This scene has been played out over and over and over and over and over again. I happen to be a religious man. I happen to believe that God is not a watch maker. He is involved and he is pleading with his children to wake up. I can’t imagine, ‘cause I know how I am with my kids. Man, I know my kids, I’m just like, aw that’s — that’s gonna hurt, don’t do that, that’s gonna hurt. How many times is it gonna take to wake up? The storyline, the reason why we don’t teach history anymore, because the storyline tells us what is coming next. And the storyline, even better, tells us how to correct the course. It has been corrected before. We’re in a position that no country has ever turned it around. Every country at this point commits suicide. But we are different because we are not our politicians. I contend they are not representative of us anymore.
We send them to Washington to lead, and they’re leading us over a cliff. It is time for us to lead. Not to point the finger to this group or that group. To tell the truth, but make sure we point the finger to our group first. You want small government? Good. What are you doing to replace the big apparatus to feed the poor? What are you doing to make sure that those who are in abusive homes are taken care of? We cannot say, “Well, our church will take care of it or our synagogue will take care of it.” “Well, other people are taking care of it.” We must be actively engaged.
I love Philadelphia. And I don’t know how many have seen the plaques on some of the buildings here, but there are four hands united like this … holding. Anybody who pays attention to history here in Philadelphia knows what that is. Anybody? It was Ben Franklin’s and firemen. You got a problem? You’re in. We’re holding together. We’re working together. All the answers are here. We just have to stop listening to the crazy answers. We have to stop listening to — I mean, honestly, I look at the debt and I think to myself, geez, if this was a car … if I had a problem with my car, and I brought it to a mechanic and he said, “I can fix it, of course, it’s gonna cost you a lot of money and it’s gonna blow up on you.” “Well, how much money is it gonna cost?” “A lot … a lot — quick, it’s gonna blow up. Quick, give me the car, give me the money.” And then he fixes it and he promises me that it’s going to be fixed and then two months later, all of a sudden he says, “Oh, my gosh,” and I said, “I — I — I can’t get my car to start again, same problem.” “Oh, I know that’s terrible. Quick, mortgage your house. Mortgage your house, I need the money, I’ve gotta fix it. Get out of the car and mortgage the house,” and I’m like, “Okay, okay, okay.” And pretty soon your house is gone. Your savings is gone. Your children’s funds for college is gone. At some point don’t we say to that mechanic, I don’t think you know what you’re doing. I’m not taking it to you anymore. I’m not listening to you anymore. I know something’s wrong with the car, but you don’t know how to fix it.
In the last year we’ve spent in debt. Each one of us is now on the hook for an additional $42 thousand dollars. I don’t think the mechanics know what they’re doing. Insanity must stop. Now how do we fix it? What can we learn from history? Well, I have a book at home, I wish I would have brought it. I thought about it on the airplane. I have a book from 1772, it’s actually from London. It was originally printed in France and it was the seeds of French Revolution. See, at the same time we had the American Revolution, others were at unrest. They know oppressed people, they know. It’s not supposed to be this way. Now, how do you get yourself out of it? 1772 somebody goes over to England, reads this in French and says, this is fantastic. I have to print this in English. So, he prints it for London. And in this book, it talks about kill the rich … take their property, destroy the businesses … burn the churches. And it’s really well-laid out. I read it and I, when I read it, I also read something called The Coming Insurrection — also written in France five years ago. Exact same book. Now, we here in Philadelphia had another idea … we had a different idea entirely
Our Revolution worked because it didn’t involve kill the rich, take their stuff, revenge. It didn’t — it didn’t involve any of that. In 1848, something happened that I find interesting in European history. 1848, February 23. See if this sounds familiar. I didn’t remember this from history, but it sounds eerily similar to what is happening in the world today. February 23, 1848, something was — it was a European Revolution that swept the continent. It was called the Spring of Nations. The Spring of Nations, wow, now what started this Spring of Nations? It actually had been, the seeds had been sewn for quite a while, a couple of radicals had been writing a lot of pamphlets and stirring trouble up mainly from Germany, but February 21, they finally put it all in paper and they published it and they said this is the answer — get ‘em! February 21, 1848 in Germany a Communist manifesto was printed. Two days later the Spring of Nations began … and war swept the continent. Well, there was somebody else, who was a German that said, that’s not the right direction. Can anyone here tell me where the painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” hangs today? Anybody?
It’s not hanging, it’s actually — it’s actually boxed up now. It belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I tried to take my kids there to see it and they said: “Oh, that’s in storage.” I said: “Well, that’s the perfect place to put it.” “Uh, it’s in storage, but that’s actually not the original … the original burned.” The original, believe it or not, was burned by the English, they blew it up. They burned it up in 1944 in Berlin, Germany. The Crossing of the Delaware was not made for Americans. It was painted by a German who had lived in America, saw what we were capable of. Go back home tonight and look at the painting of the Crossing of the Delaware. It’s fantastic. Look for the woman in the boat. She’s there. Look for the Native American in the boat. He’s there. Look for the African American in the boat. He’s there. Look for the second president in the boat. There are two presidents in the boat. Look for them. Now, why was that painted for Germans? Spring of Nations. This was the first guy to take the current Tea Party model and say, “Guys I agree with you, it’s corrupt, it’s out of control, but that’s not the way.” Look to what you can do if you all get in the boat like the Americans did. He was trying to inspire the German people, be more like the Americans and he used our founding story to do it. That painting isn’t for America, it’s for the rest of the world. History repeats itself.
Spring 1868. Paris. The Paris Communes. Now, what else is happening in 1868? Paris Communes, here it comes again. Marks occupy, take it, it’s ours. It’s all about the worker. There’s a group of people that know this is wrong. How do we tell the French this is wrong? I know, hey, an important birthday is coming up. The Americans just ended their Civil War. Abraham Lincoln is an inspiring guy. He broke the shackles of slavery. They’re free over there. Let’s get America a birthday present. The Statue of Liberty. Again, people who stood against the Communists looked for something purely American. How can we teach our fellow countrymen about American principles? To raise the money for the Statue of Liberty they had to go to people like you, door to door, meeting after meeting: we want to get America a present. Have you seen what they’ve been doing? Have you seen this freedom? Wow, this is really the way out. They really have it down. Get it? Now I understand the French gift a little bit more. I’m like, when did the French ever give us something, ‘cause they’re like, “Oh, we thought this would look nice on the coffee table.” It happens again and again. And we misinterpret it … or we allow it to be erased.
When the progressives came in they thought, we’re going to erase all of this history. And so they did. And one of the greatest poems ever written has been erased. I collect rare books and rare manuscripts. I have yet to find this original printing from Rudyard Kipling. We all know him from The Jungle Book, but we should know another poem from him that is brilliant, probably the most important work of his life. He had seen the Progressive Movement, the Fabian Society, in England. He saw the number that would — was killed in World War I. He saw the destruction of the economy, the destruction of their dollar and the erasing of truth. Copybook headings — in copybooks you still — we still have it. My wife homeschools our children, and she does it at the top. She writes up at the top of the paper and the kids copy that. Copybook headings, they used to be things like God is good, fire will burn, water will wet, things we all agreed on, but the Fabian Socialists started to change those things. We’re feeling it now. You look at things that are happening on TV now and you’re like wait, wait, wait, wait, when did that happen? What is that? I don’t even understand that. How many of us even understand the America we live in today? It’s like everything has been turned upside down and inside out. I don’t know — know what I know. I can look at truth, I can read the facts and then it’s on television, it’s like that doesn’t resemble it at all. Change the truth, the copybook heading. Well, he saw it and he warned our future generations when he wrote a poem that has been all but erased.
“As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race, I make my proper prostations to the Gods of the market-place. Peering through reverend fingers I watch them flourish and fall. And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all. We were living in the trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn. That water will certainly wet us, and fire will certainly burn; but we found them lacking in uplift, vision, breadth of mind, so we left them to teach the gorillas while we followed the march of mankind. We moved as the spirit listed. They never altered their pace, being neither cloud nor wind-born like the Gods of the market-place; but they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come that a tribe had been wiped out its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome. With the hope that our world was built on the fact that they were utterly out of touch. I mean, after all, they denied the moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch. They denied that wishes were horses; they denied that pigs had wings. So we worshiped the Gods of the Market who promised us all of these beautiful things. When the Cambrian measures were forming, they promised us perpetual peace. They swore, if we just gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed they sold us and delivered us bound to our foe, and the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: ‘Stick to the Devil you know.’ On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the fuller life, which started out by loving our neighbor and ended up by loving his wife, till our women had no more children and our men lost all their reason and faith and the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: ‘The wages of sin is death’. In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all, by robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul; but, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy, and the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: ‘If you do not work, you will die.’ Then the gods of the market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew, and the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it were true that all is not gold that glitters, and two and two do make four, and the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more. As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of man, there are only four things that are certain since Social Progress began: That the dog returns to his vomit and the sow returns to her mire, and the burnt fool’s bandaged finger goes wobbling back to the fire; and after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins when all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sin, as surely as water will wet us, as surely as fire will burn, the Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.”
I cannot think of a more important poem to erase if you happen to be on the other side. Here’s my news to you: The 99 doesn’t exist, the 100 doesn’t exist. There are about 8 to 12% of real crazies — crazies, both sides. There is, I think, 13 or 16% now say we didn’t even go to the moon. Stop the insanity. Let’s be kind and say the Left has 8% that want to destroy freedom, want to destroy capitalism, want to destroy the free market system. I believe all of us want to destroy the corruption in it and leave the pure essence of freedom and capitalism there. We’re the 92% gang, we’re the 92%. We don’t have to agree on everything, but most Americans are good and descent and they don’t want anarchy. We must stand together on the things that are true that we have in common, and not go over the cliff with the rest of humanity. When we do this, we will change the world. When we embrace what this man embraced … we win, but it takes courage to say: “Give me liberty, or give me death.” Thank you.
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