We Could All Use a Little Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from November 14, 2016.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is one of the most powerful songs ever, if you actually know the story behind it. The song is based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that helped him find his way out of a dark and dreary place.

It was the middle of the Civil War, and Longfellow's son, who was severely wounded, had returned home. His wife had already died, the same way the majority of women died early --- by catching on fire. She was cooking over the stove in the kitchen, which was an open hearth, an open fire, wearing one of those big, huge dresses, and it gets too close to the embers in the fireplace and catches fire. She couldn't put it out and called for Longfellow, her husband who got on top of her and tried to put her out. He also caught on fire and horribly burned and scarred. It was Christmastime, and he could hear the cannons roar.

Now, put yourself back into that time period. Even at the end, Abraham Lincoln did the most unpopular thing he could do. He stood in front of a crowd on his second inaugural address, and said, We have to bind the wounds of this nation. We have to go comfort, feed and help those who have borne the sorrows of this war. He didn't want to punish anybody. He didn't want vengeance. He wanted everybody to go home and be an American again. Go home and concentrate on your family. Go home and work on your farm. Go home and love each other.

Nobody wanted that. It's the reason why Booth shot him. Booth knew there was hate in the hearts of the country, and if he just killed Abraham Lincoln, it would all start again. He would be the rebel that had the balls to finish the job, and the South would rise again in their hatred.

It didn't happen --- and that was what Longfellow heard in the bells. His family had forever changed. His wife was dead, imagine the despair. He heard the peal of the bells on Christmas Day, and said, There's no God. The second verse says, I hear the roar of the cannons, and they mock the song.

God's dead.

We have gone through time periods in our history much worse than this. But there were people of faith that held us together.

I read a lot of de Tocqueville this weekend, Democracy in America. Here was a guy who came from France, from overseas, to watch us. We get the idea of American exceptionalism from him. He watched and wondered how America was doing this, what her people had that made the country special.

At first, he thought it was the abundance of land. That you could go anywhere, and with land you could start all over again.

And then he thought, Maybe I'll find it in the courts, because there's justice here. Maybe I'll find it in Congress. Maybe I'll find it in the president. It was in the Founding documents. He finally realizes that, no, those things were the effect, not the cause.

The effect was a by-product of people of faith. He didn't even know if Americans believed in their own religion because he couldn't search their hearts. He did know this: Americans all knew that without something holding them together and to a higher standard of virtue, the whole thing would collapse. They will fight for each other's religion because they know, even if it's not theirs, they know it's what's holding them together.

He said one of the most amazing things he discovered was the missionary program in America where the rich paid for missionaries to spread religion. While he didn't like Catholics much, he recognized that even Catholics were doing this, but not for the same reasons as in Europe. When he talked to the people spending loads of money to fund these missionary trips, they were spending it because they knew, at some point, America may fail. They wanted to plant the ideas and the faith and the virtue elsewhere. So if America failed, there would be some place else that would hold up these ideals and free the world.

We don't even think that way anymore --- and there is no place else to go. I keep thinking that maybe God's going to start all over, and it will start in China because that's where the church is awake. And maybe He'll start it in China because they've gone to jail for what they believe.

George Washington made a point of Thanksgiving. Abraham Lincoln made a point of Thanksgiving. They all knew that if we would humble ourselves and beg for forgiveness, that God would bless us and our land.

Do you know that we didn't even celebrate Christmas for a good portion of our history? Not until the late 1800s did we actually celebrate Christmas. We didn't close a store. We thought that was garish. We thought that was actually wrong. We thought it would be too flashy, that Christ's birth was too holy to even talk about in the open space and say, I have to have the day off. It was too holy. You went to church, and you went to work. That's who we were.

In the 1930s or 1940s, during the Great Depression, FDR knew that we had to give thanks and we needed to praise God on Thanksgiving. But that has nothing to do why we celebrate it when we do. It's locked in now --- but it wasn't always. Sometimes Thanksgiving would be the last weekend. Sometimes it would be two weekends before, but now it's locked in. And the reason is because FDR said, We need that extra week of shopping. It will help the economy.

We've gone from a country that wouldn't even openly celebrate Christmas because it would be too garish, to taking one of the most sacred American holidays of Thanksgiving and moving it because it's good for the economy. We need that extra week of shopping.

There is no God. God is asleep. God is dead.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep.

The wrong will fail, the right prevail. The peace on earth that we are promised, it's peace on earth to men of good will. That's what the actual translation is: Peace on earth to men of good will. That's in short supply. And maybe for the next five weeks, we should try to figure out how we all could be men and women and children of good will.

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn explained why he wouldn't be surprised to see our supply chain collapse and empty shelves in America in the near future. Shortages are already wrecking our economy, China (where many of our goods are still made) is facing an energy shortage, and the Biden administration sure seems to be doing everything it can to make things worse.

Glenn noted a serious warning from American CEO Mike Beckham: "There's a major storm brewing in the supply chain," Beckham wrote on Twitter.

Thanks to China's centrally planned system, electricity shortages are causing huge delays in product manufacturing. In fact, some items are facing a 33 percent cut in production. "It could dramatically impact every [American's] life next year. But almost no one knows about it yet," Beckham warned.

Glenn went on to explain exactly what this means for you — and what you can do to prepare.

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Every decision made by President Joe Biden has ended in "disaster," Bill O'Reilly told Glenn Beck.

O'Reilly joined the radio program to explain why he thinks there's only one "mechanism" Americans can use stop the Biden administration's mess.

"Give me one thing that [Biden] has done, just one, that's improved this nation. Everything that he has been involved with is a disaster. Everything from the COVID mandates, to the energy policies, to the economic policies, to the inflation, to Afghanistan, to the collapsing southern border, to the social woke business, to the denial of due process. Right across-the-board, there isn't anything this man has done, or stood for, that's improved America," O'Reilly said.

"But there is no mechanism to do anything about it until a year from this November: the midterm elections. That's the only mechanism that we have, under the Constitution. We elected this guy and he's there for four years. You neutralize him next November [2022], with the Republicans taking back the House and Senate, then he's done. [He] can't do anymore damage because you've got him in a hole. And he's not going to be proactive with executive orders. He's just going to stay there in his jammies for two more years. OK? So that's the only mechanism."

O'Reilly also tore into the corporate media for using its power to defend Gen. Mark Milley after news of his China calls broke. Is there any deterrence in American society anymore to keep our leaders and media in check?

"What does this say to the United States of America when you have two of the most powerful information agencies in the world — NBC, Comcast, and AT&T, CNN — actively deceiving you?" O'Reilly said. "They know what they're doing. And yet there is absolutely no way for anyone to hold them accountable other than not watching them, which has, of course, happened. You know they have no audience. But just the corruption level of the information flow to the American people is at an all-time high. We have never had a worse media in the history of this republic."

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