There’s an old saying I just made up: “Don’t judge the message by the messenger. Judge the message on its actual content.”
When I first heard that saying (about two minutes ago), it came to me as I was watching the youtube videos of Glenn Beck’s rally last week-end held at “The Villages” here in Florida.
I had intended on driving up to see him in person, but a prior committment kept me from doing so. However, one of the principals of our local 912 Group was there and thoughtfully taped Glenn’s speech in its entirety. I present it to you in segments below.
Before watching, however, please allow me to make a couple of points:
Beck’s Flair For Theatrics
Upon first viewing, it would be easy to compare the theatrics of Beck’s presentations to any number of egocentric “look at ME!” performers, so full of themselves you simply want to run screaming in the other direction.
Only when you know Beck’s “back story” does one understand that what you’re actually watching is a man who has been to the gates of hell and clawed his way back.
It may be difficult to get it at first, but what you are seeing is not so much theatrics, but the true, “my right hand to God” passion of a man who looked at death (by his own doing) in the face before experiencing his own personal epiphany. That epiphany gave him the strength to say, “No! There’s something better in store for me. Let that journey be my journey of choice.” Understand, this man speaks his heart straight from the hip… and his shirt sleeve.
I wanted to ask Glenn one simple question (and if I get the chance, I will): “Glenn, if you had not plummeted to the depths you did, do you think you would have found the courage, the strength and the clarity of vision needed to get to where you are now?” Because, make no mistake folks. Beck puts his life on the line every day. When he uncovers corruption, he exposes it. When he knows who is behind some nefarious abuse of power, he names names. Not because he is trying to be a big shot, but because he has been to hell and back and he knows, there is right and there is wrong. And if you don’t have the guts to stand up against what’s wrong, those who stand up for wrong will always win.
The Wrong People Are Winning Because We Let Them
The wrong people have been “winning” in this country for too long. But, it’s primarily because those of us who know what’s right have been too comfortable in our barcaloungers and designer fashions to stand up and confront them. We didn’t want to spill our lattes. We’ve been more concerned with political correctness than the truth.
We’ve been lazy and we’ve been cowards.
Beck Has A Plan – And It’s Huge
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