To Face the Coming Tyranny and Darkness, We Must Find Our Principles Again

Editor's Note: The following is based on a monologue from Glenn, April 11, 2017.

Do you remember when George Bush used to say, "Freedom is on the march? Freedom is on the march?"

No, it is not. Freedom is in retreat. Darkness, tyranny and oppression are on the march. The return all over the world of men like Stalin, Mao, Mussolini is just as active as it was a century ago.

Remember, the world was weak in the 1980s and 1990s. Who were the leaders of the repressed world? One was Yuri Andropov. When the big repressive leaders had left the scene, we got Gorbachev, a guy who was more in our camp than theirs. The real leaders of the world were Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. The leaders happening now, the tyranny that is rising from the darkness all over the world: Putin in Russia, Erdogan in Turkey, Le Pen in France, Golden Dawn in Greece, Jobbik in Hungary, the AFD in Germany. The things that we stamped out in 1945 are roaring back to life. 

When we were kids, when I was a kid, there were black hats and white hats. It was really easy to know the difference between the good guy and the bad guy. It was easy for us to justify what we were doing in the world. We clearly defined who we were. We clearly defined what we believed. We clearly defined our principles. But that couldn't be further from the truth now. 

I don't know what our principles are now. I don't know who we are now. We can no longer run around the world and be the policemen. We shouldn't have in the first place, but we are no longer in that position. We are England. We are England in the 1930s --- but there is no America to run to our rescue. We must be careful. Military action must be the last alternative. We should not start a war. We must start by redefining our principles. What is it we stand for?

Let's get beyond ourselves. I, again, ask GLAAD and any organization like GLAAD, I will stand with you at my own expense. It will not be popular with fans of mine, if I am standing with you, and I know it will not be popular for you to stand with me. But if we can't stand against homosexuals being put in concentration camps, if we can't stand together against homosexuals being thrown off the roof, we will never make it to the bakery. It requires us all to forget about politics and lose ourselves. Stop trying to save yourself, your job, your plans for the future, your bank account, whatever. Stop trying to protect whatever it is you value. We're not willing to call evil by its name. We're not willing to stand up for what we know is true because we don't want to lose our popularity. We don't want to lose likes on Facebook.

The righteous in the 1930s and 1940s did not suddenly become righteous. They just refused to go over the cliff with everyone else. When you turn a blind eye and you say, I won't stand with someone else because, well, I disagree with them on these things. Because I'm not willing to stand with them on throwing people off the roof or putting them in a concentration camp. You're repeating the mistakes of the 1940s.

This is what happened in America, in 1940, the same thing. You know how we found out about this concentration camp in Russia with gay people? We found out because somebody escaped and got the word out to the press. But the 1940s, when there was an escape from Auschwitz and they got that message to the press, no one listened, because they didn't want to have to stand where they didn't want to stand.

Decades of policing the world have clouded our Founding principles. They are so clouded, we can't see them anymore. We forget what we even stand for. 

But if we are to face the tyranny that is coming, the darkness that is gathering, we have got to find those principles again.

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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.

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"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."

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