Three Things You Need to Know - January 26, 2018

The Obama/Farrakhan Connection Confirmed

White people are a “race of devils”...“Hitler was a very good man”... Judaism is a “gutter religion.” Who said those statements? Most people, right off the bat, would probably guess David Duke. He probably HAS said very similar things in the past, but that’s not who I’m referring to. These words were spoken by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He’s absolutely one of the most racist people in America.

If any politician or public figure were caught schmoozing with Farrakhan it would be a big deal, and Barack Obama had been accused of such during the 2008 election. Hillary Clinton even called him out over it during a debate. She said that Farrakhan’s support for Obama needed to be addressed and denounced. Obama basically denied any contact and said that he couldn’t help who supported him. So basically, the exact reasons we rightfully condemned Donald Trump for failing to denounce David Duke’s support of him, AND the exact excuse Trump gave to us.

Yesterday, TalkingPointsMemo.com published a story that featured an interesting photo. There’s Obama, flashing that million dollar smile, with Louis Farrakhan. There’s absolutely NO WAY Obama didn't know who he was taking a picture with. Farrakhan didn’t slide in at the last minute with the mother of all photobombs. Obama knew exactly what he was doing, and palling around with one of the most racist men in America apparently didn't bother him one bit.

So why have we never seen this photo? This quite possibly could have torpedoed Obama’s first run for president. The answer is the media didn’t want this to get out. The photojournalist hid the picture because it would be quote “damaging politically” if it were released. How did the media never follow up on this? Obama and Farrakhan’s contacts was one of the worst kept and dirty secrets in Washington. Despite the rumors, no one pursued this photo.

If the situations would have been reversed - if there was a picture with a white nationalist and John McCain, Mitt Romney, or Donald Trump - this would have been blasted in every newspaper and on every cable news network all over the world. I can’t find it mentioned on any major news outlet this morning. Probably because it’s a glaring reminder that they were both incompetent and also just didn’t care. Every day we’re reminded with more evidence of just how far media has fallen. If it’s not incompetence it’s blatant partisanship. Something has got to change.

Two Minutes to Midnight

We’re all doomed.

Yesterday, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – which definitely sounds like a secret society – moved the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds ahead after its annual assessment of the state of the world.

That means it is now just two minutes ‘til midnight on the Doomsday Clock. It hasn’t been two minutes to midnight since 1953.

This is not some knockoff, Casio doomsday clock. This is the official Doomsday Clock, the one you should be freaked out about.

The board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists includes 15 Nobel Prize winners, so they know their way around a doomsday clock. They’ve been setting this thing for 71 years. One of the members said at the press conference, “Today, the danger of some sort of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.”

To what does the organization owe its new alarm? “The failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.” Ten years ago, the group said climate change is “nearly as dire” as the danger of nuclear weapons. Not quite sure how that can be true, but they’re the atomic scientists.

Trump and climate change – those are the ultimate bogeymen for the Left.

Another doomsday spokesman said the risk of nuclear weapons being used undoubtedly increased last year, which is why they decided to move the clock ahead 30 seconds. But they also said the danger is worse because of humanity’s inaction on climate change.

Reading between the lines, I guess that means the world is getting hotter because of climate change, which puts people in a worse mood, which makes them more likely to launch nuclear weapons?

Okay, maybe I’m being insensitive to the doomsday crowd. Nuclear weapons are no joke. But their argument loses a lot of its punch when you try to put climate change on the same danger level as nuclear weapons.

However, credit to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – they also listed artificial intelligence among their other concerns. Not that nuclear war isn’t a serious threat, but we need a separate, larger, more urgent clock that counts us down to A.I. taking over the world. That is the doomsday clock we should be watching.

The NFL Just Committed Suicide

This year’s Super Bowl is going to be legendary.

No, not because the Philadelphia Eagles somehow managed to have a fantastic season and make the Championship game, but because I predict that it will be the last Super Bowl EVER.

The NFL is gone after this one.

Why?

Three words: Social. Justice. Committee.

The National Football League has officially established an owner-player "social justice committee" to create a "dialogue" to address issues of race relations.

The committee will "focus on education, economic development, community and police relations and the criminal justice system.”

And they’ve already started a program called “Let’s Listen Together” which will use social media to highlight NFL players working on “equality issues” off the field.

I don’t even care about football and this makes me want to throw up.

And we can all thank Colin Kaepernick for this disgusting mix of politics and sports.

I just don’t see how the NFL can survive this way. There is absolutely no justifiable reason for them to have a social justice committee. Zero.

Everyone involved in the NFL should be there to work on one thing: football. That’s it!

If players want to promote social justice outside of their day jobs, fine whatever. That’s their decision. But don’t make it something that the league has to do.

And frankly, I think the NFL already does a great job of bringing people of all backgrounds together. Football makes people of all walks of life feel connected to each other when they are rooting for their team. Every fan is equal and united when they’re on the bleachers. Just keep doing that and you’ll be a force for good in the world.

MORE 3 THINGS

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.

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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?"

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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:


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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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