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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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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