Three Things You Need to Know - September 25, 2017

Trump vs. the NFL.

President Trump went to war this weekend, and it wasn’t with anyone you might expect. Trump went to war with the National Football League.

It all started on Friday at a rally in Alabama.

The very next day, Trump took to Twitter to explain:

To be fair, Trump is just saying what most of us have been thinking ever since this whole “take a knee” thing began. But with all due respect to the President, private citizens and companies can do whatever they want. We may not agree with it, but they do have that right.

This entire thing is just stupid. There’s no other way to describe it. The President telling a company and its employees what to do is stupid. NFL players disrespecting the flag and national anthem is stupid.

If the players actually wanted to help create change, why wouldn’t they use their fame and go to the local level? Engage local police departments and build relationships. That would actually do some good. But they’re not doing that. This whole thing is a sham. So why is the President of the United States getting caught up in it?

You really can’t blame the players here. They’re just operating under the rules they’ve been given, and no one’s told them not to. The NFL could stop this if they wanted, but they don’t.

The NFL has been jokingly called the No Fun League for a reason. If they want to stop behavior that they feel is unacceptable, like overzealous touchdown celebrations, they shut it down. They could easily stop political demonstrations during their games in the same way they clamp down on everything else.

The NFL is choosing to be political. Is there anywhere we can go anymore to get away from politics?

Now we have a choice. Do we keep watching?

The Tennessee shooter intended for a high body count.

Yesterday morning, a man shot and killed a woman at a church outside Nashville, Tennessee and shot six other people. Thankfully, they are alive.

The suspect is 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, an immigrant from Sudan who came to the U.S. in 1996. Police say he is a legal resident of the U.S.

Sunday morning, Samson drove into the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, left his car running and got out wearing a ski mask and armed with two handguns. He shot and killed 39-year-old Melanie Smith in the parking lot, then entered the church through a rear door.

Inside the church, Samson opened fire. He never said a word.

Robert Engle, an usher, tried to subdue Samson. Samson pistol-whipped Engle in the head, but in the struggle, Samson was apparently wounded by his own gunshot.

Engle’s father then guarded Samson while Engle ran to his car to get his own gun. Engle returned and trained his gun on Samson, keeping his foot on him until police arrived.

The six wounded churchgoers are hospitalized in stable condition. Engle is also in the hospital being treated for his head wound and a separated shoulder.

Samson was treated and released from the hospital and has been charged with murder, with additional charges to follow. Church members were surprised to learn of Samson’s identity because he attended the church several times a few years ago.

Police are investigating a motive, including whether race was a factor.

Without all the facts, people are already choosing sides:

"It’s definitely terrorism."

"It’s definitely racially motivated."

"Children of immigrants hate America."

We must resist jumping on the red meat bandwagon. Immigration, terrorism, racial hatred --- all those factors may be at play here, or maybe none of them. As is often the case, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Humans are complicated and evil is real.

But bandwagons won’t solve our root problem of moral decay and they won’t serve this grieving church. Let’s choose love, service, compassion and prayer for our communities and nation today. They’re the only things that will save us from ourselves.

What is happening with healthcare?

Health insurance will become unaffordable for half the country next year. That’s what this ultimately boils down to.

The Senate has until the end of the week to stop this from happening, but the Graham-Cassidy Hail Mary already looks doomed to failure.

Let’s forget the political games for a second. If nothing gets done in the next five days, what happens?

Premiums have already soared over the past couple years, but by 2018 those rates are going even higher. If you live in California, Texas, Florida or Georgia you can expect to see a more than 50 percent increase in premiums this year.

Those in Wyoming have it even harder. Your premiums are going up over 80 percent. Your southern neighbors in Colorado have it even harder, with rates hitting near 200 percent higher than last year.

It’s the same all over the country. In Virginia, a 180 percent increase. In Indiana, 117 percent. New Mexico, 84 percent. And on and on and on.

The Affordable Care Act deems health insurance unaffordable if its cost exceeds 8 percent of your family's income. With these premium increases, over half the country will be forced to pay for something, by the government, that they can’t afford.

While the political theater and games play out in Washington D.C. this week, here is what’s actually at stake: Families are about to be pushed to the brink. How is your Senator voting?

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Robert Francis "Beto" O’Rourke's disgusting and obviously-staged political stunt during a press conference about the Ross Elementary School massacre is just another of the many ways that prove the man is "human trash," Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere agreed on the radio program Thursday.

"Beto is human trash. He is scum. He is the scum of the earth, the lowest form of humanity our society can produce," Stu said in response to a video clip of O'Rourke heckling Gov. Greg Abbott in the middle of an update on the tragic mass killing in Uvalde. "This was obviously staged from the beginning ... clearly planned. Even CBS News pointed it out it was blatantly a staged event. And this guy [O'Rourke], because he wants more power and more money, decided that this event was about him. He wanted to make the [deaths] of 19 children and teachers all about Beto O'Rourke because he is human scum. He is the worst form of life imaginable on this Earth."

Democrats like O'Rourke have been quick to use the tragic deaths of 19 children to advance their own pro-gun law political agendas, particularly "red flag" laws that would empower courts to take guns away from "potentially dangerous" people

"You want a solution? Stop selling AR-15s in the state of Texas. You want a solution? Have universal background checks. We don't have them. You want a solution? Red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders, which stop a shooting before it happens," O'Rourke shouted after being escorted out of the press conference.

Glenn wasn't buying O'Rourke's "righteous indignation," especially as his own resurfaced writings qualify as the "ultimate red flag for any red flag law." As a teen, O'Rourke wrote about hacking, overthrowing the government, and, most disturbingly, murdering children by running over them with his car.

Glenn read an excerpt from a fiction O'Rourke wrote when he was 15 years old:

[O]ne day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.

As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.

"Dangerous, right? Nothing good's going to come of this. According to Reuters, those are the teenage writings of Beto O'Rourke," Glenn said. "The state of Texas should be very aware and not allow [O'Rourke] to buy a gun because of this. This guy, this guy, and his righteous indignation — give it a rest, bud. Give it a rest."

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Texas AG Ken Paxton says gun laws are NOT the answer, urges schools to arm teachers

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In the wake of the unspeakably grievous mass murder at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, many on the left are calling for increased gun control measures, but without specifying exactly what legislation could have prevented the horrifying event. Attorney General Ken Paxton says gun laws are not the answer. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail specific measures he believes could stop similar school atrocities in the future: arming teachers.

Paxton told Glenn that Texas has already put laws in place that allow schools to opt in to training and arming teachers as either a marshal or under the guardian program.

"We passed laws when I was in the Texas Senate, I think it was 2013, that would have helped greatly. There's no way that law enforcement can get to every location as fast as they would need to," Paxton said.

Glenn interjected, "I'll tell you, I went to a school where my son was playing football ... and there were signs all over. 'Beware. Teachers are armed. We take the Second Amendment and the protection of our students seriously.' It was so clear — not doing anything here. That's the way to do it."

"Yes," Paxton agreed. "I think that's the way it should be. I mean, these people [shooters], they know they're safe, at least until law enforcement gets there, to accomplish their goals. And we're going to keep seeing this happen until we decide as a state ... to protect these kids," he added.

"It's ridiculous for the Biden administration to suggest that this kid who decided to violate the murder laws would [think], 'Oh. Wait a minute, there's a gun law. I can't do this. I wouldn't violate gun laws.' It's law-abiding citizens that follow the law," Paxton continued. "Second, we have a fentanyl crisis that the Biden administration has presumably invited and we've had over 100, 000 people that overdosed and died from fentanyl. [...] Why isn't the Biden administration so concerned about the hundred and something thousand people that died from overdoses because they opened up the border and allowed fentanyl to come across?"

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In the wake of the horrific Buffalo shooting, the left-wing media tried to paint all conservatives as subscribers to “replacement theory” — the idea that immigrants are taking over to such an extent that they will destroy white Western civilization. Of course, no serious conservative believes in this ugly, racist, dangerous ideology, but there is a ton of ACTUAL replacement going on, and it has nothing to do with immigration or racism.

What we saw yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, is more dark horrific evidence of the only replacement theory that ultimately matters because it affects everything. We’ve replaced God in society. Glenn argues it’s why gun control is ultimately useless — even though he completely understands our human impulse to DO something. While our culture has replaced God for rot, the Biden White House and Democrats are also working overtime to replace key elements of American political, legal, economic, and cultural life.

BlazeTV host Mark Levin of “LevinTV” tells Glenn why Media Matters' latest hit job on him over his Uvalde coverage is pathetic. “Stop pushing God out of the public square” is not a radical concept to help prevent evil from taking hold in our schools. He also takes on the Democrats’ attempts to destroy the Supreme Court, voting rights, and the separation of powers.

BlazeTV host Allie Beth Stuckey of “Relatable” tells Glenn why she believes the Uvalde shooting reveals how we are failing young men in this country and what we must do to stop the replacement theory that threatens to keep an entire generation from becoming a benefit to society.

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Glenn Beck addressed the incomprehensibly tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on the radio program Wednesday, saying it's time to stop with the politics, from both sides, and focus on healing a nation that is tearing itself apart.

"It pains me to think about the political garbage that has happened in the last 12 hours," Glenn began. "I believe that we are on the verge of losing our nation, and the reason why we're about to lose our nation is the same reason some kid walked into an elementary school and shot and killed people. It's not the guns ... it's our society."

Glenn called the tragedies plaguing our nation' —kids shooting kids, committing suicide, dying from fentanyl, joining gangs, and suffering from depression and loneliness — are symptoms of a greater sickness.

"Where's the value of human life? The hatred that is being poured down our throats, the class division, the racism — make no mistake, it is intentional," he stated. "The best way to destroy a nation is to cut it apart. ... In our society, where are the ethics? What are ethics? It's your truth versus my truth. There is no absolute truth. And in a world where there is no truth, who gets to be God? Well, it depends on which group you're in I guess."

Glenn said America’s underlying problem is "a rotting in our soul" and until we "live in a nation that is willing to even recognize that there is something bigger than the self, and it has nothing to do with government, we'll never fix this problem."

"Let's not make this about Democrats and Republicans. Let's just make this about what the hell is going on because everything in our society is falling apart," he said. "And until you're willing to have that conversation, the rest of it is bullcrap."

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