The world is changing, and you need to learn how to adapt

Monday's show really centered around technology and how it impacts you. The world is changing rapidly, and you need to be prepared. It could be really, really cool. But there are dangers that come with every advancement in technology. In his opening monologue, Glenn talked about some of the biggest stories in tech and how quickly things can change in a few short years.

Glenn: Right now, I’m really focused on culture and technology. The world is about to change, but if you talk about the things that are over the horizon, you’re either a prophet or, you know, a guru or a wizard, or in my case, you know, a lunatic, and that’s okay. If you’re a leading voice on an issue, it’s an open invitation to mockery, and that’s totally fine. Caliphate is a good explanation of that. Oh, Glenn Beck is crazy. Everybody said that. I’m a glutton for punishment. I got it. But my record stands for itself.

We were way ahead of the curve on so many things—the rise of the political machine that the progressives were building, ObamaCare, the 2008 economic collapse. The bailouts we told you would come. Iran and the rise of Iran and the way that’s playing out, the caliphate, as I said. We knew these things not because we’re a prophet, because I’m not. I’m a guy who just looks at the big picture, and everybody can see this if you look at the words of leaders, thought leaders, and you believe their words. I do.

If you look at the thought leaders, the leaders in the Islamic world, the radicals, who want to reestablish the caliphate, it doesn’t make me crazy for saying that they’re going to reestablish the caliphate. It makes them crazy for saying it, them, not me, and it also more importantly makes anyone ignoring the threat absolutely nuts. Of course, if you’re running a network, you also have to focus on the big current stories as well, and Dana is going to be here in a few minutes, and she is going to cover some stuff that we covered earlier.

Louie Gohmert is a really big story today. I spoke to him earlier today on the radio program, which you can see that interview on TheBlaze.com/TV. I’m thrilled that he’s gunning for Speaker of the House. John Boehner needs to go. You need to call your congressmen and all of the congressmen that you can think of and tell them you are done with the GOP if they keep Boehner.

They are only a few people away from actually…I mean, this will uproot the establishment leadership of the GOP in Washington. This is a game changer, and it’s within our grasp, but we have to do it. They vote tomorrow, by the way. This is all coming from the fruit that we’ve been reaping for what we’ve been sowing for years and years.

When we were on FOX, there was a movement that was started, and it was dedicated to the principles of our country and the Constitution, the values over politics. That’s what it requires. Otherwise, you’re just playing a game on everything. But if you know the principles and values, you can see what is, and you can look over the horizon and see how it plays out.

We’ve been mocked for an awful lot of stuff. That’s where the Glenn Beck cries comes from, because I believe in these principles, but I don’t think I could have seen Louie Gohmert…in fact, I asked him, I think, in 2012, if he would do this, and he wouldn’t, but this is a direct result of that movement. So, it’s our job to show you what’s coming, to help you make sense of everything that you’re seeing currently, and to prepare you for it. I think it’s also to be uplifters.

We need to show you the positives, so tonight I’m going to talk about some of the things that I see coming next, some of the really scary things and some of the positive things. The future is not frightening. It really isn’t. It’s just different, and you have to be prepared for it.

For instance, this is a word that I think you’re going to really understand by the end of this next year in the next 12 months. It’s called doxing. Watch for it. When this becomes part of the lexicon, you know the world has changed. It is the idea that you can publish personal information about someone without their consent. The term is not really new. It came out around 2000-2001, but it has largely been contained in the hacker community until now.

The Sony hacking is what shook the media world, and the hackers promise now to attack a cable news company. I wonder which cable news company that might be. But that’s what they’re going to attack next, and I believe it’s going to be effective, because social media, stolen emails, information spreads like wildfire. Even though it is stolen, it doesn’t matter.

In the middle of the riots, Officer Darren Wilson’s address was released. Who would do that? It’s a dangerous, dangerous thing and a dangerous time that we’re rapidly entering into, and it’s rapidly changing. All secrets are going to be gone. That’s a good thing unless you like secrets.

Just a couple of years ago, to show you how really we mocked ourselves on this one, 3-D printing. This was three years ago, I think. We brought a 3-D printer into the studio. It was right around this time, and I said 3-D printing is going to become big this year. And I printed a bunch of stuff like toy little sharks. Where’s the Batman? Do we have the Batman? Here it is. Thank you.

This, I printed, the head of Batman, and I printed this on that 3-D printer three years ago. Justin, our jib operator, which is this camera that I’m talking to right now, he didn’t tell me at the time, but he kind of mocked me in his head. He’s like yeah, right, okay, we’re going to print little plastic toys, and I said you’ll be able to print anything with this new technology. He didn’t believe me.

Well, it wasn’t too much later; it was within a year that we interviewed a guy who created a new blueprint. This is him on the air. We are holding a plastic version of what he’s talking about making, the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun. He had printed it in plastic, but at the time he couldn’t print it in metal.

In two or three years…how old is this, Tiffany, two years or three years? Two years, in two years, we’ve gone from this to this. This is number 15. This is in the museum, and I wish you could hold this, because you would not believe what this thing feels like. It is absolutely real. This is a 1911. This is the 15th digitally printed gun ever made, and it’s real. Everybody I’ve handed this to today, they have all said you’ve got to be kidding me. They expected it to be plastic. It’s not. This is the future.

That’s three years ago. See how fast things are changing? We are in uncharted territory. We have social media changing everything. We are growing up now, our kids have social media, and our kids and we don’t have any idea the implication of social media. I was on vacation. I kept everybody…I took everybody on vacation with me—pictures, thoughts, everything else. I write a lot on my Facebook page. Am I going to regret that?

Well, according to our good friend Eric Schmidt, he says, “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time…every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.”

Well, that sounds nuts, until you see the news today—Facebook. Facebook is now indexing all of our posts, one trillion posts, so you can search anything. You can search what did Glenn Beck say about worried? They don’t have enough storage to be able to do that. But you can find anything about anyone at any time. It’s the Wikipedia now of Facebook.

Let me switch gears, another story from today, Oculus Rift. They are the leading virtual reality innovators, and they have developed now sensors so you can use your hands. Here’s the problem, our kids are no longer going to be looking at their games like this; they are going to be in virtual reality. They’re going to be having the Oculus glasses which pretty much blacks out their entire face. You think your kids are not tuned into you now? The virtual reality world completely blocks out your face.

Now, here’s the problem. Right now, if I wanted to play virtual reality in Oculus, and I wanted to take a drink, and I’m all blacked out, I’m looking for my cup to drink. That’s hard to do. Here’s what happened. They’ve just invented a new switch that now your hands are involved, so now you do this, and you’re back into the real world. You do this, you’re back into virtual reality. It’s the blending of virtual and actual reality now.

They said today that at the end of the year, they believe there are going to be 10 million people using it by the end of the year, 10 million people. They believe by, I think it’s 2018-2020, it’ll be 25 million people, and it will just skyrocket. By the way, we are now closer to 2030 than we are to 1990. To me, 1990 seems close. 2030 seems space-age. No, no, no, no—one of my…in fact, my brother’s daughter is going to graduate in 2021.

By the way, 2015…we have to do a special. Tiffany, remind me we have to do a special on what Back to the Future got right, because when Michael J. Fox went back to the future, he went to the year 2015. It doesn’t seem like we’re futuristic yet, does it? Oh yes, yes, the iPhone will be a joke soon. We’ll be saying stuff to our grandkids, you know, in my day we used to have to type things into our phones with our bare hands, and we liked it. None of us had these newfangled artificial intelligence things that does stuff before you actually think it. No, we had to actually ask Siri to look something up with our own voices, right?

Check this out. A user on Reddit just purchased a 1997 Ford. In the Ford, inside the glove box, they found this, a welcome message on VHS, 1997—one of the largest companies in the world, Ford, in 1997, still schlepping around those giant VHS tapes. It seems like a lifetime ago when people were proudly displaying their home movie collections in a special VHS bookcase that took up half the wall. Remember the big DVDs, or not even DVDs…I don’t remember, they were the big disks that had the movies on them, the movie discs? Then we went to DVDs. Now, we’re on Netflix.

Seeing that post made me think of cars today, and I wanted to talk to you a little bit about…I wanted to show you how fast things are changing now, and I can’t really even go into great detail because I don’t have…well, I’ll show you. Things are changing faster than you can possibly even imagine, and I wanted to bring some cars in to show you how fast they’re changing.

So…by the way, this is Stage 19. This is where the Dana show happens, my show. Radio show currently happens there. These are the historic studios of Las Colinas, the Mercury Studios now, where we’re going to be doing all kinds of things, but we’ll talk about that later. I brought the cars in because I wanted to show you something that I realized when I was driving this.

This is the car my wife got me for my 50th anniversary or my 50th birthday. I wanted a car that was like my grandfather’s, and I have to tell you, I have learned more from driving this car than any vehicle I’ve ever been in. This was hard work. I used to think that it was like, I don’t know, male chauvinist that, you know, my grandmother never drove. She wouldn’t have wanted to drive this. It’s hard work. I don’t want to drive this—no power steering, nothing.

If you look into the interior, you will see that it’s pretty simple. It’s pretty bare. If you look into the engine, even I can figure this one out. You can get in here, lift up the hood, and track it all down and fix it yourself. This is 1957.

This is the car that I drive in to work every day. This is 1976. This is a Land Cruiser. Let me show you the difference. 20 years, 20 years, here’s the Chevrolet engine. Here’s the Toyota engine. It’s a little more complex. It’s got power steering now, power brakes, but still, I can get in, and I can change the air filter. I can change things myself. I can figure it out. I don’t need a computer. All I need is a little bit of knowledge. I can get it in a book, a little bit of knowledge, and I can trace all the wires back, and I can figure out what’s going on with my car.

And what I learned is when you look in the interior of this car, you’ll see that nothing has really changed. In 20 years, power steering, power brakes, the car was the same.

Go 20 years ahead. I’m going to show you a Mercedes. The Mercedes, pretty much the same car. You look at the dashboard, it has some bells and whistles on it. It has some digital going on, but it is still the same basic car. Key turns the ignition. Here’s the difference, I don’t know how to fix his car. You can’t fix this car. In fact, they seal the car so you can’t fix it. You have to take it in to somebody with a machine. It becomes a magic box. Nobody’s going to fix this car. Now, this is 2000…Sara, when is this car? This is 2009.

Here’s the brand-new Vanquish that would make me Handsome Rob. I actually had to ask the guy how you even open the door. You have to push here and then pull it out. This is an entirely carbon fiber car. It’s absolutely unbelievable. This is built for speed. Those cars, no production car was going 200 miles an hour. Nothing would take you 200 miles an hour. This car, 205 miles an hour, and it’s not the only one in production that will do about 200 miles an hour.

This is the key. I mean, this looks like something like Superman dropped in the cave of…what was that cave where the crystal, the ice crystals? This is the key. Let me show you how this works—not built for somebody my size. Okay, put the key in, and I don’t know what happened. All I know is the speaker system came in. Everything started to come up. Do I push? Hang on.

I have absolutely no idea, absolutely no idea. I don’t even know how to get out of this car. No idea how to fix this car, barely have any idea how to drive this car, and this is today, but this one is all in the engine. Nobody is changing this engine. Nobody’s getting into this engine. This one is built for speed.

Okay, take this car and look at this one and compare it to Tesla. There is no engine in Tesla. The next generation of cars is going to be linked to your iPad, so whatever you’re listening on to your iPad, forget about the radio. The radio doesn’t matter anymore. Forget about a key. Your key is your iPad. Everything will be controlled with your iPad. That’s the future—2006, 2015, 20 years apart, not a lot of difference.

The world used to take a long time to change. Think about our parents’ and our grandparents’ generation, decades and decades of living life without technology, the same picture tube as they used to call television. They didn’t see a reason to change it. They didn’t have cell phones. They didn’t have computers. It was charming, great little throwback on things and the way they used to be, but you’re not going to have that luxury of choosing not to join in. It just will. It will just be this way because everything is changing.

During my vacation, I tried to change the water pump on my car. That didn’t go well. People my age used to be able to fix an engine. You cannot fix these two cars. You can’t. The water pump for the 1976, as we pulled it out, I said to the guy who was helping me, “Do we rebuild this one? He just looked at me like I was an alien. “No.” “Well, is it cheaper to rebuild?” I’d like to learn how to rebuild. He said nobody rebuilds. We’re a disposable society. It’s $2.00 more expensive now to buy a brand-new one. Nobody rebuilds anything. You dispose of it.

That’s not good for two reasons. One, what Carl Sagan talked about in his book that came out right before he died, The Demon-Haunted World, things become magic, or better yet, better expressed, Latin. You have to go to a high priest to have them fix it because you can’t fix it yourself. What’s the difference between a priest and a mechanic? Nothing, because you’re beholden to one of them.

The second problem with it is how do you defeat an army? The best way to defeat an army is to cut off its supply chain. Well, everything is a supply chain now. Tell me how to fix a water pump. Tell me how to rebuild a water pump. Tell me how you can grow your own food, fix your own car. Show me the TV that you have where you can change the tubes in. Show me how you can repair a telephone. There is no such thing as the local repair man anymore.

Well, that is good in some ways. It is also very dangerous if you’re not wide awake. But that’s the way the world is going, and there’s nothing to fear as long as you’re aware that you are growing up in an age where literally anything you dream you’ll be able to do, and if you can’t do it, you have to make the tools to make it happen, but understand the tools as we go along.

Everything that we have has to be based on something real or it will not last in an ever-changing world, one where a thirty-something will be the one who can’t figure out how the latest newfangled remote for the TV or more likely the virtual reality glasses actually work, a 30-year-old. Twelve-year-olds will figure it out because they’ll be able to adapt quickly. That’s our job from here on out, adapt.

The days of picking one career, one car, one thing, and clinging onto it for 50 years are over. I’m buying old cars because I think we need to preserve this. I want a simpler life, but it’s hard to have a simpler life, and if you’re not willing to adapt, you’re going to be left behind. You can’t just plug into the old time and disregard what’s coming.

I think it was this summer that I realized I was probably scaring the crap out of my 10-year-old son, because he talked to me. He had overheard me have a couple of conversations about a special we’re doing next week on Russia, and he said, “Dad, do you believe we’re headed for World War III, and what does that mean?” I told him I’m not sure. I’m not sure, but I know that the world that he’s going to live in is going to be extremely challenging and dynamic and not to fear, because if we choose, it can be great.

For tonight and the days to come, we are going to show you the future. What does the future look like? The positives and the negatives, and hopefully we are not going to leave you frightened; we’re going to leave you a little more prepared, a little more knowledgeable, and a little more inspired.

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

Other headlines:

14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.