Glenn Beck, radio and TV host held a special broadcast of his show on Friday, 3/13/09. Beck had hyped the show for weeks as a 'We Surround Them' event, and had encouraged nationwide participation. The show began…and continued with tears!
Beck launched a website for his new project, The912Project.om and annouced it on his show. The response from his viewers caused the website server to crash, repeatedly. (I haven't been able to log on yet) The Fox News server has gone down several times due to high traffic from Beck fans sending their pictures in response to his request for participation.
In his opening monologue, he spoke passionately about his purpose for the broadcast, and had to pause to choke back tears. As the opening continued, there were several moments of dead air while he regained his composure. His praise of military personnel and professing his love of the US were his biggest choking points.
I can't remember a time that I have seen or heard such emotion or passion from a media figure. Most try to be robotic, and the ones that are animated are very often angry. Beck's transparent emotion struck a very deep chord with me, and I suspect with thousands of others.
Groups of people all over the country gathered in homes, bars, diners, parking lots – anywhere they could get together and watch the broadcast. The response has been overwhelming. And it is a sign of the condition of the hearts of Americans everywhere.
Last spring, as I watched the second year of the Presidential campaign continue and the local political races began to heat up, I came to a breaking point. Not unlike Glenn Beck, I found myself moved to tears, frequently and unexpectedly. I carried a heaviness for the state of our country and political system that I couldn't shake.
Everything is spin, and advertising propaganda, and position, and who knows who and has the money to buy their way into power. Integrity is hard to find in a public figure, and even when somone sounds like they are a person of principle, we often find that when it really counts, they will compromise principle for expediency or worse, for gain.
Many Americans who bought into the promise of Hope & Change over the last two years are finding that the change they voted for wasn't what they thought it was. As a matter of fact, there is less change about the way Washington operates, and more change away from cherished American ideals.
There are many of us who are weary of having the history of the founding of our nation re-written to fit the agenda of the politically correct. Who are tired of hearing about the evils of America, and how the world hates us. We are sickened at the debt we are burdening our children with, and for what? No tangible positive result will come as a result of the current flailing of our government, only the pain of the pricetag.
And a majority of our leaders won't hear us. They are insulated in their offices and with their clubs, they deal with us as little as possible when there is no election looming. When three minority senators hand over a victory to the majority party regardless of what their constituents want, they have betrayed and damaged their country.
More and more, as the people become more active in contacting and holding their leaders accountable, elected leaders are finding ways to discount and ignore the cry of the public. It is a sickening display of the powerful guarding their power at all costs.
My hat is off to Glenn Beck, he reminds me of the Weeping Prophet of the Bible, Jeremiah. Upon seeing Israel and Jerusalem overcome by her enemies, he expresses:
“For all these things I weep; tears flow down my cheeks. No one is here to comfort me; any who might encourage me are far away. My children have no future, for the enemy has conquered us.” Lamentations 1:16
For those of us who can see the danger on the horizon, we aren't willing to wait, we are weeping now. Rather than sit in the ruins of a once-great nation and reminisce about how things used to be, we choose to stand and fight for the preservation of our way of life. Make no mistake, this is a raging battle for the future of America, and how our children and grandchildren will live.
My angst drove me to run for office locally. I lost -badly, being out-spent and running as a conservative in a year of hope & change, but, I am more involved now than I have ever been. What will your tears drive you to do? Will you get involved? Will you take action before it is too late? As for me, I'm with Beck, let's surround them for a change and take our country back.Tweet
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