Do Not Condemn Sean Hannity, Do Not Damage the People We'll Need to Rebuild

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's radio monologue from August 31, 2016.

In case you didn't listen to Sean Hannity yesterday, he said I attack him every day and blame him for Trump.

Now, I actually went back and looked at the transcripts over the last couple of months. I went back and looked at all of my personal emails between myself and Sean Hannity. Almost every time I said I understand we don't see things the same way, that Sean comes from a different place because he knows Donald Trump personally.

I think Sean believes I'm mad that Ted Cruz didn't win. This has nothing to do with Ted. It has to do with the country, and my deep concern about where we're headed because I love my country.

So here's what I would like to say in response.

The alt-right wanted Donald Trump, and the alt-right got Donald Trump. I don't want to hear any bellyaching like they're all doing. They're all bellyaching. They wanted him. They got him.

However, I won't echo the past of others. What I want to do is encourage everyone to not pick sides. If you are a fan of mine, do not pick a side. Please, do not get involved in this. Please.

Don't condemn Sean or anyone else. I truly believe Sean is doing what he feels he needs to do, just as I am. I have told you for months, there are no more good choices. I'm not happy with what I believe I'm forced to do --- but my principles dictate that I stand. And I hope this helps you understand where my mind is today. You can condemn me if you want. That's fine. I expect it. Don't condemn him, please.

The pressure on this job, the pressure on him is enormous. Enormous. I truly believe he's trying to do the right thing. We just strongly disagree. And if Donald Trump wins, you can kiss my ass goodbye. If Hillary Clinton wins, if we don't reunite with everyone and have all hands on deck, there's no chance of stopping Hillary Clinton. Zero.

So do not divide anymore, please. Don't divide anymore.

I spent time last night writing exactly what I believe needs to be said:

We have seen over the last few days additional proof points where the conservative media is coming apart. The Democrats could not have designed a better weapon than Donald Trump. They could not have designed anything better at taking us apart.

The first thing that happened in the last 24 hours is the call heard around the world, as I would call it. The Rush Limbaugh call, stating that Rush never believed Trump on his immigration and deportation and the building of the wall --- remarkable, remarkable. I'm not going to say anything bad about Rush Limbaugh. I'm never going to say anything bad about Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh is a trailblazer. He defined a generation. I'm bringing this up as a reference point on, you know, whether or not the caller agreed or condemned Rush. I want to point out that we're in a circular firing squad right now.

Then Sean Hannity, someone who, quite honestly, you know if you've been a listener of this show for a while, I've been building a friendship with over the last four years. He said yesterday he believes that I'm responsible for Clinton winning and will lay all the responsibility of Trump losing and all the baggage that comes with it at my feet and Jonah Goldberg's and everybody else's.

Anybody who is expecting me to punch back is going to be sorely disappointed today. I can't speak for the others who get more offended for me than I do at times on this show, but I would ask them not to punch back.

First of all, I wish this show had the power to elect a president because President Cruz sounded very good to me. I couldn't --- or anyone on this show or the Jonah Goldbergs --- get elected the most constitutionally-minded conservative of perhaps the last 100 years, the guy we believe we waited for and prayed for. But somehow or another, we're going to be responsible for the defeat.

I'm not going to blame Sean or anybody else for helping to nominate a GOP candidate that was a Democrat. If Sean is a believer, if he believes Trump is a reliable conservative --- he knows him, I don't --- I don't lay the blame at his feet. I don't believe Trump, Sean does. If Sean believes he can ascribe a logical line through Trump's positions or that we even know what Trump's positions are, okay. If Sean believes that Hillary Clinton is so bad that anyone --- and I do mean anyone is better --- I don't blame him. I would like him to say where his line is.

Donald Trump has talked less about the Constitution, liberty and the Founding Fathers than I think an eighth grade class in Common Core would. I don't know his principles. I don't know his values. And I don't think almost anyone is better than Clinton. The jury is certainly out on Donald Trump. And sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know --- if you stay together and fight and if there are times that you learn the lesson from Dunkirk.

For the millionth time, I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. Never. She is cyanide to the republic, but I happen to believe Donald Trump may be worse.

I want you to understand that I'm not as concerned about the destruction of America because I believe Americans can rebuild anything. I am more concerned about the perversion of America into something so dark and so sinister that we make the fascists and the communists of the 1930s and '40s look like rookies. I have been on that trail long before Donald Trump ever came along. I have warned that if we turn dark, we will make the Nazis look like rookies. That to me is far worse than Hillary Clinton destroying our nation. Perverting our nation is an affront to all mankind.

For ten years I have been railing against progressivism on both sides of the aisle. Though I am a Republican voter, a reliable Republican voter, I am not a Republican. I'm not into team sports with our political system. I vote for the person who reflects me --- and neither party reflects me, certainly neither candidate reflects me.

While I have been strong with my warnings on Donald Trump, I have been equally strong in my condemnation of Clinton. If you add up the amount of time that I've spent on air fighting the Clinton machine and her allies versus Donald Trump, I doubt the scale would even register more than a rounding error.

In fact, over the last six months, we have produced serials in the most expensive radio format on daily airwaves. We have covered Hillary Clinton. We have covered Saul Alinsky, who was Hillary's mentor. We have covered progressives in tandem with publishing the best-selling book in the country. We have covered evil progressive donors. Abortion. Immigration. Education. And, yes, we even did four episodes on Donald Trump.

When all of this is over, whatever that means, we are going to need to come back together. The country as a whole despises both of these candidates. Despises them. I know I do. But I am not going to do further damage to the group of people that we are going to need when, I believe, Hillary Clinton wins. It won't be a shock to me. I predicted it last August, that Hillary would beat Trump.

Featured Image: Screenshot from The Glenn Beck Program, August 31, 2016.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

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.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

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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