Iceland Is ‘Eradicating’ Down Syndrome – by Eradicating the People Who Have It

Iceland has nearly “eradicated” Down syndrome … by encouraging parents to test their babies in the womb and abort them if their results show a likelihood of the genetic condition.

According to a recent CBS report, just one or two babies are born with Down syndrome on average per year in Iceland, which has a population of 330,000. In the country, close to 100 percent of pregnant women who test positive for Down syndrome in prenatal screenings choose abortion.

While Iceland is ahead when it comes to “eradicating” people with Down syndrome, America isn’t too far behind. Among U.S. women, an estimated 67 percent whose test results indicate a Down syndrome child decide to abort the baby.

Glenn looked at this heartbreaking story on radio Wednesday.

“Am I supposed to say, ‘Oh, look at that beautiful child that should be dead’?” he asked of the CBS story, which featured an image of a little girl from Iceland with Down syndrome who was one of the few to survive.

Glenn talked about people with Down syndrome and all that they have to offer the world.

“Down syndrome people are the best among us,” he said. “They truly are.”

GLENN: There was a story that I saw yesterday from CBS News. And it reported that Iceland is leading the world in, quote, eradicating Down syndrome births. End quote.

There was a tweet that said that. And then it had a picture of this really beautiful child. It said, "Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion." And has this beautiful child of about four years old in the snow hat and everything else.

Am I supposed to like that? Am I supposed to say, "Oh, look at that beautiful child that should be dead?"

This is one of the -- this, to me -- and I might be alone, this to me is the biggest symbol of the doom of humanity and the doom of our society.

We're talking about Down syndrome babies and a country that has now made it so easy and so right to abort your child if your test comes back and says they'll have Down syndrome.

They have taken the most beautiful children and beautiful people that I honestly have ever met. I have met spiritual leaders, big spiritual leaders. "Uh-huh. Right. Okay. Well, I'll listen to you on the pulpit, maybe, for about five minutes. You're a fraud." And then I've met people like Billy Graham, who is absolutely the real deal. But every Down syndrome child or person that I've ever met is a spiritual giant.

Years ago, I was young and had never spent any time around Down syndrome. And really people of different abilities really at all. I had no impact in my life personally with it. And I remember I was working in New Haven, Connecticut. And the Special Olympics, the global games for Special Olympics happened in New Haven, Connecticut. And the entire town left for the week. And it was really sad. Because the media had said, "Oh, traffic is going to be horrible." So everyone went on vacation for those ten days, and it was a ghost town.

And we went and we were working a lot of the events. And I will tell you that what -- the impact that that had on my life was profound. And the impact that I walked away with immediately is, you know -- and this is in the day -- in the early '90s, when we could still use this word. And I remember thinking, "You know, the world deems these children retarded." I'm the retarded one. I'm the one whose growth has been retarded from -- from -- from greed and malice and -- and ego and the world and stuff and sexuality and whatever it is.

Down syndrome people are the best among us. They truly are. It's not some politically correct, "Oh, they're the best among us." No, they're not. Yeah, these guys are.

They will be our rulers on the other side. Because they get it. They are not afraid -- all guile has been taken from them.

And CBS reports, "Through abortion, Iceland is the first to nearly eradicate these people." Thumbs up. That is not progress. Let's call it what it is: That's eugenics. That is Margaret Sanger's most base dream: Get rid of the undesirables. Get rid of the people who can't really work for a living, don't really have any quality of life.

I'd rather have their quality of life than mine. I would so much rather go through life loving everybody I meet.

Do you ever get to a point to where you don't want to understand the world? You just don't want to understand that there's just a lot of bad people.

Don't you ever get to the point where you're just like, "I -- I don't want to be a part of that anymore?"

This is what the article says: Other aren't lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination rates. Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.

You're not eliminating Down syndrome. You're eliminating people. People.

You're not going in and genetically splicing something. You are eliminating people.

I'm concerned about the genetic splice. I'm a father of a daughter of special needs. Only a parent can truly understand this. A parent of special needs.

I would give my life for my daughter to have an easier life. But I would not take her life away because her life is tough. She's one of the best people I know. And she's made me such a better -- I mean, it's bad. Because I also realize, man, I've got a lot to learn. I've got a long way to go to be a good person. And it's a constant reminder to me. It's a -- she is a constant humbling of me.

Would I abort her? Never.

If I could abort the mean things that people have been -- have said to her, if I could abort the mean actions that people have shown her, if I could abort the pain that she has felt from those actions -- my daughter changed in the second grade. She had a friend who she never went over to their house. She never -- she -- we never met her friend. But it was her best friend. And she would come home and she would talk about her best friend all the time.

And one day, she came home, and she told us about how her best friend was having a birthday party. And she invited everybody. Said, "Oh, that's great, Mary. When -- when is the party?" And cheerfully, "Oh, I wasn't invited."

"What? I thought you said she invited everybody in the class."

"She did. But she didn't invite me." And she followed it up immediately with, "But that's okay. That's okay. I'm fine. I'm fine. And I'm just glad -- and I know she's going to have a great party."

I don't -- I don't think I stopped crying for two days. But I'd like that to go away? Yeah. But that has nothing to do with the way she was born. It has everything to do with the way, you know, normal people are born.

I would ask -- when I saw this story and I saw this sweet child, the bottom of a CBS tweet, with all kinds of likes underneath it, I thought, "We can go no lower." Unfortunately, we can. But not as the people we've been.

If this is the people -- this is a new chapter of humanity. And we've seen it before. It's the way the world usually is. The last 200 years have been an anomaly. The world usually is like the Game of Thrones. And we just won't be the same when we pass this door and cross its threshold.

And I would ask that you would beg for forgiveness and beg for God to heal our hearts and heal our land. Because I just don't think there's a lot left here in our corner before we turn real dark.

The good news: Everything is a choice. And I used to be a guy who was suicidal because I never thought things could change. And then I realized, everything can change the moment I decide.

The moment you decide, "I'm not going to be a part of that," the moment you decide, "Not on my watch," the moment you decide to choose love over hate, to choose hope over fear, you're going to be okay. But it has to be a conscious choice. It has to be one you have really thought about and you have spoken out loud.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

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.