Have we lost control of our country?

On Tuesday, the coroner’s office officially determined Robin Williams’ cause of death to be suicide. If you happened to catch any of the media coverage in the aftermath of the report, it was an overload of sensational speculation. Meanwhile, Jesse Jackson is writing op-eds for USA Today about how “there’s a ‘Ferguson’ near you,” and ISIS is threatening to divide America and take over the White House.

On radio this morning, Glenn was in a somber mood as he ran through the news of the day. The current state of the media and culture led Glenn to question whether “we’re in control of our country” anymore. Furthermore, are we, as Americans, working toward the same goals? Glenn played the Millennial Choir and Orchestra’s rendition of “America the Beautiful” from their album To Be American as he prayed for unity.

Below is an edited transcript of the monologue:

I want to talk to you about who we are today and if we feel like we're in control of our own lives. Do we feel like we're in control of our own families? Do we feel like we're in control of our own country even? And when I say ‘in control’ – are we working toward the same goals anymore? Are we working toward a country we understand anymore?

I see Jesse Jackson saying, ‘There's a Ferguson, Missouri near you,’ and nobody is really speaking out and saying, ‘What is this insanity?’ We all want justice. We all want to make sure that our cops aren't shooting people, but what is this where we're burning down our own towns? Where is justice when you're looting somebody who's just fighting for their life in the same way you are. They're trying to make ends meet.

We have a 12-year-old kid who's now on tape as part of ISIS saying, ‘We're coming over and we're going to divide America in two.’ Well, a mission accomplished. Abraham Lincoln told us we don’t have to worry about the outside. We're too great of a nation. We're too strong of a people. If we're going to destroy ourselves, if we're ever going to be destroyed, it will come from within.

What unites us? What brings us together?

Thinking out loud here, I was proud of us for about three hours for the way we all came together on Robin Williams' death. I thought, here's the America I know. It didn't matter what his political position was in life. It didn't matter who our friends or our neighbors voted for or anything else. We all were hurting yesterday because a guy who made us feel good, a guy who we could kind of relate to because he just made us laugh at ourselves died.

But that spiraled out of control. I am disgusted by the media. They go and cover the coroner. What difference does it make how he did it? Why do I have to know what position he was in? Why? Why do I have to know that? How does that better my life? How does that change my life? How does that change the story? How does it do anything but assault the family and assault his memory? And then you self-righteous media people who are reporting on it: You're carrying the damn thing live and then you come back and report on how many people are outraged that the coroner had the gall to say those things. You carried it live! Is there no decency?

I played a song in my office this morning at 6:00am. And it was a song that was recorded by a group we've told you about before, the Millennial Choir and Orchestra. I talked to this amazing choir about two years ago and I said, ‘Could you reset some of the songs that we all grew up with?’ And I put this CD on this morning and as I was reviewing all of the news, I just listened.

(music playing)

I listened to the words that we use used to all sing when we were kids but never really listened to.

(music playing)

We grew up in a different time, in a world that made sense. We would sing this in our school assemblies. I don't even know if it made sense to us when we were kids. We were in the Cold War. We were burning cities down in the 1960s. But at least, in those days, man was trying to reach beyond the primordial slime and reach to the heavens, reach to the moon. There was something great to aspire to. Is there something to aspire to together today?

(music playing)

‘America, may God mend thine every flaw. May God confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.’ Think of that. Liberty in law is self-control. Where is that in St. Louis? Where is that in Washington D.C. or our newsrooms or in our own homes?

(music playing)

And in that line is the answer: ‘When all success is nobleness and every gain divine.’ When we become those heroes again ‘who more than self our country love and mercy more than life,’ we will make it. If we see beyond our years and reset to something far greater than we even see today and we see the brotherhood that unites us all.

(music playing)

We as people have such great potential. Historians years from now will look back and they will judge whether we lived up to our potential or we squandered this profound opportunity.

(music playing)

Let it be written of us that more than self our country love and mercy more than life.

(music playing)

From sea to shining sea, I greet you. Hello, brother. Hello, sister. Americans all.

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TRUMP: The twilight hour of socialism has arrived

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The other day, at Florida International University in Miami, facing large American and Venezuelan flags, President Trump gave a rousing speech in Miami, including this line, the "twilight hour of socialism has arrived."

Trump went on to say:

Socialism is about one thing only—power for the ruling class. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who's up and who's down…and even who lives and who dies.

He then repeated a phrase that helped define his State of the Union address this year:

America will never be a socialist country.

Fittingly, Fox News posted an article yesterday exposing the overlooked evils of Che dangers of socialism that all too often disappear behind a flashy design on a t-shirt.

  1. Guevara said he killed people without regard to guilt or innocence. In an interview, Guevara said, "in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph."
  2. Humberto Fontova, author of "Exposing the Real Che Guevara," told Fox that Guevara created system that put gay people in labor camps. "The regime that Che Guevara co-founded is the only one in modern history in the Western Hemisphere to have herded gays into forced labor camps."
  3. Guevara opposed a free press: "In 1959, leftist journalist José Pardo Llada reported that Guevara told him: 'We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy.'"
  4. Guevara made racist statements: Guevara went on to write: "the black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving."

These are just some of the many historical examples of the failure of socialism. President Trump is right. If the frivolities of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Saunders catch on and spread, we could have an unbelievable problem on our hands.

Poor Jussie: His narrative is falling apart completely

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Here's how the media works now: Find a story that confirms their narrative, run it constantly and relentlessly. When the real story comes out, minimize exposure of the correction. Repeat.

We're seeing this pattern play out over and over again.

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And those are just the reactions on TV. It was just as bad, at times worse, in print and online. I'll give you one special example, however. Because, you know the situation is bad when TMZ is connecting the dots and seeing through this guy's story:

The sources say there were red flags from the get go. Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera. And there's this. We're told investigators didn't believe the 2 alleged attackers screamed 'This is MAGA country' because 'Not a single Trump supporter watches 'Empire.''

Here's the man himself, in an interview just days after the alleged beating…I'm sorry, the alleged "modern day lynching." Here he is in an interview with ABC News, complaining about people making up stuff:



Strong words, spoken by a man who, allegedly, created the whole narrative to begin with.

This compromise is an abomination

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Three decades ago, "The Art of the Deal" made Donald Trump a household name. A lot has happened since then. But you can trace many of Trump's actions back to that book.

Art of the Deal:

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

People laughed when he announced that he was running for President. And I mean that literally. Remember the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted Trump, viciously, mocking the very idea that Trump could ever be President. Now, he's President.

You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

This empire-building is a mark of Trump.

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The most recent example is the border wall. Yesterday, congress reached a compromise on funding for the border wall. Weeks of tense back-and-forth built up to that moment. At times, it seemed like neither side would budge. Trump stuck to his guns, the government shut down, Trump refused to budge, then, miraculously, the lights came back on again. The result was a compromise. Or at least that's how it appeared.

But really, Trump got what he wanted -- exactly what he wanted. He used the techniques he wrote about in The Art of the Deal:

My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.

From the start, he demanded $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall. It was a months' long tug-of-war that eventually resulted in yesterday's legislation, which would dedicate $1.4 billion. It would appear that that was what he was after all along. Moments before the vote, he did some last-minute pushing. A national emergency declaration, and suddenly the number is $8 billion.

Art of the Deal:

People think I'm a gambler. I've never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It's a very good business being the house.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate passed the legislation 83-16, and the House followed with 300-128. Today, Trump will sign the bill.

It's not even fair to call that a deal, really. A deal is what happens when you go to a car dealership, fully ready to buy a car, and the salesman says the right things. What Trump did is more like a car dealer selling an entire row of cars to someone who doesn't even have a licence. When Trump started, Democrats wouldn't even consider a wall, let alone pay for it.

Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.

He started the wall on a chant, "Build the wall!" until he got what he wanted. He maneuvered like Don Draper, selling people something that they didn't even know they wanted, and convincing them that it is exactly what they've always needed.