Three Things You Need to Know - October 24, 2017

The hypocrisy of ESPN with the 'Barstool Sports' Experiment.

You can’t have morals or principles only when it’s convenient.

Less than two weeks ago, ESPN announced a deal with Barstool Sports to produce a weekly late-night TV show based on Barstool’s popular podcast called “Pardon My Take.” Barstool Sports, is an online media company that focuses on sports, entertainment, politics and news through comedy. They use crude humor to make fun of everything, and specialize in blatantly sexist content.

Employees at Barstool Sports even have to sign an agreement that they won’t object to “offensive speech,” including conduct and speech that “openly and explicitly relates to sex, as well as race, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, religion, disability and age.”

Now remember, ESPN is the company that fired commentators for saying “chink in the armor” and “guerilla tactics.” ESPN is at the insane end of oversensitivity, yet they made a deal to produce a show with the least sensitive guys in sports.

Someone didn’t think this through.

After the first episode aired, ESPN announced yesterday that they’re canceling the Barstool Van Talk show, citing concerns about “Barstool content.” That’s right, ESPN struck a deal to produce the show and now they have concerns about Barstool’s content. Right.

That’s not what happened. Harvey Weinstein happened. ESPN knew what kind of content Barstool produces and ESPN wanted that, which is why they scheduled the show in late night. In fact, ESPN needed it, they’re grasping for anything to help stem the tide of viewers fleeing from cable. But the ink was still drying on their contract with Barstool when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.

ESPN didn’t suddenly grow a conscience – they got caught making a show with unapologetic sexists and now they’re trying to save face.

You can’t have morals or principles only when it’s convenient. That’s not how morals and principles work. You either have them or you don’t. When you try to have it both ways, you’re completely inauthentic and people can see right through you.

The trial of Kate Steinle's killer is underway.

The selfie captured an idyllic moment in time.

The smiling faces of a father, daughter, and family friend shined in the California sun. But this happy picture instantly brought sadness to the courtroom. The photograph was taken only moments before Kate Steinle was killed by a bullet to the back.

“She was having trouble breathing and I couldn’t figure out what happened,” her father said, his lower lip trembling uncontrollably.

Kate couldn’t have known it as the time, but her fate was sealed when she simply passed by a homeless man on Pier 14 in San Francisco. The trial of the homeless man accused of shooting Kate, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, started yesterday. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. His lawyers argue that the shooting was an accident — that Garcia Zarate fired recklessly into the crowd and a single shot ricocheted off the pier into Steinle’s back.

But the prosecution claims Garcia Zarate knew exactly what he was doing.

They claim he was spinning around in a chair on the pier, aimed towards Kate with the gun and fired.

But it really doesn’t matter if it was an accident or not.

Kate Steinle is still dead.

The Steinle family will forever mourn the loss of their daughter.

All because Garcia Zarate should have never been on Pier 14 that bright summer day. He should have never had that stolen Sig Sauer that he claims he found on the pier. He should have never been in this country to begin with.

If our immigration laws were actually enforced, Kate Steinle might still be alive today. Instead, she has become an example of the very real and tragic consequences of our broken immigration system.

Our prayers go out to the Steinle family as the trial continues and we can only hope that justice will prevail.

Russia targeted this political family... and it wasn't the Trumps.

The threat from Russia is real, but it has absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump.

Before it was sexy to talk about collusion or interference in the election campaign, our old friends, the Russians, had their sights set on something BIG. Putin was pulling out all the stops to find out what the new “Russia Reset” was going to look like. Russian espionage measures included everything from legal lobbying efforts to deploying “The Americans” style deep cover sleeper agents.

What if I were to tell you that a wealthy American family, with aspirations for the Oval Office, had been targeted by Russian Intelligence? Not only were they targeted, but high-ranking members of their staff were actively being infiltrated. They even took what looked to be bribes from Kremlin connected banks in Moscow. Why did it look like a bribe? Because it actually affected US policy towards Russia.

Tell that story to almost anyone here in the United States and they’ll think you’re talking about the Trumps. ALL of the above happened in 2009 and 2010 in a Russian plan to infiltrate Bill and Hillary Clinton.

An FBI counterintelligence investigation revealed that Russians were using American companies to gain access to high ranking people close to Hillary Clinton. They also revealed that Kremlin connected money given to Bill came suspiciously close to meetings Hillary had in Moscow regarding several issues Moscow had an interest in. The Uranium One scandal was one of them.

The Clinton case and the Trump case are so similar, but the latter got all the media attention. The truth is that the Russians have been targeting us for a long time. Not only is the threat real, it’s getting worse. It’s not about Trump now and it wasn’t about the Clinton’s then. We’re the ones that have made this a partisan issue, not the Russians. The United States is under attack, and we better start acting like it.

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Watch the video below:

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

Watch the video below to hear more from Glenn:


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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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