Levin Knows Trump Isn't Our Savior, He Just Had to Choose the Lesser of Two Evils

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from September 7, 2016.

Our very good friend Mark Levin announced last night who he is voting for. I think it surprised some in his audience. It didn't surprise me. He's going to vote for Donald Trump. What will "Glenn Beck" say about that today? Let me tell you, right now.

This is the kind of conversation America should be having today. I disagree with Mark Levin, but we see this differently. I also see his position as completely reasonable. He's not taking responsibility, just like you're not going to take responsibility, for what Donald Trump does or doesn't say or do.

The problem for people who vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is when all of a sudden they take responsibility for everything. Like people who voted for Barack Obama, they defended anything and everything he did, regardless of right or wrong.

Look at Lawrence Jones who works for TheBlaze. He campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008. Then he saw what Obama was and thought, "Wait a minute. That's not what I was buying." And he was honest enough to back away and go, "No, no. That's not what I bought." Lawrence was reasonable, and he talked about the hatred on both sides.

Last night, the email, the Facebook and Twitter comments when Mark announced his decision --- oh, my gosh, the hatred for him and the hatred for me was at all-time levels. I got, "See, he's smart. You're a dummy."

So let me address this.

I have respect for Mark because he didn't have to say this. He could have just shut up. He didn't have to say this, but he believes in the American people, and he believes in his audience. And his audience is fair enough to accept his decision as his. He's being transparent. He's being real. And he's made a gun-to-his-head decision. He really is choosing the lesser of two evils. In his mind, he's thinking they're both bad, but which one is the least worse? That's completely different than this guy is our savior.

Jefferson and Adams feuded for years. Some of the things they said when running against each other were awful. Adams said, "If Jefferson gets in, your daughters aren't safe, they'll be raped, there will be heads on pikes in the streets and rivers of blood." They hated each other. They were good friends during the Revolution and Constitutional Convention, but when it came to policies when running against each other, it destroyed them.

In the end, they started writing letters to each other and they healed somewhat. They died on the same day --- July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Adam's last words were "Thomas Jefferson still survives."

They disagreed, and yet, we look at both of them as patriots. They argued and argued and argued --- over substance. One thought the other was going to take them back to the monarchy, and the other thought one was going to take us into bedlam. They wasted a lot of time and energy fighting for what they believed. But we remember both of them as patriots.

Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Washington also disagreed, and I think this is a more apt example.

Washington was a deep believer in faith, God and Divine Providence. He said, "With firm reliance on Divine Providence." Jefferson wasn't as spiritually connected as Washington. But Washington had been on the battlefield, coming back with bullet holes in his hat, bullet holes in his jacket, never being shot, never being wounded. He saw firsthand Divine Providence and the full hand of God. He was more apt to understand how you had to be good as a people to be able to win. He's the guy who came up with the merit badge and the Purple Heart, which was for doing something God would find pleasing and would bring favor upon our army.

Washington did not believe we were on a mission from God, so get out of our way. He believed in Divine Providence and following God so His favor would shine upon us. He believed soldiers had to go to church on Sunday, even during the war. There was no swearing, no cussing. He wanted soliders to read the Bible. He wanted them to do something virtuous or with merit that would bring the favor of God on our cause.

So Jefferson and Thomas Paine, who later on in life became a full-fledged atheist, they didn't see the world the same way as Washington. When the French Revolution happened, both Paine and Jefferson believed America should get involved. Because Paine was so disconnected from God and understanding a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, he didn't see a difference between our Revolution and the French Revolution. He said, "They're saying the same things."

Washington's point was, while they're saying the same things, they are not moved by God. They are not a people led by virtue, merit, honor, integrity and humility. And so he believed the French Revolution would end horribly.

Thomas Paine couldn't believe Washington, of all people, would betray the cause of the Revolution, saying the general would be a traitor. That's quite a charge to make to George Washington.

Paine went to France and wrote several pamphlets on the glories of the French Revolution, until they started beheading people. That's when he got it and said, "Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. We didn't do this. We didn't execute people. We didn't have guillotines. This is not the way the Revolution is supposed to go." That's when Robespierre said Paine had betrayed the Revolution, and Paine ended up in the Bastille.

Now, why do I bring this up? Because without Paine there would be no Declaration of Independence, no American Revolution. And without Thomas Paine, Washington could not have crossed the Delaware and won the war. Without Washington, we wouldn't have had a virtuous and decent military. It took both of those men to win. Even though they were deeply divided, they came together when it counted.

Coming together now, in my opinion, is not what counts. Coming together when the heat is really on, when one of these two is elected, that's when coming together and standing on principles matters.

I strongly disagree with Hannity, and I have from the very beginning, but Trump is a friend of his, and he trusts him. I don't. Mark stood for principles as long as he could, and now feels the only thing left to be of service to the republic is vote for Trump. And, as I've said since the nomination, I understand. I understand that people love Trump and feel that he speaks for them. But I also understand that many people have a real problem voting for him, but don't see any other option.

But there is a third option.

In the service of my country and because of what I believe about both of these people, Trump and Clinton, I find myself now as the only national radio talent to be standing firmly against both of them. We always knew we would be alone, we just didn't think it would happen this quickly. But we are now officially alone, standing for small government, equal rule of law, every jot and tittle of the Constitution, without anger or passion.

I'm not saying these things because I'm angry, stubborn, a sellout or a Clinton supporter --- far from it. I have warned about the Clintons since 1992. I know them inside and out. I know exactly who she is. But I also, for the last six years, have warned about the rise of fascism and totalitarianism. And I believe we are close to fascism, totalitarianism or some sort of oligarchy in both parties with both candidates. And I take my duty as a watchman on the tower seriously.

If you know where that phrase comes from, you know the blood of all who could hear the watchman's warning, if he didn't raise his alarm, that blood will be upon his head. If he raises the alarm and the people choose to ignore it, that's their prerogative. I have said this to you since 2005.

I have a grave responsibility at this time. You may not think so. I do.

If I'm wrong, believe me, I am relieved. It's not a popular position. It's been very hard on me and my family and my business. It isn't good for business. Because whomever wins, if I'm right, I'm the first one to lose. But this is the time to speak out because I believe both of these candidates will try to silence people who disagree with them.

If you believe differently than me, by voting the way you will, you don't lose your soul. But people like me, we honestly believe something too. We believe that bloodshed, rage and evil are being fostered by both of these candidates. If we vote for one of these two, with what we truly believe, we do lose our soul.

Will you give us the same respect, Trump supporters and Clinton supporters, that we will afford people who disagree with us, you and Mark Levin? Will you give us the same respect? Because there are millions of us who are listening right now.

I thought about this last night. With the exception of my marriage and my family, the only thing of value that I've ever done has always required me to walk alone for at least a while. But those are the only times that I feel were of value. As I heard Mark Levin's decision, I thought to myself, "Boy, you think you'd be accustomed to being alone. But, really you're not." You never get used to being alone, and I don't think you're supposed to get used to it.

George Washington was alone. Abe Lincoln was alone. Gandhi was alone. Bonhoeffer was alone. Martin Luther King was alone. And who stood on the other side? Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, King George III --- they were all surrounded by crowds.

If you feel alone, just know this, you're not. You're not. You're in very good company. As long as you're doing it for principles, you're in the best company.

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It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.