Glenn: Who will stand for man's freedom, if not us?

For the past few years, Glenn has been taking the audience of the radio and TV shows on a journey that has, hopefully, empowered them to restore themselves and restore the country. From the 40 Day/40 Night Challenge to the Restoring events and beyond, Glenn reflected on that journey and looked at how everything over the past few years has tied together.

You know, I've talked about the 40 Day and 40 Night challenge and all of these things, I don't know if ‑‑ I don't know if I'm alone in what I'm experiencing right now, but I'm seeing things now tied together that I didn't know exactly how they all tied together. I'm seeing them all come together now, what we've gone through together as a group for Restoring Honor and Restoring Courage. You know, what was Restoring Honor? Restoring Honor was get back to God, 40 Day and 40 Night Challenge. If you haven't done it, please, today, start today.

There's one thing I have learned here recently is when you have a prompting, it's no longer good to ‑‑ good enough to say, "I'm going to do that. I should do that. I'm going to do that." No. Do it now. When some ‑‑ when you feel inside of you, "I have to do this," do it now. Do not delay. Do it now. And exercise that muscle because you're going to need it and you're going to need it in a big way. 40 Day, 40 Night challenge. Be honorable. Pick up your staff. Know why you were born at this time. That was the first step.

The next one was courage: Do you have the courage to call out the bad guys to their face. Do you have the courage to stand at the foot of the Al‑Aqsa mosque at the Temple Mount in Israel where all of the world's powers will array against you, do you have the courage to stand up and say "Hear me now. You come through me because they're not alone. I'm with them." Do you have the courage to do that?

Last summer, last summer was about can you, do you have the will to serve. Do you have the will to be responsible for your brother. Will you help not ‑‑ even though they're chastising you, even though they're making fun of you, even though they're calling you names, no matter what they say, will you serve. Those three things were really important and they're now coming together and it's about time to use all three of those things. And I haven't known how they come together. I still don't really know exactly, but I want to read something from Hugh Stafford now. Hugh is a guy who I'm hoping that I can meet his family, and I want to bring them in on the TV show because after Restoring Honor in Washington, his family came and they delivered in my New York studios a shoebox. And the shoebox sat there for, like, three weeks on my desk and I didn't ‑‑ I didn't even know where it came from. Somebody came in, said, "Hey, we got this from somebody. You should look at this." Because we get all kinds of stuff.

So it sat there before I could do it, and I was going I think on a vacation and I thought, okay, let me just clear off all my desk. And I looked at the shoebox, and in the shoebox were all of these writings on the back of cigarette packages, Vietnamese cigarette packages. And I started to read a few of them, and I didn't even know what it was because the letter was, you know, at the bottom of the box or something. And I'm reading these and I'm like, these are profound. And I realize they were written by Commander Hugh Stafford who was in the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. He was a prisoner of war. Now, tell me that this, this doesn't relate to the girls in Ohio. "Don't dread suffering. It only makes it worse. Anticipate it. Predict it. Even exaggerate it in your anticipation of it. Don't fight a neurosis or a symptom of one. It may be a friend in disguise, a mere symptom of a deeper disturbance rendered less severe by it. A neurosis may well be a vital protective shield. Detach yourself from it. Predict it. Exaggerate. Laugh at it. It can safely and effectively be ridiculed away but not torn away. Try to find ‑‑ try to find meaning in this every circumstance. Meaning varies with the individual and with every circumstance. With him ‑‑ or with me it may vary by the hour. The meaning for a particular moment may simply be to endure that moment in a manner in which you can be proud of. But beware of false pride. Don't expect too much. Perhaps in retrospect it will show that it was meaningful enough just to have endured, to have survived, to try. Perhaps at the end of it, it is just as meaningful to look back and say "I tried" as it would be to say "I succeeded."

That is just one of these brilliant pieces written on the back of Vietnamese cigarette packages, as he was given a pack of cigarettes and cut them open carefully and wrote the meaning of life on the inside.

At the top of the hour I will share what he wrote for the return trip home, what it felt like to be rescued, what he was afraid of and what he felt he had to anticipate. Because that's what those girls are going through right now.

I said at the NRA convention that what people have mocked us with, the president mocked us and said when people get scared, they grab on and cling to their God and their guns. I can't tell you that I'm not afraid. I can tell you that I'm not ruled by fear because I know the source of fear. But I can't tell you that I'm ‑‑ I look forward to dark things happening in America or me even having to report on dark things happening in America. I'm tired of it. I want it to end. But I will speak, I will stand, and I will not comply. And I will do so with love and peace and as much gentleness as I can muster. A test of a man is how he performs while under stress, and I am sorry to say that I have been failing that in the last few weeks. I have been grumpy and not my best self, but I am working on it. And I sure would like ‑‑ I sure would like to know that there are others that are feeling the same way and working on it as well.

I have no problem if you want to say I cling to my God and my guns. My God is my rock, and guns are the at the very core of our foundation. So yes, I cling to them because in the end, I was going to say the only thing real, but there's only one thing that's real, and I will cling to Him every possible step. I hope that in the end that's all I can see.

Man's freedom is being snuffed out all around the globe. It's amazing to me that the Chinese and the Russians are actually encouraging their population to buy gold. We are discouraging. I find it fascinating that all of our founders and every single president up until this one has warned about special interests getting involved with the government and it becoming tyranny. And this president is saying pay no attention to those voices who warn of tyranny. The West has gone to sleep. Let me say a special message to the preacher and to those who are God‑fearing individuals: The English came over here and the first ones to die, the first ones to be killed, the first ones to be burned alive were the preachers. Were the diehard religionists. Why? Because they were teaching that you answered to God and God alone. They were teaching the truths that were so clear that they were declared self‑evident.

Do you think in our society the preachers are going to be the first to be rounded up? Do you think the preachers are going to be the first? Are they the ones getting the heat? They're not. It's the TEA Party that's getting the heat. It's the 9/12 project that's getting the heat. That's who's getting the heat. Where are the preachers? Where are they? Was it, was it Rosa Parks that did this, or was it Martin Luther King, standing with other preachers and other rabbis? We all have eternal consequences. We will all, at the end of the day, be asked. But preachers, I don't know what your excuse is. Is it your, "Well, if I start to speak out, I'll ‑‑ I can reach a bigger audience. I know that. I know that excuse. I almost took it myself. If I don't say certain things, I can reach a bigger audience." That's a hard ‑‑ that's a pretty seductive one. I know. Wrong choice. It's not really about even your voice. In the end it's about you. We all have a role to play, and there are going to be those who will pick up a gun. There will be those who want to overthrow the government on both the left and the right. There will be those that want to kill people and cause death and destruction and chaos. Who will stand against it? Who will stand against that if not us. Who will stand for man's freedom, if not us?

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.