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People Lose Freedom When They Lose Hope—So Hold on to Hope

Today on radio, Glenn read a Facebook post from listener Cheryl McMurray. Here's what she wrote:

I've listened to you, Glenn, for at least six or seven years. The problem is I became so scared and so hopeless, I didn't know what to do. I still don't. I kept track of the predictions that you made. They keep coming true over and over again. I appreciate the fact that you tell us the truth. I just don't know how much more I can handle.

Glenn issued a tough, but inspiring message:

I know. And that's exactly what people who want power are waiting for. For you to say, I don't have any hope. "Just let them." That's how freedom is lost. The way free people lose their freedom is they first lose hope.

See, let me tell you some really hard news, knowing that there's good news on the other end of it. But here's the truth that no one will tell you: We keep waiting for somebody to save us on health care or whatever it is. "Oh, the president is going to save us. The next president will fix this. Well, once we get Congress!" The Democrats are saying, when we get Congress back, when we get a president back, we'll be able to fix this.

No one is coming to save you. There is no one that is going to solve this health care problem for you. I don't believe that most of them even understand the problem, let alone the solution to the problem.

I sat in a room yesterday full of Hollywood liberals. We were getting ready to leave, and one of them said, "I just have to ask you, what is your opinion on the health care thing, what is happening?"

And I said: We don't have anybody in Washington who actually cares about helping people. They're all getting rich, through all kinds of backdoor deals. They're getting their health care, but nobody cares, on either side. If they really cared, all they had to do was say, "Okay. Where are the people really suffering? Let's make sure they're on Medicaid. Let's make sure they're on Medicare. You need to expand that for this group of people, fine. Let's find a way to help the people at need."

Now people are suffering all over the country because health care insurance is going through the roof, the premiums. Why is that happening? It's easy. It's easy.

Are they solving that? No. In fact, those were the two things that they needed to take out of this health care bill, to be able to reduce premiums, and the GOP left them in. There is no way your premium is going down from what they've done. So why would they do that? They're not trying to solve a problem. They're creating a problem that will create more problems because you will turn to them and say, "You've got to help me." Oh, they're helping you, but they're helping themselves first.

No one is going to solve this problem. There is no white knight. There is no one that's going to come and save you. There's no cavalry. There's no SEAL Team 6 coming for you. There's no S.W.A.T. team. And let me tell you something: It's an un-American idea to hope for that. It goes against everything we ar, to hope for someone to ride in and save you. That's not what the American dream was.

Anybody have any doubt that Elon Musk will go to Mars? I don't. And it may not be him, but it will come out of his work. We will put private people on Mars because of Elon Musk. Why? Because he's not waiting around for somebody else.

The Enigma machine, great movie about what's his name over in England that broke the Enigma code --- Turing, great story. Except England and Turing had an Enigma machine. They knew what it was. The United States didn't have one. We didn't have the Enigma machine. England shared zero information with us on the Enigma machine. We just had two Americans who read the code and went, "Crap, this is hard." We solved it without the Enigma machine, without any information. We solved it in half the time. Why? Because we weren't waiting for somebody else to do it.

George Washington Carver goes out, he's trying to put fertilizer back into his soil, trying to find some way to replenish the soil. He figures it out, plant peanuts. Great! We plant peanuts. Now, what the hell are we going to do with all these peanuts?He's walking at night in his field, and he says a voice said to him basically the answer is in your problem. "But my problem is peanuts." The answer is in your problem. He came up with 300 products in his problem. What is the one thing that if you're ever told, hey, these people are really hungry, they're homeless. What is the most nutritious thing you can buy for them that people will eat that has all kinds of nutrients in it? Peanut butter. That was some man's problem.

The Americans are faced with a problem, and somebody in the private sector fixes it, someone finds a way around all of the "no's." And they finally get to a "yes."

How many times was J.K. Rowling told no? How many times was Dr. Seuss told no? They were only told "yes" once, only once. "This is trash. Nobody is going to read this."

For years, I was told, you can't do talk radio. (And I kind of know that I can't., and that's kind of the point.) You can't do that. That won't work. I was on television: That's not going to work. It sure seemed to.

Everybody is going to tell you "no." Everybody is going to throw an obstacle. One thing that we have forgotten as Americans is endurance. Bring it on, world! Bring it on! We have to get to a place to where we almost look up at the sky shaking our fist, "Is that the best you can do!" He helps those who help themselves.

Nobody is coming to us to save us, gang. Don't look for an answer in Washington. Look for it in yourself. Find the way to hack your world.

We can do that together. Together, we'll change the world. And you'll be more powerful than you can even imagine.

Enjoy the complimentary clip or read the transcript for details.

GLENN: Cheryl McMurray wrote: I've listened to you, Glenn, for at least six or seven years. The problem is I became so scared and so hopeless, I didn't know what to do. I still don't.

I kept track of the predictions that you made. They keep coming true over and over again. I appreciate the fact that you tell us the truth. I just don't know how much more I can handle.

I know. And that's exactly what people who want power are waiting for. For you to say, I don't have any hope. Just let them.

That's how freedom is lost. Freedom -- the way free people lose their freedom is they first lose hope.

See, let me tell you some really -- let me tell you some really hard news, knowing that there's good news on the other end of it. But here's the truth that no one will tell you: We keep waiting for somebody to save us on health care or whatever it is. Oh, the president is going to save us. The next president will fix this. Well, once we get Congress! The Democrats are saying, when we get Congress back, when we get a president back, we'll be able to fix this.

No one is coming to save you. There is no one that is going to solve this health care problem for you. They don't -- I don't believe that most of them even understand the problem, let alone the solve the problem.

I sat in a room yesterday full of Hollywood liberals. And they said -- we were getting ready to leave. And one of them said, I just have to ask you, what is your opinion on the health care thing, what is happening?

And I said: We don't have anybody in Washington who actually cares about helping people. They're all getting rich, through all kinds of backdoor deals. They're getting their health care, but nobody cares, on either side. If they really cared, all we had to do was say, "Okay. Where are the people really suffering? Let's make sure they're on Medicaid. Let's make sure they're on Medicare. You need to expand that for this group of people, fine. Let's find a way to help the people at need."

Now people are suffering all over the country because the health care insurance is going through the roof. The premiums. Why is that happening? It's easy. It's easy.

Are they solving that? No. In fact, those were the two things that they needed to take out of this health care bill, to be able to reduce premiums, and the G.O.P. left them in. There is no way your premium is going down from what they've done. So why would they do that?

They're not trying to solve a problem. They're creating a problem that will give them more problem because you will turn to them and say, "You've got to help me." Oh, they're helping you. But they're helping themselves first.

No one is going to solve this problem. There is no white knight. There is no one that's going to come and save you. There's no cavalry. There's no SEAL team six coming for you. There's no S.W.A.T. team. And let me tell you something: It's an un-American idea to hope for that.

It goes against everything we are, to hope for someone to ride in and save you. That's not what the American dream was. Anybody have any doubt that Elon Musk will go to Mars? I don't. And it may not be him, but it will come out of his work. We will put private people on Mars because of Elon Musk.

Why? Because he's not waiting around for somebody else. The Enigma machine, great movie about what's his name over in England that broke the Enigma code. Turing. Great story. Except England and Turing had an Enigma machine. They knew what it was. The United States didn't have one. We didn't have the Enigma machine. England shared zero information with us on the Enigma machine. We just had two Americans who read the code and went, "Crap, this is hard."

We solved it without the Enigma machine, without any information. We solved it in half the time. Why?

Because we weren't waiting for somebody else to do it. George Washington Carver goes out. He's trying to put soil -- put fertilizer back into his soil. Trying to find some way to replenish the soil. He figures it out. Plant peanuts. Great. We plant peanuts. Now, what the hell are we going to do with all these peanuts?

He's walking at night in his field. And he says a voice said to him basically the answer is in your problem. But my problem is peanuts. The answer is in your problem.

He came up with 300 products in his problem. He solved -- what is the one thing that if you're ever told, hey, you got to -- these people are really hungry. They're homeless. What is the most nutritious thing you can buy for them that people will eat that has all kinds of nutrients in it? Peanut butter. That was some man's problem.

The Americans are faced with a problem, and somebody in the private sector fixes it. Someone finds a way around all of the no's. And they finally get to a yes.

How many times was J.K. Rowling told no? How many times was Dr. Seuss told no? They were only told yes once. Only told once. "This is trash. Nobody is going to read this."

For years, I was told, you can't do talk radio. And I kind of know that I can't. And that's kind of the point.

You can't do that. That won't work.

I was on television: That's not going to work.

It seemed to. Everybody is going to tell you no. Everybody is going to throw an obstacle. One thing that we have forgotten as Americans is endurance. Bring it on, world! Bring it on!

We have to get to a place to where we almost look up at the sky shaking our fist, "Is that the best you can do!"

He helps those who help themselves. Nobody is coming to us to save us, gang. Don't look for an answer in Washington. Look for it in yourself. Find the way to hack your world.

And we can do that together. And together, we'll change the world. And you'll be more powerful than you can even imagine.

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