What 4 things does Obama control that will affect the election?

How does this administration really believe that it can win in November? It’s as if they know something that we don’t know, along with a few things they wish we didn’t know, Glenn explained to listeners this morning – like a George Soros meeting in Florida on how to defeat Mitt Romney.

“There’s also something else, and every president controls three of these things, but Barack Obama has added a fourth,” Glenn said. “If you’re really good at playing ‘the game,’ this is how you win. This is how a president wins reelection.”

The first thing that Barack Obama controls is the calendar. Glenn pointed to the current debate about student loan interest rates as an example. The White House set up a win-win situation – either we cost ourselves close to a billion dollars in interests that would be lost and add another free giveaway, or the Republicans look like they’re against students, college, children and learning. And, they time this all to come up right before the election, setting up the opposing side to look bad.

The second thing that the president controls is events. “In other words, no matter what's going on in the world, he can say, "Hey, look who's going to look who's going to Afghanistan today."  And no matter what else is happening, no matter what the topic is, he now controls the news.  He now can put an event in that everybody's got to pack up their crap and get onto a plane and go over to Afghanistan, and he controls the news cycle for at least a day,” Glenn explained.

The military is the third thing. Glenn explained that while he didn’t believe this, many people accused Bill Clinton of doing this. However, Barack Obama has practically been dancing all over the grave of Osama bin Ladin. His death has been used in campaign ads, campaign speeches, etc.

“So he controls the military and any military operation,” Glenn explained. “That's a big deal, especially when a country is at war, or the world is on the precipice. What happens to a presidential rating if all of a sudden we've got to go to war or something happens overseas, and we've got to look tough?”

The final thing that Barack Obama controls, and has never been controlled by a United States – the press. “The president has never controlled the press, but this one does. This one has them so spooked, so mesmerized, and so in the bag that he can pretty much count on the press to help him in every possible way,” Glenn said.

“So the things that you have to be aware of with this president and really any president, but this one especially when it comes to this time in an election, the things that he can control: the calendar, spontaneous quote/unquote events, the military, and the press,” Glenn said.

“Mitt Romney has a huge uphill battle, huge uphill battle and so do we. The thing that we talked about in our morning meeting today is how many people voted for Barack Obama that will not vote for him this time. He's lost a lot of people.”

President Obama has lost millions of voters that pulled the lever for him over ‘hope and change.’ “Every poll shows that,” Stu said. “He’s not going to get the same percentage, at least not at this point.”

“Hot many has he gained?” Glenn asked. “How many are like, ‘I voted for John McCain last time but I'm going to go for Barack Obama.  He's kind of changed my mind’.”

That answer is a fairly obvious ‘none,’ Glenn noted.  President Obama is still pulling from the same group of people, and many of his supporters are abandoning him. “So what is he going to do to win?” Glenn asked.

On top of the four things Glenn noted that the President controls, he also controls our perception of things.  Glenn noted what the administration is doing with jobless number. They pull the number from their computers, where they control what numbers are used in the equations.

“I mean, they control the stats and the way we look at stats, before it's given to the press.  Mitt Romney has got to get the people who didn't vote last time plus the people who did vote plus the ones that were so disenfranchised,” Glenn told listeners. “Those guys are going to be hard to get.”

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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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