What an amazing few days on the road this has been. Your spirits have been high, your faith strong and your spine unbendable. I ended my multiday book tour at The Villages with what had been billed as a rally but could be better described as a candid citizen-to-citizen chat.
Today, I have stopped looking for a leader to show us the way out because I have come to realize that the only one who can truly save our country…is us. To change America’s course we need to change ourselves, our expectations and our willingness to accept the unacceptable. When we refuse to allow our children to receive a trophy for participation, we are on the road to restoring the meaning of merit in our Republic. When we insist that no one is too big to fail, we will be able to learn from our mistakes, and when we demand that we are self-reliant, we will ensure that others can rely on us, not the government.
There is much to do, much to learn and time is of the essence. While I will be explaining the entire Plan over the coming weeks and months, I did want to give you a preview of some of the highlights:
- Education is key, and not just for our children. To that end, we will be conducting a series of conventions. These will be full-day experiences where you will be immersed in learning about topics ranging from self-reliance, community organizing, the economy and how to be a political force in your own neighborhood and country. The first one will be in Orlando at UCF Arena on March 27th. You will also be able to vote to have a convention in your region by clicking here.
- I have begun meeting with some of the best minds in the country that believe in limited government, maximum freedom and the values of our Founders. I am developing a 100 year plan. I know that the bipartisan corruption in Washington that has brought us to this brink and it will not be defeated easily. It will require unconventional thinking and a radical plan to restore our nation to the maximum freedoms we were supposed to have been protecting, using only the battlefield of ideas.
- All of the above will culminate in The Plan, a book that will provide specific policies, principles and, most importantly, action steps that each of us can take to play a role in this Refounding.
- On August 28, 2010, I ask you, your family and neighbors to join me at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall for the unveiling of The Plan and the birthday of a new national movement to restore our great country.
Photo From One of the Moms… from As a Mom… Sisterhood of the Mommy Patriots
Glenn Beck’s Plan – Transcript From Glenn’s Radio Show on Saturday’s Event
(Between 25,000 and 35,000 people attended a gathering at the Villages to hear Glenn unveil his plan after a last minute announcement)
GLENN: We are at a tipping point. We are, could the government become more corrupt and us survive? I don’t think so. Could they listen to you less than they do now and you have any voice? I don’t think so. Would they spend more and you have any future left for your children? I don’t think so. Could they be any more politically correct? There was a story in the New York Times yesterday. Who caused the shooter at Fort Hood? Who built him? Surprise, surprise: You did. The United States of America made him into a killer. Could we be any more politically correct? Could we fight this war with any more sunshine and lollipops and daisies out of the barrels of our gun and survive? I don’t think so. Are we headed in the right direction? Are we making these things less of a problem or more of a problem? You know the answer to that. I don’t care what party you’re in. You know the answer. We have a stewardship. We have been given a great nation. We have been given freedom that no one else has ever had. We have been given wealth that no one else has ever had. We’ve been given security that no one else has ever had. And we have taken it for granted too many times. We’ve given our country over to a bunch of corrupt politicians because we had faith in the system. But because this has been happening now for over 100 years, and both the Republicans and the Democrats, they are very smart. They had us arguing against each other and, no, no, it’s the Democrats’ fault; no, it’s the Republicans’ fault; no, it’s the Democrats’ fault. Well, change this congress and things will change; change it back and things will change again. Changity change, change, change. We were drunk on our own wealth and power, we were, we were high on our own assets and home and big screen TV and brand name clothing. We just didn’t see it coming. When you can have a senator take a $100 million bribe, they don’t even talk about the bill. Let the bill stand on its own. It’s either right for the nation or it’s not. When you have a $100 million bribe in the bill, three pages, and it’s disguised. So you have to kind of figure out who it’s for, $100 million, and then that senator come out and correct and say, no, no, no, it’s not $100 million; it’s $300 million! And they do it without shame. We’re in a different world. We are, we are at the point of singularity. We are at the tipping point. The paradigm is about to shift, no matter what it is you want to call it. You feel it in your gut.
Saturday I went out to The Villages in Florida. The official number given to the Times and then not printed at any given number was 25,000 people. The Villages told me that they thought the number was closer to 35,000 but they didn’t want to say. They just didn’t, they don’t ever want to overestimate. I will tell you they were two miles out and there were people walking from their cars, and their cars were parked on the lawns and in the grass because there was no place else to park. I looked at Joe who is my right‑hand man and I looked at him and I said, "Joe, dear heavens. Look how desperate people are for someone with an answer." As I walked up to the stage, it was extraordinarily humbling, and I want you to know, I just want you to know I’m doing my best.
I’m coming to you next year with a plan, and it’s multilayered. The first is ‑‑ and I started working on this in August. A 100‑year plan for America. This country was destroyed, and it began 100 years ago with the progressive movement. We weren’t destroyed overnight. We were destroyed piece by piece. So how do we get it back? Libertarians lose because they say "I’m going to abolish the IRS." Well, no, you’re not. It took 100 years to get this thing. I’m going to abolish, I’m going to abolish the Department of Education, or, I’m going to pull all of my troops home. Nature abhors a vacuum. You cannot pull our troops back. Even though I now agree with you, you can’t do it overnight. There has to be a plan, and it won’t happen with one administration, and it won’t happen with just one party. We must invite Republicans and Democrats who like freedom and small government. We must invite them into a plan that makes sense! That encourages sustainability. We must get them into ‑‑ you know the saying, into the tent. But see, the tent doesn’t mean anything anymore. What is the purpose of a tent? A tent is to keep the elements away, to keep you safe in case of a rainstorm. But see, we don’t have a tent anymore with these two parties. There is no tent. Show me the tent. "Well, we agree on blah, blah‑blah." There can’t be a tent. Because a tent requires stakes. A tent requires some sort of stake to hold it down to the ground. Well, what are those stakes? They’re principles and they’re values. We don’t have any principles anymore. The principle is, are we going to pass healthcare because we don’t want the other side to look like we passed healthcare, or we were against healthcare. We’ve got to go and be in part of this. Well, we’ve got to make sure that we get SEIU on board. Do we have them on board? How much money are we getting over here? Hey, can we get Louisiana a $300 million bribe? There’s no principles anymore. So there can’t be any tent because there’s nothing to stake that tent down! And both the Republicans and the Democrats know it. They know it. But they don’t fear anything. I’m an alcoholic in recovery. It’s tough. It’s tougher when you’re drinking to stop. Everybody has their own bottom. Until I started having blackouts and my doctor said you’re going to die, you keep doing this, you’ll be dead within six months, it still wasn’t enough until I had blackouts, doctor gives me six months to live, my best friend Pat, he can’t work with me anymore, and I lie to my children that I finally said I’ve got to stop. Well, where is the bottom for the Republicans and the Democrats? Where is their bottom? They don’t fear their political death. They don’t fear the party’s demise. Well, they need to. And if they don’t wake up, if they don’t go back and look for the stakes of that tent and the principles of those tents, if they don’t look back for the principles and the values of our Constitution, they should be destroyed! We’re not destroying them; they’re destroying themselves. We’re trying to save ya. But nobody can save an alcoholic from himself. He’s got to turn the corner himself. So we’re not waiting for them. You want to come, you want to wake up and join us? The best thing you can do is join us because you already have the structure! Until that time we’re going to build the structure.
I’m going to teach you how to be a community organizer next year, oh, because two can play at that game. I’m going to teach you how to be self‑reliant next year. We’ve divided the country up into seven regions. I don’t know how many of these we’re going to be able to do, but we’re going to do these, what would you even call them? Day‑long education seminars, and the first one we announce is going to happen in March in Orlando, Florida, where we’re going to teach you everything you need to know. And I’m going to try to bring in some experts. How do you build a lifeboat? What do we do right now to be able to save our country, to be able to get them to wake up before an election? Can we get them to wake up before the election? Can we get them ‑‑ I’ve had enough of calling these clowns; they don’t listen to us. Well, the next time we go to Washington, the next time, you know, Michele Bachmann says, hey, you’ve got to come to Washington, well, thousands of people did go to Washington and they still passed the damn thing. Because we don’t have teeth. Well, it’s time to find our teeth and sharpen our teeth, and we’re going to do it. And then on August 28th ‑‑ write this down in your calendar because this will be most likely the last large gathering on the mall in Washington, D.C. August 28th, I ask you to meet me. Take your family. We move ‑‑ we had something planned. We moved it to August 28th because I wanted your family to be able to be there and your family not in school, et cetera, et cetera. So come to the feet of Abraham Lincoln on August 28th. By that time I hope to have enough things out there that you will at least have some teeth to the ‑‑ so the politicians will see you and hear you and fear you! The reason why I say I think it’s going to be the last large gathering on the mall is because our government has decided that there will be no more gatherings, large gatherings on the mall with Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial as of 2011. This will be historic. In the meantime piece by piece, little by little I’m developing this plan, and I will explain more to you a little later. It’s not something I take lightly. It is not something that is something I can whip out. But two can play at this game, and I’ll give you more details as things continue. But I want you to know we are all stewards of this country, and I take my stewardship of my part of the republic seriously, and I take your faith in me extraordinarily seriously. We’re in it together.
Newsmax Says: Glenn Beck Gets More Political
Monday, November 23, 2009 12:16 PM
Fox News Host Glenn Beck is launching plans for a major political organizing effort that will feature cross-country seminars, conventions and political rallies that focus on educating voters on conservative issues and leading libertarian speakers.
Beck told The New York Times that he would promote voter registration drives and sponsor a series of seven conventions across the country featuring what he described as libertarian speakers.
In Florida on Saturday he held a rally in The Villages in Florida, north of Orlando, in which he promoted his recently released book, “Arguing With Idiots.” He also announced another book to come next August filled with conservative policy proposals gathered from the conventions.
The new conventions would resemble educational seminars, and while many speakers will endorse positions he supports, Beck told the Times he would not endorse them for political office. He would not say whether particular candidates for office in the 2010 midterm elections would be invited to speak at the conventions or the August rally.
“You’re going to learn about finance,” Beck told the crowd Saturday. “You’re going to learn about community organizing. You’re going to learn everything we need to know if you want to be a politician.”
Beck said that now that he as used his television and radio shows to lay out his list of the country’s impending problems — deficit spending, health care legislation that will “destroy” the economy, a dearth of “personal responsibility” — he wants to also provide solutions.
Already, Mr. Beck’s page on FoxNews.com features what it calls “In or Out 2010,” a “simple challenge” for lawmakers. It includes a pledge to back a freeze in government spending; oppose all tax increases “until our economy has rebounded”; and support stricter immigration enforcement.
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A growing group of viewers, listeners and supporters including Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Conservatives and Independents as well as people just looking for a break and alternative from the corruption of this administration and the last are saying AMEN!!