Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from August 23, 2016.
I want to have a really open and frank discussion with you, because we are tearing each other apart.
Maybe some of it is justified, and maybe I played a role in dividing us. I am human. I'm a guy who tries to be better every day, but oftentimes fails.
The things being said about me right now don't matter to me. And I want to save you a lot of time. If you're one of those people thinking that I'm going to change my mind or that you're going to scare me into shutting up, I'm not that guy.
After a year of looking at this race --- and beyond that the last 15 years of studying revolutions, studying how things happen, studying history --- I expected a revolution to come from the left. I have laid out how revolutions happen over and over and over again. So I'm looking at things differently than just today. I'm looking at things historically and over the horizon, taking into account things that, maybe, others don't.
Now, you may disagree with everything I'm about to say, and that's fine. But I want you to understand where I'm coming from. I don't expect you to change your mind. In fact, I'm not trying to change your mind. I just want you to know why I'm doing what I feel I must do.
I Am Not Voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump
First of all, I don't hold anything against anyone who votes differently than me. Because, honestly, I'm not happy with how I'm going to vote. For the first time in my life, I am not going to vote for one of the two major candidates. I am not voting for Hillary Clinton, and I am not voting for Donald Trump. I don't know how I'm going to vote for president yet, but those two are not on the table.
Secondly, I see a lot of people saying, "I was a fan of Glenn Beck until he sold out." If you have listened to me and appreciated the show, what am I selling out? If you are a fan of this show, it's most likely because I've said what I believe. Many times, I've said what you believe. I have also said many things that no one believes. I don't pull any punches, and I'm the last guy to sell out.
You have always listened because I tell you what I believe is happening and what is coming. Many times, I have been wrong. But, many times, I have been right. And when I'm right, it is devastating.
A Pattern of Predictions
If you're a fan of this show, you know I've had a pattern of making correct predictions.
Osama bin Laden
In 1999, I was defending Bill Clinton's bombing of the aspirin factory because I started doing my homework on Osama bin Laden. At this point, only the intelligence community knew about Osama bin Laden. I got on the air, reading his words and warning about him. Callers said, "You're just trying to excuse this to help the Democrats win in 2000. You're just trying to cover up for Bill Clinton and take his name off the front pages with Monica Lewinsky." In a moment of frustration, I said, "There will be blood, bodies and buildings in the streets of New York, and it will have been done by Osama bin Laden. Will you be willing to admit that terror is coming at that point?"
When I said something was wrong in Iraq, beginning in 2003 or 2004, I said we weren't fighting this to win. My audience said, "You're only trying to help the Democrats." I got a lot of complaints from a lot of stations, and a lot of people were very angry with me.
When I warned about a market collapse and a housing bubble in 2006, I was told even by some of my best friends, "You can't say this about the Republicans and what George Bush is doing. You'll kill yourself." In the fall of 2007, I said, "Don't listen to John McCain right now and all of the pundits who are saying that he's going to be strong on the war in Iraq." I said, "Come next fall, the economy will be all that people are talking about. Forget the war. It's going to be the economy." People said I was crazy, I was drinking, I had sold out. And, of course, I was only trying to help the Democrats get Barack Obama elected.
When I warned about the caliphate, I was told every single day to shut up. I was told by Fox, "Shut up. Stop talking about that, and stop talking about Israel." Every single day. To the point where they came and took things off my set to get me to stop talking about it. I talked about it every day until it was my last. They said it made me look crazy. I said, "So be it."
The Strongman Cometh
There is a reason, a real reason, my family and I have 24-hour security. I have said from the day my security team started, "I am more worried about a crazy person on the right who thinks I have betrayed them than somebody on the left."
One controversy that everybody seems to have forgotten was what the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) did, what Fox News did. It was in all of the magazines at the time. It was all over the internet. Jon Stewart made fun of it. Stephen Colbert made fun of it. They always made fun of me talking about the Nazis, right? "Glenn Beck is talking about the Nazis!"
The ADL told Fox News to tell me to stop talking about the word "Nazis." I argued, "How can you not forget if you don't remember?" I continued talking about the Nazis and the Nazi threat. Here's what people missed in that: What I was talking about was that a strongman could come from the right or the left. I said specifically, "The right is already doing it in Europe, and if we forget that we are not Europe, the right will rise here and a strongman will come to the forefront, if -- and only if -- the left can wear us out, the left can make us feel beaten and that there is no other way out, and if the left continues to push the pendulum further and further left." You remember the pendulum show? That was the complaint from the ADL.
That is why I was talking about Nazis, because I predicted the rise of the Nazis. And later, Golden Dawn came and the far right in Spain, the far right in Germany, the far right in Austria, the far right now in France. It's happening. But it is also happening here, and you see it. We are farther behind, but the alt-right, the fascists and the white supremacists are on the rise. David Duke is running for Senate.
History shows us that a strongman always will and always does rise. Someone at the point of chaos that says, "I will restore order." Do you remember me warning about top-down, bottom-up and inside-out? What are people saying right now? What is Donald Trump saying? What was the point of his entire convention? "I will restore order. I am Mr. Law And Order. I will do it, and I am the only one who can do it."
What are people shouting for right now? What are your friends who are supporting him saying? They want somebody who will just take control and burn the system down. That's insanity.
I ask that you hear my words today. I've warned about top-down, bottom-up and inside-out. I believe that this is that moment. It is coming on the horizon very soon, and you're seeing the beginning of it right now.
I believe that Donald Trump is the strongman that I did not think would come from the right, but the pendulum has swung back so far. That does not make him a Nazi or his supporters a Nazi, although some of his supporters are literal Nazis. The vast majority are not.
It does mean that I think he has the potential to be, at least, a South American strongman in the right conditions. So what are the "right" conditions?
1. No connection to the Founding and our Constitution
2. Global war
3. Domestic uprisings
5. Real economic hardship
When those conditions are met and the man in the oval office demands that it's my way or the highway, if that man is a bully and surrounds himself with like-minded bullies, if he has a historic pull towards a socialistic solution like nationalizing banks, huge bailouts and protectionism then the cause of concern should be our loudest discussion, but it is not.
Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, told Slate magazine that he is not a nationalist, nor a populist. He called himself "a Leninist." That's not John Lennon, that's Vladimir Lenin. The reporter was so shocked, he said, "Explain that to me." And Bannon said, "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today's establishment." He included the Republican and Democrat parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.
Historically, you need chaos to have a strongman come into power. And a strongman always has certain attributes. He doesn't believe in things like individual rights and the Constitution. Generally, they are socialistic in their tendencies, that what is right for the individual doesn't matter. He's also somebody who demands his way, he's a bully. He surrounds himself with like-minded bullies, and usually the people he surrounds himself with are even worse than he is. And if those things are met, along with the conditions of war, domestic uprisings, terror and real economic hardship, a country -- any country -- is in real trouble. This is what we should be talking about right now: What does the world look like in four years after either one of these two?
People write to me. People call me. People have approached me in church, everywhere, saying, "Glenn, Glenn, I can't listen to you anymore." I understand. I really do. I wish that weren't true. I wish I had enough credibility over a 16-, 17-year history with you, that you saw that, yes, I have pissed you off in the past and I have said things that you really didn't want to hear, but in the end, you were glad you heard them. You were glad you had a warning.
I don't know what else to do. I don't know what you want me to do. I can only do what I feel I'm supposed to do, what I feel the Lord has commanded me to do, and that is, tell the truth. I don't think the Lord is commanding me to expose Donald Trump. I'm not saying that. I'm saying he has commanded me to do my own homework. He has commanded me to never compromise on what I truly believe. So I'm kind of stuck.
I'm really stuck because there is a warning in Ezekiel, that in those days there will be a watchman on the tower, at the gates. And that means all of us in our own way are watchmen on the gates, in your own life. And if you see trouble coming, you're supposed to warn the people. If you don't, the blood of everyone who could have heard the warning and could have done something, that blood is on our hands as the watchmen. If the people inside the gates decide not to listen to the watchmen, that's fine, that's up to them. But I have a responsibility to tell you. This is what my job is, as I see it.
Some people see their job as to make money, get advertisements, get ratings, et cetera, et cetera. I've never believed in somebody who is on the air -- read my first book -- who is into a cause. Unfortunately, I found God. And I have changed that opinion that I have to do what is right. I'm not just an entertainer.
I beg anyone with eyes and ears to look and listen. Please don't make this about Clinton. I'm not voting for Clinton. I never will vote for Clinton. And I know who she is. I have railed about her for over 20 years. I know who she is.
I'm the one who exposed her running guns in Benghazi while she was still telling everybody in the press about the film. I'm very aware of who she is. I know how dangerous she is. I know what she believes. But don't let how dangerous she is or the false binary choice of our elections blind you to the other side of the equation.
If she wins, yes, we are going to be crippled with an outrageous Supreme Court where maybe Barack Obama is a Supreme Court justice. That's a real possibility with her. It is horrible the future under her. Perhaps it is worse than even you believe under her. I see the grave potential of an international globalist structure, because that's what an early 20th century progressive, as she describes herself and as outlined in my book Liars, that's what they wanted: United Nations, the League of Nations, or something like that. And we are headed to it.
But I would rather fight a globalist structure than fight each other internally. I don't know how we get through it. But I do know this: We survive if we hold on to each other. We survive. Many of us didn't think we'd make it this far with Barack Obama, but we survived. Horribly, but we survived.
Our Dunkirk Moment
Winston Churchill found himself with Dunkirk. Everybody said, "If you pull the army back, we lose all of Europe." He said, "If I don't pull them across the channel, we lose everything. We lose the entire army."
"Well, if you pull them out, we're never going to get it back."
He said, "Save what little you have to fight another day. This is lost."
This is our Dunkirk moment. If I'm right about Donald Trump, it will take a coup or a revolution to restore freedom to America.
The world is heading towards global war. Economic collapse is a near certainty. Domestic uprising is already happening and will continue to grow, as anger and hate on both sides is being fueled by those who are in control. And we all know how domestic terror isn't coming. Domestic terror is already here.
I warned of this very thing. I have told you, at the time, most of us would not see it. It's why I asked you to prepare spiritually. It is why I, even at Restoring Honor, I begged you, "Don't bring signs. Don't chant. Don't do any of those things." It's why in Birmingham, I said, "We've got to keep the structure of Martin Luther King."
"I don't know, other than, I know it seems ridiculous now, but at some point, this audience is going need to have the discipline of standing alone and being beaten," I said.
We are here. And I've always believed that this audience is the only hope because you are the only audience that has truly been prepared for these things at this time. You have more information than most do because you have been with me and you have heard the warnings, you have seen it coming, you have learned history. You're not easily duped.
You are not who they say you are. I've said to you over the last ten years, "If you stay strong, if you don't get swept up in the anger or the cries of payback or the cry for somebody to just make it stop, you will be our Republic's last line of defense."
So what do I do? People are telling me, "At least just shut up." I can't. I can't.
You condemn me if I continue to warn, but God condemns me if I fail to warn. 24601: Who am I? Jean Valjean made exactly the same choice as I am, except in the play, it ends happy for him. Life is much more like the book, not the play.
If I'm wrong, I am the biggest fool, and I have been discredited. And I will be the first to apologize, and I will apologize if I have any listeners left at that time. But if I don't have any listeners left at that time, I make that as a fair trade for my credibility and my integrity.
As a guy who has lost everything, all I ever wanted was my integrity back. My integrity has been under attack over the last two years like nobody's business. It is the only thing I have of value, and I will do nothing knowingly myself to damage it. Integrity always comes with the highest of prices. It's why most are unwilling to ever pay for it.
I don't ask you to believe. I ask you to do what you've always done, and what I've always asked you to do.
Don't believe me. Do your own homework. Study how revolutions happen. Study what it means and who has said in the past, "I just want to burn the whole system down. I just want to smash the entire system." Ask what happens in times of trouble and in a country as divided as we are, when somebody comes in, who is an egomaniacal kind of guy and surrounds himself with that.
I'm not asking to you believe me. I'm asking you to do your homework and to just remember that old T-shirt somebody printed a long time ago that asked this question: What if this time, what if Glenn Beck is right?
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