Obama’s failure of leadership summed up in three simple standards

In the wake of President Obama’s admission that the United States doesn’t have a strategy yet when it comes to dealing with ISIS in Syria, it is a good opportunity to look at the President’s leadership style. On radio this morning, KFMB’s Mike Slater filled in for Glenn and looked at a few of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s leadership standards in relation to Obama’s habits.

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Since the declaration of the caliphate, many have pointed to Obama’s comments in a January 2014 New Yorker article in which he referred to ISIS as a “jayvee team,” but there was another quote in that article that Mike was struck by that speaks to his opinion of leadership.

“One of the things that I’ve learned to appreciate more as president is you are essentially a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids, and that river is history,” Obama said. “You don’t start with a clean slate, and the things you start may not come to full fruition on your timetable.”

“Right there, ladies and gentlemen is the president not only looking but begging for someone to blame,” Mike said. “He’s merely a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids. How dare you be critical of him for not having a plan with ISIS. He’s been pretty busy these past few weeks with his tee times. Rudy [Giuliani] has a few standards for leadership. I want to run by a few of them and ask you if the President follows these rules or not.”

Rule 1: First things first

“Honest question. Has anything in these last six years, has anything been dealt with at all – let alone first things first? There’s a new PR strategy in the White House. It’s very simple: Wait. The old PR strategy used to be: Try to get in front of things and spin it. Now it is just wait.

Think about it. Has anything in the last six years been resolved? Go right down the line. Fast and Furious. The VA. Anything really resolved? Anything changed… The news cycle moves so fast, they wait a day or two. It blows over.

Let me ask you this one: The southern border. It was only a few weeks ago when that was the biggest news story of the year, right? And now that we are not paying attention to it, now that we have been distracted by something else, you think the immigrants have suddenly stopped flooding across our border… No. That’s all still happening… but the White House has successfully waited it out.

Our national attention span, it’s like that of a gnat. So far, from Rudy’s rule of ‘first things first,’ this president’s rule is nothing ever.”

Rule 2: Promise little and deliver much

“It’s a great standard… We were just talking about our foreign policy. The president… just the other day said ISIS is a cancer. How can you say it’s a cancer that needs to be removed, then say you don’t have a strategy? He’s making this up. Yeah, this red line, that red line, but there’s no delivery. That makes us a laughing stock. That makes us a paper tiger. It’s far from promise little and deliver much. It’s quite to the opposite with this president.”

Rule 3: Everyone is accountable

“This one is my favorite. Rudy tells the story of his first day as mayor of New York City. He walks into his beautiful new office building… you can just imagine how grand this office would be. And Rudy walks in and looks out his window onto the streets of New York City, takes a deep breath, as he begins his first tenure as mayor. He sits down at his desk and he sees something on the end of it. He calls his secretary [in] and says, ‘Ma’am, What’s this?’ ‘Oh, that’s your name plate, sir, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.’ ‘No, no. That’s not right.’ ‘What do you mean? That’s your name. This is your office.’ He says, ‘I know, but I want my name plate here on my desk to read something different.’

So they changed it. And throughout his tenure as mayor, Rudy’s nameplate on his desk read: ‘I am responsible.

That is leadership. Rudy’s third principle: Everyone is accountable all the time. But our president today, he’s just a relay swimmer in a river of rapids. Wow.”

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The St. Louis Tea Party did something remarkable in Ferguson – and you probably didn’t hear about it

We all know that actions speak louder than words. And when you consider the media bias and the narrative that has been created, that sentiment is especially true for conservatives and Tea Party members in this country. Last weekend, the St. Louis Tea Party did something truly remarkable that has, quite literally, changed the hearts and minds of dozens of shopkeepers in the violence-plagued Ferguson, Missouri.

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“I love what the St. Louis Tea Party did. If you are listening now, well done,” KFMB’s Mike Slater said on radio this morning. “Obviously Ferguson businesses were vandalized… So what did the Tea Party do? They sat on their couches and yelled at the television. No. They got together and decided to organize a ‘BUYcott.’”

In the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, riots and violence plagued the streets of Ferguson resulting in the vandalism and looting of local businesses. In order to help these struggling businesses, the St. Louis Tea Party decided to organize a “BUYcott” on August 21.

TheBlaze reports:

The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people” — and something amazing happened.

They reportedly targeted small businesses who “were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans.”

After the event, Tea Party member Bill Hennessy wrote about what he experienced that day. He said one business owner was particularly surprised to learn he was a member of the Tea Party, but that simple interaction that day very well may have changed the man’s mind.

“In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile ‘tea party’ with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing,” Hennessy wrote. “That moment made the whole event worthwhile.”
As Hennessey concluded, “you can’t change the world in your living room.”

“I said it’s essential to ‘win.’ What do you mean ‘win’? I mean a lot of things… [but] it means thinking outside the box,” Mike concluded. “I love what the St. Louis Tea Party did… Well done.”

‘It makes everyone weaker': The truth about Obama’s lack of strategy

Fitted in his best summer suit, President Obama stepped up to the podium on Thursday and offered a simple message about the United States’ strategy in dealing with ISIS: We don’t have one. Additionally, when pressed by reporters on whether he would seek congressional authorization before beginning airstrikes in Syria, Obama said he hasn’t gotten that far yet.

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” the President said. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are. And I think that’s not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them.”

While the media coverage of the presser has largely focused on the President’s bizarre wardrobe choice, on radio this morning, KFMB’s Mike Slater filled in for Glenn and focused on the substance – or lack there of. Mike went all the way back to World War II to draw a comparison between Obama’s leadership style and the iconic words of General George Patton.

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While in England training the Third Army in preparation for the invasion of Normandy, Patton sent a letter to his son, who was studying at West Point. In the letter he wrote:

All men are timid on entering any fight. Whether it is the first or the last fight, all of us are timid. Cowards are those who let their timidity get the better of their manhood.

As Mike explained, Patton proceeded to tell the story of a man named Marshall Touraine, who fought under Louis XIV. While mounting a horse in one of the last battles he ever fought in, Touraine was approached by an aide who noticed something about the man.

“A man came over… and he said, ‘Monsieur, it amazing me that a man of your supposed courage should permit his knees to tremble as he walks out to mount,’” Mike explained. “And Touraine responds to this aide… ‘I admit my knees do tremble, but should they know where I shall this day take them, they would shake even more.’ He got on his horse and rode off to battle.”

In reference to that story, Patton wrote to his son: “Your knees may shake but they will always take you towards the enemy.”

“If I may, I think our president has shaky knees,” Mike said. “He’s hesitant. It is that hesitancy, that lack of conviction, that’s what makes us weak.”

While Mike was clear that he is not a war hawk, he was equally clear that once we choose to fight a war, we must win it.

“We haven’t decided to do that as a country for a long time – win, that is,” Mike said. “We haven’t decided to win. Then what emerges from that vacuum that we have created is the worst of the worst. People like ISIS emerge.”

Ultimately, when it comes to this President, Mike believes there is no strategy because there is no principle.

“Are we supposed to be surprised the president has no strategy for ISIS? The reason he doesn’t is because he has no principles,” Mike said. “What is the proper principle when it comes to war? It is simple. I know people will say it’s way too simplistic… [but] I think I have a very simple principle here that I think needs to be said on national radio across the entire country, and that is: Win.”

“This ‘community organizer in chief’ has weak knees, as Patton would say,” he continued. “In the end, all it does is make us everybody weaker. This is what it means to be a paper tiger… [but] it doesn’t have to be this way. Principle one: Fight a war to win or don’t fight.”

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Today…Beck is back!

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Glenn returns Tuesday, September 2nd with a new season of ‘The Glenn Beck Program’!

Broadcasting from Stage 19 at The Mercury Studios in Dallas, TX, Glenn will be joined by a live studio audience as he delivers news, information, and commentary unlike anyone else on TV.

There is a whole new look for TV and radio Tuesday. Back on Stage 19… Finally!” Glenn said. “New studio audience stows, back live with a ton to say and do Tuesday.”

“On TV, we will begin to teach history again and WHY our world looks the way it does along with all the things you expect.  Yes, there are even new chalkboards boards!”

But Glenn’s day starts at 9am ET with radio. Here is a sneak peek behind the doors of Stage 19:

“The Oval is gone and the temporary home for radio has been built.  This is what the American Dream Labs and Mercury Studios team sent me late last night as they began to set lights,” Glenn explained.

The new season of ‘The Glenn Beck Program’ will see Glenn not only discuss the news of the day, but tie it into history you’ve never heard before. You won’t just get the facts, you’ll see how it all connects as you join Glenn in search of the truth behind the news.

Don’t miss it! Sign up for TheBlaze TV and tune in at 5pm ET starting Tuesday, September 2nd!

WATCH: An in-depth look at the history of Hamas as a terrorist organization

As the world waits to see if this latest ceasefire agreement holds between Israel and Hamas, TheBlaze’s national security editor Buck Sexton offers an in-depth look at the history of Hamas and why it is considered a terrorist organization.

As Buck explained, Hamas is both a word and an acronym. In Arabic, the word ‘hamas’ translates to mean zeal, while the letters stand for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya – or the “Islamic Resistance Movement.”

The group is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and was founded in 1987 during a time known as “The First Intifada.” The word ‘intifada’ means uprising. Just a year later, in 1988, the Hamas Charter was established with the goal to “raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.” Unsurprisingly, the term Palestine is meant to encompass Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Over the course of the last two decades, Hamas has engaged in suicide bombings, rocket and mortar attacks at civilians, kidnappings, knife attacks, and car bombings. Unlike other groups, Hamas seeks out civilian casualties as part of its resistance against the Israeli state.

While the United States first designated Hamas an a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) in 1997, not every country has followed suit. Turkey, Russia, and Arab states do not consider Hamas to be a terrorist group.

The truth about political witch hunts in Wisconsin and beyond

A Federal Judge has ruled that the investigation against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) was an illegal and vicious political attack. For The Record continues to investigate how Democrats are targeting conservative groups by using the legal system for political retribution.

Is ‘social justice math’ creeping into your child’s curriculum?

With American children heading back to school, Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program focused on the latest developments related to the Common Core standards and how it impacts the future of education in this country. Dana Loesch spoke to Kyle Olson, co-author of Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education, about a disturbing trend in classrooms: Social justice-inspired math.

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As Dana explained, because of the way Common Core has been implemented, not all private school or homeschool curriculums are safe. Furthermore, as Kyle pointed out, college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT are going to be reformatted in the coming years to be “Common Core aligned,” which means children who do not receive a Common Core curriculum will be at a disadvantage.

“Just because you homeschool or go to a charter school or private school or whatever the case may be, it is critical parents are engaged in that process, aligned with the teachers and school leaders to make sure their child is getting a proper education and one they expect for their kids,” Olson explained.

Perhaps most disturbing, however, is a trend Olson described among math materials that seeks to recalibrate the economic principles from which concepts are taught.

“There is a huge movement to push what is known as ‘social justice math,'” he said. “Proponents of social justice math don’t like how much consumerism is in math.”

If you think back to your elementary school years, your math equations probably centered around going to the store and making a purchase or having to make change in some way. Not anymore. Now, progressives are pushing to have themes like climate change and casualties of war worked into these problems.

“A typical math problem would be you have 13 cents and a green pencil is 3 cents – you know, that sort of problem. They want to get rid of those sorts of problems,” Olson said. “Instead, they want to calculate war deaths, or they want to calculate the number of liquor stores within a particular radius of the school, or problems related to global warming – those sorts of things.”

Ultimately, there is a push to insert a political and ideological bias into areas of the curriculum that should be straightforward and fact-based.

“They want to put an emphasis on those things and drill the political issues to make a political point versus just simply educating and teaching kids math,” Olson concluded. “They have long said math has been an area where they have not been really penetrating and pushing those sorts of issues. But this is making headway.”

Four years later: A look back at the 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally

Four years ago today, several hundred thousand Americans descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to partake in the 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally. Glenn was joined on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, baseball great Albert Pujols, members of the Black Robe Regiment, and others for a remarkable day of family, faith, and hope.

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Mike Opelka attended the Rally and the events leading up to it before he became an official member of TheBlaze team. Filling for Pat and Stu this afternoon, Mike reflected on the incredible energy and significance of the day – not just for him personally but for all those who attended. He also shared some of the behind-the-scenes moments he witnessed.

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Is the White House’s Benghazi narrative falling apart?

As the fallout from Benghazi intensifies, Washington officials are continuing to hide information and are intentionally deceiving the public. In its latest update, For the Record follows up on the investigation of the government’s carefully crafted narrative surrounding Benghazi, which may very well be falling apart.

WATCH: Buck Sexton excoriates Jon Stewart’s race baiting monologue

After weeks of violence in the aftermath of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death, the Missouri National Guard has finally left Ferguson and police officers have returned to “normal duties.” But that doesn’t mean the media is backing off its hyperbolic rhetoric. On radio this morning, Buck Sexton played parts of Jon Stewart’s recent monologue about race relations and excoriated the mainstream media’s irresponsible coverage of the tragedy.

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“It seems there has been some restoration of some normal order in Ferguson,” Buck said. “Now, of course, there’s a tremendous amount of discussion about this and media coverage of it… I don’t think it is without consequence.”

To frame his argument, Buck played a portion of Jon Stewart’s “Race Off” monologue from Tuesday’s The Daily Show. Leftwing news outlets lauded the skit for its condemnation of Fox News and the right, but Buck found it to be ignorant and misinformed.

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“Every person of color, he says, has faced a possibly fatal situation because of their skin color in the last few hours,” Buck explained. “Jon Stewart… is in some ways the most effective mouthpiece of the left because he combines humor when he needs it with seriousness when he wants it, and, therefore, you can’t ever debate him or discuss anything with him.”

As Buck explained, Stewart speaks with remarkable authority on the topic, and it is just assumed the audience will accept the ‘facts’ as he laid them out. In the case of the shooting death of Brown, however, hard facts have been scarce.

“I’m supposed to be lectured by Jon Stewart… about the personal experiences of other people in this country, which he takes on as his own for the purpose of browbeating people who disagree with him politically,” Buck said exasperatedly. “That’s what he seems so intent on doing.”

When it comes to the narrative surrounding Brown’s death, certain media outlets have predetermined that he was killed because of his race – not because of any of his own actions.

“The assumption [is] that this is symptomatic of a much larger disease of widespread racial hatred that the left is… trying to fan the flames of,” Buck concluded. “There is a whole channel – MSNBC – that is devoted to this one complex that America is perpetually racist and, therefore, all we can do is sit around and wait for MSNBC to lecture us on how racist it is because we can’t ever change it. It’s always going to be racist. That’s their baseline position.”

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