Glenn Beck opened his radio program Friday with audio from Charlie Chaplin in "The Great Dictator."
The stirring speech happens after Chaplin is mistaken for the authoritarian leader of the land (who looked quite like Adolf Hitler). But instead of the speech everyone expects to hear from the ruthless ruler, Chaplin tells the crowd that he doesn't want to "rule or conquer anyone."
Chaplin proceeds to speak about how life can be "free and beautiful," but we have "lost the way." Though things may seem unbearable, he urges, "do not despair."
"In the 17th chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you!" he says with passion. "You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! ... Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness!"
Beck described the speech as "Charlie Chaplin at his best" -- despite a few areas where Beck believes he went "awry" at the end -- and urged his audience never to grow so disheartened they utter the words "our country is over."
"Our country isn't over - it's just begun," Beck said. "For the last 110 years, no one really understood, nor did they pay attention to what was really happening."
Beck asked members of the audience if they remembered where they were just eight years ago, and how much they have learned about liberty and their country since then.
"We didn't know how we lost liberty. We didn't even know what real liberty was!" Beck said. "We were slaves under the state and we didn't even know it. Now we do ... your country is about to be reborn, not destroyed. It's not going to look anything like it looks now. I got news. We're going to be poor ... our country is going to change. But God didn't have anyone to entrust the country to until now. It couldn't destroy itself because there wasn't anyone ... there weren't millions of Americans all around the country that understood where we went wrong so they could never put it back together again."
Beck continued: "I have quoted so many times Jefferson, and this letter that he wrote to John Adams in the 1820s where he said, 'You know it's going to come apart?' And he said yes - 'trust the people because they will see what we were trying to do and they will do it better.' That is us. But what I've always failed to see is, up until now, we wouldn't have seen what they were trying to do. We would have mixed it with those progressive ideas."
Beck said that for the first time in human history, because of technology, the smallest and the weakest among us can have as much of an impact as any other.
"I don't have to be George Soros, I don't have to be the president. And all those that are hanging on to the past because they fear the future, they think that they are going to free themselves and enslave the people. But instead, they will only enslave themselves because this genie is out of the bottle," Beck concluded. "Don't you ever, ever, ever say things that are not true, like 'the United States of America is over.' Because the United States of America is about to be reborn."
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