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Glenn Beck: To Fight Progressivism, ‘Know What You Believe In — And Then Hold Fast to It’
Apr. 5, 2014 5:06pm Dave Urbanski

Radio and TV personality Glenn Beck said Saturday that Americans — in order to turn back the tide of progressive politics and a government that props it up — must “know what you believe in — and then hold fast to it.”

“Socialists and progressives are nothing more than communists with patience, that’s it,” Beck told the cheering crowd of thousands during his keynote address at the FreePAC Kentucky event in Louisville.

“The progressive disease is in both parties, period. It’s antithetical to the American system, period.”

Beck also reaffirmed his support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate ­ Matt Bevin (“I believe that man was called of God”) and vehement opposition to the man running against Bevin in the upcoming primary: “Mitch McConnell is as big a danger to this country as Barack Obama,” Beck said.

Beck also brought along a table full of historically significant artifacts that add tactile and visual exclamation points to his impassioned pleas for Americans to never forget history — and if they have, to get reacquainted with it.

Among the artifacts he shared with the audience was a microphone used by Tokyo Rose in World War II (to underscore the truth that she in fact used her time she was kept in Japan to help the allied cause) and the last script signed by Josef Mengele — a physician in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, which was for sleeping pills to give to children who were “undesirables.”

“We have seen these times before,” Beck said. “History must be preserved” and not erased.

Beck reiterated a phrase he noted at the start of his speech, that “these are the beginnings of miracles” but added a crucial qualifier: “It requires us to stand…and it requires us to get hit.”

To that end, Beck told the crowd to dig in and get ready.

“I challenge you to know what you believe in — and then hold fast to it,” Beck said.

Near the end of his talk, Beck held up George Washington’s compass.

“He’s my hero because he didn’t do what he wanted to do,” Beck said, his voice choking up. “He did what God wanted him to do.”

Beck shared that one day toward the end of his time at Fox News, he kept the compass in his pocket — and his hand on the compass, feeling the indentation left by the fingers of Washington — to remind himself to “stay true.”

To conclude Beck noted a phrase from the original prospectus of the Disneyland theme park — that it would be about “the ideals, dreams, and hard facts that have made America” to “send them forth as a source of courage and inspiration to the world.”

Beck told the crowd that was his challenge as well — that all of us would “stay true” and hold fast to the ideas of American and “internalize them, live them, preach them…and send them forth.”

Other who spoke at FreePAC Kentucky included TheBlaze Radio’s Andrew Wilkow, constitutionalist attorney Rick Brueggemann, author Deneen Borelli, U.S. Congressional candidate Dan Bongino, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe, and U.S. Senate candidate ­ Matt Bevin.

Glenn Beck’s full speech

A Word on Religiosity…

There are no questions about it about it, religion, like it or not, is a big part of people’s lives.  They either love the religion they are part of, they hate all religions equally, they question religion in general, etc.  You get the point.  I know people who are staunch Atheists, some are Christian (various sects), a few are Islamic, some Agnostic, etc.  And no matter who you talk to, if they are open minded about their beliefs, everyone has an opinion about religion, and the religions of others and the world.  Despite the fact that most of our mothers told us to not discuss religion or politics if we wish to keep our friends.  Personally, I believe that you can learn much about a person by understanding both their religion and how they live their religious beliefs.

Despite what any given religion’s written word may say, the leaders of that belief or church has differing views which are laid out in their dogma.  Dogma is  essentially the tenets, principles, or policies of that particular church as determined by the leaders (usually) based upon their written text.  And some dogma  will be in direct conflict with the written word.

In my personal opinion, the original ideas behind the religion itself are good; however, men tend to bastardize everything that they come in contact with.  In essence, or at the very basic principle of the faith which people follow is a relationship of some sort between them (as individuals) and their Creator (God).  The Church, or religious, leaders tend to make this relationship a little different by associating them (the leaders) and the Church with God.

What most people don’t realize is the fact that 99.99% of the churches out there are actually corporations.  Corporations by definition are not entities of God, but are figments of state creation and thereby owe allegiance to the state – NOT to God! They sign up with the IRS to become a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, after filing their Articles of Corporation with the state.  Which means that they can make all sorts of money, give enormous salaries, purchase property, etc, all in the name of the Almighty.  So long as there is profit, per se, all is good…so, how is that of God? Those churches which show actual allegiance to God are not corporate in nature, but are made up of and by the people.

My intention is to write more on this more on this subject, overall.  Most of my experience is within the Christian community, as I have more time studying the Biblical Text.  But I have friends that are Islamic, and I have studied other religions.  So, I imagine we will see where this leads us.  I must admit that my beliefs have evolved over the course of time and have come to rest with the fact that I am a Deist (as I base much of my decision making upon reason & nature); although, I could be considered a Christian-agnostic (because I believe in the ultimate cause as being God, but ultimately how things occurred is not completely knowable; with my understanding of the Bible and all the contradictions I still lean toward that possibility.)

What are your thoughts on this write-up, or subject in general?