Three Things You Need to Know – February 8, 2018

Nazi About to Win GOP Nomination

The Republican Party must do more to distance itself from the alt-right. If it doesn’t, people like Congressional candidate Arthur Jones of Illinois are going to create some big headaches. Actually, Jones already is.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Sun Times headline read, “Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in Illinois race for Congress.”

Or this from Huffington Post: “An Actual Nazi is About to be the Only GOP Candidate in a Congressional Race.”

What do these headlines alone seem to be saying? Those Republican bigots – now they’re actually running Nazis for Congress!

It’s not that the headlines aren’t true. Seventy-year-old Arthur Jones is in fact a Nazi. He’s the former head of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee. He has a section of his website claiming the Holocaust is a lie. However, the headlines are misleading because the Illinois Republican Party is not associating with Jones in any way. They issued a statement saying, “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office."

The headache for Republicans is that no one has stepped up to run against Jones in the Republican primary for Illinois’ Third Congressional District. Jones has tried and failed five times before to win the nomination. Now he’s about to become the Republican nominee by default.

Jones doesn’t have any Republican challengers because no Republican has won the House seat from this Democrat-dominated district since 1975. But media coverage heading into the mid-term elections won’t reflect the nuances of this particular situation. Arthur Jones is about to gift the media nine months of Republican-bashing stories about how the evil GOP nominates Nazis.

Arthur Jones is an unashamed racist and Nazi who says he regrets voting for Trump because Trump has “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews.” Anyone with an ounce of common sense can easily see that this guy’s a nobody and a nut-job. But in our current climate, the left-wing media will have a field day tying Jones’ Nazi credentials to Republicans. Republicans better wake up and get ahead of this P.R. nightmare.

And for goodness sake, find a Republican to challenge this guy. It’ll be easy – all you have to do is run on an anti-Nazi platform.

The New Budget Deal

The National debt is over 20 trillion and rising. Now, see if this sounds fiscally responsible. Our annual GDP is 19 trillion, and the fiscal year budget is 4 trillion. That means we’re spending a quarter of the cash we bring in every year. For those of you that are small business owners, would your company survive that wasteful spending? Of course it wouldn’t.

The math simple. It’s the same for you and it’s the same for the United States government, but apparently Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer learned math on Common Core. Yesterday they agreed not to cut this out of control spending, BUT TO INCREASE IT BY 300 BILLION. If approved by the House, the budget would be locked in until 2020.

There’s not even an appearance anymore of anyone in the Senate even trying to APPEAR fiscally conservative. I’m curious, did the Senate Republican leadership all eat a Tide Pod? Is there some new virus that induces high fever and turns conservatives into liberals? This is money that we don’t have, will then have to borrow, and have no plan on paying back. But that sure didn’t stop Mitch McConnell from handing Democrats concession after concession like he was Oprah giving away free cars. You want that program funded? YOU GET A BILLION! Oh, you want that done too? YOU GET A BILLION!

The last time I checked, Republicans controlled every branch of government, so why are they acting like they’re playing this game with less players on the field? If this is the new norm, how bad is it going to get if Democrats take both the House AND Senate after the midterms?

The deal now goes to the House, and if something doesn’t happen to stop this thing we’re in for a dangerous downward spiral of spending that probably won’t ever stop. All eyes are on you Freedom Caucus. You might be our last and only hope. You might be the only remaining conservatives left on Capitol Hill.

Congratulations America. Last year you historically voted for Republicans in the House, Senate AND the Executive. With the inclusion of Amnesty, and now this dumpster fire of a budget, all we’re getting in return is a Republican majority with Democrat policies.

The Importance of the New Gerber Baby

140,000 photos of smiling babies.

All of them beautiful and full of wonder.

All of them unknowingly competing in a cut-throat contest to be the cutest.

Cortney didn’t think her son Lucas had a chance, but she submitted his picture anyway.

It took her five seconds to post his photo along with the contest hashtag.

And then she forgot about it.

A couple weeks later, a letter arrived in the mail informing Cortney and her husband Jason that Lucas had been chosen as Gerber’s Spokesbaby for 2018.

Not only had Lucas won the coveted position and $50,000, he also made history.

Lucas is the first child with Down Syndrome to become a Gerber baby.

The CEO of Gerber explained that “Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby.”

Bravo, Gerber. You have given me hope that humanity and compassion is still alive.

Gerber’s decision to recognize Lucas for who he is—a human being deserving of love, care, and a future—flies in stark contrast to how Iceland and the Netherlands treat people born with Down Syndrome.

Today, 100% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted in Iceland.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health calculated the cost of caring for what they callously call “a Downer” and publicly shamed a man with Down Syndrome on video because his life costs them almost 10 times the amount of someone without Down Syndrome.

Iceland and the Netherlands, you will be on the wrong side of history. My heart is filled with joy today for Lucas and his parents. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing a lot more of Lucas’ smiling face and bow tie collection this year.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.