Glenn talks to Sen. Ted Cruz for the first time since marathon 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech

On radio this morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined Glenn for the first time since his epic 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech on the Senate floor. Sen. Cruz talked about his experience this week and why some of his Republican colleagues have been apprehensive to support the movement to defund Obamacare despite the public support on the issue.

Establishment Republicans like Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and others have expressed they will side with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats in voting for cloture, a move that has been quite perplexing for Glenn and most conservatives.

"It's that they're scared of political blame, that they're scared that if we do the right thing, it might lead to a partial temporary shutdown," Sen. Cruz said of his colleagues. "And if there's a partial temporary shutdown, they're scared the media will blame Republicans, and the truth is the media will blame Republicans if it rains."

With the Senate cloture vote set to take place at 12:30pm ET today, Sen. Cruz encouraged every American to call his or her Senator and demand they vote "no" or visit DontFundIt.com and make your voice heard by signing the petition. Sen. Cruz reiterated that the concerns of the American people are being heard, and his colleagues' phones have - much to their dismay - been ringing off the hook.

"You know, they want to blow you off. That's certainly true. But I've got to tell you, nothing has enraged Republican senators or gotten their attention more than the facts that their phones are melting down," Sen. Cruz said. "Listen, the most dominant instinct for almost any politician in Washington is the desire to get reelected, and when their constituents actually notice something they are doing and speak out in real volume, it scares the living daylights out of politicians. And as you know, I said this many times. In fact, I think I said this on your show, which is that liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified. That, it makes a difference. So I encourage folks to give one last burst this morning. But then second, if the Republicans who have publicly pledged to vote with Harry Reid carry through at 12:30 and do it, then Harry Reid will have the 60 votes he needs to strip the language out of the House resolution and to add the funding back for Obamacare. But the game won't be over then."

Sen. Cruz ultimately is remaining optimistic because regardless of what happens in the Senate, the fight will continue in the House of Representatives.

"And it's a privilege to stand with so many Americans. And let me encourage folks if Republicans vote as they've said, if cloture's invoked today at 12:30, it's not over. It goes back to the House. And the House Republicans I hope and believe are going to stand their ground and so this fight will continue," Sen. Cruz said. "And so let me encourage everyone, sign the petition at DontFundIt.com and then call your House members. Encourage them. Salute them for having done the right thing last week and encourage them to stand their ground. If the Senate Republicans won't support them, let them know that the American people support the House Republicans."

Full transcript of the interview below:

GLENN: Hold on. We have Ted Cruz on the line. Ted.

CRUZ: Good morning, Glenn. Great to be with you.

GLENN: How are you, sir?

CRUZ: I'm doing terrific. How about you?

GLENN: I'm good. I can't believe the way the Republicans have treated you and the way the media ‑‑ I mean, I expect it from the media, but it's incredible. I watched you and my wife and I, we laid in bed and we watched you and it was ‑‑ I mean, it's not really the ‑‑ it wasn't the fun‑filled, you know, experience that I was hoping for that night, but we watched you and you were making really good, great, cogent arguments and the press the next day would think that ‑‑ I mean, it sounded like you were a bumbling idiot if you would read the press.

CRUZ: Well, and that suggests the obvious conclusion, which is just not reading the nonsense they write.

GLENN: So the Peter Kings of the world and John McCains, are you surprised ‑‑ not with John McCain, but are you surprised by the way they have come out?

CRUZ: You know, Glenn, actually I'm not. Everyone who wants to preserve the status quo, everyone who is not willing to fight to defund ObamaCare, what they're trying to do is they want to change the subject and then the most common tactic they like is to change the subject and make it all about personality, make it about personal attacks and so, you know, the two things you're pointing out are connected. The media, they want to focus on everything but the substance of how Obama secures a train wreck that is hurting millions of Americans and, you know, I mean, you've got all the Republicans running around throwing rocks at me, at others. And from my end, Glenn, I don't intend to defend myself, I don't intend to respond because, look, at the end of the day the American people don't care about a bunch of politicians in Washington. Doesn't matter about, you know, who's squabbling with whom, which is the only thing the media seems to think is worth covering. What the American people care about is ObamaCare is killing jobs. Millions of Americans are facing the prospect of being forcibly pushed into part‑time work, 29 hours a week. They're facing the prospect of having their health insurance taken away. And from my end the more we focus on the substance, the better. And so all of the noisy just think is noise and I don't intend to engage in it.

GLENN: The labor unions are now starting to come out and say this is an outrage. This is killing. The garbage collectors union I think in Chicago with SEIU, they are all of a sudden saying this is an outrage because we're losing our jobs and the people ‑‑ they're being fired because people are saying "I can't afford it with universal healthcare." It's just, it doesn't work. How long ‑‑

CRUZ: Yeah, there was an exchange, Glenn, toward the end of the filibuster where Illinois democratic senator Dick Durbin came to the floor and, you know, started throwing various attacks from the left at defending ObamaCare. And, you know, one of the things I did is I just read an excerpt from James Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters letter where he said he was writing on behalf of millions of working men and women and the families who depend on them because ObamaCare was destroying their healthcare. "And destroying "is the word he used. And the question I asked Senator Durbin, I said, listen, have you read about Hoffa's letter? Is he telling the truth? And what have you done to respond to it? Are you okay with destroying the healthcare of millions ‑‑ and that's his word, millions, not mine ‑‑ millions of working men and women. And I have to say he didn't ultimately really want to answer that question. But one of the things I suggested: Listen, if reporters were actually doing their job, every time President Obama stood to a podium, they would say, "Mr. President, let me read from James Hoffa. According to the head of one of the largest labor unions in this country, you're destroying the healthcare of millions of Americans." Is he lying? But, you know, instead they want to ask him about, you know, nonsense instead.

PAT: Yeah, you had the longshoremen left the AFL‑CIO over ‑‑

CRUZ: Yep.

PAT: ‑‑ in part ObamaCare. That just cost me 20 bucks, but ‑‑

GLENN: Are they going to ‑‑ how's this going to play out, Ted? What do you think happens now?

CRUZ: Well, there's several things that happened. The next step is today at 12:30 is the vote on cloture, and every Republican should vote no on cloture because what this vote is at 12:30 today, if you vote yes on cloture, you will be voting with Harry Reid and you will be voting to give Harry Reid the power to fund ObamaCare. Now, a fair number of Republicans have publicly said they intend to vote yes on cloture, they intend to vote side by side with Harry Reid and the Democrats and give Reid the power to fund ObamaCare. Now, simultaneously they are going home to their states and telling people this vote is really a vote against ObamaCare. You know, I point out the obvious, which is if it were really a vote against ObamaCare, then Harry Reid and every Democrat would not be voting that way as well.

PAT: Did Senator Corker know that in your opinion, Senator, or was he just trying to cover himself with his constituents? Or maybe that's not a question you want to answer.

CRUZ: You know, Glenn, I'm not going to speculate about the motives of anyone.

GLENN: That would be Pat. I wouldn't ask you a question like that. That would be Pat. This is Glenn. Now let me ask you this: John Cornyn, piece of crap or what?

CRUZ: Look, Glenn, I ‑‑

PAT: But not Corker.

CRUZ: I like John. He's a friend. He and I have been side by side on the vast majority of issues. I think he's wrong on this.

GLENN: Yeah. I'm thinking Louie Gohmert for senator and if Louie won't run, I'm running.

STU: How come we never get any good interviews on this show? Gee, I wonder why!

GLENN: (Laughing.)

STU: Sorry, Senator Cruz.

GLENN: All right. So Senator Cruz, so what happens when the Republicans run to Mommy's skirt because they are afraid of the big bad Democrats and they vote yes for cloture today? What happens then?

CRUZ: Well, now let me say first between now and 12:30, there are actually a surprising number of Republican senators that are still on the fence, that haven't announced how they're going to vote. And I have to tell you this week people's phones have been lighting up. There's a national website, as you know, dontfundit.com, dontfundit.com. It's got over 1.8 million Americans who have signed the national petition. Let me encourage your listeners this morning before the Senate vote, go to dontfundit.com, sign that petition and right on that website are links to the Facebook pages and Twitter pages of each of the senators and tells you where they are publicly and also has their phone numbers. Give them a call this morning, tweet. Post on their Facebook. It makes a difference. And listen, the vote total ‑‑

GLENN: Does it really? Because I think honestly most people think, "You know, I go to this website and then what do I do?" Or "I call and they just blow me off." Does it really make a difference?

CRUZ: You know, they want to blow you off. That's certainly true. But I've got to tell you nothing has enraged Republican senators or gotten their attention more than the facts that their phones are melting down. Listen, the most dominant instinct for almost any politician in Washington is the desire to get reelected, and when their constituents actually notice something they are doing and speak out in real volume, it scares the living daylights out of politicians. And as you know, I said this many times. In fact, I think I said this on your show, which is that liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified. That, it makes a difference. So I encourage folks to give one last burst this morning. But then second, if the Republicans who have publicly pledged to vote with Harry Reid carry through at 12:30 and do it, then Harry Reid will have the 60 votes he needs to strip the language out of the House resolution and to add the funding back for ObamaCare. But the game won't be over then.

GLENN: There's amazing, there are just amazing people that support cloture. And you know, I mean, you've got the Orrin Hatches of the world and Lindsey Graham but then you have John Corker ‑‑ John Cornyn, Bob Corker, John Thune, Tom Coburn, Roy Blunt, Mitch McConnell, Dan Coats. I mean, they are all, they're all sayin' we're votin' with Harry Reid.

CRUZ: Part of the reason the numbers are where they are is Senate Republican leadership has been whipping, has been using all of the pressure that leadership can exert to try to ‑‑

GLENN: Why? I don't understand this.

CRUZ: Every Republican to vote with Reid.

GLENN: I don't understand this other than they are with the progressive big government thing. That's the only answer because there's no way they can ‑‑

CRUZ: You know, I actually think it's a little different, Glenn.

GLENN: What is it?

CRUZ: It's that they're scared of political blame, that they're scared that if we do the right thing, it might lead to a partial temporary shutdown. And if there's a partial temporary shutdown, they're scared the media will blame Republicans, and the truth is the media will blame Republicans if it rains.

GLENN: The media's going to blame them anyway. You know, I saw Tom DeLay last night on the Real News on TheBlaze and I'm watching Tom talk about it and he's like, "We won that."

CRUZ: Yep.

GLENN: We won that that. I mean, the revisionist history here. They shut down, what was it, 200 and some different agencies in the United States? Yes, the government shut down for, like, 30 days, but look at what they did.

CRUZ: Exactly.

GLENN: They shut it down and they cleaned house.

STU: And gained two Senate seats in the next election.

GLENN: Yeah, they won. They won.

CRUZ: And we got year after year of balanced budgets, reformed welfare. None of that would have happened if Republicans hadn't discovered a backbone and stood up.

PAT: Yep.

CRUZ: But when you make that point, they look at you and just, in essence, say don't bother me with the facts.

GLENN: Okay. I want to play one piece of audio for you ‑‑ two pieces of audio. Pat, play the fundamental transformation from years gone past. Listen to this and then I want to play a new piece of audio. This is the president on the campaign trail.

OBAMA: We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

GLENN: We're five days away from fundamentally. That was when he first got into office ‑‑ when he was getting ready to go in, five days away from the first election: We're five days away from fundamental transformation.

Now listen to what he said just a couple of days ago. Listen to this.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So we're now only five days away from finishing the job.

GLENN: We're five days away from finishing the job. The fundamental transformation of America is finished when this goes through, isn't it?

CRUZ: It is... doing damage that is just ‑‑ look. This president's ambitions, as you know, as he said, are vast. They are exactly as he said: To fundamentally transform this country, to give up our free market foundation, to give up the individual liberty that is the foundation of this country and to move us instead to a collectivist/statist approach where the federal government is the prime driver in the economy and the prime driver in our lives. That is an approach that everywhere in the world it's been tried. It hasn't worked. It doesn't produce opportunity, it doesn't produce prosperity. It ‑‑ if someone is struggling, the best opportunity for someone who is struggling who wants a better life to achieve that better life is a vibrant free enterprise system where small businesses are prospering, where there are jobs, where there's growth. And this president has waged a war on jobs and growth, not because he's opposed to jobs and growth but because he believes in government so much and what he's done through government has been hammering small businesses, hammering entrepreneurs and hurting. The people who have been hurt the most by ObamaCare and all of the rest of it haven't the most vulnerable among us, Glenn. They have been young people and Hispanics and African‑Americans and single moms. They are the ones who are losing their jobs. They are the ones who are being forced to work 29 hours a week. You know, it's not the CEOs. It's not what President Obama calls the millionaires and billionaires. It's the single mom working as a waitress at a diner who's suddenly working 29 hours a week and can't feed her kids on 29 hours a week. And the millions of Americans who right now are getting letters from their health insurance companies saying we're no longer going to provide health insurance because of ObamaCare.

GLENN: Senator Ted Cruz, thank you for your hard work this week. Thank you for standing up. Thank you for being everything and more, I would say, everything you promised you would be and more. And the American people are grateful. Thank you.

CRUZ: Well, you know, we're all fighting to just save this country.

GLENN: I know.

CRUZ: And it's a privilege to stand with so many Americans. And let me encourage folks if Republicans vote as they've said, if we get ‑‑ if cloture's invoked today at 12:30, it's not over. It goes back to the House.

GLENN: Okay.

CRUZ: And the House Republicans I hope and believe are going to stand their ground and so this fight will continue.

GLENN: Good.

CRUZ: And so let me encourage everyone, sign the petition at dontfundit.com and then call your House members. Encourage them. Salute them for having done the right thing last week and encourage them to stand their ground. If the Senate Republicans won't support them, let them know that the American people support the House Republicans.

GLENN: Thank you. I've got to run, but thank you so much and, by the way, all of the phone numbers and everything are there at DontFundIt.com.

10 lessons on prepping from around the world

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Prepping is a human condition practiced across the globe for thousands of years. Customs are influenced by geography, culture, politics, and threat. Here are ten applicable observations on preparedness from around the world.

1. Argentina: Get hard.

Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre’s The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse is required reading for preppers, and it’s chock-full of real-life lessons from his experiences during Argentina's 2001 economic crisis. But the very first thing he starts with is preparing your body and your mind so you’re not a soft target. Stop being soft. Do difficult things to develop your body and your mind. Go camping. Hit the gym. Get in shape! It’ll do wonders for your health, survivability, and confidence.

Take home point: here’sa simple weightlifting plan that most able-bodied adults can perform. Learn to stand up straight and act confident. Get your dental and health problems fixed while you can—don’t put it off for after stuff hits the fan.

2. Netherlands: Involve the kids!

The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is “Be Prepared” and the organization has taught boys wilderness and practical skills for over 100 years. The Dutch have their own version of inculcating confidence in their children via a cultural tradition known as Dutch Dropping. Kids, starting around the age of 11-12, are dropped off in the forest alone or in small groups at night with minimal gear and instructed to find their way home or to the campsite with ZERO adult assistance. Some nights are tough and miserable, but overall, the practice instills independence, decision-making skills, and is widely practiced.

Take home point: instill grit and self-confidence in your children early.

3. Israel: Always be prepared.

Entire books could be dedicated to the 10/7 attack, but the key takeaway is this: no one saw it coming. The folks attending the Supernova music festival expected a fun party, and what they got instead was hell. Israel is a bit of a special case, but the reality is you never know when a mass shooter or other disaster will strike. Never get too intoxicated, never let your guard down too much, because you never know when your life will change forever.

Take home point: you don’t have to live on hyper-alert (that is grossly unhealthy) but keep your wits about you and have a plan if things go south.

4.Taiwan: Grassroots communities are the best.

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Post-COVID and especially after the start of the Russia-Ukraine War, prepping has exploded in Taiwan. Fearing an imminent blockade and invasion, the Taiwanese have recognized their precarious position. Prepper groups have sprung up across the island and vary in their focus from all-hazards to gear geeks to weaponized resistance forces training with airsoft guns. Skills taught are varied; examples include building an emergency kit, learning first aid, and basic survival proficiencies.

However, some groups go much further and provide instruction on military simulations. Participants run the political gamut and are highly varied in their professions, reflecting a massive cross-section of the island. One common theme that appears across these groups is the adage that disaster can happen at any moment and can consist of assorted hazards. The April 2024 severe earthquake is proof positive of this understanding.

Take home point: community resilience is vital!

5. Bosnia: Get your ham radio license.

During the Bosnian War of the early 1990s, ham radio operators like Himzo Devedzija helped separated families stay in touch via radio. These days, the ubiquity of the internet and smartphones has made ham radio seem obsolete, but radio has a key advantage over more modern and user-friendly tech: it requires practically no infrastructure. Hook a radio up to a battery connected to a solar panel, throw a wire over a tree, and you’re in business. Master digital modes like Winlink and you can even send email over the air. The downside is the equipment is expensive, and you need to take tests with the FCC to obtain the necessary licenses. Your best bet is to contact yournearest ham radio club, who can help prepare you for the tests and recommend the best equipment for your area. But you can do a lot of interesting things even without a license, like listen to worldwide HF transmissions and learn how to track down radio transmitters through foxhunting.

Take home point: pick up a hobby, even if it’s not ham and make it FUN!

6. Russia: Plant a garden.

While the leadership of Russia is commonly maligned, the Russian people are damn tough. They’ve survived Genghis Khan, famines, a communist revolution, and total government collapse. One secret to Russian resiliency? Dacha gardens, which the Russian people have maintained for over 1,000 years. These small backyard gardens account for 3% of Russia’s land but provide over 50% of the country’s food, including 92% of potatoes, 77% of vegetables, 87% of fruit, 59% of meat, and 49% of milk. You don’t have to grow everything overnight, but simply starting with a single raised bed of lettuce and maybe a handful of chickens will give you invaluable real-world experience you can scale when the chips are down.

Take home point: build your resilience in bite-sized (pun intended) chunks.

7. Cyprus: Diversification saves.

During the 2013 financial crisis in Cyprus, Germany agreed to bail out the island, but with some characteristic German austerity: a tax of 6.75 percent from insured deposits up to €100,000 and a 9.9 percent from uninsured amounts over €100,000. People panicked, and Cyprus had to shut down banks for two weeks to avoid a run. Ultimately, depositors lost nearlyhalf of their savings. The crisis in Cyprussparked Bitcoin’s meteoric rise from obscure nerd money to a financial titan as the savvy rich realized that they couldn’t trust the banks. Of course, there are alternative places to store wealth other than a bank, but as for your liquid capital, it pays to diversify. Keep some in cash, Bitcoin, and precious metals.

Take home point: your mother was right, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

8.Japan: Government CAN be helpful.

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Japan overall, and Tokyo specifically, take disaster preparedness quite seriously. The 2024 New Years Day earthquake hammered that point home, yet again. At the national level, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force is habitually prepared to respond to calamity; everything from earthquakes to typhoons to tsunamis.

As a country, September 1st is nationally designated as Disaster Prevention Day, commemorating the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake which claimed 140,000 lives. School children, businesses, theme parks, and members of the national government participate annually. At the municipal level, Tokyo publishes a very thorough and thoughtful pamphlet on preparedness for its residents (English link here:https://www.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/english/guide/bosai/index.html). Tokyo also boasts the massive Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, near downtown, that is used both as a tourist attraction and an actual disaster response site.

Take home point: remembrance, codified in national action and tribute, contributes to a culture of preparedness.

9. Finland, Switzerland, Israel: Bunkers aren't mainstream, but the concept is widespread.

You would really have to be a tinfoil hat wearing loon to invest in a bunker, right? Wrong. Switzerland mandates either a personal bunker or a tax for a space in a public bunker. In 2023, Finland ascertained it had over 50,000 bunkers, enough to shelter nearly 90% of its population. For these countries, the shelters are due to nuclear fears. Israeli law stipulates residential homes should possess a Merkhav Mugan (translation: protected space) to protect from conventional rocket and mortar attacks. Some countries and some areas are at higher risk for conventional or nuclear attack. It is folly to ignore this.

Take home point: the need for a nuclear bunker at home should not be a top prepping priority, but many areas of the US could greatly benefit from a reinforced room (e.g. panic room, tornado, or hurricane shelter) to mitigate threats.

10. United Kingdom, Canada, Australia: International preparedness is growing.

Although the tide is turning (slowly), one negative export from America on prepping, especially to the Western World, is that prepping is fringe and even anti-social, if not downright dangerous. Fortunately, things are changing for the better. The United Kingdom is, at least anecdotally, seeing an uptick in interest. The reality series Alone Australia, a spin-off of the American show where survivalists test their wits in nature, is a hit. A December 2023 survey of Canadians found 7% considered themselves preppers with British Columbia reporting the highest levels. Given wildfires, home prices, and general angst regarding a host of potential crises, it’s not hard to see why many are changing their views regarding preparedness.

Take home point: prepping has been a human staple for millennia; the world is rediscovering this and taking action.

About the authors:

Josh Centers has no masters degrees, but he does own four chickens along with some meat rabbits on his Tennessee compound. He runs unprepared.life, the best-selling Substack newsletter on preparedness, where he discusses subjects like food storage, nuclear war preparations, homeschooling, and the importance of cleaning your dryer vents. His views absolutely do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or the Army.

Dr. Chris Ellis has four masters degrees and earned his PhD at Cornell University. He is a Colonel in the Army who specializes in a variety of disaster and homeland defense initiatives. His views are from his studies and experience and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense, the Army, or his current command. Sadly, Chris does not own any chickens.

5 Christian denominations that have EMBRACED LGBTQ+

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The United Methodist Church (UMC) just lost one million members overnight, and they're on their way to losing another 1.5 million in the coming weeks.

Early this May, the UMC, which has been succumbing to the pressures of the progressive mob for years, made one of its biggest concessions to date. At the UMC's general conference meeting in Charlotte, they voted to allow LGBTQ-practicing clergy and reversed their ban on same-sex marriage. For the leaders of the United Methodist Church of Ivory Coast (EMCUI), this was the straw that broke the camel's back, and they voted to withdraw from the United Methodist Church. This was a massive blow to the Church, which has been losing U.S. congregations over the last few years.

The EMCUI's decision to stand up against pressures from the progressive wing of the Church and defend its core values is being reflected in other churches within the UMC. The 1.5 million-member-strong Korean Methodist Church may soon be on its way out of the UMC before long. The controversy stemming from the general conference meeting provoked the following response from the conservative faction within the Korean Methodist Church: "Homosexuality cannot be accepted until the Lord returns. This is not an emotional issue but a matter of unchangeable truth. Homosexuality is clearly a sin."

But the UMC is not alone. There has been a continuing trend of denominations across America changing their stance on LGBTQ matters and condoning gay clergy and gay marriages.

Here are FIVE examples of Christian denominations that have embraced the pride movement:

United Methodist Church (UMC)

The chargeable offenses for clergy being found to be "self-avowed practicing homosexual" or for presiding at a same-sex marriage or union ceremony are deleted.

Rev. Burton Edwards

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

The [Presbyterian Church U.S.A] apologizes for the church’s previous unwelcoming stance on LGBTQ parishioners, celebrates LGBTQ church pioneers, and states the church will welcome, lift up, and fight for the human rights of all people created in the eyes of God.

Overture 11-13: "On Celebrating the Gifts of People of Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities in the Life of the Church"

The Episcopal Church

Ordination and the offices of bishop, priest, and deacon are open to all without discrimination. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

The Episcopal Church's statement on "LGBTQ+ in the Church"

United Church of Christ (UCC)

LGBTQIA+ siblings know intimately the nature of being deemed an outcast. The clarion call for LGBTQIA+ advocacy is reverberating from state capitol rotundas, family dinner tables, city streets, and church pews.

The UCC's Love is Louder Campaign

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

We give thanks for the gifts, wisdom, leadership and faith of our LGBTQIA+ neighbors and siblings in Christ. We ask the Spirit to embolden us in advocating for social, institutional and legislative change that reflects justice, total inclusion and God’s boundless love for humanity in all its diversity.

The ELCA's prayer ventures; June 4, 2024

Trump's conviction: Press on for the sake of the republic

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on TheBlaze.com.

In today's world, everyone seems to get a trophy, which makes the trophy absolutely worthless. Unless it’s fought for, unless it’s earned and struggled for, the trophy doesn’t belong to you. The same goes for freedom. I’ve never earned the freedom we enjoy in America. I fear I spent too much of my life squandering it. And for what? Ease? Money? Just to go along to get along? A trophy that everybody gets but was never earned?

We must not accept defeat. If we do, we are not worthy of the freedom that is worth fighting for.

I do not accept, nor do I want that trophy. I want one that means something, and that means standing up for something.

Defeat is not an outcome. Defeat is a choice.

We were given an opportunity on Thursday to stand for something: our republic. The weaponization of our government to snuff out Donald Trump’s campaign represents a greater attack against the foundational freedoms that forged our republic: the right to a fair and impartial trial, the right to free and fair elections, the right to defend yourselves against your accusers. Will you stand for it?

Now is the time to decide, and our decision may very well determine whether our republic is heading toward victory or defeat.

I will never say we are finished. I will never utter the words, “We have lost!” Because defeat is not an outcome. Defeat is a choice. It is the choice of the person who is pushed down and refuses to get back up. It is the choice of the person who backs down when pitted against seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The posture of defeat is the one who backs down when things get hard. Will you take that posture? Or will you stand for freedom and rise to the occasion that our republic demands?

It always sucks before you get to the summit. The question is: As you're driving your wagon train over the Rocky Mountains, do you press on? Do you actually have an unwavering belief in our republic? Do you really even know the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution? Do you know why we fight? Because if you don't know, you will lose.

Will enough of us call upon that unyielding spirit that has always been inside us? Will you stand for those values that we’ve been told our whole lives are self-evident? Apparently, they are not self-evident any more, according to our ruling elites.

Our country forged the greatest mission statement the world has ever witnessed, that all people are "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," where justice and freedom can be had by all.

That is the summit of the mountain we now face, and it is a summit worth pressing forward to reach. We are still on the side of the mountain. We have a long way to go, and last Thursday, they tried to knock us back down. We must ask ourselves today: Do we just go back down? Is this as far as we go? Or do we just say, "Press on, America."

We must press on. We must not accept defeat. If we do, we are not worthy of the freedom that is worth fighting for.

FOUR takeaways from Fauci's hearing

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Did Dr. Anthony Fauci answer for the mismanagement of the Covid pandemic?

On Monday, Fauci sat before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability to answer lingering questions about how the pandemic was handled. Many of us, Glenn included, have serious concerns, such as:

  • Why did he lie about gain-of-function research?
  • Why did he try to cover up all the chatter among scientists that the virus DID come from a lab?
  • Did he know the U.S. government cut a deal with Moderna on vaccines before the pandemic?

While some of these questions were partially answered, Fauci's lack of credibility and Congress's lack of direct questioning left much to be desired. The American people deserve the truth, but it's being kept from us.

That’s why BlazeTV teamed up with Free the People to release The Coverup, a docuseries available NOW for BlazeTV subscribers. You can watch the series now and get $30 off your BlazeTV annual subscription by using the code FAUCILIED.

Here are the top FIVE takeaways from Fauci's hearing:

Social distancing was BUNK

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After a closed-door hearing in January where Fauci admitted that the 6-foot social distancing rule imposed on all Americans allegedly for our safety "wasn’t based on data," Fauci tried to distance himself from the controversial edict. Fauci shifted the blame to the CDC, claiming that he had little to nothing to do with the order.

Fauci is "open" to Covid origin possibilities

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For YEARS we were told COVID-19 originated from bats in China, and anyone who dared to offer any other suggestions—like the theory that COVID-19 leaked from the massive virology lab that worked on Coronaviruses and happened to be in the same city the pandemic originated in—was ridiculed as a conspiracy theorist. Now that the lab leak theory has been all but confirmed, Fauci is singing a different tune. On Monday, Fauci claimed he has always kept an "open mind" about the origin of the virus.

Deleted emails and FOIA evasions

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A series of emails released by the House Oversight Committee indicate that some NIH officials, including Fauci, were attempting to avoid public record laws by deleting emails and sending information to personal email addresses. In one such released email sent to Fauci from Dr. David Morens suggested they use personal emails so “there is no worry about FOIAs” [Freedom of Information Act].

MTG outburst

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The infamous Georgia congresswoman was arguably the star of the hearing, taking the opportunity to make her criticisms of Fauci known. Rep. Greene called for Fauci's medical license to be revoked and to throw him in jail. Throughout her time on the microphone, Greene refused to refer to Fauci as "doctor," instead calling him "Mr. Fauci."