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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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.