Three Things You Need to Know - November 8, 2017

GOP Armageddon.

Armageddon came to the GOP in Virginia last night. Republicans got straight crushed as Ralph Northam defeated Ed Gillespie for Governor, and - probably more significantly - Democrats picked up TEN seats in the state legislature.

If you’ve been watching this on the news the past few weeks, you’d think that whichever party performed better in this election was going to win every election until the end of time. Democrats have lost every special election up until this point. They’ve done that despite pouring in record amounts of cash. Why was there so much hype on THIS election?

Gillespie lost, but that was just about as predictable as making the bold claim that the sun will probably rise in the East the morning after. With the exception of 2013, the sitting president’s party has lost EVERY Virginia gubernatorial election since Jimmy Carter! On top of that, Trump lost Virginia to Hillary and the state went to Obama twice. The narrative this morning is that this was the beginning of the end times for the GOP, but this would have been a MUCH bigger deal had the Democrats performed poorly. Republicans were SUPPOSED to do badly here.

There’s a much bigger story here. Virginia is a prime example of the increasing shift of people and states moving to the far fringes of the left and right. Red states are getting redder, and blue states are getting bluer. The moderates and middle ground are slowly disappearing. Virginia has been turning blue for a while, but the most eye-popping thing you see on the map is that urban areas have turned so blue and rural areas have turned so red, it almost drains the red and blue cones from your eyes. Where did the moderates go? This is a trend that will continue to pick up steam as people continue to shift further to the left and right. Consider Virginia, a state that just elected a governor endorsed by Planned Parenthood, elected their first openly transgender to the legislature and elected a self-proclaimed socialist.

The midterms are still a year away, and anything is possible. The GOP needs to either up their game or somehow try and get Hillary on every single ballot next year. Either way, whether you live in Blue country or Red country, get ready to move further in that direction.

Texas Shooter Update.

How is it possible to pass five background checks, even after you’ve been in prison for assault?

Disturbing details continue to emerge about the man who murdered 26 people at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church last Sunday.

The latest is that while he was in the Air Force in 2012, he made death threats against his superior officers and tried to sneak guns onto Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He was sent to a mental health facility, but he later escaped. Police caught him at a bus terminal in El Paso. Police said at the time that he “suffered from mental disorders” and “was a danger to himself and others.”

This apparently happened at the same time he was facing charges for kicking, choking, and hitting his wife, pulling her hair, and pointing loaded guns at her in 2011 and 2012. He also hit his infant stepson on the head, fracturing the child’s skull.

I don’t think I understand military justice – he was only sentenced to one year in a military prison for punching a baby? According to his court-martial documents, the assault was “with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm.” Isn’t that attempted murder?

The Air Force admitted on Monday that his conviction was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database. Someone was not doing their job.

In the two years following his military prison term, he was also investigated twice for sexual assault and rape, though no charges were filed.

Despite all of that, he still passed at least five background checks after his assault conviction: one to work at a grocery store, then two more in 2016 and 2017 to purchase guns at Academy Sports, and two more within the last four months to get security guard jobs at a water park and an RV resort.

Who is doing these useless background checks? This isn’t like applying for a library card. He was getting full-time jobs and buying firearms. What is going on?

When we have background check laws in place that completely fail, it only emboldens the left to pass more laws.

America better get its act together with the laws we already have or we’re going to lose even more of our freedoms.

One Year of Trump.

Happy one year anniversary.

Today, President Trump is celebrating 365 days in office.

Has it been the “incredibly tremendous year” he promised?

Probably not, but there is no denying that some really good things have happened over the past year.

Trump made great appointments, like Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Education secretary Betsy DeVos, and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

But the most impressive accomplishment of the last year is the complete transformation of the economic landscape.

Under Trump, we have seen a healthy and robust economy come flourishing back from the grave.

All three quarters of Trump in office have resulted in 3 percent of more of GDP growth--an unmatched achievement by any other president in our history.

Those numbers are fantastic compared to eight years of Obama’s miserable 1.6 percent average.

Unemployment under Trump plummeted to 4.1 percent as of October’s jobs report, released on Friday. That is a 16-year low.

Consumer confidence is skyrocketing, hitting 125.9 in October — the highest level since December 2000.

And finally the Dow Jones is up 29 percent since Trump was elected.

Whether you like Trump or not, you have to agree that these are great accomplishments for our economy.

We still have a long, long, way to go, but some really good things happened for America this year.

I highly doubt our economy would have turned around with Hillary Clinton at the helm. That reminds me…on this one year anniversary of Trump taking office, I’d like to recognize another milestone: It’s been one year since Hillary lost for the last time.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.