Glenn: Be still and know that He is God

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After listening to Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) hold Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen’s feet to the fire on Capitol Hill on Thursday and speaking to David and Jason Benham on radio this morning about HGTV cutting ties with them over their Christian views, Glenn delivered an impassioned monologue in which he asked his listeners to “be still and know that He is God.”

Below is a rough transcript of the monologue:

I want to talk to you one-on-one here for a second. I had a really hard time with that last interview. It was really hard time. I went on yesterday, and we were talking about David and Jason Benham. Here are two guys that had a show that was supposed to air beginning next year on HGTV. And the national socialists have come out again it and decided they will silence anyone they disagree with. And yesterday, we read this story in the Washington Post about these guys. nd you know, they made them sound like the Westboro Baptist Church guys. They made it sound like they hate gays and they hate Muslims and everything else. And I said, on the air: If that's what they're saying, I don't want anything to do with them because Jesus doesn't teach anybody to hate. You could have a differing opinion, and I have many friends who have differing opinions. I have Baptists who quite honestly think I'm going to go to hell because of my faith. And that's fine. And I love them. And they are my friends. And I have atheists who think I'm going to end up in a dirt box. And I love them, and I embrace them. And they are my friends. I have members of my own faith that hate me because they think that I'm too loud and boisterous and whatever. And I love them. And I beg all of them to discount the messenger because I am wildly flawed. And I just try my best to do it.

This morning I came in, and I was talking to one of my good friends and a guy I consider a good counselor and I said, ‘I don't know what else I can do. I don't know what else God wants from me.’ I really am to the point to where I think that when I'm finished with my mission on earth, I will just drop dead – when I speak my last word that I was supposed to say because there are so many things in our lives that we're seeing full-fledged miracles on that just shouldn't happen, couldn't happen.

I don't know how Pat makes it in every day because of the extraordinary pain that he is in every day. And I know it's because of his faith and his sheer willpower that is making him stand every day. And everybody said that this network wouldn't work. And we'd never be able to get anybody to subscribe to it. And I am, quite honestly, very frustrated. And we started the show today with what Louie Gohmert and several other congressman and senators said yesterday in testimony on Capitol Hill against Comcast and their merger with Time Warner. And I will tell you that without getting into any details, or anyone in particular, it is companies like Comcast that stand in the way of you hearing the truth. It is companies like Comcast that now want to double in size by gobbling Time Warner, which is already in that sphere. And they are government regulated. They rely on special favors from the government and whoever the president is and all of the senators and everybody else. And so they kowtow. And they will kowtow to not only the government power, but they will kowtow to all of the sponsors' power. And then they will kowtow to all of the big networks like NBC – Comcast is NBC Universal – because that is nothing but a content company. And they've got all of these networks and they need all of that content, and those companies, when they become popular, they, quite honestly, I think some of them extort money out of these cable providers because they think they can. And they're irreplaceable.

The arrogance on all fronts is just astounding. And that's why when you call your cable company, they don't care about you. Honestly, they don't even care about the American market anymore. Truth be told, all they care about is expanding overseas because those are growth markets. They're expecting 20, 30, and 40% growth overseas. This market is collapsing. And so they don't care about you anymore. And that's the truth. And that's the truth that nobody will tell you. But I am seeing the game from the inside and it's despicable.

I really don't know what I'm doing. And that's not a surprise to anybody. But I believe in something. And I believe that good people coming together for a common cause can change the world. And the world is about to change entirely. Whether I like it or not, whether you're for it or against it, it's about to change. And it already is. And those with power are trying to get it to change their way so they will be able to gobble up even more power. And that's why they are so afraid of anybody that disagrees with them. They are terrified of them. That's why they don't want people like these two guys that had a stupid show on HGTV. What difference do they make? ‘Shut them up. Make sure they don't have a place in our society. Send the message very clear. You won't work. You won't eat. You won't be accepted anywhere in society. You'll be a pariah.’ Why? Because have you a different opinion. If you hate, that's one thing. But if you have a different opinion? Who the hell are we, America? Who are we?

I was so frustrated when I was speaking to them because I don't know what else I can do. And when they said, ‘There needs to be a network that will stand.’ I know that we are that network. That's what I was told to do, told to produce. I spend every dime that I make in this company. I don't have a big fat bank account anymore. I spent it all on this. And I'm glad I did. But there are companies like Comcast and others like that that don't care. They're protecting their future business. They're protecting their cronies. Important companies like HGTV who might have courage, but they didn't build a network that didn't care about advertisers who disagreed with them. I've tried to do that from the very beginning. I've tried to do that.

Your $10 a month if you subscribe to TheBlaze, that's what's kept us alive. We have sponsors. We have more sponsors than some. We actually make more money than some networks that have 60 million households. We have six million, and we make more money. But we also spend more money on production because everybody else is running old Three's Company episodes. We're not. And there's so much more that we have to do.

And I was frustrated during this because had they said there has to be a network. I don't know if they were saying that it should be like TheBlaze. But I wish I would have been in the position to say, ‘I'm going to do a little more checking on you guys, and if you guys really are who you appear to be here, we're proud to hold your show.’ If you can also understand that if I had money, I would do a show with Penn Jillette too because he doesn't hate anybody. He used to. He told me he hated people like me. But he doesn't now. He respects people like me, as long as you respect him. That's who we're supposed to be.

There's a story up on TheBlaze today, and it's tending to go everywhere about what Louie Gohmert and these other congressmen and senators said yesterday to the chairman of Comcast. I will tell you, it has been really hard to know what we know, to have the facts that we have, and to see what we have seen. This is the second network and maybe the third – the second network that we have tried to purchase outright and have been stopped because of my political or religious opinion. And that's okay. I was in Denver yesterday working on another deal because that one has fallen through now because of my political opinion. I don't know why this next deal will fall through.

And I get on to a plane every time. After I have given all that I can give, and I am asking the same question every time, ‘What else can I do? What is Your plan because I'm trying to work all the earthly plans and none of them are working. So You tell me. And it is up to You.’ And He's brought me to a point to where I literally cannot stand without Him. Our company can't function without Him. Our country cannot function without Him. And we are seeing men and women of all walks of life – I will stand with anybody who is homosexual that is losing their job because of haters who say, ‘We won't hire any homosexuals.’ I have stood in a theater with that very purpose. Someone was hating on one of the guys who was working on my staff who is homosexual. And he didn't know that I – oh my gosh – had two homosexuals on my staff and the other one wasn't out and flamboyant. And he came into my dressing room in tears and said, ‘I don't know how to work here, Glenn.’ He said, ‘I'm afraid of some of these people.’ And he told me what they said. And I went to the general manager, and I said, ‘We will not do a show here. And we will never, ever, ever do a show here again, if this is the way you treat people.’

I will stand with anyone who's decent and honorable and hard working. I don't know what – I'm not asking you to do anything. I guess the only point of this rant is: Be still and know that He is God.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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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.