Glenn's FULL keynote speech from the Restoring Love event

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With all the problems in the world…

And with politicians giving all those speeches…

Doesn’t it feel good to do the work?

Just stop whining……

And roll up your sleeves!

One million meals have just left the stadium.

We’re feeding the hungry in 11 cities.

There are churches…

That can worship again when it rains…

Because we –

YOU – put a roof up.

The elderly…

The lonely…

Those who are afraid…

We said to them.

Be not afraid!

For we are with you.

And we will be your shelter.

Shelter from the storm.

Those who came with your parents.

I want you to get used to ….

Seeing them in action.

And tell your parents this:

“Mom, Dad…

I liked doing this.

I liked YOU doing this.

And I don’t want this…

To be a one-day thing.”

Hold each other to that promise.

Because this is your inheritance.

This whole event is about you.

We did this for you.

It’s about what you watch on TV….

…it’s about your music, movies and school.

It’s about your America …

The America we are building for you.

Right now.

We talked tonight about America’s history…

The pilgrims… George Washington…

…Abraham Lincoln… Martin Luther King….

And these men… they are part of history.

And you may be thinking…

…that’s history! I hate history!

All those guys are DEAD!

But that’s not true.

History is always alive.

History breathes. It doesn't belong behind glass.

It belongs to you.

History is where we learn…

…who we really are.

Everything we have…

Everything we enjoy…

Was done….

By someone else….

Before we were born.

The America we have today …

… is what someone else created for us.

We inherited America…

…this America …

…from our parents and grandparents.

What we have…

They built.

We can’t be blamed for what they did wrong.

And we can’t take credit for what they did right.

We didn’t fight their wars.

We didn’t march with them.

We didn’t build the schools.

That was done for us.

And we will do that for our children.

That’s how an inheritance works.

You can’t control what you get from your parents…

But you can shape what you leave behind.

If you get an inheritance…

You can improve on it.

Or you can spend it…

The story of America …

…is filled with great families.

The Rockefellers. The Carnegies. The Vanderbilts.

Some have grown in prosperity.

Some have spent it all.

In Newport, the mansions sit high on cliffs.

But the families that built them…

Can’t afford to live there anymore.

They inherited something great…

…but they lost it all.

All they have is their famous names.

If this can happen to a great family…

…It can happen to a great country.

We must not become America in name only.

We must always strive to be a great country.

We don’t have to spend our inheritance.

We can build on it.

Invest it. Improve it.

Make it bigger and better.

That’s your choice. It’s our choice.

Our inheritance is America.

And we have to decide…

…Are we going to spend it all?

…Or will we make the dream bigger?

Tonight: I charge each of you with a mission.

No matter your age.

No matter how you got here…

Or how far you traveled.

A mission.

To act.

To commit.

To shape the future.

To do one pure thing:

Make America better than it is today.

Build a bigger inheritance…

Do what we’re supposed to do…

For our children.

Every generation of America faces this challenge.

Every generation.

Some succeed.

And some fail.

Those who have failed

Failed because…

They waited for someone else to act.

They found out much too late that

When you wait for someone to help you…

…That someone will show up….

…And sometimes…

…They may give you a push.

But far too often they will push you around,

There is a difference between getting pushed…

…and getting pushed around.

Two results

Two choices

For two types of people

There ARE two kinds of Americans.

Not Democrats and Republicans.

Not God-fearing and God-doubting.

Bigger than those differences.

Much bigger.

I think there are two kinds of Americans.

Those who like to be pushed.

And those who push themselves.

Those who see our problems and refuse to see our blessings.

And those who see our problems as our blessings…

Tonight: I ask you:

Which are you?

Where do you stand?

With those who like to be pushed?

Or those who push themselves?

Each of us likes to think…

We won’t get pushed around.

But history tells us that’s not the truth.

We know that sometimes…

It’s easy to do nothing.

Not long ago, America was divided by race –

One white, with rights…

And one black, without rights.

Some said: “This is the way it has to be…

“We just have to live with it…”

That’s what a lot of people believed…

…thought… and said.

Whites believed. And some blacks did, too.

There was….

… another way of looking at things.

A small number of men and women…

…They saw injustice.

And they knew it wouldn’t last.

They said: “America is a great nation,

“and it is capable of justice.

“America has the tools to be great…

“And one day, America will be great…

“We will tear down Jim Crow.

They didn’t say we might overcome.

They said: “We shall overcome.”

Martin Luther King said it was his DREAM.

But it was not his dream.

It was the American destiny.

He did not wait for the arc of history to bend towards justice…

He and millions like him pushed…

They pushed and they pushed uphill.

They pushed and they were pushed back by water cannons.

They pushed and they were pushed back by billy clubs and tear gas.

They pushed and they were pushed back on the bridge at Selma.

They pushed and they were pushed off the bus in Montgomery.

They pushed and they were pushed into jail.

They pushed and some gave their lives…

But they never stopped pushing.

And in the end…

They bent history towards justice.

That was their inheritance to us.

WASHINGTON, LINCOLN and KING

They are the American story.

Each gave their whole life to America.

And what they built…

Has lasted for 236 years.

They did not see a completed America in their days.

And it’s never finished.

They saw a void…

…and filled it.

AND SO SHALL WE.

Now…

Where’s that card?

Worth $2.8 million!

You’re not holding an asset.

You’re holding a man’s life!

You’re holding a man’s legacy!

The man on that card.

Is Honus Wagner.

He was a great player.

But his card’s value…

Comes from a different greatness.

We remember him not just because…

He was a great hitter.

We remember him

…because he stood for something.

It couldn’t have been easy.

Back in his day…

Everyone smoked or chewed tobacco.

But he wouldn’t smoke.

And they put…

…an ad for cigarettes…

…on his card.

Right next to his name.

His name!

Honus Wagner was a Christian man.

He didn’t smoke. He didn’t chew.

So he was faced with a choice.

He stood up.

He didn’t want his name…

Next to something he opposed.

He refused to bend.

He refused to comply.

And so while there were others…

Other players…

Other great baseball players…

Honus Wagner’s card is the one…

Everyone wants.

Honus Wagner is the name we remember…

Honus Wagner is the card with the most value.

This card is telling us something.

Something that Honus didn't know at the time.

This card is screaming

Pleading to be heard

"Do the right thing!

It is the only way….

…. to create lasting worth and great value."

You see…

History isn't about a bunch of dead guys…

Staring at us sternly…

From the textbooks.

And the paintings.

History’s great figures

Are talking to us still…

If we just listen.

History isn't in museums.

It's here.

We are creating it right now.

Everyday.

With every single choice.

Will we do the easy thing or

Will we stand….

…and create something of lasting value?

It is an easy choice

But it is not an easy commitment.

Commitment is where it starts.

The Puritans had it easy.

All they had to do was make it through the winter.

George Washington?

All he had to do was beat the British.

Abraham Lincoln?

All he had to do was keep the Union.

Martin Luther King?

All he had to do was get Americans to listen to the words of the Declaration of Independence…

…That all men are created equal.

…And endowed by their Creator…

…With freedom.

What’s our challenge?

We don’t have to build a nation.

We don’t have to conquer racism.

We don’t have emptiness in our stomachs.

No.

What we have is a void…

…A void in our hearts.

An emptiness in our culture.

We have forgotten…

What we’re building.

And so others step in and tell us what to build.

Where to build it.

How to build it.

When to build it.

America --

We have lost our way.

You have heard me talk about this.

If you want to raise money …

… with a bake sale,

The government will stop you.

“Junk food!”

“Transfats!” They’ll say.

No bake sales!

If you want to give food to soup kitchens…

Don’t try to give them doughnuts… or salty snacks.

You’ll be turned away. “Unhealthy”… “Not nutritious.”

And they’ll say: “Don’t worry, we got this one.”

“We’ll take care of these people. So you don’t have to.”

But because of you,

The first of many trucks are headed out…

Right now…

To our cities…

Our American cities…

To send a clear message…

This is who we are.

This is what we were taught.

When we see someone hungry…

…we will give them food.

When we see somebody hurting…

…we will give them help.

We are Americans.

We are builders.

We are helpers.

And if there’s one thing …

…our government must NOT do…

…it’s this:

Don’t stop us.

Don’t stop us from helping.

Don’t stop us from feeding.

We. Will. Serve.

We are not a selfish people.

We are selfless.

You are the living proof of this.

You are living proof that Americans are good.

Americans are still people of action.

Americans want freedom.

Americans want justice.

We want love.

And here’s the thing:

There are millions of you.

Millions just like you.

Millions ready to act.

Ready to take up the struggle.

Ready….

To commit

To activate,

To live it …

To create….

… to restore love to America.

We will not let go.

We will not give up.

We’re not going to put our cars in neutral.

We’re not going to coast down the hill.

We’re going to do it the hard way.

We’re going to put our shoulders down.

We’re going to get behind the car.

And we’re going to push America up the hill.

Know this:

We’re never going to get to the top

But neither did they,

They did not give up.

And neither will we.

Because we are Americans.

And we will, in the end…

Have more than our great name.

We will have a great country again.

And a great legacy for our children!

We will not give up.

We will not give up our inheritance.

We will not give up the right to feed the hungry…

…the right to care for the sick…

…the right to run a bake sale!

We will not give someone else…

…the work of our hearts…

…the work that we must do.

We will do it…

…because we ARE already doing it.

I will not let go.

I will not sit down.

I will not comply.

I will not comply.

Because I know…

I know this:

America is not done.

And if you are watching this broadcast…

In a distant foreign land…

And looking for American weakness.

Looking for surrender.

Look at this crowd!

And know that we are putting you on notice.

Witness the Third Great Awakening!

Your time has passed,

And our time has just begun!

Let this be the beginning

Commit and declare it for all to hear.

For those who count us out

Are counting on

ONE weekend of action…

…ONE weekend of speeches…

ONE weekend. ONE day.

Let this be the first of many…

It’s not over.

We have not yet begun to restore ourselves

And reclaim our country

The Puritans didn’t leave Plymouth after a day.

George Washington didn’t pack up ….

… at Valley Forge after one cold night.

He got down on one knee…

He called on the blessings of heaven.

He had firm reliance on the protection…

Of divine Providence.

God is with us.

God is our sovereign.

And with Him…

Our battle is already won.

Washington, Lincoln. King.

Even in death, they live...

And speak to us.

And so let us live fully…

Not just mark the days.

But LIVE!

As Washington said,

"deeds not words"

And for Lincoln,

The mission of the living…

Was written by those who came before.

“The world will little note,

nor long remember…

What we said here.

But rather what we dedicate…

To do here.”

History is a guide …

…not a guarantee.

It is for us the living ….

…to be dedicated …

to the unfinished work…

which they …

…who came before us

….have thus far so nobly advanced

It is for us …

To be dedicated …

To the great task before us—

that from these honored dead

we take increased devotion

To that cause

For which they gave…

The last full measure of devotion—

that we here highly resolve

that these dead

Shall not have died in vain—

that this nation, under God,

shall have a new birth of freedom—

and that government of the people,

by the people,

for the people,

shall not perish from the earth.”

That is our charge,

That is our duty,

That is our blessing,

With malice toward none

And charity toward all

Let us tonight restore Love…

…for love

will hold us together.

Love...

…will make us a shelter from the storm.

I will be my brother’s keeper.

The world will know once again…

That they are not alone.

The Americans again have arrived.

With honor

Courage

And love.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.