Punch first, negotiate later

President Trump has been known as a counter puncher when it comes to domestic politics, but when it comes to foreign policy and trade, his strategy seems more akin to punch first --- hard --- and negotiate later.

There are two kinds of people that HATE this sort of approach:

1. Those who follow the stock market and

2. Those who follow foreign policy.

The biggest reason for this is the fear of the unpredictable. If stock brokers and money managers can’t predict the future, you end up seeing what’s currently happening to the Dow.

One day it’s down 700 points, the next day it’s back up 600, and yesterday it went back down over 300. Much of this has to do with Trump’s new trade policy. Is he pushing tariffs, is he using it as some kind of negotiating tactic? What’s he doing? No one seems to know and the markets are reacting accordingly.

BUT, the same questions are now being asked between nation states and men and women in foreign policy circles. For the first time in, oh... decades, really, the world has absolutely no idea what we’re doing in Asia. The once PREDICTABLE United States has suddenly become UNPREDICTABLE, and that’s scaring the crap out of countries like China, South Korea, Japan and --- most of all --- North Korea.

Fear has both China and North Korea wondering what the heck they’re going to do next.

If you happen to be in a boat right now cruising across the Pacific, go out on the top deck. If the wind is coming from the West, that smell you might be smelling can only be described as one thing... fear. Fear has both China and North Korea wondering what the heck they’re going to do next.

On Monday an armored train left the North Korean capital. It was granted unprecedented entry into China on its way to Beijing. A military and police escort accompanied it the entire way. At the same time, all news regarding North Korea was immediately censored on Chinese news and the internet. It was a total blackout. What was going on?

As the train pulled out of Beijing yesterday, the news leaked that Kim Jong Un himself had crept out of his hermit hole and made his first foreign visit... EVER. Since becoming dictator, he’s NEVER made a foreign visit.

What made him do it now in such a dramatic and secretive fashion? What made the President of China accept this highly unprecedented visit at this point in time?

One word. Fear.

Fear of the unknown. Fear of what comes next is causing some seriously dramatic changes in Asia. North Korea has agreed to meet the US President for the first time EVER. They have no idea whether we’re coming or going, and --- at the same time --- sanctions are crippling the country.

China is realizing they’re being put on the sidelines of a potential US/North Korea agreement, and they’re getting freaked out. At the same time, you can bet your britches Trump’s tariffs are being used to corner China into some kind of agreement they don’t like.

This is the equivalent of dunking on your opponent, shattering the backboard, and then landing on top of the guy you just dunked on.

While all this was going down, the US finalized a trade deal with South Korea that keeps a South Korean tariff on steel in place and upholds a standing tariff on South Korean trucks. Plus, it opened the auto market into the country for Ford and General Motors. In sports terms, this is the equivalent of dunking on your opponent, shattering the backboard, and then landing on top of the guy you just dunked on.

Criticise the President when he’s wrong --- and there’s been plenty to criticise --- BUT acknowledge the times when he’s doing things that are working. So far the “punch first, negotiate later” strategy appears to be working.

Let’s see how long it lasts.

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.