Glenn: Words have real power

Well, better late than never, I guess.  60 Minutes has finally figured out that maybe, just maybe the Benghazi thing isn’t a phony scandal after all.

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Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  I made it known in a country team meeting you are going to get attacked.  You are going to get attacked in Benghazi.  It’s going to happen.  You need to change your security profile.

Lara Logan:  Shut down –

Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  Shut down operations, move out temporarily, or change locations within the city.  Do something to break up the profile, because you are being targeted.  They’re watching you.  The attack cycle is such that they’re in their final planning stages.

Lara Logan:  Wait a minute, you said they’re in the final planning stages of an attack on the American mission in Benghazi.

Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  It was apparent to me that that was the case.  Reading all these other attacks that were occurring, I could see what they were staging up to.  It was obvious.

Morgan Jones:  We’re here to kill Americans, not Libyans, so they’d give them a good beating, pistol whip them, beat them with their rifles and let them go.

Lara Logan:  We’re here to kill Americans.

Morgan Jones:  That’s what they said, yeah.

Lara Logan:  Not Libyans.

Morgan Jones:  Yeah.

Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  Coordination, planning, training, experience, personnel.  They practiced those things.  They knew what they were doing.

Wow!  It’s kind of like they knew all along it was a coordinated attack, and they knew that a coordinated attack was coming in advance, and they did nothing.  You know what would’ve been really great is if the media would’ve been nice enough to point this out as we were being told that it was a spontaneous reaction to a hateful YouTube video.

But it’s never too late for Americans to wake up and say wait a minute, they knew, and they lied, which puts this comment from Hillary Clinton when she was questioned about what happened before the attack in a whole new light now, doesn’t it?

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Hillary Clinton:  The fact is we had four dead Americans.  Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans?  What difference at this point does it make?

Of course she doesn’t want to answer that question.  I can guarantee that was rehearsed, because the honest answer to that question results in the end of her career in public service, at least it should, but I don’t know if it would.  George Soros is now helping her with finances for her run for President of the United States.

But the spin is about to come undone.  It is happening at such a dizzying rate that nobody it seems even bats an eye anymore, but people know that it doesn’t work.  People aren’t watching the news like they used to.  They know.  They know, and they know they’re getting nothing but lies.  Bob Woodward summed up what was best.  He said this is right at the heart of this administration’s scandals.  Listen:

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Bob Woodward:  I think it’s in The New York Times this morning that there is a review that Susan Rice, the national security advisor for Obama has done on Mideast policy.  They need to review this secret world and its power in their government, because you run into this rat’s nest of concealment and lies time and time again, then and now.

This is pretty amazing, a rat’s nest of concealment and lies.  Did you ever think you would see anyone on mainstream media say that?  But that’s what they’re choosing to spread.

The words that each of us choose, they have real power.  They have the power to build people up or tear them down, the power to heal or the power to destroy, the power to increase light or increase darkness.  Which will it be?

I remember when there was a time at least that the left understood the power of words, and they were really super concerned about the words, you know, that we use, and when I say “we use,” I mean Sarah Palin and me and you or the Tea Party.  They claimed that those words, hey, listen to the words.  It’s hateful.  It’s violent, and that we were causing the violence against people like Gabby Giffords.  Remember this?

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Howard Kurtz:  And then you said, and I’m quoting here, “Both are being finally held to account for recklessly playing with violent images in a way that is bound to incite the unstable.”

 

“Bound to incite the unstable.”  You’re connecting the dots between their rhetoric and violence.

Dana Milbank:  Well, between violence, but not in this case, the Loughner case.  What I – in a sense, it’s rough justice.  I think it is very important that people are held to account for this nasty rhetoric that is causing – in Glenn Beck’s case, I’ve documented a few cases in which it’s led a crazy person to snap…

Keith Olberman:  I think it’s time as a country we need to do a little soul searching, because I think that the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from the people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what we see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, it may be free speech, but it does not come without consequences.

Bill Maher:  But it’s also clear that he was very antigovernment.  I mean, if you read some of the stuff that we have that we know he wrote, I mean, it’s sprinkled with things, antigovernment ideas, treason, tyranny, the gold, get back to the gold standard, that kind of stuff that seems like, you know, I don’t know who else but Glenn Beck talks about that.

 

This Jared guy’s chalkboard in his basement, I’m not sure it wouldn’t look that different than Glenn Beck’s chalkboard.

Okay, that guy was a leftist and a Communist if I remember right, but that’s what they were doing.  They were accusing me and Sarah Palin and you of violence and inciting violence.  I wrote it down.  This kind of talk appeals to the unstable.  Zero evidence – I wonder what this guy was saying that was quoted back to me.

There’s never been any violence, never, at least that I’ve ever been made aware of, never.  In fact, quite the opposite:  The people that gather are the picture of restraint and decency and love for fellow man, but that doesn’t stop the free flow of lies, right?  We know that.

Okay, the only reason why I’m dredging up the past is because I want to show you the power of words and what our government is turning into.  I want you to look at the rhetoric of this president.  Watch:

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President Obama:  I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of, you know, fat cat bankers on Wall Street.

If you are a wealthy CEO or hedge fund manager in America right now, your taxes are lower than they have ever been.  And you can afford it.  You’ll still be able to ride on your corporate jet.  You’re just going to have to pay a little more.

Everybody, including the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations, have to pay their fair share.

Tell them to stop giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans who don’t need them and aren’t asking for them.  Tell them to start asking everybody to do their fair share and play by the same rules.

And what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more.

Okay, you know this.  I don’t have to keep going on.  You know this.  He is preaching the gospel of two Americas, that there is a small sliver of people that do nothing.  They don’t pay their fair share, the really uber rich, and then everybody else who’s carrying all the burden, when studies show, and I mean facts show, the IRS will show you that there’s over now 50% that don’t pay any taxes at all.  And they’re the haves and the have-nots.  That’s what it is, the rich guy and then you.

Now who’s going to take the blame?  Well, he takes the blame because he takes it from you, and he keeps it away from you.  How many times have we seen from the Tides Foundation and everybody else that the rich exploit the resources of the world and keep you down?  Meanwhile, while they’re saying that, they have union mobs descending on the private homes of the evil bank CEOs – screw him, screw him and all of his money.

The president has been billed as a uniter, and I guess it’s true if he’s uniting the 99% against the 1%, which those numbers aren’t even accurate.  This is an all-out class warfare act.  The reason why I’m bringing this up to you tonight is because your words do have power.  You’re getting lies from the top, and then they are keeping things away from you and never mentioning what’s really going on.

Tonight, I want to introduce you to the first victims in this war on the wealthy.  It’s a family of five, including a one-year-old.  They were slaughtered with a meat cleaver.  The man who carried out the slaying was a 25-year-old family relative.  Now, why did he do it, and why could I possibly say this has anything to do with this administration?

Well, according to a police source, “The family had too much.  The family had better income and a better lifestyle than him.”  That’s what the crazy man is saying.  Now where are you getting that envy?  For being successful and despite being kind enough to let a 25-year-old relative stay at their home, the 37-year-old mother of four, who wasn’t Bill Gates, was butchered, along with her nine, five, seven, and one-year-old.  The one-year-old was found decapitated.

Now, this is an amazing story no matter how you slice it, but I’m wondering where the press is, because the story happened just outside of New York City, so you know they have the trucks there.  They were so paranoid that the Tea Party would act out against any government official because they heard a lot of rhetoric about shrinking the size of government.

You couldn’t even say the word “target” without scolding somebody, yet the President of the United States and his allies constantly nonstop vilify anyone with any money.  They tell people they are taking it from you.  They blame them for every sort of every problem.  It’s not Bush; it’s the rich people, and if it’s not the rich people, it’s Bush.  They even have supported unions that intimidate and use violent tactics like surrounding private homes with mobs and beating people down at town halls and blocking “scab” truckers.  Think of just even that word, scabs.

And there’s silence from the media.  I want you to know because part of my job is to inform you on what I see coming, but you’re seeing it now.  It’s here, a class war and a race war not of your doing, and don’t participate in it in any way, shape, or form.  It’s a war on anyone who stands in the way of the agenda, even, believe it or not, if you’re an 87-year-old World War II veteran.

How could you possibly say that the administration had anything to do with the killing of an 87-year-old man?  Well, can we look at the facts?  The World War II Memorial during the phony shutdown, what happened to the World War II veterans?  Were they treated with respect?  Taking on America’s finest living heroes was something previously unthinkable, even among the dirtiest of politicians.

Growing up, we were all taught to respect our elders, especially those, the Greatest American Generation, but now, somehow or another, our teens are taught life doesn’t matter, and old people, it’s okay to use them as a political prop.  It’s even okay to hassle them.  We’re taught that old people and their stupidity is what caused today’s problems.  And if I may quote, so you’ve had your chance, grandma.  “Step aside, Grandma.  We want health care, and we want it now.”

Is it any wonder we see teens beating up and mugging World War II veterans just for giggles?  I want you to be very, very clear on what I’m saying.  While the president and his allies are leading this current race, the media and higher education have done such a great snow job on most of us and most of us have welcomed it with open arms because we wanted to believe, I mean, it’s much easier to believe that we can just take it from somebody else.

It’s much easier to believe that our kids really do deserve that trophy.  It’s really a lot easier on me as a parent.  I’m tired when I get home.  I don’t know about you.  I don’t want to teach my kids lessons.  I want somebody else to do it.  I have to teach them that life isn’t unfair?  That’s hard.  But universal law is universal law, and it doesn’t matter who uses it.

Life isn’t fair.  You’re not always going to win your way, even if you’re the good guy.  And words do have power.  I have a new and greater understanding of the power of words.  Words are like seeds, and when you scatter them all across the ground, some will take root, and some will not, depending on if it’s fertile soil or rocks.  And some will take very shallow roots, and some will take deep.  It depends not only who’s scattering them but also who’s receiving them.

The question is what seeds are you sowing?  What words will you choose?  I know their choice.  I got it.  I can’t do anything about their choice.  Let’s talk about me and you.  The answer can be found in this question:  Who is the author of your life?  I have two, God and me.  God created me, and then he gave me rights.  He gave me power, and he gave me responsibility, and I choose what I do with those.

Jesus said the son only does what he has seen the father doing, so who’s the author of your life?  Who’s your father?  For many, unfortunately, I believe it is now the father of all lies, and what they see him do, they will do.  And so we have a rat’s nest of concealment and lies.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.