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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Featured Image: Conservative talk-show host Mark Levin speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2016 at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, outside Washington, March 4, 2016. (Photo Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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