2012: Some candidates that Glenn likes...

Glenn Beck does not endorse candidates, but he does offer his opinion. He has put together a list of some of the people he has met that he believes need to be sent to Congress. He has met each of them and believes that they “get it”.  However, he strongly recommends that uou research these candidates independently and decide for yourself if they represent your values and principles.

Ted Cruz - Republican candidate in 2012 for U.S. Senator from Texas

A real conservative who will be tough on big spenders. Cruz understands what we as a country face economically, and he is unafraid to face those challenges head on. If you’re a Texan or someone who can help Ted Cruz, we ask you to take a look and help Ted Cruz out.

WATCH Glenn’s interviews with Ted Cruz HERE & HERE 

Mark Neumann - Republican candidate in 2012 for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin

Mark Neumann is a strong small government conservative. He stood up to Newt Gingrich when Gingrich was in Congress. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1991, Neumann stood by his values and principles at the expense of his own political career. While in Congress, he fought hard against big spending, and when he refused to vote for bills bloated with pork. While others would march in lockstep with committee leaders in exchange for earmarks, Mark stood his ground and was subsequently thrown off committees. A clear and finance candidate, Neumann believes that America is now ready to face the hard reality of the economy.

Chris Stewart - Utah’s 2nd Congressional District

Chris Stewart is a good friend of Glenn’s and “one of the best men (he) knows”. Glenn met him for the first time about two years ago, and he initially wanted to hire him to work for his company Mercury Radio Arts. While Glenn knew him as a fantastic writer, he is also an Air Force Legend. He is a man of faith, as well as a stand up guy who will hold fast to his principles. He understands the economy, as well as the threats America faces from radical Islam. And while he sees the danger facing this country, he has a strong belief that things could be fixed. While Glenn would hate to see his good friend in the political mess of Washington, D.C. - Glenn has said that he has hope that if Chris Stewart is there, the country can get back on track

Daniel Bongino - Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland

Dan Bongino is a former, highly decorated, Secret Service agent who left the White House when he realized he hadn’t heard any honesty out of a politician in a long time. He felt that America needs leaders who believed in her and everything she could be. He decided to leave his job and pension and go back to school and get degrees in Psychology and Business Administration. Like many candidates on this list, Glenn believes Bongino is above all an honorable man who understands the threats facing the country from radical Islam and the economy.

WATCH Glenn’s interviews with Dan Bongino HERE & HERE 

Dan Liljenquist - Republican candidate in 2012 for U.S. Senator from Utah*

Dan Liljenquist has an amazing life story. He was almost killed in a plane crash while on a mission trip when he was younger. He lost many friends in the crash. As a man of faith, he understood that he was saved from certain death by God for a reason, and he does not waste a day on anything that doesn’t preserve the honor of the country and his own integrity. He deeply understands what we face as a country economically if we do not send the right people to Washington who will join with others who want to cut big spending.

Jeff Flake - Arizona’s 6th congressional district. Republican party

Glenn believes that Jeff Flake is a man who really “gets it” when it comes to the economy. He has a strong record on taxes and spending. In fact, he has a perfect record with Club for Growth.

As Glenn continues to meet with candidates over the next few weeks and months, we will continue to add to this list.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…




Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

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.