THIS is why Martin Luther King, Jr. won in the end

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What was the civil rights movement about with Martin Luther King? It was about honor. It was about people who stood and they knew, they knew that it was going to be tough for them. They knew. They knew that they would be thrown in jail. Not for anything that they had done but just for standing up.

There are tough times coming. I hope nobody's thrown in jail, but I could see a time. But we have to be people who are nonviolent. We have to be those people because that's who we are. But they are painting us into something that we're not. So we need to go the extra step, and I don't think the extra step is to convince anybody because the media is going to do whatever they want.

This is for us.

As I read what Martin Luther King had people take, the pledge of nonviolence and the five principles of nonviolence, what he was doing was not sending a statement to the press that we're not violent. That wasn't the only goal there. The bigger goal, I believe, was to ingrain these thoughts and these principles into people because when it gets hard, you have to have a rock-solid foundation, something that you really, truly understand in your gut. Something that you know. It's like Ben Sherwood says, you know, those who survive are the ones who have looked out at the plane and said if this thing did catch on fire, how the heck would I get out of here?

You've made a plan. You've already war-gamed it in your head. That's what I think the pledge of nonviolence and the five principles of nonviolence was. So I've put them up temporarily now on my website, but I want you to read them and I want you to ponder them. And I'm going to ask you to do what Martin Luther King did with his people and that was sign your name to it. Sign your name to it.

Here it is. The Pledge of Nonviolence. As you prepare to march, meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus. If it's Buddha, it's Buddha. If it's Moses, it's Moses. But meditate. Understand the peace that these people brought. Understand. Jesus, he's my guy. Your guy might be different.

Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation, not victory. What does that mean? I don't need to be right. Quite honestly I don't want to be right. I want justice. What I want is I want Timothy Geithner to pay his damn taxes because I have to. I want Charlie Rangel to pay his taxes because I have to. I want Goldman Sachs to stand on their own two feet because I have to. I want to help people because I want to. Because it's the right thing to do. I want the government to stop enslaving people. I want the government to stop spreading justice because their justice is never equal. That's not victory. That's justice.

Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation, not victory.

Number three is walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love. This one's going to be hard. It is going to be hard, but we have to discipline ourself. That doesn't mean we stop talking truth. We just make sure that we don't become bitter or angry. Bitter and angry. Think of Darth Vader: Yes, yes, feed your anger. No, don't. Walk and talk in the manner of love.

Number four is pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free. Pray. You're here for a reason, I know it. We all are. And we are a special group of people. We were not only born at this time think of the millions of years that you could have been born. Think of all of the time on this planet that you could have come here at this, and you come now at this time. You could have been born in the Dark Ages. You could have been born you could have been born quite honestly in 1900. But you were born now, at this time, to be alive for this purpose. What is it? You were here to stand, that others may be free.

Number five, sacrifice personal wishes that all may be free. So in other words, I want to be left alone. I want to go back and just have fun again. I want to do fun shows and funny shows and I want to live my life. I want to raise my kids. I want a nice car. I want a nice vacation. It's not about that now. It can't be. We have to change. We have to be willing to sacrifice personally. It means that you may lose your house. It may mean that whatever it is that you don't first entrap yourself into the slavery of this government. You don't take the handouts. Don't enslave yourself.

Number six, observe with friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy. This is what they are trying to do. They are trying to push you. They are trying to. Don't. Now, why was that one important? Why was that one important for Martin Luther King and why is that important now? Why did the march to Selma happen? Why did they march to Birmingham? Capital, yes, but it's a 57 mile trek. They marched to Birmingham. They knew that there would be losers on the way. They knew that something would happen.

See, Martin Luther King, his whole point was "I trust the American people. If they see racism, they will reject it." I still believe that and so do those in power. That's why they play that racism card. But you have to show it to them. You have to be that person. If you are always quiet and silent, if you are the crowd that we've had each time at the American Revival, 8,000 people somebody is hurt, we break out spontaneously into "Amazing Grace"? There's no way to paint that any other way. If they cover it, it would be covered as an amazing thing and people would say, wow, I want to be a part of that.

The protestors outside are the ugly ones and those are the ones that America says, I don't want anything to do with those people. It's ugly and dark. It's evil that is going on. Americans are not like that. Why do you think they keep saying this is a civil rights movement?

They need dogs and fire hoses. They need violence. They need racists.

They need dogs and fire hoses. They need violence. They need racists. That's why they keep saying you're a racist. It's akin to the civil rights movement. These are civil rights, and they're using all of the images of the civil rights movement, except they don't have they are not on the wrong they are not on the right side. They are not right on the right side.

Why do you think Nancy Pelosi went into that crowd? That was Selma! That was the march to Birmingham. They just didn't want to walk 57 miles. They go into what they think are a bunch of hating racists. They stir the pot, they anger them, they get them going and then all of the old leaders of the civil rights movement that were in that march, they lock arm in arm just the way Martin Luther King did and they recreate that march through the sea of haters, racists. When you didn't respond that way, they didn't know what to do. They just had to make it up, look at the racists. You are not. The louder they get, the quieter you must become.

Number seven, perform regular service for others in the world.

Number eight, refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.

Number nine, strive and be good spiritual and bodily health. My wife loves that one.

Number ten, follow the directions of the movement leaders and the captains on the demonstrations. That one doesn't make any sense because there are no leaders at this point.

Listen. I want you to accept the challenge to take the pledge today. You should also review the five principles of nonviolence. Please print them out, live these things, become those people. We already are those people. Cement yourself in those things, those teachings, those ideas and sign the pledge today.

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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