There Are No More Exits, So What Now?

Yesterday at this time, I was driving my tractor, cutting the alfalfa. There's nothing like it. It’s like fly fishing, if you've ever done that, or painting. It really doesn't take a lot of brain power, but it takes an awful a lot of attention. You’re thinking constantly, “Is the line straight?” (At least, I am.) “Oh, good God, here am I, coming up to a corner again.”

It gives you a time to be quiet and distill.

I spent my vacation up on our ranch, on our farm, and I painted. I didn't pay attention to the news at all. I've never done this on vacation. I didn't write or answer any emails. I didn't look at the news. That's so rare for me. I just wanted things to be quiet and to distill.

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Yesterday, while I was cutting the alfalfa, a farmer friend of mine came walking out in the field. I had been looking forward to talking to him because I believe, as Thomas Jefferson used to say, I trust a man whose hands are in the soil and in the earth. There's something that roots him.

He climbed up into the tractor and closed the door, and I pushed the throttle up, released the clutch, and said, "I'm a little lost." He said, "You're not alone, Glenn. I've talked to four people just recently." He said they kind of had a meeting of the minds. One of these guys is a former big wig at the CIA, another one is a federal judge, and another one is just a spiritual giant --- but they're all friends, they all grew up on farms, they all still know what's real. He said, "We got together. We spent the day together, and we just talked, and we all agreed that the nation is in trouble. We all agreed that Hillary Clinton is just a nightmare."

"Who are you guys going to vote for?" I asked.

Let me take you back a week before when I was in Los Angeles. I spoke to a man while I was there who's a big Democrat, been a big Democrat, everybody I spoke to in Los Angeles was big Democrat and voted Democrat their whole life.

One in particular struck me, because he was incredibly honest. He looked me straight in the eye and said, "The Clintons are the most corrupt people I have ever seen. They are corrupt to the core. Their foundation is crooked. Their only desire is to enrich themselves and to grow global power for them and their family." It took my breath away, but then he followed it with, "But Trump." I laughed, because I've heard exactly that same conversation, except in reverse.

I'm in the tractor. My friend tells me of his mini council of four friends, and he went into it confident that his smart, ethical brain trust would come together and develop a plan. Instead, they argued with each other, passionately, but still with respect.

Two were on the #NeverTrump bandwagon, and two were #NeverHillary. None of them liked Trump. All of them really despised Hillary, agreed that she would be an absolute disaster. Mainly, everything was based on the courts.

When he left the tractor, Raphe climbed in. He sat on my lap and steered. He watched the front tire; I watched the back.

I settled on two things: FDR said this back in the 1940s. Ronald Reagan said it. John F. Kennedy said it. Clinton said the same thing. There's going to come a time --- and they even put a date on it; they said it was around 2016 and they were talking about social security --- there's going to come a time if we don't pay attention to these things now, we will have no good options left. Every option we have will be bad.

It's what I've been saying, that we're passing all the exits, and there's a bridge out, there's no place to go. There are no more exits. Do you stop and climb down off the bridge and possibly fall to your death? Or do you just gun it and just go off the bridge?

There will come a time when all of the choices we have to make will be bad, and each choice will be unacceptable. Clinton? Unacceptable. Trump? To me, unacceptable. Third party? To me, unacceptable. Because of the consequences of each action.

We were taught when I was a kid, we don't talk about religion, and we don't talk about politics. Boy, was that a mistake. Only because I think they were turned upside down. We were taught that talking politics will make us enemies. And recently, it has. But for a long time, it just was a way to get us to all shut up. When we had common principles, where we could have solved some arguments because we had common principles, we didn't talk. And we lost the common principles. And now, when we argue, we don't have those common principles to bring us back together --- so we never come back.

This may be the one time we should heed this advice: Don't talk politics. At least to clarify, talk politics, push each other, really understand the other side. Empathize when the other side isn't happy with their decision either. Everybody has a gun to their head and everybody doesn't like the choice that they're making, with few exceptions. Only a few people feel good about their choice for this decision. And mainly, this time almost everybody is voting against someone or multiple someones. That's never good, but the bridge is out.

What are we voting for? Can we stay bound by facts and reason and yet say, "Okay, there is no right answer? "

There are people I really respect, but disagree with --- and they disagree with me. But this election, I think, I can't tell you I see the answer. And I don't think you can really tell me, if you're humble enough, that you really see the answer either. Everybody is saying, “Yes, but we can hope that he or she will do this.” Yes, but well, that's different than knowing from record. And what we do know about record of both of them is abysmal.

Yes, I can hope that he's going to do X, Y, and Z. But I also fear that he may do W and M and P. And the same with Hillary.

So nobody can come to me and say, "Look, Glenn, here are the facts." Why do we accept that one side is telling us a lie on everything and the other side --- our side --- is completely honest? They're politicians. “No, they're not. He's not a political…” Okay, he's a corrupt businessman. We have to recognize at this point nobody really knows what the right thing to do is. Because of that, we're no longer in charge.

I don't believe that the Lord will save us, because a good parent never saves his children from the consequence that they knew was coming, but they refused to listen. They just said, "I'll do it my way. It doesn't matter. I want this." He's not going to save us from consequences, because that's a bad helicopter parent, and the one thing he isn't is a helicopter parent.

We made this mess. This is of our own choosing. FDR began to warn us in the present day, but George Washington said it in his farewell address. He laid this decision out in front of us and said, "If you don't listen to me now, you're going to face this decision." We have to pay --- faithfully, humbly and without guile --- the consequence, knowing that man is not just, especially right now.

Where is the justice? There is no justice. Man is not just, but God certainly is. So don't look to me or anybody else for an answer. Because I, for one, can't give you one.

I was quiet for a week because I was begging for an answer to help me make sense of this: “Give me something to say to people.” Here it is: I got nothing of value to say.

You have to find it inside of yourself. You have to find out what is right, based on eternal principles and eternal ethics that we all claim to uphold, then choose your own course and pursue it with malice toward none.

Because I believe we all are truly trying to do the right thing.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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