Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from October 27, 2016.
I saw a quote a couple days ago from Robert Kennedy. A revolution is coming. A revolution, which will be peaceful, if we're wise enough, compassionate, if we care enough, successful, if we're fortunate enough. But a revolution, which is coming, whether we will it or not, we can only affect its character. We cannot alter its inevitability.
What's coming our way is coming --- and I don't know what it is, but it's coming --- all we can do is alter its character.
A Punch in the Face
Yesterday, I received a pretty hard punch in the face. And it's a punch in the face that really opened my eyes, but not for the reason that the person who was doing the punching thought. I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but have you ever heard yourself through somebody else? This happens when you're with your kids. You will hear the words that you've said to your kids come back, and you're like, Oh, dear heavens. Or you will hear your parents' words come out of your mouth, and you're like, I'm my dad.
People may tell you about your faults, but if you're fortunate enough to hear what you sound like coming out of another person, it's really stunning. And if you don't punch back and you actually start hearing your own voice, it's a rough and eye-opening experience.
I heard somebody yesterday channel me, and it was amazing because somebody said, This is going to piss you off. And I heard it, and I was stunned for all of the opposite reasons. I was stunned because I thought to myself, My gosh, I think I sound like that.
My brother Robert has been saying to me for a while, mainly during the primary, Glenn, I agree with you. I agree with you, but, man, you're pissing me off. What are you talking about? You're just so high-minded and just, Oh, it's this way, and I know it. And I could understand what he was saying, but not really, because I didn't feel my words. Yesterday, I heard a version of me, and I felt it. And I thought, Ick. That is how I sound.
I want to tell you that it's never been my intention to be self-righteous or pompous or a know-it-all. But I have to tell you, if I've made you feel like I felt yesterday, man, am I sorry for that. Because I felt stupid. I felt like you're calling me stupid. You're telling me I'm stupid. And I realized, I don't think I've ever said that, but I bet you I have sounded that way at times, especially when I get all geared up. I just want you to know, I say this all the time, but I don't think you may have ever felt this. And I wish I knew how to make you feel this.
Because this is the real drive of this show, for me at least, is I'm no different than you are. I'm no better than you are. I am just like you are in many ways. We have different lives, but we have different problems and different names to our problems, but it's the same. We're both afraid for our kids. We're both afraid for the future. We both want to have hope and optimism. But we can't seem to find it because nobody is really articulating it. But we know it doesn't have to be this way. We try to live our faith, but we usually fail. At least we fail in being imperfect.
But, man, you are smart enough to figure this out. You're smart enough. Don't ever take my word for anything. You've got to look it up yourself. You have to empower yourself.
I say this time and time again, but I fear I have maybe at times made you feel the opposite. I was thinking about it last night as I was laying in bed. How many people did I make feel that way while I was at Fox? How many over the last year?
Most people won't hear this. Most won't even believe it. But on the off chance that you have felt that way, I'm really sorry. It was not my intent.
It's funny how blind we can be at times. Even if we end up being right in the end, then sometimes we even get more blind because our instinct is to say, See, I told you so.
But we get so blind to the way I think we sound. This is something that has really been on my mind a lot because I'm talking to different people. I am trying to reach out to different people. We're not going to make it if it's just this small group, even just on the right or just on the left. We're not going to make it. We have to be able to reach out to people who think differently than we do. And the entire world is closing itself off.
When people say, If Megyn Kelly is on Fox, then Megyn Kelly has completely sold out, or, If Bill O'Reilly, if he's the way Fox is going, then that's it. Wait. They have how many different hosts? We can't live in a world like that. What you're asking for there is a safe zone. A television safe zone. And it's getting more and more narrow. And a lot of times we say things that we don't mean. People hear things that we didn't intend. Sometimes we misspeak. Sometimes we're just jerks.
But if we're lucky enough, if we're humble enough, if we're quiet enough, if we're peaceful enough, if we're wise enough, everything bad will be used for his good. If we're willing to not get angry and examine ourself instead of excusing or examining other's faults.
Live Your Own Life
Last night, I heard somebody unleash, punch me in the face, and I thought, Boy, did he just use the worst of me to teach me a lesson.
I want to thank you for listening, and I want to thank you for being cool and actually trying to being a better human being.
I want you to hear this clearly: Vote your conscience. Live your own life. Question absolutely everything. When you find the truth, no matter where it takes you, you have a decision to make. Wow, this truth, if I'm going to be consistent, this truth takes me down this path, and I don't want to be there.
Now, be honest with yourself. So I have to detach myself from the things that I know are true because I want to do this. And if you say, I'm choosing to believe this, even though I know it's not true. I'm choosing to stand over here. That's your choice, man. And who can blame you for that? That's your choice.
Lessons in Forgiveness
But here's what I learned from the Archbishop of Mosul. Last night, he came in, we spent about four hours together. He told me some amazing stories.
Last Friday, two suicide bombers walked in with their chest loaded with dynamite. They walked into a home that Mercury One had paid for to get these girls out of where they were and put them into a safe house so they could go to college, remain going to college.
You want to talk about Divine protection? These seven girls are in this home. Two suicide bombers, ISIS, kick the front door open. They search the entire house. The seven girls are now -- college age -- are now under a bed upstairs. They are hiding, and they're all saying the rosary. They're all Catholics, and they're all saying the rosary. One of them texts on their cell phone, Our house is under attack.
The two suicide bombers go into that room because the windows are facing out front, so they can see out front. They spend three hours sitting on that bed on top of seven girls that they have absolutely no idea are hiding under the bed. They're waiting for the girls to come home to kill them. They're there for three hours. The girls are quiet enough for those three hours that they never hear them. Finally, they get up, walk outside into a crowd and blow themselves up.
The girls are safe. (The Archbiship said, thank you, by the way, to everybody who has donated to the Nazarene Fund. Thank you.)
He came here this morning to say goodbye, and we put him on a plane to go back to Iraq. He was offered a job to stay here in San Diego but turned it down. My people are in Iraq, he said. He also said, I'm excited to go back. I'm excited to go back because there are churches that have been burned to the ground. There are churches that have been desecrated, and we're going to go in and clean up again and start celebrating mass in. Christmas this year is going to be a celebration of victory, of God's victory.
I said, what is it going to be like for the 4- to 6,000 people that are returning home? Most of their houses are gone. Everything has been stolen.
Their neighbors watched them as they left, their neighbors chased them out of town as they left, their neighbors went through their houses and stole all of their things. Their neighbors will have some of their furniture, their clothes, their gadgets. And the people returning will know it.
I said, How are you going to stop the cries of, 'That's mine?'
He said, There's going to be some cries of vengeance, but we're all Christians. We don't do that. God works it out. Vengeance belongs to him. Our task is to love, to love our neighbor, even as ourself. Nowhere does it say, unless they chased you out of town and stole all your stuff.
Let's Do Better
I have to tell you, we have to be better people than we are. I have to be better people than I am.
I felt something last night, and they were my words. I didn't like the way that made me feel. And so I chose not to feel that.
I chose, instead, to recognize the things in me and say let's lead by example. Last night, I posted something on this. Last night, I had so many listeners say, I have been trashing you so much. I'm sorry. You're right. Forgive me, and I'll forgive you. Done, done.
We need to let it go. If we can't learn from people who have had everything in their house taken and they humble themselves and say, Neighbor. Forgive me for anything I've done. I forgive you. Let me love you." If we can't do that, we don't survive.
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