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America has the choice again. The same choice, with the same people. But in 1968, the riots were in the streets. And because the same people are there, and they’re trying to recreate ’68, let’s look what happened in the 1960s. We had four assassinations. Let me ask you — there were four Presidents in the history of our country that have been assassinated. How many of them have been killed by Marxists? Three. Three. The only one that wasn’t a Marxist was John Wilkes Booth. And he was a revolutionary. He wanted to dissolve the republic.
In the 1960s, JFK was killed by a Marxist, whipped up by a foreign power. RFK — killed by a Jordanian who didn’t want any more support going for Israel. The Palestinians were oppressed. MLK was killed by a racist; Malcolm X killed by the Nation of Islam. Do we have any of those seeds that are being planted right now?
They will recreate ’68. The question is, are we strong enough to stand? There is no moon shot. There is nothing to have us look to the heavens. Because NASA’s too busy telling Islam how great it is.
Here’s where we’re headed. Possibility — World War III. Because Israel has a right to survive, Israel has a right to live, the Jews have a right to be left alone by the rest of the world — they will defend themselves, as they should.
I sat with Benjamin Netanyahu, probably five years ago now. I could’ve done the interview today. I said — look, here’s what’s going to happen. Nobody’s going to do anything about Iran. The world will do nothing. And then, if this moment of hope — this is where I had it wrong — this moment of hope will be on the edge of peace, and you will be forced to strike. Because it will be all lies. And the world will turn around and say it’s the Jews that started all of this. And it will be by design.
It’s not a moment of hope. It is a moment of chaos. I should’ve listened to Ahmadinejad. As a Twelver himself, he knows — when he says, “Oh, Allah, give me the strength to hasten the return of the Promised One,” the question I had for my comrades — and I use that word exactly the right way — my comrades at CNN — I asked them — what does he mean? What does he mean by “hasten the return of the Promised One?” Who’s the Promised One, does anybody know? Nobody! Oh, he says that religious junk, it’s just for the — no, it’s not. He means it. The Twelfth Imam is one spooky dude that crawls out of a well. You believe it, don’t believe it — I don’t really care. They believe it. They believe it. And the way to hasten the return of the Promised One is to create global chaos.
Well, gee. That sounds like Occupy Wall Street, quite honestly. Create global chaos. World War III — possibility. Guaranteed anti-Semitism not seen since the 1930s. Guaranteed economic — not depression; collapse. Collapse. And civil war. You cannot put this genie back in the bottle.
But there is something else. There’s something that I’d like to focus on here. These things are coming. But so is this. Healing. Healing and profound light, should we choose it. Now.
De Tocqueville was right when he said America is great because America is good. Why are they attacking our churches? Because it’s the source of our goodness. It’s the source of our faith, our hope, our charity. I don’t care what church you go to. I don’t care what synagogue you go to. That’s what’s connecting us with each other and something higher than ourselves. Of course they’re attacking that.
I am a guy that nobody would’ve even hired, nor should they have, 15 years ago. I’m a recovering alcoholic that screwed up my whole life. I betrayed everybody in my life, I built a whole life of lies. Until I admitted that my life was out of control. Until I was at the point of life or death — which do you choose, life or death? Interesting that that’s what Moses said. Choose life or death. I chose life. But I didn’t know how.
America and the rest of the world is at that same point. Choose! Light or dark, life or death! Choose today!
It was because of good friends, a loving spouse, who all allowed me to hear the truth — you suck. And it’s your fault. And then, by the grace of God, and the strength of faith, that I stand before you today. That’s what has to happen in America.
My mother died because she got to the point, when I was a young teenager — she got to the point where she had to choose life or death. She chose death. Some people will. Some people have one drink. And they say — wow, you know, that made me really feel like garbage, and I could probably have a problem with that, and they never drink again.
I don’t know where everybody’s scale is. Some are going to have to perish. Unfortunately, they will choose that. You can’t save everybody. We have to now look into the mirror ourselves and say — what do I choose? And will I dedicate everything in my life? There is nothing less at stake than the very republic in which we have all enjoyed and the freedom of mankind. That’s what’s at stake. Are you up to the challenge of saving it? The answer should be — yes! If we just have 10 percent. Ten percent is the tipping point.
Principles of God are everywhere. Ten percent. He asks you for 10 percent. Tithe 10 percent is what He asks. But in the end, if you really understand tithing, and you really do it, you know it’s 10, then it’s 11, then it’s 15, then by the time you’re — it’s all of it, whatever. He takes it all.
The same thing with evil. Just be 10 percent — you’re 90 percent good. But you can take 10 minutes here. You’re 90 percent there. That’s good enough. Look at them, they’re not even 90 percent. And you allow yourself to be 90 percent good. Do it 90 percent. And pretty soon, it’s 89, 87, 85, 70, 60.
That’s how you get people to put people into gas chambers. Little pieces at a time. You don’t show up — nobody shows up like a storm trooper and says — hey, what do you say we gas all these people? You’d say — you’re out of your mind, you’re a crazy person. It takes time. Give me 1 percent today. Just say something bad about them. Start to dehumanize them a little bit. You know what, just take away their radio. Yeah, maybe they should shop at another store. That’s how you do it.
So let’s use the positive, and fix the 10 percent. Let’s use that God-given concept and change the course of the entire planet.
Culture. Culture is under attack. And all of our children — they’ll watch, whatever it is. They’ll listen, whatever it is. And how many Americans say — oh, my kids know the difference. No, they don’t. This is the culture they were raised in. There is nothing that’s the standard. They don’t have what we had.
I remember walking around in grocery stores when I was a kid. I’d say something, I’d do something, I’d mouth off at somebody. An adult would come around that corner of that grocery store and say — knock it off. I know your father. He wouldn’t like that. You’d be like, oh crap.
Even if they didn’t know our parents, they still said knock it off. We were a team. We had shared values. We don’t. The values that are being jammed down our throat are just that. They’re being jammed down our throat, they’re being enforced through intimidation, because we don’t believe in those things. The things we do believe in we won’t stand up for. Because we’re afraid.
The media is coming undone. The lies are being exposed. There’s a tipping point, and it’s all about here. It’s about to tank.
I’m setting on a journey to redesign the media. I don’t know if I’m going to be the one that does it. But somebody will. Because this system doesn’t work, and it’s got to be built on the truth, and a new way of doing business.
I was just in Nashville. I talked to some of the leaders of country music. And I said — look, the culture is under attack. There’s got to be a coordinated effort to take some music and move us ahead, some inspiration, anything.
Financial sector is going to fix itself. Not in a good way. But it’s the Kondratiev wave. Kondratiev was the first economic advisor for Stalin. Ended with a bullet in his head. Because he had to think about which is better — communism or capitalism. Ah, it’s Stalin asking the question, I think it’s communism.
He said let me think about it, I’ll get back to you on it. He had some time to think about it in a gulag. He came up with the Kondratiev wave. Green shoots. That’s where that comes from. Green shoots.
You’re in winter. Then you see a green shoot. That’s somebody having an idea. Wait a minute. It doesn’t have to be that way. I got a better idea. In their garage. A kid. Little Billy Gates. Little Stevie Jobs. They have an idea, a green shoot. And then, that idea starts to roar to life, and spring is here. An exuberance. And then the arrogance of summer — it’s always going to be this way.
And things get ugly, and people start making stupid moves. Because it will always be summer. And then the leaves start to change. And a few people say — wait a minute, look at the leaves. Wait a minute, something’s going on. What’s happening? Something’s happening here. Others say no, it’s always like — it’s going to be summer all the time. Then the leaves fall off the trees. And dummies — this is what he actually said that actually got him thrown into the gulag and executed — he said — this is where communism goes wrong. They try to take the trees and uproot them, and put them in greenhouses. It doesn’t work. You’ll kill all the trees. They need the time to rest, and regenerate, and green shoot.
The financial sector will fix itself. But our faith-based life we must be responsible of. Our education — we must stand guard on our education. Our university system is corrupt to the core. To the core. We need to, as people, decide — do we continue to support this that is corrupting our society and our children?
I have a book on my desk from 1946. It’s called “Hitler’s Professors.” They went in in 1946 and wanted to document, what happened here? What a surprise. Was in the universities. But we can’t just stand guard against the universities, because too much has been lost. We must, as people, guard our current history, our current truth; correct ourselves the things that are wrong — the missing pieces of our founders, the missing pieces of Woodrow Wilson.
The fifth-best President? All the professors across, in every grand institution all across America, say — oh, Woodrow Wilson, one of the top five Presidents of all time. The guy was a monster. A monster.
We have to be in charge of our own history. If the republic is to survive, it’s going to survive because of us as individuals, and what we do. The political system is going to fix itself with jail time. There are people now in the streets calling for guillotines. That’s not America. Jail time is, for those who have been involved in corruption — jail time. No one is — we are a country of laws, and not of men.
We need to go back and listen to George Washington. He had all of the answers in his farewell address. Here’s a guy who never, ever wanted to serve. He didn’t want to do those things. At 16 years old, he just wanted to go be in the navy. And his mother is crying — oh, George. He goes up the gangplank, gets onto the ship. Oh, George, how could you leave your mother?
And he comes back down, and he said — never, mother. I will not leave you. Every step of the way, that man did what the right thing was. Not for him, but for someone else.
I have given up trying to find those people in Washington. Washington takes them in, chews them up and spits them out. Great. The lesson should be — we’re putting too much emphasis on Washington. Why do we need to send one lamb into the lion’s den? Shut the damn lion’s den down!
The power is with the people, not the corruption in Washington. When we change our homes, when we change our communities, when we change our states, Washington changes. The answer will not come from Washington. Only more of the cancer will come from Washington. The cure comes from us as individuals and our homes.
I was reading Abraham Lincoln’s last inaugural speech. Times have not changed. At the time he gave that speech, the world was on fire. America was. And rage was the in feeling. Vengeance. They started it. They did it. Get ‘em! Punish ‘em!
The inaugural speech — his Vice President got up to speak first. And he was hammered. And his speech, basically, was that — get ‘em! And let me tell you something else about the South! They cause all these problems! He’s hammered out of his mind. And Lincoln had to be sitting back there and say — this is the worst Vice President. It’s going to take Joe Biden to beat this guy.
And Abraham Lincoln got up to speak. He didn’t want to be there. He didn’t want to speak. He certainly didn’t want to say the things that he had to say. Because nobody wanted to hear this. Everybody wanted blood. My son, my daughter! My family’s been ripped apart, killed, maimed! My country! Because of these people over here. Get ‘em! You got ‘em! Now take ‘em out!
When Grant had Lee, Lincoln received a telegram — I have him. I have him. What should I do? Lincoln’s response was — let him up gently, and tell him to go home.
So now, at the second inaugural address, his Vice President in a drunken stupor, Abraham Lincoln gets up. Starts walking towards the podium. And there’s a guest on the podium who hates Abraham Lincoln, and is so enraged when he sees him, he actually stands up and lunges towards Lincoln. A police officer happens to be there and stands in between them. And the guy gets control of himself, and looks up at the police officer and President Lincoln, and says — sorry, I slipped. And the police officer said — because he recognized him, because he was sitting with the daughter of a very famous Northern senator — she was the Paris Hilton of her day, and he was the Leonardo DiCaprio of the time. And so the police officer said — oh, I know who you are. Sure. I understand, Mr. Booth. And Abraham Lincoln walked on. Rage.
Abraham Lincoln came to the podium and just said — with malice toward none, and charity for all. It is the message of every great leader at times of trouble. It’s what Bonhoeffer tried to say and no one would listen, because it was too late. It was the message of Abraham Lincoln, and Gandhi. It has always been the underlying message of the United States of America — with malice toward none, and charity for all.
The next 18 months are going to be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Darkness beyond our wildest imagination. But I’m here to tell you — as darkness grows, so does the light. You’re about to see flashes of light unlike you’ve ever seen before. Because this time, it’s happening in America. Americans cannot turn their eyes from it. It’s not overseas, it’s here. And they will rise. And they will rise with malice toward none, and charity for all.
Thank you, and God bless.
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