Glenn: How do you deal with a President who is hell bent on destroying America?

Glenn opened the radio program this morning with a scathing critique of President Obama and his increasingly authoritarian leadership style. When you consider the results of a new AP-GFK poll, which find the President’s approval rating to be at a mere 37%, clearly the American people are fed up as well.

“How do you deal with a President who is hell bent on destroying America as you know it,” Glenn asked on radio this morning.

For President Obama to have been able to get away with all he has over the last five years, Glenn explained the media must either be complicit or oblivious. And the oblivious argument wore out its welcome a long time ago.

“I don't believe oblivious anymore. To be oblivious, you have to be dead,” Glenn said. “From the beginning, the American media has been head over heels in love with this man and his story. If you even believe his story, if not for all of the anti-American itch and ideology attached to the story, nobody would ever believe it. But because it's just rife with hatred for America, they are charmed.”

It became clear President Obama studied under prominent Marxists, Communists, and Revolutionaries. It became clear the people he refers to as “mentors” in his books were nothing more than composites. It became clear he attended the church of an America-hating, racist pastor for 20 years. And yet the media continued to laud his vision and what he stood for.

“I wondered how we could even contemplate putting this man on a parade committee, let alone the president of the United States. But the trust, the love, the adoration from the media continued unabated – for some because they actually share his distaste for this country; for others, because they were totally and incompletely ignorant,” Glenn explained. “To them, he was the symbol of diversity that they had been yearning for. He was hope and change itself. He was simultaneously proof that, in America, all things are possible through government and a reminder that this nation sprang from oppressive racist roots. He was everything the left ever dreamt of and more.”

When you have a media that is unabashedly infatuated with the President, you see questions like this:

REPORTER: What has surprised you the most about this office, enchanted you the most of serving in this office, humbled you the most, and troubled you the most.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, let me write this down. Let me write this down.

“When you hear the press start to ask somebody in power that kind of question, you know you are in real trouble,” Glenn said. “Which explains how he survived the election. Jobs dismal, almost nonexistent. One where he himself declared this:”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: If I don't have this done in three years, it's going to be a one-term proposition.

“No, no. As a result of the cover of the media, he survived. He has continued to survive, despite breaking virtually every promise that he made even do his extreme left base,” he continued. “He hasn't stopped surveillance or warrantless wire-tapping. Do you remember that? That's what he was all about. No more foreign wars. Bring the troops home. Stop the killing… No more use of drones. I'm going to close Gitmo. He hasn't done that. Not in one year. Not in five years.”

As the government shutdown continues on because of a refusal to negotiate, President Obama had the gall to stand in front of the American people yesterday and say this:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This morning, I had a chance to speak with Speaker Boehner. And I told him I'm happy to talk with him about anything – not the issues I think are important, but the issues they think are important.

“The deception is so easy to see through,” Glenn said. “He's happy to talk about anything. He won't budge a single inch, won't make a single concession. He's happy to talk all you want. In fact, in his entire presidency, name one thing that he's conceded to the Republicans. They say he concedes all the time. He gives everything. Tell me one time. One thing that was ever really important to the Tea Party and the people who believe in the Constitution. Name one… How about not apologizing for everything that we have ever done? How about just seeing that we have good intentions? How about not calling us ‘Tea Baggers’ for once? How about just recognizing the people that came on 8/28/10 and saying they were good decent people? How about just that? Name one thing.”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But I also told him that having such a conversations, talks, negotiations shouldn't require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the heads of the American people.

“That, of course, is not what they are doing. It isn't,” Glenn said. “But he is a master of setting up a false premise and babbling endlessly about how evil they are. And how evil what they are doing is, which they aren't doing.”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Think about it this way. The American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don't get a chance to call your bank and say, ‘I'm not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an XBox.’ If you are in negotiations around buying somebody's house, you don't get to say, ‘Well, let's talk about the price I'm going to pay, and if you don't give me the price, I'm going to burn down your house.’ That's not how it works.

The President’s remarks are especially ironic when you consider how picky he has become when it comes to implementing and obeying the law.

“How about we look at it this way. In our lives, we don't get to say, you know what? We're just going to ignore this law or that law. How about that, Mr. President? In this life, in this Republic, we don't get to say, I’m going to disavow and not obey this law. But this one, I'm going to do. I don't get to do that. None of us do. But you do,” Glenn said. “That, sir, and let me be very clear, is the sign of a dictator, someone who dictates the laws. When they are passed, you follow them. You sir, do not. You sir, pick and choose which laws and who to apply them to.”

In a scattered shower of journalism moment yesterday, Mark Knoller of CBS News asked the President a ‘tough’ question about the current political climate, and President Obama’s response proved just how out-of-touch he has become:

KNOLLER: Mr. President, while you are waiting for the shutdown to end, why is it that you can't go along with any of the bills the House is passing? Funding the FDA, FEMA, where you were yesterday, and Veteran's Benefits, and Head Start. You've got to be tempted to sign those bills and get funding to those bills that you support?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Of course I'm tempted because you want to solve some of the problem if you could not solve all of it. But what you see are bills from Republicans wherever they feel political pressure, they put a bill forward. If there's no political heat, no television story on it, then nothing happens.

“So let me translate and take out all of this smugness and arrogance. If [he] signs these things, there won't be any pain, and [he’s] intending on inflicting as much pain on the American people as possible,” Glenn said. “Here's the thing. Everything that's been said here, I want you to know this: To those who are truly awake, truly completely awake, you are about to win. Wake up your neighbors, and if they refuse to come out of their deep sleep, move on to the next person. This is triage operation. And those of us who are believers know the truth. Here is the truth: The Constitution now and forever. It will stand because it is the truth.”

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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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