The American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, was teeming with small-government, liberty-driven conservatives Thursday evening who gathered to attend FreePAC, an event organized by FreedomWorks and that coincides with Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love event. The powerful line-up of speakers included Texas congressional hopeful Ted Cruz, authors Deneen Borelli and Dana Loesch, and concluded with a compelling keynote speech from Beck himself. Having attended FreePAC, I can only attest to the fact that the crowd went absolutely wild and delivered a tremendous standing ovation as Beck walked out onto the stage.
"This is only day one of Restoring Love!" he exclaimed. "If day number one is this good, wait for day number two!"
The global Tea Party movement "is remarkable," Beck said, referring to people who came from all over the world to learn from American conservatives.
"These people want freedom so bad and they don't even know how to get it. 'These are true heroes and this is the beginning of a global movement for freedom for all mankind!"
Beck then invoked a poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings." When one reads the poem, the message Beck was trying to make is clear:
AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.
We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.
With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
"This generation is crying out and waking up," Beck said after reciting the poem in its entirety. "This is the largest gathering of independent-minded conservatives in American history ever."
Beck spoke about the 30,000 volunteers who have signed up to participate in a "day of service" for Restoring Love. "It is the largest collection of volunteers doing community service [at once] in America ever," he added.
Citing the sold-out Dallas Cowboys stadium that will serve as home to Restoring Love, Beck then jested, "I hear there's a few people coming to the stadium on Saturday as well!"
The energy was palpable and it was clear to see that the audience was swelling with both pride and enthusiasm.
Responding to critics of the Tea Party and conservatives by and large, Beck reminded the crowd that they have "already won" and that if they simply "stick together and "never engage in hate" then the media, progressives and the liberal establishment will have been proven wrong.
"Everything they say about us is a lie," he exclaimed before explaining that they are not "our enemies" but rather "enemies of [God] and man's freedom."
"They will destroy themselves. Just give everyone a square deal, be honest...don't dishonor yourself and serve your fellow man."
Explaining how we are all witnessing something that only happens every so often, Beck said that "the progressives have woken the sleeping giant again."
Catch all of Restoring Love exclusively on TheBlaze TV/GBTV.