Glenn Beck: 2nd Lady

We the People

By Lynne Cheney

GLENN: Stu and I, this is probably the biggest bone of contention that we have had,

STU: I don't..

GLENN: Yes, it is, Stu. And we've had it since 1999 because I've been saying since 1999, look out because if you don't look out, something's going to happen and then, boom, you're listening to Hitler. And so and Stu has been, "Never gonna happen, never gonna happen, never gonna happen, never gonna happen."

STU: This is ridiculous.

GLENN: And I have been, the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. We can play both sides of that.

STU: Neither of which is true. But we have Lynne Cheney on the phone and we don't have much time. So we need to get to her.

GLENN: We have Lynne Cheney on the phone?

CHENEY: Sure do.

GLENN: How are you?

CHENEY: I am just great. Thanks for having me on today.

GLENN: You bet. We chatted, what was it, two nights ago?

CHENEY: We did, talking about my new book, and I really enjoyed our conversation.

GLENN: The name of the book is We the People and Mrs. Cheney, as you and I discussed, you know, on and off the air, I have real concern about our country because I don't think that we are even teaching the truth about our founding fathers anymore. We're not teaching the truth about our Constitution anymore. Even our attorneys are no longer studying the Constitution.

CHENEY: No, that's a really good point. What we're teaching instead is a story of gloom and despair and we forget to let little kids know how incredibly fortunate we were that things went as they did in our past, that we had the wisdom and bravery of the framers of the Constitution and the persistence. We need to tell them the story with warts and all. We all agree on that. But basically the story is such a good one and that's what I wanted to tell them.

GLENN: Right. This is what timing this is for We the People. I mean, it is it really has actually the first time I thought about it, it brought me to tears. I was thinking, how do we solve all of these problems. And then I realized, oh, my gosh, these guys were so brilliant. It wasn't a, "Hey, you're using the wrong font size" problem. Nobody said, hey, you are not going to fit it all into one page if you make it that big. That was a clue to us of the answer.

CHENEY: It is amazing when you think about it. Both Washington and Madison said that the Constitution was a miracle, and I think that's not too overwhelming an assessment of it. There were so many different interests that had to be brought together. There were huge and horrendous fights at the convention. There was also fortunately Ben Franklin who, a grandfatherly type. He had to be carried to the convention every day in a sedan chair, he was so old and feeble, but his mind and his spirit were great. And he kept urging the delegates to think beyond themselves, to think beyond their own interests and to understand that if we couldn't hang together as a union, we would surely be hanged separately as states. You know, if they hadn't succeeded, we would not be a union today. I'm convinced of it. We would be a number of different countries. And imagine how much less full and rich our lives would be.

GLENN: Do you at all feel at times that we are, because we're not learning our history that we are becoming separate countries in many ways? I mean, I travel this country and there's a difference between California and Texas and a difference in the way we see America. We're all good people, et cetera, et cetera, but we see America differently because we're not remembering what a republic is. We're not being taught the truth about our founding.

CHENEY: That's a really good point. Of course, the charity of America and her people are one of our strengths, this great homogenous stew out of which genius comes. That is our strength, but it will fall apart if the center doesn't hold, and the center is our past. It is the Constitution. It is the fact that, you know, all around the world we're regarded as a beacon and light and we forget to teach our children that own message. That's been something I thought was so important over these last seven and a half years, as I've written books for children.

GLENN: Yeah.

CHENEY: To talk about what a great and good country this is and to talk about the values that hold us all together, the love of liberty.

GLENN: I have just yesterday I happened to look up your books and see how many books that you have sold, children's books. You are a very big seller of children's books, and there's a good reason for it. They are really good, they're beautiful books and I'm going to read yours, in fact, to my son tonight.

CHENEY: Oh, that's nice.

GLENN: When I tuck him into bed. It's called We the People by Lynne Cheney.

Real quick I have 30 seconds. Any thoughts on Sarah Palin?

CHENEY: Isn't she just terrific? And no matter how often she's attacked and how viciously, she just keeps right on going, and I admire her so much, look forward in November to welcoming her and her whole great family to the vice president's house.

GLENN: That's great. Thanks a lot, Lynne.

CHENEY: Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: Lynne Cheney.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?

There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…

John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...

Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…

A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...

Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…

And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…

When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…

"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…

At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…

Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…

This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…

It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.