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.

The Omicron COVID-19 variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.