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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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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