Is Barack Obama destroying America in an attempt to create fairness?

Can you believe that Mitt Romney had a secret tape where he said 47% of Americans weren't paying taxes? It's pretty shocking. Unbelievable. How could he just lay out truth like that to an audience of people who want to have smaller government and more personal responsibility. Thankfully the media has been there to expose him. Although it's a little weird that they aren't trumpeting Barack Obama talking about how much he believes in redistribution, especially considering that President Obama seems willing to destroy the country to create "fairness".

Back in 1998, Barack Obama was recorded saying, "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution."

"He actually believes in redistribution. Okay. This is really the one thing about Barack Obama that he has told the truth about over and over and over again, but nobody will believe him! Nobody! He said it before the last campaign," Glenn said.

"How many times does he have to say it before anybody believes him? Let me borrow a phrase from the president of the United States: Let me be clear here to the media, to the registered, to the voting independents. This is not an attack on Barack Obama. It is just a fact about Barack Obama. I understand that most Americans, Americans who believe in the Constitution and our founding principles, they don't want to believe that this man who now holds the highest office in the land, you know, might believe in, oh, I don't know, Karl Marx, but it's time to grow up now. It's time to look at facts. How many times does he have to say? He is a Marxist. Accept the reality and then do something about it. Either embrace Marxism, which is your choice. You can say, 'You know what? I believe in redistributive wealth, too, just like Karl Marx.' That is the main thing. That is the main tenet of Marxism: Redistributive wealth. Barack Obama has made it abundantly clear that that's what he believes in."

Glenn played a montage of clips of Obama deriding the wealthy and talking about redistribution of wealth - all in the name of fairness.

"Again, as I said before, this is all completely understandable. You would have to be ‑‑ you'd have to be some sort of deity, which we know, we know the press doesn't think he's a deity. You'd have to be some sort of amazing deity to grow up surrounded by Marxists, communists, socialists, people who are on the FBI watch list because they're so dangerous. His parents, his grandparents, his mentor, his college professors. He talked about hanging around with them all this college, the Marxists, the radical feminists, the anticolonial isolated. Even his spiritual 20‑year mentor, Jeremiah Wright, all the most important people in his life were strong believers in Marxism and Marxist principles. What chance did this guy ever have to understand capitalism? He's never been around it. Never. That's not a slam. I actually feel bad for the guy. He believes the lie that capitalism is evil and Marxism solves problems. I feel bad for him. He doesn't feel bad for me. And I don't want his opinion. I feel bad that he's going to actually find himself out in the parking lot of the White House in January kicking rocks going, what the hell happened? Oh, I don't know. Marxism doesn't work. But please, for those in the media and on the left, stop with saying, 'You're a racist. Oh, golly gee, the racists just say anything about Marxism.'"

"So the only decision the rest of us have to make is, is this still America? Is this an America that we understand, or have we changed? Is ‑‑ was Newsweek magazine right: We're all socialist now? That's really the only decision left. Are we still the America where a politician can't win a national election where everyone knows he's a Marxist? We fundamentally change, we fundamentally transform in 47 days. If we now know what we know and we open‑eye go right into it, he does fundamentally transform the United States of America in 47 days and that message has already been transmitted to Vladimir."

"If we are not, with the way we are awake now, the way we're awake on the Fed, the way we're awake on the GOP, the way we're awake now, everything changes. We fundamentally transform it again in 47 days, but more to a country that we understand, one that would earn the respect of the people around the world, one that would be truly lifting people up by helping them up, not enslaving them to a system of redistribution. Because see, the last part really about this redistribution is that it can't help anyone up because redistribution trains you to expect to take it from someone else. That's a life of slavery because you can't take it. You have to have somebody else take it for you. And that is a fundamental difference in our country as well."

"See, we've always been ‑‑ we're a representative government, and you can't elect someone, you can't hire someone to do something you yourself can't do. That's not the way it works. You have to have the right and then you hire somebody to represent you in that right. I can't go over to my neighbor and say, "You have too much money; I'm taking it.'"

"So how is it we're hiring somebody to go over to our neighbors and say, 'You have too much money; we're taking it and we're going to give it to these guys over here'? Fundamental transformation. That's the choice. A guy who says, 'I don't believe in redistribution of wealth. I believe in helping people, I believe in working hard, I believe we should protect people for what they've created.' Or, I'll do the wrong thing for the budget out of fairness because I believe in redistribution of wealth.' That's it."

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.

Summer is ending and fall is in the air. Before you know it, Christmas will be here, a time when much of the world unites to celebrate the love of family, the generosity of the human spirit, and the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem.

For one night only at the Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, on December 7th, join internationally-acclaimed radio host and storyteller Glenn Beck as he walks you through tales of Christmas in the way that only he can. There will be laughs, and there might be a few tears. But at the end of the night, you'll leave with a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face.

Reconnect to the true spirit of Christmas with Glenn Beck, in a storytelling tour de force that you won't soon forget.

Get tickets and learn more about the event here.

The general sale period will be Friday, August 16 at 10:00 AM MDT. Stay tuned to for updates. We look forward to sharing in the Christmas spirit with you!