This past Saturday
, in Orlando, Glenn Beck put on a program called "American Revival." I regularly watch Glenn's show on Fox and decided to attend. It took two hours to get to Orlando and I stayed with Dawn in her hotel. She went with me for the six and a half hour program at Florida Central University. There were eight thousand people there, all the tickets had been sold. The theme of the show was: Faith, Hope and Charity.
David Barton was the first speaker and he spent an hour on the faith of our founding fathers. He alleges
that our schools do not teach such information and instead push the line that they did not live religious lives at all. It was amazing how he used example after example of just how religious they all were, even Jefferson and Franklin, both of whom had children out of wedlock. Our schools also teach that the Constitution is godless and secular in spite of the many references in it to god, religion or religious practices. He was most informative for me when he said that our constitution is the only one in the world
that states that our rights come from God. Other countries get their rights from the king, or their legislators, or the head of their religion. Kings, parliaments or Mullahs can take rights away from the people, but in this country the rights cannot be taken away because they come from God.
The second speaker, Burton Fulsom
Jr. a professor of history at Hillsdale
College, spoke about our economic history and how it has been changed since 1926. He has issues with the progressives about how they rewrite the history of the New Deal and the history of Reaganomics. I thought I was informed on these subjects but Fulsom
has no peer in giving out the truth of these issues and citing where his information comes from. He drew a laugh from the crowd when he cited one revisionist book where the author had stated that he had dispensed with the usual scholarly footnotes in order to concentrate on getting his subject across. He spent some time on Calvin Coolidge and his contribution to American prosperity. Prior to this I had heard very little about Coolidge and was surprised to find that when Reagan got to the White House the first thing he did was to put up a picture of Coolidge
in the cabinet room. We all heard, once again, how Keynesian Economics does not work, and, our attempt to use it now is doomed to failure. Here, there was big applause from the crowd, after all, nearly everybody here has a major fear of the large deficits our government is running up.
The third speaker was Judge Napolitano
who covered the Constitution, states rights, and the rights of the people. He drew applause when he stated that the states created the federal government and not the other way around. The commerce clause
came in for some particularly harsh remarks and he stated that, just that clause alone, and the way it is being interpreted by the supreme court, it can be viewed as a completely new constitution because everything
is related to commerce. The government has been moving to diminish the rights of the people and enhancing the prerogatives
of the government. The light of freedom in this land is diminishing and the government likes it that way. They have completely forgotten about the tenth amendment
, and do not want to be reminded about it.
Glenn gave the Keynote address and it was mostly what we hear on his television show. He particularly emphasised that the disagreements with the government are no reason to be violent. He emphasised Gandhi
and Martin Luther King Jr. as examples we must follow, non-violence. He encouraged all to work in the coming elections, whether republican or democrat, it is important to vote out all the big government people. The rate of spending is unsustainable and will bring this country down as assuredly as Greece is falling today.
Glenn is going on tour with "American Revival" and if you get a chance to see it do so. History is in the making, be a part of it.