Three Things You Need to Know - September 18, 2017

New York City is being invaded. By diplomats.

It’s UN week.

There are 193 member states of the United Nations, and the chaos and confusion they bring to the streets of New York City is an unintentional metaphor for what’s going on inside their organization.

Does anyone have confidence in the UN anymore? Did we ever? Billions of dollars pour into this international organization and yet they rank near dead last in every category they lead.

Have you ever been to a UN refugee camp? They’re awful. People just sit there waiting to die. Among aid agencies, the UN is ranked near the worst in the world.

Fraud, corruption and mismanagement follow the UN wherever they go.

UN peacekeepers caused a cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010.

Their employees have been accused of sexual exploitation in over 10 countries. On top of all that, UN personnel cannot be sued in national courts, arrested, or prosecuted for their actions.

President Trump has been a vocal critic of the UN. Today, he’s meeting with representatives of 120 other member states that have had enough. They’re pushing for long-overdue reform, but two nations are curiously missing. Both Russia and China are refusing to attend.

Why is that? Why wouldn’t 2 of the 5 permanent members of the UN security council be interested in reforming this dumpster fire we call the UN?

Follow the money. The United States cuts an $8 billion check to the UN every year. We supply nearly a quarter of the entire UN budget. And they say we aren’t exceptional.

Of course, China and Russia want the status quo. Look at what they get in return. The UN provides them a check on US power through their security council veto, it costs them little money in return, and they make us pay disproportionately for it!

The time for bankrolling corrupt, failing and all-powerful international organizations is over. The time for reform is now.

What is your protest strategy?

Broken glass littered the sidewalk.

The debris was evidence of what had occurred hours earlier --- chaos.

Shop and restaurant owners in University City outside St. Louis woke up early to sweep the glass from the broken windows of their businesses.

They were innocent victims of the violence that erupted after Jason Stockley was acquitted of murder on Friday. Stockley is a white former police officer who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man, in 2011 during a car chase.

It’s a colossal failure of our nation that more of our citizens don’t understand that this is not what we do here. Rioting, looting, destruction, chaos --- that’s the way they do things in totalitarian countries, socialist countries, under-developed countries. That chaos is what a lot of immigrants come here to get away from.

If you want to protest something that you had nothing to with and don’t understand all the details, go ahead. That’s your call. Just do it in a peaceful manner. Remember Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. --- their protest strategy was never violent. They knew riots would not work.

The moment you smash a window of a small business, messing up that owner’s effort and right to make a living, you forfeit your ability to be heard. You’re no longer a protester at that point. You’re a felon.

Medicare for all?

When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

And the bespectacled Bernie Sanders wants to lead the country into a massive pit.

The independent senator from Vermont --- who calls himself a “democratic socialist” has proposed a Medicare for all, single-payer health care system.

The plan would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a huge expansion of Medicare --- large enough to open the government-run program to all Americans.

This proposal is no longer just a dream of the far left --- it enjoys the support of 16 Democrat senators.

A list that includes Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kristen Gillibrand and Kamala Harris.

If this list sounds familiar --- it’s because these are names being tossed around as possible candidates for president in 2020.

It sounds great, but there’s a big problem with Bernie’s proposal --- it’s lacking in details.

Specifically, how to pay for it.

But Bernie already knows this:

You want to guarantee that all people have access to health care as you do in Canada. But I think what we understand is that unless we change the funding system and the control mechanism in this country to do that --- for example, if we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody. Give everybody a Medicaid card --- we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation.

That was Bernie in 1987. He’s avoiding the details --- because he’s well aware of the costs.

They’re astronomical.

When the blind lead the blind --- both shall fall into the ditch.

Democrats follow Bernie at their own peril.

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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.

Don't miss the full interview with Eric Weinstein here.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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