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Meeting America’s Challenges: With Faith, Hope and Common Sense

Given as a complete quote from Glenn’s fine series about America and the condition her condition is in. This article from the end of July is found at Glenn Beck – Current Events. Read the whole series of 3 articles. I relate to Glenn as a recovering addict, who went through more than the Twelve Step program, and has studied the US Constitution for the last 15 years from some of the same sources. Please check out the National Center for Constitutional Studies for more info, historical and with lots of reference to our Founding Fathers writings and speeches. There are many other good sources of study info to help us defend America, so let’s find and use the best sources, especially the inspirations and instructions God freely gives the humble of heart who need and seek His teaching and nurturing and even protection.

Glenn Beck
July 29, 2009 – 13:02 ET

Dear family and friends,

There is a line from the 1980’s movie, “The Abyss” going through my head lately. The movie takes place deep under the ocean on an underwater oil rig. The oil employees there have been joined by members of the military, because strange water-shaped aliens have appeared. The military personnel are concerned that what they’ve seen may come from the Russians. But one of the crew members aboard, tries to get the rest of the crew to view the miraculous form they’ve witnessed with, “better eyes than that.”

That’s what I’m hoping you will now do. Look at what’s going on today, with “better eyes” than you’ve ever used before, because it is more important now than ever before. We must view them without the eyes of democrats and republicans that most have unfortunately used for too long. Then we must question, as Thomas Jefferson said, with boldness. And accept the truth, no matter whether we disagree with it or its possibilities make us uncomfortable.

The last couple of days I’ve tried to outline some of the serious challenges we are facing. Today, I want to talk about what you and I can do about it. I know it may not seem like it at times, but I’ve actually been filled with hope and optimism recently.

As I have looked at the issues we face with “better eyes”, I honestly believe that I now understand what the problems are. As anyone who, like me, has been through a twelve step program will tell you, admitting that you have a problem is half the battle. Now, we just have to DO something about it. But that of course, leads to the inevitable question…what?

That’s an obvious question to ask. Another good question to ask yourself might be, why are no solutions even being discussed in the public forum? I feel there are a couple answers to that question. The first one is…many people don’t know how to identify the problem. Another one is fear. Too many people are afraid to suggest any solutions because they might be ridiculed or dismissed as an extremist. I’m way beyond the point of caring about any of that.

It’s taken an awful lot of research, piecing together the pieces of a giant puzzle, and quite honestly, prayer, to come to the conclusions I have. I have truly agonized over what to do for our country for years now. I’ve waited until now to put this down in writing because I didn’t want to provide any half-baked answers, but instead offer several different concrete courses of action from which you can choose.

You may also be wondering, ‘Glenn, what’s the big hurry all of a sudden, why does everything have to be done right now?’ Well, we are at a crossroads in our history right now. Either Barack Obama continues with his pledge to “fundamentally transform the United States of America”, as he promised in Missouri five days before the election, or we travel down the path back toward the trail blazed by our Founding Fathers. There can be no hesitation. Hugo Chavez proceeded with his transformation of Venezuela at a slower, more cautious pace than Obama’s first six months. In fact, on a live TV broadcast from Caracas on June 2nd of this year, Chavez quipped admiringly, “Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right.” Now, I’m sure that was funny to Chavez and Castro, but it certainly wasn’t funny to me; and I hope and pray, not to you. The clock is ticking on our opportunity to make a difference, but we still can!

First of all, over the next two days, I’ll be outlining the critical issues, over which, we MUST draw a line in the sand. I’ve pondered these things carefully and truly believe we have to win these battles I will share with you this week, to save our Republic. But I will also ask for your input. In the meantime, here are some vital first steps to take.

First, consult with trusted spiritual advisors for guidance. That could be a member of the clergy or a trusted, spiritual friend. Also, to me, and to most of our Founding Fathers by the way, this includes seeking the guidance of the Lord in prayer. I know, this is something that invites the ridicule of the mindless, godless spawns of hell (I say that with love, of course). Again, I couldn’t care less. If there was ever a time when we needed guidance from a Higher Power, it’s now. To you, that higher power may come in the form of a spoon…whatever, go with it. Unless the spoon is telling you to kill, cook and eat your neighbors, or in any way bring harm to others, then, obviously, that’s not a “higher power”, that’s A spoon. But we must have inspiration on our side for this struggle.

Second, now that you’re (hopefully) freshly armed with inspiration, read the news and study issues from multiple sources, with “better eyes.” You’ll see things clearer and be far less likely to be deceived.

Third, question everything. Yes, even from me. Mom used to tell me that I had a head on my shoulders for a reason…USE IT. And with so much information available today from SO MANY sources, there is a ton of bogus nonsense circulating. My credibility means everything to me right now, so before we put anything on the radio show, or Fox News, we check, double check, triple check and more, at times…and even WE, sometimes don’t get it right. But one thing we NEVER start with is mass email. Some of them are written so cleverly, and even cite news organization sources or mention that they’ve “checked” the information for accuracy. MOST of those stories aren’t true. There is so much truth to use in defense of our great nation right now, it seriously damages our cause when we fall prey to these Internet hoaxes. In other words, whether it’s a story on Fox News or something from your best friend, trust, but verify.

And the fourth thing I’d like to get across today is, remember your traditions and heritage. One of the most shocking things said during the course of the presidential campaign last year came from Michelle Obama. During a campaign stop, she said, “and Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices, we’re going to have to change our conversation, we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history, we’re going to have to move into a different place.” First of all, one can’t change one’s history. Oh, you can re-write it, certainly, to make it a lie, but that doesn’t change it. Secondly, I don’t want to change our traditions and history! It is our traditions and history that make us who we are…we are AMERICANS! And we will fight to stay AMERICANS!

I will have more details, tomorrow.

Stay strong,



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