Glenn: I believe we are now in the early stages of World War III

Christians beheaded in Libya. A Jordanian pilot burned alive in a cage. Jewish graves vandalized in France. Everywhere you turn, the news seems to get worse and worse. Sadly, events in Europe and the Middle East echo the build up to World War 2. In a powerful monologue last night, Glenn warned listeners it is past time to wake up. He warned last year "and so it begins", and now it is here. Real danger lies beyond the horizon - what kind of person will you be when everything comes to a head?

Below is a transcript of this segment

The news is disturbing today. On the heels of a Jordanian pilot burned alive in a cage and buried in rubble, 21 Coptic Christians were marched along a beach and beheaded by Islamic extremists.

Over the weekend, also, a 22-year-old Islamic extremist named Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein has committed two deadly terrorist attacks in Denmark, one at a free speech event, ironically, held by the cartoonist who depicted Muhammad’s head on the body of a dog, and the second attack, later that day, he opened fire on a synagogue, killing one. A German city canceled a parade over Islamic terrorist threat, and in France, Jewish graves were vandalized with Nazi graffiti.

This reminds me an awful lot of when I was over in Poland. I have seen this movie before, and this is what I really want to impress on you today. Can you take the full screen please of me over in Poland? This is a picture of me over in Poland at a Jewish cemetery. The reason why I took this, this is one of the only Jewish cemeteries in Poland that remained standing because of that iron fence.

They were going in to destroy the tombstones, the Nazis were, and lightning struck that fence and threw the Nazis into the graveyard. They said that that one happen to be protected, and so they never came back. However, I want to show you the next picture. This is what they did to all of the other cemeteries. This is a wall built out of broken tombstones. In Poland and all throughout Europe, they destroyed the cemeteries and broke all the tombstones. They made roads. They made sidewalks. They made the lion cages, believe it or not, in Poland at the Polish zoo. At the…I think it’s the Warsaw zoo, they made the lion cages out of these.

Just to show you a close-up, there is the blessing and the hands of a blessing on the top of a tombstone that had been broken. We’ve seen this movie before. We have predicted this movie to happen. We are witnessing the rising of evil. Now, let me take you back to the chalkboard that we gave you at FOX—radicals, Islamists, Communists, Socialists work together against Israel, work together against capitalism, work together to overthrow stability. Part two, they’ll cascade, sweep the Middle East, begin to destabilize Europe and the rest of the world. This is all happening.

These are all the things. The caliphate, we predicted. We talked to you, what, a year and a half ago about the Coptic Christians. That’s who was killed on the beaches, and I’m sorry, but they were on the sands of Tripoli. Is that a message to us? The scariest part of everything that is happening around the world is not the evil itself, it is that by large and by most indications, the world is in flat-out denial.

In Denmark, the authorities there said the shooter had gang affiliations. Wait, he’s shooting at the cartoonist guy who depicted Muhammad’s head on a dog, and then he went to a synagogue, and that’s gang-related? Recently, our own president described a clearly anti-Semitic shooting at a kosher deli as random violence of “folks,” yes, just like Fort Hood was workplace violence.

The administration’s latest statement today on the 21 beheadings failed to mention two critical points: One, they were Christians that were beheaded, and the guys who did it were Islamic. The unwillingness to recognize evil will be our undoing.

I have to tell you, this monologue today is a wake-up call for you. I told you last year and so it begins. It is here. I want you to understand, I am not charting a course for you because all of the good ideas, the way we could have solved this, are all gone. I believe we are now in the early stages of World War III, and it’s going to get much, much worse. You need to prepare yourself.

Instead of calling evil by its name and standing against it, we dismiss it, and we must stop. It is totally understandable. I want to give you a theory that I thought of while I was watching The Walking Dead. I don’t know if you’ve watched The Walking Dead at all, but I’m watching this, and I can’t figure out why, other than it’s a really good show, I can’t figure out first why this is 22 million people a week watching it. So, put that into perspective. Nobody’s ever done that on cable television. Since the time that there were three network, you just don’t have ratings like this. So, this is hugely rated. Why is that? Is it our love for zombies?

I want you to think about this with me. I don’t know if this is true. This is my theory. I think we all know that the world is about to come undone. Have you seen Newsweek magazine? They’re talking about when life completely changes, will you be prepared? They’re actually encouraging people to prep now.

So, we all know, there’s something in us that tells us the world is out of control, but I don’t want to watch that. I don’t even want to watch the news most nights. So, why are we watching The Walking Dead? We’re watching The Walking Dead because we know the zombies aren’t real, and so it allows us to connect with what we’re really feeling but allows us to being a safe zone because we know zombies aren’t real.

Zombies are ISIS. Zombies are our economic peril. The rest of the show is what we say is coming, and I want you to know, just like the zombies, evil doesn’t negotiate. Evil doesn’t show mercy. It cannot be persuaded. It cannot be loved. It cannot be moved by logic. It will not quit until you kill it. To think anything otherwise is foolish.

I am not talking to you tonight about a war like the Korean War or the Vietnam War or the first Gulf War or the Afghanistan war or the Iraq war. I’m talking to you about a war where it is either live or die, World War II. That’s what we’re headed towards, and we can keep wishing it away, childishly holding out hope that soaring speeches or some kind of technology or something’s going to beat this back, but it won’t—as if the animals that do this give a flying crap what we say about them.

When I saw the beheadings and everything this weekend, I couldn’t help but think about the Jews that were fenced in like animals behind barbed wire. This is from an HBO documentary, Night Must Fall. I saw it a couple of weeks ago. It’s the only thing I’ve ever watched that give me nightmares. We’re headed there again, guys. This is just the beginning, as you will see in a minute.

I got a ton of pushback from this audience for linking to the Jordanian pilot video on our site. People were very, very mad that their happy Facebook feeds filled with puppy dog videos and Valentine’s Day pics were interrupted with a heavy dose of reality, but here’s the thing, when we suppress the full truth of the evil rising, it cripples the resolve needed to stomp the evil out. It is important for a group of people to actually look it in the eye. Who do you want to be, part of the problem or a part of the solution?

I want to show you just a little piece of this video, and it is disturbing, but after you see it, you will be left asking, “Where are the voices crying out for those who cannot cry out for themselves? Where are the voices demanding urgent and ruthless action against this evil? Where are the leaders willing to lay it all on the line for righteousness? Where is our courage?”

I warn you, it is violent, but I will also warn you continuing to collectively avert our eyes will be our undoing. To fight something, you must first know why you fight, what you’re fighting for, and who you’re fighting against. We don’t know why we’re fighting. We refuse to say who we’re fighting against. What are we fighting for? We barely believe in us anymore.

This is a highly sophisticated enemy. Watch the video. I just want you to watch a couple of things. I want you to notice, look at the slow-motion. Look at the camera angles. This is well-orchestrated—Good God Almighty…Good God Almighty. This was done and orchestrated. They blocked this out. They blocked their shots out.

This is an important part. He is dead, but this is an important part because we’ve seen this movie before. God help us all. The choice of burning to death perplexed a lot of people. They put him out with rubble. They put him out with rubble, and they burn him to death. Why? Because Islam teaches an eye for an eye.

Who was this man? Who was he? He was a pilot who likely dropped bombs on targets. Bombs explode and set things on fire. Bombs reduce buildings to rubble and fall on people—an eye for an eye. That’s what they did. Don’t tell me it had nothing to do with Islam. It has everything to do with Islam, and it’s barbaric.

If you really want to know how evil these people are, think about this, when the Allied forces first came upon the Nazi concentration camps, they were shocked at what they saw. What did they see? They saw burning bodies. They saw the bodies that had been burned and then covered with dump trucks with rubble. Does it looks familiar at all?

Wait a minute, why did the Nazis burn the bodies? We know that they were following Islam. Why did the Nazis burn the bodies? When we first heard of these atrocities, we were in a state of disbelief, and in fact, much of the world says it’s too horrible to believe, it was made up; it never happened, right? Right? It’s just a plot of the Jews. It never happened.

The Germans did not want to show you the scenes. They didn’t want you to ever see them. I want you to show you a scene from Night Must Fall on HBO. Play this, please.

Those are bags of hair. How many haircuts had to be given? How many haircuts had to be given to fill that warehouse with hair? The people who walked in the concentration camp, they went, and they got the people who were living down the road from this. Night Must Fall shows these guys coming in, and they have a spring in their step. They have no idea what they’re entering into. They lived right there, and most of them had no idea.

The Germans, when they left, they tried to burn and bury all the evidence. They trapped people in buildings and set them on fire, which indicates that while they were obviously committed to their plan of death and extermination, they understood that the world would not accept it. Those are the Nazis. Now, let me tell you who we’re fighting today, ISIS. ISIS on the other hand are not hiding. In fact, they are going out of their way to create a dazzling presentation of their evil for the entire world to see. It is not only evil and radicalized, it is psychotic and eerily similar to the Nazis.

After the pilot was burned alive, they bulldozed his body and buried him in the rubble. This too looks eerily similar to what the Germans did. So, now we know who the bad guys are. Who are the good guys? Over the weekend, I read a lot of Churchill, a man with a lot of flaws. He had a cold upbringing. He became a politician, held various offices over the years, but during the 1930s to the buildup of World War II, Churchill wasn’t holding any office.

In the 30s, it’s referred to as his wilderness years because he was chased out by both parties into the wilderness. But as early as 1930, Churchill was concerned about Hitler, and he urged Britain to boost its defense. Why didn’t they have a defense? How did the most powerful Navy ever on the face of the planet not have a Navy by 1930? Easy, Woodrow Wilson told them to destroy it in the name of peace.

So, by 1938, Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact and declared peace in our time. This is Neville Chamberlain’s actual letter in response. This is his actual letter. It says your Fuhrer wants peace just like we do. Churchill’s response came in remarks to the House of Commons. He said, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

1939, war came indeed when Hitler invaded Poland, and in the coming weeks and months, Hitler would invade Denmark and then Norway, and the Nazis invaded France and then Belgium and Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It appeared the Germans were going to march all over the entire world, and Churchill then gives one of his most famous speeches.

He says this: “I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say it is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.”

Where was America? Where was America? America was neutral. America didn’t want to get involved. America didn’t want to call it evil. We were unwilling to call it by its name. Germany had bombed Paris, and Churchill alone, alone, not fully believing that he could actually win, he was told he needed 62 squadrons to be able to even stay on par with the Luftwaffe. They had 32.

Churchill gets in front of a microphone, and he says this: “I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny if necessary for years, if necessary alone.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

This is the kind of war I am warning you about, not the one where everybody goes off to war, and we don’t hear anything or see anything. This is the kind of war. When he said “and if necessary, we will fight alone,” he was saying that to America. He finished this speech with and if we lose, and we are all starving, which I don’t for a moment believe we will, but this island or a large part of it is subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas armed and guarded by the British fleet, the guys on the boats, they will carry on the struggle until, really important, in God’s good time the New World with all of its power and might steps forth and rescues and liberates the Old World.

They were counting on us, America, as the world and God will count on us again. We are witnessing a repeat of history. There is no mistaking what side evil is on and what evil is demanding. They’re producing it in highly-edited videos for the entire world to see this time. There is no hiding. There is no excuse now for us to say, “Well, gosh, we didn’t know. They were setting children on fire? They were beheading people on the beaches just because they were Christian?”

All the things we have warned about from the dangers of the Arab Spring and to the caliphate to the Muslim Brotherhood taking control in Egypt, radical Islam spreading into Europe, the old hatreds of the Nazis rising again in Europe, evil is here. It’s here. It has not come like a thief in the night, but it has come in the light of the day with the ocean lapping at their heels.

Will we make the same mistake that Chamberlain made? Will we follow in the steps of appeasement? I want you to hear me carefully. I am not suggesting a policy. I am not suggesting a plan. I am forecasting a future, one where we will either be destroyed or become slaves of a totalitarian world that is ruled by the insane, or one day soon we will finally wage war by sea, land, and air, and we will fight in the fields, and we will fight in the streets with all our might that God can give us, and we will wage a war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. Which future is up to you.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.