Jim Acosta Should Stick to Reporting and Leave the History Lectures to Those Who Know History

A few years ago, I met with two amazing men, the Stewart brothers. They're a composer and conductor of an incredible choir, the Millennial Choirs & Orchestras. And I said, "Let's give the Statue of Liberty a voice. But let's correct it." Because everybody thinks that the Statue of Liberty is a mother, a nurse that is inviting give us the worst of the worst. And that's not what that poem means. I asked them, I said, "Can you write something that gives this heart, but then corrects the legend and gives the correct voice to the Statue of Liberty?"

The Statue of Liberty is not -- we're not a hospital. And that golden door is not the golden door to a hospital. This, the Statue of Liberty is a shield saying, "We don't want your storied pomp. We don't want your lords and ladies and your knights, and all of the crap, the lions on your flag, because it's all crap. We don't want any of that. That oppresses people. That keeps people down. Now, this is coming --- written at a time when we had no national anthem. We didn't even have a standardized flag until Woodrow Wilson. And no national anthem until FDR. We had no storied pomp at all. We were a collection of people who believed in something. That's the message.

The real poem says, not like the brazen giant of Greek fame with conquering limbs, astride from land to land. Here at our sea-washed, sunset gate shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is imprisoned lightning, and her name is Mother of Exiles.

From her beaconed hand glows worldwide welcome. Her mild eyes command the air bridged harbor that twin cities frame. Keep your ancient lands and your storied pomp, she cries with silent lips.

You give me the ones that you say can't make it, who try and try and try and you continue to push down in the mud, that all these people are asking for is a chance to change their lives. Give those people to me. I will stand as a shield to protect them against people like you so they have a chance to not just survive but to thrive.

The Statue of Liberty is not saying give me those that you can no longer keep on insurance. The tired, the worn-out, the broken, the ones that won't work, the ones that are just expunging off your system. That's not what the Statue of Liberty is saying. The Statue of Liberty is saying, "Give me the tired." What are they tired of? Tired of being pushed down in the mud. Tired of being told by some lord or lady, "You work for me. That's now my idea." They're poor because you wouldn't give them the opportunity.

Ask any European today, they will tell you, unless you are connected, unless your family has a name, you don't change your status.

If you're poor, you're always poor. If you're homeless, you're never going to be the president. You'll never make it to king. You'll never make it to prime minister. Who was your family? Your dad was poor. Your dad was a drunk and homeless. You'll never amount to anything. Stay in your station!

But wait. I can do it. I'm the better man. I'm the better woman. I work harder than anybody else. I know more than that person over there. I've built a better mousetrap.

Yes, you have. And because you've built it and you've built it as my serf, it now belongs to me.

The Statue of Liberty, that poem, it never, never meant, send me the worst of the worst, and they're going to stay the worst of the worst. I'm just going to protect them.

That was a challenge. You keep all your ridiculous lion flags and your ridiculous edifices of great power. We're a simple country. We don't have any of that stuff. We're just a collection of people that every country said, "They'll never make it. They're worthless. They're farmers. What, we're the greatest army and navy in the world. They're farmers. Go kill them."

Our first president was a farmer and just wanted to be a farmer. Always wanted to just farm. That's all episode to do. He became president. And where did he go? He didn't become a lord or a lady.

He went back to being a farmer. And no greater than anybody else alive at the time. President was an insult. They laughed when he said, you should call me president. That should be the title.

President? That was like "shopkeep." That was like "manager."

That was an insult to somebody who had power over in Europe. I am so sick of the playground and the playground fights. I'm so sick of the press. I'm sick of Congress. I'm sick of the White House.

I have spent most of my life as a joke, so I come to you from a position of authority. I know jokes when I see them. And Congress and the press and the administration, they're a joke. If you didn't pay attention to the news yesterday, you'd think, "This is one weird-ass way for starting this show today."

But there was an argument between Acosta, a reporter from CNN, and I don't know, the next Trump spokesperson of the day, at the White House press briefing.

Now, I want you to understand, up front, I agreed with him. Acosta, do I need to explain what your job is? You're a reporter. You're a reporter. That means you report on what happens, not argue, not lecture. You report. You can ask questions, but that's not what you were doing. You weren't asking questions yesterday. You were making a point. You were lecturing. You were using histrionics. You don't even know the truth behind the Statue of Liberty.

Hey, Acosta, can you tell me why the French boxed that baby up and pretty much dumped it into a park in New York City? Oh, yeah, and, by the way, here are some instructions on how to assemble it. Some assembly. In fact, a lot of assembly is required. All of the instructions, and I mean this literally, all of the instructions are in French. We didn't even take the time to put them in English for you.

Jim Acosta, can you tell me why? Can you tell me what the Statue of Liberty was even meant for? Because it really wasn't meant for us.

No, see, you don't really care about history. Because all you were trying to do was win.

And I understand. I mean, that's what you've all been trained to do. That's what you think reporting and journalism is now. You win.

And I really had zero time for Steven Miller at the White House, even though any other time in my life, I would have been, "Yeah, look at Steven Miller go. He's right. He's right. He's right."

I had no time for him last night. I get home. I'm trying to spend time with my kids. My son is going to get his swimming certificate for Boy Scouts.

I've got a million things going on. And I turn that on? Why? Why?

And you expect me, Steven Miller, to give you credit, standing behind a podium where, yeah, I don't know -- is it possible that 30 seconds before this discussion, you were defending the indefensible. You were so distorting the truth and defending absolute bald-faced lies. Yeah, it's not only possible. It's probable. And if it wasn't you, it certainly was somebody an hour before you.

How does this help America? They weren't discussing the concept of the melting pot. You know, maybe we should all have a quick refresher on how Americans resident sending all of their rapists. And then after that, a real quick quiz on all of the illegals who are rapists, drunks, and killers, and thieves. Those guys that shouldn't be arrested 20 times, just to be let out again so they can finally rape an old woman after they steal her car, or just go down on a beautiful afternoon and shoot an innocent woman on a San Francisco dock. Then maybe after we talk about those two things, maybe we could take a break. Have a little lunch. Then pick up some big boy talk, concerning the ridiculous idea that we're actually helping immigrants by not ensuring that they speak English.

Of course, that is going to require you to have an honest conversation regarding history on why it was illegal to teach a slave how to read. Gee. By the way, that's not an American thing. That law was first enforced in ancient times, including countries that were not made up of white Europeans. It's crazy and shocking, yes, I know. But I will give you this: Perhaps the ancients learned about that law from the Americans that arrived via the Stargate. I'm not sure. James Spader may have taught them that.

How many people in our own country today are being abused, as well as in other non-European countries, by people of all colors and creeds. Because they don't speak the language.

This happens all over the world, and it is as old as time itself. How many dirtbags are ruling over those poor huddled masses?

Because those poor huddled masses don't speak English. Save your speeches, both of you clowns. Save your speeches for the people that died in the back of that semi-truck in San Antonio.

You know what, and then give the same speech to those who live in the shadows and are afraid of calling the police when they had been raped or beaten or robbed. Talk to me about the Statue of Liberty then, will you?

Who is ruling over those people? Somebody is. It's got to be just -- well, it's got to be just the Democrats, right? Because all the Democrats are good. No, sorry. All the heroes are really all Republicans.

Yeah, neither of those are true. And we as Americans need to say to these clowns, "Shut up. Stop it." Because I know the horror caused by the twisted thinking on the left on this issue, I ain't buying it. But I also know the horrors of a place which is a no-go zone here in America called the colonias. Most Americans have not heard of the colonias. This is an area here in America, just over the border, a no-go zone where it just kind of falls in the shadow, where giant corporations are allowed to use and abuse these people and trap them in what is nothing more than modern day slavery because those companies have given payoffs to the GOP. So neither of you have much to say that I really want to listen to because you're just both using the situation. You're exploiting the people and situation for their own power and money.

People in Congress, people at the heads of the parties, people in the administration, quite honestly, the last two, you're grotesque, and you're sickening. You should be ashamed of yourself.

You want to have a real conversation, let's have a real conversation. But can we have that? Because right now, there are people listening who, "See, Glenn Beck just hates Donald Trump." And those people who are just listening who are now saying, "See, Glenn Beck has always been a GOP stooge. He'll stand up for anything." And, of course, the ones I really like, the people who have just tuned in, heard maybe one sentence, and now are currently tweeting or posting somewhere their valid and vapid opinion to the whole world, even though they have absolutely no idea what I'm even talking about.

Maybe it's an audience of one, me. But if you're sick of them had it and you want to fix the problem, good.

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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