Restoring Courage Recap Part 3

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On August 22nd, 2011, Glenn brought Restoring Courage to Jerusalem with the second event - Restoring Courage: The Courage. From the old train station Glenn was again joined by a huge crowd of people eager to stand with Israel!

Raj Nair kicked off the event with a live pre-show, as he explained what would be going on that night to the GBTV audience. He also explained why Glenn selected the old train station as the venue for the second event, as it represented the expansion of Jerusalem beyond the walls of the Old City. When Glenn took the stage moments later, however he joked, “There are only so many places that can hold this many people.”

The events of the night focused on the events of the Holocaust, with the train tracks of the venue paralleling the train tracks of Auschwitz. The opening prayer also contained many allusions to the events of the 1940s and the attempted genocide of the Jewish people. But even with the sad subject matter, the focus was on those who helped the Jewish people when half the world was out to destroy them - people like Corrie ten Boom and Oscar Schindler.

Glenn then brought out Jon Voight onto the stage to a huge ovation.

“Several years ago I visited Israel and spent time with the victims of suicide bombers, and gave honor to those I would call martyrs, who by sheer miracle, survived barbaric attacks by the Palestinian terrorists in Israel,” Voight told the audience.

“What I witnessed would tear my heart out. Many were without limbs. Many lost children, wives, and husbands. How did we come to a time when the slaughter of innocents, blowing the brains out of babies, even genocide, are acceptable means to a political end? I feel complete outrage at anyone who could make excuses for this barbarism, and I feel complete contempt for anyone who is not intelligent enough to see that this propaganda in the media, painting the Palestinians as poor victims, is capable of destroying the Jewish nation in Israel.”

“We are witnessing a new type of Holocaust, and good people of all faiths should express outrage, and demand the truth be heard: the Palestinian radicals have only one prayer on their lips, and it is to kill and rid every Jew, young and old, from Israel.”

“Tonight, let us pray for courage to stand up and fight against all this antisemitism that has found its way to all the evil-doers. And let us pray for peace - but with the understanding that we will not bend to terrorism in any shape or form for the sake of peace,” he said.

“Very few did what Jon did. We called, I asked, he accepted,” Glenn said as he returned to the stage.

Glenn then began to introduce the film that would be discussed this evening, Kleiner Rudy.

“Last night we talked about love, tonight I want to focus on it’s polar opposite: fear,” Glenn said.

Glenn began to talk about his visit to Poland, where he met a woman who at sixteen years old in the Polish ghetto became one of the “Righteous Among the Nations,” and he asked her how something like the Holocaust could happen. How could people, no matter their language or place in the world, allow something like that to happen?

She told him that while everyone has the seed to be one of the “Righteous Among the Nations”, they must water it with God. She also said the righteous don’t suddenly become righteous, they hold fast as the rest of the world goes over the cliffs.

Glenn said that he later met a man who had been saved by that woman in his New York office. He didn’t want to remember. Glenn, knowing he could never tell someone else what they should do after going through such a horrific experience, nevertheless encouraged him to do so. While Glenn doesn’t know if he will do so, he wanted to the audience to hear the story of someone who had gone back.

He then asked the audience to watch Kleiner Rudy, which tells the story of Rudy Wolff.

The description for the film follows:

Rudy Wolff, an eighty-five-year-old Holocaust survivor, invites his granddaughter, director of the film, to join him in visiting his German birthplace. Once there, Wolff meets his childhood friends, giving us a first-hand glimpse into the after effects of the Holocaust, such as how do Germans deal with their past? How do Jews handle forgiveness and reconciliation? Is it in fact possible to accept, understand and forgive?

Glenn then invited Michelle Teery, Rudy’s daughter and director of the film, Mike Evans, David Brog, and Rabbi David Greenblatt to the stage for a panel discussion.

Following the panel discussion, Glenn was joined by the descendant's of Rudy Wolff, showing the power and impact that saving just one life could have on the world. Benjamin Wenzelberg, a extremely talented young vocalist, sang as the audience participated in a candle ceremony before Dr. Mullins closed the event with a song.

Look for more coverage on these events today and throughout the week.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?

These days, when Americans decide to be outraged about something, we really go all out.

This week's outrage is, of course, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration along the southern border. Specifically, people are upset over the part of the policy that separates children from their parents when the parents get arrested.

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Lost in all the outrage is that the President is being proactive about border security and is simply enforcing the law. Yes, we need to figure out a less clumsy, more compassionate way of enforcing the law, but children are not being flung into dungeons and fed maggots as the media would have you believe.

But having calm, reasonable debates about these things isn't the way it's done anymore. You have to make strong, sweeping announcements so the world knows how righteous your indignation is.

That's why yesterday, the governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut declared they are withholding or recalling their National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border until this policy of separating children from their parents is rescinded.

Adding to the media stunt nature of this entire "crisis," it turns out this defiant announcement from these five governors is mostly symbolic. Because two months ago, when President Trump called for 4,000 additional National Guard troops to help patrol the border, large numbers of troops were not requested from those five states. In fact, no troops were requested at all from Rhode Island. But that didn't stop Rhode Island's Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, from announcing she would refuse to send troops if she were asked. She called the family separation policy, "immoral, unjust and un-American."

There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York all used the word "inhumane" in their statements condemning the Trump administration policy. There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

In a totally unrelated coincidence, four of these five governors are running for re-election this year.

I've made my position clear — separating these children from their parents is a bad policy and we need to stop. We need to treat these immigrants with the kind of compassion we'd want for our own children. And I said the same thing in 2014 when no one cared about the border crisis.

If consistency could replace even just a sliver of the outrage in America, we would all be a lot better off.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.