Clint Didier talks Common Core, the Federal Reserve, and more

On radio today, Glenn dedicated the full show to comprehensive coverage of the midterm elections. You probably won't get another show between now and Tuesday as dedicated to politics as this one. One of the candidates that impressed Glenn the most was Clint Didier, candidate for the House of Representatives in Washington's 4th Congressional District.

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Below is a rush transcript of the segment

GLENN: We have Clint on the phone with us now. Hello, Clint. How are you, sir?

DIDIER: I'm doing very good, Mr. Beck, and I did meet you down at Freedom Works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Yes, we did. Yes, we did. Sorry about that.

DIDIER: That's okay.

GLENN: So Clint, you are a dream come true on all of the things --

DIDIER: Well, I'm just an American. And I can see where this country is headed. And I've got four children. I got five grandchildren. And I've lived the American dream. I've got to play in the NFL. Three Super Bowls. And it was all when Ronald Reagan was the president. And this country was united. We had our first black quarterback by the name of Doug Williams, and I caught a pass from him in Super Bowl XXII. And since then we've been on a slippery slope going downhill. And since then, we've lost our moral compass. We've lost our direction. Nobody is looking at the Constitution anymore for direction. And I want to restore pride back to America. I want to get this country, I want to be part of the equation of getting it back on track for our kids and our grandkids, grandchildren and every generation to come to live their dream.

GLENN: How would you expect to get the Department of Education and Energy eliminated?

DIDIER: Well, let's look at how these were all brought into play. That was Jimmy Carter's era. The Department of Education, everybody thinks has been around a long time.

It was brought into play when Jimmy Carter was president. And when it was brought into play, we ranked third in the world. Today we rank 36th in the world. We're losing ground, because we're not teaching the core principles of education anymore. We're now in this Common Core that I'm absolutely set against. I want to give this back to the states. You see, when Joe Gibbs brought in eight tight ends to take my job every year, he told us, the players, that competition brings out the best in everyone. And so if we had 50 different educational systems, with the core principles of course teaching history and arithmetic and English, what used to be taught, then that will bring out the best, the cream will rise to the top. And people will go to the educational systems that are successful and the rest will follow. And it's as easy as that. It's creating a competition so that it can build this educational system back to where it once was.

GLENN: Tell me about a abolishing the Federal Reserve.

DIDIER: It's not even part of our government. This Federal Reserve was created by the men that went out to Jekyll Island and they thought up this grand scheme. It's not even part of our government. And yet we allow them to print the money and they're devaluing our currency.

GLENN: I think we owe them --

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GLENN: I think we owe them almost $5 trillion now. They've just inflated the money into -- so how are you going to get out of that?

DIDIER: Well, you were there that day. David Swaggert from -- he reported that the new report out, the new study, is with the unfunded liabilities of social security, Medicare, Medicaid and our debt were $205 trillion in the hole. How are we going to get out of that? We're going to have on unshackle our industries and let them run again. And this is one of the reasons I'm running for this position is because as a farmer here in eastern Washington -- my wife and I, we farm a thousand acres with two of my sons and daughter. And we are under attack.

They have determined a White Bluffs bladderpod as an endangered species. And they are using that as a means to take away our water as they're doing it all across America.

The EPA was created December 2nd, 1970, by Richard Nixon with an "R" by his name. This agency doesn't even have the authority over the American people because it wasn't created through the powers of our government. It was supposed to be created through the legislature, and we're allowing a lot of these agencies to create the harm to America when they don't even have the jurisdiction to do it.

So we have to rein them in and how do I propose to do that? By cutting their funds. And if we don't, then we are going to be a nation that will not pass down freedom to our children.

GLENN: How are your poll numbers?

DIDIER: Very good. We're in eastern Washington here, although we do have the west siders. The grandfather of the establishment party, Slade Gorton will be here. He just paid for a hit ad on me and it's pretty ugly. They got -- it's got me speaking to the Second Amendment rally and as you well know, I'm telling people to get ready. As Joe Gibbs always told us, get ready for the worst possible predicament you can imagine. And that way you'll never be surprised. So if you get your food put in place, if you get a portable ham radio and get it in a box and get it somewhere the EMP or a Solar flare and our governments warn us of a Solar flare. Fox News the other day, if you get that put away, you have that -- you have that confidence, the poise that if something does happen, you're ready for it. As we see so many times across America when people aren't ready, is when the anxiety and the panic takes place and then it's too late.

GLENN: If the president of the United States --

DIDIER: So I'm telling people -- go ahead.

GLENN: I was going to say, if the President of the United States were a responsible guy, he would be saying the same thing. He would be saying, don't panic. You just don't panic. There's no reason to panic, and you prepare for the worst. And hope for the best. But I mean, it was the United States government that buried cans and crackers and blankets and water underneath all of the federal buildings and state courthouses and county courthouses all across this nation during the Cold War. I mean, that's exactly what they did. We didn't have to use it, but it gave us peace of mind so we didn't have to panic.

DIDIER: And you see this grandfather Slade Gorton over here running the hit ad and then he also said that Clinton Didier said if we keep the weak alive, it only brings down the strong and he shows a woman holding a child which I was talking about business. When you keep propping up the businesses that aren't making it on their own, you're weakening a strong business.

PAT: That is despicable.

DIDIER: It is. And I encourage everyone to look at it, because this is what's going on. You see this establishment party realizes one thing F. a true newsroom conservative -- and Glenn, you lived here. You know about Washington state.

GLENN: I do.

DIDIER: I don't know if you remember Slade Gorton.

GLENN: I do.

DIDIER: Honestly, he doesn't have anything in his tenure that he can even speak of. He raised taxes and he voted no for the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He really -- his profile is just horrible as far as a Senator for the United States of America. And they know, if I win this, and I'm going to, it's going to change the landscape of the state of Washington. We're not only going to settle for being the fourth congressional member. We're going to also campaign and work hard to get other conservative -- conservative politicians or whatever -- I like to call statesmen -- elected in our state and going back to represent the federal government. We're going to turn the tide.

STU: Clint, do you feel bad in retrospect playing for a football team with such a mean name?

DIDIER: You know, I haven't met a Native American yet and I've got one working on my staff that is offended by that. Quite honestly, they're all taken by it because they're remembered.

GLENN: So we have Clint now on record saying that he's making Native Americans work for him. Notice that one.

DIDIER: That's right. And he does it on his own free will. He's a volunteer. But if it was so offensive, honestly, if that was so offensive to the American people, would we have them lining up and waiting in line to buy tickets and buying all the memorabilia from the Redskins?

GLENN: No. Makes me want to buy more.

DIDIER: Exactly.

GLENN: I'm going the game tonight. I might be rooting for the Redskins and it's in Dallas. And I'm from Dallas. So I mean, I just -- and you know, all the Dallas people will turn around and be like, guys, guys, guys, this is just -- it's just this anti-P.C. thing. And I might turn the whole crowd around. The whole crowd in Dallas may actually be cheering for the Redskins just because of the name. Clint --

DIDIER: You know, Glenn.

GLENN: Go ahead.

DIDIER: When I was down there in Jackson Hole, you had some great memorabilia there and you shared all of them with us and it was just powerful.

The one thing that sticks in my mind is the guy that was stuffing the papers down in the train. For those people at -- over in Germany. We just lost our neighbor of 55 years, his name was Chris Chrisman. He flew 71 missions in World War II. He was a hero in our neighborhood. We just lost him. I got to spend an afternoon Sunday watching a football game with him here about a month ago. But my mom went and interviewed him and the one thing that is -- I can't get out of my mind is, every mission he prayed. He prayed that he wouldn't drop bombs on the innocent people. He didn't pray for his own life. He prayed for the people, the innocent people. And people -- and we're being accused of being an evil nation? And that sticks in my mind, because these men that go to fight for our liberty and our freedom, they live with it for the rest of their lives and he took that to his death bed and I'd like to give a little homage to Chris Chrisman who just passed away. He was neighbor here for 55 years, a great man.

GLENN: Clint, I think we don't have to ask you how your soul is. I think you just answered it. God bless and you best of luck next week. Running for U.S. Congress in Washington's fourth district. Clint Didier.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.