Dana Loesch Shoots Straight on Carson, Cruz & Trump

Dana Loesch, host of Dana on TheBlazeTV has had enough. Glenn welcomed Dana to The Glenn Beck Program on Thursday --- and she came out with both barrels blazing. The controversy about the Cruz campaign urging Ben Carson supporters to jump ship had Dana gunning for Trump as well as Carson.

“I'm at my limit with Trump,” Loesch said. “Because I just don't think calling someone a bimbo or suggesting that they're a bimbo or suggesting that they're sold out or suggesting that they've committed fraud is substitute for intelligent dissent. And I've kind of had that problem with his campaign now for some time. I've been incredibly cool about it, but now it's --- I mean, we're at the point where it's at level ridiculous. It's out of hand.”

Dana agreed that pointing the finger at Cruz is pointing in the wrong direction. The Carson campaign's laxed communication and CNN's fast-paced tweeting should be blamed for the confusion about the status of Carson's presidential campaign, not Cruz.

The Kardashian Candidate

While never a Trump supporter, she has interviewed him on her show and introduced him at CPAC. Her recent endorsement for Ted Cruz, however, has brought out the Trump trolls to come out in full force.

"Apparently, I'm a RINO whore "cuckservative," whatever that means," Dana said on The Glenn Beck Program. "I had to Google it really, and that was really disturbing.  I'm all of those things because I came out for Cruz."

Dana went on to lambast Trump's flip-flop on his Iowa results --- first humble and gracious then full-on attack when he smelled blood in the water.

“He's the equivalent of Kim Kardashian in American politics,” Loesch said. “We're looking at the Kardashian candidate. That's who this is. He's a chaos candidate who has been all over the board on every single issue. And anyone who tells themselves otherwise, they are lying to themselves.”

Bearing False Witness

Most troubling to Dana, though, was Carson’s religious tone on pointing the finger at Cruz --- and she did not mince words.

“Yeah, I was really angry about that. Because I think if you're going to go out there and cite Christ and be the Jesus candidate and be a representative of the faith and be a Christian, then why on earth are you bearing false witness against somebody for what your campaign did?” Dana lashed out. “That's not very Christ-like, and it's a horrible example." 

Also perplexing was how inconsequential the reports on Carson appeared to be when they first surfaced prior to last Monday’s caucuses.

“When I first saw it, that statement came right after Huckabee dropped out," Dana remembered. "And I thought, who goes back to Florida for fresh clothes? He's totally dropping out of the race. I thought that. But I didn't care because he's not a contender. He's a foil, and I didn't have my eyes on him, except to look at whose numbers he was picking off of. He was pulling from Trump and Rubio. He was not even an issue for Cruz.”

What made things even more frustrating was how obvious the timeline appeared to be and how much of a non-story the email the Cruz campaign sent out seemed at the time.

“I mean, you can see the timeline. People act like you can't see the timeline on Twitter. You can see when the first talking heads --- Chris Moody, Jake Tapper who said, 'We're hearing this from the Carson campaign.' And it sounded like, especially again after Huckabee dropped out, it sounded like he was leaving the campaign. That's on him and his campaign,” Dana said.

The Donald Effect

The one thing that was abundantly clear to Glenn was how, orchestrated or not, Trump seized the opportunity to turn the candidates against each other, causing damage to the party in general.

“Donald Trump is destroying the G.O.P. Destroying it,” Glenn said. “We are, all of us, at each other's throats. Carson --- because of Trump --- Carson is at Cruz's throat.  Rubio is at Cruz's throat. Everybody is at each other's throats, when we have much more in common. And somehow or another, the guy in the middle, Donald Trump, the ringleader, is not getting the shots. He's the least like us, and he's setting all of us against each other. If this guy isn't an operative of the Democratic National Committee, they should send him a giant check just for fun because, thanks. You've done a great job. You've destroyed the conservative movement.”

Glenn did have high praise for Dana, though.

“It's a coin toss between you and Megyn Kelly," Glenn said. "You two are the smartest women on television. And both of you will leave you in shreds before you even feel the knife go into you.”

Listen to the full segment below:

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

GLENN:  Dana is smoking in two ways, in her usual way of being smoking, Dana Loesch --

DANA:  Literally burning things.

GLENN:  Yeah, you are on fire.  Last night on your TV show, you were -- I was told none of that was part of the script.

DANA:  No, it wasn't.

GLENN:  It wasn't.  The prompter person was like, where is she?  She's nowhere.

DANA:  They just stopped psychology after a while, and they just let it go.

GLENN:  You're really hacked off at two people.

DANA:  Oh, yeah.

GLENN:  Okay.  Where do you want to start?

DANA:  I don't know.  Where should we begin?  I've been really cool, I think this entire primary I've been incredibly fair.  I've had Donald Trump on my radio program.  I've had him on the television program of the network that he says he hates here because he hates you.

GLENN:  No, no, he just says we're a loser not worth his time.  But he's on yours.

DANA:  But then his people would approach me and email me, which is crazy I save all those emails.  And they wanted to come on the program.  So I was incredibly fair.  And it shocked people when I came out for Cruz, which I've always liked Cruz.  I've never liked Donald Trump.  Personally, he seemed like a nice guy.  Never liked him as a political candidate.  For a couple of years, he wanted me to introduce him at CPAC.  He reached out, asked for me to do it.  I did so last year, just to see what would happen and just so I could say that now because I knew where this was headed.  And so I've always been incredibly fair.  And the stuff that I've seen just in the last few weeks, I'm kind of at my limit.  And I was really --

GLENN:  In what way?  In what way?  First of all, have you gotten backlash for coming out and saying you're for Cruz?

DANA:  Oh, yeah.  Because the response is whore.  That's what --

GLENN:  Are you a fake conservative now?  Are you a sellout?  Are you an establishment goon?

DANA:  Apparently, I'm a RINO whore cuckservative, whatever that means.  I had to Google it really, and that was really disturbing.  I'm all of those things because I came out for Cruz, which okay.  I've been insulted by better.  A bunch of anonymous accounts aren't going to do anything.  I used to have SCIU HEP that came to my house.  A bunch of keyboard warriors, eating Hot Pockets in their mom's basement, that's not going to do nothing. (laughter)

PAT:  Well, but if you're for Ted Cruz, you actually sell your body for money.  Because we're all for Cruz, and I don't think anybody is buying.

GLENN:  If I sold my body for money, just for science --

DANA:  I was told that I had to come here to get my check, so that's why I'm here.

GLENN:  I sold my body for science.  Sell my body, sure.  They're like --

PAT:  No.

GLENN:  First time I've had sex in a while.  They're like, no, no, we want it for science.  The body that no one wants to get near.

So, anyway, you are in trouble with everybody.  And they were surprised that you were for Cruz.  You don't care about that.  Now you say you're at your limit with the --

DANA:  With Trump.  And Ben Carson.

GLENN:  Okay.  Let's start with Trump.

DANA:  I'm at my limit with Trump because I just don't think calling someone a bimbo or suggesting that they're a bimbo or suggesting that they're sold out or suggesting that they've committed fraud is substitute for intelligent dissent.  And I've kind of had that problem with his campaign now for some time.  I've been incredibly cool about it, but now it's -- I mean, we're at the point where it's at level ridiculous.  It's out of hand.

GLENN:  You know, my wife said to me last night, she said, she is done with him.  I mean, she's been done with him for a long time.  But she's really done with him.  And he is officially a total joke now that he's calling for a recount.  

DANA:  He's the equivalent of Kim Kardashian in American politics.  We're looking at the Kardashian candidate.  That's who this is.  He's a chaos candidate who has been all over the board on every single issue.  And anyone who tells themselves otherwise, they are lying to themselves.

GLENN:  Did you see -- I did a show a couple of days ago.  And I'm trying to remember the guest.  He's a military strategist.  And he talked about, it's like the ODSS or something.

DANA:  Yeah.  The loop.

GLENN:  Yeah, the loop.

DANA:  Where it's all about observation and then reaction.  Yes.  Yes.

GLENN:  Yes.  Okay.  So it's this military strategy on how to beat your opponents.  And he said, it is exactly the strategy that Donald Trump is using, but will lose because of it.

DANA:  Right.

GLENN:  Because he is a chaos candidate.

DANA:  Exactly.

GLENN:  So what's happening is he's using this military strategy of going in and just causing chaos, and no one can keep up with the chaos.  So he punches through.  But the problem is, at some point, there will be -- right now, it's working because he's against, you know, five, six, seven, eight other candidates.  Once it gets down to one or two, it falls apart because by that time, the opponents know, it's chaos.  Don't react to it.  Just keep going.  Sound like Ted Cruz?  Once you don't react to him, you just punch right through because you stay on message.

DANA:  Well, that's it entirely.  I forget what the acronym is.  But he's disrupted the loop, and that's why he's being successful right now.  So the only way to get back at him is to disrupt his loop.  That's why you have to go -- and go about that.

GLENN:  So how do you think people are -- I don't know.  I feel like we live in this bubble where none of this makes sense to any of us.  None of this makes sense.  But apparently it makes sense to people, how Donald Trump, the guy who never wins, who is just going to speak straight, is now calling for a recount or a redo.  That just --

DANA:  Everybody come back.  Stop.  Sorry.

GLENN:  It's second grade.  It's second grade.

STU:  And he's complaining that the state of Iowa should come down and overturn that election.  Well, it wasn't an election; it was a caucus.  And the state of Iowa doesn't run it.  That's an interesting -- the guy doesn't even understand the procedures of what he's involved in.  And he's acting as if he's the savior for Ben Carson after he spent a month calling him a pedophile and saying he's psychotic.

DANA:  Exactly.

GLENN:  Let's go over what happened.  First of all, as I said yesterday, if I were Ted Cruz -- and I don't think this is dirty tactics.  And I read -- did you find out for me if Rubio was doing this too, Jeffy?  

JEFFY:  We have not confirmed that 100 percent.

GLENN:  So let's not get into it.

It's exactly what I would do.  If someone said on CNN, your competitor is going to not go to New Hampshire.  He's going to spend the week at clothes because he has to get fresh clothes, I would say, "There's something wrong here."  And I would tell my lead caucus people, "Get the Carson people because he's dropping out."  There's nothing wrong with that.  That's absolutely fair game.  Because it didn't make sense.  So you assume that's what's going on.  It's not like you're making this up.  It didn't make sense.  So that's what he did.

Now, like Donald Trump is above any kind of dirty tricks --

DANA:  He has Roger HEP Stones, aka the dirty trickster working with him.  I don't believe that.

GLENN:  Right.  And now, after calling Carson a pedophile, to get in, he sweet-talks.  This is what he does.  He sweet-talks people.  And I'm going to protect you.  I'm going to be there with you.  When all he's doing is bleeding you dry.  Carson has not endorsed Trump, but one of his main campaign guys went to work for Trump.

DANA:  Yeah, went to go work for his campaign.  I'm not surprised.  I think Trump ate up Huckabee's campaign.  And I think he's doing the same for Carson.  He's wanting to get Carson's votes.

GLENN:  How can people who voted for Carson possibly go to Trump?

DANA:  That's a great question.  That's a great question.  And they have no proof.  They cannot point to anybody who left the caucus -- who stopped caucusing with Carson and went with Trump.

And can I say too, how stupid is someone -- like, if you have an operative from another campaign that gets up on stage and is like, hey, I heard your guy is dropping out.  You guys should come caucus with us.  If they believe that, they deserve to lose because that's stupid.  That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

STU:  Well, and first of all, Ben Carson actually over performed many of his polls.  So it's not like this hurt him and he went -- he actually did a little bit better.

GLENN:  It's not like he was going to beat Marco Rubio.

DANA:  They all did well.  Rubio over performed too.  So did Rubio cheat?

GLENN:  So did Cruz.  

DANA:  All of them would have had to cheat.  

GLENN:  Except for Trump.  Except for Trump.

STU:  Does anybody realistically think that 14 points would have been made up because of this one report of this one person at a caucus saying this?  It's absurd.  

DANA:  His people thought he was going to win Iowa, Stu.

JEFFY:  Yeah.

STU:  Oh, that's true.  I guess if they thought that.

GLENN:  They were delusional.

DANA:  I mean, he's a nice guy.  Don't get me wrong.  And I love the way he talks.  I want him to read me a bedtime story, not be my commander-in-chief.

GLENN:  I feel like, if he read me a bedtime story, he would fall asleep faster than I would.

(laughter)

I mean, honestly, that man is almost asleep all the time.

DANA:  Actually, I'm going to redefine it.  I don't know if I think if he's a super nice guy anymore.

STU:  Yeah.  Me too.

GLENN:  No, I will tell you this, what you said on the show yesterday, sticks with me.  Talk about bearing false witness.

DANA:  Yeah, I was really angry about that.  Because I think if you're going to go out there and cite Christ and be the Jesus candidate and be a representative of the faith and be a Christian, then why on earth are you bearing false witness against somebody for what your campaign did.  That's not very Christ-like, and it's a horrible example.  We have people who are running away from the faith because of hypocrisy like this, and we don't need to add another example to the catalog.  Even the devil can quote Scripture, as Carson has proved.

GLENN:  Whoa.  Wow.

STU:  Think about this.  This goes back to something you've talked about a million times, Glenn, is even when good people get into this game, they turn into bad people.

DANA:  They all do.

STU:  They do bad things.  They fall down on their face over and over again.  And it's so rare.  It's one of the reasons why we like Cruz so much.  It's so rare to find a person who can make it through that jungle --

GLENN:  I'm sorry.  I know people -- I'm reading all kinds of horrible things about Ted Cruz, but I mean this sincerely, I have not seen Ted Cruz behave any way other than honorable the whole time.  He has been attacked by every single -- you should -- you didn't go to Iowa, did you?

DANA:  No.

GLENN:  When we went to Iowa, we turned on the television and the radio.  It was nonstop ads.  You got that.  But they were you all attacking Ted Cruz.  All of them.  So every candidate was attacking Ted Cruz.  And yet he never responded in kind.  He wasn't on the campaign trail saying bad things about people.  He was saying what the records were.  But he wasn't saying bad things.  And he was taking the full frontal assault from Donald Trump the whole time.  And he won.  I tell you, if he stays the course, I think you're just -- I think you're going to see -- at some point, America is like the underdog.  At some point, they'll realize, the guy who just won in Iowa is still the underdog.

DANA:  Yeah.

GLENN:  He's still the guy that everybody is against.

DANA:  And he apologized to be classy.  And because he said, "Well, this information that came out from CNN -- because people in CNN were tweeting it before it ever hit television.  When I first saw it, that statement came right after Huckabee dropped out.  And I thought, who goes back to Florida for fresh clothes?  He's totally dropping out of the race.  I thought that.  But I didn't care because he's not a contender.  He's a foil, and I didn't have my eyes on him, except to look at whose numbers he was picking off of.  He was pulling from Trump and Rubio.  He was not even an issue for Cruz.  And so I thought that.

This -- I mean, you can see the time line.  People act like you can't see the time line on Twitter.  You can see when the first talking heads -- Chris Moody.  Jake Tapper who said, we're hearing this from the Carson campaign.  And it sounded like, especially again after Huckabee dropped out, it sounded like he was leaving the campaign.  That's on him and his campaign

GLENN:  Why wouldn't you say that?  As someone who is running a campaign, you would be negligent if you didn't say to your people, "You know what, he's dropping out.  Get his people.  If he's dropping out, get his people."  Negligent.

DANA:  Right.

STU:  The absurd thing was they said, oh, well, he has to get a set of fresh clothes, and he's going to drop out.  

Yesterday, he was still in his press conference talking about his clothing, which was bizarre.  But the accusation is essentially, he'll leave the campaign trail with eight days left before an important state.  Nobody would do that go who is sensible.  What has he done?  He's actually denying he's leaving the campaign.  But he did leave the campaign trail for two days.  His campaign won't put a schedule of public events.  What is he doing?  If you've donated money to this guy, you have to be --

GLENN:  This is the most bizarre election I've ever seen in my life.

STU:  True.

GLENN:  I mean, honestly.  Honestly.  Porky Pig could crawl and claw his way out of Ben Carson's nose, and I would be less surprised.  I would be like, "Oh.  Another thing going on.  Who would have seen that?  I didn't know Porky Pig was real, and I certainly had no idea he was living in Ben Carson's nose."

DANA:  I think Trump is planning a third party run.  If he can't the Iowa G.O.P.  Which they need to respond on this.  RNC is going to have to respond on it.

GLENN:  I will tell you, will you stay for a few minutes?  Because I want to talk a little about Christians and your understanding of what's going on there.  And also, Donald Trump is destroying the G.O.P.  Destroying it.  We are, all of us, at each other's throats.  Carson -- because of Trump, Carson is at Cruz's throat.  Rubio is at Cruz's throat.  Everybody is at each other's throats, when we have much more in common.  And somehow or another, the guy in the middle, Donald Trump, the ringleader, is not getting the shots.  He's the least like us.  And he's setting all of us against each other.  If this guy isn't an operative of the Democratic National Committee, they should send him a giant check just for fun because, thanks.  You've done a great job.  You've destroyed the conservative movement.

STU:  He's trying.

GLENN:  They might do that.  Well, they will -- if Clinton gets in, believe me he won't get a check, but I can guarantee you he'll get some property that he wanted.  He'll get some -- the government will move something out of his way.

DANA:  Oh, yeah.

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GLENN:  I'm so excited for tonight's broadcast at 5 o'clock on TheBlaze.  Tonight's broadcast.  Mercury One's first evacuation of the Christians.  You'll go behind the scenes and see the evacuation of these Christians.  149 people.  Thirty-two families.  It airs tonight at 5:00 p.m. if you can't watch it tonight, the entire episode will be available on Friday for download on iTunes and Amazon and Google Play.  So make sure you watch it tonight at 5 o'clock, only on TheBlaze TV.

While we're here talking about Christians, what is happening to people like Jerry Falwell and now Ben Carson?  What is happening to people?

DANA:  Well, I've --

(laughter)

I've never been -- let me put this in a different way.  I've -- I've never been like a big Falwell person.

GLENN:  Oh, I like Jerry Falwell.

DANA:  See, look.  He doesn't pay me to agree with him.  That just goes to show you right there.  I've never been a big Falwell person.

GLENN:  Is it because you're a whore?

DANA:  It's probably because I am.  And a HEP cukservative.  Let's not forget that.  

No, people are mad, and I think even a lot of Christians are allowing anger to get the better of them.  Fear is the lack of faith, and a lot of people are really afraid right now.  And they're running to the wrong things, instead of running to their faith.  They're running to just the wrong things to make themselves feel better about going into this.  And people really don't have patience.  This is not something that you correct in terms of the direction of our country in just like one or two election cycles.  This is a generational thing.  We are done if we think that we're going to go up against the progressive left, who have been putting these pieces together for generations, longer than, you know, your grandparents, great-grandparents.  We're not going to change that in a couple.  And people -- it's too hard for them to go out and change hearts and minds.  You aren't going to do that on Facebook or Twitter.

GLENN:  You remember when I was talking, Stu -- this was years ago.  When I was talking about writing a book called the 100-year Plan.  Do you remember that?

STU:  Uh-huh.

GLENN:  I wanted to come up with a 100-year plan.  Do exactly what the progressives did.  I couldn't get Simon or Schuster or anyone to print the book because they said, "Nobody is interested in the 100-year plan."  And I said, "That's why we'll lose."  Unless we think like the progressives and understand that one election won't do it, we'll never win.  Because they are patient.  They're like the Chinese.  They will just wait.  Look at what's happening.  This is possibly -- this or 2024 will be the last generation that even understands the America we're saying we want to restore.  They won't -- by 2024, they won't understand this concept of America, unless we have not a progressive-lite like George W. Bush or Marco Rubio, but an actual conservative constitutionalist.  Deemphasize the conservative and emphasize the constitutionalist.  If we don't repair the Constitution, you lose religion.  You lose -- you lose it all.  You lose it all.  You lose freedom of speech.

DANA:  I completely agree.  You lose it all.  And I know immigration is the big issue.  But people are so -- they're so focused on that.  They think they have to sacrifice everything else.  I've seen other pundits say, "Oh well, you know, let's just throw abortion out the window."  Why are we having to sacrifice on anything?  Again, it comes to down to fear.  I don't want to compromise.  We've comprised so much.

GLENN:  Draw a line in the sand and just like Davy HEP Crockett.  I'm on this side of the line.  You want to join me on this side of the line, great.  If not, move on.

DANA:  Yeah.  You all can go to hell, I'm going to Texas.

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GLENN:  We're spending some time with Dana Loesch, who is always a pleasure to have on.

DANA:  Thanks.

GLENN:  She follows my show at 5 o'clock Central, 6 o'clock Eastern on TheBlaze.  She is -- she is -- you're Megyn Kelly.  You're the only one who is even close to Megyn Kelly.  I mean, I don't want to pit you and Megyn Kelly against each other because I love you both.

DANA:  Who do you like more, Glenn?  Come on.

GLENN:  It's a coin toss between you and Megyn Kelly.  You two are the smartest --

DANA:  It's a high compliment.  Thank you.

GLENN:  The smartest women on television.  And both of you will leave you in shreds before you even feel the knife go into you.  You're like, I think I've just been sliced up into little pieces.

DANA:  Thank you.  I appreciate that.

STU:  Wow.

DANA:  That's the stuff I like to hear.

STU:  Wow.  Adorable, yet incredibly violent compliment.

GLENN:  So can we talk about a couple of things?

DANA:  Sure.

GLENN:  Let's talk about how -- for instance, did you see the Tea Party Patriots endorse Cruz?

DANA:  Yes, I was glad that they did.

GLENN:  But, you know, what was really funny, they were on the bandwagon for Trump hard.

DANA:  Yes, yes.

GLENN:  Why do you say that?

DANA:  No reason.  No, they are.

GLENN:  Then their people -- they did a vote, and their people went -- what was it, Pat?  80 percent?

PAT:  I don't remember the percentage.  It was huge though.

GLENN:  It was huge.  Between 60 or 80 percent of the Tea Party Patriots of the vote between the people.  They said, what are you doing?  It's Cruz.  So they had to endorse.  But the leadership was all for Trump.  Same thing it looks like -- I've talked to a few writers at Breitbart.  You call them Trumpbart.  But I've talked to a few writers.  I haven't, but my people have talked to a few writers because they have called us and said, you wouldn't believe -- I mean, we're getting stories.  Spite.  And we have to write certain stories.

DANA:  Oh, yeah, I can imagine.  I mean, Trumpbart.  That's sort of how the way it is.

GLENN:  You worked there.

DANA:  Uh-huh.  I've always been amazed at people's whose business models depended on getting a Drudge link.  And to have someone -- I mean, I don't care.  You know, it is what it is.  But I -- there's a -- there's a bias.  I don't even go to that site and look at it.  I mean, I've looked at it one time and it was all Trump, Trump, Trump.  That's all it is anymore.  That's not even a question.

GLENN:  Can I ask you -- because you used to work there.  You hated me for a while, didn't you?

DANA:  I never hated you.

GLENN:  You just didn't like me?

DANA:  No.  I never did not like you, uh-uh.

GLENN:  You just didn't listen to anybody.

DANA:  No, HEP I except now.  Because you pay and I'm a conservative whore.

STU:  Woo.

GLENN:  Could we define -- (?) is it okay to define --

DANA:  No, don't Google it.

GLENN:  Somebody called me that as well.

DANA:  I felt really Puritan.  Apparently it is now.  (?)

STU:  Street word.

GLENN:  Okay.  Street word.

PAT:  It's like a compound word.  It's really technical.

STU:  We could probably focus on another thing.

JEFFY:  I looked it up.

GLENN:  Here's another thing, how does the G.O.P. and the conservative media survive?  Because here's what's happening, G.O.P. is eating itself right now.  I mean, we've never had an easier candidate to beat than Hillary Clinton.  Never.  Jimmy Carter was harder than Hillary Clinton.  We've never had one that was more out of touch.  (?) everybody -- even her own supporters know that she's a liar.  Okay.  So we've never had someone easier to beat, but because of Donald Trump, we are feasting on each other.  And I feel drawing divisions that are so deep, we may never heal from those.  On top of it, you have the media and organizations selling their soul for positions and power and possibly money.  I don't know.  And you have -- you have it not only in places like Breitbart, but you also have it in Fox News.  Who I don't know if you noticed this, they were all for Trump, until it was clear -- for a while it was neck-and-neck.  Razor-thin margin.  When it was four points difference between Trump and Cruz.  It was one point between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and they weren't calling it razor-thin.  Four points, they were calling it razor-thin, until they got the story of Marco Rubio.  Then they immediately started talking about what a great thing it would be to have a Hispanic to win in Marco Rubio.

DANA:  Because Ted Cruz is not a Hispanic?

GLENN:  I don't know.  How does the conservative movement survive or doesn't, as we know it now?  How does it survive with this going on?

DANA:  Oh, it's going to be hard.  Because right now, the -- I just see if certain people succeed, the conservative movement, at least the perception (?) it's become unfashionable even within the right and the Republican Party to be a conservative before.  There are people afraid to speak out because they're afraid that it's going to hurt their popularity, it's going to hurt their ad sale.  They're not going to get sponsorships.  (?) you see it happen with a number of different pundits.  You see it happen with a number of different websites.  Because everybody wants to be in the G.O.P. smart set.  (?) everybody started making it about Rubio.  Oh, my gosh, but it's razor-thin there with Cruz and Trump.  By razor-thin, you mean thousands of votes.  That's a pretty huge gap there.

GLENN:  It wasn't razor-thin between Rubio and Cruz.  I never heard one comment, Mann have man, this is getting close.  (?) maybe there's a possibility that Rubio passes Trump.  But it was razor-thin up until the very end.

DANA:  It's so frustrating.  We're up against the guy from Up and the shady chick (?) he just needs the tennis ball on him.

GLENN:  Oh, that's funny.

DANA:  We're up against those people.  It's the easiest thing in the world.  They have (?) cocktail shrimp.  They're the face of the Democrat Party.  We have young people.  We have a diverse lineup.  And everybody is trying to be kingmaker.  You have media entities trying to be kingmaker.  They don't know the difference between being an activist and a kingmaker.

GLENN:  Wait.  (?) explain to us.

DANA:  You're being hops about it.  You're not being a kingmaker.  You're saying, this is my preference.  You're giving your opinion.  But when you run a media outlet and trying to be a kingmaker without disclosing, look, I want this guy in my office because I want to be able to have this influence.

GLENN:  There's a difference between.  (?)

DANA:  Sometimes I'm not even sure you're down the hall.  No, you've never done that.

GLENN:  Right.

STU:  That's one of the most surprising things about the Trump phenomenon.  There's two kind of ways they argue for Trump.  One is we're sick of losing.  We need a winner.  It's such a weird way to (?) against the Democrats.  Usually he's the only one in the field who loses to Hillary Clinton.

DANA:  Wait for all this winning.

STU:  When does it happen?

GLENN:  Does anybody think it's a real possibility -- a real possibility, that he -- and I'm not saying that it was set up in advance, that Donald Trump has done this to destroy the conservative movement?

DANA:  I wouldn't.  I'm not surprised by anything.  There are no coincidences in politics.  There are none.  He's been wanting to run for the White House for 2000.  (?) there's a great book called the deals and the down falls that Wayne.  (?) his White House aspirations.  People should read that book, if you can get it.  The word on the street is that Trump tried to squash it.  You can get it on Amazon for a lot of money.  It's literally like $100 for this book, which was written forever ago.  But he's had White House aspirations for some time.  And he's been friendly with Harry Reid.  He's donated money to Harry Reid.  He's donated more money (?) although I'm suddenly glad he's interested.  I want to make the point too, with all the concern for Ben Carson, some of the most zealous (?) are white nationalizes.  And I'm glad some of the (?) I'm glad to see that happening.  But he's had these -- he's had this goal to run for office for quite some time.  And it's smart.  I mean, I have to give him credit for doing a reality TV show and keeping himself out there in pop culture.  That's great.  But now, what are you bringing to the table besides platitude?  We're going to win so bad.  Okay.  We're still waiting for that part.  Where is the winning?  I see the whining.  I don't see the winning.

GLENN:  Tell me what you think is going to happen.

DANA:  I think there are two outcomes.  You can see Ted Cruz -- for me, it's either going to be Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio that ends up winning, and that's if Trump has decided he has enough ego battering.  (?) because New Hampshire is full of establishments and moderates.  This is the state that the Republican Party never carries in a general, yet they've gone for John McCain and Mitt Romney during the primary time.  I don't see him performing well in South Carolina.  That's something that's going to go either towards Cruz or rube.  The fact that he's not targeting Rubio tells me everything.  (?) he's working to take out Cruz for Rubio just because -- if the guy that's right behind you and that is the biggest threat -- the biggest threat to him isn't Cruz, it's Rubio.

GLENN:  Did you ever consider Rubio as a real candidate for you, personally?

DANA:  I'm concerned about the Gang of Eight stuff.  I want to completely suspend.  And I don't believe in amnesty.  (?)

STU:  He's in another world than the Bushes.

DANA:  He's so not like Jeb Bush.  If Rubio is the guy, I could totally vote for him.  I've come out for Cruz.  But if the nominee ends up being Rubio, that's a heck of a lot better than Donald Trump.  At least you know where Rubio stands about stuff.  Where you have Bernie Sanders who is honest about being a socialist.  (?) Donald Trump is like, well, we'll deport them all.  And we'll use all our resources and all our money to do that.  And then we'll use our money to let them back in.

JEFFY:  We'll use the door.

STU:  The big beautiful door.

DANA:  Right.  That's right.

GLENN:  Here's the problem that I have.  He is honest.  He has been honest.  He's not honest as Pat continually -- because Pat is done with Marco Rubio.

STU:  He's definitely souring on him.

STU:  They have a fight about taking the garbage out.  And they're still battling it out.  (?)

GLENN:  The thing I can't get past more than the Gang of Eight, he is strong on the NSA.  He's not budging on that.  But I admire him for saying that.  But it scares me that we'll have another one who will just make any -- you know, he'll just say, "Hey, for security --

DANA:  But what kind of deals would Trump make?

GLENN:  Oh, my gosh.

PAT:  Oh, please.

DANA:  A little establishment in him, I don't know.

GLENN:  We might all be having this conversation in a different place --

DANA:  I'm going to go into the caves of the on his arc.

STU:  I've always wanted to visit Guantanamo Bay.

GLENN:  We'll all be wearing orange.

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PAT:  He was pretending like second was good for him.  Now it's just --

GLENN:  We're back.  And Donald Trump is -- last night on Greta, Donald Trump was talking about this fraud that Ted Cruz -- the guy has turned into Al Gore in the 2000 election.  He wants a recount.  He says this is a fraud.  Here's the most powerful, toughest guy on earth, suddenly a victim of Ted Cruz.  A victim.

PAT:  Uh-huh.  Well, he has to be, right?  Because he's a winner who always wins.  I'm the winner that only wins.  Then he doesn't win.

GLENN:  It has to be something else.

PAT:  So in Iowa, he has to say, (?) I didn't think I would be in the top 400 people.  Then to come in second is amazing.  And now -- and now he's had a few days to sink in --

JEFFY:  Now we found out why I'm second.  Cruz fraud.

GLENN:  How are we going to save our country when we're at each other's throats like this.  Everybody is at -- I mean, I've never seen.  At the height of Fox going after van Jones, my Facebook was never this nasty.  The conservatives are tearing each other apart.  Just, if you disagree, you are the worst person in the world.  You are -- you are -- as Dana was saying, she's now being called a whore because she's not for Donald Trump.  She's for Ted Cruz.  I mean, what has happened to us.  What has happened to us?

PAT:  Well, I will tell you, and you know this.  That's the Trump way.  That's the Trump -- and it has been forever.  Forever.

GLENN:  What's really scary is -- this is exactly.  And I'm sorry.  But this is exactly what Adolf Hitler did with the Brownshirts.  You train your audience, you train your followers to be thugs and to scare people.  And then before you know it, they're beating people in the streets.  When this guy has said three times to his people in large crowds, "Hey, if somebody does something, beat the snot out of them.  Beat them down and I'll spend your expenses for attorney bills."  Why is the press not saying this kind of language leads to violence?  Where are they?

STU:  I don't know.  And it's funny to see Mr. Tough guy who wants you to beat up everybody who disagrees is at the same time is the ultimate victim.  All the people were fooling the voters.

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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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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!