Glenn is going to the border...

On Tuesday’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn delivered a monologue further explaining his stance on the immigration crisis. Glenn made it clear that amnesty is not an option and the government must work swiftly to handle the “border crisis.” Meanwhile, it is time for the American people to step in and begin correcting the “humanitarian crisis.”

Glenn announced he will be visiting the border town of McAllen, Texas on Saturday, July 19. He will be joined by politicians like Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and faith leaders as Mercury One begins to distribute the goods and services it has accumulated through donations to its Children and Family Border Relief Fund.

Over the last several days and weeks, Glenn has read countless emails and social media comments from fans who both support and oppose the position he has taken on this issue. On radio this morning, Glenn shared details about his upcoming trip to the border and sought to further clarify why he believes “there is no justice without mercy.”

Below is an edited transcript of the monologue:

We announced yesterday that I'm going to go down to the border a week from Saturday. And we have been asked if we would provide aid to the churches that are actually standing and bearing the brunt of what is happening on our border. This is Cloward and Piven. They're trying to collapse the system. We can't allow the system to collapse. We have to dig in and do all that we can while we stand and fight against illegal immigration. While we stand and say, ‘These people must be returned home,’ we must have compassion and not allow the system to collapse.

I am being joined by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) a week from Saturday, and if you think those guys are soft on illegal immigration or soft on the Constitution, you might want to check yourself before you wreck yourself. I announced this yesterday on television, and we saw people change their position – not everybody – but a lot of the people who had written just two, three weeks ago who said they'll never watch or listen; they're going to cancel their subscription; they're definitely going to stop helping Mercury One help people; those people wrote to us and said, ‘I have been thinking about this. I've been praying about this. I have been watching what's going on. And I do not agree with illegal immigration.’ Neither do I. ‘But we have to be human first, and take care of human needs and don't let the system collapse.’ The way we will lose is by appearing to be something that we're not, by appearing to be hateful people that don't care about children. That's how you lose. Guarantee it.

Do you know how we lost the gay marriage thing? Because we made it about homosexuality. I don't hate homosexuals. If you are in love with another person, and you want to get married, okay. But don't force me to perform the marriage. Don't force me or my church to accept you into the fold. There are other churches that will. That's my right to freedom of conscience. Your right to freedom of conscience is you want to get married. Great. Why is the government in the marriage business in the first place? Control. Power. To be able to use this to separate one another.

I am for legal immigration reform. The system does not work. But we've got to change. Nobody is going to listen to you if they think they're a hatemonger. They're not going to listen to you. You're going to lose this again. So, what can we do? Pick up our personal responsibility with malice toward none and charity toward all and go and serve.

Now, I'm going down to the border in McAllen, Texas, next Saturday. I am also going to the border at night with Louie Gohmert. Louie is going to help us unload these trucks. Louie is going to be there along with some of the pastors. Some of these pastors disagree with us. Some of these pastors are all for illegal immigration. What we're doing is not political. Because I can tell you Louie Gohmert is not for illegal immigration. Ted Cruz is not for illegal immigration. Mike Lee is not for illegal immigration. We are all for the rule of law.

But our first responsibility is take care of one another. And we can do that together. And as we do that, believe me, we will be having conversations with people. We will be having conversations and they will probably be the first conversations where we're not yelling at each other. Why? Because everybody unloading those buses will know we love people. We don't hate people. So we're starting at a different place. ‘Look, you care about the children just as much as I do. By the way, can anybody tell me at the HuffPo how many truckloads of food they've raised? Can anybody tell me any liberal talk show host – how much money you have raised? Can you tell me, anybody, anybody, who has gone down there and actually unloaded the buses or the trucks, the semi-tractor trailers, how many have you fed? How many of the liberal talk show hosts on MSNBC have gone and actually had a breakfast and a lunch where they served these people?’

I will tell you that next Saturday, I'm going to be doing that. And I invite everyone else to put your time – not your money –where your heart is. My heart is with anyone who is suffering. My brain is with the law. The law must be enforced. My heart is where I have mercy. And there is no justice without mercy. You have to have both of them. And right now, the conservatives only look like they just want judgment, and the liberals only look at it as mercy. You cannot have a rule of law if it is nothing but mercy. You cannot have justice without mercy. You need both. So why don't we lead the way? Why don't we do both? Why don't we demand real justice by being the first to stand up? Let us lead the way with mercy and duty and sacrifice and honor and integrity. And we will humble ourselves. We will swallow or pride. We will do the right thing even though it really kind of rubs us wrong because we shouldn't have to be doing this if you would have obeyed the law in the first place. But we voted these people in.

Please don't tell me, ‘Well, I didn't vote these people in.’ Really? Because I see the results of Congress. I see what John McCain did. I see what George W. Bush did on the border. So don't tell me we didn't do this. All of us have been involved.

I would like to ask you if you'd like to join me. This is not going to be a path for the sunshine patriot. It's not. I will tell you, you're going to make enemies on both sides now. I've already done that. I have already been called a traitor to the Constitution, a traitor to the republic. You name it, I've been called it. So now I am not popular on the right or the left. So be it.

I said last night, my fans are mocking me on Facebook and that's okay. Believe me, I went into this one wide open. I know exactly where I'm going. I know exactly who I am, and I know exactly what the consequences of that could be. And that's fine. But what I said on TV last night is: I've said a lot of controversial things. I've asked you to do a lot of crazy things. People will say all the time to me, ‘Glenn, you know what? You were right on so many things.’ ‘My gosh, I can't believe your track record.’ ‘You know, I thought you were crazy on the collapse of the economy in 2008, and you turned out to be right on that one.’ ‘I thought you were crazy about Cloward Piven, and then I started seeing stuff.’ ‘I thought you were crazy on the Progressives.’ ‘I thought you were crazy on what happened in Egypt.’ ‘I thought you were crazy that there could be a caliphate.’

I’m not talking about the border. I am talking about the human condition. I am talking about our heart, and I have never been more right on anything in my life than I am on our heart. If we close our heart, if we don't do the hard work right now – and I mean it's going to be hard. You're gonna do things and you're gonna stand with people you don't want to stand with. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Hard times make us, to quote JFK. We don't do these things because they're easy. We do them because they are hard, because they're right. I've never been more right on anything ever in my life, and if it means I do it alone, then I will do it alone.

But I ask you to join me because I know who you are. I know who you are. It's why I love you so much. It's why I love this audience so much. It's why I have so much respect for you. You are unlike any other audience. You really are. You are not the typical talk radio audience. You are not the typical television audience. You are so atypical. I wish there was some verifiable way I could prove it to you. There is no other audience in the history of mass communication like this audience. Period.

I have said this to you since September 11th – and this does not come from me, this comes from my gut, from the prompting, whatever you want to call it – you are going to be responsible for a great change. You are going to be the ones that save the nation. And if I have to be out in the middle of a field all by myself with 10 people saying: Love one another. Be better than everyone else. Do the hard thing. Be kind. Be gentle. I know the world wants you to hate. I know the world is teeming with hatred. It's teeming with darkness. Shun it. Be good. Be a beacon of light and hope. Be the flame on the Statue of Liberty that the whole world looks to and says, ‘I want to go that way.’ You will be the shining city on the hill. I don't know what that city looks like in the end. But that's what we're supposed to build. And the eyes of the world will be upon us. They already are. Let's show them who we really are. Let's prove the world wrong.

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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?