Crying Walker opponent: ‘This is the end of democracy!’

Governor Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin quickly turned into a pity party for the left. While most took to the airways in full fledge spin mode, others had still not come to terms with the embarrassing defeat.

CNN interviewed an anti-Walker protestor live in Wisconsin following the news of Governor Walker’s victory. It would be the understatement of the century to say the man didn’t take the news too well. Glenn played the interview on radio this morning:

VOICE:  I'm just disappointed. This is the end of democracy. We just got outspent 34 million to 4 million. This was ‑‑ this was the biggest election in America and I hope you keep me on tonight because this hurts us all. Every single one of you out there in the nation, if you're watching, democracy died tonight.

REPORTER:  You're very emotional.

VOICE:  I'm very emotional because we all had a lot invested in this. This was it. If we didn't win tonight, the end of the U.S. as we know it just happened. That's it. We just got outspent 34 million to 4 million and we don't have any other resource left but the people you see here behind me. And if the people you see here behind me can't get it done tonight, it's done. And I'm just disappointed.This is the end of democracy. We just got outspent 34 million to 4 million. This was the biggest election in America, and I hope you keep me on tonight. Because this hurts us all. Every single one of you out there in the nation, if you're watching ‑‑ I'm very emotional because we all had a lot invested in this. This was it.  If we didn't win tonight, the end of the USA as we know it just happened. That's it.  We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million and we don't have any other resource left but the people you see here behind me. And if the people you see here behind me can't get it done tonight, it's done.

It’s hard to decide whether to laugh or feel sorry for this man who is clearly distraught over the loss of his beloved democracy. Fortunately for the rest of us though, we live in a republic, not a democracy. And after last night, the republic is looking pretty strong.

“Well, you know what,” Glenn asked. “Democracy is done. Democracies die all the time. Democracies, democracies have a very short life.”

“You want to see what democracy looks like, go look at Egypt. Go look at Syria. That's what democracy looks like,” Glenn continued. “We're not a democracy. That's why we're a republic. And I'm here to say happy days are here again if democracy died last night because that means the republic will live.”

In light of this groundbreaking interview, it is interesting to look at the media coverage of last night's events. Glenn was watching CNN throughout the night, and couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming amount of time they spent airing taped footage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee instead of focusing on a historic U.S. election.

“I have nothing against the queen. I have nothing against England. They’re our allies,” Glenn said. “And the Queen – she’s one tough broad.”

“But in the middle of the election, probably the most important state election since the Missouri compromise, I don't know, I don't think I need to see footage taped earlier of the celebration of the Queen.”

As news coverage becomes more and more internationally oriented, important domestic issues and events, like the Wisconsin recall election, go under reported.

“This is the problem with our news media. This is the problem with our society,” Glenn lamented. “All of our towns are exactly the same because they're global gaps. They're global entities. I don't really care about global stuff. I don't think you do either.”

“CNN has no allegiance to the United States of America. They don't have any allegiance. We're all the same,” Glenn said.

“And when CNN decides to cover the Queen last night, and one of the biggest elections for a state in the nation's history is relegated to a little box so we can see the Queen and the pretty airplanes and the parades and her doing that cool queen wave in the bubble car, I mean I don't think I need that. But thank you CNN you make my job so much easier.”

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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.

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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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