GLENN: We've got a great article coming on the nanny state called The Coming Nanny State. It explains how the Government is stripping us of all of our personal freedoms, some of them out in the open, some of them in secret. Read about it in the March issue of my magazine, Fusion magazine. You can subscribe right now at GlennBeck.com or call 888-Glenn-Beck. I'm telling you we've all been worried about 1984. It's not 1984. It's a brave new world. We're all doped up, we're all watching American Idol. We're not paying attention and they're saying we'll take care of you and we're starting to be taken care of. We want to be taken care of. We've got to stop. We've got to stop. We've got to remember our roots. We've got to remember who we are. And we're good people. We're just amazing, amazing people and when we're allowed to be who we are, when we're allowed to live in a society that actually enforces its own laws, that doesn't select one group as more worthy over another, we prosper. We grow. We invent. We change the world. It's what we've done.
Why is America in the shape that it's in today? Why are we losing our lead in the world today? Because we no longer have the freedoms to be able to be who we are, to dream and create. Somebody's always there telling us, no, no, no, no, wait a minute, you better have a hardhat here; no, no, no, no, you better not do that; no, no, no, no, hang on, you don't have enough money because I need some of that because we need to move that own over here to somebody else who needs it more than you do because you're rich.
When did we become this country? You know, I went out. Doctor told me to be on bed rest, right? Last week. I couldn't cancel a fundraiser I was going to do. I just couldn't do it. There was a family that I had met a couple of times, the Clark family. They've got four boys in wheelchairs. They had a daughter who died of a stomach illness, a rare stomach disease. Dad can't really work because dad's also got a disease. The boys are in wheelchairs because they have muscular dystrophy. Mom is the sole breadwinner. First time I went over to meet this family -- actually I didn't even go to meet them. I was with somebody and I saw this woman getting her mail and the guy who was driving the car, a tear ran down his cheek and I said, what's happening? Are you all right? He said, yeah, I'd love to introduce you to this person but I don't want to waste your time. I said, turn the car around. I had no idea of the story.
Go into the house, she was very upset because the house, she said was a mess. It wasn't. But there are the boys all in wheelchairs, all have muscular dystrophy. Mom will outlive every single member of her family, and it was the happiest place I've ever been. It was the most cheerful place I've ever been.
I went back six, eight months later, one of the boys had broken his jaw. He had fallen out of the wheelchair at a doctor's appointment, broken his jaw, had a trach. They had a hospital bed right there in the living room, all the wheelchairs, all the wheelchairs were around and everybody was laughing. Everybody was having a good time. It was a happy place. I got on the plane and I thought, I've got to call Ty Pennington. I see him, he uses the studio right next to mine once in a while; I've got to talk to Ty Pennington. Then I realized, why am I waiting for Ty Pennington? That's not what Americans do. They just do it themselves. I have the ability to help.
And so I put on a benefit. We raised $100,000 on Friday. Here's the amazing part. Raised $100,000. We sold out of an arena. I did a 90-minute show. The audience was just so great. Right before I walked on stage, my phone rings. I get two phone culls. First one is from Jon Huntsman who you met last week who is currently giving all of his money away, who is the guy who told me one time in an elevator, Glenn, you can't care just about cancer; you've got to care about homelessness, you have to care about battered women, you have to care about children, you have to care about it all. You have to care about the condition of man. You can't just pick one cause.
So I'm at the venue, I'm getting ready to go on stage and my phone rings and it's Jon Huntsman. He said, Glenn, how much are you raising tonight? I said, about $100,000. He said, I want you to do me a favor. I want you to tell that family that there are people all over the country that care about them and they're never to ever feel alone. Also tell them I'm sending them a check for $100,000 I'm going to match.
I hung up the phone. I was stunned. I never asked Jon Huntsman to help. I didn't tell Jon Huntsman about the family. He knew I was going to do a fundraiser. That's all he knew. I hang up the phone. My phone rings. Five minutes later, I'm five minutes away from going on the stage. My phone rings five minutes later. It's a wild man on the other end: Dude, why didn't you call me? Hello? Why didn't you call me? I'm watching your show. You're not on. They say that you are doing this fundraiser. I saw this piece. These boys, they all, they have muscular dystrophy, they are in wheelchairs, they love to go hunting. That's my deal! He said, you tell them that the -- and he said, they can't even squeeze the trigger anymore. He said, that's what I do, man, you should have called me. I saw that. My heart broke. I'm going to take them, I don't care if they want to go lion hunting, I'm going to take all of them lion hunting. You tell them Uncle Ted Nugent is taking them hunting on a hunting trip they'll never forget.
This is who we are. We're people who just heard about a family, went and took $20 and bought a ticket, where people who are a billionaire who heard about a family and wrote a check for $100,000. We're a guy who lives on the other side of the country who saw this family, met a woman who was just getting her mail, said I can do something, and I just went and did a stage show. Where a rock star that happened to be watching television who says, I can do my part, I'm going to take them hunting, I can enrich their life. That's who we are! We're not people that wait for the Government to do it. We're not the people who say, let's raise taxes, let's make sure these people are taken care of and then they become invisible to us. We're people that see it. We're people that notice. We're people that say, wow, I can do something.
I want a government that empowers me. I want a government that is so small that I've got to do it myself. I want a government that encourages us to look at each other as neighbors. What we have is a government right now that encourages us just to look at us. We have a government right now that just says go buy more stuff. Go out and spend your money. Go out and buy that TV. You know that new suit or dress or whatever it is that you wanted, the one thing that you've been dreaming about? Go buy that. Our government is encouraging us to look inside ourselves and find out what we want and then go out and buy it. Our government is encouraging us to think about nothing but us and when that happens, we destroy ourselves because the secret of life is never about us. The secret of happiness is never about us. Why do you think all these people in Hollywood are so unbelievably miserable? Because it's all about them. It always is about them. It's about the way they look, where they live, what's been written about them in the papers. True happiness. The true American way of life is never about the "I." It's always about the "We." And that's so appropriate because "We" really doesn't include the government, at least in the way that our founding fathers saw it. It was "We the people."