“I don’t spend money on a lot. Money is very important to me because it allows me the freedom to choose what I want to do as an actor and, more importantly, because I want to accumulate enough so that one day I can do something really great and beneficial for other people, for the environment, and for children.”
Now, he may use that money to reach beyond the grave and hurt my children’s freedom, and yet I still say it is okay for him to keep what he has earned and spend it all as he wishes. It is not my money, or the collective’s money. It is his money. He earned it. Yes, he used the roads I helped build. But he likely paid more for those roads than almost everyone else using them.
To take the fruit of one’s labor and have a third party decide whom to give it to is morally wrong! Leo’s time, effort and industry is reflected by his wealth. He has a unique talent, worked hard, and earned his money. Like millions of others, many not in his tax bracket, he saves to make the world a better place. Some do it by helping their kids through college, by buying a new house, by starting a business or taking care of an elderly parent. Is their goal less than his? Are his dreams more or less than theirs? No. Just different. Each pursuing their own version of happiness.
A flat tax is fair and equitable. The PROGRESSIVE income tax is not charity – it is criminal. When the State Department cannot account for billions of our hard earned money, and the Pentagon cannot account for $2.3 TRILLION in spending (as of 9.10.01) we would all stop paying this “charity” if jail or guns weren’t forcing us to. Organizations like the Red Cross or the church would be behind bars if they ran their charity accounting and spending like the federal government.
This is the problem. They don’t believe you or I should be able to choose how to spend out money. To quote Theodore Roosevelt: “I don’t begrudge a man his fortune as long as it was honorably earned and well spent.” Well spent? Do we really need to justify our spending? Oh wait! Yes, they already ask us through the IRS.
Strange bedfellows? You bet. The left and right can both agree on this: the government is inefficient and the worst investment in people and good will ever devised.
Find those like Leonardo Dicaprio who want to keep their own money and invest it in ways that actually improve people’s lives, be it “save the whales” or the NRA.
It is your money and it should be your choice how it gets spent. Demand it.
A man who had no future. In 1994 my life was over. I thought I had lost my family, I had lost a promising career, all my friends and hope. I had no god other than alcohol and money which I had lost because of the first god – whiskey.
I sobered up. Four years later, I met Tania. A year later we both found God and a path forward. Six months later we were married. I found a job. Eighteen months later I replaced Dr. Laura at Premiere Radio. And now, I have a loving family, a good job, listeners, viewers and readers who I admire. 310 Coworkers who depend on me and I depend on them. Many of them old and new friends.
Easter is about a fresh start. I am a man who believes in starting over. Because I did it. And five years ago in the hot August sun, in the shadow of Abe Lincoln I chose a new path again. One of honor.
I still am working on being a better man, but it is difficult to change. But not impossible and well worth it. Because of moments like this. After church on the back porch about to hunt for eggs with my almost six month old granddaughter.
I just got up and read the news out of Nevada and then some of the comments on my Facebook page. Some of those so-called “supporters” of mine would scare me as much as Bill Ayers if I believed they were actual supporters.
A family in Nevada is in trouble. Dire trouble. The Republic is in the same condition.
But the news is conflicted as always. We asked the family to join me on air last week. It did not happen. Until I have spoken to them, I have not wanted to do more than report the facts as I understand them.
I will not assign ill intent to those law officers who are around the land. I do believe there are those in Washington on both sides of the aisle that would love nothing more than put an end to those “pesky rights”, but I am not prepared to escalate an already tense situation by calling cattle pens “concentration camps”. Nor am I willing to blindly accept that our law enforcement, local, state or federal are willing to kill American citizens over Bureau of Land Management land.
Could this become Waco or worse? Yes, if cooler heads do not prevail.
Know that those of you calling for violence over this Nevada standoff are not supporters or any kind of long-term fan of mine. I know it to be true, no matter what you say, because of this one pesky fact: I have eschewed violence since before I was on FOX News.
I have asked repeatedly, “Do you actually believe we are the people of the American Revolution?”
The answer is ‘No! We are more the people of the French Revolution’ and that ends in bloodshed, beheadings and an American Napoleon.
Long before you would issue a call to bear arms, you should issue a call to bear Bibles. God is the answer!He has called people to arms historically; I can’t think of a time that He has called for it out of anger.
That was why I know that this new movie version of ‘Noah’ is an abomination in His sight. In the film, Noah was filled with hate for his fellow man. God is not nor are His prophets or messengers. Feelings of compassion, sadness, weariness and fear of a “coming correction” – but never hate and rage.
The rage you have is understandable. I feel it at times too. But then, I repent for my cattle pens “concentration camps” and beg Him for an answer. It is always the same.
Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14 : “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
If my people will just turn to me, I will heal them and their land.
Have we as a nation turned to Him? Have you?
I do not mean to lecture you or anyone else. I am so far away from a perfect man. In fact I am very much the “dispensable man”, the opposite of the man I am striving to be, but I am working on it. I pour over my scriptures like never before. I rarely am with out them. I read them day and night, in bed, in the car, on the set, and at the dinner table and yet I am a million miles from where The Lord needs his people. For this too, I repent. “I am sorry Lord for not being ready for your call.” I am one that is finding there is no oil in my lamp.
Never try to create your own miracles. Every time you will fail and make it worse. Moses thought he would make it better when he killed the Egyptian but it only delayed freedom.
I worry about the rancher and his family. The ranchers around him and all around the country. I was blowing the warning trumpets on this kind of usurpation long ago. But any fan of mine knows that I have also said that I will never call for arms with the state of our faith.
I, too, am a rancher but the ultimate rancher is God and we are His flock. I will follow His voice for it is the only one I recognize.
I am sorry, but as all MY real fans know, I believe Ghandi, MLK, Bonhoeffer and Jesus were right. I will follow their example. I know what that means or meant for them.
But I will stand with The Lord.
My feet shall be shod in the Gospel of Peace.
All will be right and in the end all will be well.
I will be a tool in His hands and come what may. So be it. There will be others behind us who will replace us and anyone who strikes us down will be doing us a favor. We will join Him and a lesson you can learn for MLK or even Star Wars: “If you strike me down I will more powerful than you can imagine.
I will give my children and the next generation of great Americans something to be proud of.
Violence begets violence. This rancher shares my faith and I have empathy for his plight. I know what he must feel like.
I am scheduled to speak with Clive Bundy on Monday’s radio program. I would like to speak with him and the family in person and in private at their ranch. I am trying to arrange this even as we speak. I highly doubt that the government sees this as a good thing, but the truth shall set you free and men of God can bring reason and peace.
When I do speak with him whether in person or on air Monday, I will beg him to reflect on the life of Joseph Smith. They came for him and tarred and feathered him. He did not strike back.
He stood his ground, worked within the system. He spent time in jail. His life was hell. He did not lose his ranch. He lost his country and his life. He begged the Lord for assistance. He saw the “very jaws of hell gape open thy mouth.”
Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than He?
Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. – Doctrine and Covenants Section 122.
Pray for the Bundy’s. Pray for us all.
This post is not about the Bundy’s, this post is to remind you that my fans will never make the mistake of believing that I will trust the hand of man over the righteous hand of God.
Editor’s Note:Glenn opened Monday’s radio program with an impassioned monologue that further elaborated on this theme. Watch the monologue below:
Editor’s Note: Glenn discussed this story at the opening of Thursday’s radio show. Listen to it in the On Demand Audio of the show below:
I came across a post on LinkedIn entitled “10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2014” by author and entrepreneur James Altucher that is one of the best, most honest articles I have read in a very long time. It is totally brave because it is true. This guy gets it, and the article is well worth the next five minutes of your time.
“Now the course of history has finally written its next chapter… I’m going to tell you why you have to quit your job,” the article begins. “Why you need to get the ideas moving. Why you need to build a foundation for your life or soon you will have no roof.”
We all have to work to figure out where we are supposed to stand and what we are supposed to do, and the article talks about why corporate culture is holding people back.
“Technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry, productivity efficiencies, have all replaced the middle class,” James writes. “I’m on the board of directors of a temp staffing company with one billion dollars in revenues. I can see it happening across every sector of the economy. Everyone is getting fired. Everyone is toilet paper now.”
You might have 500 excuses as to why you can’t quit your job – financial obligations, benefits, age, children, etc. But no amount of money in the world is actually going to provide the freedom you seek.
“Don’t stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want – freedom from financial worry,” James says. “Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.”
You don’t need to run out and quit your job today, but is your current career really allowing you to share your talents with the world? To live your best life?
“Make the list right now. Every dream. I want to be a bestselling author… I want to have freedom from many of the worries that I have succumbed to all my life… I want to help all of the people around me or the people who come into my life. I want everything I do to be a source of help to people. I want to only be around people I love, people who love me,” James writes. “THESE ARE NOT GOALS. These are themes. Every day, what do I need to do to practice those themes… This is how you take baby steps. This is how eventually you run towards freedom… Until you choose yourself for success, and all that choice entails, you will be locked into the prison.”
WARNING: This article will take you five minutes to read. But if you are brave enough, it will haunt you for a very long time – until you become glassy eyed or break out and make your dent in the universe.
Some friends and I were talking about JC Penney the other day and the changes they have made and how they seem to have forgotten who brought them to the party. One friend told me what his wife had seen in one store, and I asked her to write something up for me.
We are not alone right?
Read about her experience below:
This past spring, when many Christians and conservatives were boycotting JC Penney because of their partnership (no pun intended) with Ellen DeGeneres, I thought it was extreme and a bit ridiculous. Ellen, in my opinion, is one of the least offensive celebrities in Hollywood today. Also, I am not quick to jump on the boycott bandwagon no matter the cause.
However, I have not re-entered the JC Penney near my home after coming across an overtly sexualized display in the make-up section and being politely dismissed after voicing my concerns. This display was the final straw in what has been a building complaint in my life as a mom, wife, and Christian. Here is a picture I took of the make-up ad:
The most disturbing aspect of this display was that it was front and center at my child’s sight-line. I have three young children, two of whom are readers… I do not want them practicing their reading skills on ads like this.
I understand in this climate of MAJOR political and world issues, my concerns over ads such as this one may seem trite and a bit inconsequential; but I do not live my life in the realm of big world thinking. I live my day to day as a mom who wants a pure and natural childhood for my kids. I understand that sensuality is a natural part of life (hey- I have three kids!) but there is a difference between sensuality and lust. Ads like this, Victoria’s Secret, or most magazine cover shots have created an atmosphere of carnality that reduces pure passion and love to a mere animalistic appetite.
This is not a call for a boycott. And there is no way and no reason to try to bring our society back to the 1950’s; but there is also no reason why I should not expect to be able to go shopping without my children being exposed to subject matter that is inappropriate!
You may agree or disagree; this is just one mom’s opinion. As for me, I refuse to stand by any longer and allow societal norms to dictate what my family is exposed to. I have challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and start speaking up when I find my sense of morality under attack. It most likely will not make a difference, as I found in my experience with JC Penney; but at least I will know I am continuing to stay true to what I believe and I will never look back and wonder why I wasn’t a better advocate for my kids.
I have NEVER seen a Hollywood blockbuster with a “message” that A: worked and B: I agreed with, until Captain America. I saw it last night. What a great way to show how foolish we are to allow a government to protect us by collect data, build war machines, grow “homeland security”, secrecy and most of all allow a handful of people decide who lives and who dies based on data killed by drones.
Great movie and truly a uniting message. I can’t imagine the American that doesn’t see this movie and then hear those like Rand Paul and not understand the clear and present danger we are a country and a world from elites in the name of security.
It is fun AND TRUE. See it. Rarely are sequels as good as the first movie. This may even be better! All my friends are saying the same thing. Rarely do I receive so many notes from friends: “Glenn, you HAVE TO SEE THIS!”
We are entering into a new space here and hopefully we’re about to show you some really exciting things that we’re developing on multiple fronts. But one of those is 1791. And 1791, I believe that we all are kind of looking for the same thing. And we’re all trying to do our best, make really high quality stuff, make it affordable, and bring back some artistry, some innovation to what we do in America.
I’d like to be remembered as a generation that did something and did something great. And so we’re looking for innovation on many fronts. And we want to try to be able to bring some new jobs and we want to just be able to make good quality stuff again on all fronts.
1791 is our clothing and lifestyle division. It’s more than just clothing as you will see. It’s a little bit of everything. And we would love just to share the ideas with you and get your opinion on a few things.
If you’d like to be involved with us, we sure would like to hear from you and sign up for our 1791 newsletter. It’s at 1791.com.
We the people, need to be the safe haven for these teachers. When no one else will stand for the whistleblowers and those brave enough to tell the truth, WE MUST.
Remember: we surround them.
Not the other way around.
Read Bonhoeffer. It is better to speak and stand. Even if you feel alone. Courage is contagious. Most are afraid. Most don’t want to cause problems. “Can’t we all just get along? Can’t we just move on? I just want to go home and be with my kids.”
I know. We all do. But for those same kids, we must stand.
I’m reading my scriptures every day, and really studying them. Really trying to understand and milk them for every bit of wisdom and advice. I have come to the conclusion that you are much better off than I am.
Not just because you may be a much better human than I am, but because I am noticed, I am well paid and I am thanked. I get my share of hate and trouble, sure. But I also get my rewards here. I won’t get it for things I have already been paid for in one form or another.
You, however, struggle, lose time at work perhaps, take the unpopular view for His sake. Some have lost jobs, family and friends just like I have. But most have not received fame or accolades and the prayers of millions.
Your reward is far greater. Recognize that. Celebrate that. Count on that promise. It is true and everlasting.
Continue to stand and know that while we are just one family and not millions, we do pray for you several times a day.
I pray for you.
I give thanks for you.
I am inspired by you.
You are making a difference. You are pushing back on the darkness and the darkness cannot understand it.
You win in the end. Our children win in the end…all because of people just like you. Most of whom have names that will never be recorded by a newspaper or national media. But those same names and lives are being watched, recorded and cheered on in the places where it really counts. There are more with us than against us.
Trust in The Almighty God, the Architect of the Universe and the One God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Trust and act and give your grandchildren a reason to stand themselves to declare their testimony of courage. Let them shout from the roof tops that you knew what was right and refused to remain silent. As they tell the story of who you were and what you did – know that while you hear this witness from across the ethereal gulf of the eternities you will be reaping your eternal rewards.
Also, just in case anyone is wondering, I know for a fact that hate and murder have no place in God’s plans and His rewards have nothing to do with scores of virgins.
May our God be ever at our side as we wield His full armor to stand and free the oppressed from fear and darkness. And may our loins always be girded In truth as our feet, shod in the Gospel, run to peace.