Glenn Beck aired a year-end review like no other on Thursday, broadcasting what he would say forty years from now if he was looking back at 2014.
In the dystopian special, Beck was dressed as an old man in ragged clothes, sitting around what appeared to be a metal trash can with fire in it, recording a video for posterity.
"My name is Glenn Beck. I used to be somebody. I don't really remember quite who. Except I was an American," he said, his voice shaky. "I know, I know, 'he's one of them.' Listen to me. If you find this recording, will you please humor an old man? ... I have so much to tell you."
Beck began by telling the viewers that their history books "have it all wrong," and he wants to set the record straight.
"Time is not on my side -- two months. Two months it took me to find these," Beck said, delicately holding up two AA batteries. "Quite the commodity now. You'll lose your life for these. I don't know how long they'll last."
"Praise God, he'll call me home soon. If he doesn't, I suppose it's only a matter of time before they find me," Beck continued, casting a fearful glance towards the door. "We all know what happens, what my fate will be, people like me, old people."
Beck told his audience with passion: "It could have been different...It wasn't always this way. It used to be great."
Beck said America had its problems, "but it was still great, and we were free." The country's freedoms started to slip away 100 years before 2014, but Beck said 2014 was a "tipping point."
"I'm not sure if anybody actually saw it at the time. I know my own children, my own children didn't understand what would come," he said, holding a faded photograph of his family. "But it was this year, it was 2014, that things began to accelerate."
"People changed. Fear or ignorance -- I suppose it doesn't matter now, but we all went dead inside," Beck continued. "We all went numb. We all stopped seeing. You have to open your eyes! See the world for what it really is and who you really are, because you can be great again. Believe it! ... I have seen it with my own eyes what the individual is capable of! Both the miraculous and the terrifying."
Beck said the history books mark 2014 as the dawn of progressivism and the end of capitalism, and it was certainly the latter.
"I was there, I saw it! I remember 2014. I remember four words that came to me," Beck said. "I'll never forget it in my prayers, four words: 'And so it begins.'"
"I didn't know what it meant, but now forty years later, 'and so it begins,' I know exactly what it means," Beck said. "And so it begins. That's where we -- no, no!"
Beck leaped towards the camera, and the image went blank.
Find out what happened when Beck returned, below.
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