The consequences of the Iran deal won’t be felt by the Obama administration

The hallmark of the modern Democratic party has to be passing legislation and instituting policy that makes everyone feel really good for a moment but pushes massive consequences down the road. The Obama administration has done it with growing entitlement programs like Obamacare, growing the national debt, ignoring illegal immigration, and more. The Iran nuclear deal will end up being the latest in a long list. Buck Sexton has the story and reaction on today’s radio show.

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

From a policy perspective, what the president is doing with Iran and the broader Middle East as well, you can see a pattern. It's one I think we should start to recognize for what it is. Because it's very difficult to deal with. And in a sense, it's almost like an Alinskyite subversion of democracy or subversion of a representative government. What they do is they make sure that policies that they couldn't get normally passed have a sort of time delay fuse on them, such that they won't be held accountable. Right?

So they plan things, whether it's health care, whether it's immigration, and now we see with Iran, do things that will give you a sort of political benefit today and the consequences are pushed down the line. Now, look, the best example of this and the one that is most obvious to many of us would be entitlements, which just in the last few weeks, the president has said, there's no problem with Social Security. There's no problem with the debt. Which is going to be $20 trillion by the time President Obama leaves office. No problem with any of this stuff. And, of course, it's easy. And it's very palatable and very profitable for a politician to say that's the case. Because you can say, this is the nice guy. This is the nice leader. The one that doesn't want to take away any of the stuff we have. Or change any of the promises government made to us. This is what we're running up against, time again. This is the Democrat playbook 101. You want to be the guy who promises things. Not the one that tells people that they actually can't have it. If you manipulate the time frame of all this stuff, that's not so hard to do.

You want to be the one who says, I'm going to give you stuff. Or I'm going to accomplish things today that you won't feel the consequences of for quite some time.

And also, I'm going to do things in such a way that you won't really know what's going on until it's too late for you to do anything about it. You're reading editorials about this. It's popping up all over the media. Now you're getting the real President Obama. Now you're seeing what Obama has always wanted to be as president. This is Obama released from the constraints of having to please the electorate and having to actually represent the will of the American people. You're getting the will of Obama now.

The aftermath of the midterm just became quite clear when he decided to go with an equity order on immigration. Why wait until not only after he's been reelected, but after the midterms. Because what we see. And this is where people say, I understand what Trump is getting at a little bit here. I understand that we should have this discussion. What the Democrats realize is that Americans across-the-board do not want illegal immigration. They do not want to live in a lawless society. They do not want to live in a country that does not have control of its borders. So they lie and they say it's not a problem. It's not happening. They tell us that they actually are doing more than ever to secure the borders and all the rest of it. That's why President Obama waited until after the midterm to take that action. Because if it was such a great idea and the American people liked it, well, why not do it beforehand. Let your party be judged by the American people on the actions it takes. That would seem to be rather straightforward. Yet, here we are. Here we are. Had to wait. Had to wait until the end.

With even the recent reform, or rather the commutations of prison sentences and the calls for reform from the president, the president is finally taking action on this. And this is something where he actually has some Libertarian support. There are other conservatives and other Republicans who are saying, yeah, we probably shouldn't have people who are first time offenders who are serving life sentences. That's not a good idea. We can do something about it. We can lessen those sentences. Wait until the end. Why? Democrats are, of course, haunted by a past of pandering, pandering to all sorts of constituencies in the country about, well, we don't want to have too many people that are locked up for crimes. And Democrats were essentially soft on crime for a long time.

And with the declines in this country and criminal activity that has been happening nationwide, there was a recognition that this is something that maybe they could change. So the president waits on that. But Iran is really the amazing test case for this theory that I have, right? It's the time delay fuse. And this is what they keep setting over and over again. And they can say whatever they want because we don't know. Not enough Americans figure out what's coming. It has to happen, right? Then you can expect there to be some kind of a revolt by the electorate. But if you don't know, the Democrats have the media on their side. They can do a lot of spin. With the Iran deal, I think they figured that would happen. They would be able to create a certain perception of this and by the time we figure it out because it's staring us in the face -- and in this case staring us in the face in the form of nuclear weapons, by the time we figure it out and it's clear -- it's too clear even for the propaganda to shroud it or to confuse people. The media won't be able to come up with a narrative that changes the discussion and then all of a sudden, yeah, I get that. Sure, I believe what they say.

This president will be long gone from office. Everybody who had made these decisions. But for them, for the very egotistical leadership we have in this country, the president, of course, is really in a class by himself in that regard, the fact that that is the case and that there won't be consequences necessarily for anybody because of the reckoning the American people will have with what's happened with the Iran deal. Which is, we have ensured a stronger, more dangerous, more durable nuclear-armed Iranian regime. By the time that could be a headline on every newspaper across the country because it's just so obvious, they will be gone.

And yet the president wants the victory dance now. The administration wants to spike the football in the end zone. They want the credit for this. They want the Nobel Peace Prizes for Kerry and whomever else. So they want it at the same time. They want both of these things. What we find out and what we see increasingly is that, no, no, it doesn't work that way. This isn't the '90s when the Clintons can kind of put out some kind of a meme and the media processes it and they just jam it down all of our throats. And we have no way of figuring out what's actually going on here. This was not what the president was expecting with Iran. This was not what he was expecting. He really thought that it would be something that he could at least get away with celebrating now. By the time we all figure out what's really happened, no accountability.

And that's really -- that's really the essential point here. That the Democrats are constantly doing things for which they're trying -- they're doing things and trying to evade accountability for their actions. Because at the heart of a progressive statist, they don't care what you think. They do not care what you think. And they also -- by the way, this is a big problem for Hillary because people know this about her. They don't care about your problems. You're just a bump in the road. You're just collateral damage to the grand policies of the better society that they're building by taking away your liberty, by deciding how much freedom you really should have. And if someone else is getting to decide all the time how much freedom you have, are you free? It's a fair question to ask yourself at this point.

But you're seeing it all now. It's all coming together. This crowning diplomatic achievement for the administration, that all of us look at it and say, no, no, the emperor actually has no clothing. And then the emperor is very upset. Wait a second. This is part of a pattern. This is not something that comes out of nowhere. This is something we should have been expecting. Because this is how the modern Democrat Party operates.

It's via the imposition of policies and the imposition of these things on all of us that we don't get a say in. And by the time everyone realizes what's happening, look at Obamacare. You want to talk about a time delayed fuse. Look at Obamacare. All the real stuff keeps getting pushed back, pushed back, pushed back. They're hoping to shape the ground. Create the narrative. And force feed all of us into this. And yet, with Iran, they miscalculated. He's getting his way. So in that respect, they timed this out perfectly. But they miscalculated what our perception would be. They thought that there would be a ticker tape parade waiting. And the American people looked at this and said, this is a capitulation. It is really the culmination of all of the greatest concerns that many of us have had about this administration. About this president from the start.

Go back even a few years. People were talking about an American retreat from the world stage. An obsession with multilateralism. Relying on international institutions, when American leadership and decisiveness is, in fact, much more important and a much more appropriate response.

Look at all of that. And what you see this week is that we were proven right. We've been right all along. The only problem is that being right doesn't stop the carnage in the Middle East. It doesn't stop the mullahs from their relentless pursuit, not just of nukes, but of hegemony across the Middle East. So we were right, all right. But it doesn't change the problems that we've been now saddled with by an administration that is much more concerned with ego than wisdom.

Take a break here. Back in just a minute.

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Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.