Mercury Confidential interview with Glenn Beck part 5: What's Next?

by Meg Storm

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In the wake of what proved to be a truly historic week of service and charity, we sat down with Glenn to get his thoughts on how Restoring Love completes the Restoring trilogy he began two years ago in Washington D.C., how he feels coming out of this remarkable chapter of his life, and what comes next.

Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010, Glenn looked out at the hundreds of thousands of people standing on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and reminded them that this was not the end but the beginning:

This wakeup call will fade if it was just about today. And the critics will be right that it was meaningless – that you have wasted your time. But if in fact you choose today to change your lives and root them in faith, hope, and charity, we will change the world. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, the world will little note nor long remember what we said here. It’s what we do from here that matters.

A little less than two years later on July 28, 2012, standing in the round at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, surrounded by tens of thousands of friends, Glenn once again harkened President Lincoln to remind the crowd that the real work had just begun:

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… 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.

“It was interesting to me that I started this trilogy by quoting Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, and I ended this trilogy by quoting him without even knowing,” Glenn said in retrospect. “That’s what happened. It’s how I know it’s done. It’s just done.”

When you look back at the three summers of events, everything begins to fall into place. “It’s like I said on the stage. It is faith, hope, and charity. Without faith, hope, and charity you don’t succeed. You don’t make it. You don’t have America, at least,” Glenn said. “I really, truly believe that that was the message from God the whole time: faith, hope, charity – honor, courage, love.

“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,” Glenn told the crowd at Cowboys Stadium. “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.”

The themes of service, hope, and decency that were personified by the Restoring events will continue to play a key role in Glenn’s plans even though the Restoring trilogy is complete.

“We are going to do service,” Glenn said about his future endeavors. “I am going to take something I learned over in Israel. Their Independence Day is preceded the 24 hours before with Memorial Day, so it gives them a chance to serve and reflect and then celebrate. I am going to try to start that tradition here in America. I think that is the best tradition ever: serve and then celebrate. We are going to reinforce this and make it an American tradition.”

“But we are also going to reinforce the service and the political activism starting in September on GBTV [TheBlazeTV],” he continued. “I think we are planning on kick starting it in Ohio.”

While his staff spends the days and weeks leading up to these types of event running around and trying to make sure they actually happen, Glenn’s job is involves a vision that is much more long term.

“Like right now I am already working on next summer’s event,” Glenn said. “The Monday after the event I called everybody in from all the divisions and said, ‘Here’s where we are going for the election, for the Christmas holiday, and for next summer.’ It just begins again for them, but now is my time to try to get everybody together and convince them that we can do it, and it will be great.”

There is no way to really describe all that has happened since January 2010, when Glenn announced his plans to hold a rally on the National Mall that summer, to last week, when he completed the trilogy with the tens of thousands gathered in Dallas, Texas. But one thing is for certain, Glenn was standing exactly where he needed to stand, saying exactly what he needed to say, and that is all anyone could ask for.

“I wouldn’t change a thing we’ve done because we did it with pure intent,” Glenn said. “What an amazing three years. It all fits together. Only God could have done this.”

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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