If Obama Mocks Something, You Can Take the Exact Opposite to the Bank

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Obama over the past seven years it’s that he’s a man of his word. He means what he says and says what he means.

Wait, scrap that. How about he means the exact opposite of what he says and says the exact opposite of what he means. Yeah, that sounds more like it.

Moreover, the president has a nasty habit of mocking anything or anyone he disagrees with. (Can you say Saul Alinsky?)

“I'm trying to make a case that if he mocks you---not if he disagrees with you---if he mocks you when it comes to global conflict, you can take that to the bank, that the opposite is going to happen,” Glenn said Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program.

Think about it---the fruit cart salesman, Libya, Egypt, the Arab Spring, the caliphate, Guantanamo, Benghazi, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic terrorism---those are just a few issues the president has shrugged off as problematic, mocking anyone who thinks otherwise.

One new thing he mocked during the State of the Union was very telling. For the very first time, the president mocked anyone who believes World War III has begun. Anyone headed to the bank?

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN:  Oh, yes!  The State of the Union last night.  We are -- we're hung over from it.  Woo!  Was that a wild party we had last night or what?

PAT:  Woo!  Yeah!

GLENN:  It was the moon HEP shot of all moon shots.  I'll tell you that now, I've changed my opinion on that man.  And I've also changed my opinion on climate change.  That's the problem.  To hell with Islamic terror.  First of all, I learned something about global warming.  And then I also learned that we're treating our veterans better than we ever.  Problem solved.  Problem solved.

He did have the courage to call ISIS "killers," not "Islamic killers."  He wanted to lecture us about how we use the word "Islamic."  We're going to start right there, right now.

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GLENN:  I'm going to start making a list here, just a mental list, if we can.  I'll work on this.  A list of the things that the president has mocked -- not disagreed with, not just disagreed with, but disagreed so vehemently that he had to mock people about it.

For instance, he had to mock people about Tunisia and the fruit cart salesman, right?  If you disagreed with him on that, you were crazy.  You were a conspiracy theorist.  That that wasn't going to bring peace and stability.  Same thing with Libya.  Same thing with Egypt.  If you disagreed with the Arab Spring, you were crazy.  And he mocked anyone.

The caliphate is another one.  If you were against the caliphate.  How about Mitt Romney and Russia?  The '80s called back; they went their policies back.  Can you think of anything else that he's mocked on the global scale when it comes to danger and war?

He's mocked anybody who -- I don't know if he's mocked -- has he mocked anybody who has said that it's "Islamic terror," or has he just called you an evil person?  I'm looking for things that he mocked because he mocked something really important last night.

STU:  The Islamic terror thing is too serious to mock.

GLENN:  I know.

STU:  If you believe there's a possibility of a Muslim terrorist, you must not just be mocked.  You must be shunned.

GLENN:  I know.  I know.  He won't live in a world where anybody mocks the Prophet Muhammad.  True, he did say that.

STU:  True.  He did let us know.

GLENN:  Can you think of anything else he's mocked on the global scale?  He's mocked Russia.  He's mocking anybody who says about Iran, right?

STU:  Yeah.

GLENN:  Anybody who says that's a bad deal, he's mocking you.

STU:  If we're going to close Guantanamo and you think that's dangerous, you were mocked.

GLENN:  Okay.  Guantanamo.  Also, Benghazi, he mocked you on that.

Okay.  Here's -- I just want -- I'm trying to make a case that if he mocks you -- not if he disagrees with you -- if he mocks you when it comes to global conflict, you can take that to the bank, that the opposite is going to happen.

He is so off the -- here's one.  Islam is a religion of peace.  No, I'm sorry.  Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular.

If he says -- if he comes out and says that and you disagree and then he starts to paint you as a conspiracy theorist or something like that and he mocks you, you can take it to the bank that that is going to happen.

So what did he mock last night for the first time?  Stunning.  Stunning that he mocked it.

I didn't say it last night while we were -- because I couldn't.  I had a hard time even broadcasting.

PAT:  You're talking about the World War III thing?

GLENN:  Yes.  He mocked you if you believed that we were at the beginning of World War III.  Mocked you.

That's crazy.  Take it to the bank, we are at the beginning of World War III.  Don't take my word for it.  Take the president's -- the president says, "It's definitely not going to happen."  I think that is all the evidence that you need that it is definitely going to happen.  I've never seen a man more wrong when it comes to what the world is going to do and what our enemies are going to do.  I've never seen anybody more wrong.

It is -- he is either the most unlucky guy, or he is absolutely brilliant and lying to you because he's on the wrong side.

PAT:  Wonder which one it is.

GLENN:  I don't know.  I couldn't -- I don't know.

STU:  Deep thought there, Pat.  Hmm.

PAT:  Trying to noodle it out.

GLENN:  Now, it sounds again a little like sarcasm or ridicule.

STU:  Oh, no, he said he was noodling it.

PAT:  No, I'm noodling it.

GLENN:  You're noodling it?

PAT:  You know if I'm noodling, it's completely serious.

GLENN:  All right.  So you're noodling.  Do you have any -- how do we know when the noodles are done?

STU:  They stick to the wall.

PAT:  You start to smell the burning.

GLENN:  Right.  Okay.  All right.  That might be overdone.  I like mine a little al dente.

Featured Image: President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C. In his final State of the Union, President Obama reflected on the past seven years in office and spoke on topics including climate change, gun control, immigration and income inequality. (Photo by Evan Vucci - Pool/Getty Images)

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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.

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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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