‘Not another dime’: Glenn reacts to Obama’s request for more money to quell border crisis

Editor's Note: President Obama has since asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help cover the cost associated with detaining, caring for, and returning the influx of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children who have entered the U.S. in recent months. Get all the details via the Associated Press HERE.

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President Obama is preparing to ask Congress for an additional $2 billion to deal with “humanitarian crisis” that will see some 60,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children cross the southern border this year alone. Meanwhile, Obama is not paying a visit to any of the border patrol outposts that have been overrun as a result of the influx in crossings even though he will be in Texas for fundraising events this week. On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to the latest insanity as he explained why not another dollar should be squandered.

Below is an edited transcript of the monologue:

I’m glad to be back from vacation, but not glad to be looking at the news again… Let's talk about the border in different terms. These people who are turning the buses away in California – I don't know anything about them. I don't like the fact that people are now starting to form militias. I think that's a really colossally bad idea. But I understand your frustration, the people who are turning the buses away. I don't think that's necessarily a bad idea. However, I do think that people need to look at what they're doing and how they're doing it.

See, none of us are PR people. We're just getting the job done. And we don't really understand how powerful the media is, and how you're going to be painted. And I urge the people in any town, what you're seeing happening right now is what's called the ‘Bubba effect.’ We said this would happen, and I didn't know what the topic would be. I think you're seeing the beginning of it now. You're seeing people who, justifiably, are standing up.

These people say the border is more secure than ever. Is it? If fences don't work how come there are fences around the White House? How come there are gates? How come there is security? How come there are front doors on the White House? Because there is something valuable inside, and so we ask that you come through a security gate. We ask that you do that. If gates and fences don't work, then I demand that the gates around our airport be taken down, our fences be taken down, because they're apparently not worth anything. They don't do anything anyway.’ If someone is going to come in, they're going to come in anyway.’ Well then why do we have the gates and the fences around the airport?

I demand to know: If gates and security don't work, then why do I have to go through a metal detector any time I go in through a federal building? How come I have to present ID whenever I'm buying alcohol? These things do work, and everybody in the world knows it. You're paying for Homeland Security. You're paying for a border fence. You're paying for the border guards. You are paying for the detention centers. You are paying a personal cost in your hospitals. You're paying a personal cost when the hospital is overrun by illegal aliens who have no insurance and are coming here to have their babies and everything else. What happens is you pay a real cost. If you are sick, you're getting diminished care because we are having to pay for people who are not paying into the system at all.

You are paying a real cost with your children… There's a town in North Carolina that the kids now speak Spanish. There are more Spanish speaking kids than there are English speaking kids. Well, that's because the federal government has been busing people in. Well I've got news for you, that fundamentally changes the culture of my town. It now has to change the teachers. I have to change the way they think. If I like my school, they have fundamentally changed it because now it will not work the way it worked when everybody was speaking English. That is not judgment on the people that don't speak English. It is an excoriation of the United States government failing to do its most basic duty.

And so people are saying to themselves, ‘Well, what do I do?’ They don't hate the people who are coming from Guatemala. How can you possibly hate somebody? How can you possibly hate somebody that is coming from a war torn country? We are the ‘give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.’ That's who we are. We've always been that people. We are always the ‘bring the boat’ people.

The people of Honduras, why they're coming here? Do you know why that country is ripped apart? Because there was a coupe that our President refused to denounce. There was a coup that happened last year. The entire world said it was a coup, but we would not say it was a coup. We stood with the people that took over that country… I think it was 43 countries went to observe these elections, and 42 of them said, ‘This was totally criminal. This was not a fair election.’ The one country that said, ‘No, it looked good to us, the United States of America.’

Well, what's happened since? Fourteen members of the press have been killed. 35 or 37 of the opposition leaders have been killed or, more or less, disappeared since the election. Why do you think these parents are sending their kids here. And once again it is because the United States is medaling in other people's business. We are medaling in their business. We're picking and choosing again. We've done this to all of South America. Why do you think they're in such poverty? Because we have chosen their leaders for them for far too long.

Our arrogance is beyond recognition. And so you're sitting in a town in California or Texas or anyplace else and you're thinking to yourself, ‘What do I do? They're not coming into my town. I don't hate these people. I understand, but they have to understand the United States government is crippling my town. It is their children versus my children. And I want to take care of everybody's children. I will take care of these children. But they are not to stay here. They are to go back home.’

What do you think is happening on the border while we're all paying attention to this? I have not heard this anywhere. Is anybody talking about this besides TheBlaze? What is being smuggled or who is being smuggled into our country while we pay attention to the kids? Watch the other hand. What else is happening at the border? And they're talking about comprehensive immigration reform. Nobody is even willing to address the problem. And the problem is: The President of the United States, God bless him, is coming to Texas, and he will not go to the border. He will not meet with the governor of this state. This is worse than George Bush's Katrina. George Bush was actually trying to send help. He got in a plane and flew over the devastation and looked at it from the air. At least the man looked at it. At least the man was on the phone with the local authorities and with the governor every single day – sometimes many times a day.

So here is a situation where people are seeing this. And it has nothing to do with the kids. It has nothing to do with anything other than our government becoming lawless. And these poor people look at what we're trapping them into. We are trapping them into another country that is becoming lawless. They are trying to escape lawlessness.

My great uncle, Uncle Leo, he's an Italian. When the war broke out, they didn't know how it was going to end. And so the family took all their money – not just his family, the entire family took all of their money, and they sent Leo to the United States. Leo, you go, because we don't know what's going to happen to us. The family has to go on. Families have done that, as many of our own families have done that. That's what's happening at the border.

These countries are in peril. There is chaos and there is evil, and our government has supported it. And now they're coming here. So we have no malice toward any of these people, except those that wish us ill. I understand why a parent would do that. I thank God I can't relate to that because my family has never been in that much jeopardy. But I understand.

What I don't understand is the United States government not doing its job and that's why people are standing up at the border. That's why people are standing up in their hometowns and stopping these buses. But I want to talk to you about the right way to do it and the wrong way to do it. I understand why you want to do it. You're now being asked today for an additional $2 billion. For what? So you can feed people? So you can house people? So you can ship them to our cities and you can cripple our cities? No.

There is a better way. There is a better solution. But it requires people on all sides to come together and say, ‘Okay, let's just talk about the truth here.’ We have to take care of people, but the last thing I want to do is spend more money through the federal government – give them a dollar so they can take 30 cents on that dollar and spend it the way they want to spend it. Let's take care of this crisis ourselves while holding the feet to the fire.

Not another dime.

What have you done? You've lied to us every step of the way. No. We will take care of the humanitarian crisis, while we demand that you take care of the border crisis. It's corruption. And we are feeding it by sending them money every month, every two weeks in our check. We're feeding their corruption. Enough is enough.

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Stop trying to be right and think of the children

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All the outrage this week has mainly focused on one thing: the evil Trump administration and its minions who delight in taking children from their illegal immigrant parents and throwing them all in dungeons. Separate dungeons, mind you.

That makes for a nice, easy storyline, but the reality is less convenient. Most Americans seem to agree that separating children from their parents — even if their parents entered the US illegally — is a bad thing. But what if that mom and dad you're trying to keep the kids with aren't really the kids' parents? Believe it or not, fraud happens.

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While there are plenty of heartbreaking stories of parents simply seeking a chance for a better life for their children in the US, there are also corrupt, abusive human traffickers who profit from the illegal immigration trade. And sorting all of this out is no easy task.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security said that since October 2017, more than 300 children have arrived at the border with adults claiming to be their parents who turned out not to be relatives. 90 of these fraud cases came from the Rio Grande Valley sector alone.

In 2017, DHS reported 46 causes of fraudulent family claims. But there have already been 191 fraud cases in 2018.

Shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed out this 315 percent increase, the New York Times was quick to give these family fraud cases "context" by noting they make up less than one percent of the total number of illegal immigrant families apprehended at the southern border. Their implication was that Nielsen was exaggerating the numbers. Even if the number of fraud cases at the border was only 0.001 percent, shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

This is the most infuriating part of this whole conversation this week (if you can call it a "conversation") — that both sides have an angle to defend. And while everyone's busy yelling and making their case, children are being abused.

What if we just tried, for two seconds, to love having mercy more than we love having to be right all the time?

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley

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Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?

Zero.

How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?

Zero.

And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?

Zero.

Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?