Three Things You Need to Know - September 8, 2017

Who Will Speak for the Voiceless?

"We firmly believe that every person has the right to live..."

Both Liberals and Conservatives can surely get behind a statement like that, right? It’s nice to hear something so unifying and inspiring.

It’s great to hear an organization take a stand like that. It’s also great to see organizations get awards for taking stands like that.

This week, that organization won the Lasker Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine.

Fortunately, the Lasker Award includes a $250,000 prize, because this year’s cash-strapped winner sure could use it. Well, the organization isn’t cash-strapped yet, but it fears it might be soon, with President Trump and a Republican Congress threatening to block it from receiving Medicaid reimbursements and everything.

It’s disgusting that politicians would try to withhold funds from an organization that provides "health services" to millions of people. The Award announcement says, "Although the organization is most famous for aiding women, it helps men as well."

If we’re being honest, that part of the Award announcement is a little misleading, because the organization is actually more famous for disposing of that pesky health issue of having a baby in the womb.

This year’s Lasker Award winner is Planned Parenthood.

But don’t worry --- the Award announcement says abortions are only three percent of the health services Planned Parenthood provides. Last year, that three percent only included 328,348 babies killed.

This week, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards emailed supporters expressing outrage over President Trump’s plan to end DACA. She writes, apparently without any sense of irony:

Here at Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely and without the threat of deportation or separation . . . We will never stop fighting for this vision.

And neither will we, Cecile, on behalf of the unborn. Because at least the DREAMers can speak up for themselves --- the 328,348 babies Planned Parenthood killed last year never had the chance.

Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

That "principle" was in action this week. Only 17 Senators voted "nay" yesterday on the idea of combining hurricane relief and raising the debt ceiling. 17 senators saw this for what it was: manipulating a crisis.

Did the 80 other Congressmen take no issue at all with using federal aid for Hurricane Harvey victims as leverage? It was ransom money --- bought and paid for --- to ensure the players on Capitol Hill get to play their little games in the months to come.

If you're in Washington and you're using the threat of hurricane relief money to further your agenda, you can keep your damn money --- every last cent.

We don’t need your help to take care of our own.

If there’s one thing Hurricane Harvey has taught us, it’s this: the American spirit is as strong as it’s ever been. We didn’t wait for you to come save us. We saved ourselves.

We didn’t beg for government money. While they were cutting backroom deals, we were opening up our wallets in droves.

JJ Watt took to Twitter and raised over $20 million, and it’s still climbing. Michael Dell gave $36 million of his own money. Over $16 million has been given from sports franchises. Hollywood has stepped up with over $10 million.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported that companies such as Bank of America, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Google, IBM, Shell and JPMorgan Chase have donated over $141 million, and that number is going up every day.

As of last night, Mercury One has raised over $2.1 million.

And these aren’t funds that go directly into some government agency treasury. This is cash going directly to the lives, families, homes and businesses that actually need it.

There's a lot of work to be done, and America has become a country that relies on federal help when disasters of this scale come along. But, that doesn't mean you have to take advantage of those in need. Never let a crisis go to waste?

Let's think differently. Let's think Texas.

To those in Washington playing your little games --- STAND ASIDE. WE GOT THIS.

Art of the Deal, Part 2

Maybe the Art of the Deal needs a sequel.

The chance to make a real positive difference.

It turns out the deal Trump cut with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to increase the debt ceiling for three months wasn’t the only deal he was working on.

Trump and Schumer also discussed developing a plan that would no longer require Congress to routinely raise the debt ceiling, effectively eliminating the federal limit on government borrowing.

First reaction: an irresponsible move of the highest order. And of course, that's completely true.

Second reaction: maybe, kind of, sort of, perhaps a unique opportunity.

Of course, the debt ceiling has become meaningless. It means nothing to these people.

What if a deal included:

  • Automatic spending cuts if the budget is upside down? Or maybe, call me crazy, they actually had to have a budget in the first place?
  • How about real tax reform?
  • Or a two-thirds supermajority to exceed budgeted spending levels?

The principle of this sort of deal would be to force Congress to prioritize its spending. Spend too much, your turtle tunnels are going away.

The only thing we've taken less seriously than our border is our debt ceiling. I like the fact that every so often, Washington has to squirm, feel the weight of their own failure, and figure out another debt ceiling increase.

The only way it should go away is if you can actually pass something meaningful to really restrain spending. Not continue this theater that is the debt ceiling.

If the president can pull that off, he'll sell a lot of copies of the Art of the Deal, Part 2.

MORE 3 THINGS

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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