A Letter to My Grandchildren: My Legacy to Them

From my speech at Politicon on June 25, 2016 in Pasadena, CA. This post originally appeared on Medium.

Dear Lorelai and Coen,

In writing this letter to you I wondered what to say. At the time I write this, the world is in turmoil and changing almost as fast as the earth is turning. I don’t know what it will be like by the time you read this, and I am not sure I have anything of value to help you navigate your world, one that in my day sounds both fantastic and frightening. Only frightening to me, because I am not sure my generation would be able to handle the awesome power that you must have at your fingertips. But just as God held back His most precious and powerful secret of the atom until man was ready — this technology and the rate of speed at which your world must change was held back for your generation.

As I write this, we still try to kill cancer by poisoning the body in hopes we kill the disease before the patient. I know it must sound barbaric but it is the best we can do. Many things we wrestle with today are that way. Just like generations past, we must seem foolish, hypocritical or in some cases evil. We are really not. Foolish, maybe, but we are trying. I don’t know what the history books will record about my time or me, but most likely they are wrong.

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We face global problems, economies melting down, evil theocracies that wish to put the world in submission, currencies that are about to collapse and governments all over the world moving to seize control “for the good of humanity.”

Our problems may not have the same names or faces, but man doesn’t change. The biggest problem we face is ourselves and each other. We don’t feel like we belong to anything bigger than ourselves any more, nor do we feel as if we belong to any of the labels we used to love so much: conservative, Democrat, religious and even male or female.

Our voices are not being heard. It feels as if, suddenly, we are speaking but no sound is coming out. No matter how much we speak out, the governments of the world just continue to do what they want and deny what most of us see, feel and know is true. Man has lost his willingness to hear and speak reason, and because of that, we no longer feel like we have any control of our lives. Hope is fading for many — the hope that life will get any better for our children or you.

Does any of this make any sense in your world?

How I wish I could see your world. I have great expectations, because I know your mom and her brother and sisters. I know their friends and they are smart and strong. Many doubt them in their youth, but I didn’t, nor should they doubt you. I remember when people doubted me when I was young. I think it is a right of passage. We think our parents are clueless and parents think we are lazy, reckless or idealistic. Personally, I believe the time to be a healthy amount of all three of those things is when you are young. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Spend a couple of summers just being lazy. You will never be able to later in life, and by the time you have enough free time to goof off, you are too tired and you hurt too much. While you should always remember you are mortal, the greatest explorers to ever live were thought to be reckless. Those who discover new things always take bigger chances. It is why no one else discovered what those reckless explorers found. The risk was too high. Don’t listen to those who are too afraid to really explore. I say risk, seek, question, push. Don’t just take the road less travelled, but occasionally walk were there is no path. Know that you are never really lost, just someplace you have never been. Enjoy it. Don’t panic. It doesn’t help.

One more thing people will accuse you of being when you are coming of age, which you should wear as a badge of honor: “idealistic.” Do all you can to remain that way your entire life. The minute you allow this to fade, you begin to get old and die. (By the way, don’t buy into the BS that you will never die — you are more than the electrical storm in your brain. You are more than a pattern of thought and memories, no matter how unique that pattern may be.)

I am not sure how popular Jesus will be in your day, but he is still fairly important in my day, at least to me. He said that the only way to live forever is to come to Him like a child.

I remember when you were very small. You would look up to me and ask: why? Why is the grass green, the sky blue or Grandpa’s tummy so big. Why? To me, that is what He means. Never lose your childlike wonderment of the universe or your thirst for answers.

As we grow older, we begin to think we know everything, and what we don’t know isn’t important. But most of what we think we know is probably wrong (trust me, look up “disco” and “Kanye West”). The things we don’t know contain the answers to questions even your generation hasn’t asked yet. Therefore, question.

Question with boldness, even the very existence of God,

for if there be a God, he must surely rather honest questioning over blindfolded fear.

I feel like I haven’t given you anything you probably don’t already know. But perhaps that is it. Life is about humility and common sense. It is about listening to your gut, doing your homework, studying it in your mind and then listening to your gut. Go with your gut even if others mock or laugh at you. Still, you must be humble enough to realize that the others may be right. Be humble enough not just to question others, but also yourself.

The combination of common sense and humility will help you find the answers, and know this: the truth will set you free, but it will make you miserable first. Finding the truth is only half the equation. Living the truth is the hard part and that takes real courage.

A happy, productive and successful life is about the balance of fear and reason. Dogs have a gift of fear, just as we do. If you have serial killers still, you will have heard of someone who lived next door to the killer say: “My dog knew. Every time he would walk into the house, Fluffy would bark. I should have listened.” What Fluffy has is the gift of fear. We have it too. We just dismiss it because we have something that dogs do not, the gift of reason. Fluffy only feels fear, but cannot weigh the evidence and think it through to dismiss or take action. When those two gifts are in balance, they lead to safety. When they are out of alignment, bad things happen.

When fear rules, you make horrible mistakes. The higher the fear, the bigger the mistake. It is why we rounded up the Japanese in WW2, and why we now are talking about banning all Muslims. I hope history shows we didn’t do that.

When reason plays too much of a role, we dismiss Fluffy and end up with our body being boiled for stew and our head in the creepy neighbor’s refrigerator. (Boy, if you don’t have serial killers in your day, you will never figure that out.) Fear and reason must be in balance, or you will become a slave to one or the other.

A good life, a life worthy and well-lived is about principles over policies, fear and reason, common sense, kindness and seeing a bit of you in everyone you meet. When you really master this, you will find yourself weeping for the pain of someone you thought you hated for years. That person who has caused you so much pain — you will begin to see how lost, desperate or alone they feel. Your heart will break for them.

You are no better, or different than anyone else. That doesn’t mean all choices are equal, that we all live the same life, have the same stuff, experience an equal amount of joy or pain, wealth or poverty or of any outcome. It just means you do not have a right to make any man do what you wish nor does he over you.

We are in this together and we need one another. The second violin is nothing without the first or the cello section. The percussion is nothing without the brass and the piano. While the pianist may be the main soloist, she needs the person nobody sees to turn the pages. Finally, when it comes to the conductor, remember, he came from an orchestra at some point and he may very well end up there again. Without the symphony, he is a crazy man with a stick waving his hands on some street corner to music only he can hear.

Each of us bring something to the orchestra that is unique, and only together can we make beautiful music. Knowing this will make it easier to be kind, understanding and open to new thoughts or ideas.

Question yourself — in a healthy way — before questioning others. Look for your role in the mess you are wondering at. Question everything — even the advice I am giving you now. Things are only valuable when you know they are true and you make them a part of you. Listen more than you speak, and when you do open your mouth, speak with the courage of your convictions. It is never the wrong thing to stand up for what is right. It is never right to stand for those things you know are wrong. Life is about more than winning, it is about finding and standing for truth no matter how the crowd jeers.

You may pay a high price. You may lose your friends, family, prestige, awards, public praise, jobs or, in extreme cases, your freedom or your life. But if it is in defense of another man’s life or freedom, if it is because you are standing for what you know is right, then there is no price too high to pay. You will never forget your cowardice, and while you may think no one will see or remember your courage, real courage leaves a dent in the universe and small acts result in profound changes. It is the willingness to do the right thing no matter the cost is that makes a life worth remembering.

Know that you were born at this time for a reason, that we all were, we all have a role to play. Find yours. Each of our lives are important and mean something. That’s why you must always remember that the individual is sovereign. The many never outweigh the one, unless you personally choose to sacrifice yourself for others.

You must defend the defenseless and the only ideas or words that need defending are those the majority don’t want to hear or see. Stand and defend the rights of others even if you disagree with their opinions — unless they wish to harm you or take basic civil rights from others. It will bring you great comfort later in life to remember how you stood.

The most important thing I want to leave you with is this: hope. Have hope. Foster it in yourself and in others, no matter what you are going through in your day. You will make it. As long as you always live your life with integrity and honesty, a life where your “yes” means yes and your “no” means no — when you always say what you mean and mean what you say — you will find truth within yourself and will be filled with the hope only the truth brings. And when that hope springs forth in you, others will see it in your countenance, words and in your eyes. Because you will be known to speak only the words you mean, your hope will leap in to others.

With hope, man’s spirit is unquenchable. He has, he can and he will do anything. It is the spark that when we stand together in its glow, it becomes a flame that will light the entire world and man shall be free from the darkness again. Or perhaps, because of your generation, mankind will be truly free for the very first time.

Yours truly,

Grandpa

Many members of the far-left already are calling for a ‘Night of Rage’ after the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the White House has been discussing plans to defy the ruling too. In fact, one idea floated by Biden Administration officials, according to the New York Times, includes providing abortions on military bases. So, will America experience another summer of riots? Are YOUR taxpayer dollars at risk? And what does this mean for deep-blue states? Josh Hammer, legal expert and opinion editor for Newsweek, joins Glenn to discuss what may come next...

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GLENN: Josh Hammer, he's the opinion editor of Newsweek. He's the host of the Josh Hammer show. He is really quite brilliant. One of the leading minds in the conservative movement, I think. Josh Hammer joins us now.

To tell us, what did you find in this decision?

JOSH: Glenn, great to be back with you, on such a momentous, and really such an emotional day, honestly. So, you know, look, as you said, this dropped recently. Funny enough, I was in the middle of getting a guest lecture from an organization on the advisory board as to when it drops. So I barely had any time to kind of skim through, let alone guess the concerning dissenting opinions. But it looks like this looks very similar, to the draft opinion that was leaked, by the Politico story, a month and a half ago, in early May. And I think those of us who were praying that the five justices from this leaked draft opinion, would have the fortitude to stiffen their spines against this unprecedented assault. Now knows that our prayers were answered, Glenn. That's really my takeaway right now.

This looks a lot like the leaked opinion. Justice Thomas and Justice Kavanaugh have some reconcurring opinions.

But unbelievable. And really just holding aside the constitutional law stuff for a second hear. Just speaking as pro-lifers, on a day like today, I think we really just need to pause. And I tweeted this out earlier. We need to just be grateful for our half century of pro-life activist forbearers. You know, this -- Glenn, this issue could have gone away after 1973. That was a long time ago. 1973. I mean, this issue could have just gone away. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the pro-life moral activist. Political activist. And, of course, yes. Legal activist. Who fought day in and day out, that makes sure this great injustice stayed front and center of our national, political conscience. And in many days, the culmination of a half century of fighting for truth and justice. But in many ways, it's also a new beginning for the pro-life fight as well, interestingly.

STU: How do you mean a new beginning for the fight? I just it's going to turn, I think we're going to see abortion turn even darker in those states that allow it. Is that -- is that what you're meaning by this?

JOSH: Well, look, for a half century now, Roe vs. Wade, and its project any, specifically, the Planned Parenthood versus Casey case of 1992.

They took away from the states obviously. They arrogated authority away from the states, the ability to attempt to nationally codify one view of the morality of abortion.

It happened to be a profoundly immoral view. So these -- the fight now shifts to the states. And the pro-life activists. And all the 50 states. Especially, obviously in red states. Purple states. I mean, admittedly some blue states like New York and California, probably won't be able to touch them there.

But we have to make sure that our side is well positioned in the state Capitols for every red, purplish, probably even light blue state, to make sure we fight for successful, cogent, and morally consistent pro-life legislation. The state of Oklahoma, actually, just north of Texas. Right where you are now, Glenn. They have been leading on this actually. Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law, a fantastic pro-life bill there in Oklahoma. A few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago or so at this point, that basically just bans abortion straightforward from conception. And there are some -- you know, obviously, likable the mother. So forth. But we really need to start thinking about trying to craft legislation now, at the state level. But to your point, I do fear that the blue states will only double down in their radicalism. Unfortunately within that will only lead to an ever greater divide, in our country, that we have today. But obviously, at the end of the day. We're going to save at the end of the day, millions and millions of unborn children. We are going to save human beings who can grow up to cure cancer, who can win Nobel prices.

I mean, this is just a tremendous win for the human species. I don't know how to say it other than that.

GLENN: I will tell you, I saw the stat, that I think it was last year or the year before. 20 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion. 20 percent.

JOSH: Wow.

GLENN: That is -- that is a shocking number. And we do have our -- our work cut out for us. Because I -- I think that these states are going to double down. But I think, you know -- God doesn't waste anything. You know, there is no waste with God. Even the -- even the worst things that could possibly happen, turn out to be something good. You know what I mean? You're like, holy cow, how did that just happen.

And I think that evil is going to fully come unmasked. I'm telling you, Josh. I don't know how you feel about this. I think this could be the day of America's Kristallnacht. I can see these pro-life centers being burned to the ground today. They're calling for a night of rage around the country. I think evil is going to show itself. And that will scare the American people, hopefully.

JOSH: You know, I've been thinking about this a lot this week, actually. Because I've been bracing for a new kind of George Floyd summer of love, happening this summer. Coming to a city or suburb near you. Unfortunately, myself. Look, I live in Florida. I know, Glenn, you live in Texas. It is in moments like this, where I do think that where you live matters. And who your mayor is. Who your governor is, matters.

Because law and order and rioting and anarchy is not really a federal issue. It is to a limited extent. June 2020, Tom Cotton wrote this op-ed that was pretty controversial at the time.

I happen to agree with it. Where he said, quote, unquote, send in the troops. And there is some federal legislation from the reconstruction era that would justify that.

But most kind of quelling and quashing of anarchy does happen. Constitutionally speaking, at the state and local level. So at a moment like this, where I fear that you're probably not wrong. I take some solace. That Governor DeSantis is my governor. I think Texans should take some solace, that they are represented by -- by a Republican governor. The legislature there as well. So I -- I fear that you are right. I pray obviously, that no one -- it's hard.

I fear that it's something -- that something bad is happening. At the end of the day, of course. It does not mean that justices cannot do what they are supposed to do. So thank God they did that.

GLENN: So, Josh, have you looked into what the White House has been saying? The White House yesterday. In fact, do we have a clip of -- of this?

What the White House said yesterday, about the guns. And then they were turned to the -- the Scott us ruling, for Roe vs. Wade. Do we have that, please?

JOSH: Will the president accept this decision, even if he disagrees with it?

VOICE: I think it's going to come from the Supreme Court. So it's a decision we certainly are going to respond to. I'll leave it at that. Just like any other Supreme Court decision. Just like the one they did today on guns.

GLENN: So the White House won't say that they're going to accept it.

Which I don't think they will. They're talking now about taking doctors and moving them into places like Oklahoma or Texas, where abortions will be outlawed. And putting doctors on our military bases to perform abortions.

I mean, where does this go, when you have a government, that is in defiance of -- of one branch of the government?

JOSH: So there's a lot to unpack here. So we should start from first principles. The idea of judicial supremacy, and this is a peculiar thing, to say on a day like today, where such a pro-life victory has happened in Italy. But if we're going to be consistent here, the idea of judicial supremacy. The idea that the justices, have the sole and exclusive ability to interpret the Constitution for themselves. And no other Constitutional actor, in article one or article two, let alone the state. Has the ability to tentatively interpret it. That is erroneous. In fact, actually it was really Abraham Lincoln actually, who in the Dred Scott case, famously opposed judicial supremacy and flouted the Dred Scott ruling, at least as it pertains to everybody other than Dred Scott himself. I have actually argued, a former legal scholarship, in a law review article actually, that the Laconian view of how each branch of government should interpret the Constitution for itself, is correct.

Having said that. Having said that, there is a thing called prudence. And there is a thing called comedy. And in a moment like today, when it really does look like -- and I agree with you, that we are now bracing for riots through the streets. When the political rhetoric is at DEFCON one. When people are trying to assassinate Supreme Court justices. I think it would be -- at its bare minimum, a profoundly imprudent act. For the Biden administration, to try to undermine this ruling.

Now, what they might do, is they might try to kind of issue some kind of executive orders, or issue some regulations, that might try to kind of undermine it, at the edges here. But at the end of the day, the idea that this returns to the state. There's not really a whole lot they can do about that. Basically, at this point, throughout the country. Kentucky within West Virginia. Kansas. Whatever. If they want to go ahead and ban abortion, what can the Biden administration literally do about that? I mean, short of sending in the National Guard, to protect Planned Parenthood, if the state legislature of Kentucky goes ahead and bans it. There's not a whole lot they can do. And it's very difficult to envision a world, in which the Biden administration literally sends in troops to red states, to protect Planned Parenthood, if that state legislature goes ahead and bans it. So for practically speaking. This is a lot of tough talk and rhetoric. Obviously the campaign here in 2022. There's not really a whole lot that practically speaking, they can do to actually prevent red and purple states from enacting pro-life legislation.

GLENN: I'm glad to -- I'm glad to hear that. I know that they have been working on things. I mean, he has said, you know, there's executive orders, that I can employ. There are things that I can do. He's talked about a national public health emergency. Which I think is just -- is crazy. But I would hope, that the president would come out and say, we strongly disagree with this. And you're right. The court is not the end all. But the court did not end abortion. It just said, the people should decide. I think that's the best kind of court ruling, on any of it. The people should decide what this is. And send it back to the states. Josh, I thank you very much. Appreciate your time. Was there -- there was another ruling, that came out today. Was it important?

JOSH: Oh, no. In comparison to this. A total nothing burger. A 5-4 decision on Medicare reimbursement related. So nothing, honestly.

GLENN: Great. Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Josh. Josh Hammer, opinion editor for Newsweek. And the host of the Josh Hammer show.

GLENN: There are two things trending on twitter right now.

Number one is praise God.

Number two trend is Night of Rage.

Good verses evil.

Build up or tear down.

'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned its controversial 1973 Roe v. Wadeopinion, concluding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the syllabus of the decision reads.

As expected, the leftist outrage erupted instantaneously, fueled largely by the misinformed idea that overturning Roe v. Wade means abortion will be banned nationwide. But, as stated in the above-mentioned Supreme Court syllabus, the authority has actually been returned to individual states and their duly elected lawmakers.

One such misinformed leftist, Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, was infuriated that those awful Supreme Court justices "just voted to kill women." So he took to Twitter to urge people to go to the homes of said Supreme Court justices to "let them know how you feel."

"Go to the home of every Supreme Court justice who just voted to kill women. Let them know how you feel," Kasky tweeted.

The backlash was immediate:

Kasky decided to delete his original tweet because he is apparently "sick of republicans talking to [him]." But, unfortunately for Kasky, the internet is indeed forever:

Speaking from the White House, President Joe Biden dutifully helped spread the misinformation about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and took the opportunity to prompt voters to elect more Democrats in November so that Congress can write abortion protections into law. Did the president just let slip the real reason Congress hasn't made any effort to start writing such laws in the nearly two months since Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion was "leaked" in early May?

Watch Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguere discuss how Biden's speech reveals that Democrats are absolutely terrified of the upcoming midterm elections. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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