Glenn's passionate stand in the face of evil

Old hatreds continue to rear their ugly head, and on radio this morning Glenn played audio from a Muslim cleric saying it was a real ‘pleasure’ to be waging war and jihad against Israel.

Pat translated and explained the cleric’s words, “We are in the era of jihad.  The era of jihad has come over us in the jihad, in the path of Allah, is a pleasure.  It is a real pleasure.  The companions of the prophet used to compete to perform jihad.  The poverty that we're in is not due to our abandonment of jihad, but if we could conduct one, two, or three jihadist operations throughout the year, many people throughout the earth would become Muslims and whoever we reject, whoever rejected this dua or stood in our way, we would fight against him and take him prisoner and confiscate his wealth, his children, and his women. “

“All of this means money.  Every mujahideen who returns from jihad, his pockets would be full.  He would return with three or our slaves, three or four women, or three or four children.  Multiply each head by 300 dirhams or 300 dinar and you have a good amount of profit.  If he were to go to the west and work on a commercial deal, he would not make that much money.  Whenever things became difficult financially, he could take the head, i.e., the prisoner, and sell it and ease his financial crisis.  He would sell it like groceries or those who are -- and then it cut off.  He would sell it -- he would sell these people like groceries.”

Glenn recognized the evil in those words and gave a passionate defense of Israel and why now is the time to stand with courage.

“Now is the same to stand up and so many people will not see this threat coming.  They will dismiss it again and again.  Evil, the people who are saying these kinds of things are in bed with Americans!  They are in bed with people all over the globe!” Glenn warned.

“Ask yourself how did I know?  How was it I was over in Israel two weeks before the President made his speech?  How was it I told you months ago these things were coming?  How was it I told you on the Monday before the speech, the ambassador and the prime minister of Israel didn't know they would call for the '67 border.  He didn't know.  No one knew!  Until he made the announcement.  How is it I told you on the Monday before they would divide the city?  How?  Now I'm telling you this.  It is the same message I have been bringing you for the last several months.  The left is making a push for the west, along with the Islamic extremists,” he said.

“Right now they're united to destroy the west!  And they have all of the artists.  They have the movies.  They have every piece of propaganda.  They have the news media.  They have the singing artists.  They have all of it.  We have something more powerful.  The truth, if it's coupled with courage and peace.  They have to image and reject and pretend they don't even exist, the people in the streets calling for the death of Jews.  They have to dismiss and pretend they don't exist, the people like this guy who says we'll sell people into slavery.”

“ In the end, in the end what will anyone say about you?  That you were a good businessman?  That you were a good dad?  That used to be important.  What is important now is that you do what you know is right, that you never, ever rejected truth because it was hard.  You never sat down because it was easier.  Let people say for you and your -- let people say about your name forever that you never sat down!  Because in the end that's what we're asked to do.  In the end that's all that matters.  Make your decision. “

As Glenn got more passionate about this topic, he admitted that he hates being the guy who has to be ringing the bell and calling for people to stand. It’s hard and difficult and tiring. People make fun of Glenn for the passion he has for the topic and try and belittle what he says using sarcasm. After all, Glenn loves to entertain and be funny – but for the time being he feels like he has to make a stand.

“I don't like being this guy,” Glenn admitted. “It's not what I want to do.  It's not the show want to do.  I would much rather be talking about Anthony Weiner and what a wiener that guy is.  But my children will say about me in the end, he did not sit down.

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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