Glenn headed to Charleston, SC after heartbreaking shooting at a church leaves nine dead

A heartbreaking story out of Charleston, SC. Alleged shooter Dylann Roof gunned down nine people at Bethel AME Church in South Carolina Wednesday night. On radio this morning, Glenn said he would be flying to Charleston on Friday to show the community that they are loved and supported by people all over the world.

Stay tuned to GlennBeck.com and Glenn's Facebook page for more details on his planned visit.

Glenn first announced his plans on his Facebook page:

I am going to Charleston SC tomorrow. I don't have the details yet. But I want you to join me. Let us no longer...

Posted by Glenn Beck on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Below is a transcript of this segment from the 9am hour of radio. The latest details on this story can be found at TheBlaze.com

In Charleston, South Carolina, police are widening the search for a gunman who opened fire and killed nine people. He's a white guy about 21 years old. We know very little about him at this hour.

We have a partial of his license plate. We know that he came in to the church. The church. During a Bible study. And he sat there for about an hour. He then got up, walked out. Went to his car. Came back in and shot nine people.

The Embassy Suites was a interim headquarters for the church, as people began to gather. People began sobbing and screaming as they learned about the details of what happened.

Let me say this. Tomorrow I'm going to be in Charleston, South Carolina. I called WSC this morning when I heard the news. They're our affiliate. And I asked them if they could host us. We're in New York, and we're on our way.

Tomorrow, I would like to ask you to join me. I don't have any details yet of where we will be. Where we will gather. I hope to be somewhere close to the church. But I believe -- and I read this story, my heart broke. And my heart was lifted up at the same time.

Where there is great darkness and evil, there is also great light. This church behaved so amazing last night. They gathered together and prayed. And when I heard their prayers, I knew where we needed to be.

I'm perplexed. But I'm not in despair today. I really believe that Charleston is going to show the rest of us an Amish moment.

Do you remember -- do you remember when the shooter came into that Amish community and opened fire and killed all of their children in a schoolhouse? Do you remember what the Amish did? The Amish immediately forgave him, forgave his family, and reached out to the family. They gave some of the funds that were raised for the families to his family and begged him -- I'm sorry, begged them, the shooter's family, not to move away, to please stay in our community. That's what Christians are supposed to do. And I think the Amish are one of the few that have it.

But I have a feeling that Charleston will show us that Christian moment. They're going to show us that Amish moment. I don't know why, but this isn't Ferguson. I don't know why, but this isn't Baltimore. This is a place where the slave trade happened. This is a place -- I have a dog tag from Charleston, South Carolina, as part of our history collection, I have an actual dog tag. But it's not for a dog it's for a human being. This was the place that was the heart of darkness at one point. It's not anymore. They're not those people. And I refuse to be dragged back into the 1960s or the 1860s. The 18 and 1960s are long gone.

Now, I don't know why this shooter shot people. He might shoot people because he's a racist. He might have shot people because he's an anarchist. He might have shot people because he hates Christians. I don't know why he shot people. But either way, whether it was because of race, or he was anti-Christian, or he just wants to stir up trouble, it's evil. Chaos is evil.

There is persecution, but we're not forsaken. We may feel cast down, but we're not destroyed.

It's time we take our light and stop hiding it. Stop being afraid of it. Why were you born? I -- I think I'm just figuring out why I was born. Why were you born?

There's a reason all of us are here, and it's not to watch TV. It's not to work. It's not to -- it's not just to gather more stuff. It's not to go on vacation and have fun. It's not to climb the corporate ladder. It's none of those things.

We were born so miracles could happen through us. I really truly believe we were born so we could -- we could show the power of God. That he would be working through us. Right now, we're -- we either don't have any light, or it's so dim in all of us, it's just -- it's just in tradition. You go to church just because, well, I don't know, my parents went there. That's why people are leaving our churches. Because that's not enough.

Who cares. Who cares about tradition like that. Who wants to go for that reason.

Donald Trump said yesterday, no, I'm very Christian. I go to church, definitely on Easter and Christmas. You know why? Because you don't get anything out of it. Because nobody is putting it into action. It's all a bunch of words.

Why were you born?

I think God raised us up, that he could show his power in us and that we might declare his name.

I know I'm getting all preachy or religious, but our country has no choice. We can either look to man. And I'll tell you who is going to be there. Al Sharpton will be there. He's on a plane right now. He'll be landing and he'll be at a prayer vigil today at noon. And do you think he'll say, let's all come together? Do you think that the people that went into political mode last night when they first heard about this shooting, do you think they're going to bring us together? Or do you think they'll use this community to drive a wedge?

Let's hold the arms up of this community and let them show us how to heal. That's what's going to happen in Charleston. But, you know what, Charleston has a choice today. My gut tells me -- I know -- I know these people. I know what they're going to choose. I think this community is going to show America what it's like to be an American and a Christian. To be a good neighbor. I think they're going to show us the 1860s and 1960s are dead and buried. We're not those people.

I don't have any of the details, but I want to witness them tomorrow. I want to be there tomorrow because I think something great is going to happen in Charleston. I think it began last night. I think there was a flash for about two minutes of absolute evil and darkness, and then I think people said, I'm going to be a lamp stand. I'm not going to hide my light anymore. I'm going to put it right up for everybody to see it. And they did. I watched them pray.

This is a community in mourning.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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