Glenn spent a large portion of this morning’s radio program discussing the standoff in Nevada between the federal government and the Bundy family. Glenn advocated for a peaceful resolution to this tense situation.
“I will tell you that I do believe that the federal government does want to put ranchers out of business… I do believe these things are happening, and it's called Agenda 21. We wrote a book on it. I am fully clear on what the federal government wants to do,” Glenn said. “With that being said, no matter how clear I am on these things, the answer is not violence.”
Glenn spoke of the power and importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Pledge of Nonviolence, which was signed by those who marched alongside him in 1963. The pledge reads:
1. As you prepare to march meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus
2. Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
3. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.
4. Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.
5. Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
6. Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
7. Perform regular service for others and the world.
8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
10. Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.
But several listeners called in this morning to explain that while they too do not advocate violence, they are unclear how much more Americans are supposed to take. It is easy to feel powerless, and yet, Glenn reminded his audience that 2014 offers a unique opportunity to kick-start a different type of revolution - a non-violent one rooted in principle.
There are no two ways about it: A lot of bad things are going on in this country right now.
Are things happening that are very bad? Yes. Are they killing people with drones? Yes. Are they spying on you? Yes. Are they using the I.R.S. to harass you? Yes. Are they trying to put ranchers out of business? Yes,” Glenn said. “Yes, they're doing all of those things. And all of those things are bad. And all of those things we have to stand up against.”
But we must not forget the power we have to affect change. With the 2014 midterm elections just around the corner and a bevy of strong candidates running in tight races around the country, this is the time to get involved and really make an impact.
“May I remind you: We do have representation. We do have people that are coming up for election in the next 60 days,” Glenn said. “You want to do something? Put your gun down. Go grab some signs. Go grab some information and go door to door in Kentucky and get Mitch McConnell out. Go door to door in South Carolina and get Lindsay Graham out. You want to make a difference? That is a way. You want a revolution? There's your revolution... Everything hasn't been exhausted by any stretch of the imagination.”