"Their interests are aligned": Glenn reveals how radicals on all sides are exploiting terror attack

Regardless of whether or not you find the cartoons in the 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine obscene, one thing we can all agree on is that the victims of the Paris attack had a right to print those images to satirize religion. Glenn finds the images incredibly offensive, but that doesn't mean those terrorists had a right to murder twelve people.

In the wake of the attack, Glenn sees many of the forces he has warned about for years coming back to the forefront. Radicals on both the left and the right are using the crisis to force what they want. Radical Islamists are blaming the French government for allowing the offensive cartoons to be printed.

In his opening monologue Thursday night, Glenn returned to the chalkboard to draw the connections between all the groups on the left and the right seeking to exploit the attacks and instability for their own gain.

And in the end he stood where everyone with common sense should. With Charlie.

Below is a transcript of this segment:

But let me go back to stability—I am Charlie. This is the actual newspaper that CNN and FOX News and everybody else is afraid to show you. It’s pretty vile. It’s got some really nasty stuff in it. I don’t think…if this is the way they depicted Jesus, or if you were a Jew and they depicted David or Moses like this, you’d be very upset. We wouldn’t kill people, but we’d be very upset.

So, I want to make sure that you understand, this is obscene. What they’re doing here is wrong; however, in a cultured, civilized society in the West, you have a right to be a dirtbag, and I can’t gun you down on the streets.

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We right now have so many problems stacked one on top of each other. Have you ever gotten up in the morning, and you have a shoelace, and it’s been knotted, and it’s been knotted, and it’s been knotted, and you just for the life of you cannot get that knot out? The banking crisis with derivatives, more people out of work than ever before, the oil prices dropping, your food prices rising, printing of money…they just keep tightening that knot. The instability with people turning on the police and the tragedy in France…you’re never going to get that knot out.

There’s nothing you’re going to—at some point, because we didn’t start down here, we didn’t say wait a minute, wait a minute, before we put another knot on top of that, now it’s going to take a radical decision. Now, what you have to do is cut the shoelace and start all over. You just have to cut it out and start all over again.

We’ve covered a lot of stuff this last week trying to show you all of the problems that are stacking up one on top of another, and we’re doing it to build up to a show that airs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week on Mother Russia, because the story on Mother Russia and what they’re doing now over there is they are purposely tying more knots, and they’re doing it because they want somebody to cut the string, because as soon as the shoelace…we’re walking man, we’re still walking. As soon as that shoelace is cut, all hell breaks loose.

It’s not so bad when you’re just doing it with your shoe, and you can just get another shoelace, and then you can sit there and take the time and do it, but if you’re in a hurry, if you’re moving at the time, you don’t just cut the shoelace. You have to stop down, but if everything is unstable, you’re in trouble when that shoelace is cut, and that’s what the radicals everywhere are trying to do. They are trying to cut the shoelace. They’re trying to get us to start from scratch. That is their goal, and to start from scratch, you have to first cut the knot. You have to break everything apart. You have to attack stability.

I’ve been mocked for this, and man, it is just looking more and more true every single day. Radicals, Islamists, Communists, Socialists work together against Israel, work together against capitalism, work to overturn stability. The protests then become contagious. They cascade. They sweep the Middle East. They begin to destabilize Europe and the rest of the world.

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When I say they’re going to work together, what people heard was oh, Glenn Beck says, you know, President Obama is texting ISIS. No, that’s not what I said, and maybe it’s my own fault for not articulating it more clearly here, but some people have an agenda. You know what I mean is the forces working together. " So they’re not attending the same, you know, weekly meetings at Motel 6 right down the street from the forest with the big owl in it, but they’re all encouraging instability and taking advantage of the same events in the process, for example, this shooting in France.

This shooting should really bother you. It’s hitting people hard, and it should. Two things are happening. People are starting to come together, strange bedfellows, like Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins is an atheist, and he said yesterday not all religions are violent, but one is. He went on to explain that a little deeper to where I actually agreed with him.

Jon Stuart give a great monologue last night where he said pretty much we should all be worried. You have a right to do this. People in the press are afraid. CNN won’t do this. USA Today will not print any of this. In America?

Now, here’s what concerns me, the reaction from the far right groups—remember, people who are pushing for that knot to break so they can reshape the world, the people pushing for anti-foreign immigration policies in Europe. Now remember, the far right in Europe is not the same in America. In America, the far right is small government, individual liberty. The left is big government, Fascism, Communism, Totalitarianism. Got it?

That’s the true right and left, and the political scale, Democrat and Republican, are up and down, and they slide this direction. Right now, they’re both kind of sliding over here to big government. So the reaction is entirely different from the Tea Party on illegal immigration here in America. In Europe, they are targeting people by race and nationality, and they are using that for a bigger more powerful government.

Right now, about 7% of France’s population is now Muslim…7%. Suspicions and hatreds already exist. This doesn’t come lightly. So when an attack like this happens, there’s a backlash. Let me show you some of the backlash that nobody else is talking about. Why? Because they dismissed that chalkboard I gave you at FOX.

Listen: “This bloodbath proves wrong those who laughed or ignored the fears of so many people about a looming danger of Islamism.” Or this one: “The Islamists, against whom PEGIDA has been warning over the last 12 weeks, showed in France today that they are not capable of (practicing) democracy but instead see violence and death as the solution.”

The leader of Italy’s Northern League tweeted this: “If the MASSACRE of Paris is confirmed to be of ISLAMIC origin [which it has], it’s at this point that we have our ENEMY at home. #stopinvasion @now!”

Marine Le Pen of the Le Pen Party is a party that is being funded by Russia, dangerous party, leader of the National Front in France, she has been speaking out against the attacks, even called for the death penalty to be reinstated. The last person killed by capital punishment is 1977 in France, and they used the guillotine. It’s like California all of a sudden asking for the death penalty, doesn’t happen.

Le Pen has also likened the Muslim population increase in France to the German occupation of the 1940s, but you also have voices such as the radical Islamic cleric Choudary. He reacted to the shooting. Now, remember, USA Today will not show this; however, today in USA Today they printed this op-ed piece, and let me just give it to you.

“Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.” You got it? How do you coexist with that?

“So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?” Oh, the irony, I love this, the irony of using free speech to promote anti-free-speech agenda. The government has no place telling anybody what they can and cannot print, period. No one does. Whether it is an Islamic State with no freedom of speech or the expulsion of all foreigners, both goals can’t happen until somebody cuts the shoestring.

Dozens of groups and forces, millions of individuals chipping away at stability, and it’s now spread to Europe. They’re trying to remold things closer to their heart’s desire. Let me ask you a question, why do you think Sony actually was hacked by North Korea? Do you really think they care about a few lame jokes in The Interview? No. Instability, they see the West as weak right now. What does that really do? If you can make Sony, if you can hack in and you can release all this, well, why not hack into other capitalist companies? Why not take them down?

The 12ers in Iran, the way to prompt the return of the 12th Imam, stir up chaos…Russia is looking now to stir up chaos. You will not believe what we have found. Please, tell all of your friends, tune in Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Tell them, tune in. This is a really, really important series of events that no one in the mainstream is talking about.

The enemies of capitalism need capitalism to fail. They go after instability. Now, I’m not saying there’s some secret meeting place in the woods. All of these groups have wildly different goals, but those goals require the same thing to accomplish, instability. At FOX, I told you there would be a time where people would come together to destabilize, and right now they are still working separately, but in a way, in the end, the end result, it’s all the same for them. They have come together.

Create a problem, call out for a strongman to rescue the people. What have they done? The Muslims go out and shoot and say we need a strongman to say this is illegal. What does the far right say? We need a strongman to shut the Muslims out and kick them out. The far right and the radical left and the Islamists are taking advantage of the tragedy in France to gain a rise in popularity.

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We haven’t hit our economic crisis yet. When the economic crisis happens, you throw this fuel on the fire, and I am telling you, we have global instability and war. It’s happening in Germany. The left and the right in France are dividing, not uniting. Germany is doing the same thing. We’re doing it to some extent here. My question to you is are we strong enough to withstand the onslaught?

As I was standing here yesterday and the day before, and we had a 3.5, and then an hour later we had a 3.6, and the lights were swinging, and I’m thinking to myself I’ve never lived in an earthquake zone. I don’t know what this is. I don’t know what’s behind these walls. I know that Stage 2 right next door to us, that’s the tornado studio. We go into that stage if there’s a tornado, because it’s a box within a box. We know that that studio has withstood, what, 120-mile-an-hour winds, something like that? Earthquakes, I don’t know. I have no idea.

The ground is unstable. The economy is unstable. Our spiritual lives are unstable. Our culture is unstable. We have ignored the calls of the doctor. We’ve ignored the knotting of the shoes for too long. We didn’t tackle things like multiculturalism when they became trendy. We said oh, well, it doesn’t matter to me. Yes, it does matter, because we’ve lost our culture.

Our culture would say this is wrong. Our culture would say you shouldn’t even draw this. Our culture says this is wrong, but our culture also says I have a right to do it, and you don’t have a right to kill me for it. We don’t even know anymore. We don’t even know. On MSNBC yesterday, they were actually going back and forth on this, and they were comparing this to Jerry Falwell taking Penthouse magazine…was it Penthouse…yeah, Larry Flynt, to court during the Reagan years. That’s not the same as shooting 12 people and injuring another 11.

Old hatreds allowed to rise, evil leaders emboldened by a lack of response, the easy road taken on the economy, the easy road taken on discipline over and over and over again, little things exploited and picked at to make sure that we’re separated, the very words of those who threaten to topple the West ignored…

We had an infection in our big toe in 2000, maybe…maybe 1995. We could have stopped it maybe then. A few years later, we probably lose the toe. We let it fester. We’re going to lose the foot, the leg. If we continue to let this fester and we continue to go down this same course without doing anything about it, we’ll be lucky to lose the leg. We may even die. We have a nasty case going on right now, an infection.

Anybody who tells you that it’s those people, run from them. Run from them. You can say it’s those policies. I say it; it’s those progressive policies that are doing this to us. It is those ideas that many Muslims have in their head about what their religion is, and if that’s what that religion is, then that’s an infection and needs to be burned out. But it’s not the people, it’s the ideas that they have. That’s why George Washington said meet me on the battlefield of ideas.

That’s why these people don’t want you to express ideas. That’s why the media shuts anyone down that has a different idea. Start speaking out on all fronts—I am Charlie. It’s not too late to fight, to start fighting, but it’s getting close.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on TheBlaze.com.

I want to talk to Generation Z. I’ve seen some clips of you complaining about your 9-to-5 jobs on social media and how life is really hard right now. To be honest, my first reaction was, “Suck it up, buttercup. This is what life is really like.” In a sense, that’s true. But in another sense, I think you’re getting a bad rap. You are facing unique problems that my generation didn’t face — problems that my generation had a hand in creating.

But I also think you don’t understand the cause of these problems.

I would hate to be in your position. When I was your age, we didn’t have to deal with any of the challenges you’re facing. In one sense, your life has been tough. At the same time, compared to previous generations, your life has been very easy. Everybody was rushing to save you, to protect you. You were coddled, which makes your life harder now.

You’ve grown up with social media and the definition of narcissism: somebody gazing into the pond looking at themselves all the time. I don't mean this as an offense, and I am not just including you in this. We’ve become a culture of narcissists. It’s all about “me, me, me, me.”

If you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework.

You’ve been in territory that my generation never had to enter. You’ve already navigated a landscape that we didn't have to, where nothing is true, and you can’t trust anybody. I wouldn’t trust anybody either if I were in your position. But I do know a few things to be true and a couple of things I can trust.

First, life is worth it. Life is tough, but it is worth it in the end.

Second, life is not about stuff. As a guy who is kind of a pack rat, I can tell you that none of that stuff will create happiness in your life. In fact, I think your generation has a better handle on happiness in some ways than anybody in mine. You’re starting to realize that pharmaceuticals may not be as good as natural solutions in a lot of situations, that the huge house may not be as satisfying as just having a smaller house, that living your life instead of having to work all the time may be a better way to live.

I want to talk to those of you who feel like it’s not worth even trying to go to work because you’ll never get anywhere. You work 40 hours a week or more, and you still can't afford a place to live. You’re still living with your parents. You can’t afford food. I think you're right to feel frustrated because the problems you're facing weren't always the case.

I blame a lot of the current problems we’re facing today on the hippies. That may be wrong, but I hate hippies. Hippies have been screwing things up since the 1960s. While on their socialist march, they have become everything that they said they were against: lying, greedy politicians. They just won’t let go of their power even though their time has passed.

These are the people who have come up with policies that make you feel like this is the way the world is. I hope I can convince you that it doesn’t have to be this way. This isn’t the way our country has always been. We don’t have to keep these people in power. Actions have consequences. Votes have consequences. These people allow crime, looters, squatters, riots, and somebody needs to pay for that.

You say you can’t afford health care. I understand. Since Obamacare passed, the cost of individual health insurance has doubled. You need to remember that politicians promised that if we passed this massive health care overhaul, it would mean a savings of $2,500 per family. You're in school. You must know that $2,500 savings is not the same as an 80% increase. Moreover, the cost of hospital stays is up 210%. I understand when you say you can't afford health care at these costs. Who could afford health care? Who could afford insurance?

The generation coming of age is right to feel frustrated.This mess — with high costs and a massive debt burden — was not of their making.

Iwant to talk to Generation Z. I’ve seen some clips of you complaining about your 9-to-5 jobs on social media and how life is really hard right now. To be honest, my first reaction was, “Suck it up, buttercup. This is what life is really like.” In a sense, that’s true. But in another sense, I think you’re getting a bad rap. You are facing unique problems that my generation didn’t face — problems that my generation had a hand in creating.

But I also think you don’t understand the cause of these problems.

If you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework.

I would hate to be in your position. When I was your age, we didn’t have to deal with any of the challenges you’re facing. In one sense, your life has been tough. At the same time, compared to previous generations, your life has been very easy. Everybody was rushing to save you, to protect you. You were coddled, which makes your life harder now.

You’ve grown up with social media and the definition of narcissism: somebody gazing into the pond looking at themselves all the time. I don't mean this as an offense, and I am not just including you in this. We’ve become a culture of narcissists. It’s all about “me, me, me, me.”

You’ve been in territory that my generation never had to enter. You’ve already navigated a landscape that we didn't have to, where nothing is true, and you can’t trust anybody. I wouldn’t trust anybody either if I were in your position. But I do know a few things to be true and a couple of things I can trust.

First, life is worth it. ≈

Second, life is not about stuff. As a guy who is kind of a pack rat, I can tell you that none of that stuff will create happiness in your life. In fact, I think your generation has a better handle on happiness in some ways than anybody in mine. You’re starting to realize that pharmaceuticals may not be as good as natural solutions in a lot of situations, that the huge house may not be as satisfying as just having a smaller house, that living your life instead of having to work all the time may be a better way to live.

I want to talk to those of you who feel like it’s not worth even trying to go to work because you’ll never get anywhere. You work 40 hours a week or more, and you still can't afford a place to live. You’re still living with your parents. You can’t afford food. I think you're right to feel frustrated because the problems you're facing weren't always the case.

I blame a lot of the current problems we’re facing today on the hippies. That may be wrong, but I hate hippies. Hippies have been screwing things up since the 1960s. While on their socialist march, they have become everything that they said they were against: lying, greedy politicians. ≈

These are the people who have come up with policies that make you feel like this is the way the world is. I hope I can convince you that it doesn’t have to be this way. This isn’t the way our country has always been. We don’t have to keep these people in power. Actions have consequences. Votes have consequences. These people allow crime, looters, squatters, riots, and somebody needs to pay for that.

If you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework.

You say you can’t afford health care. I understand. Since Obamacare passed, the cost of individual health insurance has doubled. You need to remember that politicians promised that if we passed this massive health care overhaul, it would mean a savings of $2,500 per family. You're in school. You must know that $2,500 savings is not the same as an 80% increase. Moreover, the cost of hospital stays is up 210%. I understand when you say you can't afford health care at these costs. Who could afford health care? Who could afford insurance?

You are also starting your life with thousands of dollars in debt. Your parents didn't have that burden. People used to be able to work their way through college and graduate debt-free. Others were able to get jobs that quickly paid off their debt. You can't do that now. Once the government said that they were going to guarantee all student loans, university costs skyrocketed, and it hasn't stopped. You can thank the progressive President Lyndon B. Johnson for that.

The people who created this mess cannot fix it. But it can be fixed.

You are also starting your life with thousands of dollars in debt. Your parents didn't have that burden. People used to be able to work their way through college and graduate debt-free. Others were able to get jobs that quickly paid off their debt. You can't do that now. Once the government said that they were going to guarantee all student loans, university costs skyrocketed, and it hasn't stopped. You can thank the progressive President Lyndon B. Johnson for that.

Once the government said that they were going to guarantee everybody’s college tuition, universities found out that they could just charge more because the government would give you virtually any amount in your loan. And they have been charging more and more ever since. In 1965, the average college tuition was $450 a year. Adjusted to inflation, that's $4,000 a year. You're currently paying an average of $26,000 a year as opposed to the inflation-adjusted $4,000.

What happened? The answer is always the same: government regulations. Gas is up. Why? Government regulations. Can't afford a house? Well, that's due to several things. Many of them revolve around the fed and our national debt. But the simple answer is the same: government regulations.

Moreover, the U.S. government has run a staggering national debt. We have been concerned about it forever, but the people in power haven't been listening to your mom and dad and people like me. A lot of other people just thought, "Oh, well. We could get away with it. We're the United States of America, after all. Somehow or another, it will all work out."

People like me have been saying, "No. We can't pass this on to our children." You're now seeing what we have passed on. When you say that the adults are responsible for creating this world of problems, in some ways, you’re right. We were lied to, and as many people do, they want to believe the lie because it makes them feel better.

There are big lies being pushed in your generation as well. You're being told that a man is a woman and a woman is a man. At the same time, you’re being told that gender doesn't even exist at all. It makes us feel better to go along with the lie because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

My generation believed the same kind of lie about our national debt. We were told that we could spend all this money on subsidized programs because it would provide you, our children, with a better life. Some people warned, "Wait, how will they pay this off? This will cost them." We didn't want to believe them. The lie sounded better, and it was easier to believe that than the truth. We never saw the consequences, and even if we did, they were always way out in the future. Nobody wanted to listen to the doomsday people saying, "No. It's going to come faster than you think."

And that time is right now. Our government now is printing $1 trillion every 100 days. That's never been done before. We have more debt than any country has ever had in the history of the world. But we’re not alone. Every country is doing this. They’re going into debt like we’ve never seen before, and we’re all about to pay for that. It’s going to make your life even harder.

There are Democrats and Republicans who still believe in spending all kinds of money and getting us involved in every global conflict. Then there are constitutional conservatives who believe that we should conserve the things that have worked and throw out the things that don’t and follow our Constitution and Bill of Rights. You haven't really learned about those most likely. But you should. All of our problems are caused by the government and the people who feel they can bypass the Constitution. That's what this election is really all about.

You might say, “I don’t really care. I don’t like either of the political parties.” I know a lot of people who don’t like either of them, but one is going to try to cut the size of this government and one is going to spend us into collapse.

The people who created this mess cannot fix it. But it can be fixed. You need to learn enough about the truth, about why this has happened to us, and about how our Constitution lasted longer than any other Constitution in the world. The average is 17 years. This thing has lasted hundreds of years. Why? How? And why is it falling apart today? That's what you should dedicate some of your time to figuring out today.

You can complain about the way things are. I complain. Everybody complains. But don't wallow there. Learn what caused this. And if you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework. They always end the same way, and that's exactly where we're headed right now. We can either repeat the dreadful past of nations that have tried it before us, or we can choose freedom, liberty, and prosperity. The ball is in our court.

Glenn recently had Representative Thomas Massie on his show to sound the alarm about an important yet often overlooked issue affecting what we eat. Whether you're trying to be prepared to weather a catastrophe or just trying to keep food on the table without resorting to eating bugs, it's more important now than ever to source local food. Unnoticed by most, our right to eat home-grown or locally-sourced foods is under attack. The government doesn't just want a say in what you eat; they want you vulnerable and dependent on their system, and they are massively overstepping their bounds to ensure your compliance with their goals.

How did the attack on your food begin?

Government overreach on food can be traced back to 1938 under the autocratic eye of FDR with the Supreme Court case "Wickard v. Filburn." The case was pretty straightforward, but the results were devastating. The case began with the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, which sought to control national food prices by placing limitations on how many crops farmers could grow in a season.

Filburn was one such farmer, who was allotted 11.1 acres of wheat to plant and harvest annually. Filburn planted and harvested 23 acres, arguing that the extra acres were not headed for the market, but were used for personal consumption. After being penalized for over-harvesting, he fought his case all the way up to the Supreme Court, arguing that Congress did not have the authority to regulate crops that never left his farm.

Unfortunately for Filburn (and the rest of us), the Supreme Court didn't agree. They ruled that the mere existence of that extra wheat—whether it left Filburn's farm or not—had an effect on the national value of wheat. Congress assumed the power to regulate just about anything that could be roped under the umbrella of "interstate commerce."

Under the precedent set by Wickard v. Filburn, Congress might bar you from growing tomatoes in your backyard, because it could affect national tomato prices. This was a major blow to our right to feed ourselves, and that right has been eroding ever since.

How is our right to feed ourselves under attack today?

Last June, the Virginia Department of Agriculture shut down Golden Valley Farms, a small Amish farm owned and operated by Samuel B. Fisher in Farmville, Virginia. Golden Valley Farms had started out selling dairy products, primarily, and processed some meat for personal consumption. However, by popular demand, Fisher began selling meat.

Fisher initially hauled his animals to a USDA processing plant, paid to have them processed, and then hauled them back. This process was time-consuming and costly, and Fisher's customers didn't want the meat processed by the plant. A survey done on Golden Valley Farms customers found that an overwhelming 92 percent preferred meat processed by Fisher. So naturally, Fisher began to process more and more meat for his customers.

Moreover, COVID shut down the USDA plant, which made it impossible for Fisher to process the animals by the USDA anyway, though the demand for meat was greater than ever. Fisher made the call to process 100 percent of his animals himself and didn't look back. That was until June when the Virginia Department of Agriculture caught wind of Fisher's operation and shut it down. The VDA seized all of Fisher's products, and he wasn't allowed to process, sell, or even eat his meat. Then they loaded it up in a truck and left it at the dump to rot.

Nobody ever got sick from eating meat from Golden Valley Farms. This was NOT about "health and safety." This was about control. The fact is that informed adults were not allowed to make a simple transaction without the government sticking its slimy fingers into Fisher's business and claiming it was somehow for "our benefit." But it's not for "our benefit." It's so they can regulate and control what we buy and what we eat, and they cannot stand it when we operate outside of their influence.

What comes next?

Where does this end? With so much of our ability to feed ourselves already eroded, is it too late? Is it going to get worse? Before long, will it be illegal to eat eggs from your chickens or pick vegetables from your garden without getting government clearance first? Fortunately, a solution is already in the works.

Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie recently told Glenn about a new constitutional amendment designed to limit government overreach regarding food production. The proposed amendment reads as follows:

And Congress shall make no law, regulating the production and distribution of food products, which do not move across state lines.

The amendment is still on the drawing board and has not been formally introduced to Congress yet. But this is where you come in. Call your representative and tell them to support Massie's amendment and take a stand for your right to provide sustenance for you and your family.

If we can build skyscrapers, we can rebuild bridges

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on TheBlaze.com.

I am sick and tired of hearing about our limitations. The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge this week is an amazing hero story of the cops and first responders who saved an untold number of lives by doing exactly the right thing quickly. But I’m really tired of hearing about how long it’s going to take us to recover from this catastrophe and how bad it’s going to be.


The immediate impact for Americans regarding this bridge collapse seems dire. If you're waiting for a new car to come in from overseas, prepare to wait longer. The Port of Baltimore stands as the nation’s leading import-export site for cars and trucks. It’s also the leading nexus for sugar and gypsum, which is used in fertilizer, drywall, and plaster. A record 52.3 million tons of foreign cargo was transported through Baltimore just last year.

To expect more from our leaders is rational. But to expect the most from ourselves is essential.

The bustling port is now cut off after the 1.6-mile-long bridge crumbled and fell into the river early Tuesday, blocking the only shipping lane into the port.

The officials have said the timeline for rebuilding the bridge will be years. The Port of Baltimore creates more than 15,300 jobs, with another 140,000 jobs linked to the activity at the port. This is a major disaster and will continue to cause significant problems on the East Coast for U.S. importers and exporters.

The bridge collapse means it will not be possible to get to the container terminals or a range of the other port terminals in Baltimore. Maryland Secretary of Transportation Paul J. Wiedefeld told reporters on Tuesday that vessel traffic in the port would be suspended until further notice but noted the port is still open to trucks.

Michael Mezzacappa, an attorney and expert on property damage cases in the shipping industry, told the New York Post that the collapse will have a major impact on shipping and traffic routes in the East Coast for the foreseeable future. “It’s not going to get fixed any time soon,” Mezzacappa said. “It’s going to take a lot longer than anyone expects. This is going to be a major problem for the Northeast.”

Remember the American spirit

I am absolutely sick to death of all of these stories that say things like that. Have we forgotten who we are? Have we forgotten what we’ve done?

Let me remind you of the American spirit, a spirit so potent and so vibrant that it has scaled towering mountains, mountains nobody thought they could cross.

It’s the spirit that constructed marvels of engineering. Have you ever been to the Hoover Dam? Have you seen the New York City skyline? The skyscraper was invented here for a reason. Here we are on the threshold of tomorrow, and none of us knows what is going to happen. But I'm getting the impression that we’ve been so beaten down that we believe we’re not going to make it tomorrow.

Have we forgotten who our ancestors are and what they did? If you look through our history even briefly, you will see a group of people who never take no for an answer. You will see a people who can do anything.


I want to stop just briefly in 1930. The Great Depression had its icy grip on us. It was a time that felt like a flickering candle in the vast darkness just barely holding on. Yet, it was in this crucible of adversity that Americans did great things.

The Empire State Building rose. It wasn’t just a structure of steel and stone. It was a beacon, a beacon of hope and American resilience and ingenuity. The way that thing was built — no one has ever seen anything like it before and since. In a record-shattering one year and 45 days, an army of workers, as many as 3,400 men on certain days, transformed this audacious vision into a cowering reality.

If you look through our history even briefly, you will see a group of people who never take no for an answer.

The Empire State Building wasn’t constructed. It was conjured into existence with a symphony of clanging metal and roaring machines and the inexhaustible spirit of its builders. The men perched on steel girders that were being flown in by giant cranes whispered tales about how they could still feel the warmth of the freshly poured metal beneath them. That beam was still warm, even though it was poured in Pittsburgh, put on a train, then put on a boat, then on a truck, then hauled up into the air.

They could fill the warmth because we moved that fast. It was a feverish pace of construction. It seemed to defy the laws of time and physics.

For a long time, it was the tallest building in the world — an architectural achievement. It was also a declaration to the world that America was a land where the impossible became possible, that we are a people of determination, innovation, with a relentless will to succeed.

These aren't merely historical footnotes. They are blazing torches illuminating our path forward. They remind us that when we're faced with adversity, we don't just endure it. We overcome it. We don’t wait for history to chart our course. We write it with the sweat of our brow and the strength of our backs. That’s who we are. Have we forgotten that?

What are we waiting for?

We find ourselves at another crossroads faced with the challenges that threaten to dim the bright future that we all dream for our nation, for our children. The spirit that built the Empire State Building, laid down miles of railroads, cut through the Rocky Mountains, and sent astronauts to the moon is still inside of every heart of every American, somewhere.

Awaken that spirit. Scale new mountains. It's not just rock and earth. Scale the mountains of innovation. Build. Not just physical structures but a future that upholds the spirit of adventure, hard work, and ingenuity. Stop tearing everything down. Let's start building.

Why are we waiting? If this isn't a national emergency, I don't know what it is.

And I don't just mean the bridge. I mean all of it. You might say, “Well, our government has to lead.” Really? Does it? Maybe that’s our problem. America is led by its values and principles that are found in the souls of those who still remember who we are and who we serve. Americans lead the way. The government always follows.

You might say again, "Well, we can’t act without the government." Nonsense! Where are the bridge builders who will stand up today and say, “I'll get it done!” As soon as that happens, you’ll see who is leading and who is stalling. The government is the one that stalls the engine out. To expect more from our leaders is rational. But to expect the most from ourselves is essential.

There is nothing we can't achieve when we all stand together, united by our dreams, and driven by the will to see them fulfilled. Don't listen to anybody else who tells you differently.

6 things every voter needs to know heading into the 2024 election

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Election season is coming up and every vote matters. Over the last four years, our country has experienced some of the lowest lows it has seen in a long time. From horrors at the southern border to government overspending, it is clear: our country is in trouble. Everybody needs to get out and vote.

When you look at the numbers, there are some noticeable trends in who actually votes... and who doesn't. According to Pew Research, the more mature crowd (30 and up) gets out there and does their civic duty, while the younger crowd (18 to 29) just doesn't make it out to the polls. If you are a young or first-time voter, the process can seem daunting. You have to jump through some bureaucratic red tape before you can head to the polls, which can be frustrating and discouraging for someone who has never done it before.

If this describes you or someone you know, you're in luck. We compiled everything you need to know to get ready to hit the polls this election season in a convenient guide below.

Get an I.D.

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The first thing you'll need is a valid state I.D. These can take a while to acquire, so if you don't yet have one, it's time to get on it. Not all states require I.D., and every state has different requirements. You can check to see if your state requires an I.D. to vote here.

Register to vote

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Every state, except North Dakota, requires prospective voters to register, so it is important to make sure you are registered in the state and county you reside in. Every state has a different registration process. You can find your state's registration website here.

Confirm date of election day

You want to make sure you arrive at the polls at the right date and time. Most states have a set election day, and often there are even a few days or weeks of early voting that lead up to it. Check out this list of election dates to find out your election day and mark it in your calendar.

Find your polling location

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You can find polling locations on your state's voter information website, which can be found here. Keep in mind that you will likely have to find a location within the county where you reside. These locations often include public schools, public libraries, city halls, and other public buildings.

Research candidates on the ballot

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Before you vote, it is important to be educated in what you are voting for. Find out who will be on the ballot (and don't be surprised when it's not just the presidential nominees), and do a little digging. Don't assume that because a candidate has a little "R" next to their name they share your values. You can visit this website to find out who will be on the ballot in your local area.

Actually go vote

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There is nothing else to to but get out there and vote! Go out there and make your voice heard!