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

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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