“Through no fault of their own, [the immigrant children] are caught in political crossfire. And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
Immigration policy 100% aside, I’ve got to give Beck kudos for this. He’s organizing a significant effort to bring food, water, and toys to churches and other organizations caring for the undocumented immigrant children who have been such a regular feature of the news cycle lately.
I’ve not been a fan of Glenn Beck in the past, particularly during his time on Fox News. His style was hysterical; he was often misinformed; and he was hardly a voice for sensible and peaceful foreign policy.
In recent years, however, Beck seems to have swung toward a more libertarian position. He’s been honest about the fact that he’s still learning, which I appreciate.
And while many libertarians remain suspicious of him because of his past views, to the extent that Beck becomes more consistently pro-liberty, I applaud him. It’s not an easy thing to make such a dramatic philosophical shift with such a large audience watching. Nonetheless, I’m not big on talk radio, so I don’t really follow his work.
Now, back to this quote. I’m not fully informed on Glenn Beck’s immigration policy. It’s probably not the same as my own preferences. And I can’t know all his exact motives for this plan to help. But what he’s doing here is fantastic. Beck is using his enormous network to bring real help to people in need regardless of what the government does or what their legal situation is. I love it on a political and theological level both.
It’s voluntarism. It’s serving the “least of these.” It’s awesome.
If immigration is an issue of interest to you, I encourage you to check out what he’s doing and consider supporting it.
Glenn Beck on Radio, 7-21-14, Eyewitness Accounts from the Border
Even FOX NEWS won’t cover Ted Cruz going to the border on behalf of a charitable organization.
THEY WON’T COVER IT, BECAUSE TED CRUZ IS NOT FOX NEWS’s PICK FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
If Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney were to go to the border, well than there would be non-stop coverage.”
– GLENN BECK, July 18th, 2014 (via politicalpasta)
Below are the JTRIG tools as described by The Intercept:
• “Change outcome of online polls” (UNDERPASS)
• “Mass delivery of email messaging to support an Information Operations campaign” (BADGER) and “mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations campaign” (WARPARTH)
• “Disruption of video-based websites hosting extremist content through concerted target discovery and content removal.” (SILVERLORD)
• “Active skype capability. Provision of real time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) and bidirectional instant messaging. Also contact lists.” (MINIATURE HERO)
• “Find private photographs of targets on Facebook” (SPRING BISHOP)
• “A tool that will permanently disable a target’s account on their computer” (ANGRY PIRATE)
• “Ability to artificially increase traffic to a website” (GATEWAY) and “ability to inflate page views on websites” (SLIPSTREAM)
• “Amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites (Youtube)” (GESTATOR)
• “Targeted Denial Of Service against Web Servers” (PREDATORS FACE) and “Distributed denial of service using P2P. Built by ICTR, deployed by JTRIG” (ROLLING THUNDER)
• “A suite of tools for monitoring target use of the UK auction site eBay (www.ebay.co.uk)” (ELATE)
• “Ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity” (CHANGELING)
• “For connecting two target phone together in a call” (IMPERIAL BARGE)
Read the entire report HERE.
“[This is] not a lecture, not a rant, no scolding,” Beck began. “Just a conversation from one parent to another: dad to dad, man to man, heart to heart.”
“So you know up front, while I am against illegal immigration, I believe in justice,” Beck told the parents of Latin America. “I also believe in mercy and I, as a private citizen, have decided to use my resources to go down to the border where your children, perhaps, are being held in churches. They are being held, quite honestly … in squalor.”
“But I, my viewers, and my listeners, have raised over $2 million to bring your children a teddy bear or a soccer ball,” Beck remarked. “We have brought shoes, and we are bringing over a million dollars worth of food, as well. … I believe deeply in God and I believe if I can’t help your child, I’m going to be held responsible for it.”
Beck said many in Central and South America have probably heard that America is “the land of milk and honey,” and he won’t deny that.
“But I will tell you that milk and honey does not make a family,” Beck said, his voice beginning to shake. “Even though you may face the unimaginable, your child will be possibly much worse off making the treacherous journey through Mexico to the United States.”
Beck highlighted the physical dangers of the journey, saying the children are “lucky to make it alive” if they survive the “death trains” and extreme terrain.
“Others are not abandoned,” Beck continued. “They are targeted, boys and girls, both, and their humanness stripped from them, their dignity, their worth is robbed from them as they are sold into sex slavery.”
Beck spoke about his friend Tim Ballard of Operation Underground Railroad, who he has worked with to free children from sex slavery word-wide.
“I can’t imagine what your child will be feeling,” Beck said. “I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of these children who are trapped and scared — offered up as a prize for the slime of humanity to abuse and throw away.”
“You can’t comfort them,” Beck continued. “You can’t answer their cries. They are alone. They are alone, except for their God. That is not a better life.”
“I believe that the Lord God almighty gave us our children personally, and it is our job to care for and nurture them, to love them, to experience the joy of seeing them grow,” Beck said. “You are not giving them a better life if you are not part of it, no matter where they are.”
“The hope of liberty had always been allowed to the slave to cheer the hardships of his condition. But the Americans of the South are well aware that emancipation cannot but be dangerous, when the freed man can never be assimilated to his former master. To give a man his freedom, and to leave him in wretchedness and ignominy, is nothing less than to prepare a future chief for a revolt of the slaves. Moreover, it has long been remarked that the presence of a free negro vaguely agitates the minds of his less fortunate brethren, and conveys to them a dim notion of their rights. The Americans of the South have consequently taken measures to prevent slave-owners from emancipating their slaves in most cases; not indeed by a positive prohibition, but by subjecting that step to various forms which it is difficult to comply with.”
– The 5000 Year Leap
This is exactly why I admire Glenn Beck. Anybody who has followed him for a long time knows that he’s not afraid to take up a position that’s unpopular with his own party if it’s the right thing to do. Today, he is reaching out to patriotic and generous Americans to give aid to the illegal…
“That’s who we are gang, I don’t know if you know that. We’re despised. we’re the outcasts. So, we’re the Samaritan. We are commanded to be the Samaritan. When you’re the Outcast you’re commanded to go cross the road and help those who despise you.”
– GBR 7-8-14 H3
Glenn Beck’s The Revolutionary Holocaus: Live Free Or Die
“Who are these people in Washington who have played this game for so long? And look at the collective instead of the individual. They’ll sacrifice individuals for the ‘greater good’ in their own terms. How do they sleep at night?They cause this suffering through their lawlessness. Then they hide this suffering… And all they care about in Washington are the votes and the special interests, and they look at people as pawns. How do they sleep at night!?
How frightened are these children? Can you imagine? I thought about my son last night, who is nine years old, and I thought about him. If I said to him because I saw the opportunity in America, and my country was falling apart, and I saw that the president was saying ‘go ahead, we’ll accept you’, I would send my son and I would hold him and say son do what you have to do, but get across the border because you’ll have a better life! And then to be sitting in this situation and to have the president and the congress and the Republicans and all of them, not even care. There’s no one to hold that nine year old kid, like my son, there’s no one to hold him and say it’s going to be okay. I just can’t ta[ke it].”
– Glenn Beck, Radio H2, June 25, 2014
“The GOP? It’s not ‘grand old party’, it’s guardian of power. That’s all it is, guardians of power. But not a power… used to help us the people, power that they use to help themselves.”
– Glenn Beck, Radio H1 June 25, 2014
“Why, why in our wildest dreams would we try to help people in other countries by becoming lawless ourselves!? The laws matter!…
What makes us Americans is empathy. What makes us Americans is charity… Could I ask you to donate to MercuryOne.org? I will promise you that every dollar, even if it is only a dollar, I will promise you that every dollar will go to help those in need. We will not stop helping those who are hit by a hurricane or are hit by a tornado here in our own country, but now for the first time in my lifetime, we have a humanitarian crisis because the politicians have dropped the ball. Let’s not drop the ball ourselves, let’s continue to be Americans.”
Glenn Beck, Radio H3, June 23, 2014
“Real Americans don’t make money their goal. Money is neither good nor evil. It just is. And it is an easy vehicle to create or destroy.”
– Glenn Beck, “The Real America” page 57