The Constitution Is a Flight Plan

In Alice and Wonderland, Alice is standing in a roadway, leading in opposite directions. And Alice says out loud, "Which way do I go?" And the Cheshire cat says, "Well, it depends on where you want to end up."

"I'm not sure," says Alice.

"Well then, if you don't know where you're going, it doesn't matter much which way you turn, now does it?"

I heard that yesterday, and it made me think: Where are we going? I'm not even sure if we even know anymore. And maybe some of us have never known. Maybe the Cheshire cat is right: We're all mad here. Perhaps it's why so many people have tuned out. Perhaps those people know something that we don't. Like Cheshire cat, they have figured out that we don't know where we're going, so it really doesn't matter which direction we choose.

Image: Rischgitz/Getty Images Image: Rischgitz/Getty Images

Then again, maybe those people actually know less than we do. Perhaps they don't realize that we are headed somewhere. And, in fact, we're already in flight. But where is it that we want to end up as a man, a woman, a parent, community, a country? Where do we actually see ourselves at the end of this journey?

Up until this weekend, I thought I knew. And then I realized, I've never really verbalized it. Not to you, maybe not even to myself. I'm not sure I've actually seen the finished destination in my head. What I've done is focused on the map, instead of directions, compass points, waypoints, places we've been along the way.

I've seen a vision that's over 200 years old. And now others in this country believe in a vision that is even older than that. Because Marx really made what happened at the tower of Babel seem new. Neither of these visions, however, are destinations. These visions are simply tools to help us navigate. Socialism, capitalism, constitutionalism, those are tools, those are maps, those are the GPS of our day, but they are not destinations.

So many people think the destination is the party. But that's not a destination, that's a tool too. Actually the parties are more like airlines or the vehicles that take us to our destination, they say safely. But I'm not sure we select a mode of travel until we know if, when, and where we want to go.

How could you possibly know what kind of vehicle you need if you don't know where we're headed? How can you get to a place that you haven't even stated as your destination? How do you even know you have the right map? If we don't have the tools, the gear, how do you get there?

After that, you can decide whether we need an engineer, a pilot, or a bus driver.

What I thought this weekend is maybe we shouldn't be choosing a candidate if we haven't figured out where we want to end up. It's why Bernie Sanders, I believe, is doing so well. He's handing us a picture of a destination: A beautiful vacation spot that's easy, fair, and inexpensive.

Now, Bernie Sanders is as outdated as a Main Street travel agency, and his brochure that he's passing out is dog-eared and battered and from the 1960s. It's a faded picture that shows a beautiful Marxist and socialist company, one that resembles Sweden in the 1970s. But as you comb through the pages and read the fine print, you realize this trip has many restrictions. "Photos seen are representations," says the brochure. "Your destination may be different. Prices may vary."

What Bernie Sanders is selling, what Bernie Sanders -- the brochure he's handing out from his outdated travel agency is dated. And nobody goes to a travel agency anymore, but somehow or another, his doors are open. Why? Because he's the only one handing out a brochure for you to look at. He's the only one talking about going someplace, going someplace new, going someplace with promise and hope and a different experience.

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

I don't agree with it. But what are we offering? Think about this. We're salesmen on a destination. What is it that we're offering? We're not even offering a destination. What's on our departure screens? What's on our travel brochures? We're going to win. We're going to win lots. We're going to lead. We're going to create more jobs. We're going to defeat ISIS. We're going to be more like the Reagan era. We're going to beat Hillary. We're going to build a fence. We're going to restore the Constitution.

What does any of that look like? And let's be honest, none of those are destinations. None of that is exciting. None of that is inspiring. It isn't a place that makes me want to work hard, save up, lay awake dreaming about, telling my children about, or even getting into a car and driving to the airport to get to.

The travel brochure that I've been sharing with people: saving the Western way of life. That's what's on my brochure. But let's look at the fine print on my travel brochure. Saving the Western way of life? The Western way of life is corrupt, selfish, greedy, dirty -- at least that's what most people think. Our culture is shallow, fast food, angry, violent, full of drugs, empty sex, designer labels, and disposable. Let's save it for our families. Really? All the broken homes without two parents. A redesign of what parents and family even mean.

What does a family mean to most under 30 today? The internet, school, and culture has become our parent. Who wants to go there?

Frankly, saving our way of life, saving our way of life is what most conservatives feel they're already doing. But why would I plan a journey to a place I already live as a grind every day?

We're headed someplace, whether we admit it or like it or not. All of us, we're headed someplace as a country, together. And I don't hear anybody articulating a destination where we all want to go.

Would you ever get on to a plane and as it's taking off, saying to the guy sitting next to you, "By the way, where are we headed?" I wouldn't.

Would you go on a vacation without choosing the destination? I wouldn't. But we all have. And we've done it every four years for our entire life.

Do any of the much-discussed and passionately argued reasons to vote for this guy or that guy revolve around a destination?

I realized over the weekend, it's as if we're on an airplane to an unknown destination, and we're about to make a fuel stop; and everybody on the plane is just arguing about the airline or the pilot, and there's only two airlines that we ever know about. And they have very much the same destinations and the same pilots. They're similar, but slightly different skills. And all of us, the passengers are taking each other apart in trying to choose a new pilot or a new airplane, and we're not talking about where the hell the plane is even going. It's unreasonable.

Photo: BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images)

Each pilot, each airline may be headed in the same direction with maybe a slightly different destination or rate of speed reaching that final stop. And that final destination may be fine for some, and even those who claim to be very much like us, but is it right for us?

Do people even realize that there's a choice of where we end up?

Maybe we need to have a conversation to understand where every passenger wants to go and where they think we're going. Maybe some will want to go someplace else. But those same people will insist on the same plane and the same pilot whose course will never allow them to reach where they think they want to go. But they'll fight for their airline because it's the only one they know. And advertising has made them loyal beyond reason. They think that choosing another flight means that they're admitting that they were wrong about the last flight.

"Hey, I have to fly this airline. I'm part of the mileage rewards program. I can't choose another airline now. I'll lose all of my points."

Some will never see the choice in airlines or pilots or even destination because the flight stewards, with the help of the curtain that's pulled between first class and coach have blinded them to any different option.

Maybe what we need to ask ourselves and those sitting around us is, "Where do you want to go? You know, we're about to land for fuel. Why don't we keep our stub and get off the plane for just a minute? Whether we get on to another airline or pick this pilot over that isn't nearly as important as getting off the plane and having a real discussion of where we -- where we were and why we got on to this plane in the first place. What do you say? Let's get off. Let's stand there in front of the departure boards and see where all of the planes are headed and then ask ourselves do we even want to go."

Because right now, the parties and the airlines, the politicians, the pilots, they all say, "We have to do something," but what they're really saying is, "We have to fly. We have to fly somewhere." Maybe. Yes. Maybe no. But if we do get on a plane and we do fly, shouldn't we ask where?

The Reagan era is not a destination. It's merely a place we've already been. You can't go to the trip in Hawaii that you took with your parents as a little kid. But you can say Hawaii was a wonderful trip. And knowing what I experienced in Hawaii, do I want to go back, or is there some other place that's better?

The Reagan journey was a great one. Many of us remember it fondly. But we can't go back to that journey. We can remember that journey and learn from it.

The Constitution isn't a destination. It's a flight plan. It's an instrumentation system. It's waypoints.

Image: Rischgitz/Getty Images Image: Rischgitz/Getty Images

Maybe we find our way out of this mess, not by arguing over a pilot, but by beginning a discussion of our final destination. Does anybody even want to go there anymore? I mean, after all, we did get on this plane so very long ago.

I've heard talk of a shining city on a hill, but what does that even look like? Most of us I don't think have ever thought of where we're actually headed. Most of us are just trying to preserve what we have, what we have left. Most of us have spent our lives focused on the plane, the pilot, or the maps. Some are merely focusing on, "Why the hell are they in first class?" And, "That curtain is keeping me from something good." That curtain is only keeping you from the exit that is so very visible in times of trouble.

We've all been flying so long, and the cockpit door for this airline has been closed and locked. For so long, we've been on this plane. I honestly don't even know where we are anymore.

If we landed now, where would we be? If we were reasonable, we would land. We would then all get off the plane. We would look at the map to find out where we are. We'd explore our options. We'd look at the destination board. We would choose. We would look at the terrain. We would look at the weather ahead. And then we would begin to search for the best airline. Maybe we'd start a new one. Or we would decide the best way to go is in a car, a bus, to walk.

But I know this: The worst thing we can do is to continue to fight about the airline or the pilot. Only when we've decided on a destination can we find the right pilot that is experienced enough and has the right map to get us where we actually want to go.

Featured Image: Screenshot from The Glenn Beck Program

The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

Watch the full episode below:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis, and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.

The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis, and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.

Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis, and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.

Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis, and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.