Jillian Bandes

Glenn Beck: It is extraordinarily rare these days to have actual reporting going on and people who are trying to get it right. I appreciate it.

Townhall Staff: Thank you very much. We were wondering if maybe we could slip you on the cover every month and you could talk about us.

Glenn Beck: (laughs)

TH: I would like to start off with your purpose for holding this march. You said that you would rather focus on American values and military families instead of some political message. How does this make your rally different and how does it make it similar to tea party events?

Glenn Beck: It won’t feel like a Tea Party event. I told people “leave your signs at home.” You will feel the difference, I think, when you first walk out on the mall. I’ve put this at the Lincoln Memorial for a reason. That’s a sacred spot. This isn’t a "rah rah USA!" kind of thing. This is a sacred reflective spot in our nation, you know, the Reflecting Pool. That was done for a reason. I think if you stand between Lincoln and Washington, spiritually, mentally, morally, we will heal our country. I am putting people between Washington and Lincoln physically to try and give them the understanding that these two giants were men just like them. They were American citizens who just did the hard thing, and sometimes doing the hard thing is just doing the right thing. Or more importantly, when nobody notices. And so this is really just to go back to the founding principles.

It is also part awards program. We will be issuing three of the original Badge of Merits that George Washington awarded. I had them remade, the badge as it appeared with George Washington. We had them made into a medal and will be awarding it to three different recipients. One for faith, one for hope and one for charity.

The recipients are pretty amazing on what they have accomplished but this really comes from the idea that my son didn’t think that David, as in David and Goliath wasn’t a hero because he couldn’t fly and didn’t have a cape. I realized then that my five year old didn’t understand that a hero is just a regular person who does the uncomfortable thing that everybody knows they have to but they don’t want to do because they don’t want to walk out there in front of the giant with a sling shot.

TH: Can you give us some kind of idea as to who these individuals might be or how you found them?


Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com