Glenn Beck brought his “American Revival” here last weekend—an old-fashioned rip-roaring 19th Century spiritual tent revival, updated with split-screen high-tech videos, live on-stage speakers and interactive Q&A periods via e-mail and text messaging. Hallelujah!
Glenn Beck is on to something big.
The Paul Revere of the New American Revolution, Beck and his 30+ member team from his Mercury Radio Arts, Inc. organization are creating a pathway to enable Americans to walk away from the nightmare of government control and back to the freedom-loving founders of the United States and the Constitution.
Beck has moved beyond the political sphere, having successfully given birth to the 9.12 movement. He was an early supporter of the Tea Party movement. His next big event, Restoring Honor, will be held at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28—where over a million people are expected to join him. Proceeds will go to the non-profit Special Operations Warrior Foundation supporting these military families. (See: GlennBeck.com.)
His focus now is on individual Americans—and helping to strengthen their spiritual and philosophical underpinnings. His cry for restoration starts with: Faith, Hope and Charity (and Duty added in at the end).
Beck opened The American Revival with the Pledge of Allegiance, and then observed that real change must start from within. Each citizen needs to ground himself in the history and philosophy of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Then, each individual must go out as a personal missionary to reach his family, neighbors, co-workers, and church members. Without this grass-root evangelism, the American Dream will fail.
Some 7,000 attendees came from California, Nevada and as far away as New Jersey. One American girl even flew in from Germany to attend.
At the beginning, everyone was given a three-ring binder with 132 pages of articles and essays written by David Barton, Penn Jillette, Frank Luntz, Thomas Sowell, Ben Sherwood, Karl Rove, Andrew Napolitano, Wayne LaPierre, and 10 other authors. Beck told everyone to expect to fill the workbook with further materials over the next few months.
David Barton, who heads up WallBuilders.com, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, talked about faith, with an emphasis on America’s moral, religious and constitutional heritage.
Voted one of America’s 25 most influential evangelists by Time Magazine, Barton gave a non-stop historical summary of the Christian basis of the Founding Father’s faith, their merging of the Bible’s teachings into the framework of the Constitution, and the clear understanding they all had that America was founded as God’s chosen nation.
Barton reminded the attendees of the American Exceptionalism as contained in the Declaration of Independence, the 45 words which begin: “We hold these Truths to be Self Evident, that all Men are created Equal..”
Barton observed that the separation of church and state was reinterpreted by the Supreme Court in 1947—to be the polar opposite of the original founders’ intent. Barton proved his point by showing slide after slide of original documents written by dozens of Founding Fathers. He held up a copy of the first American Bible published—by the Congress itself in 1782, five years before the Constitution was written.
Barton owns one of the largest private libraries of original 18th Century American founding documents, including letters from John Adams to his wife Abigail, original Bibles, acts of Congress and rare writings. He brought a number of them with him.
Barton, who has appeared before Congress and the Supreme Court as the pre-emanate historian on the founding fathers and their written documents, pointed out that 29 of the original 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence held seminary or bible school degrees.
He focused on the famous painting of the Constitutional Convention and circled person after person, showing which ones founded the American Bible Association, the Maryland Bible Association, and countless Christian colleges, congregations and schools. They were all deeply religious people who saw America as the new promised land. It was a revelation for many people that this knowledge was standard teaching in American schools before World War II. Barton showed that the popular myth that the American founders were not religious or even Deists is a modern lie.
Glenn Beck then introduced one of his famous blackboards showing the Kondracki Wave of capitalist market cycles. He argued that the Cold War nuclear MAD (mutual-assured destruction) has been replaced by MAeD, (mutual-assured economic destruction) with the interlinked global economy and warned that the U.S. economy is teetering on the edge of collapse.
David Buckner (BucknerOnBusiness.com), a faculty member of Columbia University, continued this theme with his talk on hope with an emphasis on the economic crisis facing the United States.
With detailed slides, Buckner showed how the United States has fundamentally changed in its 20-year road to bankruptcy. The U.S. debt in 1990 was $3.2 trillion and by 2010 it has reached $14.4 trillion.
Buckner said the AAA rating of the U.S. will soon be downgraded and a funding crisis will arise as the dollar crashes. He pointed out that the U.S. government is burdened with unfunded liabilities: the $14.4 trillion national debt, another $6.6 trillion for Social Security, and $36.3 trillion for Medicare, for a total of $57.3 trillion. This is before Obama’s multi-trillion dollar healthcare law kicks in starting this September.
Buckner reminded the participants of Thomas Watson, Sr.’s famous admonition to: “Think.” The average American knows that something’s not right and the polls show their gloom. He told the attendees to tell their neighbors the truth and show them how to recover their history of a limited government and a free and personally responsible people. Glenn Beck then announced that he would be spending the entire coming week on the air providing a blueprint to cutting the Washington spending monster in half.
Judge Andrew Napolitano opened the afternoon session on charity. He gave an extraordinary presentation on the history of the Constitution, its structure, the rule of law and the process by which change can be made by the American voters—as well as by the states themselves.
Beck ended the day with a blackboard showing how the 1960 radicals who were fighting against “the man” are now running Washington. Normal citizens are now treated by these politicians as “radicals” and the power elites are systematically creating an “us” vs. “them” tension throughout the country as a strategy straight from the Saul Alinsky playbook.
Beck then wrote a passage from Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Have faith was his message.
On his last blackboard, Beck questioned what future Americans really wanted: a Socialist-corporatist transformation ala Obama, or a restoral ala the Founding Fathers?
He posed three questions and gave the answers: Who are we? Our foundation is built on Faith. How bad is it really? The truth gives us Hope. Am I alone? No. The Charity of the underlying goodness of the American citizen will ultimately see us through together.
This was an extraordinary event. It was recorded for later TV use. Beck is producing a series of “mini-documentaries” available to his “Insiders” who can access them via his website. You can be sure that the American Revival meeting will be included. Search YouTube under “Glenn Beck”.