How do you change the world - for good or for bad?

On radio this morning, Glenn delivered a powerful monologue that took a look at how you can change the country - and the disastrous results that come when its done for the bad. When people are disempowered, they can no longer create positive change, but can at best do nothing and at worse destroy. How? He explained on radio and

"How do you change the world? You change the world one person at a time. You either ‑‑ you either empower them and you tell them that they make the difference, that they are responsible, that they play an important role and a leader builds them up through education and enlightenment and then shows them that they are the answer. That's what a leader does. And then gets out of the way," Glenn said.

"If you want to cripple a nation, what do you do? Well, first you crush the enlightened, you make sure that they don't believe in God or anything bigger than themselves and then you destroy the educational system so they don't, they don't ‑‑ they're not equipped to be able to even have rational thought anymore," he explained.

"Now, I tell you this because I want to give you an example of where we're headed and the choice that we have in front of, in front of us. I am convinced that we are facing the election of 1860. I am convinced that whoever becomes president of the United States needs to be Abraham Lincoln."

"Barack Obama has a portrait of Abraham Lincoln hanging in the Oval Office now. And that's who he says he wants to be like."

"Do we believe that he is Abraham Lincoln, that when the crisis comes that he will free people, or will he enslave them? Will he free them? Will he do the things that he needs to do to hold the union together? Is he a uniter, or is he a divider?"

"So (when America) was split apart, Abraham Lincoln was the one saying it can't stand, it won't stand. If divided, it won't stand. And he's begging: Please, don't do this, please, let's come together, let's come together. Instead, we have a president who is the great divider, not the great uniter. The great divider. He is trying to divide us in race, he is trying to divide us in class, he is trying to divide us now in sexual preference and sexuality. He's trying to divide us old and young," Glenn said.

Glenn then read a quote that had often been attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville (although some claim he was not the one who said it)

In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. In the fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there. In her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits, aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

"Now let me show you how easy it is to cease being good. Would you say that the British people are good? I'd say generally speaking, yes. I think people, generally speaking, are good. It doesn't matter what country they are, but I think generally speaking, they're good. But that is being ‑‑ that's being pushed out of us," Glenn said.

He then told a terrifying story that showed where we as a country could be headed.

"In Great Britain a story that has been up on The Blaze for a while and I just can't get over it, and most people don't know it. And you need to know this story. There's a park in England that is ‑‑ that's got a big pond in it, and the pond is two feet at the edges, three and a half feet at the center of it, and it's a big pond, and it's in the middle of, you know, just a regular park."

"(People) were walking their dogs, they were doing what people do in parks and one guy was walking right there by the edge of this manmade pond. He has a seizure and he falls into the water face down. Now, this water is two feet deep. He falls into the water while having a seizure. People all get out their cellphones. They don't help him. They get our their cellphones and they start taking pictures and some of them call 999. That's the version of 911 here. Nobody goes into the water when you cease being good, you cannot be great. Nobody goes into the water to pull this guy. He's face down having a seizure in the water. He's not going to survive if somebody doesn't go into the water and pull him out. They don't. They wait for paramedics. The paramedics come 25 minutes later."

"Now he's clearly dead. 25 minutes later the paramedics come. As they arrive, there's a big crowd now watching this guy floating in the water. Nobody's pulled him out. And so what do they do? The paramedics and the police, the fire trucks, the paramedic trucks, the ambulance, they all come. Along with the police cars. And the first thing they do is tell the crowd, "Step back, step back," and they put out stanchions so people can't come any closer to the pond."

"Then the next thing they do is they start unloading the fire truck and they put together a medical tent. I'm not kidding you. See the pictures on The Blaze. A medical tent. And they put this giant medical tent in and they start equipping it with everything that they might need to save this man. In the meantime two paramedics start to go into the water. They are pulled back by a supervisor who says, "No, no, no, wait, wait, that could be hazardous. We don't know. Wait." It's now 45 minutes into it. The supervisors then tell exactly what the paramedics need to do. They get the guys from, I'm not kidding you, with wetsuits, SCUBA gear, and they get them all suited up to go into this pond that is two feet deep at the edge and three and a half at its deepest point. It's not good enough that they now have, you know, the SCUBA gear. Now the fire trucks take the ladder off because they want to make sure that the guys in the SCUBA don't get hurt. And so they take a ladder from the fire truck and they put it down into the two feet of water and they secure the ladder so the guys in the SCUBA gear can go down into the water on the ladder. How humiliating is this? They go down ‑‑ not both of them. Only one guy goes down into the water and he's given a pole. And he takes that pole and he rubs it against the ground as he's walking towards the man. He's stroking that pole against the ground, the bottom of this pond back and forth to make sure there's no hazards so they don't get hurt. Once he walks away of just a few feet, he looks to the other guy and says, all clear here. The other guy walks down the ladder and gets to his knees, to his knees. They're in SCUBA gear. To his knees. They walk over to the guy and they bravely pull him out. Paramedics take him, the guys in SCUBA gear are then on the ground, (huffing), "That's a tough one." The paramedics put him on a stretcher and carry him in to the medical tent where they examine him, 90 minutes later pronounce him dead."

More terrifying details on this story here

"How did that happen? How did that society turn into that? That society turned into that slowly over time. 'Don't do it. Don't help. Don't. You could get hurt. Don't. You don't want to get involved. Don't. Let's just get this on videotape.'"

"Nobody goes into the water to save this guy. Nobody. No one goes into the water and attempts to pull him out. Not one."

Glenn explained that society is slowly being nudged into a place where people are less likely to help. Regulations and rules have taught us its better to stand back and let the "experts" help, even when it will take too long for them to show up and do anything.

"I contend this is exactly what's happening to our society. They are trying to destroy our churches, our charitable feelings, our love for one another. They are trying to regulate us into oblivion so we don't think on our own."

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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