The Internet: What America Can and Should Be Again

What should our politicians learn from Nike and Reebok?

What did I mean yesterday when I said we're not selling America to anybody? What is the brochure of where we want to go, as conservatives or constitutionalists?

We know where Bernie Sanders wants to go. He wants to take us to Sweden, 1970. He wants to take us to a socialist or Marxist utopia --- and we know that, he's clear on that. And that is actually why he's winning with so many people. He has received more votes than Donald Trump. Why? Why is that? Because Bernie Sanders has a destination.

Conservatives are either about beating Hillary Clinton, building a wall, restoring the Constitution, going back to the Reagan era --- all things that don't mean anything, really, to most people. It's not a destination. We need to find a way to start talking about America and the promise of America and what America can and should be. Why do I get on this plane with you?

Sure, you've talked to me about your pilot. You've talked to me about Hillary Clinton. And she's a great pilot and can take us to wherever you're going. But I don't know where she's going, other than corruption. Bernie Sanders, I don't know if I would trust him as the pilot, quite honestly. If my pilot looked like him, I would look at the co-pilot. What does the co-pilot look like? But at least I know why I'm getting on the plane --- I'm going to Sweden 1970. Donald Trump, he's the pilot. Where is he taking us? And Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz, I know is a great pilot, I know what instrumentation he's using. I know he's got the best maps. His map is the Constitution. But what does that mean about our destination? Where are we going?

Yesterday, I asked that question. And I'm not sure I have an answer yet. But as we were on the air, we talked about it, and I believe the best way to describe where we're going is the internet.

America was the world's internet in the 1800s. America was a place where anyone could go and do anything, without a license. You didn't have to have a certain education. You could learn it yourself. There was no government interference. And you could start your own business. You could dream anything and do it. You wanted to be a singer, you could be a singer. And you could suddenly become a very popular singer. You wanted to build a car, you could build a car. You wante to get your own education, you could get your own education. If you wanted to deal in drugs, you could go into the back alleys. You could go on the dark net and deal drugs.

America was the internet. The Constitution allowed you to live your life, not in the virtual world, but in the actual world, in the same way the internet allows you to live in the virtual world.

Nothing good happens unless you do it. That's a German pacifist poet and writer who opposed the war in Germany. His name was Erich Kästner. Nothing good happens unless you do it.

Can't the same thing be said about America? Can't the same thing be said about the internet? It exists. It's a place of creativity. It's a place of freedom. But you still have to pick up your phone. You still have to pick up your tablet. You still have to pick up your keyboard. You actually have to get on to the internet. You have to open your computer. You have to do it. You have to dip your toe into the water. You have to choose to participate. No one can force you to participate. No one can tell you how much to participate. You can ignore the internet. You don't have to have a cell phone. You don't have to go on the web. You can choose to own a set of encyclopedias. You can choose to never use Google. But you limit yourself from something that has great possibilities and great opportunity.

And so far, nobody is making the case that I didn't get mine, even though I refused to get on the internet. I didn't get my search engine for free. You didn't give me those results for free. No, you have to go and search for those results. You can enjoy participating by traveling through the creation of others, if you go online. Or you can create your own thing and build an app. You can learn from what others have posted.

Today, I was on the way into work, and I found pictures of the earth at night from the International Space Station and the things that they are learning about us just by looking at the lights of the cities at night. But the problem is, the Space Station is circling so fast, they're taking pictures --- and the university that is doing this over in Spain said, "We can't recognize some of the cities." And so they put the cities up online, and said, "Does anybody know this city? At night, this is a view from space of this city. Does anybody recognize this?" They're using collective minds that happen to be like me who just stumble across their images and go, "Oh, I know that city."

You can do and see and find and build anything, ways to participate and create and travel through the internet. I was in space this morning looking down at the earth at night.

But even though the possibilities are endless, even though there are as many possibilities as there are people, nothing good happens unless you do it. The same is true for America: Nothing good happens unless you do it.

I was reading a guy named Ezra Taft Benson this morning. One of his quotes: "The biggest business of any life is just making decisions. While one of the greatest gifts of God to man is the right of choice, God also gives us the responsibility of those choices. We put our own lives in the direction of success or failure. Nobody else does it. We may not only choose our ultimate goals, but we also have the right to determine and decide for ourselves in many cases the means for which we will arrive at those goals. And by our industry or lack of it determine the speed by which these goals are reached. This takes individual effort and energy and, without it, we fail. And in doing so, it will not be without opposition or conflict. What is true there is you have to do it."

Rebook, years ago, had a market share of athletic shoes. And they marketed themselves as an aerobic shoe. Aerobics were really popular at the time. And so they marketed themselves as a way to do aerobics.

Nike did something else. Rebook marketed themselves as a shoe that would do great athletic achievement. But Nike made their shoes available to everyone for any kind of situation. They could be worn to create athletic achievement, but they could also be worn at work. They could be worn at night to have fun. You could wear it as a fashion statement. You could wear it outside in the garden.

The difference was, you had to do the action. The action was inherent. You actually had to put the shoes on. And once you put the shoes on, you had to just do it. The shoe meant nothing. The shoe could be anything for anyone. But you had to just do it.

Now, how do you describe a destination? How does Ted Cruz or any constitutionalist stand in front of people when Bernie Sanders can say, "I got free stuff for everybody, and we're going to take you to a place that looks like Sweden."

Have you ever been to Sweden? I just went to Sweden this last, doing a show we're going to be airing soon. Sweden is one of the most amazing countries I've ever been to, really beautiful. Really odd, because it's a socialist nation and everything is cookie-cutter and you really don't have a choice of living in a big house because everybody lives in an apartment because no one can afford a big house because of the taxes, but Stockholm is a beautiful, clean city. Sweden is an unbelievable country. So I can understand why people would want to go to Sweden.

How do you get a nation that doesn't understand anymore, to just do it? You can wear this shoe to go anywhere. How do you get them to understand that the constitutional framework creates that atmosphere? How do you get them to go and imagine an America like that?

I'm not sure yet. But it shouldn't be that hard. Because the internet is that place. The internet is America prior to the Progressive Era. We're now starting to talk about regulating the internet. We're now starting to talk about putting taxes on it, making sure you have a license, regulating the news and the blogs. We're now starting to spy on you. Every keystroke is monitored.

We're about to wreck what we have, just like we wrecked what we had in the 1800s, where men were free to say, "I want to start an electric company. I want to start a phone company. I want to start a railroad. I've got an idea, how about we string wires all the way across the nation so we could have a telegraph and you could actually talk to each other."

Do you know who rode the Pony Express? Do you know what the ads said for the Pony Express? They were looking for 12-year-old boys --- imagine just starting that ad today, "Looking for 12-year-old boys." We were looking for 12-year-old boys, orphans preferable. The expectation of life was about a year. Imagine advertising, "Hey, by the way, we've got a job for kids. We're looking for orphans. 12-year-olds. Because they got a lot of stamina. They're small. And, by the way, you're expected to be dead in a year. And for this commercial enterprise, we just want to bring the mail from one side of the country to the other." We would never do that.

But one of the greatest Pony Express riders was a 12-year-old boy. He lived past his year. He fought in World War I. He was 70 at the time. And he saw what was happening to the world, and the United States said, "We can't use you. You're too old." He said, "Really?" He got on a ship and he went over to England. He asked England, "Will you take me?" They said, "You bet. We'll take anybody." He fought in World War I and lived.

The destination that I have in mind, the destination of where we need to go, what our country looks like, is a country that doesn't say, "You're too old. You're too stupid. You don't have this. You don't have this certificate. You don't have this degree. I'm sorry, you haven't filled out your paperwork." The America that I see that I want to go to is a country that is bound by laws, not by men, where its people are free to explore and just do it.

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This is a moment "Cynical Theories" author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come. The liberal mathematician and host of the "New Discourses Podcast" recently came out as "unhappily" voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn't "Trump versus Biden." It's Trump versus a "movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation." Lindsay warned that if it isn't stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

"A lot of people don't understand what's happening with the election we have right now," he said. "They think it's a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And at the surface level, of course, it is. We're voting for each candidate to be duly put into the office of president. But that's not what we really have going on. We have, in Donald Trump, a man who's going to govern as we've all seen — the way he feels like he's going to govern. And we have in Joe Biden, a man captured by a movement that wants to tear apart the American society at its very foundation."

Lindsay noted the popular leftist narratives that call to "abolish anything they don't like," which now includes the U.S. Constitution. He added that "this is the movement that is controlling the Democratic Party."

"It is my belief, that there has been a largely effective kind of silent coup of the Democratic Party, that's turned it completely under the control of this movement. And that's what we're going to be electing with Joe Biden. So I can't do it," he said.

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Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, Glenn Beck goes straight to the source of the biggest story in the country with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who takes us directly into Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.

Despite Big Tech's attempts to squash this story, there should be a mad scramble in the media to get to the bottom of major corruption allegations, but they're willfully ignoring it. However, this is not just a story about Hunter Biden. This is all about Joe Biden. It's a story Glenn has been investigating for over a year that traces back to Ukraine and China. It goes directly to the root of corruption within our political system: How politicians use their family members to enrich the entire clan and sell out their country. While the media looks the other way, Glenn asks Mayor Giuliani to show us the evidence. Giuliani details the chain of possession of the laptop and reveals news that he only had possession of the laptop days before the New York Post story broke. He says, "I reported this the day after I saw it."

He also drops a major bombshell on the show and says Big Tech doesn't want you to see evidence that "establishes with texts, documents, contracts" that "Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it."

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The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on subpoenas to compel Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on alleged censorship and bias across their platforms. But that all changed when Republican committee members "expressed reservation about the maneuver," Politico reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who chairs Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, was definitely not one of the committee members with cold feet. On the radio program Tuesday, he told Glenn Beck that he's fighting "vociferously" to ensure Dorsey and others testify before the November 3rd election.

"Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are both going to testify. They're are going to testify in person. They're going to testify before Election Day. That's what I think should happen," Cruz said. "That's what I'm fighting vociferously to happen. Right now, the companies are negotiating with the chairman's office to discuss terms to come voluntarily. I don't give a damn whether they come voluntarily or under subpoena. They need to testify in person and answer questions for the American people about why they are trying to steal this election, to suppress the free speech, and to censor the press."

The subpoenas would require Big Tech leaders to testify on the alleged "suppression and/or censorship" of two consecutive blockbuster stories from the New York Post. The first story was about emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's computer which are currently being investigated by the FBI, and the second was based on additional emails that allegedly showed communist China directly offering millions of dollars to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

"Big Tech stepped in, and they've done something they've never done before," Cruz explained. "We know that Big Tech has been censoring individual conservatives, trying to suppress conservative speech. But the step they took here is, they blocked if any individual user tried to share either of the New York Post stories, [they] were blocked ... Sharing a news story, from a major media outlet is part of democracy, part of free speech. And not only that, they blocked the New York Post itself. Right now, today, the New York Post is not being allowed to post its own damn stories on corruption. This is ridiculous. It's a threshold that's never been crossed before, of Silicon Valley oligarchs declaring the authority to determine what the press is allowed to report, and who is allowed to see it."

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If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.

2009

In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.

2010

Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?

2011

In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.

2013

By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.

2014

In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.

2015

In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.

2017

In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.

2018

In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.

2019

In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.