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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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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