true about a family or a country as well.
The “city”, upon learning that was going to be in attendance, had asked me, the day before the event, to say a few words. I agreed. The next morning, I saw story that I was going to “say something” on the front page of the local paper. Above the fold! Not something that would happen in that local New York “City” paper. That I was going to speak was not the point of the story, the point it seems was that I was going to “say something”.
As I read the story, I was struck by the fact that even though I had only agreed to speak around 4 pm the afternoon before, not only was it in the paper, but the reporter had found the time to learn of the “outrage” of some that had already called the Mayor and the University where the event would be held.
The local reporter asked for an interview as did the local radio station. In seeing that the radio station would air it live, so no edits or spin would be possible, I chose the radio station, which was not an affiliate of mine.
It was hosted by three really smart, fair and talented men. One left, one right and a libertarian. They were honest and frank. Two told me up front, they did not like me. The guy on the left and the conservative. I was so glad that I had chosen the radio station. It was a chance at honesty and real dialogue. In the end, I left a fan and with three new friends.
I spent forty minutes with them but only ten with the audience in the stadium where I was to ‘say something’. I know the hosts heard the message, but because I didn’t get the one on one with the audience along with another important reason, I am not sure I was able to make myself clear to those in the stadium.
I also wasn’t able to speak with you on this holiday, so let me share with you the words that were on my heart that I think are important for me to say. Whether they are important to hear is up to you.
I know what I have said in the past was controversial. Some of it foolish, some of it wrong, some of it poorly worded. But on the same page, some of it right and some of it needed to be said. For those things that were said by me that caused needless division, I am deeply sorry. For those things that drew sharp lines around truth and deceit that were spoken out of a love of God, country, and a plea to return to common values - I do not regret that I said them. I do, however, regret that I had to be the one to say them.
The truth does set you free. But what, all too often, we overlook is that, many times, the truth will make you miserable first. It usually makes the messenger the most miserable first, because he knows that far too often he will be the one blamed. A messenger, loyal to the message, accepts that risk and relies on the hope that the message will at some point be heard.
Today I have another message that I regret having to deliver.
I believe we are a nation at, in or very near civil war.
The first shot hasn’t been fired yet. “Fondly do I hope and fervently do I pray – that this ‘mighty scourge’ might speedily pass away”, Lincoln said.
But if we are to reverse this course maybe we should look at his words again.
“Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looks to read the same bible, and pray to the same God and each invokes His aid against each other. … but let us not judge lest we be judged. As it was said three thousand years ago, so it must be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.’”
The first civil war pitted the North and South against each other and thousands died. But the fact is, that division still exists in many ways. It doesn’t seem to matter that “for every drop of blood drawn by the lash, was paid by another drawn with the sword.” The battle still rages, the wounds are not allowed to heal.
That was a civil war fought in the 1860s. It was over something that had to be stopped the scourge of slavery. If indeed I am correct in my assessment that we are in a cold civil war, not north vs. south, but neighbor against neighbor, let me ask: What is this conflict over?
I would answer: The Truth. There really is only one truth. We can disagree on healthcare and taxes. But the truth is not subjective in cases like the VA. Are there secret waiting lists so workers gain bonuses? Yes. Are we killing US citizens with drones without a trial? Yes. Is the NSA spying on you, me, members of Congress and terrorists? Yes. Are we enforcing the rule of law equally and blindly? No.
But if I asked the average person in the street what is this conflict over – what would they say? In the end, it would boil down to our ‘uniforms’. Republicans vs. Democrats.
“He started it!” “oh yeah, well you were the one…”
It is at this point the adult in the room is supposed to say firmly;
“Knock it off!”
Where are the responsible adults? We agree on the truth. At least the Left voted against these things under Bush, while the Republicans defended them. Now, in this never ending game of musical chairs the roles are reversed.
This was my point last night and will be my point and message going forward in clearer and specific examples: I will take responsibility for my actions. I will tell you that I was wrong on the war in Iraq, the PATRIOT Act, drones and in many ways, the Republican Party. The Left was right.
Will you join me? Put your sword and shield down. Don’t worry about the splinter in the others eye, but instead take the beam out of yours. I don’t have a beam by the way, I believe I have an entire forest to remove from my eyes so I will be very busy for quite awhile.
We must again become the UNITED States of America again. It may be our last chance to save the Union that has indeed changed the world.
We have so much in common. More than any of us want to even admit. But the biggest is our heritage. At some point someone in our family came to these shores because the Constitution offered an opportunity for a better life. Even though those whose ancestors were brought here for the most evil of all of man’s desires, have a life is better than it would have been if they were born anywhere else on the planet. For all of our problems, that is not a fact that can be disputed. It does not justify the act, but it allows one to make sense of the senseless and move forward and build a positive life.
But, we have an even greater heritage, our common ancestry to a Heavenly Father. We indeed are brothers and sisters whether we like it or not. We are family, and just like family we are not required to agree or even always like each other. But as our Eternal Father commands, we must “love each other”. My earthly dad put it this way, “When all is said and done, we are still family and that never changes. In the end, family is all that matters and all that we’ve got.”
Let me say again, I am not just sorry for ‘how you may have interpreted’ the things that I have said in the past. I am actually deeply sorry for things I have said and done that have helped drive the wedge between us deeper. I ask for your forgiveness. I do not expect you to forget.
But I do ask you to understand a man cannot change overnight, he can only try to be better everyday. I will make mistakes again, I will say things that are stupid again. I live 4 out of every 24 hours live on air. I challenge you to not look for my mistakes, but perhaps spend time working on where you may be in error.
No matter if I am a perfect man from here on out, or if I were even hit by a bus today, the story will never be written: “Glenn Beck changes his life, or killed in freak bus accident – America heals”.
For America to heal, we must actively “bind up this nations wounds – to care for those who have fought this great battle, their widows and orphans.” We must be the good Samaritan. We must bind the wounds, care for and actually love those we supposedly hate or hate us.
Let us begin this Independence weekend by embracing each other on the bigger principles. Let us declare ourselves independent of the “old world”, full of old stereotypes and thoughts. Let us, let go of people telling us who we are, what to think or what to do. Let us view our problems as “liberating strife” and begin the long process of being better men and women than we were even five minutes before.
Let it be sung of us: “who more than self, their country loved – And mercy more than life”
We have no King but a Heavenly King. He commands us to love one another while the kings of this earth tell us to hate one another. We, each, need to ask ourselves: which King will I serve?
Let us unite at the feet of our American Father Abraham. Abraham Lincoln. Let us BEGIN to “bind up the wounds of this nation with malice toward none and charity toward all.”
It is my prayer that I may look back on this coming year and say quietly and meekly to myself that I did the best I could to live worthy of the stewardship of those rights and responsibilities that God has seen fit to graciously shed on me.”
I wonder if the “city” paper reported above the fold that I have now “said something?” If they actually heard me, they did. If they didn’t, perhaps it was because I didn’t state it as clearly as I did here. I hope they understand and forgive my reasons. Last night, I didn’t want to say anything overtly political at the ceremony marking our political birth.
I will continue to attempt to find my way in the days to come so in the end all success will be nobleness and every gain divine.