tv Tonight From Washington CSPAN August 30, 2010 8:00pm-11:00pm EDT
reverend al sharpton and his action network that took place in dunbar will high-school in washington, d.c. to honor martin luther king jr.. later president obama >> please rise with me and join in the saying of the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the netted states iran and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, individual, with liberty and justice for all. all. [cheers and applause] the oh, say can you see by
dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gle aming whose broad streipes -- stripes and bright stars thru the perilous night o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming glaree rocket's red the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there oh, say, soe -- does that star-
he brings you the truth everyday. now, he brings you an effort to restore honor in america. ladies and gentlemen, glenn beck. [cheers and applause] >> hello, america. iave just gotten word from the media that there are over 1000 people here today. [applause] we are humbled that you are here. we are truly humbled. this really is build it and they
will come. [applause] the reflecting pool holds about 200,000 people. this field bac here holds about 250,000 to 300,000 people. they are full in that field, fall behind me, and they are now across the street, approaching the washington monument. [cheers and applause] something beyond imagination is happening. something that is beyond man is happening. america today begins to turn back to god. [cheers and applause]
. fort too long, this country -- >> 42 long this country has wandered in darkness . we have had moments of brilliance and moments of darkness. but this country has spent far too long worried about scars and thinking about the scars, concentrating on the scars. but today, we're going to concentrate on the good things in america. the things that we have accomplished. the things that we can do tomorrow. [cheers a applause] the story of america is the story of humankind. 5000 years ago, on the other side of the planet, god's chosen people were led out of bondage
by a guy with a stick, who was talking to a burning bush. man first began to recognize god and god's law. the chosen people listened to the lord appeared at the same time, those things were happening -- at the same time those things were happening, another group of people were gathered here and they, too were listening to god. how these people were brought together happened because people were listening to god. they did not have the right to worship god the way they saw fit. so they got down on their knees. they did not wan to come to this land. they did because they felt that
is what god was telling them to do. with malice toward none, they got into their boats and they came. people -- the native americans and the pilgrims. [applause] i would like to introduce you to this rabbi. [applause] this is john and kyla ward, direct descendants of the native americans that the pilgrims on the shores as they arrived. [applause] and pastor paul is a direct descendent of those who arrived
on the mayflower. [applause] to restore america, to restore our honor, we have to start at the beginning and look at the patterns. when people came together, of different faiths, in the spirit of god, and the first thing they did was pray together -- >> lord god, sovran almighty, ruler of the nation', king of kings and lord of lords, the holy one, the righteous one, you are the king of the earth. all nations belong to you. you were the one addressed in the first 696 crtered that opened -- 1606 charter that
opened the settlement on e shores. you address that the gospel of jesus christ should be the central focus of every single settlement. it was you our forefathers erected a wooden cross on the sandy shores of virginia in honor of. it was you that addressed -- was addressed in the mayflower compact, whose first words were, "in the name of god, amen." it was you the pilgrims now to -- knelt to and blessed. it was you that governor winthrop wrote "we shall be a city set upon a hill." it is you lord god that brought william penn and modeled peace with the first peoples. it was you, lord god, that brought the black regiment of preachers all across the
continent to preach or word, to prepare your people to stand for liberty. it was you that was aressed in the declaration of independence , as the author of inalienable rights. it was you that was declared as the one who created all equal. it was you, lord god, who called us to account when we broke the treaties with the first peoples. you called us to repentance. you, oh, god, called us to repentance when we did not live up to our treaties and we did not treat everyone as equals. lord, we found out that you are god of forgiveness. you are a god of covenants.
you are a god of restoration. you are god of healing. you have healed us. you are feeling us. we come now to the mall in washington. we come to you in humble repentance for the shedding of innocent blood. we come to you in repentance for not modeling marriage among your people. we come to you once again asking for healing, for restoration, for recovery, and for reconciliation. we know he will do it because you are god. your son, jesus christ, is the eternal redeemer, the king of kings, the lord of lords. and so we honor you for your word declares you will honor
those that honor you. we come back to you today. we see you as e restoring god, the king of kings, and in christ's name, for the advance of your kingdom, we once again say, may you god, bless america. maybe we -- may we be one nation under god. in christ's name, amen. pplause] >> thank you. .hank you reporte when mson said to me -- when my son said to me -- about one year ago when we were reading the story of david and goliath, he was sitting on my lap. i said, what a hero he is. he said, no he isn't, dad.
america trust our military. [cheers and applause] our fighting men and women do the things that most of us do not even want t think about. they do it while we are asleep, while we are at play. the point is, they do it because it is they're calling. we have asked them to do with. -- to do it. i want ted to find people of honor to show you today. i wanted to be able to raise money for an honorable gup, raise awareness for an honorable group. the group i found was fow -- so wf. special operations warriors foundation. [applause]
i would like to now introduce you to the president of that foundation. [applause] >> it is certainly humbling to be herthis morning in front of all these patriots and great -- people that we could not do our mission if it was not for your generosity and caring the special operations warrior foundation just wants to thank u the bottom of our hearts. we want to tell -- thank glenn beck for being so supportive of our families, our wounded, and
our children. [applause] over the years -- it has been 30 years sin we started. we had the trac accident in a run -- in iran. we went over to rescue 53 hostages. we had a terrible accident in the desert. we lost a number of young men. those brave young men left behind 17 children. today, one of them is a surgeon practicing at the university of tennessee. [applause] the one thing i have heard, time and again over the years, from the commanders of our special operations units -- they say the special operations order foundation eliminates one very
important concern. that is to see that our children get a four-year college edation no matter where they go -- room, board, books, tuition, all their expenses. [applause] today, weave 133 students throughout the country. we have graduated 156. a couple of them are here with us today. they are off the payroll, b thank god. we have 571 yet of college age that we haveommitted to funding werfel education. this could not be done without caring americans like glenn beck and you folks here today. [applause] in 2005 in iraq, we lost captain
derek. he had a son who was 10 months old and a wife, wendy. with me today is his mother. let me introduce her to you. [applause] >> thank you very much. folks, this is overwhelming. i am overwhelmed. god bless all of you for coming today. to our veterans, are wounded warriors from all wars, -- our wounded warriors from all wars, welcome home. [cheers and applause] today, i want to talk to you
about my family -- my personal here isnd miy family postal operations -- special operations. i want to tell you about my son. when he was in the third grade, he came to me -- a very special little boy -- he came to me and he said, mom, i know what honor is. i said, what is it? he said, it is your promise -- your word. you must never, ever break a promise. [cheers and applause] in the fifth grade, he came to me and said he would promise me something. i said, to who? he said, to myself. i am going to promise that i would get into a service academy and become the best special operations of research -- special operations officer that i can become. in the sixth grade, he wrote an
essay -- why we should honor our flag. in that as a, he explains -- in that essay, he explains what i am seeing today. although the flags are -- the stars on a flight are separated, they come together in the eyes of god -- on the flagship are separated, they come together in the eyes of god. he got his wish. after two long years of trying to get in, he got in to the air force academy. on memorial day, 2005, police threw his hat of into the air -- he threw his hat up into the air. he said, i did it, mom. on that occasion, he was very proud of keeping that promise to himself. he decided to go into a very elite group called the combat contro.
they are called quiet professionals. their model is first to their that others may live -- first there that others may liv they are very few. they are my family. he met his wife to be -- windy. their dreams came true and they have a little boy named logan. when he was 8 months old, on memorial day, 2005, that morning derek was promoted to ptain. he could have cared less if you had told them he was general. he was on a mission. it was for americans and one iraqi. his plane went down. when logan was old enough to understand that his dad was not coming ever again to a game or coming home and his mother explained that the plane had not reached safety, logan went
to his bedroom to get his tool kit. he wanted to fix the plane so his dad could come home. as you heard on glenn's show, even if you are 8 years old, you will never forget this. shortly after that, my family was contacted by the special operations foundation. they relieve some of our stress and our worries. my son wanted the very best education for his son. that was a wonderful call. these calls continue to all of our children of fallen special ops of all branches. i cannot say enough wonderful things about them. hey veever turned me down. allow me to help raise funds. i have attached myself like a
barnacle to the bottom of their ship. they cannot get rid of me. " [cheers and applause] special ops? because they are often deployed -- why special ops? because they're often deployed. because we do not know where they are. the earnings, not numbers. -- they are and means, not numbers -- lthey are names -- they are names, not numbers. it is about keeping your promise. today, i want to ask you to listen to theirtories and be very generous. today, i am not just holding out my hands. i'm holding out my heart. please, if it is a cent or $25,000, please help.
please go to their website, find out who ty are and what they do. i know now there is no such thing as coincidence. there is also no such thing as closure. if he were standing with me today, he would say to you that each of us is responsible for our own destiny and our own salvation. each one of us is here to fulfill a mission. please, help us fulfill our mission. in closing, i want to read to you what derrick said when he graduated from the air force academy. it is above you. to serve god and country is not a right but a privilege. thank yo thank you for coming. [cheers and applause]
[unintelligible] >> there been so many miracles today leading up to this. if you have your cell phone, if you would text sowf to 85944 -- this may be the largest single crowd ever able to do this. if you text right now sowf to 85944, it will make a donation automatically of $10 to the special operations warrior foundation. there are 500 families of special forces men and women who have died in our name. let's take care of their children. let's do it right now. sofw, 85944
-- sowf, 85944. this week, i have been going to mount vernon. i went to the national archives. i held the first inaugural draft, written in his own hand, by george washington. i went to the national cathedral, which is incredible -- an incredible space. there are too little alcoves -- two little alcoves. there is a statue of george washington on one side and a statue of abraham lincoln on the other side. what most people don't know is that if you stand in just the right place at the right time of day, because of the stained- glass windows, patterns start to appear on the chest of these
great men -- and at the right time of day, they both start to glow red. the reason why is because the designers knew what made their chest glow red. in a small little window, high up above them, that most people do not see, there is a stained- glass window of martha and mary, their wives. when the sun hits them just right, it makes their chest glow red. the secret of being able to stand the test of time is being able to have god and a good by your side. -- and a good spouse by your side. family is the secret.
when i knew we wanted to honor our military, i didot want to have a military person i did not want to have a member of congress or someone running for anything. i wanted to have a dad or imam -- a mom. that is why i picked up the phone and i called a mom. she is speaking to you today as a mother of someone in the military. ladies and gentlemen, sarah palin. [cheers and applause] ♪
>> thank you so much. gracie -- thank you. are you proud to be an american? [applause] what an honor. we stand today at the symbolic crossroads of our nation's history. all around us are monuments to those who have sustained as over the years in word and deed. they are in the distance -- there and the distance stands monument to the father of our country. behind me, the towering presence of the greek emancipated -- great demands a pater -- emancipater. over these grounds where we are so honored to stand today, we
feel the spirit of dr. martin luther king, jr. [applause] he who, two score and seven years ago, gave voice to a dream that would challenge us to honor the sacred charters of our liberty -- that all men are created equal. honoring these giants -- who are linked by a solid foundation of faith in the one true god of justice -- in honoring them, we must not forget the ordinary men and women on whose shoulders they stood. they called for an extraordinary bravery. i'm speaking of america's finest -- are men and women in uniform -- our men and women in uniform,
a force for good in this country. that is nothing to apologize for. [applause] abraham lincoln once spoke of the mystic chords of memory stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land. for over 200 years, those mystic chords have boundless in gratitude to those who are willing to sacrifice to restrain evil, to protect god-given liberty, to sacrifice all in defense of our country. they fought for its freedom at bunker hill. they fought for its survival at gettysburg, and for the ideals on which it snds, liberty and justice for all, on 1000 battlefields far from home. it is so humbling to be here with you today, patriots.
you are motivated and engaged and concerned. you know never to retreat. i must assume -- [applause] i mustssume that you, too, know that we must not fundamentally transformed america as some people would want. we must restore america and restore her honor. [cheers and applause] now, i have been asked to speak today not as a politician. no, someing more. something much more. i have been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier. i am proud of that distinction.
[applause] you know, say what you want to say about me,ut i raised a combat vet and you cannot take that away from me. i am proud of that distinction, but it is not one that i had imagined. no woman gives birth thinking that she will hand over her child to her country, but that's what mothers have done from engine days -- ancient days. you can find monuments to brave americans wearing the uniforms of wars from long ago. look down at the inscriptions on these monuments. they are often dedicated by mothers. today, we honor those in those distant lands across the slope where you will find silent fields of white markers with the
names of americans who never came home, but showed their dedication to their countries by where they died. we honor those who served something greater than themselves and made the ultite sacrifice, as well as those who served and did come home forever changed by the battlefield. [cheers and applause] though this rally is about restoring order for these men and women -- honor for these men and women, bonner was never lost. you'll find the virtues -- it is in those who wear the uniform. they took the press -- they took the oath d pay the price for our freedom. i would like to tell you the stories of three patriots who stand with us today. the first is named marcus luttrell. [applause]
his story is one of raw courage in the face of borrowing odds. it is also the story of americans'enduring quest for justice. we went to afghanistan seeking justice for those who were killed without mercy by evil men on september 11. one fateful day in afghanistan, marcus and three of its fellow navy seals confronted the issue of justice and mercy in a decision that would forever change their lives. they were on a mission to hunt down a high-level taliban leader. they were faced with a terrible dilemma when some goat-herders stumbled on their position. they could not tell that these men were friend or foe. should they kill them or should they let them go, perhaps
resting or compromising their mission? they took a vote and chose mercy over self-preservation. they set their prisoners free. the vote said it was the humane thing to do. it was the american thing to do. it sealed their fate. within hours, over 100 taliban forces arrived on the scene. they battled the four navy seals. our rescue helicopter came, but it was shot down. by the time the sun set on june 28, 2005, it was one of the bloodiest days for american forces in afghanistan. 19 brave, honorable men were lost that day. marcus was the only survivor -- alone, stranded, badly wounded. he limped and crawled for miles. what happened next is a testament to the words "blessed
are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy." they showed mercy in letting their prisoners freed and he was later showed mercy but afghan villagers who honored an ancient custom of providing hospitality to any strangers who would ask for it. it took him in and cared for him. they refused to hand him over to the taliban. they got him back safely to our forces. his story teaches us that, even on the worst battlefield, against the most brutal and indeed, we adhere to our principles. this love of justice and mercy makes us a force for good in this world. he is a testament to th. please join me in honoring u.s. navy seal, a petty officer retired, marcus luttrell. [cheers and applause]
[applause] next, from the time that he first heard men marching to the cadence call, he had one dream in life -- to beat the united states marine -- be a united states marine. serving in iraq, his company was ambushed in fallujah. he was knocked out when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his humvee. both of his hands were gone when he came to, and his leg was badly wounded. he could not fire his weapon.
he could barely move. he was bleeding to death. but he had the strength of mind to leave the men under his command and that is what he did. he kept them calm. he showed them how to stop the bleeding and where to return -- returned fire. he had been called for support and he got them out of there alive. [cheers andpplause] his composure under fire that day earned him the bronze star with dollar -- with valor. if you ask him what he got it for, he will tell you it was just his job. after a long recovery, he continues to serve as a martial arts instructor. he resigned from his beloved marine corps a few years ago, but he still lives by the mol -- once a marine, always a
marine. if you want to see the american spirit of never retreating, no matter the odds, a steady confidence and optimism, look at his story. no matter how tough times are, americans always pull through. as he pu it, we did not foster the titude of i can. when you have an obstacle in front of you, you just keep putting 1 foot in front of you and focus on what you can do. please join me in honoring him. [cheers and applause]
next,, kirk -- next, tom kirk, an air force combat commander. one day, on a mission over hanoi, his airplane was shot down. he spent the next five and a half years and the hanoi hilton -- in the hanoi hilton. he endured beatings, torture, hunger, is of isolation -- years of isolation. there was nothing to do, nothing to read, nothing to write. you had to sit there in absolute boredom, loneliness, frustration, and fear.
you had to live one day at a time because you had no idea you wear -- no idea how long you're going to be there. afterwo years of solitary confinement, pacing back and forth in his cell, tom was finally moved to a larger holding cell with 45 other americans. among them was a man named john mccain. [applause] in circumstances that defied description, this band of brothers kept each other alive. one by one, they came home. he was released on march 14, 1973. you might think that a man who had suffered so much for his country would be bitter and broken by it. but his heart was only filled
with love for america -- that special love of country that we call patriotism. [applause] tom wrote, "patriotism has become, for many, a corny thi ng. for me, it is more important now than at any time in my life. how wonderful to be an american -- to come home." please join me in honoring retired air force general, tom kirk. [applause] [applause]
we will never give up. we shall endure. we live by the moral strength that we call "grace." we have often skirt the press of this -- the press of this -- the precipice. sometimes our challenges seem insurmouable but at the crossroads of our history, may this day be the change point. around you. you are not alone. you are americans. -- look around you. you are not alone. you are americans. [cheers and applause] you have the same courage as ncoln, washington, king.
it will sustain the as it sustained them appeared with pride in the red, white, and together,s stand let's stand with honor, let's restore america. god bless you and god bless america. [cheers and applause] >> id is no longer enough in our country -- it is no longer enough in our country just to look at these three heroes. they cannot be the only ones who do these tough things. if we want our country to survive, we must begin to look of our selves -- look at
ourselves. we must be in digital's -- we must be individuals of faith, hope, in charity. when i first put this together, i thought it was supposed to be political. i had to announce it for some reason. i went to florida. i had to look people in the eye and tell them what we're doing. 25,000 people showed up. i've broken out into a cold sweat -- i broke out into a cold sweat. i grabbed my assistant by the lapels. i screamed in his ear. i said, i do not know how, but we are wrong. he pushed me back and said, what? i knew we were supposed to come here. so, i went back to the drawing
board. over the holidays, i came to faith, hope, and chairty. those -- charity. those three icons. i brought them back to the television station and said, this is our direction next year. i said, i do not understand i but this is where we're going. it was about four months ago. we we still lost. we did not know what we were going to do. i was down on my knees. i said, lord, i think i am one of your dumber children. speak slowly. the answer was, you have all the pieces, just put them together. the pieces are faith, hope, and
chairty -- charity and looking for those inside of us. we have plenty of medals for our heroes. they do things none of us want to do. when i found the original story of the purple heart, the badge badge ofir -- our -- merit -- our troops do things for us and we give them the purple heart. the original intent -- it was called the badge of merit. it was the first merit badge and it was given to any soldier that had done something america -- something of merit.
to be able to defeat the most powerful army and navy on earth, he had to have farmers and shopkeepers of honor and merit. there were three giv out that we know of. there were lost until 1933. fdr took them and designed the metal around them. i would like to come we ask that, -- humbly ask that we go back to that original intent. we need to look for marriage -- merit and honor in one another. people who have done the tough thing and stood against the tide because it was right. today, we begin to award the new badge of merit. restoring honor.
today, we will award three medals to civilians who have done the right thing throughout their life and have touched the lives of other peoe, so our children can see regular people making tough decisions and living their lives the right way. [applause] to restore america, we must not only restore honor. in doing so, we will restore heroes. our children need people to look up to. those people are not giants like back. -- like that today are everywhere. they are like us. today, weill begin. faith, hope, and charity. our first medal is for faith.
♪ >> faith. it is knowing and believing in something when all the circumstances surrounding you would indicate otherwise. faith is the cornerstone of america's foundation. you might say it is in our dna. 1775 -- in the greatest act of faith in our nation's history, a group of upstart colonists saw their freedom -- sought their freedom by declaring war on the greatest military power in the world, where there was seemingly no hope. there was based. nearly 200 years later, a young minister had the faith to dream of a better day. he dreamt of freedom, equality, a realization that all men are created equal -- dr. martin luther king's shah like faith gave him the assurance that --
childlike fate gave him the assurance that all the pain and sacrifice would lead to an outcome that men before him could only dream about. in 2001, our faith was challenged again as we watched the twin towers fall. americans look inside themselves, then to their god to find the strength to rise above the evil and hatred. the faith that we had an ourselves, in each other, and r god united us. that faith reassured us that no matter what happened yesterday or today, tomorrow is a new day. from the very beginning of this great country, our faith has driven us to become the greatest people the world has ever known. but now it seems as darkness is growing again that faith is in
short supply. to restore america we must restore ourselves. we must rediscover the values and principles that the dali -- that the founders established. we must restore the faith that once guided us. can we still reach for answers? can we still find solutions not yet revealed? can we find that faith? [applause] >> lads and gentlemen, here to present the badge of mit for is our next presenter,
from a tribe in oklahoma. >> it is an honor to stand here before you can see some of the people. i believe you are in a position of honor as well. you are to be honored for coming to this event. before i introduce and tell you about a great man, i would like to give you just a brief of what honor means to native american people. the word "honor" is a word that is like a precious stone. it is a sweet fragrance that blows from the north to the south. honor is a warrior that is able and capable of kping his word, keeping his promise oher
promise. there is a word that our people sung on thetrail of tears. it's as always go forward, never go back -- it says always go forward, never go back. we sll never look back at the past. from this day on, we should look forward to the great awakening, the greek revival that we prayed for -- great revival that we prayed for. [cheers and applause] it is an honor to introduce one of our great black leaders, a covenant warrior of god, a peacemaker, one was able to keep peace and not start wars. i would say this to america.
it is a word that means you are like a river that gives me life and without you i cannot exist. pastor jackson pastors a baptist church in houston. for 53 years, he and his wife cap covenant. he has been in ministry for 50 years as a leader with traditional values -- family vaes. he was appointed by gov. rick perry to texas. [applause] it was appointed to the texas department of criminal justice. he went to morehouse college. he was appointed to the hall of preachers for the several books he has written -- over 18 books.
he is one of the first preachers -- the first creature to have a weekly tv program, a down-to-earth minister that speaks the truth and honesty -- truth in the honesty. he has planted 19 churches just in the houston area. when martin luther king came to washington to give the speech "i have a dream," he said to my right, listening to this great man, at the corner of the reflecting pool -- he wanted to see all people black, white, red, yellow, whatever color -- to come to know -- that they could come to know unity. when we work together in unity, we can move as a unit and we
>> to this most magnificent audience, that god brought us here through this great young servant of god, son of god, glenn beck. [applause] not only him but all of the new -- all of you, some 48 years ago, writer here beyond the fence, i stood as a young man who was led here by god and martin luther king. i stood right over there. [applause] my first hit -- my first trip here to washington and on a bus
to go through mississippi. they promised us they would blow the bus up. dr. martin luther king preached, "i ha a dream." [applause] let me say this. then i will get out of your hair. god sent his son to the earth so that we could all gather. that is the dream and the vision of glenn beck. you will have to wonder what was the audience participation, what will they give back?
i saw glenn beck's is alive tears. -- eyes full of tears. what would jesus, if he stood here right now, what would be expected of this great audience? where you stand, you will see there were three women in the ministry of jesus christ. there were many men and many churches but there were three classical women who stood out in his ministry just like you stand out in the ministry of dr. glenn beck. one of those women came and said she gave all she had which
was two mice. we call them the widow mic she gave them as a gift when jesus gave the offering. she gave all and she had. it was so powerful until jesus stock to the offering and said, "this woman will be remembered because her name iwritten down in the book of life." you did nocome for nothing. you came to give your gift which would be a gift of yourself.
this woman gave the best she had which was a box of alignment. she anointed jesus's feet. can you imagine? this women did not anoint his hands but what? his feet. she took her hair and wide -- wiped his feet clean. what a great gift. jesus said, "this shall be remembered," because she gave him the resurrection before he even died. you can do the same. you can pray, give the best you have for a young man named glenn beck. [applause] thirdly, as i close, there was
another great woman just like year. -- just like you. she was not jewish. she was great. she was a gentile. -- she was greek. she was not supposed to be in the crowd. she followed jesus on behalf of her daughter who had an unclean spirit. they did not have any money. god's son, jesus christ, said it he had not seen the kind of faith iner as he had seen in the israelites.
even the disciples told her she was not included. she spoke to jesus in a bidding voice. he ignored her and would not say a word. when jesus spoke, he said, "should i take the bread o the table of the children and give it to a dog"? she did not get upset. she did not panic. she said, "you are right, but even the dog is beautiful." is anyone here living on the cross? people come from iraq, afghanistan on different legs. they can give all they have. feed the dog underneath the table.
i want to thank glenn beck to give a man who does not deserve to be here, who quit school in the 10th grade. and i dinot stop. i have a bachelor degree, a ph.d., and a doctorate of law because god would not let me stop. he fed me underneath the table. [applause] he told me how god blessed him so and how he wanted to see all of the children. he said he went to a town and took a company that had been
bankrupt. he took the company and gave 300 some people giving them a job, beating a person with a dog's appetite. thank you for letting me come. thank u for this reward. i do not deserve this honor. i am honored to my dying day. thank you. thank you. thank you. [applause] >> hope, the parent of both bait and charity -- ith and charity.
it gives lights to a difficult place. without hope, the light shining through the bleakest of times, we die. hope is our eternal flame. for hope to be real, it must be bathed in truth and daughter. without it, hope is nothing more than an empty wish. our history is full of brilliant men and women whose integrity and courage gave birth to this glorious republic, men whose actions radiated hopes to run this entire land of ours. where have they gone? what happened to truth? what happened to honor? what happened to the individuals who do the right thing, the hard thing even when no one is watching? we need leaders to give our
children something to hope for, to help in. we must restore, not transform, those values, those principles, the freedom to defines who we are, who we have always been -- america, the beautiful, the land of the flurry of, the home -- the land of the free, the home of the brave. the shining beacon, the city on the hill for the whole world to see. that is our truth, that is our hope. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, here to present the badge of merit or hope, tony la russa. >> good moing. [applause] wow.
what a view. before i get to the award, i want to thank the line and his team for a few things. -- i want to thank glenn and his team. his organization, the special warriors foundation. i did not know about them until recently. it is an incredible organization. i am pleased to get to know them and will forever support them as you all are doing. thank you. i also want to thank glenn and his team for this contest. it is invigorating to hear what has been done so far. my responsibility is to introduce this year's hope award recipient. what does the hope award represent?
the essence is a commitment to honesty, integrity, and truth and trust. they exemplify this through their personal and professional lives. success is hard earned. an award winner will have confronted challenges, adversity, failure, refused to give in, and determined to influence the outcome the matter what he or she faces. these of the qualities we often defined as a hero. in reality, i think most of us
his commitment to his family, his commitment to his facith, ad his tireless commitment to do see -- duty. you will see him tirelessly involved in causes, so at the time you are looking for a real- life hero, they say there is a search for examples of excellence. i want to introduce you to an example of excellence.
which a lot of people do not get to see. i just want to thank god for giving me the platform as a baseball player. [applause] ♪ [applause] >> thank you very much. i am very honored and humbled to be here today. i want to thank glenn for giving me the opportunity to be here and share with you guys not just the baseball, like tony said, but the things we do off the field with a lot of people do not get i believe it is more than a platform or a baseball player. baseball player. job as a believer is to share the gospel of jesus christ. [applause] obviously there are so many people i need to think for this award or shared the award with. one of them is here today, my wife deidre. she is standing back there. also, my family. people back in st. louis who run my family foundation. they work so hard.
thank you. they work so hard to make our foundation the best and i think them for that. -- thank them for that. our job with the foundation is to be involved in kids with down syndrome and adults with down syndrome as well as going back to the dominican republic with a mission trip to give back. we cannot forget where we come from. [applause] as long as i am alive, i will continue to do the best that i can to represent jesus christ because 12 years ago i made the best decision of my life and that was following jesus christ. thank you so much and god bless you. [applause]
>> give me your tired, your poor, your masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse from your teeming shore. send these, the homeless from the tempest tossed to me. i lift my lamp beside the golden door. these are the words forever etched on the tablet of america's most iconic symbol, the statue of liberty. freedom, an opportunity, offered with no expectation of anything in return. that is charity. that is america. that is america's charity. charity is loved. it is selfless, pure, and an integral part of the foundation that our nation is built on. our founding fathers sought life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as a natural
right, an invasion where each country will be mindful of one another. the proof is boldly written in the declaration of independence. all men are created equal. they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. almost everyone needs a hand at some point or another. we all have or we all will. throughout our history, we, the people, have reached out to meet the needs that we saw around us now because someone told us to but because it was the right thing to do. america's charity, our compassion for others has always been the backbone of our country. there was a time when families took care of their own. neighbors helped neighbors and churches were there for those who have nowhere else to turn.
benjamin franklin said, "mankind are all of a family." today, the true meaning of charity has been lost. charity is not forced, fake, or declared it tax deductible. it is not about getting recognized with a name on a plaq. charity is about opening your heart to another human being in his or her time of need. withoucharity, true charity there is nothing. our responsibility is no less than that ofhe men and women who were called upon to risk their lives to defend freedom and security of our country. charity, real charity, and powers, off cliffs -- uplifts, and sets man free. [applause] >> here to present the award, the badge of merit for charity, retired from the supreme court, justice raul gonzales.
[applause] >> thank you. the honoree for the badge of rare for charity is from salt lake city, utah. our honor read was born in blackfoot, idaho. his father was a schoolteacher. his ther was a homemaker. his family moved to california at a young age. our honor read -- honoree was elected as a studentody president in his eyes go. he received a scholarship to the university of pennsylvania's school of finance were he received the top rate in his graduating class.
he later went on to get his mba at the university of southern california. he married keiran in june 1959. in july the following month, he left to serve two years in the u.s. navy. [applause] our honoree has been married for 50 years. [applause] he and his lovely bride, karen, they are the parents of nine children and they had 56
grandchildren. [applause] he is active in his church. he had a very creative mind in industry. he rose through the ranks his profession. after using his creative mind for others, he formed his own company and among other things he created the containers used in the fast-food industry. both of his parents died of cancer. he himself is a cancer survivor. [applause]
he has dedicated his energy and his wealth in funding the premier research institute for cancer, the hunts and cancer institute and has given millions of dollars in his own money for research. [applause] his generous heart has given money to shelters for battered women, shelters for the homeless, and has given millions of dollars to different universities. his generous heart has extended to schoolteachers. annually, he gives 10 excellence in education the words to you taught teachers of $10,000 each. [laughter] -- [applause]
he has been recognized as one of the handful as the most generous philanthropist in this couny. he is also an author and wrote the book, "winners never cheat." he truly exemplifies faith, hope, and charity. and has decided to give up nearly all of his wealth, over $2 billion, to charity. [applause] forgettery -- regrettably, he is not here. to receive the award on his behalf is emma houston. please come forward. ♪ [applause] ♪
representing him and receiving glenn beck's award for charity. i know no more critable individuals mr. huntsman. there is something that precludes him being here personally. he has a granddaughter getting married. [applause] expresses his humility upon receiving this great honor. i will quote him exactly. "glenn beck is one of america's most trusted and honored citizens." " i am grateful to him for
presenting to me, through emma houston, the award for charity. many people are far more deserving. it is easy to me or arent -- to understand why he was selected for the award. his charity and generosity are known throughout the world. yes, he is a successful and wealthy industrialist, but most importantly he has given virtually all. he has given all of his money to a wonderful charity of causes. [applause] he began as a young boy helping those less fortunate when he lived in a small two room house without plumbing. he has put thousands of young
and -- young men and women through university. he has established homes for the homeless and needy. he has helped build one of the largest centers in the country for abused women and children. i know this has already been stated but it is worth repeating. his list of charities is endless. there is one in particular that is very meaningful. mr. huntsman donated hundreds of billions of dollars to build the world-famo creutzmann cancer institute and hospital in salt lake city utah -- huntsman cancer institute. [applause] it serves patients from the united states and many foreign countries. i'm fortunate and blessed, i want to emphasize a blast -- blessed, to be here today, because i was treated for stage three cancer at the huntsman institute. [applause]
one in two men and one in three women will have cancer in their lifetime. every family will be affected by this deadly disease. mr. huntsman's goal is to help eradicate cancer for the faith of the earth. [applause] when glenn beck and john huntsman first met several years ago, mr. huntsman said, "glenn, my goal is to die broke.
everything i have erred in my lifetime will be donated for the upliftment and benefit of mankind." [applause] may i just conclude with his favorite expression of love. "no man is an island. no man sta alone. each man's joya is joy to me. each man's grf is my own. we need one another. i will defend each brother, each man as my brother, each man has my friend." to you, my sisters and brothers, for such a time as this, this is the day that the lord has made. we shall rejoice. [applause] this is the day that the lord has made. we shall roice.
we shall rejoice. we shall rejoice. we shall rejoice. we shall rejoice in this day that the lord has made. on behalf of mr. john huntsman, i will carefully deliver this to him and his family a graciously thinking on his behalf. [applause] >> 47 years ago, on these various steps, dr. martin luther king had a dream. his dream seems a simple one -- justice, freedom, and the promise that all men are created equal, the promise that is america for all of her citizens. that day, 200,000 people, black and white, young and old,
gathered across the national wall to hear his words. many had run out of faith. many had struggled just to survive. more had lost hope. he knew that this was the day to inspire change. this was the day the american people would rise above politics, rise above the hate, and rise to the occasion. martin luther king was born into a time of fierce segregation. while parts of the country bought strictly in black-and- white, can only solve right and wrong. from the beginning, he recognized america as an idea, one that can only succeed if everyone was given a seat at the cnter. just like the founding fathers before him, he knew the fight for freedom was not easy.
a fight for equality was even harder. even though the fight was exhausting, the obstacles demoralizing, he firmly stood by his belief. in the process of gaining a rightful place, he said, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. love, he preached, was the only way to invoke real change. martin luther king held strong whilhis detractors spew hate. he had the truth on his side. when he was told the the patient he said, "i have too little time. when jailed for protesting not violate, he wrote, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice
anywhere." the great as was the face he had in the american people -- the greatness was the face he had. we, as citizens, must all carry martin luther king's dream in alof our hearts, the dream is not completed. it is an ongoing struggle, one that all americans must be willing to undertake. like martin luther king, we are all born knowing the truth. the truth will set us free. on august 28, 1963, dr. martin luther king's message was, "look at the context of a man's character, not the color of his skin." his dream is the american dream. today, august 28, 2010, we stand here in this same hallowed ground with our heads held high and our hearts open.
we all have the inalienable rights to live in a country withiberty and justice for all. >> this will be the day when all of god's children be able to say with a new meaning, my country to is of the, -- my country tis of thee, from every mountainside let freedom ring. if america is to be a great nation, this must come true. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, it is my great, great honor to introduce to use someone that i met just recently in the last six months and has become a good friend, a woman whose family past has been washed in blood. her father and her of gold were both killed -- her father and her uncle were both killed for
to focus on the content of our color and not the color of our skin. hallelujah. god bless the special operation warrior foundation. hallelujah. thank you. thank you. listen. i want to introduce to you now catherine davis, dave gardner, dr. ed holiday, bishop harry jackson, pastor nelson, and others. come on down, my friends. [applause] we do not all have 10inutes speeches. do not worry about this.
everything that is gone, rebuilt stone by stone, home by home, rebuild ♪ we have got to we have got to rebuild, ooh ♪ rebuild, ooh ♪ stone by stone ♪ ooh ♪ we've got to rebuild our home, home by home ♪ rebuild, rebuild ♪ stone by stone, home by home ♪ we've got to america, we've got to rebuild ♪ can we rebuild? whoa
♪ rebuild ♪ thank you. >> thank you, angelica. we have got to rebuild. [applause] >> rating from the book of as read chapter 6. it declares. moreover, i issue a decree concerning what you were to do for the elders of judah in the rebuilding of this house of god. it is to be paved -- paid out of the taxes of the provinces beyond the river. without delay, made the lord at
unity ♪ unity ♪ that is what we need, more unity ♪ all around the world, to every sister and brother ♪ yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ unity unity ♪ let's work together in unity ♪ unity ♪ unity that's what we need is more unity ♪ we need unity ♪ unity that's what we need let's walk togther -- together in unity we need unity yes, you and me. that is what we need ♪ more unity ♪ that's what we need ♪ that's what we need ♪ come on and walk with me we need unity ♪
come on, everybody, woo. ♪ come on and ke my hand hey, hey ♪ we've got to build one another up turn the world around we need unity, unity ♪ unity rabb somebody's hand let's walk together ♪ every creed, every race, every color that is what we need more unity ♪ ♪ yeah, yeah ♪ whoo. hallelujah. >>et the church say, amen. i have been asked to read and encouragement from the apostle paul. i believe that this scripture is echoing to us today the american ideal that is found in the modern comic people nervous
unum -- motto, e pluribis unim. we stand together in unity as one strong group, americans today in the name of christ. [applause] pulse says in chapter for a -- paul says in chapter 4, i urge you to walk with patience, showing tolerance in one another, with love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace until we all come into this unity of the faith come until the knowledge of the son of god, until the measure of the state of the fullness of jesus christ. may god at a blessing to the reading of his holy word.
[applause] >> glory to god. 47 years ago, my of go, dr. martin luther king jr., stood here and proclaimed, "i had a dream." my parents were here to support all go martin. -- uncle king. we all knew that august 28 would be a very special day. it was an incredible moment in history, the descendant of african and irish ancestors speaking to the nation about freedom, about just as, and ultimately about love. pin shorted all that what the order did pool
theyeek to oregon. they seek to serve. the book of god teaches us that we should celebrate and honor their lives today. i can only imagine what these heroes have experienced in their own trials, even as my uncle did in his lifetime. we know how long kollmorgen road on the margins of an old newspaper the beginnings of his baby -- is famous letter from a birmingham jail. it was there that he focused not
on his around is -- surroundings, but his focus. hallelujah, hallelujah. today, we are here to honor special men and women who, like my uncle martin, are blessed with servants hearts. though they gave their service in ways very different from martin luther king jr., they are not afraid to give their lives for the freedom of others. if uncle martin uld be here today, he would surely commend us for giving honor were honor is due. he would surely remind us that as brothers and sisters, united by one blood and one single race, the human race, we are called to honor god and to love each other. he would encourage us -- yes,
thank you. [applause] he would encourage us lay aside are divisive lives. we are one human family. yes, one human family. pplause] we must help those who are being oppressed. 47 years ago, uncle martin compared our nation's promise of equal protection to a check mark insufficient funds. today, in more than one sense, america is nearly bankrupt. our material gains seem to be going the way of our moral losses. we are suffering from the great evil divide of racism. our children are suffering in a failing school system. our sons and daughters are being incarcerated at astronomical rates. sickness, disease and poverty of the spirit soul and body are
plaguing our community. the foundation of marriage is being threatened and the ones of our mothers have become places where the blood of our children are shed in a will war that it shatters the fabric of our society. in the economy reflects our nation's moral poverty. yet, and we are not thout hope. faith, hope and love are not dead in america. hallelujah, we put our trust in god. our honored heroes here today bear with us that there is hope for the human heart. oh that the fountain can be rebuild -- rebuilt. when will we know that the check
on omar and spoke of is good? -- ogle martin spoke of is good? [applause] we will know what our children are no longer in our streets but in our classrooms. we will not know-we will know when of righteousness rolls down like water and justice like a mighty spring. [applause] yes, i did, too, have a dream. i have a dream that one day soon, god's love will transcend skin color and economic status and cause us to turn from world -- from moral turpitude.
i have a dream that america will recant of the sin of racism and return to honor. i have a dream. yes, i have a dream that white privilege will become rudy -- human privilege and the people of every ethnic blend of bull receive everyone as brothers and sisters in the law of god. . douglas of america -- god bless
we have stood on the edge and dared to dream. to move forward into the unknown. millions have come from all over the world to join us. uniquelyt of that american experience. they believe that america is mankind's last great hope. something many of us have forgotten. when the world has lost its faith, when hope is gone, america answers the call. we always have.
media, god only knows how many. this day is a day that we can touch the heart of america can, and it does nothing to do with politics. it has everything to do with god, turning our faith back to the values and principles that made us great. we have a choice today. we can either look at the scars of the nation -- and let's be honest. if you look at history, america has been booked terribly good and terribly bad. it has been both. but if we concentrate on the back instead of learning from
the bad and repairing the bad and look at the good that is still within our reach. we have a choice today to either let those cars crush us or redeem us. we are gathered here today in the hallowed spot. here abraham lincoln, a giant of an american casting a shadow on all of us, we look to a giant for answers. behind you, in front of me, the washington monument. alone, tall, straight. if you look at the washington monument, you might notice its
cars. nobody talks about that. nobody says, let's get that now. nobody says, i do not know, but a quarter of the way up the changes color. did you know that it did? look at it. look it starts. how did this start get there? they stopped building it in the civil war. and when the war was over, they began again. no one sees the scars of the washington monument. we see what it stands for. no one talks about what is on top. facing east. just two words, laus deos. praise be to god. [applause] and now was 18 years old, i used
between the second and third column there. i would come at 5:00 in the morning, sit there, and watch the sun rise over the capital. i just did it again with my now in college children. this is an amazing place. i told them, not of what had changed, except now at the end, a salute to the greatest american generation. the world war ii memorial at the end of the reflecting pool. men and women who did what they had to do, not because they wanted to, but because they were faced with the choice. you cannot coexist with evil.
they did the right thing. they stood against all odds. the vietnam memorial here saluting all the veterans that we did not welcome home when they came, we finally welcome them home now. [applause] and through these trees, a haunting memorial of the korean veterans. we are standing amongst giants. and in between, a reflecting pool. why? is it so we can say, while, look
how dirty it is? [laughter] no, it is not just to reflect the monuments. it is intended for us to reflect on what that man meant and what those men meant and those and those and that man and the man who stood on the stairs and gave his life for everyone's right to have a dream, martin luther king. that is what the relation is all about. -- a reflection is all about. we are to reflect on what these great men did. why did they give their lives -- and all of them did. george washington, he was a general who fought and fought and fought and fought, and when it was falling apart and they
needed the constitution, they came riding to his front door and knocked on it and he answered and they said, general, we will not survive. it is falling apart. we need to the constitutional convention. his response was, had i not yet done enough for my country? he closed the door. he reflected. he mounted his horse. he gave another part of his life because it was the right thing to do. what did these great people gave their lives for? they gave it for the american experiment, and that is what this is -- an experiment. it is not just a country, it is an idea that man can rule himself.
that if the american experiment. we have a choice to make today. do we, americans that live today surrounded by giants, dow today say that the experiment cannot work? man must be ruled by someone. >> no! >> it does not and here it shall not and now it shall not and in my generation, in your generation. it is up to us.
i came here last saturday. of 1 it has been some time -- i wanted to spend some time with my children. i wanted to show them these great monuments. i went into the lincoln memorial and i stood there and i read the gettysburg address on one wall, and the second inaugural address on the other. i went up and touched the words and lifted my children up so that they could touch the words as well. the words are alive.
howard documents -- howard documents, -- our documents, our american scriptures are alive today like any other scriptures. it speaks to us from the past. if i may, i was share with you the gettysburg address and ask you if it does not apply to today. fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. [applause] now we are engaged in a great war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and
so dedicated can long endure. we're met on a great battlefield. in the hotel that i am staying at, i found out this is the hotel where dr. martin luther king finished his speech. it is also a place where someone else wrote something. the battle hymn of the republic written here in a hotel just down the street, because you can see over the buildings at that time, they were not so high, and they watched the battle. that is where the battle hymn of the republic was written. this is a great battlefield, filled with lawyers on each side. we're met on a great battlefield of that war. we have come to dedicate a portion of that field as the
final resting place to those who gave their lives that this nation might live. but in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. the brave men and women living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. the world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never be forgotten what they did here. it is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work that they have thus so far so nobly advanced. it is rather for us here to be dedicated now to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause which they gave their last
full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall have not died in vain, that this nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom and that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth. america is at a crossroads. we must decide -- are those words that abraham lincoln spoke, can they have no meaning or relevance on us today? america is at a crossroads, and today we must decide who are we?
what is it we believe? we must advance or perish. i choose advance. after the gettysburg address, you go in and read. i invite you to go in and today it is read the second inaugural. abraham lincoln found god in the scars of gettysburg. he was baptized and gave the second inaugural. he look to god and set men free. america -- america, awakened again. it is the same story throughout history. all of mankind's history.
mankind himself in slavery, and then someone appears to wait america up. it was george whitefield and the , heorties -- in the 1740's actually brought more slavery to this land, but it is words that inspired an american generation. the children they grew in to beat john adams, at george washington, thomas jefferson, and it happens the same way it has since the burning bush. moses, freedom, and then they forget. they wander until they remember that god is the answer.
he always has been. and then they began to trust. you know what kind of trust there must a band? keep you are in bondage in ancient egypt, and you were crying out to the almighty, send does someone to free s -- send us someone to free us, and someone shows up with a stick, don't you think they said, you have got to be kidding? [laughter] the all-powerful, the almighty, they send a man slow of speech with a stick. but look at what that state and what that man did. -- that stick and what that man did. recognize that noses and abraham
lincoln and george washington, they were men. they were just like you. they just picked up their st ick. i think i can relate to martlet picking out of all of these giants, probably the most because we have not carved in marble yet. he is still a man. and that is the message, that man makes a difference. what is it that these men have that you do not. what is it? abraham lincoln, the american indians, frederick douglass, the , the pioneers, what is it that they have that you do not have? the answer is nothing. they are exactly like you. they just did the hard thing. they just decided not to see themselves in any other way other than, oh, crap, i got to
cross the mountain? ask yourself -- would you have crossed the mountain? i think i would have been stuck at the first river. and that they would have made it to the rockies, my family what had been right there in denver, colorado. i will have gotten there and said, though, you have got to be kidding me. they went on. they relied on got. god's grace. america is great because america is good. but that is not the entire story. she is not good because she is good. america is only what we choose her to be. we as individuals must be good so america can be great.
america is at a crossroads. and there is a clear and simple choice -- do we choose to it just look at the scars, do we choose to look back, or do we will do what every great generation has done in america in times of trouble -- look ahead, dream about what we're going to become, not worried about what we are? look floor, look west, look to the heavens, look to god. and make your choice. [applause] one of the phrases that comes to mind at all locked -- comes to
mind a lot. that which you gaze upon, that you shall become. what is it your gazing upon? what is it you look at? why have we missed gazing upon the reflecting pool? what are you gazing on every day? that is what you will become. are we so jaded as a nation? are we so pessimistic that we no longer believe in the individual and the power of the individual? do we no longer believed in the power of one person making a difference? i testified to you here and now -- one man can change the world.
and i share with you an equal testimony, that man or woman is you. you make a difference. do not stand and look at someone else. but to yourself. pick up your stick and stand. to many americans are looking to someone else. we must be the people that look inside our self first, and then are a laugh craft to those around us that need help. -- a life raft to those around
us that need help. and not give them fish, but teach them how to fish. we are a nation, quite honestly, which is in about as good a shape as i am, and that is not very good. i was trying to line up everything. i get to the stock and set down for a second. we've had a soft life. the poorest among us are still some of the richest in the world. the poorest among us have blessings' beyond the wildest imagination of anyone that mother teresa visited. and yet we do not recognize it.
we're dividing ourselves. there is growing hatred in the country. we must be better than what we have allowed ourselves to become. we must that the poison of patronage out of us. no matter what anyone may say or do, no matter what anyone smears or lies or throws our way, or anything, we must look to god and look to love. we must defend those that we disagree with what are honest and have integrity. there were people on this stage, and i am not -- i do not have
permission to say who they were. but there were people on the stage that not only took great personal risk, but also one in particular organized for our president. lead a prayer breakfast, is a democrat, and you would think the media would tell you, that there were only a bunch of tea partyers. no, that person stood on that stage because of honor and integrity. there is a lot we can disagree on. our values and our principles can unite us. we must discover them again. americans have always look to explore. we went west and then we went
up. we're going down into the ocean. it is time to explore -- we must not just explore outer space, but we must as americans export interspace. -- explore inner space and look at what we truly believe. the lord will always send a wake-up call. and he has been sending us wake- up call after wake up call after wake-up call. it has been for the republicans and democrats, all of us. and you consent to kind of wake- up calls. 13 fear, like 9/11.
9/11 woke us up. and we stood soldier to shoulder for a very short period of time. politics did not matter. caller did not matter. it did not matter if you were poor or rich, we were americans together. beyond that, we were god's human creation standing together. but der only wakes you up for a short time. -- fear only wakes you up for a short time. a lot of people think that i am a fearmonger. it is not a label that i think applies. i talk about frightening things, but i do not think the
man who saw the iceberg as the titanic was about to hit it and said, it is an iceberg, was a fearmonger. he was warning the people on the ship. waking people up through fear only will awaken them for a very short period of time, as we all found out with 9/11. do you not think the apostles while waiting in the garden of gethsemane or trade -- were afraid? jesus asked them, just watch with me for an hour. he prayed in they came back and they were asleep. the enemies were lighting
torch's and gathering their swords. and they said, sorry, we will do better next time. and they did not. 1, 2, 3 -- three times. can you knock stay with me for one hour? the responses, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. o?at do we di they were not awake until after the resurrection. y knew, and they never went to sleep again. it was not the fear of death of a resurrection that kept them awake. -- but the resurrection that
kept them away. -- that kept them awake. i ask you -- republicans, democrats, independents -- americans, we are all americans. we all must realize how nice we have it here, despite all our problems. we must recognize the great thing that we have done, while noticing as well said that we can learn from the lessons all of the bad things that we have done. know them so that we never repeat the same mistake. but we must make a choice today. i make -- i gave a 40-day challenge on the air. 40 days ago today.
i ask you to do three things, the faith, hope, and charity. in your own life, i ask you, prey on your knees. not just pray, but prey on your knees. recognize your place to the creator. recognize that he is the heart king and he is the one that guides and directs our life and protect us. i has not that you -- and i ask for you to pray with your door open so that your children see their father and mother humbled by god in prayer. that which they gaze upon, they
will become. the second thing i ask you to do, tell the truth. tell the truth, and it only matters when you tell the truth and you know it is going to hurt you. you know it is not going to help your side. tell the truth. america is crying out for the truth. tell the truth in your own life and then expect it from others. and a third -- i ask you 40 days ago, for charity, connect with your families, your spouse, your children. give them extra time. give them extra attention.
charity begins at home first. my challenge to you today is to make a choice. does america go through all word -- does america go forward or does the experience -- experiment fail with us? make that choice and then if you answer as i do, look to the top of the washington memorial. the washington monument -- praise be to god. my favorite line in the declaration of independence is, with firm reliance on divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
let that phrase be our guide has was put on the top of the monument, as thomas jefferson said, if you really want to share the truth, imbedded into architecture. the truth is on the walls here, on top of the monument, but it is also in our founding documents. what is the answer? the you think they were just -- the you think someone was like, if you got decides that want to down, it won't fit on the page? that was code. they knew that we would forget. at the end of that that relation of independence, with firm reliance on divine providence -- firm reliance on divine providence. how can you possibly have a firm
reliance if you do not know what you believe? if you are just doing it because her family has done in? if you are just doing it because it is what we do? if you have not questioned with boldness even the very existence of god, for it there be a god, he must surely rather welcomed on his questioning over blindfolded. . -- well, honest questioning -- welcome on his questioning rather than blindfolded fear. it is the only way you can have a firm reliance on it. when the storms, at an your ship is being tossed, you have got to rely on something. you wanted to be an invisible
magic sky god that you think is there aren't you want have a firm reliance, we will be fine? i choose to nose so that i can depend with firm reliance on god's protection. two --realize your faith. if you understand who god is, if you will also understand you are one of his children. that has great benefits an unbelievable responsibility. if you find out who god truly is, i warn you -- if you know who he is, it will be the biggest blessing in your life, but he will also be the biggest purse in your life, because on some things you will then no longer have a choice, because
you know what is true, you know who you served, and you must stand there because you have no other choice. he is and know who you are. the next part of the phrase is open " we mutually pledge to each other our lives." i have always read that as something that vietnam vets did, the korean vets did, or the bets that we honor today. it is not just that. washington, i told you, gave up his life as he wanted it. he wanted to be a farmer, not a president. he wanted to be a surveyor, not
a general. he gave up the life he wanted. if we do this right, we will each come to a point in our life, if we're going to change our country with lasting ramifications, we will each come to a point in our life where we are at the last string or thread and say, have they not yet done enough for my country? then we will stand up again and get on our course, because the answer is, no, god is not done with you yet, and he is not done with man's freedom yet. with firm reliance on divine
providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes -- what does that mean? it means that there comes a time when one generation must sacrifice to the next. so our children will have a sliver of a chance of what we grew up in. this experiment is the only time man has lived a life like this. it is not a coincidence the world changed at the age of enlightenment happened and americans set man free. it is not a coincidence.
if we wanted for our children and our grandchildren, we must pledge our lives and our fortunes, but we already know that instinctively. if anyone has ever had a child who is seriously ill, you know you have stood in the hospital, and you have fallen to your knees and you have said, lord, give it to me. give it to me. let them live. let them have a shot. i will take it on. that is who we must be today. we must take it on so our children can have a chance. we must be willing to trade places with our children. chewed --en's will be
our children must be slaves with debt. slaves. we must trade places with them. we must also give to the things that we believe in. i ask you today -- most of my life i put $20 in the basket at church and i thought i was doing pretty good. i what toss that out so people would see, yes, $20. when a man with a stick and a burning bush talked about the $20 in the basket, it was about 10%. i started thinking about typing. holy cow, really? that is going to make me happy? let me tell you something -- it is my choice and my honor to tithe 10%.
please, our nation can only grew -- do great work through our churches if they may have the means to do it. charity comes from a loss. it comes from our churches. it comes from our citizens -- synagogues. it comes from our houses of worship. tithe on firm reliance of divine providence. if you have a firm reliance common you gladly give 10% because you know you will be fine. and the last part -- our sacred honor. it means that you tell the truth, hold true, and nothing but the truth, so help you god. it means that there are no
allies in your life. -- lies in your life. i come to you as a man whose , who was onas allie the floor and up the opposition, and because i had wrecked my whole life. i had dishonored myself in every way. i come to tell you now that the truth shall set you free. the truth shall set you free. warning -- the truth will make you miserable first. but then it will set you free. each of us need to do these things if we are to restore our nation. we need to do these things and when we do, we will know who we are, that each of us makes a
difference, that life is short, but there is much work to be done. so pick up your stick, because the one who leads your life demands us of loss. if we do these things, we will keeler nation. -- heal our nation. we will do what the greatest american generation did in the last century. they will be the shelter of the world. the storm that is coming is not just an american storm, it is a human storm. it is a global storm. and who is it that always runs in at the end to save them? it is always the americans. but we're not prepared to be those people yet.
we must go to god's boot camp and strain on our lives of so that we can help people out in the rest of the world and guide them down the stairs and out of the building and to save him. -- and to safety. if we can say to each other, and with firm reliance on divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor, we will know that god is not on our side. rather, we have put our life so that we know we will be -- our life in shape so we know we will be on god's side. but, america, there are so many
things that we gaze upon that it is easy to pull us off track. we cannot do these things alone. we must do them with a good spouse by our side, good friends by our side, our family being strong, and we must insist that our churches stand for things that we know are true, because they are universal and analysts in nature. -- universal in nature. our churches, our synagogues, our mosques, we must ban for the things we know are true. 240 years ago, there was called the black robed regiment. england hated the preachers.
when they came, the british, they had a real hard time with the preachers. if you were a preacher, they have violated the airspace to get a shot of us. england had the preachers. if you were a preacher, you were most likely to be killed during the american revolution. why? because it was first the preacher that said all men are created equal. that rights come from god. no government, no team. we have fallen asleep as a nation and our churches have fallen asleep. this is not about one church 01 faith over another but the eternal principles of god.
the heart of this nation again and put it where it belongs. our hearts with god. go to your churches, your synagogues, your mosques, anyone that is not preaching hate and division, anyone that is not teaching to kill another man -- but you go the dozen or teaching the lasting principles. these 240 men and women from all faiths represent thousands of clergy that we could not fit into this area at that are among you now. thousands of that come to the mall to stand with america and god. and those thousands that are here represent 180 million people.
there are thousands that are willing to do the right thing. but we must not at year. and we must not get lost in politics. i know the media will say -- and the most crazy thing that he said -- [laughter] that finallyple find ourselves in incredible times. we all find ourselves saying, you have made a mistake. i have made a mistake. but i come to you as someone
they will declare their principles and their values. it can disagree on politics. we can disagree on some much. these men and women do not agree on fundamentals. they do not agree on everything that every church teaches. what they do agree on is god is the answer. if today is just one day, as you make your way home, this wake-up call will fade. if it was just about today. and the critics will be right tthat it was meaningless, that you have wasted your time.
but if in fact you choose today to change your life and route them in faith, hope, and charity, we will change the world. if we declare that we stand for something. if we do not, the pair phrase abraham lincoln, but the world will little note nor long remember what we said here. it is what we do from here that matters. take the 40-day challenge and change your life. let your children see it. the sacred scriptures of our country, of our faith, we must feel them to make sure that they are protected, just as the dead sea scrolls were. protect them.
there are children. teach them these things. i asked to bring your son or daughter, stand here. i know that keeps you do your job -- that if you do your job, it if you place yourself that you're restore honor in your own light, we will leave freedom better than how we found it. so our children confined the giants' inside them, somewhere in this crowd -- i know it. i had been looking for the next george washington. i cannot find him. i know he is in this crowd. he may be eight years old but this is the moment, this is the moment that he dedicates his life, that he sees giants around him. and 25 years from now, he will
come not to despair, but to those stairs, and he can proclaim i had a new dream. that must be our goal -- to raise the next great monument. america is at a crossroads. and this is the point of choice. you must choose whether we wallow in our scars --countries make mistakes. we have made more than our fair share, but it is what you do with those mistakes. we choose to wallow in them all we learn from the past and ask for redemption. gone, tomorrow may never come, but we have today.
it matters not -- [applause] it matters not where we are right now. it matters not where we have been. it is what we're doing today that makes the difference. john newton was a slave ship captain in the 1700's. he was a despicable men. he was a man, a slave ship captain, need i say more? and he did not really see it in
front of him. he had eyes that he could not say. -- he could not see the horror that he was engaged in until he was in a storm, and that is usually when people figure it out. he was in a storm on the sea and he fell to his knees and he said, lord, help us. helpless, help us, help us. and he did. but he followed through. he was changed in that storm. he went from the captain of a y who wroteto a gui probably the best song for the bagpipes. he broke "-- he wrote