What's next? Glenn explains how Ken Hutcherson and Alveda King helped him see where the freedom movement is headed

Last week, after speaking in Washington, Glenn felt a shift in his attitude about the direction the freedom movement is headed. He had conversations with members of the Black Robed Regiment in the days that followed that confirmed his new found optimism.

One of the individuals Glenn spoke with was Ken Hutcherson — who Glenn describes as one of the most amazing men he's ever met.

"I need you to get to know him pretty darn quickly," Glenn told his radio audience this morning, putting him in the same category with other great leaders of faith he's met like Billy Graham.

"He's something special. You're going to love Ken Hutcherson," Pat added.

Ken Hutcherson grew up in the south during the Civil Rights movement — not the best place to be if you're a young, black male. Glenn went on to explain that Ken hated MLK — he was too peaceful and Hutcherson was angry. For much of his youth, Ken was more of the Black Panther's side of the argument.

"He didn't get it at all," Glenn explained, "but then had a profound change and has spent his life trying to tell the truth and be a man of love. He's remarkable."

Ken, who is now a pastor, has devoted his life to teaching love and spreading the word of God. Glenn also explained that Hutcherson has severe, stage four bone cancer.

"This guy was supposed to be dead five years ago," Glenn said. "He has stage four bone cancer…he's riddled with cancer and doesn't have a lot of time. But as I was talking to him and as we got to know each other, I asked him to try to help me put some things together.  And really after just a couple of hours, I looked at him and I said, you're the guy. You're the guy. And didn't know he had cancer at the time."

Glenn went on to explain that it wasn't until the next day, when he was speaking at the Capitol, that he realized how sick he was. Glenn realized that it's because Hutcherson is out of time that he is so willing to stand and speak the truth plainly and clearly.

"I don't think we have a lot of time either," Glenn explained. "And he's not going to waste what could literally be his last breath positioning. He's not going to waste his possible last breath telling you something that is for, what, fame?  For money?  For power?  He's gone soon.  He's gone.  You can say whatever you want.  He's not going to listen to it, he's not going to listen to bull-crap, and he's not going to tell you bull-crap.  He's going to tell you exactly the way it is."

Glenn has said for the last few days that it's time for Americans to start leading the movement — that the leader they're waiting for isn't coming. They're the leader they're waiting for. And it's people like Ken Hutcherson, Rabbi Lapin, David Barton, and Alveda King who have helped him reach this point.

Alveda King was one of the first, and she'll join Glenn tonight at 5pm ET on the Glenn Beck Program for a Civil Rights bootcamp. Glenn recalled the first time he met the niece of MLK. He was on set in Washington D.C. before Restoring Honor.

"I had the faith, hope and charity — I had those three icons that I had painted with Paula Hawking and we had them up on the set.  And she walked in, she said, I just love you.  And I said, well, thank you, Ms. King.  And she said, you know my Uncle Martin, he said that was the answer.  She pointed to those.  And I said, 'faith, hope and charity?'  She said 'faith, hope and love.  That's what charity is, love.  Faith, hope and love.'  And she said, 'You know what the answer is.'  And I said, 'I don't know how to get there.'  She said, 'He didn't, either, for a long time.  None of us do'."

Glenn went on to explain that after Restoring Honor, Restoring Courage, and Restoring Love, all the pieces are there for the next step.

"This audience has done all of the pieces. Now it is time to put it into play and to put it into action," Glenn said. "Now is the time to link arms and go for a march, and we are putting them together.  And a man who is literally on his last leg, who has no time for BS, and I will tell you — he told me a story.  He said, he said, I had — I had somebody that I knew — I'll let him tell story, but he had somebody he knew try to mess with him because of his skin color and he said — he went up to them and he said, you know what you don't do?  You know what you never do?  You never mess with a man who just isn't afraid.  And I thought, boy, oh, boy, is that the truth.  And he has nothing to fear," Glenn said of Hutcherson.

"Courage is contagious," Glenn continued, "but you have to know exactly why you do the things you do — I think you know — and then you have to know what to do.  And that's where it's tricky. Because in this world with all of the legal games that they play, you need to have some big‑ass attorneys on your side."

"In the coming days I'm going to be asking you if you have an attorney firm and you are willing to dedicate your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor and you are willing to help us navigate the waters that will need to be navigated by the right Reverend and those who follow him, if you can help them and if you can help the American people know exactly where the lines are and what to do, so we are always doing the right thing.  And if you are prepared to stand," Glenn said.

"And I know a lot of people don't understand this, but you are fighting for Civil Rights.  It is the bill of civil rights," he continued. "Everything that is in the Bill of Rights, that's what's being violated.  Those, that's all that Martin Luther King was looking for.  What they've done is they've turned it into special rights.  But that's not what Martin Luther King was asking.  Martin Luther King was asking, apply that document to me.  Apply those rights to me.  And that's all you're asking for."

Glenn went on to explain that Civil Rights is the reason he and Bill Maher will agree on certain issues. But it's because the language is difference that the media makes such a big deal about it. It all comes down to freedom, you just have to understand their language: Constitutional Rights, Civil Rights, and the Bill of Rights — the right and left may label them differently, but on the fundamental issues it's all about freedom.

"There's a difference in our language but not a difference in the meaning.  We describe them as constitutional rights; they describe them as civil rights," Glenn said. "When we start speaking their language and you know what we mean and we know what they mean, which is those rights that are guaranteed and given to every man by God, when we start defending those things and start speaking the universal language and we start doing with peace and love, I'm telling you the world's going to change, and you look out.  Because we are not going to sit down.  I'm going out swinging.  I am not going to sit down."

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

Get tickets and more information here.

Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

History at the Mercury Museum

Alanna Sarabia interviews Glenn Beck for "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios.

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?