What have you given up for that free email?

Today, TheBlaze is excited to announce a new feature for TheBlaze TV annual subscribers: 1791 email.  Click here to get started.

What is 1791?

When we decided to launch our new email service for TheBlaze TV annual subscribers using the name of a completely different division of the company that sold clothes and didn’t appear to have anything to do with news or television, many on my staff were left scratching their heads. What does a clothing company have to do with a private e-mail provider and an online subscription network? The answer, like so much of what we do as a broader company, lies with the story of America.

I’ve built Mercury Radio Arts, TheBlaze, American Dream Labs, and 1791 around one very simple truth: we are American storytellers. We are telling the story of this country that no one else will. Some days, that means TheBlaze is exposing some of the darkest areas of corruption I’ve seen in recent memory. But more often than not, we are telling stories of good, of inspiration, and the struggle for man’s freedom.  We seek to preserve the principles and values – like hard work, fair play, respect, and charity - etched into the soul of our country by the Founders and the essence of which is found in the Constitution.

In the year 1791, The Bill of Rights was ratified by the states making up the infant United States of America. With those first ten amendments, Americans were guaranteed individual freedoms and a limited federal government. We were going to be something different than the monarchies and empires that had come before us. America, from it’s very beginning, was going to blaze a new path – one that centuries later would bring us to the stars.

Somewhere in the last one hundred years or so, we started to lose our way. We gave up some of those individual powers in exchange for comfort and security. Our once limited federal government has grown wildly out of control. The government can now listen in on your phone calls, read your emails, and record your movements on public streets. Millions of Americans vote to expand those powers even more, and if we don’t take a minute to look at where we are headed we will never be able to return to where we came from.

Through 1791, we seek to preserve and demonstrate what it means to live an authentic life with value.

One of the first products launched under the 1791 name was 1791 Denim. We saw that an iconic piece of American history, the blue jean, was no longer being Made in America. It no longer represented hard work, ingenuity, and rugged individualism. Instead, blue jeans had become the “uniform of progress” with advertisements glorifying the kind of revolutionary violence that has disrupted the Middle East and Europe.

In response, members of my team set out to create an alternative; a jean that celebrated the American values that other clothing manufactures had chosen to leave behind in the pursuit of profit. Values like hard work and authenticity. And I insisted they were made in America with the best material, from the selvedge denim to the copper rivets. 1791 Jeans are built to last, to be worn whether you were just working around the house or out getting dirty on the farm.

1791 was never just about jeans; it’s always been about celebrating those core values that make America great. It’s about remembering the way we used to be, returning to a time when Americans built railroads, cars, and rockets. When we looked up at the stars and dreamed of adventures. We turned imagination into reality. We dreamed.

When you put on a pair of 1791 Jeans, we hope you tap into that great American dream that lies within each of us. That you proudly say “I am an American”, and through your words and your actions you inspire others to dream again.

1791 now offers another way to share the spirit of America with 1791 email.

Much like clothing manufacturers have shrugged off the dream of “Made in America”, giant software companies are abandoning the principles of individual privacy and personal liberty. They’ve invaded your Inbox, scanned your personal emails, and targeted advertisements based on the content. They’ve allowed backdoors and warrantless searches. Does it feel like your privacy is being respected?

We’ve decided that Americans deserve a choice, and with 1791 email you can have a private email account that will never be scanned by us. We will never sell your email address or use the contents of your emails to sell something to you. And if the government feels like you are a threat, then the government will need to follow The Constitution and serve us with a warrant. We believe in a little thing called “the rule of law”.

It says a lot about where America is today that something like “privacy” has become a foreign concept to businesses that handle your personal information.

With a @1791.com address, you are also making a statement. You are showing every person that you communicate with that you believe in individual freedom and that you are part of an ever-growing community that wants to work hard and dream big. YOU are living the story of America.

We pledge never to follow the rest of the herd. Like America in it’s earliest days, 1791 is blazing a new path, one that we hope inspires others to wake up and remember what made this country great.

We live and breathe the values and principles set forth by the Founders in 1791. It’s not a catchy name, a fad, or a meaningless brand. It’s enough not to say you believe in something. You have to embody those things you say you believe in. You have to live it.

1791 has meaning. It’s timeless. It’s exceptional.

It’s a way of life.

Laus Deo,

 

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.