Post Election: Remember Who REALLY Controls the Destiny of Our Country

"And the armies separated...and after the victory, the King said 'If we are victorious in one more such battle, we shall be utterly ruined.'" --- Plutarch, Life of Pyrrhus

This morning, half the country feels they have helped deliver a great victory to America. A victory that will help to ensure freedom and liberty, prosperity and the continuation of a country they believe in.

They feel they have delivered a victory over a foe who is morally corrupt, and over their supporters who are either equally corrupt or who have been fooled through propaganda.

The other half feel betrayed by their fellow citizens, who delivered a victory that will merely ensure more corruption, social inequality, economic ruin and the decline of American power and reputation around the world.

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No matter how you voted last night, or if you chose to abstain from voting, I have news for you: both sides are right, and both sides are wrong.

If your side won, you might feel good today. You may feel there is hope left for America. If your side lost, today probably feels crappy and you may believe all hope is lost.

Today is Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 and the sun still rose in the East and it will set in the West. Today, the national nightmare of the 2016 election is over and we have a choice on what to do and where to go from here.

For months, we have been told that this is the most important election in our history. That we were voting to either save America or see it destroyed. That Western Civilization itself may hang on the balance of our vote. That if we didn’t stand for one candidate or against the other, we were personally responsible for the pending doom the dreaded opponent would most certainly bring.

I do not believe that America, that the American spirit, that Western Civilization itself is so fragile, so insecure that any one person actually possesses the capacity to bring about our destruction. I used to. I am a catastrophist. And though we are much bigger and much stronger than any one candidate or party --- we cannot be complacent and we need to figure out our path forward.

“America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and then erased again.” [Field of Dreams]

No matter how you feel about our next President---and please note, I wrote this before results came out and I have not even mentioned who won---do not celebrate too greatly or be too despondent based on what transpired last night.

Our Nation is more than one election, one President. America is great because America is good.

Too often we confuse the health or success of our Nation with the health or success of our government. We conflate loyalty to America to mean loyalty to the government or to the party.

Politicians come and go --- but the citizens are here to stay. In the Representative Democracy of a Constitutional Republic, they come and go quickly --- though in many cases not quickly enough. The founders created checks and balances for a reason. A President is not a dictator and once elected they do not take power and control of the government, they take their seat at the table as the leader of the Executive Branch. The current President and our next one are not America.

Our nation is far more than our government. And unlike other nations, we are more than our land or national boundaries. We are more than our money and wealth. We are not a nation founded on racial identity or genetic history, and we are not based in the heritage of a single religion.

America is a nation founded on and based on an idea --- a revolutionary idea. An idea that permeated the world and is still aspirational for billions of people. That is our identity. That is what binds us.

The idea of who human beings are, by our very nature, and what we are capable of.

The idea of rights that are innate to each of us --- that we are equal before the laws of God and of man.

The idea that our rights are superior to the will or opinions of others --- that the rights of the individual supersede the President or the authority of any government or any group of people who presume to be our betters.

The idea that governments are not the nation, they can be built up, destroyed and replaced at will if they fail to respect and maintain our rights.

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In many ways, this election was irrelevant. The next president has no more power to control America and determine our future than any of us have to flap our arms and fly, and that is because no man or woman can control or eliminate ideas. Each of us own those, they are inside our mind and our soul and nobody can own or control them except us.

We are not in their control.

America will endure and sustain, no matter who is taking the oath of office on January 20th, because each of us own our free agency. That is the binding agent of our Nation.

There will be dark days ahead, under any circumstances, no matter which citizen we have elected to serve as our President. There are turbulent times coming in our economy, in the game of “Risk” being played abroad, in our streets, trouble is coming. Each of us will be called to defend our Nation, neighbors, friends, and liberty --- in our own way and with our own expertise.

Today, remember this: there will be days in your future when you will think your neighbor to be right and there will be days when you think your neighbor to be wrong. But they are still your neighbor. They are still your fellow Americans: Still struggling, the same as you, to find the right path for themselves and their family. They are as anxious as you are to enjoy freedom and the success it allows, and anxious to see others enjoy it too.

Just as you, they are pained when they see others suffer and want to help relieve that suffering.

Like you, they want to be respected and heard by their friends, family and neighbors.

Like you, they want both your children and their own to be free to think and experience the rights and joys they have themselves enjoyed.

Like you, they feel love and empathy for their fellow men.

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The next president will be my president, as those during my lifetime have been, and I will do my sacred duty to grant them the honor and respect that they merit, as all citizens must. And each of us must also demand that they honor their sacred duty to us. And if they fail to do so, as many of their predecessors before them have done, they will simply be replaced in 4 years rather than 8. America is a nation that was founded around the idea of a covenant. The covenant our founders focused on was with God. But there is another covenant: We as citizens will support the office of the President and will hold the President responsible for their actions AND the President is obligated to represent ALL of the citizens, not just the ones who voted for him/her.

We will erase the blackboard, replace the politicians holding office and if necessary, use tools baked into our system like a convention of states.

Today, embrace your brothers and sisters. Recall that each of us must exercise our free agency as we see fit. Realize that the next President, Senate and Congress does not control the destiny of our country. We do.

This past election was not an indictment on our politicians but rather a reflection of ourselves. WE must do better. We can do better.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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