'If people vote their values, we will win this race handily' - Matt Bevin for Kentucky Governor

It's election day 2015 and one of the races worth paying attention to is in Kentucky, where Republican candidate Matt Bevin is attempting to win the Democrat-occupied governor seat.

Bevin joined Glenn's radio program Tuesday to talk about why Kentucky residents should vote values over party.

"Kentuckians have core Christian values. Solid values. Good work ethic. Respect for the law. Respect for the Constitution," Bevin said. "What now passes for the Democrat Party nationally, when you have Hillary Clinton duking it out with Bernie Sanders to see who can lean the farthest to the left, this is what has become of that party. It does not represent who we are in Kentucky."

Listen to the full exchange or read the transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: Let's go to Matt Bevin who is in Kentucky and running for governor. Are we going to be calling you Mr. Governor tomorrow, sir?

MATT: That is up to the individuals that are voting. Actually, the polls have been open now for a couple of hours. And it is going to be some time this evening that we will determine who the next governor is. But I'll tell you what, I have faith that the adults among us will come out to vote. And if you are in Kentucky, if you are listening, for two reasons, number one, we need a conservative. We need a noncareer politicians.

PAT: Yeah.

MATT: And, finally, we don't want to be dead to Glenn Beck. So please get out and do your --

GLENN: Honestly, I don't think it's in that order. But, you know, whatever.

(laughter)

So tell us, have you been -- have you -- do you go -- did you go to bed last night saying, "Honey, I did absolutely everything I can?"

MATT: Absolutely. I mean we toured the state. We went to half a dozen spots around the state with the entire ticket. I took the whole ticket. We started in Louisville. Went to Lexington. To Northern Kentucky. To Ashland. Down to Bowling Green. To Paducah. Down to Owensboro.

GLENN: What did you learn in all that time?

MATT: What we learned is that there's passion and enthusiasm in our base. And it is going to be a function of whose base turns out. This is a close race. We've only elected two Republicans in the last 75 years for governor. It rarely happens, but we have an opportunity. I do believe that we will win. Because, frankly, conservative values outside values, business principles, these things matter. And I do believe the people of Kentucky will do the right thing today.

GLENN: It's tied, 44-44, according to polls.

MATT: It's right down to the wire. And if people would just go to, say, mattbevin.com -- now, in all seriousness, at this point, people either know or don't know what they're going to know going into the vote. But I encourage people, vote your values and not your party. If you are listening this morning and you have not voted, vote your values. If you respect human life, we've had the endorsement of the National Right to Life, the Kentucky Right to Life. We have the endorsement of the NRA and of Gun Owners of America. We have the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. And any number of individuals who value the things we value. Vote your values, not your party. And we will win this going away.

GLENN: I will tell you that I'm -- you know, I understand -- like in my grandparents' day, they had FDR. And they thought they got him through the big one and everything else. So they had that. And the Democrats hadn't really exposed themselves for being who they are now. I mean, they are full-fledged socialists. And I lived in Kentucky, Matt. I mean, those aren't socialists. I mean, obviously there are some. I lived on St. James Court. So I'm sure there are some socialists there. But the average person in Kentucky, they might be Democrat, but they're not socialists.

MATT: No. Kentuckians have core Christian values. Solid values. Good work ethic. Respect for the law. Respect for the Constitution. Only two-thirds of us care about these things. What now passes for the Democrat Party nationally, when you have Hillary Clinton duking it out with Bernie Sanders to see who can lean the farthest to the left, this is what has become of that party. It does not represent who we are in Kentucky, which is why I challenge people, think beyond your party. Look at the values you hold dear, the appreciation for the family values, traditional values, core values, individual responsibility, these things matter to Kentuckians. And if people vote their values, we will win this race handily.

PAT: So, Matt, what differentiates you from Jack Conway?

MATT: I tell you what, I would encourage, if people have not seen our last gracious, my gracious, he has no solutions to anything. He's a man who grew up in a very privileged environment. So he's not good at relating to people. I grew up as a guy well below the poverty level. We're very different there.

He went to all the best private schools. I had to pay 100 percent of my way through school in order to go to college. I'm a military veteran. He's not. I'm pro-life. He has Planned Parenthood phone banking for him even this morning and has been this week and has given him thousands of dollars.

You know, he's a guy who told our county clerks, they need to do their job, quit, or go to jail, when he himself didn't do his job. So on the value of First Amendment, freedom of religion, he and I are two very different people.

He's a guy who has always been a career politician. He's never created a single job in his entire life. I'm a guy who has created hundreds of jobs, so different there. I'm a guy who believes we need school choice. I think it's good for Kentucky. And that Common Core is not the solution for our students. He believes Common Core is good and that we should not have any competition.

PAT: Wow.

MATT: For education dollars.

STU: He sounds like the devil.

GLENN: He does. So your campaign slogan sounds like a vote for Conway is a vote for the plague. Is that --

MATT: I tell you, I think bubonic, perhaps.

GLENN: Really?

MATT: He or the Obama plague, perhaps.

GLENN: The Obama plague.

MATT: He truly is a rubber stamp. For those looking forward to the future of no Obama in the White House, we will have four more years of that rubber stamp here in Kentucky. And we do not need a rubber stamp for Barack Obama in the Kentucky governor's seat for the next four years. We can't afford it.

STU: Quick question, Governor.

GLENN: Might be a little premature.

MATT: A little premature, but I like how you're thinking.

STU: You talk about Planned Parenthood phone banking for your opponent. You're talking about Kentucky, a state where 67 percent of Kentuckians oppose abortion and want it to be illegal. I mean, 67 percent.

PAT: Is it really?

STU: This is not a borderline issue in this state.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: I'm telling you, it is old school Democrat.

PAT: How is he getting past that, Matt?

GLENN: It's old-school Democrat.

PAT: Is he just saying that the governor doesn't decide that anyway? Is that how he's getting around that issue?

MATT: He refuses to answer that question when asked. He was asked point-blank, would he defund Planned Parenthood? He refuses to answer. I've made very clear that I would defund that, no question about it. There's no reason why our taxpayer dollars -- we spend a $500 million a year subsidizing an organization that turns around and spends millions of dollars electing liberals who are like Jack Conway. We don't need more liberals being paid with our tax dollars to jam ideology down our throats that we don't agree with. I think it's time to dismiss all of these people from their influence in wagging the dog of American politics.

GLENN: So you've run twice now? You've gotten our hopes up twice. There will be no third time, Matt.

(laughter)

JEFFY: Amen.

PAT: So are you saying Kentucky and Matt are dead to us?

GLENN: He's dead to us, if he loses.

MATT: You know, and I'm grateful to you because you do it the same every day. I have put my heart and soul into this. I've put every ounce of my time, talent, and treasure that I have on the line for this state and, frankly, for this nation. I believe in the exceptionalism of America. I served this nation. I served with guys who gave I went back. And it kills me that not even a third of us are going to even bother to vote today in Kentucky. That we're so apathetic that we don't take this seriously. I love America. And I have given what I can, some modern day equivalent of my life, fortune, and sacred honor to ensure that we have a better future. And I just challenge the listeners in Kentucky, get to the polls. For all of you not in Kentucky, when your time is at the ballot box, do your civic duty. Honor the legacy of those who have given everything for us to have this opportunity.

GLENN: And if I may say, if you're in Indiana or Ohio, just go vote anyway in Kentucky.

PAT: Maybe you've died in the past five years. Go ahead and vote.

GLENN: Maybe you have a dead relative who hasn't been taken off the books, I mean, there's no problem with that.

MATT: Sadly, it has been known to happen.

GLENN: I know.

PAT: I know.

GLENN: Matt, we wish you the best of luck.

PAT: Good luck. Please win.

GLENN: We hope to hear from you tomorrow giving us good news. And if we don't hear from you tomorrow, we'll know that you're dead to us.

PAT: And so is your state.

MATT: I'm still going to love you guys. I'm grateful to you. I really am. Thank you so much.

GLENN: We love you too. We really respect you, Matt.

PAT: All right. Thanks. Good luck. Yeah, Mattbevin.com. Check it out.

GLENN: Thanks a lot, Matt.

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

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