The Oval: End the blame game

It's my fault.

I did it.

I messed up.

Blame me. Nobody else. Me.

When was the last time you heard a leader - in politics, in sports, in business, in culture - say any of these things? It's rare. It's so rare that you can probably recall only one or two times.

It's not because there isn't blame to be taken. It's not because people have stopped messing up. It's because people have stopped taking responsibility for their mistakes.

This past week, Egypt elected an Islamic radical as its next president. Egypt is lost to the West, and what was once a stable nation will now be

an exporter of violence.

Make no mistake, this was a colossal error of American foreign policy. It's as bad as when the communists took china, and when Saigon fell.

And yet, who is taking the blame? Less than two years ago, when the streets of Cairo were on fire, our Secretary of State said Egypt is a stable place, a secure place. She said we had nothing to fear from the democracy movement. She said the Muslim Brotherhood would go nowhere near the presidential palace.

She was wrong. And now, because we didn't take action, America is less respected, less feared and less secure.

As a leader, you can't say: "well, I got bad information." You can't blame someone else.

If you want credit when things go right, you have to take blame for when things go wrong.

And let's not beat around the bush. Egypt has gone horribly, horribly wrong. Someone in Washington should accept blame for screwing things up.

Perhaps it's not fair to blame someone for 100% of what happened.

But shouldn't someone step up and say: "Blame me? I misjudged things. I thought the Egyptian people would establish a fully functioning democratic system with checks and balances and protections for coptic christians and a free press and all that."

"I guess I was wrong."

What about hearing a little contrition from the people who confidently passed an expensive, massive health care law without thinking of the

constitutional issues? What about a little "I'm sorry" from those members of congress and the administration?

They dragged the country through a year of partisan debate. They loaded up debt. Raised taxes. Ignored the polls. Left our health insurance markets in shambles. And when someone asked them: Is this constitutional? they brushed it off.

How about a little accountability? But I suppose that might be too much to ask. After all, we should not expect accountability from our leaders until we get it from ourselves. Take the economy. Look, I think the economic policies of our president are a disaster. Don't get me wrong. But they are just a variation on a theme. Democrat or Republican, most economic policy ideas have it upside down.

As long as we expect Washington to deliver us from economic ruin, all we will get are economic ideas where Washington ends up with more power.

Washington is like a hammer - the whole world, as far it's concerned, is a nail that needs to be smashed over and over again. The hammer must do its work.

All Washington knows is political power. And that means an economy controlled more and more by politics, lobbyists and people in the

government bureaucracy. But that's not how a free market works. We all know that opportunity and prosperity starts at home. Away from Washington. It starts with hard work. Innovation. Creativity. Saving and investing. Long hours. Accepting risk. And yes, accepting our own failures.

None of those things depends on Washington. And Washington can't fix what's broke in America. That's why we have to start accepting where responsibility really lies. It lies within each of us.

When the housing bubble burst, everyone wanted to blame the bankers. For pushing the loans. For lying about the mortgages. For running up debts and then asking for bailouts.

It was an outrage. But behind every bad mortgage was someone who took on more than they should have. Someone who lied about their income. Someone who said: I can flip this house in six weeks and make a fast buck.

So yes, blame the bankers. Blame the bailout. But blame the borrowers, too. They were part of this mess. But ultimately, the blame game is taking us nowhere. The blame game doesn't bring democracy to Egypt. Doesn't fix our economy. Doesn't end the housing crisis.

We still need solutions.

We still need ideas.

And if we are going to move forwards, we have to end the blame game. We have to say: choose me. I'll fix this. I'll do what needs to be done. We can't wait for Washington to fix our problems. They just create more of them.

We have to do this work ourselves. We have to take responsibility. Because ultimately, it's our life. It's our community. It's our nation. And it's our future.

Past presidents and leaders have understood this. When the Bay of Pigs mission failed in cuba in 1961, President Kennedy went out and he spoke to the nation, and took full, personal responsibility. When the Iran hostage rescue mission failed in 1979, President Jimmy Carter went on TV. President carter is not my idea of a great president, but on that day, he did the honorable thing. He said: "It was my decision to attempt the rescue operation. It was my decision to cancel it ... The responsibility is fully my own."On the eve of D-Day, in 1944, General Eisenhower drafted a short statement and put it into his pocket. It said the following: The troops, the Air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone." He was willing to stake his personal reputation and legacy, all of it, to events beyond his control. To the execution of thousands of commands. To the heroism of young men he hardly knew and who he would never meet.

At any stage, any of it could go wrong. Many things did go wrong. But the mission went right.

All that followed was a reflection of that simple law of the universe: It's amazing what people can do when nobody cares who gets the credit - and when everyone is willing to take the blame.

Thanks for watching.

God bless you and may God bless the Republic.

It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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