Have our hearts already grown too cold? Atheism is surging. The Amtrak crash was a madhouse. Homelessness on the rise in LA. Feds using immigration laws to harass citizens. The list goes on and on. And as Glenn found out yesterday, he can't even post an update on Facebook about his granddaughter going to the hospital without people attacking him. What is happening to the world? On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn delivered a message everyone needs to hear - before it's too late.
Below is rush transcript of this segment:
Because of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. It’s an ancient prophecy, but it seems more and more relevant with every passing day.
Every abuse of power is met with excuses, justification, and worst of all, apathy. If we don’t wake up soon, what will the world look like when we finally do? President Obama has the latest executive power play. It comes as he tries to force through a classified secret trade deal. This deal is on the scale of ObamaCare, and it basically would be a major coup for Japan and others to trade cheaply—we think; we don’t know.
Some say it’s good. Some say it’s bad. We don’t know. We do know Obama’s track record, so who do you trust? Progressives on the right and the left are the problem. There’s no transparency.
I talked to somebody last night about this trade deal and tried to get some information, somebody who had actually read it in classified form. Said Glenn, I don’t think there’s a problem with it, I don’t, but I don’t know. It’s the partisan politics that we play. Partisans on the right hammer me every time I pointed out, but it is true. Partisan politics run by the progressives in both the Democrat and the Republican Party is the problem. It’s why voting for the guy who can win has gotten us where it has taken us.
We’re being taken to the same place, bigger and bigger government with more and more control out of our hands. I used to think that one was driving us in a Ferrari and the other in a VW, but I think they’re both driving jets. There is no difference. What bothers me most is another abuse of power, and by and large, nobody seems to care. It just seems to come and go one after another, and we’re immune to the abuse.
It has happened so many times that we’re now desensitized to it, and we become apathetic or detached, cynical, because we have started to believe that we can’t change anything, and I’m here to tell you that’s a lie. We walk around now in almost a catatonic state. This is what it looks like in China. A two-year-old toddler wanders away from his mother and into an alley and gets hit by a car. The car proceeds to run over the child and then leave the scene. As if that wasn’t horrific enough, it was only the beginning of the tragedy. Person after person walks by, sees the child wounded, and keeps on walking by doing nothing.
A few years ago, I watched this. I looked at that tape and I marveled, how could that possibly happen? The answer is because their society has suffered for decades and decades of the individual doesn’t matter. It’s the collective, the heavy hand of communism. Don’t do anything yourself. You can’t do anything about it. And hearts grow cold.
Well, if we don’t wake up soon, we will suffer the same fate, and I think we might already be beginning to see the symptoms of it. The Amtrak derailment that happened last night, at least seven are dead, over 100 injured as the train and all of the cars completely derailed near Philadelphia. It was a horrific scene—mangled cars, people tossed into the luggage racks, awful.
But something caught my attention, former Congressman Patrick Murphy was on the train, and here’s how he described the aftermath of the wreck. He said, “[People] didn’t care about anyone else, so stepping over people and stuff.” We may be closer to the Chinese level of apathy and coldness than we thought.
Our culture today bombards us with over 300 messages per day that say you need to have this, you deserve that, it’s all about me, me, me, me. Combine that with incessant programming that appeals to and affirms our selfish desires with a growing perception of helplessness, and you have the perfect conditions for man’s love to grow cold. It’s all about me. I can’t do anything about what’s going on. You foster that mentality long enough, and of course people are going to be stepping over bodies to get out of trains. That’s what we’ve been conditioned to do.
Let me give you another example. I want to read something I just posted on Facebook about, I don’t know, an hour ago. My daughter had called me. My granddaughter just was taken to the hospital, and I just got back. I want to read this to you. This is what I posted on the way back.
I have so much to learn. By the way, you’re not going to like this about me, but it’s true. I have so much to learn. Today, I learned how out of whack I was as a man while I was working in New York. Today, my granddaughter had a spill and had to go to Children’s Hospital. Mom and dad were both there. I was in a meeting when I found out and jumped into the car so I could be there for them. On the way, I was reflecting when my son, Raphe, was young and fell off the bed and broke his collarbone. I remember how upset Tania was. She felt like a bad mother. She’s the best. It wasn’t true.
As I was driving to the hospital today, I searched my memories for me at the hospital with Tania and Raphe. There weren’t any. He was in Connecticut, and I was in New York City working. “How,” I asked myself today, “as a husband and a father, did I put my broadcast ahead of me being there for my wife?” I thank God again today for an entirely new reason that I left FOX. Even when we think we’re doing all we can do, there’s more we can do if our priorities are right. I’ve changed so much in the last five years and more over the last twenty.
I spoke to a great businessman today who asked the same question that I’ve asked myself and others for years, “Would you be as good of a man as you are today if your life all ran smoothly?” I don’t think so. It’s our challenges, our faults, and our failures and the noticing of them that makes us better. 'I have this recurring nightmare that everyone loved me for who I was, and I missed the chance to be a better man.' That’s a line from Muse. I will ask forgiveness from my wife tonight and beg the Lord to help me be a better man, father, and husband. I take solace in the fact that I’m not the same man that I was, and I know my family can take care of themselves, but it’s my job to be there to protect, heal, and bless. Lorelai, by the way, is okay.
When I wrote this, within two minutes somebody responded well, I guess it’s your millions that allow you to do those things, and when you have millions of dollars, then you can do whatever you want. I didn’t know how to respond. I responded as Gandhi-like as I could, and I just said it’s not about the money. It’s about priorities, and when did we turn into this country where everything is about money, where we hate each other because of different classes?
Then, the very next thing was I posted Lorelai is all right, thank God. She was eating a Popsicle by the time I left. Somebody had written in the very next comment on that was but what about all the Iraqi children? Your idol, Bush, has more blood on his hands than Saddam. There is no God. Otherwise our leaders would be crapping themselves about murdering all those people. I just wrote to him, what about the children that are being beheaded and crucified today?
When we can’t even have a conversation about somebody’s child or grandchild when they’re humbling themselves and saying wow, I’m a broken person, I’ve got a lot to learn, when we as a society can’t say (A) praying for you, hope everything’s all right, don’t normally agree with you, but I know you’re struggling today—when we make everything about race, money, or politics, there’s no way out.
We have to turn away from ourselves, from our anger, from our bitterness, from our pettiness, and turn toward something bigger. We’re not the point of this life. We have to put others in front of us. This is not easy to do, and none of us will do it perfectly. I am the least of all of us that are gathered here every day, but if we don’t try, we’re going to end up in a place where we’re stepping over dying people on trains and ignoring wounded toddlers in the streets. We have some waking up to do.
Something else about the Amtrak crash that I’m not seeing really covered anywhere, and I want to be really careful because this could be just a nasty accident, and I hope it is. They’re still investigating the cause of the wreck. It happened around a curve, so it is possible that it was negligence on the conductor’s part, but so far, they’re saying he was going the speed limit. But a few details are now beginning to emerge that could suggest otherwise.
Septa, the local train in Philadelphia, reported that one of their trains was hit by a projectile just a short time before the crash on the same line within a few miles of where the Amtrak train derailed. Also, back in February, a freight train derailed in South Carolina. The FBI believes that that derailment was no accident. After the 9/11 attacks, several what are called “derailers” were reported stolen, nine of them. The only use for these are for train operators to intentionally derail trains. So, it is definitely possible that this was an intentional act, but the investigation continues.
But did you notice what Donald Trump said last night? Within moments of hearing it, he tweets about what a horrible accident. It’s because of our infrastructure. We don’t know if it’s our infrastructure. Yes, our infrastructure is dying, but we the people saw $1 trillion of our money be wasted on shovel-ready projects to fix our infrastructure. His next tweet is there’s only one guy in the world that can fix our infrastructure, and it’s me. Oh my gosh, the night of the accident you’re campaigning? How cold and callous do you have to be?
We’re entering perilous times. I’ve told you in the past, I have done my homework on Bonhoeffer and Gandhi, on Martin Luther King and Lincoln. I’ve looked at them. Why did they win, and why did Bonhoeffer fail? Bonhoeffer failed because the people stopped connecting with their heart. And this is going to be harder and harder as we go every day. People have lost almost all trust in our institutions, from Congress to businesses to churches.
There was even a new poll that showed 45% of people believe now that the military might try to take over the United States. That sounds crazy, but then again, that’s how frustrated and scared and unsure of the landscape that people are. We don’t trust anyone or anything anymore, and there’s not much less left to trust.
The TSA, the one that was set up to protect us, the citizens, is herding us like cattle and is groping citizens instead of protecting them. A Freedom of Information request has revealed some disturbing new details about a series of sexual assaults at airports all across the country, including one where a TSA supervisor laughed at a passenger who said I’ve just been groped. That was at Chicago O’Hare Airport, by the way, which Chicago has just been downgraded to junk bond status and the same city where most of the complaints have occurred.
The IRS targeted conservatives, conservative groups. We know that, but now they’re targeting small business owners, using a law intended to stop drug trafficking and money laundering. I want to show you just a quick video here, unbelievable. The IRS pounced on a rural North Carolina store that sells catfish, worms, and sandwiches. Watch.
Did anybody read that, what is it, the IMF today is talking now about digitizing all money, making cash, this is the proposal over in England, making cash illegal? So, when the collapse comes, they can just digitize everything, and that way they control exactly what you spend.
By the way, there are 3,554 new federal regulations that were born last year. That came with a $1.8 trillion price tag, but does anybody care? The EPA is now targeting public health concerns at nail salons. The list goes on and on and on.
The more abuses we have, the more that they come in and try to control our life, the more they screw up our life, the more things happen and we don’t notice, the more helpless we feel to change a darn thing. And the colder our hearts grow. Don’t let your heart grow cold. If it does, we will not recognize our country when we get out of the other side. Wake up. Wake up.