Three Things You Need to Know - September 27, 2017

Can we give Trump a pass on Puerto Rico?

Dialysis patients whose oxygen tanks are running out; generators without any diesel; disabled people stuck in homes without a way to get supplies --- this is the reality in Puerto Rico right now.

It’s been a week since Hurricane Maria devastated the island and killed ten people.

Almost the entire island is still without electricity or cell phone service.

Officials say it will take months to restore electricity. Assessing the damage is difficult. Right now, there are few flights to the island and emergency power efforts are focused on hospitals.

Predictably, President Trump is being criticized by politicians and celebrities on the left for not focusing enough attention on Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, home to 3.4 million American citizens. He usually tweets way too much for critics, but now he’s apparently not tweeting enough about Puerto Rico.

The facts don’t support his critics in this case. Last week, Trump declared Puerto Rico a disaster zone, making it eligible for federal aid. He also sent FEMA head Brock Long and homeland security adviser Tom Bossert to the island. Oh, and 10,000 FEMA workers. That’s all. Just 10,000.

Trump did tweet Monday night about some of the unique obstacles that make disaster recovery more difficult in Puerto Rico compared to Texas or Florida, namely the island’s broken infrastructure and ancient electrical grid. And the teensy little factor that Puerto Rico is an island. That tends to complicate relief efforts a bit.

President Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico on October 3rd, but it will be too little too late for his critics. Honestly, with all the problems facing the country right now, can we give Trump a pass on Puerto Rico?

Besides, President Trump isn’t the only American who can do something to help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. If only those NFL player protests had tried to raise awareness for something else.

Bannon was right.

“Your day of reckoning is coming.”

That was the dire warning from Steve Bannon to the Republican establishment.

He was clearly confident that his candidate for the Alabama special election, Roy Moore, would win Jeff Sessions former Senate seat against Luther Strange, endorsed by Donald Trump.

And Bannon was right. That day of reckoning is here.

Moore’s victory was an undeniable upset to the Trump Administration and the Republican establishment.

Now, it may seem odd that Bannon, Trump’s former White House Chief Strategist, stumped for Moore.

I’m old enough to remember when the slightest disagreement about anything Trump said would be met with vicious reprisal from Steve Bannon. Now, it’s Steve Bannon who is not only disagreeing, but campaigning against Donald Trump.

In 2017, every principle has an expiration date.

Bannon wants everyone to know that his attack on Trump is an attack on the Republican establishment. Which I guess it is. After all, who is more establishment than the President of the United States?

It’s like an 8th-grade romance gone wrong.

According to Bannon, draining the swamp is the reason why he did not support Luther Strange. Throwing his support behind Moore was actually meant to help Trump, not hurt him.

Praise and honor him? Call me old-fashioned, I think those words are best used for God.

These are strange times. But, last night, Donald Trump found out that his day of reckoning was indeed here, courtesy of Steve Bannon.

The lines are being redrawn in the Middle East.

We are witnessing the birth of a new country, but hardly anyone is reporting on it. In an act that has been a century in the making, the Kurds in Northern Iraq voted yesterday to separate and gain their independence.

The fallout from the post-WWI Sykes-Picot agreement continues. Stage one was when ISIS declared their Caliphate and dissolved the Syria/Iraq border. Stage two begins now. It’s rare that you get to witness a true pivot point in history, but it’s happening right now in the Middle East.

After the dust settles, the entire map of the Middle East will look different. But freedom isn’t free. The Prime Minister of Iraq is furious. He’s given the Kurds until Friday to turn over all their airports, oil assets and border crossings. If the Kurds refuse, Iraq has promised to begin a travel and goods embargo.

Iraqi troops and trained Iranian Shiite militias are moving to the Kurdistan/Iraq border. Turkey is also moving tanks and troops to their border with the Kurds and threatening their own embargo. Iran has shut down air travel. The entire area is set to ignite.

Something else that isn’t being reported on is the small religious minority currently caught in between Iranian and Iraqi forces moving North and the Kurds holding their ground. The region of Nineveh will be one of the main battlegrounds. It’s among the oldest Christian lands in the world and, once again, the Christians living there face annihilation.

We are witnessing the birth of a new country and change on a massive scale. But change of this magnitude always comes with a cost. As is usual in this area, I fear Christians may end up paying the highest price.

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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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