Skip to comments.Glenn gives rousing Civil Rights speech outside the Capitol
Posted on 06/19/2013 2:33:54 PM PDT by Lucky9teen
Glenn returned to D.C. on Wednesday to give his first speech at a Tea Party event at the Capitol since Restoring Honor. Thousands showed up for the Tea Party Patriots Audit the IRS event that coincided with the press conference, featuring Reps Bachmann, Gohmert, and King, to block any immigration legislation from passing through the House.
The Audit the IRS event kicked off at 12pm ET, following the press conference on immigration. Glenn joined conservatives leaders like Dana Loesch, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, and many others to speak at the event. While most focused on the issue of the IRS audits targeting conservative and religious groups Glenn took on the fundamental basis of the issue: Civil Rights.
With the Black Robed Regiment at his side, Glenn tackled issues of equal rights, faith, and leadership in front of the large Tea Party crowd. He noted that a statue of Fredrick Douglas has just been dedicated just a few steps from where they were standing, inside the Capitol.
A man born into slavery, but who knew instinctively that he was not born a slave, Glenn said to start his speech. No man is.
Glenn highlighted that all Civil Rights movements boil down to one thing: Mans quest and desire for power.
Someone has always been on the losing end of the stick of power, he said. Blacks are the most obvious, the Chinese, the Native Americans but lets not forget the Irish, the Catholics, the Mormons, the Jews, and now it seems all those of faith that will not conform.
But for those that believe the solution lies in putting the collective ahead of the individual, Glenn issued a stern warning
For those that think men make progress collectively, I warn you, history teachers: You couldnt be more wrong.
We are redeemed one man at a time, he continued. There is no family pass ticket or park hopping pass to life. One ticket one at a time. man doesnt vanquish hatred or bigotry. the target keeps moving. From the blacks to the Irish; atheists to Christians. But as always there are a few leaders: Ben Franklin, John Quincy Adams, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, Booker T Washington, Ghandi and Martin Luther King.
They know that the march toward freedom never ends, man must be ever vigilant and pray less with his lips and more with his legs.
Glenn closed his speech by reminding the crowd that if theyve been looking for a leader, and they havent been able to find one, it might be because theyre the leader theyre looking for. And its time to take a stand.
Let us, today, raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
See Glenns complete remarks below:
To keep a man a slave you do much the same as the cruel circus masters did to the elephant around the turn of last century. Clamp heavy chains around their legs and stake them to the ground. Then beat and terrorize them. After a while you no longer even have to stake the chain; the elephant gives up and just the mere rattle of the chain convinces the elephant there is no hope, so they give up and do what ever it is the circus requires.
Fredrick Douglas was lucky enough to live in a house where he was taught to read, write and think. He knew God did not make men masters over others. Nor did he ever intend any man to impose unrighteous dominion over another man or beast. It is time we remind ourselves of this truth again, and begin to rise up against the intimidation before the handful of peanuts from our new political circus masters is considered a kindness and not the symbol of evil cruelty.
In the building behind me, they are now excusing storing all data, phone calls, financial transactions, geotracking on every American for our safety, while allowing anyone to cross our borders either on foot or in underground tunnels without any worry or consequence.
They have not suspended or fired butpromoted those at the IRS who rattled the chains of control to any group that disagreed with their policies. And now, after pushing misery and death through the so-called Arab Spring in country after country, they are plotting a new war with Syria. This will bring death and destruction the world over. We are told that we need to pick sides and arm those who are so far down the scale of decency that even Vladimir Putin asked Americans if they knew that those we are arming have literallyeaten their enemies on the battlefield.
The fact that he even needed to ask that question, and that most have never even seen the video of the commander of the rebel troops on TV engaging in this ungodly horror, is an indictment of our government officials and our media. I am surrounded today by some modern-day spiritual giants. All from different faiths, different backgrounds and many different views. But we all have one thing in common. We dont recognize our country anymore and because we know that God is just, we tremble for our childrens future.
We wonder, are we even worth defending anymore? If so, why? Who are we? And will we even notice or care when the chain is finally snapped around our legs?
What will be written about us? The greatest generation has passed. We who are historians will watch.
Will it be said that none called for justice not one pleaded for truth? They trusted in vanity and spoke lies. They conceived mischief and brought forth iniquity.
What is it we even believe as a people anymore? Where did we get these ideas that now seem so popular? Our forbears came to these shores not for free stuff, but for freedom. The chance to make their own way, create a different life. They came here because they knew that God made them free to make their own way in life, take the risk, do their best and take responsibility for their own lives.
They came here because they wanted to serve Him in the way they believed, not as they were told.
But how many care about our history? And, of those who do care, how many really still believe?
Some things are worth believing in. That the little guy can make it. Every single life has value and is worth living. That honor and integrity do matter. That justice will prevail if not in this life then the next, and that God does exist. And what we do in our lives matters.
It is the meek and the humble that inherit the earth. Have we forgotten?
We have declared ourselves masters of the earth spread our troops all over the world, taught the world how to do banking like we do it here in America. Even though we cant even master ourown homes, protect our neighborhoods, or simply balance a check book. How grotesque and garish we must appear to those looking in.
I, for one, still believe in the silly notion of truth, justice and the American way.
Since our founding, a good percentage of our fellow citizens closed their eyes to the civil rights of all Americans. Im okay. I dont want to think of the bad things going on. I am busy. It doesnt affect me. It cant be that bad and even if it is, I am just one person and what can I do about it anyway?
Nothing has changed, except the chairs at the table.
Someone has always been on the losing end of the stick of power. Blacks are the most obvious, the Chinese, the Native Americans, but lets not forget the Irish, the Catholics, the Mormons, the Jews, and now it seems all those of faith that will not conform.
For those that think men make progress collectively: I warn you, history teaches that you couldnt be more wrong. We are redeemed one man at a time. There is no family pass ticket or park hopping pass to life. One ticket, one life at a time. Man doesnt vanquish hatred or bigotry. The target keeps moving. From the blacks to the Irish. Atheists to Christians. But as always, there are a few leaders: Ben Franklin, John Quincy Adams, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Gandhi and Martin Luther King. They know that the march toward freedom never ends; man must be ever-vigilant and pray less with his lips and more with his legs.
They never forget that truth, justice, and freedom are the wellspring from which the waters of mans civil rights come. And so they must be upheld for all men those you know, those you do not, and maybe more importantly they must be upheld for those who you do know but do not like or agree with at all.
If they are lost for one, in the end they are lost for all.
In the past, these historic stands which we now call civil rights movements were done by a small but dedicated portion of our citizens which led to great shifts in our culture. But those movements always came from the same institutions the church. And usually not the church with the popular preacher, but the one who put it on the line to tell the people the truth.
Preachers like these men, who know that we are all born free, but that freedom comes at a great price a profound responsibility to stand against injustice, hatred and bigotry. Our pulpits have gone quiet out of arrogance, fear and apathy. Their faith is found in the wisdom of man and not in the power of God. For some, losing tithing checks or the gold Rolex watch has become more important than losing mans freedom.
Whatever the reason, too many are no longer willing to call evil by its name. There is no vision. And when there is no vision, the people perish.
I humbly suggest to you that Martin Luther King knew the answer, and he lost more than congregants during his long march. Students are taught that his vision came from the ideas of Gandhi. Maybe a new radical 20th century progressive philospher was the one that taught MLK that although we be free of all men, when we choose to make ourselves servants to all, we gain the more.
Lets get a couple of things straight. What MLK and Gandhi did was not progressive or new. It was an ancient idea. Hollywood, Woodstock, nor the hippie culture was the source of power of the 1960s freedom movement. God was.
He was leading those who risked their lives over that bridge in Selma, not Janice Joplin, Columbia University, or a labor union. It wasnt John Lennon that taught people about love and peaceful resistance that job fell on the shoulders of a Jewish carpenter. And it is there that we will find the answers that will break the chains that are being forged for a new generation of slaves.
The rights that so many Americans ignorantly preach about so often are not really their rights. They belong to God and they are given to us for stewardship. They are pretty important and obvious. So obvious that we used to say they were self-evident, meaning that humans dont need to be taught; you instinctively know that you have a right not to be executed without a trial, held without charge, searched without warrant or spied upon without cause.
The government is no longer the protector of those civil rights, and so we must be. When we are told that it is okay for the IRS, EPA, ATF, FBI or anyone to hassle, threaten or intimidate others because of their skin color, religion or political belief, we stop being the country that we all want to build, and start being the country the world should fear.
The long train of abuses regarding these rights are the same MLK marched against, and the very same our dusty founders warned us about losing.
Men may make progress, but man never changes. Man loves power and money. No matter the skin color, religion or income level. These symbols of our nation make men drunk with power, who then justify their lust for more by claiming they are public servants. The only difference between Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. is that at least Vegas has the decency to admit the town is full of hookers and crooks.
We must sober up and admit that too many of the Republicans and the Democrats have played us, lied to us and stolen from us, while the getaway car was driven by the media. A media that can no longer claim with a straight face the role of journalist. Journalists print the things the powerful dont want printed. What they do is public relations. Those PR firms will not print the truth about the average American who finds himself concerned with the direction of our country today. So we must. We are not violent. We are not racist. We are not anti immigrant. We are not anti-government. And we will not be silent anymore.
Those who wish to use unrighteous dominion over mankind are not enemies of ours; they are enemies of God, and He will not be silent much longer either.
We will no longer accept the lies, the corruption, or the information and data gathering. It is evil. And we come here today to send a message that we will surround all of those who wish to stand and break the cycle of corruption. We will use ourselves as shields to protect those in the system, the elected officials or whistle blowers with the courage to stand. We come here today to respectfully, but with the power of the spirit, demand to be treated as an equal member of society. I am a man, and I will be treated as such. I answer to only one king and His kingdom will come, His will be done. We have chosen sides and we choose God. America as a nation must do the same, as well.
We come today to declare our independence, to reaffirm our founding principles. We, as a nation, acknowledge a creator. We acknowledge that he gives certain natural, guaranteed rights to man. We declare that government exists primarily to protect these natural, God-given rights. He has established right and wrong. He is just and therefore, man must pay for his mistakes either now on Earth, or through Gods justice later.
There is no such thing as social justice. Only God can balance things out, and we are not God. But honest and decent men can fight for and establish equal justice.
There is no such thing as collective salvation. We, however, are going to be judged on how we treat our fellow brothers and sisters. Thus we must serve them, help them with charity toward all. Malice toward none, Lincoln said. God said it slightly differently vengeance is mine.
Anyone who speaks of punishing their political enemies in on the wrong side. It is clearly evil and we have a responsibility to say so.
America: it is now your time to rise up and boldly declare those same self-evident truths that changed the world, and demand that those truths remain the basis of our laws.
My civil rights will not be trampled, and I say this not for me but for my children, and all those who yearn to breathe free. Those who make your Apple products at Foxxcon, those who languish in prisons in Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela. Those homosexuals who are stoned to death in the streets of Egypt or Iran, while our so-called civil rights leaders hold coffee klatches with third graders in the White House.
We will stand not for our job, house or income, but we will stand for those immigrants who came here the right way, and not have their dreams destroyed by increasing competition at the lowest rung of the ladder while keeping the brightest and best minds out of the visa pool allowing for little competition at the top.
We will not pervert womens rights and twist it into a gross silent defense of abortion doctors in Philly and Houston while turning our eyes from the forgotten women who have never had the civil right to walk alone on a street without a man, or to drive a car in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, and even those who now cower in fear with their faces covered in states like Florida, Virginia, New York and Minnesota.
We will not waste another second shadow boxing the demons of the past when the fight to end actual slavery is still happening today. Call it what you will, but those who make your iPad in China those who make your cute little Mao purses are the very people you claim to care so much about. They are the ones yearning to breathe free. And worse, there is the oldest form of human degradation man has ever known, the sex slave trade that currently has in its coils over 2 million children. The biggest source of this evil is a wide open hole in our Arizona border.
We beg the American people to wake up and help the 8-year-old children being sold into sex slavery. The press may say, How dare these men declare themselves the next Martin Luther King or civil rights leaders?
How blind to believe the civil rights movement ever ended. The civil rights movement never ends, and it never will. It has been marching since the beginning of time. Where Martin Luther King started is where Gandhi left off, and where he started, Abe Lincoln left off, and before that Whitfield all the way back to Moses. God has not moved. We have. But it is never too late. We are not at the mercy of these events. We can alter the course of history. We can stand against the dangerous arc of this story.
But we need people who are willing to speak truth.
The last century was a century of genocide. A century where collectivist, national socialist, and communist evil rose up again and again swallowing up the lives of millions. It happens every time man says the collective is more important than the right of the individual. That one phrase becomes in the end every time a license to kill anyone deemed to be standing in the way of progress.
But evil met its match. Goodness eventually prevailed. People like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lech Walesa and Mother Theresa awoke the world. They gave their lives to the pursuit of human rights. They took the side of justice against injustice; they held aloft the torch of freedom to push out the darkness of hate. These men and women lived difficult lives. They often lived shortened lives. They were often born to relative privilege, but willing to take on suffering. They did want not to martyr themselves. They would have happily lived to the end of their natural lives in comfort but to the righteous, there is no comfort when evil has taken root.
But the cause of human rights has been taken over by organizations who share little with the individuals who led the movement. Human rights was once a cry for justice. Now it used as a threat. These organizations have become bullies and grotesque parodies of the principles they pretend to represent. They criticize free nations and spare the unfree. They denounce nations like Israel and America, who have high standards for freedom, and leave alone nations that have no freedom at all. They are nearly comical in their double-standards.
They are no more than the enforcers or the attack dogs of those who wish to keep men confined in spaces they design. Whatever moral force they once had is spent. Their time is up. And so, we dismiss them. Today we take back the phrase human rights and place it where it belongs, as the first half of Gods plan for humanity. The second half is responsibility. If we want to be endowed with rights real human rights, we have to act with responsibility. We must not be comfortable with rights. We must be comfortable with responsibility.
Who will protect your rights better? A king, president or you?
Who will protect the truth? A reporter, a labor union or you?
Who will protect and teach your children to seek truth? A textbook committee, an education bureaucrat, or you?
Did a commission of wise men stop the Holocaust? Did a committee of Congress end Jim Crow?
No. In each case, the work was done by individuals who would not abide convenient lies.
They saw injustice and they called it out. They saw their nation wage war against a single group and they said not in my name. They didnt wait for the conventions of society to catch up to Gods laws. They pushed. They pressed. And they were victorious.
Each of us have been waiting for a leader to rise from among us. And none have. How many have been called and refused to serve? How many must have failed to heed the call for the Lord to make it all the way down to us?
I pray now that those who have heard the call to rise up in the tradition of peaceful resistance do so now before, as it was with Bonhoeffer, it is too late. I beg those with eyes and ears to heed the call and begin to train under the exact system used by MLK. Search his words out. You will find that your history professors and civil rights activists left out the real author of the words of Gandhi, King and Bonhoeffer.
Read them, ponder them, and risk living them. Even though they will make you a target of the NSA, having your name on their list as an enemy may in the end be the way your name is forever etched in his book of life.
Pastors, priests and rabbis: I challenge you. What have you done with your knowledge and priesthood power that those without have not done this week? If you cannot answer that with power every day, what does that say about you?
Average citizens and college students: I challenge you. Martin Luther King didnt take a class, get a certificate and a bunch of permits. He saw injustice, studied eternal truths, exercised discipline and marched. If you dont find a leader, perhaps it is because you were meant to lead.
Christians: I believe in the free market. If your preacher is too afraid to preach it from the pulpit, maybe you should preach it from the street corner. Many are called. Will you answer?
Our spiritual body is out of shape and we need intensive training right now.
Get back to God, and know that some things are true and worth believing in. The good guysdo win in the end. Evil does not stand unless good men never rise up. The time is now and we are the people the world is waiting for. We must never stop being the shore that others can come to for shelter and hope.
But to do so we must realign ourselves with truth and rise up and stand. This is the vision. We must preach good tidings to the meek, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to those held captive. To declare vengeance belongs to God and God alone. We must give unto those who mourn beauty for ashes and water the trees of righteousness. We shall not perish. I cant help that most of us dont like to hear the truth, but hear it we must: George Washington told us religion and morality are the only stable and lasting basis of individual life and public policy. If we are to survive, they must be part of our public policy rather than driven from it.
It is no longer enough to just be a good person. We must work to be the next Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King. It is noble to strive to be the size of the bronze giant they dedicated this morning in the building behind me. Fredrick Douglas time was in the 1800; Kings time has passed. This is our time. This is the next long march toward civil rights and we shall overcome.
Stand without fear, lock arms and stare down the bullies that wish to enslave mankind yet again. Honor, courage and love are what is required, and they are contagious. Spread the word and proclaim liberty throughout the land.
Let us, today, raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
Can’t stand Beck after he “came out” for counterfeit “marriage.” Sorry, but if you surrender on this issue, you’re apt to surrender all conservatism.
It was a good speech.
The hippies and Janice Joplin did not drive the civil rights movement.
Do you mean Frederick Douglass?
I thought it was amazing! Loved every second!
We are redeemed one man at a time.
counterfeit marriage? please explain...
same-sex “marriage.” Beck is for it.
Ping for your enjoyment!
Are you kidding or just stupid?
Glenn agreed with Penn, noting that gay marriage does not pick my pocket nor break my leg and he doesnt feel like the government needed to be involved. He said that as long as the government doesnt come into his church and say he or his church (or any church) need to change their belief system and their practices, he doesnt care. But right now, people of faith who may not want gay marriage in their church are being shut out of the conversation by activists and progressives.
The agenda is to shut down my freedom of speech and my belief in what you dont believe in but I do deeply The Bible. So Im going to live my life the way I believe. Thats freedom of conscience, Glenn said.
While I may disagree with Becks stance on gay marriage and for whatever reasons he seems to be ok with it, that alone, does not make me think he’s a terrible person and want to shun him. I’m more open minded I suppose, than to think someone should agree with me and my beliefs 100% before I’ll support them or think of them highly.
Are you just stupid?
Look it up for yourself. Beck is an idiot.
Glenn’s utter blindness about the ultimate goal of the homosexual agenda disqualifies him as a leader for any conservative movement.
I did look it up. Glenn Beck can be described as agnostic on the subject of gay marriage. This is mostly based on an interview he had with Penn Jillette.
It’s pretty compelling to think of it from a libertarian viewpoint, and I’ve thought up a likely scenario as same-sex marriage gets more and more traction in the states: The states are going to wash their hands entirely of the institution of marriage. State-recognized marriage will be dead within a decade of 50% of the states adopting same-sex marriage.
If you don't oppose the redefinition of marriage, you are complicit in it, and all of the ills it will bring.
Like I said, Government-recognized marriage will not stand for much longer. And a lot of churches will find it a bit of a relief having the government out of this business. It’s not a question of taking sides, and I gave up giving a carp what Beck thinks about a wide variety of topics a long time ago.
Whatever happened to the bombshell he was set to announce?
I still like and follow Glenn Beck and his Blaze TV. But you are right. However, others Like Rush, Hannity and even Levin are no better as they refuse to call out Rubio. Hannity even supports Immigration reform and got into it with Ann Coulter.
Still on the subject of Gay Marriage and Glenn Beck, S.E. Cupp must have brainwashed him.
Glenn Beck can be a hard nut to crack. As Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch notes, the self-described libertarian sometimes seems to support gay marriage, since he thinks its none of the governments business who gets married and that equal marriage is a generally pro-freedom move. Other times, Beck thinks the gay rights movement wants to shut down my freedom of speech and my belief in what you dont believe in but I do deeply the Bible, which is, you know, paranoid and weird.
So, in the spirit of Beck being such a complicated guy, lets try to guess how he feels about gay marriage based on this rambling monologue on freedom and winning
So, who enforces marriage?
When a husband walks away from his wife and children, taking the bank account and most everything of value, who does anything about it? No one?
Can the Church? No.
Can the wife? Well, maybe if she has a bigger gun, or can hire a goon. Then, what do we have? Barbarism. Anarchy.
And if you're not conservative, what are you?
Some dooshbags misunderstood what Beck was saying to start one of his shows. There was no announcement. Period. He spoke too much though about a whistle blower he knew about and people thought he would make a revelation about him the next day because they misunderstand his statement and the following sentences. He was talking about a attempt by the GOP to challenge Boehner on Amnesty and other measures because Boehner is a democrat. That was the revelation he was discussing.
He said he would announce something with in 24 hours and that was not about the whistle blower. He said he didn’t even know the guy well as that guy talked to someone else, but one of his documents could bring down the country. Then he let it go because he said too much. Then he said he had a revelation. It was not about the whistle blower. He was talking about a attempt by the GOP to challenge Boehner on Amnesty and other measures because Boehner is a democrat. The next day that was all he talked about on the show.
I can still listen to Glenn beck even if I disagree with him on gay marriage.
That certainly is the direction things are going. Consider justice in general. Justice today only belongs to whomever holds the monopoly on violence. George Zimmerman is being railroaded on a Murder charge in FLA because the blacks will riot if he walks. So, in your example, eventually the bigger gun will determine the outcome.
There will eventually be marriage-like, state-enforced contracts, but they won't be called marriages, and probably won't be performed in churches. If someone chooses to have a church wedding, they can but it won't be seamless with the state's ability to control contract law.
The big announcement was that 70 rebel republicans caused Tammy Faye Boehner to cave on immigration (successfully so far...we’ll see).
BTW...the morning after the announcement he called people like you dopes.
Thank you for clarifying - very helpful. I have nothing against Beck. I actually like his show, but I never get to watch it due to my schedule.
It was about the 70 members of the House, who signed on and pledged to hold the line to stop Boehner and the House from putting forward an Immigration bill in any form...basically forcing Boehner to follow the Hastert rule. Because they all realize (and know), like we do, that any bill the House puts forward, will be scrapped for the one the Senate puts out, and the Senate bill will be the one voted IN. And then we’ll all get AMNESTY.
It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but in the grand scheme of things, if that bill gets in....we are literally truly doomed as a country. So finding 70 in the House to hold the line and fight back, is a great thing
The only thing I have against him is how he treated Ron Paul during the primaries.