Prepare now: Greece crisis just the beginning

For nearly five years, Glenn has been warning the world to pay attention to Greece. The economic crisis, which now seems ready to boil over, could set off a chain of dominos bringing down the European Union, collapsing global markets, and even destroy the dollar. With Greek banks closed and citizens lining up at ATMs, that prediction seems closer to reality than ever. Will people pay attention? Glenn issued a dire warning on radio this morning - will it be ignored?

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:

GLENN: I began to tell you while I was at Fox that Greece or Spain would be the catalyst that could bring down the entire European Union. And it could be the first domino that ended in the collapse of the global markets and possibly the end of the dollar. I was mocked and ridiculed. That's crazy talk. This is when I was also saying that the Nazis and the communists would rear their ugly heads in Greece yet again. And all three of those things now are happening.

Here it is. People are standing in line today. They're not able to get into the banks because they fear there would be a run on the banks. So the banks have closed now for ten days. Something that I said will happen here. Mark my words. It will happen here.

People went out this weekend because they didn't take the warning seriously. They went out this weekend and tried to get money from the ATMs and they were only allowed to take out $67. You don't have any cash on hand. You can't go to an ATM. How long -- do you last ten days with $67 in cash?

PAT: No. No.

GLENN: You fill your car up once. That's it.

STU: Well, you can take up to $67 per day. So, I mean, then you're really rolling.

PAT: Then you're set. Then you're set. The ATMs are empty.

STU: Many of them are. I was listening to some report this morning, if you happen to be traveling to Greece this week, you may want to bring a little bit of extra cash because the ATMs should work for foreign banks. But you may want to bring -- I'm not even going right now. If I have a trip planned to Greece, I'm not going. Are you?

GLENN: No, you!

Yeah, I would. I would like to go to Greece right now.

PAT: You would go to Greece right now?

STU: Good. Bye. Get on a plane.

GLENN: Because what's happening there is going to be historic. And it's coming --

STU: Yes! It's going to be historic. A bunch of people will be throwing Molotov cocktails at you. That is history, I suppose.

PAT: They were standing in line just to get that $67 over the weekend. They were standing in line for four hours.

GLENN: So here's the thing that was really killing me. Reading what is happening, watching what is happening, and then to recognize that most Americans are so wildly out of touch with what's happening over there in the rest of the world, they have no idea what it means, what it is, how it's going to affect them. Honestly, it's like we're living in the turn of the century Galveston, Texas. Without any weather radar or anything else, showing us the size of the storm that's coming, everybody is just out on the beach saying it's great. Thousands died in that hurricane in Texas in the early 1900s.

Now, back in the 1900s, it wasn't anybody's fault. There was no warning system. But there is today and people are still out on the beach. We ignore it. We're too busy to mind about what Greece is happening -- what, I don't -- and we're arrogant. We believe that nothing could ever harm us.

In Greece, the human reaction, the hoarding of food, the standing in line, the limited amount of money that you can take out of the ATMs, that's all tangible evidence of the sort of thing I've been asking you to prepare for. Please hear me. This is coming here. It could be here in a month.

It could be here in five years. But it is coming here. Can I ask when has it ever been crazy to ask people to prepare?

We have no one to blame, but ourselves as this thing melts down. We will tear each other apart if there's a vacuum of leadership in this country. And when I talk about a leadership, I mean you. I mean locally. I beg of you, please, I beg of you, prepare. And if nothing happens in the next five years, then mock me. Stand in line. I can't wait to be wrong.

But the direction of the country seems to continue to go my direction. Our grandparents survived the Great Depression. What's coming is worse than the Great Depression. But people will say, well, we had this before. It was the Great Depression. It's worse than the Great Depression. And how did our grandparents survive? Our grandparents survived because the supply chain was local.

We made stuff in our local communities. We grew food. Our parents and our grandparents, many of them had farms. They knew how to plant a garden. All I know about gardens is you plant sometime when the snow is not there. That's all I know.

They also had each other. And they had God.

We barely have either of those things. We're telling -- we're tearing each other apart. We have hard hearts. Moral relativism. And massive debt. They didn't have debt. Please, I'm begging -- I'm begging you -- and I'm saying this to my wife too. Please go to the bank today and have -- get some cash and have some cash on hand.

Please have cash on hand. Please spread your financial risk out. Know what is important to you. Teach your children to be self-sufficient. Find a house of worship and do it today. And really actually connect with the people there and with the truths that are taught. Do it today.

Don't panic. We have more time than we think. But less time than we hope. We must love one another. We must serve one another. We must ask for forgiveness on the things that we have done wrong. We must forgive ourselves. We must forgive others. We must humble ourselves or I am telling you now, it will be done for us.

I was so saddened by the stuff I was reading online about the Supreme Court rulings this weekend. The anger and the vitriol, really on both sides of the Supreme Court ruling, was overwhelming. Wounds that we have been picking at are now wide open. Love wins?

Love wins? Besides Charleston, South Carolina, when have you seen love win?

What happened in the Supreme Court wasn't love. You might have said that it is about love. But not really. It's not love. It's about who you have sex with.

The winners are gloating. Stomping on the throats of their perceived opponents. Believers are reacting with fear and panic and anger.

I want you to hear me carefully: I state to you today a few truths. Here's one of them: I and no one in this audience, no one within the sound of my voice -- and I don't believe anyone on the face of the earth is another man's judge. Morally, I am no man's judge.

Two: There is an absolute right and wrong. It is time-tested.

Everything we're doing now is a brand-new idea! It's never been tested before. There are things that are true, that are time-tested.

I believe, three, in God. There is a Creator. And we are endowed by that Creator with certain unalienable rights. No man can change those rights. No man can destroy them or take them away.

And four: I will not force you to believe any of those things. I will not force you, nor do I care to try to force you to live to any of the tenets of my faith. Please, don't try to force me or others to believe in the doctrines that you hold.

We need each other. The world is changing. It's not just America. Get outside of America and open your eyes. We have to have all of us, each other, to hold onto, or we won't make it through the storm. We need gay, straight, religious, atheist, black, white, Hispanic, short, tall, fat, skinny -- we need everybody!

We must stop listening to the 5 percent of radicals on both sides. 90 percent of this country wants to get along. 90 percent of this country can live with one another. It's the 5 percent or so on each side that's killing us.

I want you to know that I am a -- a horribly flawed man. We all are. We're all the same. I struggle with the same stuff that you struggle with every single day.

But the seasons have changed. And we must take this -- this change of seasons and our time in space much more seriously than we did even last week. I'm begging you, please, please, hear the words of my mouth. Please hear the words of my mouth. Times have changed. We are not even in the same place that we were last week.

I am trying to change as a man. I suppose if you read my musings on Facebook, maybe you have noticed a change in me over the last year or two. But I'm working desperately to change. I am trying everything I can to change and to be a better man. It's not fast enough. But I'm trying my best.

Please let us find a way to each other. Let us reach out. Let's put our differences aside. Can we ground ourselves in principles and not personal or national interests?

The most truthful phrase that I've read in quite some time -- it's been everywhere in the last 72 hours. And it's absolutely true.

No matter where you stand, we must all recognize the truth in the phrase "love wins." But if I may humbly point out that I don't believe that has anything to do with who you sleep with.

Featured image: ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 29: People wait in line to withdraw 60 euros from an ATM after Greece closed its banks on June 29, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to monitor the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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​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.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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