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)

One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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