Three Things You Need to Know - October 20, 2017

You need to listen to all of George Bush's speech.

"George W. Bush, in a stunning attack, Bush accuses Trump of promoting falsehoods and prejudice." That's the headline. Headline from the LA Times yesterday about President Bush's speech at the George Bush Institute in New York. Headline is what we might classify as, I don't know, spin.

George Bush never flat-out accused Trump of anything in his speech. But he did call for the awareness of a disturbing trend of nationalism, that has become popular with Trump and the right.

"We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought into America. We see a fading competence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty that follow in the wake of protectionism.

We've seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened, by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs, and drug trafficking tend to emerge."

Okay. Everything that he said was true. I don't think they were directed at Trump. But anyone who participates in the isolationist mindset. Protectionism. Nationalism. They have never ever been a part of American success. Never. We've never needed them to be proud citizens of the home of the free and the brave.

Our pride in America emanates outward, not inward. We want to share everyone. We want to share our values, our principles, and our prosperity. That's what makes us great.

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But because they just wanted to kill Trump, his words fell on deaf ears. The left just heard him say, Trump, bad. And now George W. Bush is suddenly a progressive darling, which I can't take anymore. How is George Bush all of a sudden a leftist hero?

I guess it happens when you completely ignore the later comments in the same speech, where he excoriated their side as well.

"There are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned, especially among the young, who never experienced a galvanizing moral clarity of the Cold War, or never focused on the ruin of entire nations by socialist central planning.

Some have called this Democratic de-consolidation. Really, it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers, and forgetfulness."

Look, here's the deal, both the left and the right are facing philosophical and ideological challenges at the moment. Both sides. It took George W. Bush to sit us down and explain why we're both looking at American democracy in the wrong light.

I fear, however, the right and the left will only listen to his words when it suits them. Before you trash or exalt Bush for the edited sound bite that you heard, that might have been promoted in your carefully selected news feed, I implore you, it's 15 minutes long, listen to the entire thing.

Is nothing sacred in this country anymore?

Is nothing truly sacred in this country anymore? Representative Frederica Wilson’s politicizing of a phone call between President Trump and a Gold Star mom is just disgusting. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly responded yesterday:

"And I thought at least that was sacred. You know, as a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred. Looked upon with great honor. That's obviously not the case anymore, as we've seen from recent cases. Life. The dignity of life is sacred. That's gone. Religion, that seems to be gone as well. Gold star families, I think that left in the convention over the summer."

"I just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield, I just thought that that might be sacred."

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kelly this emotional and genuine. If anyone has something to say of substance here, it’s Kelly. He’s lived this nightmare when his son was killed. Every American should listen to Kelly’s recount of what happens when one of our soldiers falls in combat. It was heartbreaking.

What made it even more devastating was knowing that, as he was describing in detail how a slain soldier is packed in ice and laid in his coffin, he was probably visualizing his own memories and pain. He told the President that, because of the pain involved, there’s really no good way to talk to the family of a fallen soldier. But to Trump’s credit, he tried anyway. What does it say for the state of our country that someone was waiting to turn this into a political advantage? What is happening to us?

Shame on Wilson and anyone else that is trying to score a win from this. To prompt a man that has lost a son in combat to explain how this works is a tragedy. And all this was because of politics. One side may not have started it, but BOTH sides need to drop this immediately. Kelly deserves better than this. Gold Star families deserve better than this. The entire country deserves better than this.

Truly, nothing is sacred in this country anymore.

Real men want more than plastic.

A woman waits in her car outside a dingy street in Dortmund, Germany.

Annoyed, she checks her watch for what seems like the thousandth time. She’s been waiting over an hour for her husband.

He, on the other hand, is having a great time inside the first ever sex doll brothel. The aptly named “Bordoll” is the first of its kind. Paying customers can have their way with one of the eleven dolls that are on rotation.

Since opening, Evelyn Schwartz, the 29 year old owner, says the dolls are booked up to 12 times a day. And she is proud to report that customer satisfaction is high, with 70% of men returning for a second visit.

Her business is booming thanks to her clients and their tolerant wives. And she’s only had to replace one doll so far after a customer broke it. Some, like Evelyn Schwartz, claim that using sex dolls is not harmful, but beneficial to one’s health. A UK report recently found that a significantly high number of Brits say that sex with a robot or doll would not be cheating. It’s not like it’s another human! Some people truly feel that way.

But let’s look at the consequences of this behavior.

It reduces the very act that creates life into a simple reaction. It degrades the relationship between a man and a woman. And it will become more dangerous than the porn industry. Why would a man have any incentive to pursue a real woman when there is no effort involved in getting a “dream woman” to sleep with him? But I have hope for our inevitable slide into Westworld.

I hope real men will still put in the effort. The men who value true companionship, love, and respect for woman will always want something more than plastic.

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How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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