Glenn offers Bill Gates a job

Glenn knows that small businesses can still make it in tough economic times, and the evidence was all over the news this morning with the announcement of two big hires for “The Blaze”.  The first hire, who Glenn promised to talk more about later in the show, was Betsy Morgan, for CEO of The Huffington Post. But the other hire was a man that Glenn had known for years, Kraig Kitchin, former President of Premiere Radio Networks.

Glenn told the story of how he first offered a job to Kraig Kitchin several years ago when Glenn was struggling as a broadcaster with a young national show. He said, “I want to tell you this story and I want you to remember one thing. Never, ever, ever down grade your dreams. Never, ever, ever listen to people who say you're crazy. Never feel uncomfortable for having an idea.”

Glenn said that when he went to sign his second contract with Premiere Radio Networks, syndicators of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Delilah, Ryan Sescrest, and more, his show was struggling and they almost didn’t renew.

“We went through months and months of negotiation and we finally get this deal and I went to Chicago to sign it because Kraig, I think, was in Chicago and so we went to a hotel that I couldn't afford but he could, the Peninsula. I think it was the Peninsula in Chicago and we had breakfast. We met at this little breakfast area where he was having breakfast and he gave me the contract and I signed it there for breakfast. Now, this -- keep in mind, this is a contract that I barely got. I mean, it was -- I think he may have started the conversation on the contract with, Whew, well, that was a close one, but we got it done. Okay? I think that's what he said. He was basically saying, You almost were unemployed. You're lucky to have a job. Sign before I change my mind.”

Glenn said, “I signed it and I looked at him and as I pushed the contract back, I said, I want to talk to you about something. And he said, Okay. I said, now, I know this is a little like Mr. Ace Hardware coming to Mr. Home Depot, but I'd like you to work for me. Now, this is the guy who owns Premiere, this is the guy who was the CEO. He's running the whole thing. He's got Rush Limbaugh and -- he's got successful talent in his stable and I say to him, I want you to work for me. He looked at me and he went, excuse me? I went, not now, but in a few years there's going to come a time and, Kraig, I see something in you. I see something in you. You are a good businessman. You're a good, honest man and you would be great with Mercury and he said, why don't we concentrate on just fulfilling this contract? And I said, We will. Don't worry. It will be great, but I want you to know I'm thinking in the future and I don't know exactly how this is going to come out, but you need to work for Mercury.”

At the time, the proposal was crazy. As Glenn said, “Crazy things happen to those who apply themselves and believe in themselves. I can't tell you. When you know, you know. Just keep moving forward. No matter how dark things are, no matter how on the he think you are, it will all work out.”

Glenn knows that anyone who believes him or herself can accomplish anything, no matter how crazy. And to prove it, he even offered Bill Gates a job as a computer programmer.

It may sound crazy today, but crazier things have happened.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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