For the First Time, I Understand What the Scriptures Mean About Scales on Their Eyes

Michael Blouin wrote in and said this:

How can one man so dedicated to American history and the preservation of our principles be so wrong about the presidential campaign and Trump, to where he will endorse the socialist Democrat Hillary Clinton by his actions against Trump?

First of all, he was speaking about me and I think he's wildly mistaken.

So I wrote back:

May I say, Michael, perhaps I believe as Washington did, that to receive the "protection of Divine Providence" we must be a righteous nation and a righteous people.

Perhaps I do know more than just American history, and I have studied revolutions all over the world, South America and Europe, and how they begin and end. And I've done it for the last ten years.

Perhaps I have studied not only Marxism and social democrats, but also progressives, Fabian socialists, populists and nationalists from the last 150 years and know all the warning signs. And I know how ALL of those movements ended.

Perhaps I went down to the border because it was the best way to exhibit love. To feed and clothe the poor and poor in spirit WHILE DEMANDING that we secure our own borders and send these children back home.

Or perhaps you are right. The guy you listened to for the last ten years, who has proven himself to you time and time again as a man who believes deeply in the country, in God, perhaps that guy has suddenly changed. And the guy who held all of the opposite opinions from you, until recently and still holds socialist opinions on health care, banking and bailouts, is telling you the truth.

I understand what the scriptures mean about scales on their eyes for the first time in my life. 

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN:  Michael Blouin wrote in.  He said, "How can one man -- me -- so dedicated to American history and the preservation of our principles be so wrong about the presidential campaign and Trump, to where he will endorse the socialist Democrat Hillary Clinton by his actions against Trump?"

First of all, I think you're wildly mistaken.

So I wrote back:  May I say, Michael, perhaps -- perhaps I do believe, as Washington did, that to receive the protection of Divine Providence, we must be a righteous nation and a righteous people.  Perhaps I do know more than just American history.  And I have studied revolutions all over the world, South America and Europe, and how they begin and end.  And I've done it for the last ten years.

Perhaps I've studied not only Marxism and social democrats, but also progressives, Fabian socialists, populists, and nationalists from the last 150 years.  And I know all the warning signs.  And I know how all of those movements ended.

Perhaps I went down to the border because it was the best way to exhibit love, to feed and clothe the poor in spirit, while demanding that we secure our own border and send our children back home.  Or perhaps you're right, the guy you've listened to who has proven himself to you time and time again as a man who believes deeply in the country, in God, perhaps that guy, for the last ten years, has suddenly changed.  And the guy who held all of the opposite opinions from you, until recently and still holds socialist opinions on health care, banking, and bailouts, is telling you the truth.

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GLENN:  So glad that you've -- so glad that you've tuned in today.

I -- I -- you know, that -- that Facebook post that I read a minute ago really shows me -- this morning, I got up, and I thought, "I understand scales from the eyes."  I really do now.  Because it's not people who I've always disagreed with.  You know, we felt scales were on the eyes, but we didn't -- they weren't -- that wasn't our circle.  I don't run around in the Democratic socialist circles.  I don't run around with people in Occupy Wall Street.  So I don't relate to them the same way.  You know what I mean?  We don't relate to the Barack Obama supporter in the same way that I can relate to a Trump supporter.

STU:  Right.

GLENN:  Because I feel like, "We're brothers, dude.  We've been in this constitutional thing from the beginning with each other."

STU:  Many of the same battles, you were on the same side.

GLENN:  Right.  Correct.  Correct.  And so I've wondered -- I've seen now the scales on the eyes.  And I didn't realize it until that particular email.  And because that particular email -- he wasn't being mean.  What he was saying was, "How can a guy, who I've listened to for so long, who I know loves American history, who wants to preserve the nation, how he can now support a Democratic socialist, Hillary Clinton?"

STU:  Which you're not.

GLENN:  Right.  Which I'm not.  But that goes to the scales.  Because that doesn't even make sense.

Now, if you've just started listening to me, you've never listened to me, maybe you can accept that.  But if you've listened to me for ten or 15 years, something in you has got to say, "Something's not right."  

Now, you could jump to, "Glenn Beck has been paid off by George Soros."  And some have.  "Glenn Beck is a closet globalist and has been paid off by the Clinton Foundation or Soros."  But you would have to justify, how did I do a week of the puppet master on Fox News?  How could I be the guy who rang the bell about George Soros louder than anyone else --

STU:  Or, someone who, as they click post on whatever they're sending on you Facebook, has available at GlennBeck.com/serials, an entire week about progressive donors, an entire week about Hillary Clinton's scandals, an entire week of the progressive approach to not only health care and education --

GLENN:  Right.

STU:  I mean, it's just a non-stop --

GLENN:  Right.

STU:  We've been doing this for so long.  There's so much evidence.  Even right now you're fighting against what Hillary Clinton wants.

GLENN:  Yeah.  So it doesn't make sense.  So, again, reason has stopped.  

STU:  Yeah.

GLENN:  But the reason why I say the scales are so intense is, you've taken someone who you've trusted -- and I've thoughts said, "I don't want your trust.  I don't ask for your trust.  I don't ask for it."  I want to earn your trust.  And you judge me by the fruits of my labor.  You judge me by what I produce and what I've done over a long period of time.  Everybody is going to make mistakes.  But over a long period of time, over the last 15 years, I would hope that I have earned your trust.  Maybe I haven't.

But for those who felt that I have, you have to ask certain questions.  And I'm willing to answer any of them.

"Glenn, how could you -- okay.  Perhaps it's because there are many things that I believe that I shall never say, many things that I believe, not know.  Many things that I believe that I shall never say.  But I shall never say the things that I do not believe.

So perhaps there are things that I believe, but can't prove.  There are things that I believe, but could be wrong.  That I'm not going to say because I don't know how things work out.

But I have done my study enough to know what things look like and what warning signs are.  And I have done my homework.  And because of the -- everything that George Washington warned us about, that these two parties would come at odds with each other -- I mean, he lays it out so clearly.  And that there would start doing injury to one another, and they would injure each other so badly that it would become a cry for vengeance on the other party and that reason would be lost.  And then at the end of the two-party system, someone would rise up from outside of the two-party system.  And he would come and join one party because he could see it would empower him.  And he would say, "I'm going to finish them off, and I'll be your defender."  And that would be the end.

That's George Washington.  Now, perhaps I believe that.  But the scales are there.  So the question is:  How do we -- how do we go and get around those scales?  Because it's happening in all of society.

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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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