Boldt: On the campaign trail with Burgess Owens

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As a political junkie, there isn't a day that goes by I'm not tuned into what's going on in the news. Most of my connection to the news or with politicians first runs through radio and TV and most of my actual communications tend to be through telephone, email or text.

Not very personal.

The lack of being able to make eye contact makes judging someone's character tricky to say the least. To get to the heart of a person, so often it takes that one on-one-conversation too be able to size them up properly.

That's why I was thrilled to get a call a few weeks ago asking if I'd like to tag along with Burgess Owens and his team for a day leading up to Utah's Republican primary in July. Owens is running for congress in Utah's 4th district, the seat previously occupied by Republican Mia Love and currently the Democrat that ousted her two years ago, Ben McAdams.

With the 2020 election rapidly approaching, the opportunity to take back the House for the Republicans and hold the Senate will be huge in furthering the Trump agenda assuming he wins his reelection bid in November. The 4th district in Utah is one that all politico's are tuned into as Rep. McAdams only won by 694 votes, or a margin of 50.129 percent to 49.871 two years ago.

With this seat up for grabs, Owens is one of seven candidates who hopes to be the one to bring home the win the Republicans. The first challenge is snagging to nomination, and that means getting your message out to anyone and everyone is key — every last one. Case in point: Fairview.

Fairview is a small farming community with a population of roughly 1,340 people and is the 140th smallest town... in Utah. The nearly two hour drive with the campaign was fascinating to hear strategy planning, mostly because it was real. It was nothing like 'House of Cards' or even what CNN puts on air every day. The honing of the message all ran through the a filter of integrity. And that starts from the top and all the way down to every staffer I met that day.

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The first stop in Fairview was a town hall in the City Council room where Owens addressed the audience and took questions. Following a photo-op with Owens and his trusty Super Bowl ring, the campaign walked across the street with a constituent who was at the town hall to his place of business the "Corner Station and Deli Co-Op" for a quick bite to eat. (By the way, if you feel like making the trip, they have the best reuben sandwich I've ever had.)

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Next up was a stop in Mt. Pleasant for another town hall and a chance to meet more voters and to get out his message of "Heart, head, hands and home." Which translates into God, eduction, industry and the family. Being strong in those areas is what Owens credits for how he was raised and why America is such a great nation.

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A quick two hour drive back to the north end of the district and everyone was ready for a fundraiser. But when you are a Super Bowl champion, you don't do a rubber chicken dinner. You go all out a rent a room at Top Golf and invite some of your football buddies to share stories of the glory days and then go hit some balls on the range. With a buffet of pulled pork sliders and other tasty treats, there was something for everyone.

From left to right: Burgess Owens, Stevenson Sylvester, Marc Wilson, Tom Holmoe

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Aside from learning how well the campaign team works together, what the events are like or even what the politics of a candidate — the biggest thing you can learn from a candidate is do they have the moral compass to guide them through tricky circumstances. Former Brigham Young University and Oakland Raider quarterback summed Owens up this way: "Burgess is not only a great man, he is the right man."

Whoever you decide to cast your ballot for, whether in Utah or anywhere, just make sure to vote. This election is too important to sit out.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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