Senator Mike Lee, Rafael Cruz, Glenn and others fire up the crowd at FreedomWorks 'Free the People' rally

Glenn joined Matt Kibbe, Senator Mike Lee, Rafael Cruz, and others on the eve of Man in the Moon for FreedomWorks 'Free the People 2013' rally at Usana Amphitheater in Salt Lake City. The event, focused on the topic of entrepreneurship was filled with passionate speeches from prominent figures, politicians, and Americans just like you.

President of FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe opened the night by praising small business owners, Tea Party and 9/12 group leaders, and the entrepreneurs in the crowd.

"Unlike my hometown, Washington D.C., I actually respect what you do," Matt Kibbe told the crowd.

Kibbe went on to note that the current administration is alienating small business owners, demonizing those that are successful and limiting the success of those that are working hard to make ends meat. But, Kibbe noted, that is to be the expected response of anyone in power toward those who don't need or want to turn to them for assistance, noting that the founders felt lonely as well when they signed that sheet of paper that declared the country's freedom.

Great African American conservative leaders, like Mia Love, Deneen Borelli, and Rev. C.L. Bryant also joined the rally to tell their stories of hard work, failure, and eventually success.

Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah Mia Love told the story of how her parents came to the United States from Haiti with nothing, but with hard work, were able to buy a home and eventually put all three of their children through college.

For them, Mia noted, "you didn't come to the United States of America for "easier", you came here to be free."

Deneen, now a Fox News Contributor, was the first member of her family to graduate college.

"Hard work, perseverance, and my faith in God that has gotten me to where I am today," she told the audience.

She attended night school for 11 years while working in corporate America to achieve that success. Borelli spent 20 years in corporate America before moving into the public policy sphere, describing her move as going from "a citizen on the sidelines to a citizen on the front lines

"We have two choices," she told the crowd, "to be dependent or independent. I chose to be independent."

Arizona Congressman David Schweikert and entrepreneur Jeff Sanderer each joined the stage for a few moments to talk to the FreedomWorks crowd. Schweikert focused on the responsibility each American has who truly believes that the Constitution is a divinely inspired document.

He noted that the things destroying the country and the culture and internal.

"We've allowed the ballot box to put these people into power," he said, "that needs to stop and it needs to stop today."

Sanderer, told the audience that it's his believe that they are the one who will put a stop to it. In fact, he told the audience he believes they'll do more than that, he believes they're going to change the world.

Much like Glenn has been highlighting lately, the current battle isn't simply about economic freedom or the right vs. the left — it's about freedom vs. slavery.

"Liberty is right, slavery is wrong," he said. "Man longs to be free."

"The opposite of liberty is not financial insecurity," he continued, "it's slavery. And we should not be afraid to say so."

Arguably one of the most memorable speeches came from father of Senator Ted Cruz, Rafael Cruz. After heard him speak for a few minutes it's easy to see that the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree in the Cruz household.

Rafael came to the United States from Cuba at the age of 19. He put himself through college and thought Cuba had found the man to revolutionize the country and increase freedom with Fidel Castro was elected. After moving back to Cuba after college, it didn't take long for Mr. Cruz to see how very wrong he was.

As a result of the marxist ideology that Castro put the country under, Cruz came back to the United States — disillusioned, but thankful. After his life in cuba, he knew how precious and rare America was.

In 1976, after hearing witnessing policies that reminded him of Cuba be implemented in the country, Rafael quickly got actively involved in the Reagan campaign. He knew what happened there couldn't happen here.

"If we lose our freedoms here, where do we go?" he asked, and noted was something he engrained into Ted while he was growing up.

Today, under the Obama regime, Rafael noted his fear that the country is following the same mistakes he and his former country once did. He recalled the most ominous words he's ever heard were said in the last two State of the Union Addresses by President Obama: "If Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally."

"This country is unique because of its documents," he continued. "Outside of the Bible, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are the greatest two documents ever pinned. And the written they've last is because they were written on the knees of the framers."

He emphasize how important it is that they are not disregarded.

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outside of the bible, constitution and declaration are the greatest two documents ever pinned. and the reason they've lasted is bc they were written on the knees of the framers.

"This administration can take everything away, but they can't take our honor," he closed.

A Senator that is cut from the same cloth as Rafael Cruz's son addressed the crowd later in the show: Utah Senator Mike Lee.

Senator Lee recalled what it was like when he first joined the Senate and how uncomfortable he felt with the title. But, after being hassled for looking like a DC staffer, Lee recognized something: sometimes you have to assert your title — or as he put it, "what is properly yours."

"Sometimes, even when it's difficult, you have to assert that which is properly yours," he said, "As men and women of America, we were meant to live free and we must assert it every day of our lives."

"If we stop and we don't assert those rights because is difficult," he continued, "we all lose them."

Senator Lee noted that looking at the crowd that showed up in his home state of Utah makes him more optimistic than ever that the freedom movement is going to be the winning movements.

"We can win. We can get there. But we have to do it together," he told the crowd.

Quoting Gandhi, Lee reminded them, that at first your detractors will ignore you, then they'll laugh at you, next they'll want to fight you, but then…you win.

Looking back over the 9/12 and TEA Party movements, Sen. Lee reflected, "our movement began just a few years ago…and when we started it they ignored us…and then, of course, they laughed at us. Righ now they're fighting us. But guess what comes next? We win."

Glenn took the stage last, and tied everything that was said that night together in a way that only Glenn Beck could. He tied it all to Civil Rights, our basic rights. In fact, because of that simple fact — that this freedom movement is all about our basic constitutional (of Civil) rights — that's the only reason we're capable of organizing this size crowd.


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"There isn't anyone on the left or the right that can put this kind of crowd together," he told the audience. "We can because all we care about is the basic constitutional rights of Americans."

Almost all Americans agree on these basic rights, but the language used between the left in the right is different. One group talks about Civil Rights, while the other talks about the Constitution. What it all comes down to is where you draw your line in the sand.

"If you don't draw a line in the sand you will just keep drifting," he explained. "You have to know what you are willing to do and what you're not willing to do. It's really easy because it's about civil rights."

"MLK wasn't asking for special rights," he continues. "He was asking for the same things guaranteed in our Constitution."


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Even today, in what feels like one of the most divisive times in recent history, 85% of america agree with freedom of speech. Despite that, we're letting these rights be violated every single day by groups like the NSA who are tracking and monitoring everything we do in the digital world and otherwise.


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"When will we say enough is enough?" he asked the audience.

"What are WE creating? What is our line?" he continued.

Glenn's line, like most Americans, is simple: It is the constitution of the United States of America.

There are two fronts to the current freedom movement, Glenn explained: the political and of conscience. These movements have to work side by side and it can't just be about politics, it has to be about rights.

This week, Glenn has met people who traveled from all of the world to be here for Man in the Moon. China, Canada, Hong Kong, you name it. The world is crying out for help and looking for a model to follow.

"You are the model the world is crying out for," Glenn told the audience. "Stand up and take the reigns."


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"This audience is going to be a pivot point," he continued. "This audience is going to be the one that changes and saves the nation."

But not just with politics, Glenn explained that while they're working on the political, and the mainstream media will try to keep them focused on the political, that's now how you create real change the hearts and minds of the people around you. The culture has to shift.

"We're working on the political, we're working on the spiritual, but the voting box is the last stop," Glenn said. "The first stop is the culture."


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"When you see the Main in the Moon tomorrow it is my hope that we no longer let the dreamers and the great artists of our day be co-opted by the left," he said. "We can change the culture and imprint that on our children's hearts."

In closing, Glenn explained that he's already begun work on (what's now called) Man in the Moon 2. It's about the journey to America and why people came here.


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"People came here a reason," Glenn proclaimed. "To follower their own conscience — to be free. We need to celebrate that!"

"Find out why YOU have made the spiritual journey to America," he continued. "Stand. Protect. Defend. And love one another with courage. Trust in God and divine providence and all is well."

Check out the quick interview with Glenn following the FreedomWorks event below and then get ready for the big event tomorrow!

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.

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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?